Denny helps defending a congressman, who didn't keep his campaign promises. Alan defends Catherine Piper for murdering Bernhard. Sara is given an ultimatum by the priest she and Garrett blackmailed.



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Congressman Raymond Jacobs
D.A. Valerie Murrow


Denny helps defending a congressman, who didn't keep his campaign promises. Alan defends Catherine Piper for murdering Bernhard. Sara is given an ultimatum by the priest she and Garrett blackmailed.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama





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18 October 2005 (USA)  »

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The music (whistled) that closes out this episode is the theme from The Andy Griffith Show (1960). The connection being that that show opened with Andy Taylor (Griffith) and his son Opie (Ron Howard) walking toward their fishing hole. See more »


Alan Shore is finalizing the Catherine Piper murder case with closing arguments to the jury. He's walking back and forth in front of the jury. When the camera suddenly cuts to a sitting Catherine Piper, he's also seen sitting next to her, listening to whoever is speaking, in this case, HIMSELF! See more »


Denny Crane: When God strips you of your talent, he should at least have the decency to strip away the memory of having had it.
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Boston Legal - A Whiff and a Prayer
22 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, Reverend Donald Diddum (Kurt Fuller) just won't go away, and he claims "atonement is in order", planning to turn attorney Sara Holt (Ryan Michelle Bathe) into the bar for her flirtatious methods in order to gain a better settlement offer for her boss at the firm, Denise (Julie Bowen). He considers himself a reasonable man: if she will provide her panties to him, all will be forgiven! I guess another creepy pervert priest rears his ugly head! Meanwhile, Shirley (Candice Bergin) and Denise are representing a politician being held accountable for not supporting an anti-assault weapons ban put forth in congress…Denny (William Shatner) is unsure why he is sitting in on the trial considering he is so "pro-weapons" and their client is a—dramatic pause and intense shock-and-awe—Democrat! The big case concerning Catherine's (Betty White) trial for murdering Bernie gets under way and Alan must endure a rather unpleasant "impromptu re-enactment" of the whole crime. Alan will need to recover with a resoundingly powerful closing argument (which he often does; the guy's track record at recuperating a failing case through the amazing closing argument, where he pulls out all the stops, is quite impressive) in order to help Catherine escape from the noose.

Denny's contemplation of retirement while fishing from a sewer near the office (!) as Alan tries to console his crumbling belief in his talents (fading away, with the memory of how great he once was tormenting him) is a dramatic high point in the episode…I think those of us who have experienced watching someone once so phenomenal and brilliant lose access to what made him or her so can relate to what Alan sees and Denny experiences. Denny's pomp and circumstance when closing for the politician, including his musket accidentally going off in the courtroom, in his American Revolution garb, is another real peach of a scene. The whole subplot with Fuller was just rather unsettling to me while the tone seems to indicate this was something to be viewed as kinky and silly…the way priests have been discovered as perverts and sexual deviants, this subplot might not have made it off the script onto screen, I think. Fuller plays it up, though, and Bathe's dilemma at whether or not to adhere to his demands ends rather surprisingly: she doesn't cave (she admits she doesn't wear underwear!) and lets him have a couple of hard slaps to the face, for which he finds pleasurable! It appears as if Rhona Mitra's character has been written out of the show (she was barely in the previous episode and altogether absent in this one; Alan seems to have moved on from her just fine).

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