Tuesday, December 09, 2008

 

The Last Boston Legal Ever

Boston Legal ended it's five year run last night with a Christmas episode and a wedding. Two weddings actually. Murphy Brown got married to Dan Fielding and Captain Kirk got gay married to Alan Shore. I think the best way for TV shows to end is with a wedding and we got two. Plus they returned to the Supreme Court and got bought out by the Chinese who then dropped Crane from the name of the firm. The show ran for 101 great episodes and the most cast changes of any show I can think of. The last season had a trimmed down cast of only six including the four who were married and the British chick and the guy with Asperger Syndrome. Those two were dating in the last few episodes.

But the big story of the last episode was the same sex marriage of two straight men, Denny Crane and Alan Shore. With Denny's health deteriorating, he wanted his best friend Alan to both handle his medical decisions and inherit his vast estate. Of course there is a major flaw with this plot line. DoMA, the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 prohibits the federal government from recognizing any same sex marriages which are legal in any states, such as Massachusetts. So Alan will get no additional tax benefit as Denny's spouse in the transfer of wealth. But other than that huge flaw, it was a great end to a great series.

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