L.A. Law

Season 1 Episode 9

The Venus Butterfly

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Nov 21, 1986 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The Venus Butterfly
Becker, Markowitz and Kelsey bicker over who will inherit Chaney's office; Van Owen prosecutes a man charged with the mercy killing of his terminally ill lover; to Kelsey's undying gratitude, Markowitz learns the secret of a serial bigamist's success with women as Becker and Markowitz represent the man's eleven wives in their divorce actions; Abby is devastated when a dead boy matching Eric's description is mistakenly cremated before he can be identified.moreless

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    Stanley Kamel

    Stanley Kamel

    Mark Gilliam

    Guest Star

    Peter Frechette

    Peter Frechette

    Christopher Appleton

    Guest Star

    Sela Ward

    Sela Ward

    Lynette Pierce

    Guest Star

    Felton Perry

    Felton Perry

    Lester Tuttle

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • This is one of the most famous episodes in this show's history and, arguably, one of the most famous of the entire 1980's, thanks to a dweeby serial bigamist imparting an incredible sexual technique to Stewart Markowitz, which guarantees his partner incredible orgasms. There is however, one very big logical flaw in the script. Stewart finds out that this bald, nebbishy, dumpy guy has all these super-model hot ex wifes, all of whom praise him to high heaven in the bedroom department! The problem is this: How on God's green earth did this guy even get to talk to these women, let alone get them to marry him? There is no way they would even give him the time of day in a bar, let alone sleep with him. Did he come on with, "Hey Babe, I am the master of an obscure sexual technique which I guarantee is going to give you multiple orgasms beyond your wildest dreams, just sleep with me to find out!" Yeah right! Like that is ever going to happen in this lifetime! All in all it was a cute episode and speculation on the Venus Butterfly technique was rampant for weeks (in the pre-internet days).

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    • NOTES (2)

      • In the 2008 Emmy awards, Stewart making the sexual reference "The Venus Butterfly", was in the list of the Most Memorable Drama TV Moments. However, it didn't make it to the top 5.

      • This episode earned Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher the 1987 Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

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