Boston Legal

Season 1 Episode 15

Tortured Souls

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 20, 2005 on ABC
8.8
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Tortured Souls
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Shirley asks Alan Shore to use his odious lawyering to help her defend a police officer accused of torture. Donny Crane returns and is the opposing counsel in Denny's case, with Chelina Hall as second chair, where a woman wants to sue her former boyfriend for saying no to her at the alter. For Denny, this is an easy case, for Donny this is to settle a score with Denny for letting him believe for 25 years that he was his father. Meanwhile, Bernard Ferrion is befriended by Catherine and Alan finds variance with that.moreless

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  • "We're winners, Alan."

    9.5
    This was another great episode, if significantly darker in many ways. Shirley requests Alan's help in trying a difficult case involving police abuse. I thought the case brought up interesting questions- I certainly know in this country the police have more powers behind the scenes- its a bit like Don't ask, Don't tell.



    Chelina, a very pretty Kerry Washington, enlists Denny's help against his "son", Donny, who reappears. The case itself wasn't top notch, but the drama between father and son was very nicely handled. I thought they dealt with that very subtley, which was nice.



    Meanwhile, Bernie returns and befriends Catherine- I wasn't sure whether I believed Alan or not when he claims Bernie is evil- either way, James Spader is such a compelling actor. It seemed to signal further trouble for him and Tara, however. The balcony scene at the end was good, as usual, seeing the tired personal lives of our two main protaginists.



    Overall, another very decent episode to a brilliant opening Season.moreless
Freddie Prinze Jr.

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Donny Crane

Guest Star

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Leigh-Allyn Baker

Frannie Huber

Guest Star

Kevin Chapman

Kevin Chapman

Officer Wayne Kirkland

Guest Star

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington

Chelina Hall

Recurring Role

Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan

Bernard Ferrion

Recurring Role

Betty White

Betty White

Catherine Piper

Recurring Role

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    • Alan: It's simply insane for me to give the closing after you've handled all the witnesses. The jury has no relationship with me. I can only guess that you must want one. Is that what this is all about, your unconscious desire to bed me?
      Shirley: (plays video of handcuffed man being beaten by police officers) You have undoubtedly seen this footage.
      Alan: Along with the rest of the world. It happened in Los Angeles. What's it got to do with us?
      Shirley: Two of the officers were disciplined, and they then sued. They were just awarded $2.4 million last month.
      Alan: Is there a moral?
      Shirley: This brings us to the dark. The jury in that case somehow found it in their conscience to pay those officers millions of dollars. Obviously, there was some human nature in play. We need to stand up in front of our jury and tell them what our client did was a good thing. It's not in me to sell that.
      Alan: And you think it's in me?
      Shirley: I certainly don't know all of you, Alan; perhaps not even much. But you seem to have a capacity to see darkness in people's hearts. I need you to exploit the ugliness in human nature... in a way that I cannot.
      Alan: (with trembling voice and wounded look) I think you're underestimating your own capacity to see darkness in hearts.
      (Alan rises and walks away.)

    • Catherine: All I'm saying is, if you killed two people... there couldn't be a better time to turn to Jesus Christ, your savior.
      Bernard: Under normal circumstances I'd agree.
      Catherine: But?
      Bernard: I'm Jewish.
      Catherine: Bernie, there has never been a Jewish serial killer.
      Bernard: Son of Sam. David Berkowitz.
      Catherine: He was adopted. Genetically, he's one of ours.
      Bernard: Well, what are you saying?
      Catherine: I'm saying that if you're out there murdering people on some level you must want to be Christian. Would you let me take you to church?

    • Denny Crane: You got on this case specifically because I'm on it.
      Donny Crane: I did.
      Denny Crane: You wanna get me.
      Donny Crane: I do.
      Denny Crane: I love it.

    • Donny: You're an old man. Just not mine, remember?
      Denny: Yeah... The thing is... I like you. Actually... I love you. That's a difficult thing for Denny Crane to say... unless it's part of foreplay...

    • Denny: I'm gonna say this one more time with all the humility I can summon up. I'm the greatest trial attorney that ever lived. You will not beat me.

    • Donny Crane: We're talking about emotions of the heart.
      Denny Crane: Objection. Sounds like a girly man.
      Donny Crane: (angrily) Move to strike!
      Denny Crane: That's better.

    • Lori: And what exactly is your defense?
      Alan: Something like let him go even though he did it.
      Lori: Jury Nullification?
      Alan: Best I can tell though Shirley hasn't really filled me in.
      Shirley: Talking about me?
      Alan: Yes Shirley if you so enjoy keeping me in the dark, you really should give me a try…in the dark.

    • Alan: First of all, the idea of giving representation to that thug…
      Denny: Alan, c'mon we hate all our clients. It's good to hate, allows us to overcharge and still sleep at night.

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