Boston Legal: Season 5, Episode 5

The Bad Seed (20 Oct. 2008)

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A judge finds out that Alan bet with Denny on the outcome of his case involving malpractice at a military hospital. Jerry takes a sperm bank to court to find out if his nephew and his new girlfriend have the same sperm donor.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Attorney Cynthia Rhodes
Ryan Chism
BJ Wallace ...
Jason Canfield
Owen Patterson


Denny's attempts to stack the deck in his favor over a wager with Alan jeopardizes both their positions in the firm, their ability to practice law, and, most importantly, his valued friendship with Alan. Shirley agrees to represent a man whose brother died in the Armed Forces, yet compensation for the death lies at the hand of the doctor attending him, rather than the enemy. And Jerry confronts his nephew and the possibility that his nephew's new girlfriend may also be his half-sister. Written by Moviedude1

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery





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The actor that plays Jerry's nephew and the actress that plays his girlfriend are brother and sister in real life See more »


DNA-Testing for half siblings need not be inconclusive but can be highly reliable, especially when - as in this case - the mother's DNA is also available for testing. See more »

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Can You Be Sure You Don't Love Your Sister?
1 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While both plots are well done mixing some light comedy with more direct drama, the more thought provoking one is the one with a half-brother & half-sister who accidentally meet & fall in love. They do not know they are relatives but the mother who brings the case to the law firm suspects it.

The Sperm Bank has a legal shield they try to use to hid the fact that both of them have the same father as a donor. In a way, when you look at this issue and realize the implications of our modern society today, a society where some women have had children with multiple fathers, it makes one wonder how many actual half-brothers & half-sister really are married in the United States today? This is one of the better cases for Jerry in the series. His character role is really stretched & tested with this script.

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