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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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Black and White footage
4 April 2007 | by ltsply2See all my reviews

The black and white footage is from the "Studio One" show entitled "The Defender" (hence the "Son of the Defender" title of the Boston Legal).

The father was indeed played by Ralph Bellamy (who would go on to star as Randolph Duke in the Dan Ackroyd/Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places). The character names are exactly the same as in the "Studio One" episode. The character of Joe Gordon was played by a very young Steve McQueen. The plot of the Boston Legal episode closely parallels the plot of the original Studio One episode and the character names are the same. The only difference is the name of Shatner's character, but everything else, down to the strained relationship between the lawyer and his father are similar.

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3 April 2007 (USA) See more »

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Color | Black and White (flashback scenes)

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