Paul set the tone of "Boston Legal" for the evening with his consultant-driven idea for an office costume party. By dressing up as someone they admire, the members of the law firm were supposed to open themselves up to each other. The result was they stole our hearts with their vulnerability, just like they had when the episodes were consistently excellent. There was even another one of those iconic dances between Denny and Alan.
But this glow will probably fade. Unlike "LA Law," which the writers seem to borrow plenty from (e.g. the character Brad mirrors Arnie), this series has become much too bizarre - and not believable.
With all that's boiling over in their personal lives, it's amazing that there are any billable hours, never mind quality work. We all know that nuts can be highly productive professionally but there are too many nuts occupying this space for the organization to achieve and sustain excellence.