Boston Legal

10 Best Episodes of Boston Legal - Season 3

Alan Shore and Denny Crane lead a brigade of high-priced civil litigators in an upscale Boston law firm in a series focusing on the professional and personal lives of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. A spin-off of long-running series The Practice.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jan 26, 2023.

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Boston Legal - S3E17

#15 - The Bride Wore Blood (Season 3 - Episode 17)

When an old girlfriend shows up at the courthouse wearing a wedding gown and covered in blood, Alan decides to help her defend charges of murdering her groom.Meanwhile, Claire finds it difficult to take her client seriously when he is accused of stealing a cell phone, and Denny tries to win back Bethany by going to rehab.

The episode was rated 7.85 from 199 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E3

#14 - Desperately Seeking Shirley (Season 3 - Episode 3)


Alan shocks the firm when he decides to represent Ivan Tiggs, as he sues Shirley for creating an iron-clad pre-nup in his marriage to Missy. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Coho continues his unethical practices, determined to discover the truth behind the murder of Judge Hooper, and Denny Crane comes to an agreement with Bethany.

The episode was rated 7.88 from 247 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E23

#13 - Duck and Cover (Season 3 - Episode 23)

Brad and Denise's storybook wedding is interrupted by the FBI who arrest the priest for giving sanctuary to illegal immigrants. Alan takes the case, while Denise goes into labor, forcing Brad to find an immediate substitute priest.Meanwhile, Jerry Espenson takes his first case as an associate at Crane, Poole and Schmidt when he defends a woman who is evicted because of her pet duck.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 190 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E15

#12 - Fat Burner (Season 3 - Episode 15)


Alan must once again defend Denny when he is arrested, this time for smuggling medical waste out of the country in order to create a new source of energy.Meanwhile, Clarence finds himself in over his head when his first case turns out to be a first-degree murder charge, involving a Haitian slave who stabbed her owner.In the wake of Denise's decision to keep Brad's baby, Jeffrey makes a bold decision.

The episode was rated 7.89 from 214 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E21

#11 - Tea and Sympathy (Season 3 - Episode 21)

When Judge Weldon is charged with possession of an illegal substance, she turns to Alan for help, rekindling their romance. But Denny's attraction to her begins to upset Alan.Shirley and Claire defend a man who miraculously recovered from HIV, but whose blood was patented by the US government.Meanwhile, Clarence battles Jerry Espenson in a case involving a woman being kicked out of her sorority for being socially awkward, and Denise becomes upset when Brad wants to be married in his military attire.

The episode was rated 7.90 from 199 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E13

#10 - Dumping Bella (Season 3 - Episode 13)


Denny finds it unusually difficult to break up with Bella when she asks him to represent her in her claim against an animal-rights group who is harassing her cosmetic business.Meanwhile, Alan opens up to Vanessa when she shows up in a yellow dress, and Brad and Jeffrey continue their feud at Paul's mandatory costume party.

The episode was rated 7.92 from 217 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E6

#9 - The Verdict (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Jeffrey, Denise and Claire prepare for the verdict in the Judge Hooper murder trial by making one final accusation. Meanwhile, Alan feels sexually inadequate when Sally refuses to stay after sex.

The episode was rated 7.93 from 229 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E4

#8 - Fine Young Cannibal (Season 3 - Episode 4)


Alan and Shirley defend a homeless man, on trial for eating his dead friend to stay alive, while Alan's pleas to Denny for permission to sleep with Shirley result in a bizarre contest. Meanwhile, Denny helps Bethany in her case again a ruthless HMO and Claire flirts with a key witness in the Judge Hooper murder trial.

The episode was rated 7.94 from 234 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E9

#7 - On the Ledge (2) (Season 3 - Episode 9)

The firm rallies together to find and rescue Shirley who they believe has been taken captive by Lincoln Meyer.Meanwhile, Denny becomes jealous of Alan's relationship with Jerry, as their murder case comes to a climax.

The episode was rated 7.95 from 216 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E12

#6 - Nuts (Season 3 - Episode 12)


Denny is outraged when he is not permitted to board a plane because his name is on a "no-fly" list, and asks Alan for help suing Homeland Security.Meanwhile, Shirley and Vanessa defend a teacher who is accused of negligence when one of her students dies from anaphylactic shock in class.Denise becomes nervous when Alan begins to suspect she is sleeping with both Brad and Jeffrey, and Claire continues to help Clarence with his self-esteem issues.

The episode was rated 7.96 from 212 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E7

#5 - Trick or Treat (Season 3 - Episode 7)

Denise begins a bizarre search for the remains of her fiancΓ©, who has been scattered around the country, and Alan once again must defend Jerry Espenson, who is accused of purgery.Meanwhile, Jeffrey Coho is sued by Lincoln Meyer for defamation of character in the Judge Hooper trial, and a meeting between Denny and Bethany's mother leads to an unexpected reunion.

The episode was rated 7.98 from 223 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E11

#4 - Angel of Death (Season 3 - Episode 11)


Alan and Denny head to New Orleans with visiting attorney Vanessa Walker to defend a doctor who euthanized five patients during the Katrina hurricane.Meanwhile, Claire helps Clarence sue an all-female gym who refused to accept him unless he dressed as a woman, and Denise is overwhelmed by the sexual attention she is getting from the male attorneys.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 214 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E22

#3 - Guantanamo by the Bay (Season 3 - Episode 22)

Alan and Denny's political differences again come into play when they defend an innocent man who was held at Guantanamo Bay for 2 years.Meanwhile, upset at the lack of humanity at his private practice, Jerry begs Shirley to give him back his old job, despite having held a knife to her throat the year before.

The episode was rated 8.01 from 183 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E18

#2 - Son of the Defender (Season 3 - Episode 18)


A man with a grudge against Denny Crane and his late father take the firm hostage, while Alan Shore ends up in jail for contempt of court while defending a prostitute.

The episode was rated 8.04 from 206 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E24

#1 - Trial of the Century (Season 3 - Episode 24)

Alan and Denny co-council two brother accused of murdering their father. But when Alan predicts a losing verdict, Denny concocts a plan to cast reasonable doubt on their guilt.Meanwhile, Shirley is furious when Jerry and Clarence take the case of a woman suing a casino for losing money.

The episode was rated 8.06 from 183 votes.

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