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Boston Legal: Schadenfreude

In the midst of a media circus, the murder trial of Kelly Nolan, AKA 'The Black Widow,' gets underway with defense team Alan Shore, Brad Chase and Denny Crane. Can they pull off an acquittal in this seemingly un-winnable case, with the media playing judge and jury and a defendant who is unapologetically cold as ice? Meanwhile Denise Bauer, intent on avoiding alimony payment to her soon-to-be-ex-husband, enlists the help of junior associates Garrett Wells and Sara Holt to challenge the constitutionality of no-fault divorce; Holmes convinces Tara, who's desperately trying to avoid his charming advances, to help represent his client, Johnny Damon -- Damon, singer Edwin Starr's nephew, wants to be allowed to sing his late uncle's trademark song, "War," at a club where the owner has deemed the song un-American -- and a frightened Catherine goes to the police when Bernard calmly tells her that he fantasizes about committing another murder.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x2
Production Number: 1F20
Airdate: Tuesday October 04th, 2005

Alternate Airdates:

NL (RTL 8) Sep 26, 2009

Special Guest Stars
Heather LocklearHeather Locklear
As Kelly Nolan
Monica PotterMonica Potter
As Lori Colson
Rhona MitraRhona Mitra
As Tara Wilson
Rupert EverettRupert Everett
As Malcolm Holmes

Guest Stars
Anthony HealdAnthony Heald
As Judge Harvey Cooper
Betty WhiteBetty White
As Catherine Piper
Diane KimDiane Kim
As Reporter
Ellen CrawfordEllen Crawford
As Frances Stadler
Francesca P. RobertsFrancesca P. Roberts
As Judge Jamie Atkinson
Glen WalkerGlen Walker
As Anchorman
Gregory ItzinGregory Itzin
As A.D.A. Todd Milken
Helen EigenbergHelen Eigenberg
As Atty. Tompkins
John ThaddeusJohn Thaddeus
As Detective John Stephenson
Kurt FullerKurt Fuller
As Reverend Donald Diddum
Leslie JordanLeslie Jordan
As Bernard Ferrion
Shawn ChristianShawn Christian
As Tim Bauer
Vic PolizosVic Polizos
As Detective Frank Richmond
A. Russell AndrewsA. Russell Andrews
As Johnny Damon
Hugh HolubHugh Holub
As Jury foreperson
John BergJohn Berg
As Judge Robert Hober
Michael BrownleeMichael Brownlee
As Reporter no. 2
Paul PerriPaul Perri
As Ronald Emmerich
Main Cast
James SpaderJames Spader
As Alan Shore
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Denny Crane
Candice BergenCandice Bergen
As Shirley Schmidt
Mark ValleyMark Valley
As Brad Chase
Julie BowenJulie Bowen
As Denise Bauer
Justin   MentellJustin Mentell
As Garrett Wells
Episode Notes
Monica Potter is credited as a "Special Appearance", but does not appear in this episode.

Originally supposed to air in Season 1. Scenes with the Season 2 cast were spliced into the episode to make it feel like it was never out of place.

Episode Quotes
Alan: Schadenfreude. From the German words, Schaden and Freude, damage and joy. It means to take spiteful, malicious delight in the misfortune of others. We used to dismiss this as simply an ugly side of human nature, but it is much, much more than that. Recently a Stanford professor actually captured Schadenfreude on a brain scan. It’s a physiological medical phenomenon. When we see others fall it sometimes causes a chemical to be released in the dorsal striatum of the brain which actually causes us to feel pleasure. If you watch the news or read the papers, which of course you don’t because the Judge said not to, but if you did, you would see the undeniable delicious joy of the media and the public over Kelly Nolan’s plight. I have no doubt that you want Kelly Nolan to be punished. She married for money, she had an affair, she carried on naked in the pool with her boyfriend. She’s cold, materialistic, unlikable, and it might bring you all pleasure to see her go to jail. But as for evidence to establish that she committed a murder beyond all reasonable doubt? It just isn’t there. The only possible route to a guilty verdict here is Schadenfreude.

Denny: I'm sorry your honor. I have mad cow disease. I think you do too.

Alan: I just caught Tara laughing with another man.
Denny: Are you sure they weren't just... kissing or something?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDavid E. Kelley
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