Boston Legal/Son of the Defender

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Son of the Defender
Season 3, Episode 18
Airdate April 3, 2007
Production Number 3F18 (3AJQ18)
Written by Phoef Sutton &
David E. Kelley
Directed by Bill D'Elia
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Son of the Defender is the eighteenth episode of the third season of Boston Legal, and the sixty-second episode overall.

Starring: James Spader (Alan Shore), Julie Bowen (Denise Bauer), Mark Valley (Brad Chase), Rene Auberjonois (Paul Lewiston), Constance Zimmer (Claire Simms) (credit only), Gary Anthony Williams (Clarence Bell)

with Candice Bergen (Shirley Schmidt)

and William Shatner (Denny Crane)

Guest Starring: Meredith Eaton-Gilden (Bethany Horowitz), Stephen Lee (Aaron Sears), Mike Hagerty (Wally Bird), Mark L. Taylor (Attorney Adam Jovanka), Lawrence Pressman (Judge Floyd Hurwitz), Jackie Debatin (Jenna Aesop), James Keane (Joe Gordon), Billy Mayo (Detective Sean Wilkins), Bonnie Bailey-Reed (Harriet Bird), Randy Thompson (Officer Carl Ralston)

Co-Starring: Patricia Mizen (Bobbie), Alexandra Burkhart (Debbie), Stacey Moseley (Karen Sears), Barry Sigismondi (Officer James), Karen Lew (Clerk), Kurt Scholler (Jail Bailiff #1), Marcus Folmar (Jail Bailiff #2)

Uncredited: Ralph Bellamy (Denny's Father (archive footage)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement





The Show

  • Before Denny Crane, before T.J. Hooker, before Kirk there was Kenneth Preston: In order to show flashbacks of Denny Crane as a young lawyer, this episode uses footage from the 1957 Studio One two-part episode The Defender, which starred a twenty-five year-old William Shatner as Kenneth Preston. In the original episode he was a young defense attorney who, along with his firm owning father, was defending a nineteen year-old on trial for murder. His father was played by Ralph Bellamy and their client was played by Steve McQueen.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments