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Boston Legal: The Court Supreme

The episode opens with an ecstatic Jerry revealing to Alan, Katie (and eventually Carl) he "lost his cherry" to Dana, the girlfriend of last episode. Meanwhile, Carl calls Alan to defend an alleged child rapist against the death penalty in front of the Supreme Court. Too bad for Jerry things aren't quite what they seem - or are they?

For Alan, his client is Lenny Serra, a man with clearly low IQ never declared mentally disabled, and convicted of raping a child - and facing the death penalty. Lenny continues to insists two things - that he didn't do it, and that he doesn't want to die. Denny begs to come along with Alan, and Carl is forced to tag along to keep Denny in line. Alan attends a downright grueling mock hearing where everything he argues is consistently thrown out or challenged by the mock representatives. Clearly stressed, Alan berates Denny for his party animal attitude, but later recants with an apology. Denny isn't upset - he's surprisingly understanding, and agrees to give Alan the spotlight in exchange for two favors - get Clarence Thomas to say something and above all, kick ass as Alan Shore. At the grand hearing the next day, the prosecution presents its side by the book - and Alan Shore doesn't. When challenged by the Supreme Court, Alan strikes right back, many times criticizing justice after justice for decisions made on party lines or over conflicts of interest. He even prompts a response from Clarence Thomas ("Hey!" after Alan tells him to look up from the magazine). Drifting back on topic, Alan restates his client's wishes - that he isn't guilty and doesn't want to die. Denny farts at least once and silently makes alluring advances on Ginsburg across the room. The verdict is left undecided, but even Carl Sack makes a backhanded but ultimately unexpected admiration for Alan's argument.

As for Jerry, he discovers Lorraine is still in the brothel business Stateside - and Dana is one of her escorts. Frustrated after Katie and Lorraine bring him the news, he sends both women out of his office - though Lorraine tells him Dana is an honorable woman who most definitely loves him if she says so. The embittered Jerry refuses to listen and breaks up with Dana. Later, Katie finds Jerry with Pattie - a blow-up doll - and tells him to reconsider getting back together with Jerry, though his decision on the matter - much like the Supreme Court - remains to be seen.

On the balcony, Denny tells Alan he's proud of him. They ponder where they will go next, and promptly decide on Wednesday - when Boston Legal airs again with a new night and time.

Overall, this was a pretty good episode. I liked the Supreme Court episode, and the entire episode gave us a chance to see something which usually occurs behind closed doors. On the other hand, though, Alan Shore's tirade seemed a bit too tangential and off-topic in the middle. It's one thing to see Alan charge straight forward at the Supreme Court in a blaze of glory. It's another to see him hop from issue to issue while nearly forgetting about poor Lenny Serra. Still, the episode was an extremely painting of both Supreme Court procedure and Alan Shore's own character in the face of overwhelming odds.


Posted by Richard on April 22, 2008 11:06 PM
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Richard: Have you watched the show before? The defense was completely in character for Alan Shore. The "tirade" you spoke of was to point out the hypocracy of of being told to leave his "left-wing" politics out of the matter, by showing how these judges, that are supposed to be the highest court in the land, use their personal politics for their own personal reasons, all the while doing damage to the soul of OUR country.

-- Posted by: Joe at April 24, 2008 3:37 PM

It's a TV show, no need to get so excited. Best show ever by the way.

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