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"Race Ipsa" / Season 2 Episode 23
April 25, 2006
During Denny Crane's therapy session with Dr. Sydney Fields (Peter
MacNicol), a verbal showdown between the two results in Denny's shooting
the doctor. While Alan Shore defends Denny in court, the law partners
discuss whether the time has come to oust Crane from the firm. Meanwhile,
Alan runs into Chelina Hall (Kerry Washington) and their old chemistry
returns when he enlists her help in a racially charged case. And Brad
Chase learns that he can't keep a girl because he's a lousy kisser, so he
asks Denise Bauer to give him lessons.
Directed by .... Lou Antonio
Written by .... David E. Kelley
Peter MacNicol .... Dr. Sydney Field
Kerry Washington .... Chelina Hall
Marisa Coughlan .... Melissa Hughes
Shelley Berman .... Judge Robert Sanders
Alan Wasserman .... A.D.A. Oliver Goldberg
Michael Ensign .... Judge Paul Resnick
Page Kennedy .... Dennis Pryor
Jason Blicker .... A.D.A. Duncan Jones
Randy Thompson .... Officer Carl Ralston
Jonathan Palmer .... Public Defender Michael Adams
Deb Hiett .... Cindy
Scarlett Chorvat .... Sandy [role was cut]
Kurt Scholler .... bailiff
Zylan Brooks .... clerk
Rowan Joseph .... foreman
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[In original script, but scene was cut]
Brad Chase: Iím not saying sheís not smart, or that she wouldnít be
good. Iím just saying she canít get elected.
Sandy: You could be right.
[In original script, but scene was cut]
Sandy, to Brad: BradÖ kissing is a big part of intimacy for me, I
even consider it more intimate than sex and youÖ itís like youíre licking
a postage stamp, the way your tongue, itÖ weíre just not a match. [He
continues to stare, he has no words.] Youíre a great guy. Iím just gonna
say goodnight now.
Denny Crane: I still feel that everything I've wanted to express in life
is still bottled up inside me like a ... a kidney stone.
Dr. Sydney Fields: I think you're a silver spoon-fed empty sack.
Sydney Field: Pull the trigger, Denny. Do something finally to rise above
your insipid press releases, all the meaningless, pull it.
Denny Crane: You think I wonít?
Sydney Field: Actually, I happen to know you will. I happen to know you
must. You know why? Because even though you may carry that weapon simply
to play cowboy or perhaps be prepared should your self-destructive voices
finally achieve majority rule, even though it isnít really in you to harm
another, youíve nevertheless managed to bumble your way into a corner from
which you cannot possibly extract your bloated self. Youíve pulled a gun
on a therapist who not only has a death wish of his own but also a life
insurance policy which excludes suicide, Iíve long been wondering how do I
die without forfeiting my sonís Harvard education, but if I were to be
Alan: I think it was a Sunday. Then I was taken off the air, you went off
to do movies, and I got switched to Tuesdays, and ...
Chelina: ...here we are. With old footage.
Melissa: Don't fall for her, Alan. She's just a guest star.
Denise: Could I please show you. Clinically?
Denise: I mean, Brad, I'm a double black diamond kisser and I'm also
incredibly busy, so could I please just quickly show you?
Brad: I just prefer that everything takes place in her mouth.
Denise: This is why you are the worst kisser in the history of the planet.
So drop the Homeland Security and let the girls tongue in.
Brad: We had sex.
Did You Know... ?
be my stand-in any time"
Tuesday's "Race Ipsa" guest star
Hiett relates an amusing rehearsal moment during the shooting of her
scene as Cindy, Dr. Sydney Fields [Peter MacNicol] assistant. It involves
the elusive David E. Kelley and a memorable prank.
more at DebHiett.com
Trek in the Courtroom: Parallels between Star Trek and Boston Legal:
ďIt's in his kiss"
Ebony and Ivory
Star Trek Alumni: Michael Ensign [Judge Paul Resnick]
>> Details and images [pdf]
Six Degrees of the Guest Star
MacNicol as Sydney Field - Emmy-winner MacNicol takes a break from his
current gig on CBS procedural Numb3rs to reunite with the David E. Kelley
team as Denny's gun-wielding therapist. After a brilliant dramatic role in
the acclaimed film Sophie's Choice (1982), MacNicol's movie roles tended
toward comic features such as Ghostbusters II (1989) and Addams Family
Values (1992). His ability to play quirky characters made him a natural
fit for Kelley-produced shows, and he was on the cast of Chicago Hope
(1994-5) and then on Ally McBeal (1997-2002). It was for his role as John
'The Biscuit' Cage on the latter that he won an Emmy in 2001 for Most
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Besides acting, MacNicol
has done extensive voice-over work and has also directed episodes of Ally
McBeal, Ally and Boston Public and written scripts for Ally McBeal and
Numb3rs. The fansite at
www.petermacnicolonline.com has more about his multifaceted career.
Berman as Judge Robert Sanders - Berman returns for his second
appearance in the role of no-nonsense Judge Sanders, who tried Melissa's
tax-evasion case in
2x19, "Stick It". One of Berman's early TV appearances was as a
celebrity guest on the game show Password (1963), competing against Betty
White. Among his numerous TV credits is a handful of short-lived sitcoms
on which he starred, including That's Life (1968), Mary Hartman, Mary
Hartman and its spinoff Forever Fernwood (1977-1978), and Walter & Emily
(1991). Besides his work on BL and Curb Your Enthusiasm, his most recent
credit is for an episode of Grey's Anatomy earlier this season.
as Dennis Pryor - Kennedy has enjoyed a fairly quick rise to stardom since
2002 when he had his first TV roles on Six Feet Under (as the 'ghost' of a
young football player), Philly, and three episodes of The Shield. The
following year, he made his feature film debut in the Samuel L. Jackson
action flick S.W.A.T.. Despite his high-profile (and unexplained) firing
from the cast of Desperate Housewives last fall, Kennedy's career seems to
be back on the upswing with recent appearances on CSI and the pilot of
Pepper Dennis. Website:
Kelley - this is show creator Kelley's eighth solo script of the
season after writing six on his own in Season 1 (of course, several of
these - including part of this one - were originally written last year).
Including collaborations, this episode marks Kelley's 25th writing credit
for the show out of 40 episodes aired to-date. Kelley's last solo script
was for episode 2x16, "Live Big".
- this is the second episode of the season filmed under Antonio's
direction, after 2x11, "The Cancer Man Can". Antonio has had a lengthy
career in show business, beginning as an actor with a 1960 appearance on
Have Gun, Will Travel. His acting credits also include an appearance on
the original Star Trek in 1969, by which time he had begun his long career
as an episodic TV director. He first did directing work for David E.
Kelley on Picket Fences (1992) and was nominated for a DGA Award for the
episode "The Dancing Bandit". He later worked on Chicago Hope (1994) and
received one of his three Emmy nominations for the episode "Life Support".
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
April 25, 2006 "Race Ipsa"
Households: .5/12 (#1), Viewers: 9.95 million (#1); A18-49: #3,
3.0/ 8). Last episode: 6.3/10, 8.79 million viewers. Lead-in: "Less Than
Perfect" at 9:30p 3.6/ 5 (#3), Viewers: 5.30 million.
>> More ratings information in our Forum
Legal Drama for Axed Housewives Star
by Matt Webb Mitovich
[excerpt] The big buzz surrounding Desperate Housewives last
November sweeps wasn't about anything happening on screen, but about the
abrupt dismissal of Page Kennedy from the role of Caleb, the Applewhite
family's mysterious cellar-dweller. Despite what's been reported, rumored
and simply fabricated, however, Kennedy is back on ABC, facing more "legal
drama" as a guest star on Boston Legal (tonight at 10 pm/ET). Have the
actor and the network kissed and made up?
TVGuide.com: Now tell me about your role on Boston Legal.
Kennedy: This episode has to do with race, and I play a character named
Dennis Pryor, who has been arrested for trespassing in a white
neighborhood. But he was just there to look at the architecture, to watch,
see, dream and hope. I'm represented by Kerry Washington (Chelina) and
James Spader (Alan).
TVGuide.com: You want James Spader on your side, that's for sure.
Kennedy: You definitely want James Spader on your side. He's my favorite
television actor, and on top of that he's a beautiful human being. A
TVGuide.com: Of course, it would have been funnier if you were playing
an actor mysteriously fired from his role on a hit TV series.
Kennedy: [Laughs] That would have been ironic, wouldn't it?
>> read full article in our forum
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April 25, 2006:
Households: .5/12 (#1), Viewers: 9.95 million (#1); A18-49: #3, 3.0/ 8).
Last episode: 6.3/10, 8.79 million viewers. Lead-in: "Less Than Perfect" at
9:30p 3.6/ 5 (#3), Viewers: 5.30 million.