Charlie, Dennis, Mac, and Frank get involved with Bill Ponderosa, a defendant in a civil suit for putting bath salts in the milk at Liam McPoyle’s wedding to his sister Maureen. Liam McPoyle teams up with The Lawyer to sue Bill Ponderosa for his lost eye; old grievances resurface. At the climax, Charlie tries to cross examine Royal McPoyle, the McPoyle family’s bloodthirsty pet Pocono Swallow. Uncle Jack. The Lawyer. Bill and Maureen Ponderosa. The entire McPoyle clan. Bird law. McPoyle vs. Ponderosa: THE TRIAL OF THE CENTURY
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This was a train wreck of a trial, but there was a stand out quote:
According to bird law, three strikes and you’re out! Bye, bye birdie. Ready boys and girls, because this is where it gets good. Ryan McPoyle didn’t attack Liam—Royal did. And Lion was lying about Royal attacking Liam to protect Royal from the chair. Or lethal injection. Or perhaps some sort of small bird guillotine. I wouldn’t understand the physics of it—I’m not an executioner. I’m just the best  bird lawyer in the world.
I’m sorry, sir, but I am the best bird lawyer in the world.
I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous. Today I'm taking a break from teaching law students how to crush law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
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