Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 6

Witches of Mass Destruction

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 01, 2005 on ABC
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Witches of Mass Destruction
The firm takes on two milestone cases. First, Shirley and Denise represent Christian and Wiccan parents who are outraged by a public school's Halloween celebrations, but the case takes a turn for the worse when the clients begin arguing amongst themselves. Meanwhile, Denny and Alan's friendship is tested when Alan helps Cassie sue the US military for the loss of her brother.moreless

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  • Flamingo's

    Boston Legal once again balances drama and comedy together. On the one hand, there is the halloween case, which was amusing and silly, and on the other there is the War case, which Alan tried brilliantly.

    I enjoyed the Wiccan vs Christian case- I was completely on the Wiccan side though! I also loved the closing by Shirley with the pastor, Martin Niemoller- its one of my favourite pieces of writing.

    Alan's closing, however, was amazingly brilliant. The passion James Spader's shows through his acting is extraordinary, and I loved the conflict between him and Brad and Denny. It raised many interesting debates- and having Judge Brown as the judge was also an excellent decision.

    Denny and Alan's friendship put to the test was interesting as well, but the viewer gets to see how deep that friendship runs. I loved the party at the end when they are dressed as flamingos.

    Overall, a brilliant episode, maintaining the strong start to the Season.moreless
  • The Halloween episode.

    This episode was really all about Halloween. Denise and Shirely get stuck with a silly case, where the clients want to ban Halloween from their public schools. Two groups want to ban Halloween, the Christians and Wiccan's. But during the case some tention begins when different beliefs come through onto the case. Meanwhile Alan represent's Cassie in suing the U.S government. Obviously Alan realises that he cannot win but he wants to prove a point. Anyway th case gets dimissed. Also Denny's and Alan's friendship hits the bottom when Alan tries to sue the U.S government. Denny beieves he is a trator. Overall this was a good episode. and the Halloween party was the best althogh it was a little short.moreless
  • Finally something to watch on TV.

    Great!!! Funny!!! Very good writting!!! I can watch it over and over again. Like always Gary Anthony Williams made me and my family laugh non stop, which is not something new... every aparece of Gary is hilarious (Undercover Brothers, Malcolm in the Middle, Blue Collar Comedy etc...) I recomend watching Boston Legal, because it is funnier than all other \"legal\" comedies. Finally something to watch on TV.

    And if Gary is coming back and I think he is because of the ending of this episode. Than I am telling you WATCH IT, because you will laugh and will have a great time.moreless
  • It's sad, it's engaging, it's hillarious; it's Boston Legal, and television, at it's best.

    War, witches and flamingos, oh my!

    This is my favourite episode of Boston Legal yet, great plots, great acting, and an ending scene that's so bizarre it brings back all those Ally McBeal moments. I'm always impressed of how smoothly this show transistions between and blends serious and comic segments, and this time it was extra daring. Treating us with two cases, one dealing with the painful and controversial subject of war, and the other with a rather silly debate about Halloween pageants, this episode grabs emotions from all over the spectrum and throws them in a virtual blender, with a surprisingly, not to say shockingly, good result. It's sad, it's engaging, it's hillarious; it's Boston Legal, and television, at it's best.

    ( And just in case there's any doubts: Go see it. Now. Even if you don't feel like watching a debate on the merits of war, there's still the Cackling witch/Principal. And the flamingos, don't forget the flamingos )moreless
  • The tease for this episode got me tuned in and I have stayed. I am now telling all of my friends to watch this terrific show.

    What a delightful and funny episode. I still laugh when I mentally picture those big pink birds. And Spader's speech to the judge regarding the war in Iraq...WOW....I have it posted above my PC.

    This show deals with the ridiculous arguments against Halloween and I would hope it opened some critics eyes regarding the holiday. I mean, Halloween is fun. That's it. Fun.

    And of course the war in Iraq and those young men who did not sign up for such a long tour of duty. Very touching storyline and sadly true.moreless
Tamara Feldman

Tamara Feldman


Guest Star

Andy Umberger

Andy Umberger

Attorney Morrison

Guest Star

Zach Grenier

Zach Grenier

U.S. Attorney Chris Randolph

Guest Star

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson

Judge Clark Brown

Recurring Role

Michael Ensign

Michael Ensign

Judge Paul Resnick

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The song at the end at the Halloween party is by Kepano Green and the song is called Fall. CD is Valley Drive.

    • During the "Burning Times", starting in about 1480 in England & Europe and lasting for hundreds of years, 10's of thousands of people were persecuted and executed as 'witches', many were burned. In Salem, Massachusetts, however, it's strictly myth that there was a similar situation. While there were charges of witchcraft which did result in the execution of fewer than 15 people overall, all of them were hanged; one, a man named Corey, was crushed to death by stones. There were no witch burnings, ever, in the United States.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Denny: Most of the Democrats voted for this war. John Kerry voted for it. Hillary Clinton voted for it. And now, suddenly, it becomes unpopular. Say what you will, about Republicans. We stick to our convictions, even when we know we're dead wrong.
      Alan: Some might say especially then.

    • Alan: I don't presume to know whether this is a good war or not, Denny. But there can be no dispute it's a complex one, one that we as a citizenry, as patriots, need to be talking about.
      Denny: Here's all you need to know, put me in charge. I'll win the damn thing.
      Alan: No doubt. Do you think the army would let two flamingos enlist?
      Denny: Don't ask, don't tell.

    • Alan: (after losing the case) I hope at least somebody heard your screams.
      Cassie: If not, then maybe they heard yours. Thank you.

    • Alan: Private Elliot was for the war. Personally, I was against it. Then I was for it. Then I was against it again. But that's just me. I'm a flip-flopper.

    • Shirley: Let me read you something by Martin Niemoeller, a German pastor who opposed the Nazis. "In Germany, they came first for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time, there was no one left to speak up."

    • Denise: It's just, though they are together for the purpose of this motion, they're not so much together. And I think having two lawyers, in case there are conflicts.
      Shirley: Yes, and you think the senior partner of the firm should be doing this because...
      Denise: It'll be fun. Plus, you promised I'd get to try cases with you.

    • Judge Resnick: Halloween is a secular holiday. More importantly, it's a silly holiday... Children don't see a witch as a symbol of any sort. A witch is just something to enjoy being afraid of. Motion by the plaintiffs is denied. The Halloween pageant will go on as it always has. And I advise both parties to lighten up and remember what Halloween really is all about. The candy!

    • Alan: We currently have no strategy to fight this war. We have no timetable for getting out. Some of these troops could be extended 20-plus years. Their mothers and fathers have to spring for body armor because the army doesn't, and they're getting killed! And we, as a nation in denial, are letting them. We simply don't seem to care. Well, she does. (points to Cassie) She's in this courtroom honoring one dead soldier. That's a start.

    • Shirley: At what point does a religion become silly enough that it's okay to make fun of them? And who decides?

    • Sergeant Jason Hendler (on the witness stand): We're at war, Mr. Shore. We need soldiers.

    • Denny: (to Alan) I can't look at you right now.

    • Cassie: I don't want to have sex with you anymore.
      Garrett: Yeah. Well, as it turns out, as my client, I'm not supposed to have sex with you anyway.
      Cassie: So there we are.
      Garrett: There we are.

    • Denny: Drop the case. Do it now.
      Alan: I'm not dropping it, Denny.
      Denny: Alan? I'm senior partner. I'm asking you, check that, I'm directing you. Drop it.
      Alan: No.

    • Denny: Most of the Cranes in my family were flamingos.

    • Alan: What are you thinking about? It's not a trick question.
      Denny: Can I have a solitary, pensive moment? Keep a thought to myself?
      Alan (laughing): You forgot what you were thinking.

    • (Denny walks into costume party wearing the same flamingo costume as Alan.)
      Denny: Tried it on. Looked good. Kept it on. Doesn't mean I forgive you.
      Alan: Got it. Denny, you look pretty in pink.
      Denny: Not having sex with you.
      Alan: Just the same.

    • Bob Matthias: What are you going to do, turn me into a toad?
      Sam Sawtell: We don't do hexes!
      (Punches Bob Matthias in the mouth.)
      Sam Sawtell: We do throw punches, occasionally.

    • Denny: I prefer to be alone. Please leave.
      Alan: Why?
      Denny: No reason.
      Alan: If you were to guess at a reason.
      Denny: If I were to guess, I'd say maybe I don't want to socialize with a pinko, liberal, Democrat commie.
      Alan: Ahh.

    • Denny: Alan, I've loved you like a...
      Alan: Sister?
      Denny: We're Americans. To be critical in a time of war... even the Democrats are smart enough to keep their mouths shut on this.

    • Brad: Don't you two have anything else to do?
      Garrett: We're discussing a case, sir.
      Brad: It's not a case. It's an abuse of the judicial process.
      Garrett: Yes,... we're discussing that.

    • Brad: Do you know your briefcase is smoking?
      Alan: This is the season, Brad. Bubble, bubble, toil and so forth.
      Brad: This is a law firm.
      Alan: Thank you for that.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sara: I'm not trying to be disrespectful. I just wanted to feel hot.
      Her costume is meant to be that of Condoleezza Rice, the United States Secretary of State when this episode first aired.

    • Alan Shore: Denny, you look pretty in pink.
      James Spader, who portrays Alan Shore, appeared in the 1986 feature film, Pretty in Pink, which also starred Molly Ringwald, Andrew McCarthy, Harry Dean Stanton and Jon Cryer.