Boston Legal: Season 4, Episode 17

The Court Supreme (22 Apr. 2008)

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Alan leaps at the opportunity to present an appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of a mentally challenged man sentenced to death for the sexual assault of a young girl.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Clarence / Clarice Bell (credit only)
Whitney Rome (credit only)
Dana Strickland
Attorney William Connolly
Attorney Audrey Patterson


Alan leaps at the opportunity to present an appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of a mentally challenged man sentenced to death for the sexual assault of a young girl.

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The title refers to the Supreme Court which is the highest court in the United States and was established in the United States' Constitution as one leg of the three branches of the federal government. See more »

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Among the best episodes I have ever seen
5 June 2014 | by (Bangladesh) – See all my reviews

This episode and the final 2 seasons of BOSTON LEGAL have received a lot of flak for being too left wing. But you just have to give credit to it's writing, and especially James Spader's performance. In this episode, he jumps at a chance to argue before the Supreme Court; what happens next, in his arguments, is charismatic and characteristic. James Spader and William Shatner played extremely well of each other in this episode, with John Larroquette doing a consistently excellent job as the watchful Carl Sack. The subplot involving Jerry and Dana was also thought-provoking, and essential television.

Most of this episode lies on James Spader's electric performance as Alan Shore, a role winning him 3 Emmys in 4 years. He is articulate, emotional, and righteous and logical enough to the point that by the end of his 5-minute, sometimes 10-minute monologues, you were completely cheering for him. When I watch television, this is the thought provoking kind I want, whether or not I disagree with its pathos and agenda. An excellent and essential episode of TV, and quite simply among the best of the series.

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