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"Schmidt Happens"
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#11 in series (101 episodes)
Season One
Episode 11
Episode Overall 11
Production number 1AJQ12
Air Date January 9, 2005
Written by David E. Kelley
Directed by Allison Lidi
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Shirley Schmidt joins the cast as a founding partner of the firm – and former lover of Denny Crane – who lends zeal to a suit against the U.S. over its foreign policy in Sudan. Elsewhere, an apparent matricide embroils Shore with a client who's clearly over the edge.



Cast and characters[]

References and running gags[]

  • The John Zenawi case references the War in Darfur, Sudan.
  • Shirley mentions the victory of George W. Bush in the 2004 United States presidential election. Bush was mentioned or referred to on various occasions throughout the series.
  • Shirley appears in the men's room for the first time.
  • Shirley whispers Denny's name into his ear for the first and second times.
  • At the courthouse, Denny exclaims to the press "Denny Crane! Trix are for kids!"



Guest starring[]

  • Leslie Jordan as Bernard Ferrion
  • Brenda Wehle as Judge O'Keefe
  • GregAlan Williams as John Zenawi
  • Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Nora Jacobs
  • Lisa Kaminir as D. A. Valerie Murrow
  • Michael Wiseman as D.A. Bret Haber
  • Tony Pasqualini as U.S. Attorney Joyner
  • Rene Auberjonois as Paul Lewiston


  • Fiona Hale as Mrs. Ferrion
  • Ron Butler as Dr. Kohler
  • Thom Gossom, Jr. as Judge Blake Winters
  • Rhomeyn Johnson as Detective Willet
  • Alex Paez as Officer Coulier
  • Obie Sims as Paramedic
  • Phillip Palmer as Newscaster
  • Crystal Allen as Maddie Tyler
  • S. Zylan Brooks as Clerk
  • Barry Sigismondi as Officer James
  • Ray Laska as Judge James Billmeyer