About the show:
Alan Shore and Denny Crane, played by Emmy Award winners James Spader and William Shatner, lead a brigade of high-priced litigators in this series focusing on the professional and personal lives of brilliant, but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Joining Shore and Crane is Shirley Schmidt (played by five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen), who is coaxed back to the Boston law firm to help bring order to the chaotic office…and to keep an eye on Denny Crane, with whom she has a checkered history.
The firm's other attorneys include Brad Chase (played by Mark Valley), a consummate guy's guy, who often finds himself in a test of wills with Alan Shore; Lori Colson (played by Monica Potter), a former prosecutor who tends to see the serious side of things; Tara Wilson (played by Rhona Mitra), a first-year associate who has become intertwined with Shore - professionally and romantically; Paul Lewiston (played by Rene Auberjonois), the ultimate straight-laced "lawyer's lawyer" who continually tries to save Crane from himself; and Catherine Piper (played by six-time Emmy winner Betty White), Shore's somewhat light-headed, always light-hearted assistant who isn't afraid to give him a verbal spanking whenever deserved.
"Death Be Not Proud"
Air Date: 03/20/2005
Alan Shore travels to Texas with Chelina Hall to make a last ditch appeal for death row inmate Zeke Borns, a man with diminished mental capacity who was convicted of a crime he does not even remember committing. Meanwhile, Denny Crane and Shirley Schmidt defend Miriam Watson (guest star Shelley Long), a prim and proper businesswoman who is charged with engaging in sexual conduct for a fee, and Lori Colson, fed up with Denny's offensive behavior, approaches Schmidt and Lewiston to lodge an official complaint.
"Let Sales Ring"
Air Date: 03/13/2005
Multi-Emmy Award winner Carl Reiner guest-stars as Milton Bombay, a client of Schmidt and Crane, who is an old adversary and legal legend wishing to be frozen and stored in a cryonics institute. Meanwhile, Alan Shore and Chelina Hall represent a high school student who is seeking an injunction to reverse the policy of his principal, Steven Harper (Chi McBride, reprising his "Boston Public" role), who has banned a particular news network from school grounds on the basis that it is biased and incendiary.
Air Date: 02/20/2005
Denny Crane's son, Donny (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), is the opposing counsel in Denny's trial -- an obvious attempt to settle a score with Denny for letting him believe for 25 years that he was his father. Denny tries the case with Chelina Hall (Kerry Washington), an associate at the firm. Meanwhile, Shirley Schmidt recruits an extremely reluctant Alan Shore to defend a police officer accused of torture. And Shore's former client, Bernard Ferrion, is befriended by his secretary, Catherine Piper (Betty White), much to Shore's dismay.