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Boston Legal: The Gods Must Be Crazy

by Paul Goebel, posted May 15th 2008 9:22AM

Shatner on BL(S04E19) It wasn't until I saw George Segal that I realized how much I missed seeing him on TV. It made me long for the days when he and Finch made me laugh out loud and lament the fact that David Spade hasn't done anything funny since.

While the thought of Denny Crane being President of the United States is certainly funny, the idea that he would be chosen for his electability is ludicrous. Aside from the more obvious problems, the Republicans would never nominate a single man with multiple divorces and an embarrassing arrest record. Let's be honest.

I loved seeing Denny reveal his stash of guns. Finally after a season of political fist shaking, BL has come to make a point that I wholeheartedly agree with. I guess if the utmost concern of the Republican party is to keep the support of the NRA, Denny Crane is the best choice. I have to wonder, even with Hollywood being as liberal as it is, isn't there one conservative who works on this show?

Considering how hard this show has been on Clinton and McCain, it's pretty clear who David E. Kelley is voting for and that's fine. My only problem is the lame attempt to be fair by having Denny locate the Photoshopped Whitney Houston picture. Not only was it unfunny but compared to the pictured of Hillary, it was downright complimentary.

It took way too long for Missi Pyle to return to the show. With C,P&S's hiring record, you'd think Renee would be on staff by now. The way she so subtly plays her character is so brilliant it's almost unnerving to watch. As for her case, it's another ridiculous one that can't be won. Everybody knows that the Catholic Church does what it wants, when it wants. Hell, it took almost 2000 years before they changed their position on child molestation. It's going to take a lot more than a high priced lawyer to let a woman wear the fancy robe. The funny part is that if you're going to sue the Catholic Church to change all their regulations that don't make sense, you better bring an apple, because you're definitely working through lunch.

One thing I will say about the case against the church is that John Larroquette is just as brilliant as he ever was. Few people know that after Larroquette won multiple Emmys for his work on Night Court, he stopped submitting himself for nomination. I'm hoping that he puts himself back in consideration for Carl Sack.

This episode certainly had its share of great guest stars. As much as I love David Clennon, that guy seriously needs to grow back his beard. Not only would it remind people of the great Miles Drentell, but it would help to hide his bad case of Imus neck. Without commenting on any storylines involving prostitution, I'll just say that Gina Torres was a sight for sore eyes.

Having Denny turn the joke around on his "friends" was really the only way that storyline could have been successfully buttoned, however, it should have gone on much longer. Five minutes of fear is hardly payback for what Denny went through. I would have, at least, made Paul strip down to his underwear.

As for the balcony scene, DEK has a lot of nerve complaining about the state of television, considering he created Wedding Belles.

Would you vote for Denny Crane over John McCain?
Yes143 (76.9%)
No43 (23.1%)

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i thought the episode was great. hooray for denny's last laugh.

May 15 2008 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

BL has been really hit and miss this past season.

As I was watching this week's episode, I was thinking that it was going to be a real clinker. But it turned out to be absolutely brilliant with the Denny Crane for President storyline. And Jerry "Hands" Espenson continued to have a great performance--he's turned out to be one of the best characters on the show.

May 15 2008 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

When the NRA was mentioned, Shatner got a look in his eye that was just priceless, then pulling all those guns out made me laugh out loud. And when Denny had the last laugh on the practical joke that was awesome. It was great to see him come out on top. Larroquette was awesome in a case I didn't really care about. It make me want to go back and watch Night Court again. All in all I thought this was a really fun episode.


May 15 2008 at 10:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I do not tune in to Boston Legal to receive the views of the writers on current issues. To disrespect an American War Hero is despicable. Everyone has a right to their views, but to inflict them on an audience tuned in to be entertained is unfair. No one has a chance to respond, we just get their biased opinions. Your sponsors should realize people hold them responsible as well as the writers. When your viewing audience, drops, and your sponsors sales fall, you will know how people feel. Many people feel as I do and will not tune in to your show again. Too bad, I really enjoyed the episodes before it became a political forum and not entertainment.

May 18 2008 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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