IMDb > "Boston Legal" The Black Widow (2005)

"Boston Legal" The Black Widow (2005)

« Prev | 18 of 101 Episodes | Next »


User Rating:
8.1/10   182 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
David E. Kelley (created by)
David E. Kelley (written by)
View company contact information for The Black Widow on IMDbPro.
Original Air Date:
27 September 2005 (Season 2, Episode 1)
Alan Shore and Denny Crane defend a beautiful young woman accused of murdering her much-older husband. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
User Reviews:
Boston Legal - Black Widow See more (1 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Oz Scott 
Writing credits
David E. Kelley (created by)

David E. Kelley (written by)

Produced by
Robert Breech .... consulting producer
Bill D'Elia .... executive producer
Scott Kaufer .... executive producer
David E. Kelley .... executive producer
Janet G. Knutsen .... producer (as Janet Knutsen McCann)
Sheila R. Lawrence .... consulting producer (as Sheila Lawrence)
Mike Listo .... co-executive producer
Peter Ocko .... co-executive producer
Steve Robin .... supervising producer
Jonathan Shapiro .... supervising producer
Anne M. Uemura .... associate producer
Original Music by
Danny Lux 
Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas  (as James Bagdonas)
Film Editing by
Craig Bench 
Production Design by
Peter Politanoff 
Costume Design by
Shelly Levine 
Makeup Department
Steven Mack .... key hair stylist
Jori Jenae McGuire .... makeup department head (as Jori Jenae)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Lewis .... second second assistant director (as Alicia L. Lewis)
Jodie Thomas .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Yaniv Bashan .... lead set dresser
Robert Dean .... construction coordinator
Brad Denton .... paint supervisor
Douglas M. Keenan .... property master
Kimberly Leonard .... buyer
Miehe .... set designer (as Marco Miehe)
Jordan Paul .... set dresser
Isabelle Trichard .... art department coordinator
Sound Department
Craig Hunter .... sound re-recording mixer
Peter Kelsey .... sound re-recording mixer (as Peter R. Kelsey)
Nick King .... sound utility
James M. McCann .... boom operator
David Rawlinson .... supervising sound editor
Herbert Rawlinson .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator
Visual Effects by
Michael Roderick .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
William Aydelott .... camera operator: second unit
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip
Keith B. Davis .... first assistant camera: b
Cale Finot .... assistant camera
Myron Hyman .... gaffer
Michael Lohmann .... steadicam operator: Camera Operator ("a" camera )
Ryan Sirles .... best boy/grip
Jared Greenstein .... lighting console operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Dianne Carter .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor: men
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... key costumer
Cynthia Flowers .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Shawn LeMonnier .... post-production technical supporter
Location Management
Matt V. Messina .... key assistant location manager
Music Department
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (as Sharyn M. Tylk)
Avital Korin .... music editor
Transportation Department
Mitch Friedman .... production driver
Other crew
Jennifer Aragao .... assistant to executive producer (as Jen Aragao)
Heidi Hinzman .... production assistant
Jessica Levine .... executive assistant
Aaron Nadler .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew Pontell .... production assistant
Amy Shaffer .... production coordinator
Stacey Luchs .... publicist (uncredited)
John Thaddeus .... adr loop group (uncredited)
Philip Weyland .... stand-in (uncredited)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David E. Kelley  created by

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Movie Connections:
References Jaws (1975)See more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Boston Legal - Black Widow, 22 January 2016
Author: Scarecrow-88 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Fans of TJ Hooker get a wink and a nod in the first episode of the second season of Boston Legal, as Heather Locklear is introduced as a "Black Widow" (also name of the opening episode), hiring Alan Shore (James Spader, with this character and the later Blacklist, sealing his status as a television icon) to hopefully get her off of the murder of a 70-year-old husband who suffered a coronary as a result (supposedly) of a laced drink. Locklear's Kelly Nolan appeals to Shore in believing in her innocence. He's up against a tough road thanks in part to his high profile case's presiding judge, Judge Harvey Cooper (Anthony Heald, one of the all-time great character actors in terms of portraying snobbish assholes). The stink of contempt that seethes off Cooper towards Shore certainly indicates bias against him. Shore sees a difficult case ahead of him, as not only is the judge a hurdle he may not be able to overcome, the maid who worked for Kelly's dead husband (a *very* wealthy man) has a "dramatic flair" that could benefit the prosecution (her way of depicting Kelly as a loathsome caricature of the lovely adulteress who rubs her infidelities in the aging relic husband's face does carry a weight Alan can't deny) and pictures (taken by a lusting teenage neighbor!) posted online featuring Kelly's sexual exploits with the lover certainly don't help. Also Denny Crane (William Shatner, who never fails to tickle my funnybone with his lustful, openly blunt-force sexism; he's a creature who points to his head, claiming "mad cow" as a means to get away with his geriatric flirting and groping) can't keep away from Kelly, insisting he join the case as Alan's "second" chair (the handsome Marine attorney, Brad Chase (Mark Valley), is third chair).

The second and third cases deal with a company owner proclaiming his innocence when a mute claims he popped out of the shadows on a street and molested her (she communicates on the witness stand through the use of a musical instrument (the cello!), and her strokes on the string, providing pieces that dictate her feelings towards opposing counsel is clever and brilliant!), and a Christian investment firm CEO faces litigation for supposedly "forcing out" (through oppression!) a Jewish employee!

The second has Shore's girlfriend, fellow attorney Tara (Rhona Mitra), opposing her old mentor, prosecutor Malcolm Holmes (Rupert Everett). Malcolm is Tara's former lover as well! Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen; I think this part actually rivaled her Murphy Brown!) notices the heat and chemistry between the two and shows the obvious discomfort (she'd love to be anywhere but around them when they get all "chummy"). The sexual tension highlights this case. The third deals with Denise (Julie Bowen, her Modern Family mom character now overshadowing this particularly good part) representing the Christian CEO, hit with a divorce she was unprepared for, and her rising young lawyer, Garrett (Justin Mentell) who takes advantage of her distracted state of mind to convincingly represent their client (the prosecuting attorney tries to earn a settlement for his Jewish client, but Garrett uses a rather genius video collection of political powerhouses avowing their Christian faith to land an impact).

Alan's uphill battle with the judge who sees fit to make his case as difficult at possible (if you don't want to punch him in the mouth, then color me shocked), and his potential relationship woes (his lady decides to go on a date with her mentor!) sure bookend this episode not particularly in his favor (that and worrying that his secretary played by Betty White might be in danger considering her involvement with a possible diminutive serial killer!)!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (1 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "Boston Legal" (2004)

Related Links

Main series Episode guide Full cast and crew
Company credits IMDb TV section IMDb Comedy section
IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.