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"From Whence We Came"
Season One, Episode 12. Characters appear Denny, Lori, Alan, Daniel Gellman.
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From Whence We Came
Season One
Episode 12
Episode Overall 12
Production number 1AJQ13
Characters Denny, Lori, Alan, Daniel Gellman
Air Date January 16, 2005
Written by David E. Kelley
Directed by Mike Listo
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Lori, Denny and Shirley defend a school superintendent who fired two science teachers because they refused to teach creationism. Alan learns his assistant has expressed concern about their work relationship, and needs legal help again. One member of the firm is fired.


In this episode, we see Alan fire his secretary, because she reported on his sexual harassment. This is illegal in all 50 states. Not only that, but a known killer admits killing 2 women, and walks. On top of all that, you have a court that decides it's ok to teach creationism in science class, despite the Supreme Court's decision that it is not. So in one episode they make 3 insanely massive errors showing that either writers of this show are running a terrible agenda, or they have absolutely no clue how American legal system works. For a show that's supposed to be about courts and our legal system, this episode fails in every possible way it possibly could. -Goof courtesy of interestingstuff from IMDb

Cast and characters[]


References and running gags[]

  • The court case in this episode references the debate of including intelligent design in public school curriculums. A similar lawsuit was filed against the Dover Area School District in December 2004.
  • In Shirley's closing arguments, she references the 2004 presidential debates between George W. Bush and John Kerry.



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Guest starring[]


  • Rhomeyn Johnson as Detective Willet
  • Leyna Nguyen as Reporter Nguyen
  • Keisuke Hoashi as Police Technician Hoashi