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Posted on Monday, February 14th, 2005

Dave!Yet another excellent cameo appearance on Boston Legal last night by the incomparable Betty White! Of course, it doesn't hurt that David E. Kelley is writing the most delicious dialogue for her character, Catherine Piper... a cantankerous old bitch who became Alan Shore's secretary when he couldn't keep from sexually harassing the babes that held the position previously.

I'm just amazed that Betty continues to be this brilliant, even at 83 years old...

Betty Legal

Catherine Piper: Alan! Wonderful news! The Kerwin deposition has been cancelled, you don't have to go. Your morning is now free. Which works out, because it seems these two police officers are here to arrest you.

Police Officer: You Alan Shore?

Catherine Piper: My aren't you clever! I bet you make detective one day! Was my calling him 'Alan' a clue?

And all delivered with perfect comedic timing that's classic Betty White! I can only hope that she continues making weekly appearances on the show. It helps compensate for the amateurish and jerky "push-in" camera moves that the directors for Boston Legal seem to think create compelling television (though nothing is quite so bad as the shaky hand-held camera work on the show Medium, which I'm guessing they think is artistic and edgy, but in reality just gives me a headache to watch).

Movie Quotable of the Day: "From now on, the only person who gets to yell is ME. Why? Because I have a gun. People with guns get to do whatever they want."
Day Before Yesterday's Answer: The Abyss (1989) with Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio.

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  1. Patrick says:

    She was really radiant in the last episode. But I really liked Alan Shores bar brawl, as well. He’s so out-of-touch with the world that surrounds him, that he somehow makes the world revolve around him instead…

    The movie quote: I’d go for “Falling down”. (I usually suck at guessing contests like this)

  2. Dave2 says:

    That’s a really good guess… and so logical that I find myself questioning whether it might actually be in that movie. But the quote I had in mind is from a different film.

    As for Alan Shore… I loved the irony that wealth will let you defeat muscle (and ultimately win, so long as you are willing to keep throwing money at it). An interesting analogy to be sure.

  3. sapere aude says:

    Betty White rocks. I loved her in Golden Girls, still watch it on late night tv. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Victoria says:

    I love the Ref. I watch it every christmas.

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