Created by: Steven Bochco and
David E Kelley
OK, so this isn't so much of a review as a kind of personal journey
into the ghosts of TV past.
Popular culture has always been a huge influence in my life,
so I guess it stands to reason that my first moment of realising
that there might be something "different" about me (without
really having any frame of reference for what that difference
might be) came from watching TV. LA Law to be specific.
I think it was my first glimpse of Amanda Donohoe that did it.
It took me completely by surprise when Amanda Donohoe and Michelle
Green kissed each other. It was the first all-female kiss in the
history of American Primetime TV. (Then just to torture me Amanda
went off and starred in the Ken Russell production of DH Lawrence's
The Rainbow as a lesbian teacher. I think I borrowed that
so many times I wore the video store tape out.)
The character of CJ Lamb was smart, beautiful, androgynous, sassy,
sexy, hard to intimidate and she breathed life into a show that
in my opinion was beginning to show serious signs of stagnation.
In the fifth season I think they used her a lot for pure shock
value, but it pushed the primetime envelope further than it had
ever been pushed before.
The lesbian storyline focussed around two lawyers in the firm,
CJ (Donohoe) and Abby (Michelle Green). The attraction and flirtation
grew from almost nothing. I can remember wondering if I was imagining
it at times. After a couple of kisses and a rather nervous "will
they/won't they" scene, CJ decided finally that she thought
Abby wasn't ready for the relationship they were heading into
and called off the romance. I think I cried. I can't quite remember,
it was a while ago.
But it wasn't just the romance that made this character interesting.
That was just icing. In just about every episode she was in she
injected energy and passion. She was an openly bisexual woman,
a transgressor, someone who refused to stick to the rules of the
game. I'm actually quite surprised she didn't die a horrible,
If you can possibly catch old re-runs of the Amanda Donohoe LA
Law years ('91-'92) I highly recommend it. Despite how dated
the show looks now, this original, short-haired, smart-mouthed,
shirts-and-blazers gal will steal your heart, just like she stole
mine all those years ago. After all, that's what re-runs are for.
I regret to this day that back in my second last year of high
school I was not taping television shows, so I don't have a copy
of those CJ/Abby episodes to relive those moments. Oh for cable
TV! (If anyone has a copy they could dub for me, we need to talk...!
I even know the names of the episodes I want - see above.)
He's a Crowd (#95, 7 Feb '91)
As God is My Co-Defendant (#101, 4 April '91)
Speak, Lawyers for Me (#102, 25 April '91)
There Goes the Judge (#103, 2 May '91)
Acknowledgement: The images on this page were borrowed from Jon
Donohoe fan site. Nice site Jon! As for all those sites out
there specialising in nude pics of Ms Donohoe... *rude noise*
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