Boston Legal

Season 3 Episode 17

The Bride Wore Blood

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 20, 2007 on ABC
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The Bride Wore Blood
When an old girlfriend shows up at the courthouse wearing a wedding gown and covered in blood, Alan decides to help her defend charges of murdering her groom.

Meanwhile, Claire finds it difficult to take her client seriously when he is accused of stealing a cell phone, and Denny tries to win back Bethany by going to rehab.moreless

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  • "I'm tired. I'm rich"- so I'm going to turn you in!

    This episode was perfectly played out, addressing some of the issues that Alan Shore has again.

    The dynamic, witty banter between him and his old flame Renatta, accused of murdering her husband, was intriguing, not least because of how he turns on her at the end. I loved the whole characterization of her, and the many plot twists of the story. And, despite the unoriginal part of his closing, I really didn't see it coming!

    Denny provided some good moments with his rehab moments.

    But the B-story I liked was Claire's- it was nice seeing her do something lawyer like, and she was entertaining. A bit like Lori from Season 1. I like her soft side beneath her hard act.

    Overall, though, Alan's case stole the show, and it was brilliantly written and performed as usual.moreless
  • Classic Alan Shore.

    It was nice to see the Alan Shore from The Practice. This episode wasn't about some political issue and he didn't get up on his little soap box; he argued his case.

    This woman, Bethany, was an old friend (well, the kind of female friend Alan has anyway...) who was accused of murdering her fiance. At first she denies it all, then she admits that she isn't who she said she was and basically "borrowed" the identity of a young lawyer who decided to move to Alaska and apparently decided to come back and killed her boyfriend as retaliation.

    Eventually Alan finds out the truth: She's dead, Bethany murdered her a while ago when she knocked on her door, asking for her old life back. And because she's a psycho, she also murdered her soon-to-be husband.

    Alan still manages to make a compelling closing argument. The DA offers her a good deal, but she doesn't want to take it (because they were most likely going to win) and this is when Alan does what I wish he would do more often: What he thinks is right, even if it goes against his client's best interest.

    He basically tells her to take the deal or else he would turn her in, ending his career in the process.moreless
  • Renata Hill runs into the firm wearing a blood-spattered wedding dress.

    Renata's arrival and Alan's interaction with her are classic moments in this amazing show. I love their witty (if awkward at times) banter, including my favorite part: Alan tells Renata they need her dress as evidence and she begins disrobing. The always gentlemanly Alan asks if she would like him to look away, and Renata replies, "Yeah, if you've got to sneeze or something." I also loved the plot twists. I think that Boston Legal generally follows a pattern when there are suspense filled episodes, but this was definitely an exception! I had no idea what was going to happen and I loved it!!!moreless
  • Very good episode.

    I liked this episode a lot, mainly because they writers led us to believe that the woman is innocent but by the end of the episode it is very clear that she is not. I also liked how Alan turned on her and made her go to prison for 12 years. Moreover we also got to see more of Claire in this episode. So far she has not had to many major episodes and this episode helped to build up her character. I am really looking forward to next week where it appears that someone is going to be shot. I really love this show its so good.moreless
  • Are we all who we say we are?

    Imagine an ex-lover told you that the person you thought they were was all fabricated, untrue? Would you be annoyed? I would. Certainly not the ever expressionless face of Alan Shore. What is worse, Renata Hill kept on changing her story, time after time, making us all believe that there had to be something she was withholding from the audience. Indeed there was, after many twists and turns, Alan Shore comes up with the most unoriginal rabbit out of the hat explanation for who killed Renata Hill's husband and why? I guess Alan's experience in criminal law helped, but since he was defending a close friend it was surprising at how easily he separated friendship from his objectivity.moreless
William Russ

William Russ

A.D.A. Christopher Palmer

Guest Star

Debra Mooney

Debra Mooney

Judge Patrice Webb

Guest Star

Patrick Renna

Patrick Renna

A.D.A. Warren Peters

Guest Star

Michael Ensign

Michael Ensign

Judge Paul Resnick

Recurring Role

Meredith Eaton

Meredith Eaton

Bethany Horowitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Alan may have worked with Renata when he was at Abbott and Carruthers, the firm he worked at before he went to Young, Frutt & Berluti which he was fired from for embezzling.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Alan: Actually, they need the dress for evidence.

    • Alan: Would you like me to look away?
      Renata: Yeah, if you have to sneeze or something.

    • Paul: And where are you going?
      Denny: Rehab! I said something bad about the Jews, I don't know what but Bethany has left me over it. Anyway, I recognise that I have issues I need to examine within my soul. I'm getting treatment and, with the help of family and friends I shall make a full recovery.

    • Alan: I've done a lot of talking over the years. I'm tired, I'm rich.

    • Denny: Bethany, if I sometimes come off as insensitive, it's because I—I—I got a lot to deal with. I got the, uh — Mad Cow. I date a midget. I was in love with a midget's mother. It's not easy being me.

    • Alan: I'm sorry, I cannot comment on this case. I'm happy to comment on other cases. O.J. did it. Robert Blake did it. John Mark Karr wishes he did it.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Christopher Palmer: Your Honor, this is a trick I saw in a Judd Nelson movie. They also used it on Matlock.


      The Judd Nelson movie to which Christopher Palmer is referring is the 1987 courtroom drama/comedy "From the Hip," also written by David E. Kelley.

      Matlock was a TV courtroom drama that orginally aired from 1986 to 1995.

    • Episode Title: The Bride Wore Blood
      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1968 Truffaut film The Bride Wore Black starring Jeanne Moreau.

    • Alan: OJ did it. Robert Blake did it. John Mark Karr wishes he did it.
      Alan refers to three famous criminal suspects:
      OJ Simpson (athlete and movie star) was accused of murdering his wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman, but he was found not guilty.
      Robert Blake (star of the TV series Baretta) was accused of murdering his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley, but also was found not guilty.
      John Mark Karr confessed to the murder of six-year old JonBenet Ramsay, but DNA evidence excluded him from being the perpetrator.