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Finding Nimmo Season 02 Episode 03
 

Boston Legal: Finding Nimmo / Season 02, ep 02 starring James Spader, Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois, Justin Mentell, Sara Michelle Bathe

Episode Credits  |  Dialogue  |  Did You Know... ?  |  Reviews  |  News & Ratings

Episode Summary

Finding Nimmo / Season 2, Episode 3
Broadcast: October 11, 2005
Reeling over his break-up with Tara, Alan Shore heads to Nimmo Bay in British Columbia with Denny Crane for some fly fishing and male bonding in an effort to cure his pain. When they learn that the salmon population is being threatened by sea lice produced by fish farms, Shore and Crane feel compelled to act. Meanwhile Catherine Piper drops a bombshell on Shirley Schmidt when she confesses to killing Bernard Ferrion (Leslie Jordan) by whacking him over the head with a skillet, and the firm scrambles to find the best way to deal with this shocking turn of events. And Sara Holt and Garrett Wells go to extremes to convince Reverend Diddum (Kurt Fuller), the divorce attorney for Denise Bauer's husband, to decrease the alimony settlement she is required to pay him.

Finding Nimmo, finding comfort, finding out pig noises are soothing - image by Nicalamity
Finding Nimmo, finding comfort, finding out pig noises are soothing / image by Nicalamity

Episode Credits

Directed by .... Mike Listo
Written by .... David E. Kelly
Edited by ... Michael Hathaway
Jeremy Davidson .... Peter Barrett
Takayo Fischer .... Clerk
Kurt Fuller .... Reverend Donald Diddum
H. Richard Greene .... Judge Harry Hingham
Leslie Jordan .... Bernard Ferrion
Lisa Kaminir .... D.A. Valerie Murrow
David A. Kimball .... George Knott
J. Patrick McCormack .... Judge Sean O'Byrne
Clifton Murray .... Himself
John Thaddeus .... Detective John Stephenson
Betty White .... Catherine Piper
 

Finding Nimmo Season 02 Episode 03

Episode Dialogue


Brad: Did she say he was in an icebox?
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Tara: As much as I love you, I need to move on.
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Denny: We need to go to the woods.
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Alan: We look better than we smell.
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Denny: We slept together
Alan: I won't tell. I promise.
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Alan: this book. it mentions fish called... cling ons.
Denny: *looks all Captain Kirk-like* Did you say.... Klingons?
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Tara: Oh look, over there.
Brad: What? He's in the ice box?
Tara: Possibly.
Brad: Well, you look.
Tara: No, you do it.
Brad: Why me?
Tara: You're the man. Do the math.
Brad: hmph. *looks at Shirley*
Shirley: Oh, no. I make over a million dollars a year and now I'm snooping around for a dead midget? No way.
Brad: hmph.
All three: AAAAAHHHHH
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Denny: When a beautiful woman says, 'Get me off,' you get her off; It's as simple as that.
Schmidt: You're going to go from being Mark Geragos to being Mark Geragos.
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Denny: You're one of those environmental lawyers? They're evildoers. Yesterday, it's trees; today, it's salmon; tomorrow, it's 'let's not dig up Alaska for oil because it's too pretty'. Let me tell you something: I came out here to enjoy nature. Don't talk to me about the environment.
Alan: All reality. None of it scripted.
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Tara: I decided not to go back to him.
Alan: Then what is it we're not talking about?
Tara: As much as it might not be him, I suppose he made me realize that it isn't you, either. As much as I love you - and I do very much - I need to move on.




Did You Know... ?


Nimmo Bay Heli-Fishing & Heli-Ventures, British Columbia, CanadaThe REAL Nimmo Bay Luxury Resort
News about "Finding Nimmo"
In "A Greater Good" [1:9; air date: Dec. 12], Denny needed to win a big drug company case so he could make enough
money to buy Nimmo Bay: "There is this fishing lodge in British Columbia called Nimmo Bay. Best fishing lodge in the world, very expensive, costs lots of money. I want to buy it. It's in the Great Bear Rainforest."

In season 2, Alan & Denny head to Canada to help Alan recover from Tara and save the Pacific salmon from extinction. According to INfilm.ca [May 25 entry], filming for "Finding Nimmo" wrapped last spring, showing "...the lawyers on vacation at Nimmo Bay." Visit the resort Denny wants to buy.


The Ongoing Math Debate
The dialogue from "Finding Nimmo" where Shirley, Tara and Brad are deciding who opens the icebox while looking for Bernie ["Brad: Why me? Tara: You're the man. Do the math."] harks back to the "Let Sales Ring" ep. That's when Shirley told Brad to research the science of cryogenics technology rather than Tara because... well: "Brad, you take the math and science because you're a male and therefore far more innately qualified."  One more irony: Mark Valley [Brad] earned a degree in math from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1987.

I look great. Denny CraneONE. Relax
A ficlette by Nicalamity

[excerpt] He's found the company of women to be extremely relaxing; it's an addiction of sorts that's gotten into trouble on numerous occasions, but at this stage in his life, he doesn't mind a bit of trouble. He admitted to Alan once that being in the company of attractive women is arousing enough to help him think; he failed to be vulnerable enough to admit that the presence of a female tended to soothe his otherwise weary mind enough to provide clarity to his muddled thoughts.


The Canada Song by Five Iron Frenzy
As Denny and Alan helicopter to Nimmo Bay, a peppy song underscores the enthusiasm Denny seems to have for the trip, Shore being preoccupied by his queasy reaction to not understanding the aerodynamics. I found the song [thank you, Google] and must point out the next to the last line. To hear the full song - along with Nimmo sound bites integrated - listen to our "Finding Nimmo" podcast mp3. The song is at the very end. Be forewarned: it's a 90 min. show.
Five Iron Frenzy website |

Welcome to Canada. It's the maple leaf state
Canada, O Canada. It's great
The people are nice and they speak French, too
If you don't like it, man, you sniff glue
The great white north, their kilts are plaid
hosers take off - it's not half bad
I want to be where yaks can run free
Where Royal Mounties can arrest me

Let's go to Canada
Let's leave today
Canada, O Canada
Eh - si vous plait

They've got trees and moose and sled dogs
lots of lumber and lumber jacks and logs
We all think that it's kind of a drag
that you have to go there to get milk in a bag
They say "eh" instead of "what" or "duh"
That's the mighty power of Canada
I want to be where lemmings run into the sea
where the marmosets can attack me

Chorus

Please, please explain to me
how this all has come to be
We forgot to mention something here
Did we say that William Shatner is a native citizen
and Slurpees made venison that's deer?

Episode Reviews


2.03 'Finding Nimmo' written by Abney

... coming ...



[Listen to Abney and Dana's conversation about Finding Nimmo - mp3 download]


Episode News


Ratings  Ratings [101 by Nielsen]

PRIMETIME RANKING REPORT from 10/10/05 - 10/16/05
Rank #32 for the week
10,900,000 viewers
3.9% estimated percent of all TV households or persons tuned in to Boston Legal

SEASON TO DATE RANKING REPORT from 9/19/05 - 10/16/05 for 3 episodes
Rank #27 for the season
11,680,000 viewers
4.2% estimated percent of all TV households or persons tuned in to Boston Legal

"Boston Legal" (10:00-11:00 p.m.)
Holding second-place in its hour to time period veteran "Law & Order: SVU," ABC's "Boston Legal" beat CBS' "Close to Home" by 8% in Total Viewers (10.9 million vs. 10.1 million) and tied among Adults 18-49 (3.4/9).

Compared to ABC's average with original series programming in the hour last season ("NYPD Blue"/"Line of Fire"), "Boston Legal" has improved the Net's time period performance by 24% in Total Viewers (11.7 million vs. 9.4 million), by 17% in Adults 18-34 (2.1/6 vs. 1.8/5), by 9% in Adults 18-49 (3.5/9 vs. 3.2/8) and by 15% in Adults 25-54 (4.6/10 vs. 4.0/10) on average.

[Source: 2005 ABCmedianet.com Primetime Ratings Report for the week of October 10-16, 2005]

Households: 7.7/12, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #8.
One year ago, "NYPD Blue" was in this time slot with households: 6.2/10, #6; adults 18-49: 3.1, #10.
At 10 p.m., "Law & Order: SVU" posted a 9.6/15 to put NBC on top. "Boston Legal" was second for ABC at 7.6/12, ahead of FOX's ALCS game, 7.1/11, and CBS' "Close to Home," 6.9/11.
Boston Legal fell off the Top 20 Network Primetime Series for week of 10/03/05 - 10/09/05. The previous week (The Black Widow), Boston Legal came in at #20 for the week.

[Source: 2005 Nielsen Media Research of fast national numbers for Tuesday, October 11, 2005]


Sustainablog: Salmon, Sea Lice and Boston Legal
by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg
[excerpt] Tonight's episode of Boston Legal continues to make waves first in Canada and now here at home. The Canadian government has pulled print ads promoting tourism to British Columbia in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. And now, the industry trade association for farmed salmon, Salmon of the Americas (SOTA), has half-page ads scheduled to appear tomorrow in the New York Times, USA Today, Boston Globe, and the San Francisco Chronicle. The ad incorrectly claims wild salmon population are rising, yet their very own web site says differently.
 >> read more


Study Cites Risks of Eating Farmed Salmon
by Candice Choi, Associated Press
[excerpt] Researchers found that the contaminant levels in farmed salmon from certain regions of the world increased the risk of cancer enough to outweigh the heart health benefits of salmon.
>> read more


U.S. series Boston Legal features B.C. fishing lodge, hooks fish farm debate
Dirk Meissner
Canadian Press
October 10, 2005
VICTORIA (CP) - A British Columbia fishing story with a political hook will be featured Tuesday on an award-winning U.S. network television series.

Boston Legal, with an estimated weekly audience of 15 million viewers, filmed its Oct. 11 episode at an exclusive B.C. eco-adventure lodge known for its spectacular scenery and access to some of the world's best salmon fishing.

Nimmo Bay Resort plays a lead visual role in the episode that sees Emmy-winning actors William Shatner and James Spader, who play Boston lawyers, arrive at the remote fishing hole for a weekend of male bonding, but end up getting tangled in a local issue that involves the politics of fish farming versus wild fish.

The episode is entitled Finding Nimmo.

When Boston Legal's two stars hear that fish farms in the area are threatening local wild salmon stocks, they feel compelled to act.

And that's where the ABC-produced series turns from television drama to real-life drama.

British Columbia's aquaculture industry, which operates salmon farms near the resort, and a local federal politician have voiced concerns the Boston Legal episode will give the local industry a black eye.

John Duncan, the Opposition Conservative MP for the Campbell River area riding of North Island, stood in the House of Commons last month and raised questions about promoting a show that could hurt some of his constituents.

"The U.S. television show Boston Legal has taped an episode that will feature a world-class resort in my riding," Duncan said.

"This is good news. The bad news is that the episode takes aim at salmon farming, a sustainable industry which employs 4,000 British Columbians, many of them in rural or First Nations communities." The episode reportedly deals with the presumed threat that fish farms pose to wild salmon through the proliferation of sea lice, he said in a statement.

"The premise that salmon farming and tourism are incompatible is not correct," said Duncan.

He said the federally funded Canadian Tourism Commission booked advertising space in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times newspapers to promote the show. The ads would only serve to manufacture polarization between fish farmers and the tourism sector, Duncan said.

Since Duncan's comments, the tourism commission decided not to run the ads, but a spokesman for the wilderness tourism industry in British Columbia said the Tory MP may have cost the operators valuable exposure to a huge audience of potential customers.

"They didn't like the idea of the focus on a potentially controversial issue is what they told me," said Brian Gunn, Wilderness Tourism Association spokesman. "They haven't seen the show, so they are making a decision, in my estimation, on knowledge they don't have."

Duncan has shown he has little time for tourism operators when it comes to their concerns about fish farming, said Gunn.

Craig Murray, who runs Nimmo Bay Resort, said the show will send a message across North America that British Columbia and Canada offer out-of-this-world tourism experiences.

"I'm celebrating the tourism message that's being sent to the Americans to come up and visit our country," he said. "The American media has never highlighted Canada in this fashion before."

The show will suggest to Americans they drop everything and race up to Canada for a visit, Murray said.

"Boston Legal, I could only suppose, was looking for a venue to do a fishing show," he said. "They wanted to send a couple of Boston lawyers fishing, to carry on and do stupid things, just like people do on a realistic fishing trip."

Murray said the political reaction to the fish-farming sub-plot in the episode is a result of "uniformed rumour. No one has seen the show. It hasn't aired yet."

The resort, accessible only by air, is located about 350 kilometres north of Vancouver near Sullivan Bay in an area of the B.C. coast known as the Great Bear Rain Forest.

Nimmo Bay has been operating for 25 years and its eco-adventures, which include guided fly-fishing excursions to virtually untouched salmon rivers, are estimated to start at almost $5,000 Cdn per person.

The Canadian Press 2005


'Boston Legal' features British Columbia fishing lodge
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A British Columbia fishing story with a political hook is being featured Tuesday on the award-winning ABC Television series "Boston Legal."

The Oct. 11 episode, "Finding Nimmo," was filmed at Nimmo Bay Resort, a Vancouver Island eco-adventure lodge that plays a lead visual role.  William Shatner and James Spader, who play Boston lawyers, arrive at the remote resort for a weekend of male bonding but hear that fish farms in the area are threatening wild salmon stocks through the proliferation of sea lice and feel compelled to act.

At that point the series turns from TV to real-life drama.  Aquaculture operators, some with salmon farms near the resort, and a Canadian politician say the "Boston Legal" episode could unfairly give the industry a black eye.

John Duncan, a member of Parliament whose district includes the area, raised questions in the House of Commons last month about the federally funded Canadian Tourism Commission's plan to run ads promoting the show in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

"The U.S. television show "Boston Legal" has taped an episode that will feature a world-class resort in my riding," Duncan said. "This is good news. The bad news is that the episode takes aim at salmon farming, a sustainable industry which employs 4,000 British Columbians, many of them in rural or First Nations communities."

The tourism commission then decided not to run the ads, drawing complaints from Brian Gunn, a spokesman for the Wilderness Tourism Association, who said Duncan may have cost association businesses valuable exposure to a huge audience of potential customers.  "They haven't seen the show, so they are making a decision, in my estimation, on knowledge they don't have," Gunn said.

 

Finding Nimmo: Denny Crane enjoys nature with a cigar and scotch

Episode Video

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Finding Nimmol: "Later that night... "  Airdate: October 11, 2005
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Listen to Denny and the environmental lawyer
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Denny: You're one of those environmental lawyers? They're evildoers. Yesterday, it's trees; today, it's salmon; tomorrow, it's 'let's not dig up Alaska for oil because it's too pretty'. Let me tell you something: I came out here to enjoy nature. Don't talk to me about the environment.
Alan: All reality. None of it scripted.

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Episode Ratings
October 11, 2005:
Households:  7.7/12, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #8

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