Boston Legal (2004–2008)
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Alan and Denny vacation at a dude ranch in Utah and wind up facing adultery charges, but an unlikely ally comes to their defense. Back in Boston, Shirley defends Catherine Piper, who is accused of attempting to murder her doctor.


Mike Listo


David E. Kelley (created by), David E. Kelley | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Alan Shore
John Larroquette ... Carl Sack
Christian Clemenson ... Jerry Espenson
Tara Summers ... Katie Lloyd
Candice Bergen ... Shirley Schmidt
William Shatner ... Denny Crane
Betty White ... Catherine Piper
Jay Thomas ... Ian Hoberman
Christopher Rich ... Attorney Melvin Palmer
Currie Graham ... A.D.A. Frank Ginsberg
Christopher B. Duncan ... Dr. Jeremy Marley
Grainger Hines ... Jensen
David Doty David Doty ... Judge Ephraim Woods
Rachelle Carson ... Irene Hoberman (as Rachelle Carson-Begley)
Michael Ensign ... Judge Paul Resnick


Alan and Denny take a vacation to a dude ranch, where Alan's reserved demeanor and Denny's footloose attitude seem to cause nothing but trouble. Jerry's wishes to become a partner are jeopardized when he shows up in a Halloween costume a week before the 31st, while Shirley answers a page for Alan from Catherine Piper, who's in jail and ordered to stand trial for the attempted murder of a local physician. Written by Moviedude1

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27 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Fourth wall is broken when an unnamed character speaks and Allan (Spader) says, "You're an extra, you don't get to talk." See more »

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18 December 2011 | by Bronco46See all my reviews

This show, in my never to be humble opinion jumped the tracks in the final two seasons; and this is a perfect example of that. This can be a really compelling and funny show; until they decide to go political. When that happens your going to get at least a five minute and sometimes ten or more minute soliloquy on why conservatives or conservative values are causing all the misery in the world. In this show Allen and Denny go to a dude ranch in Utah which winds up giving Allen the opportunity to smear the people and the state of Utah in court; because of a truly silly story line concocted to make Utah and it's people look as bad as possible. It was in the second story line that they just lied to construct a story line. Betty White returns needing a lawyer again; because the writers seem to think it's funny to have this firm getting a woman off every time she commits a crime, serious crimes. This time she thinks her doctor has harmed her with a medication for a condition she has. So she needed the medication; but the idea is that the doctor is on the take from pharmaceutical company. They actually have testimony where he witness says that doctors buy the medications wholesale and then get further kickbacks and make a fortune selling these medications to patients. Betty's character nearly killed the doctor by burning down his practice for this. This is where someone should be able to sue the writer of this episode for gross lies. Doctors never buy medications for distribution to their patients. They get small quantities for free, that give to patients when it's appropriate, as a trial. Doctors have been prohibited for 50 years from dispensing drugs. Pharmacists do that, and only pharmacist. But this story line allows the writer to go after the pharmaceutical companies. When this show does story lines involving crime or dealing with the inter-personal stuff in the practice they do a fantastic job. But when they get on their soap box like they did in this episode; it's disgusting. I went from giving this show 8's, 9's, and 10's in the first two to three seasons to any where from one star to a high of three in the last two seasons. Ideology doesn't make for good entertainment. It's just boring. A lot like this review, I guess.

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