Boston Legal: The Court Supreme
(S04E17) I don't want to seem like I'm not happy for Jerry but did we really need to know so much about him losing his virginity and by "so much" I mean anything at all? More importantly, I have to call BS on Jerry's glowing review of his opening night performance. In my many years of "intimacy," some experiences have certainly been better than others but none of them have ever made me nostalgic for my first time. Not that I don't remember it fondly, it's just not something I would brag about and I really doubt that anyone involved would describe me as caring, respectful or wonderful.
I must admit, Mr. Kelley had me at "THE United States Supreme Court." This was a real test for Alan. On one hand, how does he justify defending a man convicted of raping a child? On the other hand, how will his huge ego be able to pass up the opportunity to argue in front of the highest court in the country?
It's really refreshing to see everyone acting the way a lawyer would actually act, for a change. Any attorney would sell his soul to go to the show (and I'm sure some have, figuratively speaking). The part that rings so true is how Carl, Denny and even Alan are mainly concerned with themselves. I'm sure Alan wants to help his client, but a victory in D.C. would justify all the years he has spent acting superior, not to mention all the tail he'll get.
I was particularly impressed by Carl's enthusiasm about the case. It's nice to see that, when it comes to his firm, he's not just interested in making money, he also wants the kind of prestige that can lead to money. He knows that winning a case in front of the Supreme Court will have clients begging CP&S to take their case and then Carl can name any price he wants.
I have often voiced how unimpressed I am with Saffron Burrows and her character's storylines but tonight was the final straw. Firstly, the storyline about the hot lady who dates a weirdo and turns out to be a hooker is tired. More importantly, the idea that a prestigious law firm would employ somebody who uses a false identity, misleads her clients and is a practicing whoremaster is so ludicrous that if this were any other show, I would stop watching. Only my undying devotion to Bill Shatner keeps me from abandoning this show (although the insipid fart joke is pushing it), so instead, I am forced to ignore this asinine storyline altogether. Let's never speak of it again.
The scene with Denny in the bar gave me mixed emotions. The Bill Clinton lookalike was rather lame considering he looked very little like Clinton. However, for the first time in history, I actually remembered something about Ally McBeal that I enjoyed, plus it reminded me to get back my copy of The Transformed Man from my ex.
I'm split on Alan's argument as well. I am willing to excuse his weekly political statement and was actually pleased that someone finally called him on it, but I don't think any lawyer would get away with saying the things Alan said. His own trainer told him he would be shut down. However, I can't ignore that it was a brilliant speech. To cover so many topics and do so in such an eloquent fashion was definitely Emmy-worthy, on the part of Spader as well as the writers of this episode. Not to mention Alan helped Denny win his bet.
As for the last minute voice-over about moving to Wednesdays, it was executed brilliantly, which, truth be told, is something I have come to expect from BL.
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