In the third season premiere of Boston Legal, Denise and Schmidt defend Daniel Post (Michael J. Fox) after he's arrested for trying to buy a lung. Meanwhile, Shore reunites passionately with Marlene (Parker Posey) and defends his pal, Jerry "Hands" Espenson (played by Emmy Award winner Christian Clemenson), after he's caught driving in the carpool lane with a life-sized sex doll.In the third season premiere of Boston Legal, Denise and Schmidt defend Daniel Post (Michael J. Fox) after he's arrested for trying to buy a lung. Meanwhile, Shore reunites passionately with Marlene (Parker Posey) and defends his pal, Jerry "Hands" Espenson (played by Emmy Award winner Christian Clemenson), after he's caught driving in the carpool lane with a life-sized sex doll.
Jeffrey Coho (Craig Bierko) takes on a new client, Scott Little (Ashton Holmes), who has been accused of murdering a judge. Handling this high profile case his first day at the office, Coho immediately makes a splash at Crane Poole & Schmidt. Meanwhile, Crane's online date threatens to sue the firm, and Shore takes on a cross-dressing client fired for taking maternity leave.
When Ivan Tiggs (Tom Selleck) wants to invalidate the post-nup Shirley Schmidt drafted so he can divorce his current wife, Schmidt finds herself in court, battling her former lover -- and his new attorney, Alan Shore. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Coho's persistence and ethically dubious tactics help him elicit key information from witnesses as he prepares to defend an accused murderer, and Denny Crane's "petite" Internet date, hurt by his comments on her size, pursues a lawsuit against him.
Alan Shore's attraction to Shirley Schmidt increases as the two of them handle the case of a homeless man accused of cannibalism; Denny Crane finds himself drawn to the feisty, small-statured Bethany (Meredith Eaton-Gilden) while he helps her try a case against an HMO; and Jeffrey Coho continues his defense of accused murderer Scott Little (Ashton Holmes) in the most high profile murder case Boston has seen in years.
In the midst of a media frenzy, Jeffrey Coho and his legal team go to court on the high-profile murder trial of Scott Little (Ashton Holmes), whose estranged father makes a shocking revelation on the stand. Meanwhile, Denny Crane continues to develop feelings for the petite Bethany Horowitz (Meredith Eaton-Gilden), and Alan Shore defends Jerry "Hands" Espenson (Christian Clemenson) for firing a Scientologist, and is surprised to see a familiar face as opposing counsel -- Sally Heep (Lake Bell).
Jeffrey Coho and his defense team must do all they can to undo the damage caused by the father of accused murderer Scott Little (Ashton Holmes), who makes a disturbing allegation about his own son's attraction to his mother, Barbara (Katey Sagal). Meanwhile, Alan Shore has renewed his romance with former associate Sally Heep (Lake Bell), but feeling unfulfilled, he goes to his sex therapist, Joanna (Jane Lynch), for help.
On Halloween, Denise Bauer receives bad news about her fianci, Daniel Post, and goes on a bizarre search for him. Meanwhile, Alan Shore defends Jerry Espenson for lying about his death penalty beliefs on a Federal jury questionnaire; Jeffrey Coho is sued for defamation by Lincoln Meyer, the peeping tom neighbor from the Scott Little trial; and as things heat up between Denny Crane and his diminutive girlfriend, Bethany, she takes him to meet her mother, and all three receive a big shock.
Alan Shore comes to the aid of Jerry "Hands" Espenson, whose troubled client stands accused of murdering her ex-girlfriend. Meanwhile, the eccentric Lincoln Meyer (David Dean Botrell) resurfaces at the firm, taking a peculiar interest in Shirley Schmidt, and Denny Crane and Bella Horowitz (Delta Burke), the mother of his diminutive girlfriend, Bethany (Meredith Eaton-Gilden), anxiously await paternity test results to determine whether he is Bethany's father.
Shirley Schmidt attempts to reason with her kidnapper, the peculiar Lincoln Meyer (David Dean Botrell), who turns out to be significantly more depraved than she realized. Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson's (Christian Clemenson) legal skills shine as he and Alan Shore defend a woman accused of killing her ex-girlfriend, and Denny Crane is overcome with jealousy when he catches Jerry and Alan bonding over Scotch and cigars.
Alan Shore takes the case of a mother desperate to retain custody of her pre-teen daughters -- who turn out to be white supremacist singing sensations. Meanwhile, Brad Chase, Jeffrey Coho and Denise Bauer represent a woman who wants to sue God after her husband is struck by lightning, Denny Crane helps a woman whose anorexic daughter is seeking emancipation, and Shirley Schmidt makes a bet with Shore that is revealed at the office Christmas party.
Denny Crane and Alan Shore, joined by ambitious new attorney Vanessa Walker (Nia Long), head to New Orleans to defend a doctor accused of euthanizing patients during Hurricane Katrina. Meanwhile Claire Simms' new secretary, the cross-dressing Clarence, wants to file a lawsuit when he's kicked out of an all-women's gym, and Denise Bauer weighs the pros and cons of dating Jeffrey Coho.
Denny Crane, dismayed to learn his name is on the federal No-Fly List, asks for Alan Shore's help in taking on Homeland Security. Shirley Schmidt and Vanessa Walker (Nia Long) defend a third-grade teacher charged with wrongful death after her student has a fatal allergic reaction in class. Meanwhile, the cross-dressing Clarence adopts yet another persona.
When Denny Crane's latest love, Bella (Delta Burke), is attacked by animal rights activists, an irate Denny prepares to square off against the protestors and their vindictive lawyer -- Denny's ex, Bethany (Meredith Eaton-Gilden). Meanwhile, Brad suspects he's not the only person in the office enjoying a friends-with-benefits relationship with Denise; Clarence expresses romantic interest in Claire; and Paul Lewiston plans an office costume party to boost company morale.
Alan Shore, Denny Crane and Bethany Horowitz are hired to represent a judge who is suing a company for not delivering on its promise to cure him of his homosexuality. Meanwhile, Shirley Schmidt takes on a case involving the use of a controversial new drug that can dull traumatic memories, and Denise is shocked to discover she's pregnant -- but doesn't know whether the father is Brad Chase or Jeffrey Coho.
Alan once again defends Denny, who has been arrested, this time for illegally shipping human fat out of the country to create a new source of fuel production. Meanwhile, Clarence Bell must put on a brave face as he tries his first case - a homicide - with the help of Bethany Horowitz and Paul Lewiston, and a member of Crane Poole & Schmidt bids farewell.
Alan Shore pulls double-duty in court, representing two separate clients --a woman who stole her late father's plastinized body from an art museum, and a cognitive therapist fired from his job at a hospital for imparting his belief in UFOs to his clients. Meanwhile, Clarence Bell is emotionally distracted by Claire Simm's invitation to dinner -- and possibly more -- at her house; Bethany Horowitz forces Denny Crane to attend temple with her; and Denise Bauer and Brad Chase continue to be at odds about the future - or lack thereof - of their relationship.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Megan Mullally ("Will & Grace") guest stars as Renata Hill, a former lover and co-worker of Alan Shore's. No stranger to trouble, Renata reunites with Shore as she dashes down the courthouse hallway wearing a bloody wedding gown, carrying a bloody pair of scissors and proclaiming her innocence in the murder of her betrothed. Meanwhile, Claire Simms gets stuck defending a cocky young man accused of stealing a cell phone, and Denny Crane tries to understand why Bethany Horowitz thinks he's a bigot.
A man with a decades-long grudge against Denny Crane and his late attorney father takes the firm hostage, forcing staff at Crane, Poole & Schmidt to "re-try" a murder case in which a young Denny ensured the defendant's acquittal. Scenes from a 50-year-old television pilot, "The Defender" - featuring a young William Shatner - are incorporated into the episode to show what transpired during the original case that led to the modern day hostage taking. Meanwhile, Alan Shore's attempt to defend an accused prostitute lands him in jail for contempt of court.
Alan Shore and Denny Crane defend a rather unscrupulous lawyer accused of obstructing justice on behalf of his brother. Meanwhile, interoffice couples Brad Chase & Denise Bauer and Claire Simms & Clarence Bell each deal with major revelations in their relationships, and Denny practices the positive thinking philosophy, "the secret" -- convinced that he can wish Raquel Welch into his life.
Alan Shore finds himself pitted against old friend Jerry Espenson in a case of a woman suing a department store for selling "pornographic" dolls to kids. Meanwhile, Shirley Schmidt and Paul Lewiston must decide the fate of Denny Crane after he makes a politically incorrect statement to an African-American under consideration for employment at the firm, and a colleague's valued opinion causes Denise Bauer to re-think her future with Brad.
Shirley Schmidt takes on the case of a man who was spontaneously cured of HIV and is trying to maintain legal ownership of his blood. Meanwhile, when ex-flame Judge Weldon calls on Alan Shore to defend her in a drug case, Alan finds himself having to fend off Denny Crane - who is smitten with the sexy judge. Also, Clarence Bell goes up against Jerry Espenson when a girl is kicked out of a sorority for being socially awkward, and Brad Chase's desire to have a military wedding doesn't go over well with Denise Bauer.
Alan Shore sues the United States on behalf of a client who was tortured for two years at a detention camp. Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson begs Shirley Schmidt to let him have his job back at the firm -- despite the fact that he'd once tried to kill her -- and Claire defends a lawyer who committed a sexual assault after hearing a prank radio program proclaiming the world was coming to an end.
Brad and Denise's wedding takes a wrong turn when the priest who is marrying them is suddenly arrested for harboring illegal aliens. Alan Shore takes on the Father's case, but when Denise goes into labor, Brad frantically searches for someone to marry them so that their child is not born out of wedlock. Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson defends a woman who is being evicted from her apartment because of her pet duck - who serves as emotional support to help her anxiety -- and Alan is puzzled when he discovers that Denny Crane has the Stanley Cup in his possession.
Alan Shore and Denny Crane represent two brothers accused of killing their abusive father, and Clarence Bell and Jerry Espenson take on a huge gambling establishment when a woman alleges that her out-of-control gambling debts were the fault of the casino.