Episode Summary Of Where We Came / Season 1, Episode 12 First Broadcast: January 16, 2005, Replay: August 23, 2005 One of the members of the company is a victim of Shirley Schmidt`s mission to clean the house and is asked to leave immediately. Meanwhile, with the help of Denny Crane and Shirley Schmidt, Lori defends a principal who is being sued by two science teachers who have been fired for refusing to teach creationism. And Bernard Ferrion, Alan Shore`s client who killed his mother by hitting her with a saucepan, once again needs legal help, but Shore is sending the case back to Tara because he can`t hide his disappointment with his former client. And Shore is really surprised when he learns that his assistant Nora Jacobs is offended by his inappropriate advances. Boston Illegal Radio Listen to a discussion about the episode [66 min; 23 mb; 48k bitrate] „From Where We Came” mp3 download Listen with mp3 streaming or subscribe via Odeo iTunes subscription Free download the iTunes Episode Reviews Petty Crime app by Abney [written for TV Tome] A few nights ago, on January 16, 2005, Boston Legal competed against the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards – a daunting task. While James Spader was defeated by Deadwood`s Ian McShane, William Shatner was awarded in the best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, miniseries or television film for his role as Denny Crane in the series. Congratulations to him! I don`t really have a good way to take my exam to the next level in my exam, but I thought it would be worth mentioning. However, this latest episode of Boston Legal was equally a farewell episode, a black comedy, and a socially significant legal drama – the story of creationism vs. Evolution is not old in our justice systems or televisions (or even in the universe of David E. Kelley, as I have been told), but that does not mean that it is not worth revisiting, especially in other circumstances. When Shirley Schmidt (or simply „Schmidt, as she tells most people to call her”) gets used to life in the crazy world of Crane, Poole and Schmidt`s Boston office, Nora discovers the salacious game that works for Alan Shore; Bernard Ferrion returns as the serial killer whose only crime was to get desperately noticed; and Betty White, who reprised her role in The Practice (Catherine Piper), was more of a cameo appearance than a guest appearance. Hopefully there will be more of her in the future than knocking Alan out by applying for the now-vacant assistant position. For weeks, you`ve probably figured out that my least popular character on the show is Sally Heep.
But as is often the case when a character leaves a TV series, that character becomes more important and interesting during the single episode they leave than during most of the series. Sally was always the whining junior lawyer, „safe with her femininity,” who didn`t interest me much – and leaving the firm as she did made me respect her for the first time. What made her angry wasn`t that Shirley came out of nowhere and fired her after a week – that`s not the point. The fact is that their colleagues have not said or done anything about it. No one showed that they cared enough about Shirley, and with their inaction, they did more for and for Sally than in a matter of weeks. Interestingly, she promised a return – whether it`s a tangible goal that Sally is keeping an eye on to keep her alive, or a solemn truth, it`s not entirely certain, but I, for one, wouldn`t mind seeing her one day as an opposing lawyer. Many of you are unhappy with the introduction and the continued focus on Shirley Schmidt, and honestly, I can`t blame you. Doesn`t this show belong to Spader and Shatner? Shouldn`t people with infinite potential be given the chance to evolve before introducing a new character? And I can`t really blame many of you who keep complaining; That is quite understandable.
I can overcome the political bias that gets away with characters like Denny and Shirley, as long as the dialogues are always funny and the cases still pass. The dynamic between Shirley and Lori, as we all know, is the parallel with the shared relationship between Denny and Alan – the difference is that Denny and Alan are a bit off the mark. Shirley knows what she`s doing and wins the deal – but if she doesn`t agree with what she`s arguing, is it really a victory? On the other hand, Denny wins not because of his legal skills, but because he is who he is and he knows who he knows. I`d like to see more times in the future when he doesn`t make a joke at his own expense – let old Denny, who „never lost a case,” shine from time to time, but for no other reason than to keep things fresh – he certainly could have said a lot more about the case this week. when he did. I will not pretend to know the ins and outs of intelligent design theory, and I am anything but an expert in the theory of evolution. I will not impose my religious views on anyone and I will leave the analysis of this week`s main case to that – why must there be an antagonism between science and God? Why is this an eternal conflict? Some people are such fervent supporters on either side that they don`t understand the point of view on the other side. Should smart design be something we teach in science education? It`s up to you, but for those who believe it`s an engineered version of creationism – can`t you at least see where the proponents of it come from? Isn`t that so valid? And on the other hand – evolution and natural selection fit perfectly into the principles of science as we know them – one can assume that this makes more sense than anything else and has more concrete evidence to support it. But is there no belief in science? Isn`t there science in faith? If the main case is to be dramatic, then the secondary must certainly be comical. And while I`m sure Bernard Ferrion was written to be fun (maybe even funny), he didn`t do it for me this week – he made the same jokes he did last week, and he still speaks with that boring inflection in his voice. The only thing his presence was worth to me was the way Alan played it and how Tara explained what Bernard had done to Alan by committing murder again when he promised he wouldn`t. Alan sees rather obnoxious people in his daily work, and from time to time he meets someone who truly inspires faith in human justice.
Alan thought Bernard was one of those people. Alan was wrong. You can usually say that when someone like Alan Shore calls you a bad guy, you let things get out of hand; and I don`t care if Bernard was just looking for attention. That does not justify what he did, in my view that of the law, and certainly not in Alan`s law. Sorry for the short review, but I only looked once and didn`t take any notes. So I`m going to leave you with a (kind of) letter The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The Good – Sally`s last speech to Brad – before I didn`t think they had been or could be a couple; now I do. And my approval rating for Sally skyrocketed when she walked out the door. -I loved Tara`s remark when Shirley wanted to talk to Lori – Tara is really Alan`s soul mate. They are destined to live unhappy together for the rest of their lives. The final scene between Shirley and Lori would have been great in itself, but it was even better with the words Shirley chose to talk about how women didn`t like cigars while men loved her. Something tells me that the word „developed” did not slip in there by accident.
-When Alan pointed the finger and went out to point out Bernard – hehe. The bad – Just as Tara said „Bernard.” It`s an `A` Tara, not an `E`. It is not Bernerd. I think it doesn`t matter; She`s hot and she`s British. -Bernard Ferrion, the serial ladle puzzle. The man doesn`t seem to know what the law is, or doesn`t take into account how he basically told Alan, „I committed a premeditated murder, and then I conspired to cover it up. Help me? Did I mention his OTHER BoSox? Seriously, when that will be enough – they won like 4 months ago! (I know, I know, they wrote the script and shot the episode a long time ago. But it`s my. There comes a time when you have to let it go.) The ugly – Not much to say here this week. I think I could always close The Good, The Bad and The Ugly with the same scene I opened it in – the tongue whip that gave Sally Brad was pretty ugly and ultimately satisfying.
-If you have something else, fill it yourself. I don`t want to go back and watch the tape again. Written by Abney | Send Abney your feedback on firstname.lastname@example.org episode Dialogue Denny: Lock and Load. *Pause* Where are everyone? Paul: It`s an administrative meeting, Denny. Denny: Oh. What am I doing here? Schmidt: Do you remember the good old days when you liked to know what was going on when you could walk from your desk to the elevator without a schedule? Denny, about Schmidt: I had it with Streisand at the same time. Do you remember that? Schmidt: I do Denny. And not to burst your bubble, but she was a female imitator. Maybe the penis could have been your signal.