Boston Legal (2004–2008)

Dumping Bella 

Denny takes Bella's case against an animal rights group opposed to her cosmetic testing procedures, and her daughter Bethany is opposing counsel. And at the same time, Denny wants to dump Bella because he's still in love with Bethany.


Eric Stoltz


David E. Kelley (created by), David E. Kelley (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
James Spader ... Alan Shore
Julie Bowen ... Denise Bauer
Mark Valley ... Brad Chase
Rene Auberjonois ... Paul Lewiston
Craig Bierko ... Jeffrey Coho
Constance Zimmer ... Claire Simms
Gary Anthony Williams ... Clarence Bell
Candice Bergen ... Shirley Schmidt
William Shatner ... Denny Crane
Meredith Eaton ... Bethany Horowitz (as Meredith Eaton-Gilden)
Nia Long ... Vanessa Walker
Shelley Berman ... Judge Robert Sanders
P.J. Byrne ... Matthew Steinkellner
Christopher Neiman ... Marshall Prig
Delta Burke ... Bella Horowitz


Bella convinces Denny to sue an animal rights group when one of its members dumps paint on her, only to find that Bethany is representing the activist. Brad finds out about the entire arrangement with Denise, and Paul, on advice from an office consultant, orders a costume party. Written by Moviedude1

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Release Date:

30 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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At the firm costume party at the end of the episode, where everyone has been tasked to dress up as "someone they admire," you will see the main cast (in order of appearance): Paul Lewiston as Albert Einstein Shirley Schmidt as Diane Sawyer Denise Bauer as Jennifer Aniston (complete with Angelina Jolie doll with a knife in it's chest) Denny Crane as Vice President Dick Cheney (in his duck hunting garb, because as Denny says, "Anybody who can blast his friend in the face - and get /him/ to take the wrap for it? - is my kind of citizen.") Bethany Horowitz as Danny DeVito Brad Chase as Buzz Lightyear Alan Shore as Shirley Schmidthoe (he dresses as Denny's silicon sex doll after being expressly told not to dress as her) Jeffrey Coho as Buzz Lightyear (the exact same costume as Brad, which causes a fight, which they have to take outside) Claire Simms as NY Rangers player (she was going to wear a NY Yankees jersey, but was threatened with legal action by the Yankees) Clarence Bell as Oprah Vanessa Walker as The girl in the yellow dress (from Alan's past and an anecdote he related to her earlier) Other costumes that can be seen: Dali Lama (the DJ), Marilyn Monroe, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Jackie Kennedy, The Flying Nun, Barbara Bush, Audrey Hepburn, Chef, Nurse, Police Officer, and Firefighter See more »

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