Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 17

...There's Fire!

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 28, 2006 on ABC
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Episode Summary

...There's Fire!
Shirley, Paul and Brad batten down the hatches as Bev files for divorce hours after her marriage to Denny, and demands half of his assets. Alan helps defend an old friend who was fired for smoking on her private time.

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  • Oops!

    This was another brilliant episode, even though it was a little predictable that Bev wouldn't be around forever. Nevertheless, ending them by having Denny sleep with another woman in a close closet had me in hysterics.

    I didn't care much for Alan's case, which is unsual, but nevertheless it was quite thought provoking. The invasion to ones right to privacy is forever being threatened, and the show did well in conveting the idea of living in an 1984 society very well.

    Nevertheless, Denny's annulment was the point of the show I liked most- I really enjoyed the fact that Denny was the one that solved his own problem, proving hes not a complete liability that the partners think he is.

    Overall, a good episode to fine Season- I am sure anyone reading these reviews get the point by now!moreless
  • Boston Legal is back to its best! Goodbye Bev. Good riddance.

    Denny Crane rules so much! My God!

    What a great episode. I’m so glad they got rid of Bev. I hated the character and I really hated the actress. Awful casting. Wont miss her.

    Any episode about Denny is always a gem. This one doesn’t disappoint. Great lines, funny moments and nice acting by everyone involved.

    I also enjoyed the “smoking” plot. Smokers are being treated worse than drug addicts these days. Very good writing on this one.

    After a few below average episodes, “Boston Legal” is back with a BANG!

    William Shatner’s facial expressions are just too funny!

    This show rocks!moreless
  • Shirley had one of the funniest lines of the year: "No cure for cancer, but they have three pills for that."

    Denny get married, gets turned off by his new wife's greed, and then gets turned on by a waitress, then gets hit in the wallet.

    Shatner shines in this one. Joanna Cassidy has stuck around for a few weeks as Bev. She had great chemistry with Shatner and with Brad (Mark Valley). Also, good casting to get Corbin Bernsen as her lawyer. Although it's been years since Bernsen was Arnie Becker on L.A. Law and has since struggled a bit (taking daytime soap work), but he still has charm. Denny handles Bev privately and that shows how much he felt for her and how much class he has.moreless
  • Great writing, great acting.

    This show had a very different pace than a lot of the other episodes, but had great writing and acting. It was good to see Bev gone, but really made you feel sad for Denny. It's true, you do crazy things for love.

    Nicole Sullivan has quickly became one of my favorite actresses. I have not seen her on Mad TV, but almost everything else after and she is excellent! Her story line is one that really troubles me more and more.moreless
  • Getting rid of bev.

    I am glad they got rid of bev but the show missed a little something of what it normally has because of all the focus there about the marriage. It IS a law firm, remember? It is the one excuse i have to watch it in my dorm room, this was more like a soap, although alan's case was great.
Nicole Sullivan

Nicole Sullivan

Joan Rubin

Guest Star

Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Bernsen

Attorney Eli Granger

Guest Star

Kevin Dunn

Kevin Dunn

Attorney Jonathan Weiner

Guest Star

Joanna Cassidy

Joanna Cassidy

Beverly Bridge

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Brad: Look, there are other criteria for an annulment. Legally, we can always say that Denny was not of sound mind.
      Paul: That cannot become public knowledge. Despite the repeated shootings, the television appearances, people still believe Denny runs this firm.
      Denny: I am one of those people...

    • Denny: (to Alan) I wish you and I were getting married.

    • Brad: Denny...I was a Marine. Served my country proudly in the first Gulf War. I am an honest, honorable person. I want you to know that I do not lie. Clear on that?
      Denny: Yes.
      Brad: Are there any guns in here? I want to be clear on that as well.
      Denny: There are many guns.
      Brad: (points around the room) Within reach?
      Denny: No.
      Brad: (cautiously) All right.

    • Denny: I wonder if sometimes I get remarried just to have someone listen to my stories again.
      Alan: That's a terrible reason.

    • Denny: You never talk about your wife. What was she like?
      Alan: She had all the most delectable qualities one could hope for. Creativity, desire, zealotry, a gorgeous clavicle, healthy lack of inhibition.
      Denny: Sounds spectacular. What happened?
      Alan: She know me too well and I began to hate her for it. Even when I was unpredictable, she'd predict it. For those of us who aspire to be original, it's the worst sort of banality. She died. I've missed that banality ever since.

    • Bev: Denny? I love you. But, I love Hawaii more.
      Denny: Well, you'll be the one that got away from Denny Crane. That makes you a large fish in a very small pond.

    • Denny: While everyone was whining about Bev, you were actually trying to take her out. I admire that. You have very large testicles, my friend.
      Brad: Well. Thank you Denny, I'm flattered you have that opinion of me.
      Denny: It's not my opinion. I saw you in the shower at the gym. Good God!

    • Alan: Congratulations. I saw you were the lucky one who caught Bev's garter.
      Paul: Yes. I'm going for a full battery of tests first thing in the morning.

    • Paul: You had sex with another woman and your wife in the three hours you were married?
      Denny: It was my special day. I had taken my little blue pill.
      Shirley: There is no cure for cancer, but, we've got three pills for that.

    • Shirley: White roses, gold leaf cake, Bev's boobs swimming out of her wedding dress.
      Brad: Who said money can't buy tastelessness?
      Alan: I think Bev and Denny did a lovely job.
      Paul: 11 marriages between the two of them. They've had plenty of practice.

    • Alan: …You're not losing an Alan, you're gaining a Bev, the girl of your recent dreams.
      Denny: Alan, you're my best friend. If you want, you can dream about her, too.
      Alan: Denny, you're generous to a fault.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Alan: No, I'm just welcoming us all to 1984. The bus arrived a little late, and our tour guide, George Orwell, is good and dead, but nonetheless we made it, and big brother Loomus is watching us.
      Alan is alluding to George Orwell's political novel 1984 which prophesied a totalitarian society which controlled every aspect of society's life; what they ate, what they watched, what they thought.

    • Denny: Am I supposed to beam over to Boston every day?
      When Bev suggests she and Denny move away from Boston, Denny shoots back with another reference to his previous role as Star Trek's Captain James Kirk, who used a machine to "beam" himself from place to place routinely.

    • The legal battle between a fired smoker and her former employer explores the erosion of Americans' right to privacy. This alludes to the Patriot Act which allows for spying on citizens in the domestic U.S.