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Boston Legal

Season 5 Episode 4

True Love

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2008 on ABC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Alan Shore is called upon by ex-flame Phoebe Prentice to prove her husband's innocence in the murder of a nurse. But deep down, Alan's unrequited love for Phoebe makes him hope that her husband is guilty so that they can rekindle their relationship.

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  • Phoebe's husband "Boston's best Cardiologist" gets accused of murder. With trepidation Alan and Denny defend him. Phoebe plays Alan like a violin...

    Very strong episode that the only thing I could find wrong with was I predicted the ending about twenty minutes into the episode.

    Phoebe did state that she would walk away with her husband at the end and that her family was the most important thing to her. She manipulates Alan into doing exactly what she thought he would. I am not going to speak to the story specifically, but her husband is absolutely guilty and she was betting on Alan getting him off until it became apparent that even the best could not defend someone so guilty. So she introduced doubt and subterfuge along with her husband. They both lied outside of the court room to him and as their attorney I doubt he would be disbarred over something he was not privy too.

    Alan is better off in the long run. Anyone who would lie to protect their murdering husband and then stay with him through think and thin has to be mentally unstable. Both she and her husband feel they are above the law which is not uncommon with people of their stature. Let's hope we don't see her again.

    Denny comes through for Alan in the end pointing out that each person has one true love and they are each others. Nice cameo for Brenda Strong of Desperate Housewives/Starship Troopers fame as the judge. Piece of personal trivia. Brenda and I both performed in a number of shows in college together for a few seasons. I think she was two years behind me in college. :)

    Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Transparent episode for any 'movie buff'.

    Disappointed! Transparent episode for any 'movie buff'. The series' writers were obviously lacking in inspiration for original dialogue and shamelessly decided to pilfer a storyline from one of the best courtroom dramas of the 1950's. If you ever get a chance to watch TCM take a look at the 1957 version of "Witness for the Prosecution" with Marlene Dietrich -- is superb! I have watched Boston Legal from the beginning but this season seems to be lacking 'life'. Sure, the shows are 'good'; but very predictable. I hope they improve over time. If not, ending the show after this season is prudent.moreless
  • "they did this one already"

    I do believe they did this one already but the only difference was that it was agreed with Allan before hand and the viewer only found out later on... I'm too lazy to check out the name and include it in the review but you get the idea.

    I'll agree it became pretty obvious this was where it was heading and it's clearly a sign that the series was getting to the point where they lacked ideas (something I've been noticing since 3rd season anyway).

    Does that mean the episode was crap because of that? Not really. It was still funny as usual and it still entertained me thus earning 8.5

    Even when it is less good, it is still good.moreless
  • The husband/wife murder storyline has been done many times over, if not by BL then by others since Perry Mason. Sub-plots serve to freshen and hilariate an otherwise stale story.

    I thought Laurel and Hardy (Alan and Denny) were top-notch in this episode. The murder plot was predictable as soon as Phoebe delineated her intentions to leave with her husband. It was always clear she would do this for the husband. What remains unclear is why. Or who really did it. Both are unlikable. It isn't pleasant to see Alan hurting. It was painful to watch him being taken for the fool Phoebe knew him to be. It wasn't pretty to watch this unlikable woman exact her revenge for the break-up that happened in another life. All episodes need Catherine Piper, Shirley Schmidt, a funny Carl Sacks and more Alan and Denny tantric sex.moreless
  • I must admit that this is one plotline where you think you know where its going, but like old Twilight Zone episodes, you are surprised in the end.

    Throughout it's five seasons, the Boston Legal writers have shown that Alan Shore is capable of love, but it is difficult emotionally for him.

    He got another test in this episode when his old flame, Phoebe, came to him and ask him to defend her husband, one of "the top cardiologist in Boston."

    The charge? Murder

    Alan agrees to take the case and meets with his client, who seems to come off as non-caring and rather snobbish. He keeps claiming that his wife is his alibi. He was with her the whole night in question.

    However, when Phoebe takes the stand and can't account for three hours of her husband's whereabouts that night, Alan goes becomes quite angry. He doesn't like surprises from his witnesses. He also feels the case is lost until he consults with his client and gets some information that could save the case.

    I must admit that this is one plotline where you think you know where its going, but like old Twilight Zone episodes, you are surprised in the end.

    In fact, not only was I surprised, I felt like Phoebe just sucker-punched me in the gut. I'm sure Alan probably felt the same way.moreless
Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong

Judge Judy Beacon

Guest Star

Peter Onorati

Peter Onorati

A.D.A. Stewart Betts

Guest Star

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron

Phyllis Goulet

Guest Star

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