Monday, January 24, 2005

Boston Legal 

Boston Legal isn't everyone's cup of tea, but the character Alan Shore (played by James Spader) has a set of morals. It's a bent set, but the lawyer-character Alan Shore, however baudy and pompous, has beliefs. I don't want to write about his beliefs, though. Another character on the show, played by William Shatner, is Denny Crane. The character Denny Crane is an aging, famous lawyer who is suffering the early stages of Alzheimer's. Denny Crane, too, has morals and I don't want to write about those, either.

I want to write about their friendship on the show. Often, at the end of episodes, the two sit out in the air, on a balcony, and smoke cigars and talk. Their friendship is well played and palpable. Last night, the two were talking about Denny's Alzheimer's and Denny, a conservative Republican, says something like...

Denny Crane: Sometimes you can only look for answers from God, and failing that... (heavy silence... )

Alan Shore: Fox News.

Denny Crane: Exactly!

Alan Shore: (snidely) You Republicans.

Denny Crane: (smiling) You Democrats.

Of course, I laughed out loud at the Fox News crack, but the friendship of the two characters was played out wonderfully and it's something that is missing today in politics.

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