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Son of the Defender 

Denny is forced to recount a trial with his father from fifty years earlier when the victim's son--carrying a gun and wired to a bomb--returns demanding justice. Meanwhile, Alan is found in... See full summary »


Bill D'Elia


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


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Spader ... Alan Shore
Julie Bowen ... Denise Bauer
Mark Valley ... Brad Chase
Rene Auberjonois ... Paul Lewiston
Constance Zimmer ... Claire Simms (credit only)
Gary Anthony Williams ... Clarence Bell
Candice Bergen ... Shirley Schmidt
William Shatner ... Denny Crane
Meredith Eaton ... Bethany Horowitz (as Meredith Eaton-Gilden)
Stephen Lee ... Aaron Sears
Mike Hagerty ... Wally Bird
Mark L. Taylor ... Attorney Adam Jovanka
Lawrence Pressman ... Judge Floyd Hurwitz
Jackie Debatin ... Jenna Aesop
James Keane ... Joe Gordon


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Denny is forced to recount a trial with his father from fifty years earlier when the victim's son--carrying a gun and wired to a bomb--returns demanding justice. Meanwhile, Alan is found in contempt of court again while defending his neighbor. Written by

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Denny Crane is forced to recall a trial with his father where they defended a murder suspect. It includes flashbacks of a 25-year-old William Shatner as the son of Ralph Bellamy. The flashbacks are from the television series Studio One in Hollywood (1948) and the relevant episode was Studio One in Hollywood: The Defender: Part 1 (1957). The character Joseph Gordon, played by James Keane in this episode, was played by Steve McQueen in 1957. See more »


Judge Floyd Hurwitz: Step up here, Counsel.
Alan Shore: This is never good when they ask me to step up.
Judge Floyd Hurwitz: You think I'm an idiot?
Alan Shore: Judge, I cannot be held accountable for what I do with straight lines lobbed right over the plate.
Judge Floyd Hurwitz: How would you like to be held in contempt, Mr. Wisenheimer?
Alan Shore: Again, Judge, that was a beach ball straight down the middle.
Judge Floyd Hurwitz: Two days. Put him in the same cell with his client. They can discuss her wedding plans.
Alan Shore: You can't plan a wedding in two days!
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References Truly Madly Deeply (1990) See more »

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Smarter Than What Surrounds It
25 August 2019 | by rudinskiaSee all my reviews

One of the better episodes of television I've watched, and it comes from a show known more for snappy repartee than venturing into the paddling-pool deep psyches of its flashy characters. But this episode is an honest but not depressing portrait of mistakes and their consequences, selfish decisions made to help us get what we want that have farther reaching consequences than expected. And in the end, the verdict is nuanced, unclear. The heroes are wrong, unlikely, imperfect. Brad is stuck in a vent for 95% of a the episode. It's a mixed bag.

Note on rating: Most episodes of BL are a solid 6/10, this earns its 9/10 as "best of the season" not "best episode of any show ever."

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3 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

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1.78 : 1
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