Boston Legal

Season 2 Episode 21

Word Salad Days

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 28, 2006 on ABC
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Word Salad Days
After beginning to speak gibberish in court, Alan turns to Denny for help in curing his new, debilitating condition. Meanwhile, Paul and Brad defend a video game company when a mother claims the company's addictive game killed her teenage son, and Denise challenges the polygamy law.

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  • Literally addictive video game lost me

    An overworked woman lets her kid stay up all night and day playing a video game, until the kid collapses and dies from lack of food or sleep. As a gamer, at first this looked like it would be a story about a distraught mother filing a frivolous lawsuit to avoid taking responsibility for failing to be a good parent. My opinion was apparently at odds with the author, who, in an attempt to make their hamfisted drug analogy work, wrote into evidence that the video game designer had hired a researcher to study levels of brain chemicals released by playing the game in order to make it physically addictive.

    While it's silly to complain that Boston Legal featured a preposterous lawsuit, that premise proved too much for me to swallow.

    There's a nice continuity nod to Rachel as Brad makes a strong closing argument that he knows a meth addict (Rachel) in rehab and that people when people say they are "addicted" to their Blackberry, etc., it's an insult to people with real physical addictions. When victorious Brad tells the mother he's sorry for her loss, she gets the last word, saying she's sure he'll be sorry the next time it happens. Brad looks serious and conflicted as she walks away, because we in the audience are intended to believe that a plague of kids playing a video game until they die is a realistic expectation.

    The other case of the week, between a perfect polygamist triad and the DA breaking their ideal family apart, got an even more one-sided presentation. That case, however, is mostly played for comic relief.

    The best part of the episode was Denny and Alan's tiff and reconciliation reinforcing the bond of their close friendship. Though there were parts of the dialog which seemed not quite true to the characters, the actors made the weak material work.moreless
  • Its the cheese!

    My God, they actually remembered Brad was lawyer and he got to try a case! How unusual!

    The case was good as well, very dramatic and moving. I liked how he tried the case, and used Paul's daughter as example of what real addiction is. Gaming shouldn't be classed as an addiction. On the other hand, I did feel very sorry for the mum- she gave a lot of emotion in the case.

    It was also typical of Paul to warn Brad off his daughter- at the time I did wonder if Brad will go against his wishes, it would have made for an interesting storyline!

    Denise challenging the polygamy law was also entertaining- I actually agreed that the family unit worked! It was refreshing to see them lose a case, though. I guess they had to lose that one to be honest! But it was nice that they got a desired outcome at the end- for all parties, it seems, with Denise being asked out!

    Meanwhile, the most entertaining aspect was with Denny and Alan again- Alan suffering from word salad was yet another affliction to his troubled character, and Denny taking him to a spa was hilarious! I love the friendship between them, and how it developped even further. Alan admitting he needed the friendship was nice.

    Overall, the writers continue to wow with drama and humour and perfectly scripted characters. The actors should be proud of their performances. Even the guest stars- how many shows can say that?moreless
  • Not the best

    I'm a late fan to 'Boston Legal' and am impressed with the humor and the skill of the writers on the show. Although this series tackles some interesting issues, I feel the element of humour usually so strong in the series was missing in this episode. I think they were relying on Alan's gibberish to carry the humor in this eppy, but I don't think it really pulled it off unfortunately.

    The treatment of polygamy was interesting, it's benefits and legal consequences (which I must admit had never occured to me), it was also interesting to see Rene Auberjonois' daughter, Tessa Auberjonois, play one of the wives.moreless
  • Alan gets word salad.

    In this episode Alan develops 'world salad' which basically means he gets his words confussed and messed up. It is appartly brought on by stress so Denny takes him on a spa trip where he can relax. But at the spa Alan says something awful to Denny about their friendship by acident, causing Denny to not want to be friends with Alan ever again.

    Meanwhile Denise defends a man who has two wifes and is a polygamist. And finally Brad defends a video game company who are resonsible for the death of a young boy. Overall i think this was a great episode. It threw a spanner in the works with Denny's and Alan's relationship but all is ok now. Can't wait for the next episode, and i have to say this has been a fantastic season and i hope they keep up the quality for the last few episodes left of season 2.moreless
  • Alan struggles with his friend: words. And Denny comes through to show what a real friend does in a time of crisis.

    This episode is permanently taking up space in my DVR so I can play it for any poor soul who missed it. Never has there been a finer showing of a male relationship than this one with Denny and Alan. The last scenes, from their fight at the spa to the rooftop apology, were rivoting character development, and stand alone in the arena of male friendship. I'm amazed that more people haven't commented on this. Both of these actors (who, before this series, were not my favorites by a LOT) demonstrate the real vulnerability of their characters in this episode. I was in tears! Whoever was brave enough and creative enough to end the show with "Stand By Your Man" is worthy of an emmy! Bravo.moreless
Steven Eckholdt

Steven Eckholdt

A.D.A. Richard Kelton

Guest Star

Francesca P. Roberts

Francesca P. Roberts

Judge Jamie Atkinson

Guest Star

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Stephanie Beller

Guest Star

Ron Canada

Ron Canada

Judge Willard Reese

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Denny: You can't walk because you think you have to be there to protect me, to save me from myself.
      Alan: That's certainly not it.
      Denny: For the first time in your life, you feel trapped, and I'm the reason.
      Alan: Why can't we just leave it at, "I'd miss you, Denny"?
      Denny: Denny Crane has never needed anybody.
      Alan: And that's a tragedy. One for which I empathize as well as sympathize.
      Denny: I will never be anybody's charity project. If that has something to do with our friendship, I no longer want it.

    • Alan: Wow...
      Denny: Double wow...

    • Chris: The game is called "Hellborn". You start out as a ghost fighting your way out of hell, and when you finally reach the surface, you need to track down your lost soul in order to become human again.
      Paul: Sounds like a typical day around here.

    • Denny: (fighting with Alan) I'm going home.
      Alan: Denny...
      Denny: (grabs suitcase and starts packing) Don't talk to me.
      Alan: Please don't leave.
      Denny: (throws clothes in suitcase) I said do not talk to me!
      Alan: It's just that's my suitcase, you're packing my things.

    • Denny: I'm going to take you to my spa. I'm going to empty your bucket.

    • Brad: Okay. We're required to turn this over to Ms Beller. As per the rules of discovery, we'll provide it with the one hundred thousand other pages of documents that pertain to their production request.
      Chris Mott: So you're going to bury it?
      Brad: No, that would be unethical. We'll simply comply... fully.

  • NOTES (3)