Eli Stone

Season 1 Episode 6

Something to Save

Aired Saturday 10:00 PM Mar 06, 2008 on ABC
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After performing a song in the courtroom, Eli's capacity to practice law have come under scrutiny and he appears before the State Bar of California for a hearing to determine whether he's fit to practice law. However, it's Taylor who pleads to her dad, Jordan, to defend Eli's law license. Jordan agrees to represent Eli but another situation develops, and Nathan has to decide whether he should protect his brother or tell the truth.moreless

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  • Like Ally McBeal with a Paranormal twist and musical numbers. Prepare for fun, or in the case of this episode - maybe not

    I've watched Eli Stone since the first episode here in the UK, and I have to admit that although it started out well it now doesn't seem to know where to go, so is rushing past some of the options too quickly. In this episode everyone finds out about the aneurysm and Eli has to vacate his office because Jordan isn't very happy with him. At this point the show needs to stop being so sentimental and inject more fun and irony into it (it kinda lost it after the first few episodes). Instead what it seems to be doing is setting up conflicts for Eli - I mean Maggie the ever faithful sidekick doesn't even like him anymore. Although his conflict with Jordan should be something good to play on.

    The flashbacks to his dad need a little more enthusiasm in them as well, I like the story here but having his father reveal he has visions and Eli coming back at him with hatred felt a little too throwaway. Introducing the idea that Eli's father asked Chen to guide him later in life felt unfortunately like a deception rather than the obvious 'Oh, I see, I like that' moment they were obviously aiming for as well.

    Bits I do like are the absurdity of the visions and Patti's hate for Taylor. I would have liked a little more Maggie in this episode as well because she is cute. More bite and shock in the visions would be good as well, how far can Eli see into the future? It's good they are developing the characters and their situations (something Heroes has a lack of at the moment) but revealing to the world about his condition feels like it shouldn't have happened so fast.moreless
  • By far my favorite episode to date.

    This is really an amazing show. Eli reveals his illness to protect his brother. Jordan is ambushed with the truth and his shock is visible. He is hurt and angry but he still steps up and saves Eli from disbarrment. However the most explosive reveal was Dr. Chen's bombshell that he knew Eli's father. Eli's father told Eli that he could see the future and of course, Eli was a young boy and didn't believe him. Now it's revealed that Eli's father knew Dr. Chen would meet in the future and he makes Dr. Chen promise that he will help Eli. The whole scene made me cry. Eli truly seems to be coming to terms with his relationship with his father through these guided flashbacks. At the same time, now that his secret is revealed, Eli seems to be ready to embrace his future. I can't wait to see the next episode!moreless
  • The show has been really darned good up until this episode. But this one moved up not just one gear but at least three. If this is the sort of pace that the rest of the season one episodes continue at, then Eli Stone is highly likely to be a cult hit.moreless

    It's been pretty wacky in the last five episodes. Getting George Michael no matter what you might think of him or his music was a twist of brilliance - the songs are up beat and lend to the dancing aspect and choir type base that have been used, and the lyrics have fit in perfectly with the underlying current of the themes etched through both each episode and in the bigger picture with the show too - "You've got to have faith" etc. I still cringe every time Eli gets into a musical number - and ends up dancing on a table or in the middle of the office, but it is a really bold move to even have these musical aspects to the show - and to have all the characters participate, and it really works and sets the show apart from anything else on tv. The stories are both self contained and all hold another piece of the overall puzzle and direction in which Eli must go. And all of the story arc still stands up and holds strong despite all the musical aspects and all the comedic lines interwoven into each script. When the drama aspect unfolds it is so very often pointed and sharp and direct, and it hits you fair in the heart from out of nowhere. This is when Eli Stone absolutely shines, and in Something to Save it does it better than any of the previous episodes.

    I also love how the writers of this show seem so totally unafraid of leaving any conventional wisdom behind when it comes to the direction of the show or its characters. Things change in an actually believable way - people react and get angry and then change their minds and relent. Jordan Wethersby has gone from being an idiot to someone you understand and respect and start to like, to someone who has been hurt by both Eli and his daughter and has walked away and said enough.

    Eli has tried to hide his aneurysm , been found out and had to fight to keep what is most important to him, while losing his fiancée, his working partner and effectively his job. Taylor has hated him, not trusted him, been jealous of him, and found that in everything she still loves him more than any of the other emotions. His brother has fought against him and then for him and risked so much and had it returned by Eli lying to save his career. Patti too loves Eli more than anything - but is constantly fighting him, and her character shines in the brilliantly subtle underhanded ways in which she deals with almost everyone. But she is always here for Eli - even giving up secrets which threaten her own life to help him (in One More Try).

    The prophet storyline could so easily be a joke - could so easily be too in your face and unbelievable. That would be the case in any genre that tried to use it, but good heavens in a comedy/drama/musical? You'd have to be totally crazy - and yet it works, and it works so well it amazes me every single time. Eli with his father's ashes at the top of the mountain. Nathan explaining he buried the cassette of the song with his father and nobody else could possibly know and here Eli is having the song beamed back at him, and now of course in this episode finally it's sort of full circle as he finally sees a memory of his father telling him that he sees the future, and finally understanding that everything did make sense in his fathers life as it has to in his own, and then the huge pile driver at the end when Dr. Chen reveals he knew his father and that he had told him what the future would bring. It all works and it all fits and it is getting better and better.

    The characters are now comfortable, but they still keep changing and taking different paths. And that is bold - it would be so much easier to be totally formulaic in the set up. It would be so much easier not to have Eli and Taylor split up so soon, not to have Eli lose his place of work if not his job, not to have him pushed out on a limb while he is still trying to make sense of everything else as well. But as I said the writers seem to live to take risks, and so far it really works. Even down to the way the characters are portrayed. Dr Chen in particular is so damn cool - so laid back and so apparently flippant about his jokes, and the way he acts, yet always feeling somehow like he is so pivotal to the storyline and secretly knowledgeable about everything going on. And of course in this episode we see that is exactly true. I have to say I'm really loving this show, it started out a little wacky and I wasn't sure it would really work or even exactly where the characters were coming from, let alone where they were going. And with so much else going on and the initially silly antics it was a little hard at first to pull it all together, but that's definitely changed over the last few weeks, and it's really making its own very strong sense now. This one is out in left field, in some ways kind of much like Pushing Daisies is - different, but certainly that kind of "off the beaten path". In the same way its growing into something really pretty special, and its become a bigger joy each week to get the next fix.moreless
  • Truly a pivotal episode! Eli does not have to hide his aneurysm.

    There is this saying, 'who can harm you, if God protects you?' This episode so reminds me of that. Of all the chaos, the perfect of all solution is created to save Eli from loosing his license. Well that might have to do more with good lawyering, but none the less love the whole divine concept. Eli claims that his aneurysm, does not effect his ability to practice law, and instead files a counter claim of discrimination with "American with disability act." Also, a truth about Dr. Cheng is revealed. Everything is however not good for Eli, Jordan is unhappy that he tried to hide his illness and takes away his office, secretary and case load. Nonetheless, a victory for Eli - almost brought me to tears in the end scene.moreless
  • This series takes a turn towards the serious as Eli's brain aneurism becomes public knowlege and he fights to keep his law license. With less whimsy than in the past episodes, we can now move past the secrecy and, hopefully shift into second gear...moreless

    This episode deals mainly with Eli's medical condition, but there is some humor with allusions to the old series L.A. Law and the BALCO steroid scandal. Alan Rachins (Brackman in L.A. Law) makes a cameo at the start, and Eli's firm represents an athlete, accused of steroid use, who accidentally kills his third-base coach with a foul ball - much to the consternation of Martin Posner, who brought his children to the game.

    Jordan Weathersby (Victor Garber) does yeoman's work on this installment, representing Eli at the behest of Taylor (Natasha Henstridge) and defending him in a press conference. We see the different characters deal with the knowledge of Eli's problem - some well, others not so well - and we also are treated to several flights of fantasy from the damaged brain of the lead character (as we have become accustomed) which is what sets this series apart from other law series.

    We shall see where this series goes from here, now that the cat is out of the bag.moreless
Justin Lieberman

Justin Lieberman

Young Eli

Guest Star

Rowena King

Rowena King

Holly Raines

Guest Star

Madison Mason

Madison Mason

Judge Samuel Asquith

Guest Star

Tom Amandes

Tom Amandes

Martin Posner

Recurring Role

Jason Winston George

Jason Winston George

Keith Bennett

Recurring Role

Thomas Cavanagh

Thomas Cavanagh

Jeremy Stone

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Eli: I looked for a "Thanks for convincing your father to represent me at my disbarment hearing" card, but I couldn't find one.
      Taylor: Did you look next to the "Sorry I called off our wedding because of the guy from Wham" display?

    • Eli: Two months ago, I cared about winning my cases. But now I care about helping my clients.
      Ms. Raines: And how much help can you be to them if you die in the middle of their case?
      Eli: Well probably not that much...

    • Patti: Can I be honest with you?
      Taylor: This is you holding back?

    • Patti: You really have a way with women.
      Eli: I'm not sure how it happened, but I think my having an aneurysm pisses her off.

    • Eli: You make it sound like I don't have much of a shot.
      Familiar Attorney: My mistake then, because I was trying to convey that you don't have any shot.

    • Jordan: At last night's Golden State Marvels game, all-star catcher, Jason Church, hit a foul ball which struck the third-base coach in the head... fatally.
      Posner: (with no regard for the dead coach) Yes, I picked an excellent night to bring the kids out to the firm's luxury box.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 21, 2008 on Kanal 4
      Czech Republic: June 29, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: August 6, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Germany: September 3, 2008 on Pro7
      Norway: December 3, 2008, on Tv2
      The Netherlands: December 29, 2008 on Net 5

    • Injoke: In an opening scene, the firm moves to get Eli outside representation for his hearing and comes up with Douglas Brackman, Jr. (Alan Rachins from the series L.A. Law), the 1980s TV show about a fictitious Los Angeles law firm, McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. (However, on the sign in the background seem to spell McKenzie as "McKinley."

    • Featured Music:
      "Kissing A Fool" by George Michael
      "Flyin" by Emerson Hart
      "There's A Reason" by A.A. Bondy
      "Who'll Stop The Rain" by The Creedence Clearwater Revival


    • Balco Steroids Case:
      The firm represents a baseball player who accidentally killed a coach with a foul ball and who is allegedly on steroids. This refers to the San Francisco Bay area steroids scandal involving BALCO, owner/founder, Victor Conte and numerous bay area athletes, including Barry Bonds, who is mentioned by name in the show.

    • Eli: Holly Raines is prosecuting. She's like my own personal Javert. Javert is a character in Victor Hugo's 1862 novel Les Miserables. Javert is a police inspector who tirelessly chases the protagonist Valjean throughout the story.

    • Eli: He should try out for American Idol. This is a reference to FOX's popular reality singing contest American Idol.

    • Episode's Title
      This is a song performed by George Michael, off his album Listen Without Prejudice.