Boston Legal: Green Christmas
(S04E10) "OK, Jerry, why are you under my desk" - Carl Sack
So as the show begins we see one of Boston Legal's causes of the week. The only saving grace of the environmental storyline is that this week, Crane, Poole & Schmidt are the bad guys. It's almost as if someone held up a mirror to the show and said, "you know, you guys aren't perfect." I just wish it hadn't felt like a leftover from NBC's green week.
Still, we had to have the "other side of the story" shoved down our throats. I've heard all the "data" that Katie was spewing from other sources and, frankly, I think it's crap. Anyone who thinks tap water is just as good as bottled water should move into my building and see how long the can stomach the sewage that comes out of the pipes. Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't Boston have an awesome mass transit system? Why would an environmentalist need a car in the first place?
In another office, Alan decides he's going to take on the banking industry. This must have been a hard decision For David E. Kelley cause we all know how much everybody loves banks, right? I mean, whenever I bounce a $10.00 check and force my bank to charge me more than three times the amount I just feel awful.
I hate to say it but when the details about the bank and the mortgages started rolling in, I tuned out. This week, I saw it coming. Much like everything else that is wrong with this company, it is the fault of George W. Bush and his gang. The sad part is that I don't disagree. Bush has made a mess of this country but who does Kelly think he's preaching to? I would imagine that the two circles representing Boston Legal fans and George W. Bush fans are very far apart in this Venn diagram.
Is it me or is Katie pouring on the British charm a little thick? In one speech, she managed to say, "winging", "nappy" and "bloody hell". It was like the BBC gave a show to the least interesting character on Rumpole of the Bailey.
I was disappointed that Carl decided to keep Lorraine on staff. I was really hoping this out-of-nowhere madam storyline was just a ham-fisted way of getting her off the show. However, my disappointment turned to laugh-out-loud joy when Carl and Jerry had their brief conversation. I watched the scene a few times and am convinced that John Larroquette is probably the most underrated TV comedian of his generation.
I've never been a fan of Christopher Rich but I have to admit that his character in this episode was a pleasure to watch. I love the TV lawyer who comes off as a witless, good ol' boy but is actually a total shark. Rich reminded me of an evil version of Matlock. I really hope they use him more often.
I don't know if it was the reaction they wanted but when the doctor told Denny, he would probably be dead before Alzheimer's set in, I laughed. I'm as sympathetic as the next guy but Denny has lived a life to be envied, not pitied. He's filthy rich, drinks the best scotch, smokes Cuban cigars on a daily basis, is a nationally known, unbeatable lawyer and has banged more women then you can shake a prosthetic leg at. If the downside is that he has to lose his dignity when he turns 80, I don't see the problem. If the balcony scene was any indication, I think Denny feels the same way.
For all Denny's nonsense, he was right about one thing. Christmas makes all the bad things go away. Case in point, the balcony scene more than made up for the drumbeating in this episode. I can't be the only one who thought that Alan and Denny were finally going to kiss.
|Denny Crane||67 (33.5%)|
|Alan Shore||97 (48.5%)|
|Carl Sack||6 (3.0%)|
|Shirley Schmidt||30 (15.0%)|