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"The Cancer Man Can" / Season 2, Episode 11
A story of partners, coat rooms, influence and finally becoming harmonic.
January 10, 2006
The law firm represents Daniel Post (Michael J. Fox), a CEO battling
terminal lung cancer who used his status with a pharmaceutical company to
ensure that he receive the non-placebo in a promising anti-cancer drug
test. Now, another participant in the test study is suing him. During one
of Post's visits to Crane, Poole & Schmidt, the charismatic man meets and
becomes romantically involved with the firm's Denise Bauer. Meanwhile,
Denny Crane is attracted to Beverly Bridge (Joanna Cassidy), a
fifty-year-old attractive predator trolling for a husband amongst her
high-net-worth peers. And Alan Shore advocates on behalf of "Hands"
(Christian Clemenson), a fellow quirky employee in his quest for
partnership at Crane, Poole & Schmidt.
Denny is being honored but is too buys having sex in the coat closet.
Shirley and Denise represent Daniel Post, a wealthy man who was in a
double-blind study for a cancer cure and was specifically given the drug
instead of the placebo. Brad is up for partner, but Shore has other ideas.
Directed by .... Lou Antonio
Written by .... Janet Leahy & Michael Reisz
Mary Boucher .... Judge Rose Olsheim
Joanna Cassidy .... Beverly Bridge
Larry Cedar .... Robert Hopper
Art Chudabala .... Peter Clark
Christian Clemenson .... Jerry 'Hands' Espenson
Marisa Coughlan .... Melissa Hughes
Michael J. Fox .... Daniel Post
Erica Gimpel .... Attorney Samantha Fried
Konstantina Mallios .... Receptionist
Eric Payne .... Mark Halpern
S.E. Perry .... MC
Ashley Sawdaye .... Bartender
Denny: Maybe I'm having a stroke. Maybe its the mad cow.
Alan: Maybe you're in love.
Denny: I am delirious with joy
Alan: Denny, you enjoy being with Bev. She enjoys being with you. Why
don't you just have fun in the moment and leave it at that?
Denny: I knew you wouldn't understand, you heartless bastard.
Jerry: It's in my file that I'm violent because I pushed another lawyer
Brad: How do you know what's in your file?
Jerry: I have a mole.
Brad looks astonished.
Jerry: Right here on my neck.
Jerry: Everybody stand back!! I swear I will kill her.
Alan Shore: I’ll represent you. Now hand me the knife.
Daniel Post: A little problem with commitment, huh? I know the feeling.
I’m uh, I’m not looking for a long-term relationship either.
Final moments alone
Beverly Bridges: Give me a call sometime. You know how to use a business
card, don’t you? You just flip it out of your pocket and...
Denny Crane: Blow.
Paul Lewiston: I thought I could handle it myself, but…
Denise Bauer: Olivia died of cancer. Didn’t she?
Alan Shore: Jerry you know I have tremendous affection for my own
intelligence and even I think that you are smarter than me.
Jerry Espenson: Oh I am.
Denny Crane: Jerry Espenson? You mean Hands? Not a chance. He’s a weirdo.
Alan Shore: Denny, he’s not a weirdo, and he doesn’t like to be called
Denny Crane: How could you not. The hands.
Alan Shore: A peccadillo to be sure. We all have them.
Denny Crane: I don’t have any peccadillo.
Alan Shore: What’s your name, Denny?
Denny Crane: Denny Crane.
Alan Shore: Ah! Yes.
Denny Crane: Bev bought me a camera phone. Whoa. Pictures finally loaded.
Look at this.
Alan Shore: She’s very limber for a woman her age.
Denny Crane: Alan. I’d like to be alone with my phone. Just fifteen
Did You Know... ?
Hollywood Wives Reunited
Joanna Cassidy [Bev Bridge] is reunited with Candice Bergen the on the set
of Boston Legal. They starred together in the ultra campy 1985 miniseries
“Hollywood Wives,” Cassidy was one of many lonely women who stomped around
empty mansions and scrounged around for love.
From a casting call for the episode
Shoot Dates: October 10, 2005 (in Manhattan Beach).
Breakdown-- Robert Hopper: Mid-late 40's. Slightly gaunt from his battles
with Stage 4 lung cancer, Robert was a participant in a double-blind
research study of a new cancer drug. He is suing Daniel Post, a wealthy
businessman and cancer patient, who used his influence to insure that he
received the actual drug while Robert received the placebo. Guest Star.
[Update: Larry Cedar was cast for this role]
Trek in the Courtroom: Similarities between The Cancer Man Can and Star
The Lookalike – Joanne Cassidy
Star Trek Alumnus
Six degrees of Separation
How William Shatner Changed the World?
Let Them Eat Cake
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Ratings Ratings [101
Jan. 10, 2005 "The Cancer Man Can"
Households: 7.5/13 at #4 overall; adults 18-49 3.3 at #7 overall. 11.29
million viewers; BL
scored 2nd at 10pm after SVU and had more viewers than lead-in Commander
in Chief [#5 and #9], building by 18 percent among adults 18-49. ABC came in second for primetime overall with
households: 6.6/10, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4
heat: Joanna Cassidy romances Shatner on ‘Boston Legal’
New York Post by Robert Rorke
I think I scare people,” says Joanna Cassidy. “I really have to watch
It’s hard to see why Cassidy, a durably glamorous actress with the kind of
legs that were made for alighting from limousines, would see herself as
intimidating. But when you watch her steal scene after scene, as she did
so memorably as Margaret Cheno-with, the twisted shrink she played to
perfection on “Six Feet Under,” you can see why actors, not to mention
ordinary humans, would be nervous in her company.
So convincing was Cassidy that she lost out a commercial for a sleep-aid.
“They said, ‘That character is an alcoholic,’” she says. “I said, ‘Three
quarters of the women in this town have been in rehab. I haven’t.”
The pharmaceutical world’s loss is television’s gain. Cassidy, 60, has
bounced back to play Beverly Bridge, a furniture store owner, who becomes
the girlfriend of Denny Crane (William Shatner), the puckish attorney who
can’t be trusted, especially around colleagues’ wives, on “Boston Legal.”
“She meets him at the bar at a hotel,” Cassidy says in a voice whose
intimate, whispery tone suggests the imminent disclosure of many delicious
secrets. “There’s an event going on. Denny’s receiving an award. And it
just goes from there. I think Denny sees [Beverly] as a challenge.”
Does she get the upper hand with Shatner? “Oh yes,” says Cassidy, with
Once producers — and audiences — get an inkling of how Joanna Cassidy can
shake things up, they don’t want to let her go. The “Boston Legal” role,
originally scheduled as a three-episode arc, has been extended to six. On
“Six Feet Under,” she was signed to do two episodes, in 2001. Five years
later, she was still on the show letting scathing remarks fall from her
lips like so many shiny knives.
“It’s my time,” she says breathily. Indeed, she is savoring a long-awaited
Like many working actors, Cassidy has seesawed between acclaim and
neglect. She was a statuesque sculptor straight out of art school who was
in Los Angeles doing some modeling for Nina Blanchard when she was told to
call Joyce Selznick about a part in a movie. Selznick, who had already
discovered Candice Bergen, accepted the call from Cassidy, who had no
agent at the time, and eventually gave her a part in “The Laughing
Policeman,” a 1973 thriller starring Bruce Dern and Walter Matthau.
She seemed to be on her way. Cassidy, who has two grown children from her
marriage to Dr. Kennerd Kobrin, had a small part in Harrison Ford’s 1982
sci-fi film “Blade Runner” and won raves, a year later, for her lead role
opposite Nick Nolte and Gene Hackman in “Under Fire.” She worked with the
hottest directors of the day — Ridley Scott, Bob Rafelson, Roger
Spottiswoode — but movie stardom was always just out of reach. A
co-starring role opposite Dabney Coleman on TV’s “Buffalo Bill,” a 1983
failed sitcom, brought Cassidy an Emmy nomination, but lost to Jane Curtin
for “Kate & Allie.” In the most recent, and probably ultimate indignity,
she lost the part of Char-lie Sheen’s mother on “Two and a Half Men” to
the wildly overrated Holland Taylor.
The bitter irony of it all is not lost on the actress.
“I feel like I’ve had to work a lot harder than I should have,” says the
New Jersey native. “I don’t understand it. I felt I was passed over [for
an Emmy] when I played a homicidal cross-dresser on ‘Starsky and Hutch.’
It was one of the most remarkable performances on television.”
A sense of humor — and great set of genes — have helped her through the
valley of despond. With smart credits such as “Six Feet Under” under her
designer belt — Cassidy can look back on some of the B-list projects she
did with amusing disdain.
In one of those trivialities, the ultra campy 1985 miniseries “Hollywood
Wives,” Cassidy was one of many lonely women who stomped around empty
mansions and scrounged around for love.
“We were doing a funeral scene and I got them all laughing too hard. Angie
Dickinson could not make eye contact with me,” Cassidy says.
Besides Dickinson, “Holly-wood Wives” starred the crème de la crème of
’80s TV actresses, including Stefanie Powers and Candice Bergen, with whom
she was reunited on the set of “Boston Legal.”
The intervening years, 20 of them, were “compressed” when they saw each
other again, Cas-sidy says. Except for one unexpected development: envy.
Says Cassidy, “The first thing Bergen said to me when she saw me was
‘Jesus Christ, you’ve still got that body.’”
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January 10, 2006:
Households: 7.5/13 at #4 overall; adults 18-49 3.3 at #7 overall
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