Coming up on Boston Legal Jan. 17:

"Helping Hands" - Daniel Post (Michael J. Fox) convinces his new love, Denise Bauer, that he should second-chair in her case against overbearing parents who harass their teenaged daughter's teacher. Meanwhile, Shirley Schmidt makes life difficult for Alan Shore as he prepares his defense of Jerry "Hands" Espenson (Christian Clemenson), the firm's brilliant but quirky attorney who held a cake knife to Shirley's throat. And the partners at Crane, Poole and Schmidt worry about Denny Crane's impending nuptials and the kind of influence his future wife, Beverly Bridge (Joanna Cassidy), could have over the firm.