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Grace Van Owen (Character)
from "L.A. Law" (1986)

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"L.A. Law: Bound for Glory (#4.16)" (1990)
Ann Kelsey: When did you move into the house, Mr. Jackson?
Charles Jackson: April '87. I was made the Branch Manager at the bank. For the first time, our lives were actually able to own our own home.
Ann Kelsey: How did you like the neighborhood?
Charles Jackson: I liked it a lot. We were near a park. My son could walk to school. We loved it.
Ann Kelsey: Would you describe for us what happened to you there, sir?
Charles Jackson: One morning, I went out on my "white power" was painted on the sidewalk. I reported it to the police, painted it out, and got myself ready.
Ann Kelsey: Ready for what?
Charles Jackson: I grew up in the south. When people start talking about white power, it isn't just words.
Ann Kelsey: It wasn't just words here in California either, wasn't it, sir?
Charles Jackson: No... it wasn't.
Ann Kelsey: What happened, Mr. Jackson?
Charles Jackson: One afternoon, I got a call... at work from my son's school. They said Nathan had been involved in an incident. They said my son was dead.
Ann Kelsey: Your Honor, I offer this time, the stipulation of the parties that the death of Nathan Jackson, age 14, was caused by the physical violence intentionally inflicted upon him by Keith Haas, the 15-year-old son of the defendants Jim and Pauline Haas.
Judge Grace Van Owen: So stipulated.
Ann Kelsey: It is further stipulated that Keith Haas was tried and convicted of Nathan Jackson's murder, for which crime he's presently incarcerated.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Again, so stipulated.
Ann Kelsey: Mr. Jackson, would describe for the court the anguish caused to you and your wife by the loss of your son?
Lawyer William Willis: Your Honor, the defense will also stipulate that the pain and suffering caused by this tragedy is extraordinary and immeasurable.
Ann Kelsey: I'd like the witness to give his answer.
Judge Grace Van Owen: The stipulation is noted. The witness can still give his response.
Ann Kelsey: Mr. Jackson.
Charles Jackson: I'm sorry. I - I - I know you said I had to talk about this, but I'm - I'm sorry.
Ann Kelsey: That's OK, sir. I have nothing further, Your Honor.

Lawyer William Willis: Have you ever met these people, Mr. Jackson?
Charles Jackson: Yes, sir.
Lawyer William Willis: When did you meet them?
Charles Jackson: After that happened and then again at the trial.
Lawyer William Willis: Did any reason to think they wrote "White Power" on the side walk?
Charles Jackson: No, sir.
Lawyer William Willis: Did they ever use a racial epithets in your presence?
Charles Jackson: No, sir.
Lawyer William Willis: Have any knowledge they knew that their son would commit violence against Nathan?
Charles Jackson: His son grew up in their house. They knew he was a racist.
Lawyer William Willis: But he didn't know he was about to commit violence, did they?
Charles Jackson: That boy picked fights with six other Black people in the last 18 months. They knew.
Lawyer William Willis: Move to strike.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Overruled.
Charles Jackson: Where do you learn that kinda hatred to stomp a boy to death in a school playground?
Lawyer William Willis: Their son did that, sir. How do you blame them?
Charles Jackson: Because their son did that! The boy they raised grew up hating Blacks!
Lawyer William Willis: Move to strike.
Charles Jackson: The boy they raised murdered my son because he was Black.
Lawyer William Willis: Your Honor!
Judge Grace Van Owen: Mr. Jackson.
Charles Jackson: How can I not blame you? How can I not blame you?
[Mr. Haas look shocked. And Mrs. Haas look scared]

Judge Grace Van Owen: Counselor?
Lawyer William Willis: You don't deny killing Nathan Jackson, do you, Keith?
Keith Haas: No, sir, I don't.
Lawyer William Willis: Now, how would you do something like that?
Keith Haas: I've started off as just a fight. I guess I lost control.
Lawyer William Willis: Can you tell us what part your parents played?
Keith Haas: They didn't play any part.
Lawyer William Willis: What do you think they might have done it, if they had known you were going to do something like this?
Ann Kelsey: Objection. Speculative.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Sustained.
Lawyer William Willis: Let me try a different way. How did they react to this?
Keith Haas: They were very unhappy about it.
Lawyer William Willis: Now did you ever indicate your parents that you might attack somebody?
Keith Haas: No. As I said I didn't know myself it was gonna happen. It just did.
Lawyer William Willis: Nothing further.

Ann Kelsey: You look a little different now than you used to, don't you, Keith?
Keith Haas: I guess.
Ann Kelsey: Is this a fair and accurate representation in the way you looked at the time that you kick Nathan Jackson to death?
[Ann Kelsey show this photo of the late Nathan Jackson to Keith Haas]
Keith Haas: Yes.
Ann Kelsey: Ask that this photograph be admitted into evidence as Plaintiff's exhibit number one.
Judge Grace Van Owen: So ordered.
Ann Kelsey: Asked that the court instruct the witness to roll up his right sleeve.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Mr. Haas.
[Keith roll up his right sleeve and has a tattoo of swastika in his right forearm]
Ann Kelsey: Let the record reflect on the witness's right forearm is a tattoo of swastika.

Ann Kelsey: Did you have that at the time of the murder?
Keith Haas: I believe I did.
Ann Kelsey: Did your parents know about it?
Keith Haas: Yeah. They knew.
Ann Kelsey: What did they say when you first came home with it?
Keith Haas: I don't remember.
Ann Kelsey: The reason that you attack Nathan Jackson from behind and kick him to death is because he had taken a walk with a white girl, is that right? Isn't that the reason that you gave for the attack, Keith?
Keith Haas: Yes.
Ann Kelsey: And you called her a race traitor for walking with a black boy, didn't you?
Keith Haas: She was a race traitor.
Ann Kelsey: Are your parents race traitors, Keith?
Lawyer William Willis: Objection.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Overruled.
Ann Kelsey: Are your parents race traitors, Keith?
Keith Haas: No.
Ann Kelsey: Do they feel the same way you do about blacks and Jews?
Lawyer William Willis: Objection!
Judge Grace Van Owen: Overruled.
Ann Kelsey: How do they feel about blacks and Jews?
Keith Haas: Ask them.
Ann Kelsey: I'm asking you, son. You refer to black people as "niggers", did you hear that word at home?
Keith Haas: I'll tell you this much, they weren't ashamed of being white. They didn't raise me to be ashamed of it either.
Ann Kelsey: And you're thankful for that, aren't you?
Keith Haas: I'm thankful. I was born with enough intelligence to know that White Christian people have been getting pushed around from every direction. We're tired of it. We're fighting back. When the time comes, this will be our country. This will be our courtroom, and we'll be the ones asking the questions.
Ann Kelsey: I have nothing further, Your Honor.

Jim Haas: I know that he liked to wear his hair short and I knew he joined that group. But kids go to stuff like this, I thought he'd grow out of it.
Lawyer William Willis: Kids don't usually commit murder, sir.
Jim Haas: I had no idea he could have ever do something like that.
Lawyer William Willis: Well, what if you had, Mr. Haas? What if you had any inkling at all your son could attack somebody the way he went after Nathan Jackson?
Jim Haas: I would have tried to stop him. I don't know what I want to succeed or not, but I sure as hell would've tried.
Lawyer William Willis: I have no further questions.
Ann Kelsey: Did you ever tell your son not to join the skinhead group?
Ann Kelsey: He was a mixed-up kid, Ms. Kelsey. He never listen to me much.
Ann Kelsey: Did you try?
Jim Haas: As best I could.
Ann Kelsey: As best you could? But wouldn't that group sometimes hold their meetings in your garage?
Jim Haas: Well, they weren't meetings. A few don't come over. And Keith and them would hang out in the garage enough.
Ann Kelsey: And you also let your son hang not see posters in his bedroom in your house. Isn't it possible, Mr. Haas, that your son has led to believe that you approve all this?
Jim Haas: Nah, I never told him I approved.
Ann Kelsey: Did you ever say, "take him down?" Did you ever say, I don't want posters in my house that read, "Death to race mixing are niggers get out?"
Jim Haas: Frankly, I'm a parent like everybody else. Praying to God every night just to hang on to my kid.
Ann Kelsey: So you condone his bigotry?
Jim Haas: I didn't condone anything. Maybe we tolerated some of that stuff more than we should have, because we didn't want him run out one day and never coming back.
Ann Kelsey: Oh, I get it. What a relief it must be to know that after he finishes kicking blacks to death, he'll be home for supper.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Ms. Kelsey!
Lawyer William Willis: Objection!
Jim Haas: If I thought he was gonna do what he did. I would have broken his legs.
[Ms. Kelsey returns to her seat. Mr. Haas addresses to Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Jackson the Plaintiffs]
Jim Haas: Mr. Jackson, Mrs. Jackson, you gotta believe me when I tell you that I'm sorry.

[the two lawyers Ann Kelsey and William Willis brings Charles Jackson, Mrs. Jackson, Jim Haas and Pauline Haas to the chambers of Judge Grace Van Owen]
Judge Grace Van Owen: Okay, exactly where are we?
Lawyer William Willis: We've offered 35,000, Your Honor, and they've rejected it.
Judge Grace Van Owen: 35 may seem low, but according to the financial statements submitted the defendants are pretty judgment-proof. You could be chasing an empty bag.
Ann Kelsey: They have a house, Your Honor.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Yes, they do. Valued at $92,000, carrying a mortgage of 41,000, leaving them with an equity of 51,000. It could take a long time to execute the attachment and the sale. You really want to go through all that for the extra 16?
Charles Jackson: My son's life was worth more than $35,000, judge.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Of course it was, Mr. Jackson. But I'm sure your lawyer has told you this lawsuit is going to be very difficult for you to win. Suing parents for the crimes of their children is a pretty novel approach, Mr. Jackson.
Charles Jackson: I know that. And Ms. Kelsey tells me that because of that, a lot people will be watching what happens here. That's what I'm after, Your Honor. I want people noticing this.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Can you tell me what that accomplishes?
Charles Jackson: If I win, it says he should've done something. And they says that parents cannot raise their children to be racists, murderers, and then just unleash them on the world.
Jim Haas: I'm just a working stiff, Mr. Jackson.
Charles Jackson: I'm a working stiff, too.
Jim Haas: That's right. Uh, the truth is... we're probably more alike than we are different.
Charles Jackson: No, see, your son is not dead. Mine is. And I don't want him dying for nothing. Something's gonna come out of this.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Gentlemen, that's enough. You want to go forward?
Ann Kelsey: Yes, we do.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Summations at 2:00, then.

Judge Grace Van Owen: If you find the defendants knew of their son Keith Haas' propensity to commit violence. Then you must consider whether they had opportunity to prevent this violence. And if your answer to this question is yes, you then must consider whether the defendants failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the violence from occurring. And if your answer to that question is also yes, you must then find for the plaintiff and award damages which you find to reasonably compensate the plaintiffs for the loss of their son. I must caution you, however. It is not enough that the defendants knew their son to be racist. It is not enough that they tolerated or even contributed to his racist beliefs. There is no legal obligation upon parents to shape the opinions of their children. You are to focus only on the propensity for the violence and the parents' opportunity to prevent this violence. This concludes my instructions. This court is hereby adjourned pending your deliberations. And good luck.

[Back in the chambers of Judge Grace Van Owen, Ann has arguing with Judge Van Oven]
Ann Kelsey: How could you possibly give a charge like that?
Judge Grace Van Owen: Ann, this is ex parte, you know better than to come in...
Ann Kelsey: And you better than to practically guarantee a defense verdict.
Judge Grace Van Owen: I didn't do that.
Ann Kelsey: That's exactly what you did.
Judge Grace Van Owen: What I did, Ann, was to focus them on the issue at hand instead of a societal problem, you ask them to cure. I cannot send the jury back with the idea that they have an obligation to wipe out bigotry. The issue was the violence and the defendants' connection to the violence. And that's it.
Ann Kelsey: The parents helped cultivate the racism in which...
Judge Grace Van Owen: If that's all they're guilty of, then the defendants win here. Your speech was sensational, but it was way ahead of the law. If you want to run for office, I'll vote for you. But in my courtroom, I go by what's in the books.
Ann Kelsey: Those instructions weren't in the books, Grace. Those instructions were tailor-made for a defense verdict.
Judge Grace Van Owen: This is ex parte communication. It is inappropriate and my friendship for you aside, I will hold you in contempt.
[Ann Kelsey heads out of the chambers. Judge Grace Van Owen will make a decision]

Judge Grace Van Owen: Has the jury reached a verdict?
Foreperson: We have, Your Honor.
Judge Grace Van Owen: What say you?
Foreperson: In the matter of Jackson vs. Haas, we find for the plaintiffs and award the sum of $150,000.
Judge Grace Van Owen: The jury is discharged with the thanks of the court. This matter is concluded. Court is now adjourned.
[Congratulations to the plaintiffs Charles Jackson and his wife Mrs. Jackson. They hug each other. But the two defendants Jim Haas and his wife Pauline Haas has something they want to say to Mr. Jackson and Mrs. Jackson]
Jim Haas: You can take my house, but that's all I got.
Charles Jackson: I don't want your house, Mr. Haas. I got what I wanted.
Jim Haas: Is there anything I can give you?
Charles Jackson: No.
Jim Haas: I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
Charles Jackson: I know you are.
[Mr. Jackson and his wife Mrs. Jackson leaves and exit the courtroom. Ann Kelsey has glared at the skinhead's parents and she leaves. Jim Haas comfort his wife Pauline]


"L.A. Law: Hand Roll Express (#2.12)" (1988)
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Bruce?
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Want to see me, Grace?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Yeah.
[Grace closed the door]
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Hmm. Bruce... I - I've had an offer to join a law firm.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Really? A lot of money?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: It's not just the money. It... it... it would be a whole change for me, a whole new set of challenge...
[Intercom Buzzes. Mr. Rogoff answer the call]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Tell him I'll call him back in 5 minutes.
[Hangs up the phone]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Sorry.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm leaving, and... and, Bruce, I want you to know how hard a decision this has been for me. And that I'm not leaving because of anything that's happen here.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: When would you have to start?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: It's flexible. I... I made it clear that I could not leave you in the lurch.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Can you finish the week?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Sure.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: We'll be sorry to see you go, Grace, but it sounds like a fine opportunity.
[Intercom Buzzes. The District Attorney Bruce Rogoff picked up and answer the phone]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Okay. I got to take this call. We'll, uh, we'll talk later, okay?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Okay.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Yes. Uh-huh.
[Grace will be back]

Charles Craft: So... Not bad, eh?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Oh, not bad.
Charles Craft: [proposed a toast] To you.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: To you. You're the one making the big move.
Charles Craft: To the quality of life, then.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I'll toast to that.
[Toast to drink champagne]
Charles Craft: You remember we were in law school, we always said we'd open a practice together and change the world?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: And instead you married Terry, moved to New York, had 2.6 kids, and made a fortune in business law.
Charles Craft: Yes, hated every minute of it. We're Californians, Grace. The quality of life in New York, money notwithstanding, it's not what I wanted for my family.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Well, I toast your courage, Charlie. It takes a lot of guys to start over.
Charles Craft: I didn't see as if I had any choice. 14-hour days, 7 days a week, no time for my kids, fighting with Terry what little time I spent at home. I was running myself right out of a marriage and right into a nervous breakdown. They don't teach us how to handle that in law school.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: No, they sure don't.
Charles Craft: Anyway, I got to tell you... You look terrific.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I feel like I'm about 80 years old. You think the jungles of New York are a bitch, you should tried a couple years in the D.A.'s office.
Charles Craft: Follow me.

Charles Craft: [Grace sees what's new] You like?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: It's beautiful.
Charles Craft: It's got your name on the door.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: What?
Charles Craft: I'm dead serious. You've always had integrity, you work harder than anyone I've ever met. You're a terrific litgator. Which is exactly what I need to complement my strengths.Well... What do you say?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Um... I don't know.
Charles Craft: No more downtown traffic jams. No more crowded elevators. You keep your own hours. Starting salary... 1 1/4.
[Grace laughs]
Charles Craft: Exclusive of benefits and bonuses.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Charlie, Charlie, it - it is incredibly attractive and flattering. I'm just don't think it's realistic.
Charles Craft: Why not?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I don't know. It just isn't.
Charles Craft: You mean you can't see yourself in ground-floor office suite with a patio, making some real money for a change, being a full partner... having a little quality of life?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I just - I don't know what to say.
Charles Craft: Say you'll think very seriously about it.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Okay. Uh... yes, I will.
Charles Craft: Here's to the future.
[Toast to the future]

D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: So on the one hand, more money, more autonomy...
Michael Kuzak: Mm-hmm.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: More time with you. But on the other hand, Bruce Rogoff.
Michael Kuzak: He'll be thrilled for you.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Huh, are you kidding? He'll chew my head off. He hates it when people leave. He'll make me feel guilty for selling out. Besides which what if in 2 months, I can't cut it?
Michael Kuzak: Well, you'll go crawling back to the D.A.'s office with your incredibly sexy tail between your legs.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I don't know.
Michael Kuzak: Well, whatever you decide, you know I'll support you.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Don't be so damn neutral.
Michael Kuzak: Well, why don't you go setting me up to make all your decisions for you.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Michael, I don't know what to do.
Michael Kuzak: Look, Grace, there are two kinds of mistakes you can make. Ones of commission and ones of omission. You learn from what you do, not from what you love.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Easy for you to say.
Michael Kuzak: I guarantee you when the moment comes, you'll know what decision to make.

Sarah Kerwin: [the District Attorney's office] Go on, he's not gonna kill you.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Yeah.

Sarah Kerwin: How did he take it?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Not great. He was very upset.

[Opening the door is Grace Van Owen at the District Attorney's office]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Come in, Grace.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Jim.
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: Grace.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Jim is going to take your office.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Fine. I thought I'd come in over the weekend and... And get everything ready for you.
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: No rush.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Also I'm gonna have to take your badge.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Right.
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: You gonna have to pay your traffic tickets now, Gracie.
[Grace handover her badge to Mr. Rogoff]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Well, I guess that's it.
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: Gracie, seriously, it's good working with you.
[Shaking hands]
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: You, too.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Good luck, Grace.
[Shaking hands]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Come back and visit us anytime.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Thank you.

D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Uh, one more thing.
[Before Grace leaves, the crowds make a surprise. D.A. Bruce Rogoff got a present for Grace Van Owen]
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: For you.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: What is it?
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: Open it!
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Help me.
[Grace open the gift is the drawing artwork of Deputy D.A. Grace Van Owen making statement in the court]
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Oh, my God.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: One of the court artists threw it together.
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: It was Bruce's idea. He's trying to get on your good side, maybe you'll bring business him into the firm.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I, um... I can't believe it. It - It's really great.
D.D.A. Jim Aoli: Look. She really is a girl. She's crying.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Stop it. Thank you.
[Grace was giving hug with the District Attorney Bruce Rogoff]


"L.A. Law: Happy Trails (#5.2)" (1990)
[Opening the door is Grace, she is here see Leland, and she is doing him a favor to take the stand]
Grace Van Owen: You're ready.
Leland McKenzie: Ready.
Grace Van Owen: The main thing is show authority.
Leland McKenzie: I know, Grace. We've been over it again and again.
Grace Van Owen: Leland, I've prepared more than a thousand witnesses. Nobody testifies exactly the way it's rehearsed. When you get up on the stand, you're gonna be nervous. That's acceptable. Nerves cause some people to be tentative, that is not acceptable, not on this case. We'll try and paint you as the weak aging Senior Partner who needed to be rescued, your demeanor has to suggest otherwise.
Leland McKenzie: I know what I have to do.
Grace Van Owen: Good.

Grace Van Owen: Your Honor, at this time, defense called to the stand Mrs. Susan Raab.
Jack Sollers: Objection, this is not on their pre-trial.
Grace Van Owen: Your Honor, we just decided to call this witness, last night, I notified counsel this morning.
Jack Sollers: Sidebar, Your Honor.
[Mr. Soller and Ms. Van Owen approach the bench of Judge Marilyn Travelini]
Jack Sollers: This witness has no relevance to this case.
Grace Van Owen: Our defense is that Ms. Shays is a difficult person to get along with...
Jack Sollers: This is a cheap attempt.
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Mr. Sollers, if you want to adjourn after direct, you got it. But let's keep this thing going. Swear her in.
Bailiff #1: Raise your right hand. You swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. So help you god?
Susan Raab: I do.
Grace Van Owen: Please state your full name for the record?
Susan Raab: Susan Raab.
Grace Van Owen: Miss Raab, you're here under subpoena today, are you not?
Susan Raab: Yes, I am.
Grace Van Owen: Could you please state your relationship to the plaintiff Rosalind Shays?
Susan Raab: She's my mother.
Grace Van Owen: Seek to treat the witnesses hostile, Your Honor.
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Granted.

Grace Van Owen: Where do you live, Miss Raab?
Susan Raab: I live in Glendale, California.
Grace Van Owen: Do you know how far that is from Pacific Palisades where your mother resides?
Susan Raab: It's probably about an hour car ride. I'm not positive.
Grace Van Owen: And before this moment, when was the last time you saw your mother?
Jack Sollers: Objection.
Grace Van Owen: I'd like a little latitude, Your Honor.
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Go ahead.
Grace Van Owen: When was the last time you saw her, ma'am?
Susan Raab: I'm not sure.
Grace Van Owen: Was it more than a year ago?
Susan Raab: Yes.
Grace Van Owen: More than 5 years ago?
Susan Raab: Probably.
Grace Van Owen: Could it be more than 10 years ago?
Susan Raab: Look, I, I'm not sure. I said I don't know.

Grace Van Owen: Do you have children, Miss Raab?
Susan Raab: Yes.
Grace Van Owen: What were the ages?
Susan Raab: I have a 7-year-old son and, a 5-year-old daughter.
Grace Van Owen: Have they ever met their grandmother?
[Susan Raab pause and think]
Grace Van Owen: Have your children ever met their grandmother?
Susan Raab: No, they haven't.
Grace Van Owen: Why are your children never met their grandmother?
[Susan Raab pause and keep thinking]
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Answer the question, ma'am
Susan Raab: We just... We just just don;t get along, that's all.
Judge Marilyn Travelini: You have anymore questions, Ms. Van Owen?
Grace Van Owen: No, Your Honor.


"L.A. Law: From Here to Paternity (#6.16)" (1992)
Garry Lowell: Is your name Robert Henry Richards?
Robbie Richards: Yes.
Garry Lowell: Were you born in Santa Monica, CA?
Robbie Richards: Yes.
Garry Lowell: Did Tara McDermott consent to have sexual intercourse with you on September 20, 1991?
Robbie Richards: Yes.
Garry Lowell: Did you have the highest batting average in the national league last year?
Robbie Richards: Uh, no.
Garry Lowell: No?
Robbie Richards: Well they called my single in the last game in error, so Pendleton won the title.
Garry Lowell: You were robbed. Their California driver's license?
Robbie Richards: Uh, yes.
Garry Lowell: Did you rape Tara McDermott on September 20, 1991?
Robbie Richards: No.
Garry Lowell: Okay. That's it. You can move.
Robbie Richards: So, how I do?
[Garry Lowell looked at Grace Van Owen. Grace nodded to Robbie Richards]
Grace Van Owen: He can hear.
Garry Lowell: Your client's telling the truth.
[Mr. Lowell gets up, and unwrapped the polygraph arm cuff in Robbie's right arm]
Robbie Richards: So how come we can't use this thing in court?
Grace Van Owen: So how come you can't steal second base on a foul ball?
Robbie Richards: Rules of the Game.
Grace Van Owen: That's right. But don't worry, the jury will get to hear you.

Jonathan Rollins: Didn't Tara McDermott pull away when you first tried to kiss her?
Robbie Richards: No, sir. She kissed me back.
Jonathan Rollins: Didn't she say, "No, I don't want to..."
Robbie Richards: She did. But you had to hear her. She was laughing. She, uh, laid on the ground.
Jonathan Rollins: You didn't push her down?
Robbie Richards: No. That's a bunch of bull.
Grace Van Owen: Don't lose your cool. That's what the D.A. wants.
Jonathan Rollins: She reclined on the ground while you weren't touching her.
Robbie Richards: Uh, no, I was holding her. We went down together. It was sort of frantic.
Jonathan Rollins: OK. Now once you're down on the ground, what happened?
Robbie Richards: Mm, we started to roll around. She seemed to be liking it.
Jonathan Rollins: Now, rolling around, meaning sometimes you were on top and sometimes she was on top?
Robbie Richards: Uh, I think I was on top.
Jonathan Rollins: So you didn't roll. So you stayed on top. What made you think she liked it?
Robbie Richards: The way she was uh... she wasn't just laying there. She was pressing against me.
Jonathan Rollins: But you were on top, so weren't you pressing into her?
Robbie Richards: Well, yeah. We were having sex.
Jonathan Rollins: Well then when you put your arm across her throat...
Robbie Richards: I wasn't trying to choke her. I was holding her hand.
Jonathan Rollins: Her hand?
Robbie Richards: Or... well, one of them.
Jonathan Rollins: So you had both her hands in yours, held, what, over her head?
Robbie Richards: Yeah. Maybe for part of it.
Jonathan Rollins: Which part of it? The part when you entered her?
Robbie Richards: I guess. Yeah. But she wasn't fighting.

Jonathan Rollins: Not a little? Not even, you know, to struggle...
Robbie Richards: Oh, sure. You know, like... like she was hot for it.
Jonathan Rollins: Robbie, did she guide you in?
Robbie Richards: No.
Jonathan Rollins: That's right. Her hands were trapped over her head. What about her legs? Did her legs fall open?
Robbie Richards: What do you mean?
Jonathan Rollins: I mean, did you use your free hand or your knee to push her legs apart?
Robbie Richards: Well, yeah. It was pretty passionate.
Jonathan Rollins: And the frantic pace escalated.
Robbie Richards: Yes.
Jonathan Rollins: And she was struggling under you?
Robbie Richards: Yes.
Jonathan Rollins: And she was still laughing and yelling no?
Robbie Richards: Eh... it was more like a whisper. You know, like women do.
Jonathan Rollins: What do you mean?
Robbie Richards: Saying no, when they mean yes, you know.
[laughs]
Robbie Richards: Like it's a turn-on or something.
[laughs]
Jonathan Rollins: Oh. So she was struggling like women do when they're turned on, and she was saying no the way women do when they mean yes.
Robbie Richards: Right.
Grace Van Owen: My God. You did it, Robbie. You raped her.
Robbie Richards: No I, no I didn't.
[to Jonathan]
Robbie Richards: Tell her what I meant.
Jonathan Rollins: Hey, man, I don't know what you meant. But I know you just described a rape.
Robbie Richards: Uh, uh, I must have said it wrong. Tell me what I said, I won't say it that way.
Grace Van Owen: You mean you'll lie. I can't put you on the stand.
Robbie Richards: But you said the jury needed to hear me. You said if I didn't testify we could lose.
Grace Van Owen: If I let you testify now, we will lose.


"L.A. Law: The Plane Mutiny (#3.10)" (1989)
Grace Van Owen: Well, who was it that call you, Mr. Dunham?
John Dunham: The contact was a man named Willie Kosar. The information was that he wanna me to kill Mrs. Joseph Schaeffer.
Grace Van Owen: What exactly did Mr. Kosar tell you, sir?
John Dunham: He said the woman's husband wanted...
Victor Sifuentes: Objection. Hearsay.
Grace Van Owen: Goes to show state of mind that the deal was being made, Your Honor.
Victor Sifuentes: It doesn't matter. It's totem pole. She's asking the witness to tell her what Mr. Kosar told him about what my client told Mr. Kosar.
Judge Jonathan Cramer: I'm overruling the objection.
Victor Sifuentes: Exception.
Judge Jonathan Cramer: Noted.
Grace Van Owen: I'll ask you again, Mr. Dunham. What did Mr. Kosar tell you?
John Dunham: He said Schaeffer would pay $10,000 to have his wife killed.
Grace Van Owen: And you accepted?
John Dunham: I accepted.
Grace Van Owen: Thank you, sir. I have nothing further.

Victor Sifuentes: Your Honor, I'd like to move that Ms. Van Owen be disqualified from this trial.
Grace Van Owen: What?
Judge Jonathan Cramer: On what grounds?
Victor Sifuentes: Conflicts-of-Interest, Judge, she personally involved with a member of my firm, and I...
Grace Van Owen: Give me a break.
Victor Sifuentes: I didn't think you would pose any conflicts, Your Honor, but I have just learned that Ms. Van Owen has had communications with Mr. Kuzak regarding this case, and I think the interest of justice here...
Grace Van Owen: I've had no significant communications with Mr. Kuzak concerning this matter, Judge. And Mr. Sifuentes has been fully aware of this relationship long before he took this case. He's simply brought up this motion now so that he could buy extra time while he continues his manhunt for Willie Kosar.
Judge Jonathan Cramer: Your motion is denied, Mr. Sifuentes.
Victor Sifuentes: In the alternative then, Your Honor, I would like some time to look for Mr. Kosar, his testimony is certainly vital...
Grace Van Owen: There is no reasonable expectation that he will ever be found. We've looked for him, too, Judge, he's gone.
Judge Jonathan Cramer: Do you know where he is, counselor?
Victor Sifuentes: No, Your Honor, but I think with a little bit of time...
Judge Jonathan Cramer: Motion denied. See you at 2:00.
[Grace and Victor leaving the Chambers, but Victor have some explanation]
Victor Sifuentes: Your Honor...
Judge Jonathan Cramer: That's all.
[And Grace and Victor exited the Chamber of Judge Jonathan Cramer]
Grace Van Owen: Victor. Victor, you surprised me.
Victor Sifuentes: Hey, it was worth the shot.
[Typewriter sound]


"L.A. Law: Oy Vey! Wilderness! (#1.21)" (1987)
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: So... some kid take a potshot at me and all of a sudden I'm supposed to be the department's hard ass.
Michael Kuzak: Well, I don't think your being singled out, Grace. I think he was doing what cops do.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Since when are you an apologist for the L.A.P.D.?
Michael Kuzak: Since when do you have three drinks for lunch?

D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: [drunk] Hey... if you want me to go home. I can go home.
Michael Kuzak: How are you gonna get there? Crawl?


"L.A. Law: Something Old, Something Nude (#6.1)" (1991)
[McKenzie comes in - to find Van Owen waiting]
Leland McKenzie: Grace.
Grace Van Owen: Leland.
Leland McKenzie: Oh, it's good to see you.
Grace Van Owen: You, too. I know I should've made an appointment.
Leland McKenzie: Aw, now, don't be silly. Sit down.
[as they do]
Leland McKenzie: I'm... I'm so sorry... I'm sorry about the baby.
Grace Van Owen: I got your not, thank you.
Leland McKenzie: How is Victor?
Grace Van Owen: Victor and I... Victor and I are separated. Um, I'm no longer practicing with him and Michael.
Leland McKenzie: [after the beat] I don't know what to say.
Grace Van Owen: I'd rather not talk about it now, Leland. I'm here because I took the Chandler case with me. We empanel today. I cannot conduct an effective defense out of my house. I would like to move in here temporarily and pay you a percentage.
Leland McKenzie: [Gently] Oh, no, Grace, this has all happened so quickly. You've had a lot to deal with. Maybe you should move for a continuance.
Grace Van Owen: I've had two. And Elsa Chandler is being tried in the press, the "Ice Queen" who killed her husband. The judge is not gonna go for another delay.
Leland McKenzie: But surely a couple of weeks-...
Grace Van Owen: [With an edge] The D.A. would fight it as well. I'm up against a wall, Leland.
Leland McKenzie: Yeah. Yeah. I see.
[McKenzie sees more, that Van Owen really needs support]
Leland McKenzie: You know, we sure could use your name on our letterhead just now. What if you were to come back to the firm, of counsel?
Grace Van Owen: After the way I left... this is very generous of you.
Leland McKenzie: Oh, no, not at all. No, no. It benefits us both. You're be bringing in something high profile, we would supply the second chair.
Grace Van Owen: I'm... I'm not sure that's necessary.
Leland McKenzie: No, I insist. This is a capital case, you'll need someone. It's the least we can do.

Tommy Mullaney: If they get in your way, just stop. We'll do the talking.
Elsa Chandler: I - I can handle everything but the cameras.
Tommy Mullaney: Yeah. But they got a right to be here. You look pleasant, don't smile too big. And we'll get you in court as fast as we can.
[He looks to Van Owen for similar reassurance, doesn't get it]
Elsa Chandler: I'm sorry to be a pain, Mr. Mullaney. You've been very kind.
[Closes folder; to Chandler]
Grace Van Owen: Are you ready?
Elsa Chandler: No. But let's go.


"L.A. Law: Belle of the Bald (#2.17)" (1988)
Mrs. Graham: We were coming after the 14th Tee. Lydia was driving the cart and I was writing down our scores. That's when I heard it, that awful thwacking sound.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: What do you mean by thwacking, Mrs. Graham?
Mrs. Graham: I mean thwack, thwack. You know thwacking.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I see. Did you have occasion to ascertain the cause of this noise.
Mrs. Graham: I did. I turned and saw that hideous person.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Mrs. Graham?
Michael Roitman: Objection.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Mrs. Graham, please just state the facts of the case without any personal remarks about the defendant. Jury will disregard the characterization.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Continue, Mrs. Graham.
Mrs. Graham: That man was just whopping the swan with a sand wedge. Oh, the blood, the feathers, the yellow guts.
Michael Roitman: Objection.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Mrs. Graham.
Mrs. Graham: It was a vicious murder.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Mrs. Graham, I am going to ask you again, please just state the simple facts without any embellishments. And do you think you can do that please?
Mrs. Graham: Certainly.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Thank you. You may continue, Ms. Van Owen.

D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: What happened next, Mrs. Graham?
Mrs. Graham: I had a reaction.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: What kind of reaction?
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: You may elaborate, Mrs. Graham.
Mrs. Graham: I threw up on Lydia.
Michael Roitman: Your Honor.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Okay.
Mrs. Graham: It just gushed out as soon as I saw the whopped swan.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Mrs. Graham?
Michael Roitman: This is unbelievable.
Mrs. Graham: It was that little piece of bill just dangling from the club.
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: That is enough.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: Sorry, Your Honor. No further questions.
Mrs. Graham: Boy, was it dead?
Judge Marilyn J. Travelini: Mrs. Graham?


"L.A. Law: The Bitch Is Back (#5.1)" (1990)
Jack Sollers: Objection!
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Sustained.
Grace Van Owen: Isn't it true, Ms. Shays, that you have alienated almost everybody you have ever worked with?
Rosalind Shays: No, that isn't true.
Grace Van Owen: Okay. Those seven firms totaled 452 lawyers. How many of those colleagues are friends of yours today?
Jack Sollers: Objection!
Grace Van Owen: Turn propensity to several relationships is directly at issue.
Jack Sollers: Move to strike!
Grace Van Owen: Her inability to get along with the people she works with is directly at issue!
Jack Sollers: Your Honor!
Judge Marilyn Travelini: The objection is overruled.
Rosalind Shays: I get along with people I work with.
Grace Van Owen: Name a friend, Rosalind, there are 452 names on this list. Pick one, pick one person who is a friend.
Jack Sollers: This is badgering!
Grace Van Owen: Go ahead. Choose one, but I would subpoena whoever that is.
Jack Sollers: Your Honor!
Judge Marilyn Travelini: Ms. Van Owen.
Grace Van Owen: I'm sorry, Your Honor. Ms. Shays, given the fact that you have never established a close friendship with any of your colleagues. Given the fact that you have left eight law firms, four of them on very unfriendly terms. Given the fact that nobody at McKenzie, Brackman even remotely like you at the end, despite once having like you enough to elect you Senior Partner. Is it possible that you are not a nice person to be around?
Jack Sollers: Your Honor, this is total badgering.
Grace Van Owen: I'm done here.


"L.A. Law: Fifty Ways to Floss Your Lover (#1.18)" (1987)
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: I'm putting two uniforms on you. They'll walk you two in from your car and they'll park outside your place at night.
Michael Kuzak: That's not enough.
Grace Van Owen: The man's in custody, Michael.
Michael Kuzak: Well his gang friends aren't. You going to have to cut off his visitors.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: We're on top of it, Counsel. Grace, let me ask you something. You got a gun?
Grace Van Owen: No.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Do yourself a favor, I'll take care of the permit.
Grace Van Owen: And that's your answer? Arming the victims?
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: Maybe it's not the answer, but it won't hurt.
Grace Van Owen: Well it send the hell of a message, doesn't it, Bruce? The society of law and order, but just in case pack a pistol.
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: There could be a nut out there looking to blow your head off and you're worried about what message you sent?
Grace Van Owen: All I know is that I'm supposed to, supposed to represent the criminal justice system. And the day that I validate the notion that the only way to affect orders for district attorney to strap sidearms to this. That is the day I quit!
D.A. Bruce Rogoff: I'm not talking department policy here, I'm talking survival!
Grace Van Owen: I have never even fired a gun. And I'm not about to start carrying one. Not now. Not ever!
[Grace and Michael walk out]


"L.A. Law: Bang... Zoom... Zap (#4.19)" (1990)
Clerk: Case # 897230. People vs. Franklin Leonard sentencing.
William Sanderland: William Sunderland for the defendant, Your Honor. You recall that my client was convicted of larceny by false pretenses. You also recall that my client is a medical doctor. District Attorney and I have agreed on a joint recommendation of 6 months probation, plus community service. Dr. Leonard will provide free medical service for 4 designated homeless shelters for the next 36 months. At a minimum of 6 hours per week.
Judge Grace Van Owen: This is acceptable to you?
ADA Ellen Harris: Yes, Your Honor.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Well, it's not acceptable to me. 2 years state prison, one suspended, once served.
William Sanderland: Your Honor.
Dr. Leonard: Your Honor.
Judge Grace Van Owen: He stole, Mr. Sunderland. The fact that he's a doctor makes him no less of a thief. And you, Miss Harris, why'd you cut a deal like that? Because he's rich?
ADA Ellen Harris: Your Honor, I don't think that Dr. Leonard poses a serious threat to society.
Judge Grace Van Owen: You don't? Let me tell you that when a licensed physician starts falsifying Medicaid claims, when he starts taking money out a taxpayers pockets, he is definitely a threat to society.
William Sanderland: I would ask the court to take into consideration, my client's distinguished commitment to public service as well as charities and I think...
Judge Grace Van Owen: I'll take it under consideration. I also take it under consideration that the defendant is a fairly wealthy man which makes his decision to steal even more reprehensible. And I will further take it into consideration that this larceny was accomplished systematically over 6 separate occasions, totally more than $24,000. Dr. Leonard's a criminal. He's going to jail. Next case.


"L.A. Law: Consumed Innocent (#3.19)" (1989)
Pete Bostik: The American people will not let you get away with this! They will not let you...
Grace Van Owen: The American people will yell "Pete! Pete!" for a while, and then they will forget about you and find someone else.


"L.A. Law: Ex-Wives and Videotape (#4.14)" (1990)
Lawyer Barney Dowe: In 23 years of practice, Your Honor, I've never been as outrageous I am at this moment. This woman stands to have her entire career ruined because that man wants to take moments of intimacy between a husband and wife and make them into pornography.
Arnie Becker: Your Honor, the tape is what it is, my client is not making it into anything.
Judge Grace Van Owen: He is making it public, Mr. Becker, and I have agreed to seal this courtroom for the reason that to reveal the very existence of this tape could cause irreparable damage.
Lawyer Barney Dowe: Your Honor, that's exactly what Mr. Vogel wants to do is vehement in spitefulness for his former wife were matched only by his greed.
Arnie Becker: Your Honor, that's just nonsense, the property settlement between these two people itemizes everything that goes to Miss Peters, it gives all rights in the remainder to my client.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Mr. Becker, is there any indication that Miss Peters would have knowingly authorized the distribution of this tape?
Arnie Becker: My client's an accomplished photographer, he took a great many pictures of his wife, in each case, she authorized their use.
Lawyer Barney Dowe: Mr. Becker, we're not talking about photographs here. We're talking about videotape footage of marital acts.
Judge Grace Van Owen: Without getting overly graphic, gentlemen. Can you give me a sense of what is in this tape?
Lawyer Barney Dowe: [sighs] Several variations quotas.
Arnie Becker: Compared to what's out there is pretty wholesome stuff.
Lawyer Barney Dowe: It won't be any to wholesome some guy standing and apply the booth, slamming quarters into the damn thing to see it.
Arnie Becker: This would be intended for home video market only.
Judge Grace Van Owen: OK, I have heard enough. Mr. Becker, your client is enjoying from exhibiting this tape commercially. Miss Peters retains the right to determine how her name and likeness are to be used. Nothing in this divorce agreement anticipated this. Nothing in it gives him the right to do it.
Lawyer Barney Dowe: Your Honor, we also requested that Mr. Vogel turnover all extra copies now under his control.
Judge Grace Van Owen: That I cannot order. The agreement clearly grants all possession of the tape to Mr. Vogel and I simply don't have the authority to supersede it.
Rochelle Peters: What about private screenings for, um, 50 or 60 of his closest friends?
Lawyer Barney Dowe: Your Honor, what's going to happen when this tape starts to circulate privately among friends, party to party.
Arnie Becker: That's not going to happen.
Lawyer Barney Dowe: Please, Mr. Becker. Who among us has not seen the Rob Lowe tape? Anyone? Anyone?
Judge Grace Van Owen: Listen, I have done all I can do. And in fact, given my relationship with Mr. Becker's firm, I may well be forced to recuse myself before this matter comes to trial. Which by the way would be just fine with me.


"L.A. Law: To Live and Diet in L.A. (#3.7)" (1989)
[1 Month later of the New Year 1989. Grace is busy at the District Attorney's office. She is also alone. Michael has arrived to see Grace during his exile in his holiday vacation]
Michael Kuzak: Hi.
[Grace turned that its Michael who wanted talk with her]
Michael Kuzak: You feel like getting a cup of coffee?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: No, thanks.
Michael Kuzak: Hey, I got a really big day planned. I gotta go to Oshman's, pick up a fishing rod, a reel, a few other little doodas. Why don't you take the day off and come with me?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: If I thought that would change the way I feel, I would.
Michael Kuzak: It's not like you didn't expect this.
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: I know.
[Grace gets up]
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: It's just the fact of it now. I prosecuted this man based on an illegal confession and now he's going to die.
Michael Kuzak: Grace, are you gonna be able to live with this?
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen: No. No, I'm not.


"L.A. Law: The Nut Before Christmas (#6.8)" (1991)
[Leland has received a Christmas card from Rosalind Shays, six months after her fatal accident]
Leland McKenzie: Look at this. A Christmas card from Rosalind.
Grace Van Owen: You know, Leland; she probably had them sent out by a service and no one thought to notify them that she was dead.
Leland McKenzie: I guess you're right; a Christmas card from the grave.
[starts laughing]
Grace Van Owen: One thing you can say about Rosalind, she sure knew how to network.
[Continues laughing]


"L.A. Law: Back to the Suture (#6.10)" (1992)
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: He's been there 3 months?
Arnie Becker: According to Roxanne, who knew about this, Benny's been a pretty good parent. He even got the kid enrolled in school, that's a social services caught up with him. Benny couldn't show any proof of legal guardianship.
Stuart Markowitz: We're the real parents.
Arnie Becker: No father, mother's an alcoholic who abandoned him. The kid was living on the streets for 10 months.
Ann Kelsey: Oh, my God.
Arnie Becker: Look, I promise Benny we try to help get him back. Grace is going to handle it, since I could be a witness.
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: Wait a second. We're going to actually advocate that Benny keep this kid?
Grace Van Owen: Why not?
Ann Kelsey: What's wrong with that?
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: He's mentally retarded.
Arnie Becker: I pledge this firm support, he gets it, Douglas.
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: All right. But please. People, under no circumstances is this firm to assume guardianship responsibilities. On a more soothing note, I'm please to announce that no charges will be filed against Tommy Mullaney in the self defense shooting of John Harvey.
[Leland was surprised]
Stuart Markowitz: That must be a relief.
Tommy Mullaney: Yeah.
Grace Van Owen: I'm so surprised, they even considered it.
Tommy Mullaney: Thanks. Thanks, guys.


"L.A. Law: Steal It Again, Sam (#6.13)" (1992)
Victor Sifuentes: No, I... I can't think about anything else, but this case up. There's a client that you can't put off for any reason just...
[Grace Van Owen has arrived]
Grace Van Owen: What is this?
[Victor didn't know Grace is here. Grace got the subpoena]
Victor Sifuentes: We, uh, can finish up later. I want to, okay?
[the woman leave and closed the door]
Grace Van Owen: What are you doing, Victor?
Victor Sifuentes: My parents are suing the man that killed Charlie and I'm representing him.
Grace Van Owen: Your father isn't well enough to leave his house. Your mother...
Victor Sifuentes: Grace, they want this. And we need you as a witness.
Grace Van Owen: And this is how you tell me? The subpoena?
Victor Sifuentes: Well, look, you didn't return my phone calls.
[Grace paused]
Grace Van Owen: What exactly do you want me to testify to? I didn't see anything that's good...
Victor Sifuentes: You saw the accident. You saw how drunk William Boyd was when he's out of his truck.
Grace Van Owen: I can't prove that he was drunk.
[Grace clears her throat]
Grace Van Owen: He could have been in shock from the accident and that is the first thing his lawyer will say.
Victor Sifuentes: You have to prove anything, so you say how he weak the liquor on how he hardly stand up.
Grace Van Owen: You can't win this, Victor. They didn't charged Boyd with manslaughter because the D.A. didn't have enough evidence. He got 6 months because the D.A. wasn't even sure he could make felony DUI.
Victor Sifuentes: Boyd got off easy, okay? He was blind drunk driving. He was driving like a maniac when he killed Charlie, and the law... the law can get off a slap on the wrist.
Grace Van Owen: The juries isn't gonna care.
Victor Sifuentes: I want to pay for what he did.
Grace Van Owen: So, this is about revenge?
Victor Sifuentes: No. It's about justice.
Grace Van Owen: You're the last person to be objective here, Victor.
Victor Sifuentes: William Boyd is a killer. Now, he murdered Charlie just as he had picked up a gun and pointed to his head. But I have to put you up on the stand. That's what I'm gonna do. I'm gonna do whatever it takes. But I'll be damned... I'm not letting him get away with murder!
[Grace is leaving]
Victor Sifuentes: Grace?


"L.A. Law: I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr. Markowitz (#6.12)" (1992)
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: Next up. Campos et al vs. Halifax Chemical.
Tommy Mullaney: We're going to trial.
[Brackman and McKenzie exchange a look]
Grace Van Owen: This is the class action suit brought by the Hondurans?
Tommy Mullaney: Uh-huh. I'm co-chair with Alex DePalma, the attorney who brought it to us. Farm workers down there used a real nasty pesticide called Trichlor, also known as "Wallop." It made 400 of them sterile.
Cara Jean 'C.J.' Lamb: Wallop indeed.
Tommy Mullaney: Trichlor was suspended by the E.P.A., but Halifax kept shipping tons of the stuff to Honduras.
Ann Kelsey: I thought this case was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds.
Tommy Mullaney: We appealed. The court ruled that since Halifax is based in California, we can try it here.
Arnie Becker: Foreign workers suing in our courts? Good luck.
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: It's worse than you think. DePalma is a solo practitioner from East L.A. Halifax is represented by Breech and Spitzer.
Jonathan Rollins: Those guys are pit bulls.
Arnie Becker: Kiss this one goodbye.
Tommy Mullaney: Look. We know it's a long shot. But what that company did to these people was a crime.
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: But you can't write every wrong in the world. And this is eating up billable hours...
Cara Jean 'C.J.' Lamb: Hours aren't the point here.
Stuart Markowitz: This is about conscience.
Arnie Becker: Come on, folks. We have to have some fiscal responsibility...
Jonathan Rollins: Yeah, but how far are we expected to go?
Leland McKenzie: [to Mullaney] Before this goes any further, I want to talk to Mr. DePalma and the class rep.
[to Brackman]
Leland McKenzie: Anything else, Douglas?
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: No. We're adjourned.


"L.A. Law: Fry Me to the Moon (#1.10)" (1986)
Grace Van Owen: [angry tone] Now I have tried to keep my mouth shut about the Petrovek case. I have tried not to let my disagreements with your beliefs in this matter get in the way of my personal feelings for you. But getting this crazy animal out on bail... it's unconscionable! How could you!
Michael Kuzak: The man was wrongfully convicted, Grace.
Grace Van Owen: Are you saying he didn't do it?
Michael Kuzak: I am saying that his conviction was tainted. He does not deserve the death penalty. Nobody does. He deserves a new trial. He is innocent until proven guilty. That's a principal you don't turn your back on even if he is accused of committing a heinous crime.
Grace Van Owen: It is one thing to stick up for a principal, but you have taken your anti-death penalty views to a point of total obsession where you are jeopardizing innocent people by releasing a convicted killer!
Michael Kuzak: In other words, if people are frightened enough of Jimmy Pretrovk because of his appearance and attitude, that is it also okay to lock him up without bail and for the law suspend his constitutional rights to due process?
Grace Van Owen: Are you out of your mind? The man is a crazed killer! He has a criminal record a mile long! He murdered a pregnant woman and her husband! He did it! And he will do it again and again and AGAIN! And when he does... when Jimmy Pretrovk kills again, it will be on your hands!
Michael Kuzak: You've got a hell of a nerve saying that to me, Grace!
Grace Van Owen: Why? Because I dare to disagree with you? The Great Civil Libertarian?
Michael Kuzak: I don't punish you for your personal opinions and beliefs. Don't punish me for mine!


"L.A. Law: The Venus Butterfly (#1.9)" (1986)
[during a break in jury selection]
Mark Gilliam: Must have hurt to lose Walters, huh?
Grace Van Owen: I don't want a prejudice juror any more than you do.
Mark Gilliam: Yeah, right. You mean your office didn't tell you to stack it with "fag bashers"?
Grace Van Owen: I am not unsympathetic to your client, and I'm ready to make any moves to his well being.
Mark Gilliam: Good. Then you'll dismiss the case.
Grace Van Owen: I can't do that, Mark. Your client took the life of another human being.
Mark Gilliam: My client performed a merciful act. His only motivation was love.


"L.A. Law: Mutinies on the Banzai (#5.17)" (1991)
Leland McKenzie: [Returning here at the Conference room meeting] What's this about?
Michael Kuzak: The Partners excluding Douglas have a proposal that we'd like to offer formally pursuant to Article 11, Section 3 of the Partnership Agreement.
Leland McKenzie: I wasn't aware that you even read the partnership agreement, Michael.
[Michael will proposal it to Stuart who would read the letter]
Michael Kuzak: Stuart?
Stuart Markowitz: Yeah. "9 weeks ago, the partners have this firm convened to address you, Leland McKenzie with our concerns regarding your leadership for this law firm. You responded to these concerns by appointing Douglas Brackman as Pro Temp Senior Partner for a 6 week period, while you attended to expanding our client base. No such expansion occurred. Now after 9 weeks, you have unilaterally extended Douglas as Senior Partner tenure to open-ended term, again without consulting the other partners you made a designation which affects all our interests, we feel we have no choice now but to call on you and the Executive Committee, schedule a new vote. Which vote would serve to either confirm your position or intern elect a new Senior Partner. Signed, Michael Kuzak, Arnold Becker, Stuart Markowitz, Ann Kelsey, and Grace Van Owen".
Leland McKenzie: Why you obviously all gotten together here. Who do you plan to vote in?
[the decision is their to decide. Either one. Ann choose is Michael]
Ann Kelsey: Michael.
Michael Kuzak: Douglas will remain as Administrative Partner. Leland, you would go to being up Counsel.
Leland McKenzie: You think you can just push me up?
Grace Van Owen: This isn't a push, Leland. It's a proposal.
Michael Kuzak: This is your firm. The decision is yours. Will abide by it. Which is what you know.
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: This is an ambush.
Ann Kelsey: It's not an ambush. We are all on the same side. We all want what's best for the firm.
Leland McKenzie: Do any of you think you really know how to run a firm? It is in all just trying cases and... and collecting fee is a hell a lot more involved!
Michael Kuzak: Again, Leland, we're not pushing you out. To the contrary, we would be counting on your guidance in making the transition to the new leadership.
Leland McKenzie: You go straight to hell, Michael!
[Leland heads back to his office. And what's Douglas' decision?]
Douglas Brackman, Jr.: I take that as a no.


"L.A. Law: Beauty and Obese (#2.13)" (1988)
John Vincent: [the waiter serve the bottle of champagne] You look lovely.
Grace Van Owen: Thank you. None for me.
John Vincent: Please.
[the waiter pours a glass of champagne]
John Vincent: To us.
Grace Van Owen: There is no us, Mr. Vincent.
John Vincent: Charles told me you were little reluctant.
Grace Van Owen: My mind's made up.
John Vincent: I've always found it best to postpone final judgment until I have all the facts.
Grace Van Owen: I have all the facts I need and...
John Vincent: I don't think you do. For instance, I don't think you know who paid for that fancy office you're sitting. I don't think you know who owns the building, Ms. Van Owen, or who owns the firm or to a lesser extent to owns you.
[John drinks the glass of champagne]
Grace Van Owen: You may own the firm, Mr. Vincent, but I guaranteed you, you don't own me.
John Vincent: You listen, you're gonna go into court and you can substitute in as counsel for Tommy. Then you're gonna get a nice continuance, a courtesy the judge will be only too happy to extend to a popular ex-DA. Then if you want, I'll get someone else to substitute in for you. Do you understand?
Grace Van Owen: No.
John Vincent: I need time, Ms. Van Owen. It's just come to my attention that the state's key witness may suffer a serious decline in health in the next few weeks. It sometimes happens to people who disappoint me.
Grace Van Owen: My answer is not changing.
John Vincent: Some mistakes are very hard to live it, Ms. Van Owen. I seriously suggest you rethink your position.
[the waiter have arrived at the table]
John Vincent: She's still drinking the champagne.
[But suddenly, the waiter pulled out the revolver and shot and killed the mob boss John Vincent. Screaming. The crowds are murmuring. John Vincent was shot and died at the scene in the restaurant]


"L.A. Law: Beef Jerky (#1.16)" (1987)
Grace Van Owen: [the trial about stolen bull semen] Now, Professor L'Hommedieu, could you please describe for the court the manner in which these sperm samples are collected?
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: Well, the first of the two methods is electro-ejaculation. However that's rather an aversive experience for the animal, and the far more common technique is to...
Defense Attorney: [Interrupting] Objection to the question, your honor. and I renew my objection as to the admissibility of Professor L'Hommedieu's testimony in general. What's at issue here is whether my client stole it and how much it was worth. The manner in which the bull expresses himself is of no relevance whatsoever.
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: Tell that to the bull.
Grace Van Owen: Your honor, it's imperative that the jury understands the intricate process involved here.
Defense Attorney: Come on, we all know how it works.
Grace Van Owen: It's not that simple, judge. They don't just send the bull behind the hayloft with a magazine and a baggie.
Judge Sidney Schroeder: Ms. Van Owen...
Grace Van Owen: It is a protracted and expensive process, your honor. One which the dairy industry takes very seriously.
Judge Sidney Schroeder: Look, I'll let him briefly describe it, but keep it short.
Grace Van Owen: Thank you, your honor. Please continue, Professor.
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: Certainly. The bull is led from the pen into a collection area. If he's an experienced animal, he knows what's coming. So he's already in a state of excitation.
Grace Van Owen: [With an awkward reaction] What happens next?
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: By this time, a technician has tethered a stimulus. Oh, I should add that, uh, most of the time, a male stimulus is used to prevent accidental intramission.
Grace Van Owen: [Grimacing] You mean the bull will engage with another male?
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: A sexually naive animal, no. But a mature bull will mount almost anything.
Judge Sidney Schroeder: [Through restrained chuckling] Ms. Van Owen...
Grace Van Owen: [Likewise] We're almost finished, your honor.
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: After the bull mounts, the animal technician takes hold of his...
[He turns to Judge Schroeder]
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: Can I say the "P" word?
Judge Sidney Schroeder: Just continue.
[Judge Schroeder holds a hand to his mouth]
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: He takes hold of the member and inserts it into an artificial...
[He turns to Judge Schroeder again]
Prof. Philip L'Hommedieu: Can I say the "V" word?
Judge Sidney Schroeder: Counsel...
[Judge Schroeder stands up]
Judge Sidney Schroeder: ... in my chambers. Right now.
[Judge Schroeder enters his chambers and Grace and the Defense Attorney join him. Upon Schroeder shutting the door behind him, all three laugh hysterically and blushingly]