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"Truly, Madly, Deeply" / Season 2, Episode 7
A story of cows, clowns, courage, criminals and the imitable Mayor Crane
Broadcast: November 8, 2005
SpoilerFix description: Denny Crane is appalled that he should have to do
pro bono work for a non-repentant man who raped and killed a 13-year-old
girl, so he goes to extremes to get off the case - an effort that lands
him in jail. Meanwhile, Alan Shore and Brad Chase defend a TV station that
has fired Zozo the Clown (Joel McKinnon Miller) for talking to his young
viewers about environmental issues. During the trial, Brad is surprised to
learn that Alan's childhood fear of clowns prevents him from addressing
Zozo in court. And, when a long-time client comes to Shirley Schmidt to
stop his wife's action to annul their 23-year marriage, Schmidt is taken
aback when she learns how the man cheated on his wife
Dwight Biddle comes to Shirley when his wife wants to have their marriage
of over twenty years annulled because his strayed, but not with another
woman. Shirley dumps the case on Denise. Alan gets a new assistant based
on her looks, who turns out to be more than he bargained for. Alan and
Brad defend Marshal Stepcoe, sued by a clown he fired for including
political issues in his act. Denny takes over a homicide and rape case
when Garrett screws it up, but has trouble defending the client and shoots
him in the knees. Sara gets an uneasy feeling when Heath asks her to go
out with him in a Condaleeza Rice costume to celebrate their one week
Directed by .... Stephen Cragg
Written by .... David E. Kelley
Edited by ... Craig Bench
Director of Photography ... James Bagdonas, A. S. C.
Lisa Banes .... Attorney Kimberly Mellon
Angela Chee .... Reporter
Marisa Coughlan .... Melissa Hughes
Henry Gibson .... Judge Clark Brown
Anthony Heald .... Judge Harvey Cooper
Laura Henry .... Clerk
Michael McKean .... Dwight Biddle
Joel McKinnon Miller .... Peter Berrin - Zozo the Clown
Francesca Roberts .... Judge Jamie Atkinson
Susan Ruttan .... Jeanie Biddle
Pat Skipper .... Attorney Michael Roper
Jon Sklaroff .... Ronald Jessel
Austin Tichenor .... Marshall Stepcoe
Pam Trotter .... Jan
Marc Vann .... District Attorney Scott Berger
Dwight Biddle: Well itís more what Iíve gotten into I suppose. I strayed.
Shirley Schmidt: You? Well, I, I, I canít pretend Iím not shocked. Even
so, infidelity isnít grounds for annulment. Thereís something youíre not
Dwight Biddle: I strayed with Wendy. Youíve met Wendy
Shirley Schmidt: Wendy. Your cow?
Dwight Biddle: We became very close. One night Iíd had a bit to drink I
suppose. Jeanie and I had been a little estranged andÖ
Shirley Schmidt: You strayed with lifestock?
Denny Crane: Denny Crane. I donít know why Iím here. Denny Crane. Iíve
been summoned! Denny Crane. Denny Crane. Denny Crane.
Denny Crane: Was it a hooker? I can do hookers.
Brad: He's afraid of clowns.
Alan: I am not. It was strategy.
Alan shoves Brad; Brad shoves Alan; Shirley shoves Brad.
Shirley, disapprovingly: Hey.
Dwight Biddle: Well, Jeanie looks a little like a cow. You see? I fell in
love with Wendy because she reminded me of you.
Marshal Stepcoe: He said he had a social responsibility. My God! We had
viewers clicking over to Aaron Brown for a laugh. Our show became preachy,
Dwight Biddle: You know? I was never gonna tell you this. When you were
thirteen and your parent sent Bumpy away? It wasnít to some greener
pasture where heíd be happier like they told you. Bumpy went to a
slaughter house and then he returned to your freezer. You ate him,
Shirley! So donít get so high and mighty with me! You ate your precious
Brad Chase: Did a clown ever do anything to you?
Alan Shore: No! Theyíre just evil.
Brad Chase: Alan? You need to close. First, you have a better grip on this
whole global warming issue which I tend to dismiss asÖ
Alan Shore: Fuzzy math.
Brad Chase: And second, at some point every man, even the half-evolved
kind, needs to confront his fears. You need to stand up and deliver this
Alan Shore: Will the clown be there?
Paul Lewiston: Heís going onÖ Larry King!
Shirley Schmidt: What?
Paul Lewiston: Tonight. Heís catching the seven oíclock shuttle.
Shirley Schmidt: Denny, you canít be serious?
Denny Crane: Why does everybody insist I canít be serious? This guy
Charlie slathered me on live television!
Shirley Schmidt: I think you mean slandered.
Denny Crane: Well. Iíll have the last word.
Jeanie Biddle: A lot of restrictions? Itís not like I set of ground rules.
But limiting yourself to a single species is one of them. Our species,
Dwight Biddle: I broke it off.
Denny Crane: The problem with the criminal justice system is the criminals
have more rights, they get more attention, they get more sympathy than the
victims! Itís disgusting, Larry. Itís, itís, uh. Itís disgusting, letís go
to the listeners. Hey! Donna in Cincinnati, what do you got?
Brad Chase: Alan? You have to do this. Youíre forty-four years old. Tell
him youíre a fan. Shake his hand.
Alan Shore: Will you go with me?
Brad Chase: Right by your side.
Alan Shore: What would you do as mayor, Denny. Really.
Denny Crane: Oh, I don know. Iíd attack Rhode Island. Small.
Denny Crane: Itís fun being me. Is it fun being you?
Alan Shore: Most of the time, yes, actually.
Denny Crane: Well, what else is there?
Alan Shore: Indeed.
Read more dialogue in our transcript [pdf]
Did You Know... ?
Denny Crane flew the shuttle from Boston to Washington to appear live with
Larry King. Larry King, in reality, moved his show from DC to Los Angeles
three years ago, making the Boston Legal scenario improbable. Larry now
lives in Brentwood and his show broadcasts from CNNís Los Angeles Bureau
in Chinatown. [posting from the rainmaker forum]
Susan Ruttan plays Jeanie Biddle in this episode. Susan has quite a
history with David E. Kelley, working in L.A. Law as Roxanne Melman for
seven years. She was
nominated for four Emmys and two Golden Globes for her role - and won
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series at the Viewers for
Quality Television Awards in 1988.
For our music fans, as you know, DEK likes to toy with musical ironies.
Toward the end of this episode, while Dwight Biddle poignantly released
his love for Wendy,
and recommitted to Jeanie, his cow
wife, the pet sounds [haha] of the Beach Boys' "Wendy" played, underlining
the angst. For a limited time, you can listen to a streaming version of
the song on our home page embedded player.
Wendy, Wendy what went wrong
Oh so wrong
We went together for so long...
Zozo the Clown
Alan Shore? Fear... of... clowns? Where have I heard that before?
Ah, Conan. Spader, while a guest on the talk show, described a documentary
he watched on TV about a woman's phobia, saying "...and she was deathly
afraid of clowns."
McKinnon Miller plays Zozo. This won't be the first time he's acted
with James Spader. Joel played the minister in the movie "Dream Lover"
starring Spader. Joel was also in David E. Kelley's "Picket Fences"
and appeared on Candice's series "Murphy Brown".
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Ratings Ratings [101
Taking second place in its hour to time period veteran NBC's "Law & Order:
SVU," ABC's "Boston Legal" episode 7 "Truly, Madly, Deeply", topped the
final hour of CBS' extended 2-hour edition of "Amazing Race 8" among Total
Viewers (11.8 million vs. 10.5 million).
Boston Legal'S Truly, Madly, Deeply was up from the prior week in Total
Viewers (11.8 million vs. 11.2 million) and Adults 18-49 (3.5/9 vs.
3.4/9). In viewers and young adults, the show delivered its
second-strongest performance of the season.
The lead-in, Commander-in-Chief, saw 14.8 mil viewers, 3.8/9 in 18-49.
That means Boston Legal had 80% retention in viewers, 92% retention in
Weekly Primetime Ranking Report for the Season
FROM 09/19/05 THROUGH 11/13/05
Rating # of episodes
26 OUT OF PRACTICE 11,990,000
27 BOSTON LEGAL
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November 8, 2005:
Adults 18-49: 3.5/9 vs. 3.4/9
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