Boston Legal: Season 1, Episode 4

Change of Course (24 Oct. 2004)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tara Wilson (credit only)
A.D.A. Harris (as David NoroƱa)


Edwin Poole manages to escape from the psychiatric hospital; and returns to the court room. He takes over a case without anyone recognizing it until Lori appoints herself as his assistant in court. Sally realizes that it is much harder to be in a relationship with Alan. Alan himself still has to fight with Brad over his position in the law firm. Written by Anonymous

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Edwin Poole is heard saying that he considers the fictional lawyer, Perry Mason, as his hero. In one case, Poole says that he will do the closing argument stating that Perry Mason always did well in his closing arguments. While Mason might have been a great closer, he rarely if ever got that far during a trial or in most cases the hearings which were featured in the episodes as he usually managed to coerce the guilty party into admitting their guilt on the stand. See more »


As Alan Shore explains to Miles Tibbet all the things he'll have to do to him, there is a shot of Alan from the back and right. The lip movement doesn't match the words said, namely: "By the time I'm done..." See more »


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Boston Legal-Change of Course
26 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Change of Course" shows how Alan(James Spader) can destroy a potential key witness in a kleptomania case involving one of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt's most profitable clients, a CEO who swiped a scarf! The victim works in retail, a "nobody" considered pathetic by those who make high dollars in a law firm. Alan has Sally(Lake Bell) to fish for information about this man by using her beauty as a means to secure his trust, their dialogue used against this witness. It's Alan at his worst, when he uses what Sally gave to him from her talks with the man against him when the two of them have a "heart-to-heart" (well, Denny Crane(William Shatner) is asked by Alan to sit in the room and use his name "Denny Crane" as an intimidating factor, as well as Sally, "calling her out" by setting up this "chat" in her office). Alan gets results from this, but with a price: Sally. Meanwhile, Edwin Poole (Larry Miller) "escapes" from the mental institution and accepts a case with a murderer (Jeremiah Birkett) who has exhausted every public defender in the city of Boston just so he can keep from going to prison. Lori(Monica Potter) is to assist Edwin (well, more like "first chair" since Poole admits to Paul that he was told in a dream to take the case by Perry Mason!) on the case, learning that Warren Litch(Birkett) was coerced (he was told that he was dying, a falsity used to gain a confession)into admitting his guilt. While still quite loony, Poole has this brilliant moment of lucidity when he argues the possibility that his client was delusional and that the confession was faulty. Lori, not comfortable with criminal cases, performs well, including closing arguments where she points out that the confession is all that the prosecution has, questioning the burden of proof, "Beyond a reasonable doubt" due to the fact that no other evidence was found to convict her client. The episode closes with Sally "moving forward" and ending her relationship with Alan who told her earlier on that she should leave the profession behind due to the heinous nature that oftentimes comes with winning a case by "all means necessary." One wonders if Alan can function in a real relationship with a person since he always seems to drive women away due to "flaws in his character".

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