All 24 episodes from the third season of the popular legal comedy drama created by David E. Kelley. The series follows a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Episodes comprise: 'Can't We All Get a Lung?', 'New Kids on the Block', 'Desperately Seeking Shirley', 'Fine Young Cannibal', 'Whose God Is It Anyway?', 'The Verdict', 'Trick or Treat', 'Lincoln', 'On the Ledge', 'The Nutcrackers', 'Angel of Death', 'Nuts', 'Dumping Bella', 'Selling Sickness', 'Fat Burner', 'The Good Lawyer', 'The Bride Wore Blood', 'Son of the Defender', 'Brotherly Love', 'Guise n' Dolls', 'Tea and Sympathy', 'Guantanamo By the Bay', 'Duck and Cover' and 'Trial of the Century'.
In year 3, Boston Legal
continues to toggle with ease between comedy and pathos. The season begins on a bittersweet note as Denise (Julie Bowen) gets engaged to the terminally ill Daniel (Michael J. Fox), who disappears to try an experimental treatment. Enter two new litigators, smart-talking associate Claire Sims (Constance Zimmer) and cocky partner Jeffrey Coho (Craig Bierko). Once Daniel exits the picture, Jeffrey and Brad (Mark Valley) compete for Denise's affections. The firm soon welcomes a third new face: legal secretary Clarence (Gary Anthony Williams)--also known as Clarice, Clavant, and Oprah.
As before, cases vary from minor to major. Story arcs include the murder of a judge's wife (with Ashton Holmes as the suspect and Katey Sagal as his mother) and an outrageous peeping tom (David Dean Bottrell) with a jones for Shirley (Candice Bergen). Denny Crane (William Shatner), meanwhile, finds love with diminutive attorney Bethany (Meredith Eaton-Gilden)--and her mother, Bella (Delta Burke). And Alan (James Spader, who scored a second Emmy to add to the one he received for The Practice
) helps former co-worker Jerry "Hands" Espenson (Christian Clemenson) out of a few jams. By the end of the season, Jeffrey is gone, while Jerry returns to Crane, Poole & Schmidt.
Throughout the year, the firm tackles a variety of timely issues, ranging from religious freedom to immigration law. Reporter Gracie Jane (Jill Brennan), a Nancy Grace doppelgänger, also comes in for some ribbing. Aside from recurring characters, like Jane Lynch (as a sexual surrogate), the third season counts a few actors behind the camera, such as Eric Stoltz ("Dumping Bella") and Adam Arkin ("Nuts"), from David E. Kelley's Chicago Hope
. --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com