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HERC Reviews the Last BOSTON PUBLIC of Sweeps!!

Published at: Nov. 26, 2001, 4:51 a.m. CST by staff

Boston Public 2.5 FAQ

What’s it called?

“Chapter Twenty-Seven.”

Who’s responsible?

Teleplay credited solely to series mastermind David E. Kelley.

What does TV Guide say?

“A soured romance torments Hanson; the sex-advice columnist in the school paper vexes Harper; the intensifying relationship between Guber and Mrs. Peters unsettles both.”

The big news?

School administrator Louisa (Rashida Jones) finally gets a storyline all her own.

What is TV Guide not telling us?

We finally learn the identity of the sex-advice columnist!

The promos seem to have Harper telling Lauren to “go back to your job while you still have it.” What did Lauren do?

This is a case of deceptive promo editing. Harper is actually talking to another staffer.

But Lauren does do something?

When a singing coed is offered the chance to take her act on tour in December (forcing her to drop out of Winslow), Lauren’s efforts to help her find a lawyer and agent are misinterpreted by the girl’s parents as Lauren encouraging the singer to drop out.

What’s this about a romance tormenting Hanson?

This week’s teaser is a corker. Danny comes home to find his way-too-hot fiancee in bed with a another guy. “I’m outta here,” says the stranger. “Where’s the phone?” Danny, ever accommodating, lets him have the phone – in the head.

Should we be surprised that Guber hooks up with Peters?

Guber. Peters. Say …

So what’s doing on the Guber-Peters front?

Hook lady Meredith Peters puts Scott Guber’s hand on her breastal region and asks him to “ravage” her.

Do Guber and Peters get busy?

No. Guber, whom we learn hasn’t had sex in nine years, harbors all manner of performance anxiety.

What’s up with Ronnie?

She helps Danny after he’s arrested for aggravated assault.

Does Danny go to trial?

Surprisingly, no. The rest of the story deals with the fiancee trying to get Danny back, and how Danny takes out his anger on his pupils.

Any sign of Mandy Patinkin?

Nope.

Does Billy Zane sing this week?

Zane is wholly absent.

What’s good?

The teaser. Lipshultz overhearing some Guber-Peters love talk. Lipschultz’s subsequent comments. Guber’s reaction to Lipschultz’s comments.

What’s not so good?

Danny’s story gets a lot less interesting once he’s let out of stir.

How does it end, spoiler-boy?

Guber & Peters look through a catalog together. Danny comes home to an empty apartment

Herc’s rating for “Boston Public” 2.5?

***

The Hercules T. Strong Rating System:

  • ***** better than we deserve
  • **** better than most motion pictures
  • *** actually worth your valuable time
  • ** as horrible as most stuff on TV
  • * makes you quietly pray for bulletins

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I am – Hercules!!





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  • Nov. 26, 2001, 6:45 a.m. CST

    FIRST!

    by MarquisDeCarabas

    First first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first first!

  • Nov. 26, 2001, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Ah, yeah!

    by MarquisDeCarabas

    I always wanted to do that. Really, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I feel special.

  • Nov. 26, 2001, 8:30 a.m. CST

    Guber had sex last year.

    by LandPhil

    Guber did the nasty with some broad last year, it turned out she was prostitute set up for him by his brother.

  • Nov. 26, 2001, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Guber did *not* have sex

    by fatmannewt

    He was going to, buit then he found out that the woman was a prostitute his brother hired.

  • Nov. 26, 2001, 1:39 p.m. CST

    guber & peters?

    by BEARison Ford

    jon peters and peter guber?

  • Nov. 26, 2001, 10:12 p.m. CST

    I have to admit, it's getting better

    by Hardyboy

    I was unhappy with the first few episodes of the season, but both last week's ep and tonight's were more in keeping with what the show was like last year. Last week's show (why no talkback, BTW?) had some great scenes of teachers interacting with students, and this one had a strong storyline that shed some light on an interesting new character. And it was good to see Rashida Jones get some serious face time again: since Joey Slotnick was written out of the show last year, she'd become BP's Lieutenant Uhura. But, *sigh*, I wish they'd wrap up this weird-ass Kathy Baker storyline already. When she made those innuendos about Guber eating her cookies, I wanted to TOSS mine. I said it afore and I'll say it again, this storyline is just too bizarre and grotesque. Guber was a much better character when he was lonely, frustrated, and out of touch with his feelings--I'd rather have him single than stuck with this freak.

  • Nov. 27, 2001, 12:19 a.m. CST

    Sleazy G, a question

    by Hardyboy

    Man, you know I give you your props--both here and in other boards--but I'm curious: you've always been pretty hard on BP, yet you seem to watch it every week. Why?

  • Nov. 27, 2001, 2:32 a.m. CST

    Hold on...

    by Sean Whitmore

    I fully admit that I'm out of the musical loop. I haven't liked a song since the late 80's. But is that utter shit the girl in this show was singing supposed to be the kind of music kids are into these days? The kind of music that warrants a record deal? Quite frankly, I found the Hook Lady story more believable. Great episode, though.

  • Nov. 27, 2001, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Hey Sean a word on music

    by sundown

    it all sucks now. If the chick has nice tits and can suck well they'll put her face on anything and use electronics and voice coaches it has NOTHING to do with talent. So if she bangs the right guy... dreams CAN come true... Question is who's crazier... Hook lady or her kid? By the way Rappaport is a great actor but I think he is forcing out the other lead teacher, I think Katts his name? Just the same I like Rappaport a lot and think this a great role for him. He should get better roles in films though...

  • Nov. 27, 2001, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Good points, Sleaze and Angel

    by Hardyboy

    I still watch "The Practice," though I think its time has come and gone, but "Ally McBeal" began bugging me in its second season and I dumped it for good after Billy was killed off. In fact, once I stop watching a show, I stop watching for good--I don't care who's writing it. But "BP" at its best can be excellent, so I'll stick with it.

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