Boston Legal

Season 4 Episode 3

The Chicken and the Leg

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2007 on ABC
9.0
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The Chicken and the Leg
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Alan represents a teenage girl who blames her high school's stand on contraceptives for her contracting AIDS, while trying to work alongside Lorraine without distraction. Meanwhile, Jerry and Katie take on the case of a woman suing her husband's psychologist for causing his death, and Shirley is furious when Denny and Carl bet a huge sum of money on the outcome of a case involving cockfighting.moreless

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  • I you like shows with a political agenda, watch this episode.

    5.0
    The following was posted by Will-of-the-D. I couldn't agree with you more Will. The only thing I would like to add is this: The responsibility for educating our children about sex and sex related issues ultimately belongs to the parents! Any effort to put the blame on anyone else or any other establishment -- such as a school -- is irresponsible parenting. It is good to have schools teach on this subject but, that does not excuse us from being the final word. It is up to us to teach our children in the way they should go. Shame on Boston Legal.



    It is also worthy of mention that if everyone was monogamous STD's could not exist.



    "Condoms are more important than Seatbelts? The Most Important invention of the past 2000 years? Hardly. Condoms are able to reduce the risk of STDs, yes, but they are NOT 100% as Alan would like people to believe. Saying that they are is giving the child a false sense of security. And I don't want to hear that they will do it anyway. If she hadn't had sex, she wouldn't be HIV positive. And where did her boyfriend get it from? And if she didn't listen to them when they told her not to have sex, why would she have listened to them about having him wear a condom?



    This case was so full of holes and lies that I am surprised that however wrote it had the gaul to actually send it in to air. Plus, I still maintain that both Alan Shore and Denny Crane have an STD already, despite wearing condoms. The writers seriously need to start gathering FACTS when writing for this show and not political opinions. It's unprofessional."moreless
  • HIV, suicide and cock fighting provide are the diverse topics litigated this episode.

    9.7
    Denny and Carl defend a man accused of cock fighting with a side bet that has more to do with Shirley than the case. Jerry and Katie litigate a civil suit against a psychologist who treated a man who committed suicide. Alan, with Lorraine's distractive help, represents a fifteen-year-old girl who sues her school for their policy of only teaching abstinence, which left her defenseless against STD's.

    Typically Boston Legal presents quirky, irreverent and politically incorrect story line with dubious legal theory legal theory and courtroom behavior on the part of both lawyers and jurists. This episode was not an exception.

    Occasionally David Kelly's scripts tackle a topic that is timely and necessary, in this case the teaching of sex education in the public schools. Whichever side you take on this topic the fate of a high school sophomore with HIV should tug at your heart. Of course those who promote "abstinence only" take the position that the whore got what she deserved. Those sentiments aside, the topic was approached in a manner that left the audience wondering which side the court would favor and the dramatic conclusion was far from predictable. It made for good drama.

    The other story lines were equally entertaining. Denny and Carl's jostling over Shirley's affections make for an interesting counterpoint to the Denny/Alan repartee and it is good to see John Larroquette back on the airwaves.

    The third case provided interesting information (if it is accurate) on the subject of talk therapy. I also found Jerry's unrequited attraction affections for Katie sadly touching and a nice way of further rounding out his character.

    Like it or not this series typically tackles politically charged topics. This episode was one of their better attempts at relevance.

    On the down side, the usual sexual hi-jinks were tame by comparison to past episodes and as much as I like Saffron Burrows her pairing with James Spader seems to lack that spark usually associated Alan Shore.moreless
  • Absolutely fantastic

    9.7
    I love this show for a dozen different reasons, and this episode had all of them in it.



    Denny betting on a case, and as he wasn't actually the opposing council his reputation of 'UNDEFEATED' remains in tact.



    Alan and the lift/elevator was another priceless moment, especially his fascination with her neck. The conversation with Jerry and Alan about his feelings for Katie was kind of nice but also sad. I knew that she was just a nice perosn rather than actually into him, and its nice to see that one of the upcoming episodes sees Jery get some screen time. Jerry's noises are getting absolutely hilarious, although I don't think last weeks headbutting will ever be surpassed.



    Alan's mocking of Judge Brown was one of the best I've ever seen, especially with 'Everybody's having sex; the birds, the bees, even educated fleas, and someday you your honour'. It was brilliant.



    I love this show, it's worth staying in on a Thursday night to see, and if necessary watch again straight away on Living + 1. I recommend, not only this show, but also this episode.moreless
  • Ridiculous beyond belief

    1.5
    This episode is a prime example of a discouraging trend I'm starting to notice with Boston Legal. In the early part of the show they would defend causes on all points of the political spectrum. In recent episodes however the show has relegated itself to promoting a sternly left message. This episode is no exception, as it attempts to indict the school system for a girl's contraction of HIV. Whether you agree with total sex education, mixed education, or abstinence only, the idea that any student who contracts and STD or becomes pregnant can sue their school is preposterous. The episode is made worse by the fact that the opposing council's are becoming increasingly ineffective. There is neither legal case nor cause in this episode, yet Allen, without evidence or legal arguments is able to win by giving a long-winded, politically motivated speech. A character that was once noble and innovative has been replaced with one who is preachy and limited in his abilities.moreless
  • Alan, Alan, Alan

    6.8
    Condoms are more important than Seatbelts? The Most Important invention of the past 2000 years? Hardly. Condoms are able to reduce the risk of STDs, yes, but they are NOT 100% as Alan would like people to believe. Saying that they are is giving the child a false sense of security. And I don't want to hear that they will do it anyway. If she hadn't had sex, she wouldn't be HIV positive. And where did her boyfriend get it from? And if she didn't listen to them when they told her not to have sex, why would she have listened to them about having him wear a condom?



    This case was so full of holes and lies that I am surprised that whoever wrote it had the gaul to actually send it in to air. Plus, I still maintain that both Alan Shore and Denny Crane have an STD already, despite wearing condoms. The writers seriously need to start gathering FACTS when writing for this show and not political opinions. It's unprofessional.moreless
Mark L. Taylor

Mark L. Taylor

Attorney Adam Jovanka

Guest Star

Kay Panabaker

Kay Panabaker

Abby Holt

Guest Star

John Beasley

John Beasley

Detective Walter McKay

Guest Star

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

Recurring Role

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Denny's scotch glass changes position between shots. It is initially out of sight, but in the next shot it is up to his face. In a later section of that scene, the glass goes from his left hand to his right hand.

    • When Carl is talking to Denny in his office, the cigar in Denny's hand changes position between shots.

    • The shoulder strap on Denna's shoulder changes position when Alan bumps into her.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Whilst listening to the client speaking)
      Denny: Is he speaking...? That's... That's not English, is it?
      Carl: My guess would be... Spanish?

    • (In court)
      Alan: How old are you Abby?
      Abby: I'm fifteen.
      Judge Brown: Outrageous!
      Alan: I think His Honor means "fifteen is a little young to be having sex". He's yet to have it.
      Judge Brown: That's not true!

    • Carl: If you sabotage this case in any way, the bet is off.
      Denny: I would never!
      Carl: Denny!
      Denny: I'm a neutral observer. Like Switzerland. Only with a bigger penis.

    • Alan: Are you pregnant? I ask only because if you do plan to take care of it you should know abortion is only legal in this country until our current Supreme Court reaches it's third trimester.

    • Shirley: (To Denny and Carl) …both of you should be taken behind the barn and spanked.
      Denny: Me first.

    • Carl: (in reference to cock fighting) And, if he's a really good fighter, he gets to retire to stud service, where he could live the life of -- I don't know -- Denny Crane.

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