Boston Legal (2004–2008)
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Head Cases 

Senior partner Edwin Poole has a nervous breakdown in front of everybody. Denny Crane has now to face the loss of a friend in the office. Meanwhile, Alan Shore finds a new enemy in Brad ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sharon Brant
Matthew Calder
Beah Toomy
Atty. Tompkins


Senior partner Edwin Poole has a nervous breakdown in front of everybody. Denny Crane has now to face the loss of a friend in the office. Meanwhile, Alan Shore finds a new enemy in Brad Chase, who is not only the ex of Sally, but also makes him work on a case of a little girl, who wants to play "Annie" in a musical production. Lori is taking care of Ernie Dell, who wants his marriage to be annulled, because he thinks his wife cheats on him. Sally and Brad work on a case concerning a divorced couple and their kids. Written by SSS

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3 October 2004 (USA)  »

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James Spader and Melora Hardin both also had roles in "The Office" (USA) but, they do not share a scene in either show. See more »


Denny Crane: Don't waste your time trying to get into my head. There's nothing there.
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Love You Tomorrow
10 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This pilot episode of Boston Legal gets off to a fast start. It introduces us to the characters kind of on the run and interestingly as this series starts there are more younger women (eye candy) in this and the early episodes than there are later on in the season. Coming from the same producer as Ally McBeal, it is not surprising that music gets a piece of the action in this episode as it did often in that David E Kelley series as well.

I just got the DVD's of this and the deleted scenes on it for this pilot are not anything major though some of the story line skipped for those scenes are used in later episodes. It was great to see William Shatner back in a new TV series when this show comes on. He really does comedy well here because he can do the funniest material while pretty much keeping a straight face.

Denny Crane and Alan Shore are what this series is about and the characters get together in this first episode somewhat. Crane(Shatner) is the great name lawyer who is slipping due to age factors. Shore (James Spader) is the best and youngest lawyer in the firm. Part of the appeal to this series is started here which is Shore using Crane as a mentor and a friend. The way these actors play the roles make this very believable.

This episode features a great cameo by Rev. Al Sharpton who comes into court to surprise and aid Shore in the case of trying to get a settlement for a little girl who get turned down for playing orphan Annie on Broadway. There are other story lines which start as well as the Annie one is pretty much finished in this show.

Part of the strength of David E Kelley series are that the comedy is funny, the cast does very well, and the story lines and characters are woven into multiple episodes. This pilot is no exception. It is a very good introduction to this series.

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