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"Can't We All Get A Lung?" / Season 3 Episode 01
September 19, 2006
Denise and Schmidt defend Daniel Post (Michael J. Fox) after he’s arrested
for trying to buy a lung. Meanwhile, Shore reunites passionately with
Marlene (Parker Posey) and defends his pal, Jerry “Hands” Espenson
(played by Emmy Award winner Christian Clemenson), after he’s caught
driving in the carpool lane with a life-sized sex doll.
Directed by .... Mike Listo
Written by .... David E. Kelly and Corinne Brinkerhoff
Michael J. Fox .... Daniel Post
Henry Gibson .... Judge Clark Brown
Christian Clemenson .... Jerry “Hands” Espenson
Parker Posey .... Marlene Stanger
Marisa Coughlan .... Melissa Hughes
Jane Lynch .... Joanna Monroe
Currie Graham .... A.D.A Frank Ginsberg
Armin Shimerman .... Judge Brian Hooper
Denis Arndt .... A.D.A. Joshua Wendt
John Hartmann .... Tom Raulston
Marcella Lentz-Pope .... Megan Raulston
Randy Thompson .... Officer Ralston
Image credit: © 2006 ABC / Scott Garfield
Images taken August 8, 2006; abcmedianet.com
>> More information on the guest stars in our forum
Shirley Schmidt: Denise, your second marriage. That’s always the best
Tom Raulston: I got a second and third opinion and they all say it’s
inoperable. I’ve been through the whole stages of death thing. I cried,
I begged, I threw stuff. I made it to acceptance.
Shirley Schmidt: And now you seem to have moved on to the final stage;
Max Roberts: The angle of attack will determine your lift coefficient.
However, there’s a problem with your aspect ratio.
Denny Crane: What’s the problem?
Max Roberts: Your weight and drag are greater than your lift and thrust.
Denny Crane: Speak English.
Jake Schultz: You’re fat.
Did You Know... ?
Sue's Six Degrees of the Guest Star
Boston Legal forum moderator makes it a practice to discover interesting
connections between guest stars. A selection of connections are below.
For more of her guest biographies, see her work on "Can't We All Get A
Lung?" in our forum.
Coughlan as Melissa Hughes - Coughlan returns as the popular
Melissa, whom she played in nine episodes last season, after (sadly) her
ABC sitcom pilot 'Separated at Worth' did not get picked up.
as Joanna Monroe - Speaking of 'Separated at Worth', Jane Lynch also had
a role in that pilot. On the positive side, she is scheduled to appear
on the Oct 17th episode of BL lead-in show 'Help Me Help You'. This
summer, she starred in the semi-improvisational series 'Lovespring
International' on Lifetime (the season finale is Sept 18 and guest stars
Camryn Manheim). Lynch has appeared on many prominent TV series,
including David E. Kelley's 'Boston Public' and Bill D'Elia's 'Judging
Amy'. She also featured (along with Parker Posey) in the Christopher
Guest film 'A Mighty Wind' and will appear in the latest Guest film 'For
Your Consideration' this fall.
Shimerman as Judge Brian Hooper - Shimerman is perhaps best-known
for his longtime role as the snarky Ferengi 'Quark' on Star Trek's TNG
and DSN. However, he has also played many human characters on TV and
film. His credits include episodes of the David E. Kelley series 'LA
Law', 'Ally McBeal', and 'Boston Public', and he appeared twice as
'Judge Garth Moskin' on 'The Practice' (1997-98). [From Sue: Image from
Shimerman played Quark on ST:DSN, here, with Rene Auberjonois/Odo]
Arndt as A.D.A. Joshua Wendt - Arndt had a recurring role as A.D.A.
Roland Hill, including on two episodes of Season 8 although he did not
cross paths with Alan Shore. He has also appeared on virtually every
other David E. Kelly program - 'LA Law', 'Picket Fences', 'Ally McBeal',
'Chicago Hope', and 'Boston Public' (in which he also appeared as A.D.A.
Thompson as Officer Ralston - Thompson reprises the role he played
in 2x23 [Race Ipsa], when he played the officer who had made an arrest
based on apparent racial profiling.
David E. Kelley and
Corinne Brinkerhoff - Brinkerhoff's first script was last season's
[Smile]. Meanwhile, this marks Kelley's 26th episode writing credit.
- this episode marks Listo's ninth directing credit for the show. He
directed three episodes in season 1 and five last season, including fan
favorite 2x03 [Finding
Thanks to Sue for this research and writing. For more acting Six Degrees for every
guest star in this episode,
see our forum episode page
Trek in the Courtroom
3x1: Can't We All Get a Lung?
Star Trek Alumni: Armin Shimerman (Judge Brian Hooper) and Henry Gibson
(Judge Clark Brown)
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Thanks to SueB and TopDog for gathering and post the ratings for this
site. See full season 3 ratings list and graph chart:
September 19, 2006 "Can't We All Get A
11.28 mil viewers, 3.4 18-49. Lead-in: 2-Hour DWTS 18.17 mil viewers,
Fast Overnights from Sept. 20:
NBC took the lead at 10 p.m. with the season premiere of "Law & Order:
SVU," 9.5/16. "Boston Legal" began its third season with a 7.7/12 on
ABC, leaving CBS' new drama "Smith" in third with a 7.2/12."
At 10 p.m., NBC's "Law & Order: SVU" premiered with a 5.1, down 7
percent from its own season premiere last season but still high enough
to eclipse the competition.
ABC's season premiere of legal drama "Boston Legal" and CBS's series
debut of crime drama "Smith" tied for second place, both with a 3.5.
"Legal" was up 3 percent from its season opener last year, while "Smith"
was up 6 percent from the October 2005 series debut of "Close to Home"
in the time period.
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Households: 11.28 mil viewers, 3.4 18-49. Lead-in: 2-Hour DWTS 18.17 mil
viewers, 5.2/14 18-49