Boston Legal

Season 3 Episode 16

The Good Lawyer

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 20, 2007 on ABC
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The Good Lawyer
When Alan tries two separate cases, one includes the defense of a therapist who was fired for his belief in UFO's. In the meantime Clarence is worried by Claire's dinner invitation; and Bethany attempts to bring out Denny's spirituality.

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  • The Amoral Alan Shore

    It was a return to the darker Alan of Season 1 in this episode. His treatment of Jerry still makes me shudder in that little piece of dialogue, showing again James Spader to be a fantastic actor. Jerry's character, confident because of the fake cigar, is utterly destroyed because of Alan's conduct. It was sad to see, but enthralling to watch- I did wonder what would happen to their friendship because of this episode.

    And to see Alan struggle with it as he did in his other case was interesting. His closing about morality was probably one of the most moving he has done, and we see him again as a tortured individual.

    Denny provided the light relief, as normal, with his behaviour in the Synagogue. It was refreshing to see a serious side to him being drawn out, however. The question of the middle east is carefully handled here.

    Clarence and Claire remain as cute as ever- their whole blossoming relationship was sadly missed in Season 4.

    Overall- perfection, a blend of drama, humour and interesting debate that only Boston Legal delivers so effectively.moreless
  • Evil Alan.

    I thought Alan was very harsh on porr Jerry he had no right to do that too him. I knew it would be too good to last when Jerry seemed almost normal in court. Basically Alan was loosing and he didn't want too so he attacked Jerry's condition so he would break down. I can believe Alan did that. Meanwhile Denny gets into trouble when he joins the Jewish religion for his girlfriend. And Brad and Denise begin to think about there future and how it could possibly work. I think this episode was fantastic. I can't wait for the next one...moreless
  • How far would a Lawyer go in order to win a case?

    In this episode we learn how far a lawyer will go to win a case. Dirty Lawyering is an aspect we all know Alan Shore is very much capable of but would he go as far as to harm a friend in the process? Ultimately, the audience is left wondering why Alan, who has earned so much money as a lawyer and who has acknowledged that Lawyering does not make him a very nice man, has not taken the opportunity to quit the profession and go on to do greater things. Of course this would mean the end of Boston legal and in no way would I want that to happen.moreless
  • What a twisted story.

    The plot with the mystery muder was one hudred percent great but the second plot was not bad but nothing to thrill over either. A man caught with a stolen phone and was found inecent of the fact that the district atterney didnt have prober evendence to convict him late for double jeaperty.

    The first plot is what really mad me happy. I would like to say that Megan Mullally did an excellent job in her role in this episode. It was great with her being charge with murder and I thought from the beginning she was innecet but when Alan told the whole court to look at the door for a secondery person he found out she really did muderer the victim. Wow what an episode.moreless
  • Alan Shore takes center stage when he defends a therapist wrongly terminated for talking about aliens with his patients and a woman who wants her father's body removed from a museum.moreless

    The gory opening scene makes way for a great hour of television. The first case involved a daughter who wants her father's body removed from a musuem. The mother wants her husband's body to be used to help medical science.

    The second case has Alan and Jerry "hands" Espinson on opposite side of the law. Jerry defends to University who terminated a cognative therapist for discussing aliens with his client. In this case, Alan does what Alan does best belittles opposing councel to help his client. Jerry's irratic behavior bothers Alan who wastes no time commenting on his Ausberger sydrome. I loved the scenes where Alan talks to Jerry and explains why he did what he did. Jerry is to sensitive of a person to understand that comments made between lawyers in a court of law are not personal attacks. Alan also gives some nice advice to Clarence who is nervous about dinner and a sleepover at Claire's. It's nice that the writer's don't forget about Alan's caring, humane side. Brad and Denise had some great scenes.Her raging hormones are making for some funny moments. They are the best couple on the show. Denise's idea of her and Brad attending therapy was brilliant. Brad and Denise differed on a woman's role in a relationship. Brad's thinking that all women are happy to be Donna Reed was hilarious. I think their relationship needs plenty of work but I think it could work out. On a sad note, Denny's behavior at a jewish temple prompted Bethany to dump him. Only Denny would shoot a rabbi. I'll miss Bethany.moreless
Debra Mooney

Debra Mooney

Judge Patrice Webb

Guest Star

Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch

Joanna Monroe

Guest Star

Patrick Breen

Patrick Breen

A.D.A. Otto Beadle

Guest Star

Shelley Berman

Shelley Berman

Judge Robert Sanders

Recurring Role

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Jerry Espenson

Recurring Role

Meredith Eaton

Meredith Eaton

Bethany Horowitz

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The man's body, that got stolen from the museum, would not have his face showing, thus making him recognizable. During Plastination all skin is removed to preserve the donors' identity; their names are also never used in exhibitions. Shore's client would not have been able to identify her father.

    • The rabbi reads a prayer, as Denny is shown to be asleep. But while the prayer is in midday, the words read belong to an evening prayer.

    • Denny supposedly went to temple with Bethany on a Wednesday night for Tu B'Shevat (Jewish Arbor Day). However, in the temple they sang "Bim Bom/Shabbat Shalom", a song performed on Friday Nights (i.e., the beginning of the Jewish Sabbath). Additionally, Tu B'Shevat did fall on a Friday Night this year, not on a Wednesday.

    • "The Decider" is a self-given name from President Bush. The Judge uses it in this episode.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Alan: There's a problem with your theory, Jerry. As feasible as it sounds now, you and I both know when you actually get up to give your closing you're Hands Espenson. Chewing on a silly wooden cigarrette isn't going to distract you from the reality that you have very little trial experience, that you're scared to death just to be in the room and that as able as you may be to fool others or even yourself, I know what you are. And knowing that I know, feeling my stare upon you, that you'll be utterly reduced to an ineffective, mumbling, inarticulate man with Asperger's because that's what you are, Jerry.

    • Alan: What do you think he looks like?
      Denny: Like me; perhaps thinner.
      Alan: You think he looks like you?
      Denny: God made man in His image.
      Alan: And specifically?
      Denny: Me.

    • Denny: ...these aliens in the form of Ann Margaret took me to their spacecraft and had sex with me.

    • Denny: Holy crap, I shot the Rabbi.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: November 4, 2010 on JOJ

    • At one point, Alan Shore says, "Denny, you think you can understand what it means to be Jewish." - an in-joke as William Shatner actually is Jewish.

    • In the commericals for this episode, the voice over uses a variation of the Star Trek opening.

      "These Lawyers go where no lawyer has gone before" is just one of the quotes from the episode.

      This, of course, is yet ANOTHER little reference to Shatner's most famous role.

    • Craig Bierko is removed from the opening credits.


    • Denny: Same thing in Lebanon. They grab a few soldiers, you respond with overkill.
      This is a reference to the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict which started with the July 12th when Hezbollah gunmen conducted a cross-border raid killing 8 and abducting 2 Israeli soldiers. Holding Lebanon responsible, Israel responded with a naval blockade and aerial & ground assaults ending in a cease-fire on August 14.

    • Jerry: How many of you saw the X-Files? Friday nights? Lousy timeslot.
      Christian Clemenson (Jerry Espensen) was a regular on The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. which aired right before The X-Files on Friday nights.

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