Boston Legal

Season 3 Episode 6

The Verdict

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 24, 2006 on ABC
9.0
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Jeffrey, Denise and Claire prepare for the verdict in the Judge Hooper murder trial by making one final accusation. Meanwhile, Alan feels sexually inadequate when Sally refuses to stay after sex.

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  • Very disappointing episode. Plot elements stolen right from the last season of The Practice, and Alan reduced to a crybaby. BL used to be one of my favorite shows, but it is quickly dropping down the list.moreless

    4.5
    WHAT HAPPENED?? Boston Legal's first two seasons were some of the most incredible shows I had ever seen on television. The first episode this season felt a little off, but I was willing to keep going. By the second episode, they added Jeffery Coho and Claire I-Can't-Even-Be-Bothered-To-Remember-Her-Last-Name to the show, two characters who seemed to add nothing to BL's once great ensemble cast, and just took screen time from the much more compelling characters, especially Paul and Brad, who have been lucky to get a line in per episode lately. This downward spiral has continued, and really peaked with The Verdict.



    David E. Kelly and company recycled the "create reasonable doubt by showing the client's mother was in love with him and might be the murderer instead." This would have been bad enough on it's own, but the worse crime is that in this episode, Alan is presented as being a complete crybaby. Instead of seeing Alan as a nasty lawyer willing to do anything to win a case, we get to see him as a pathetic loser. Alan is supposed to be a loveable shark, not someone that the viewer feels pity towards.



    The only redeeming quality of this episode was the opening and closing with Denny and Alan. Granted, Denny and Alan's scenes together are always the best part of the show, but they should not be the only good thing about an entire episode. Boston Legal used to be my absolute favorite show on television, but this season is is not even my favorite show on Tuesday nights. I miss my favorite show, and I hope Kelly figures out what happened to it before he loses this viewer.moreless
  • The Verdict gives us what we love about Boston Legal. It and the episodes leading up to The Verdict are bound to become series classics.

    9.8
    The Verdict and all the episodes leading up to it is (will become) a series classic! First, the cast does a wonderful job in portraying their characters and the writing is on the nose for each of them.



    For Star Trek fans, this episode and those leading up to it have been providing a fun time with some of our favorite actors without the Star Trek makeup. It is also wonderful to Quark and Odo together again (the previous episodes). Unfortunately Boston Legal didn't allow their characters to be opposite of their Star Trek roles. Rene Auberjonois still play an emotionally restrictive role, while Armin Shimerman's role is still one of antagonistic to his old nemesis. Missing is a three-way relationship between all three Star Trek alumni for (I suspect) some fun dynamics. Putting these two observations aside, Star Trek fans will enjoy watching some of our favorite actors in The Verdict.



    Second, again Boston Legal is about courtrooms, sex, and more sex. Every major character with a part in The Verdict has some aspect of sex on his or her mind. Whether they are having it or avoiding it, sex is on the minds of those at Boston Legal and isn't that one reason we love Boston Legal?



    This episode gives us everything we value in Boston Legal - a good suspenseful courtroom action and sexual relations so outrageous we love it simply because it is outrageous. (No spoilers here for anyone on the verdict – sorry.)moreless
  • This episode was absolutely disgusting. Usually its in a good way; but the good way was only for about 10 seconds while the rest of the disgusting took up half the entire episodemoreless

    6.0
    Summary? Its on the episode page



    My point of view: I am appalled at the quality of episodes these days. But this by far goes over the board of excessive.



    i take back what i might have said earlier in forums, but if they continue with their sex rant and obsession disgusting filthy lines, i dont want a S4. This show was into the much silent yet serious subject matters but now James character (for some reason i've forgotten his name) can only seem to be sex driven. And his acting or maybe his faces are just disgusting. He's fat. He's old. And he smokes. Seriously i doubt anyone is interesting in seeing him like we did today (in UK). its absolutely revolting.



    This episode was actually exceptional in that The Littles plot had come to a close with shocking revelations here and there. But its just not BL. It was just too fictional. It was like watching an episode of Desperate Housewives where they desperately (and sometimes suceed) try to shock the audience. But it was entertaining. And the kiss at the end, featured one the best camera work i've ever seen on TV. Apart from the actors going at it intensely, the camera person grossed it out with different zoom shots here and there. Great work. I actually got into the show because of the randomness the camera picks up. its usually left to you as the audience to determine if you feel the shot was significant or not to the ongoing story.



    And an unrealistic point of the episode is that both Littles, mother and son, really would not have been doing the nasty with the press only inches away.



    Nonetheless that part of the episode was the best. And that arc i must say, well considering we hardly get any was actually the best featured on the show.

    Glad it ended though ...with a knowledge of the real killer.



    What brought this episode down, (really i shld have rated 2.5) was the stupidity and sher nonsense of Alan's situation. so now he's looking for intimacy? i'm confused. His character is begining to lack consistency. Words are Alan's only friend. Sex is just leisure. Well atleast ever since that hot british chick from S1 disappeared. But now we see him hit on Shirley, Denise, Mrs. Little. i mean what woman has he not attempted to hit on. It was okay when it just playful and on occassion but now to make that into an entire episode. And the next episode doesnt seem very promising either. With Jerry showing face yet again. i am very dissappointed. Alan's character was one of the most refreshing characters to be featured on TV but now to turn him into what they've turned him into, i am dissappointed. And almost ashamed to say i watch the show.moreless
  • The Verdict

    9.5
    The case of the Judge Hooper trial comes to a close, and it certainly doesn't disappoint- what an awfully shocking ending!



    I liked how Coho and Claire tried and won the case, and it was a dramatic closing, but I didn't expect the kiss between the mother and son! EWWWWWW! Really well written though, and it provided some excellent dramatic tension, as well as a good case being spread over a couple of weeks!



    Alan's story was a bit of a let down, however. I do not like feeling sorry for him- hes meant to be this strong character, dark and bit nasty, but loveable. He seemed a little pathetic in this one. Although it was amusing when he hit on Denise, and how Sally went with Brad at the end!



    Overall, a brilliant episode in places, but a slight dip from the last couple.moreless
  • This was a great 50th episode for Boston Legal.

    9.4
    What was there in this episode other than the incest bit that even made me cringe. Overall we got to see Sally and Alan together again. Haha she also went from Alan to Brad in like a day. Denny was given a little more than a camio and Shirely wan't even in the episode. Boston legal is playing out so well. Just when i think it can't get any better it does. People have to remember that humour makes this show, they ahve to do crazy and weird story lines to keep the show working well. Looking forward to next weeks episode which looks really good on the trailer.moreless
Lake Bell

Lake Bell

Sally Heep

Guest Star

Tyler Labine

Tyler Labine

A.D.A. Jonathan Winant

Guest Star

Ethan Phillips

Ethan Phillips

Michael Shiller

Guest Star

Constance Zimmer

Constance Zimmer

Claire Simms

Recurring Role

Ashton Holmes

Ashton Holmes

Scott Little

Recurring Role

Curtis Armstrong

Curtis Armstrong

Dr. Zachary Simon

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (13)

    • (After Bethany sneaks up on Denny again)
      Denny: I gotta get that woman a pair of squeaky shoes.

    • Denny: She dumped you?
      Alan: Well, I think we're looking for different things.
      Denny: What are you looking for? A serious relationship?
      Alan: Don't be silly. I'm already involved with you.
      Denny: You're damn right.

    • Alan: (to Sally) When you just jump up and leave, it makes me feel cheap, devalued, skanky.

    • (Alan bumps into Barbara)
      Alan: Hmm. Hello.
      Barbara: Could you... excuse me please.
      Alan: Have we met?
      Barbara: No.
      Alan: Would you like to meet?
      (Denise walks up to Barbara)
      Denise: Barbara, we need to prep your testimony.
      Barbara: This man is hitting on me.

    • Claire: Did you know this, Lincoln Meyer was watching you?
      Scott: She told me about him. How she had a restraining order against him. She thought he was sick. Pedophile or something.
      (Lincoln stands)
      Lincoln: Objection.
      Judge Cooper: Mr Meyer...

    • Jeffrey: Denise, I... How engaged are you?
      Denise: (pause) Very.

    • Jeffrey: Did Mrs Hooper have a crush on you? You told Claire Simms that. Something about transference. The victim had developed a crush on you.
      Dr Simon: Transference sometimes occurs.
      Jeffrey: Yeah, 'cause your kinda hard to resist, I bet.

    • (After Jeffrey objects)
      Judge Cooper: I ask you, sir, to take your seat.
      (Lincoln stands and claps his hands)
      Lincoln: Atta boy, judgie boy.
      Judge Cooper: Mr Meyer, your next interruption lands you in a jail cell.
      Lincoln: (softly) So dramatic.

    • (About post-sex)
      Denny: Wait a second, you want her to talk to you after.
      Alan: Yes.
      Denny: But that would make you the girl. (Alan laughs) I don't even like to talk to them before.

    • (After they had sex)
      Sally: Your heart's good, right? You get yearly physicals?
      Alan: You think you'd kill me?
      Sally: Wouldn't look good on my resume.

    • Brad: Ask me, I don't think this Jeffrey Coho's all that hot.
      Paul: Brad... You're threatened by him.
      Brad: Oh, not threatened. Just that everybody makes him out to be this superstar and so far I'm not seeing it.

    • Lincoln: (to Jeffrey in the middle of a trial) That's what you get Mr Dirty Mouth. Mr Lawyer Man Dirty Pants.
      Judge Cooper: Mr Meyer, sit down or I will have you removed.

    • Denny: I think I have Mad Penis.

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