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Boston Legal: A Whiff and a Prayer

Forced by a client to put Denny Crane on the case, Shirley Schmidt reluctantly enlists his help to defend a Democratic Congressman being sued for not keeping a campaign promise to pass a ban on assault weapons. The right-wing Crane is an unlikely defender from the start, but Schmidt really wonders if she made the right decision when he goes missing the day of his closing. Meanwhile, Alan Shore, still reeling from Tara's exit, focuses on defending Catherine Piper, accused of murdering his client, Bernard Ferrion. And Reverend Diddum, Denise Bauer's ex-husband's lawyer, threatens to report Sara Holt and Garret Wells to their superiors for their ruse to get him to drastically reduce his client's alimony -- but he'll forget the whole matter if Sara gives in to a sexually perverse request.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x4
Production Number: 2F01
Airdate: Tuesday October 18th, 2005

Director: Bill D'Elia
Writer: David E. Kelley

Alternate Airdates:

NL (RTL 8) Oct 03, 2009

Guest Stars
Betty WhiteBetty White
As Catherine Piper
H. Richard GreeneH. Richard Greene
As Judge Harry Hingham
John ThaddeusJohn Thaddeus
As Detective John Stephenson
Kurt FullerKurt Fuller
As Reverend Donald Diddum
Lisa KaminirLisa Kaminir
As D.A. Valerie Murrow
Lou Beatty, Jr.Lou Beatty, Jr.
As Judge Gordon Kolodny
William RussWilliam Russ
As A.D.A. Christopher Palmer
Bob RumnockBob Rumnock
As Foreman
Michael Bryan FrenchMichael Bryan French
As Alex Naughton
Ryan CutronaRyan Cutrona
As Congressman Raymond Jacobs
Main Cast
James SpaderJames Spader
As Alan Shore
William ShatnerWilliam Shatner
As Denny Crane
Candice BergenCandice Bergen
As Shirley Schmidt
Rene AuberjonoisRene Auberjonois
As Paul Lewiston
Mark ValleyMark Valley
As Brad Chase
Julie BowenJulie Bowen
As Denise Bauer
Justin   MentellJustin Mentell
As Garrett Wells
Episode Notes
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
Congressman Jacobs: Raymond Jacobs, you handled my first divorce fifteen years ago. My wife's name was Lois.
Denny: I remember.
Congressman Jacobs: Why wouldn't you. You slept with her.
Denny: Only after the divorce was final.

Denny: When God strips you of your talent, he should at least have the decency to strip away the memory of having had it.

Denny: I heard about Tara. I feel your hurt.
Alan: What's most upsetting, Denny, is I don't hurt.
Denny: So, I don't have to hug you and tell ya i'm there for ya and all that crap.
Alan: We can skip it.

Alan: Catherine, may I ask why would you seek to befriend this man?
Catherine: Well, I felt at his core, he wasn't evil. I also thought I could help him by introducing him to Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Alan: Was he open to that?
Catherine: Not terribly, he thought it would make him look like a bad Jew.

Cultural References
The whistled theme played as Denny and Alan walk down the street with their fishing poles is the famous theme from the classic television series, The Andy Griffith Show. On that show, the theme was played as Andy walked with his young son, Opie, with fishing poles in hand.

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CreatorDavid E. Kelley
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