Now it's time for season four, and changes are in the air again. Brad and Denise Bauer (Julie Bowen) had a baby, which sets the stage for her maternity leave. Both Mark Valley and Craig Bierko will be appearing on other shows this fall, Denise should find work elsewhere, because Julie Bowen won't be back in the fall either. Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois) has a granddaughter who deserves his time and attention. He hinted more than once his priorities are not with his work. I wouldn't be surprised if he makes new arrangements.
To make up for the departures, two attorneys are about to join Crane, Poole, and Schmidt. John Larroquette, who most people remember from Night Court , has signed on. At one point, he did a memorable guest stint on The Practice . Why am I not surprised to see another connection between the two shows? Tara Summer is also part of the team. While I am unfamiliar with her work, viewers are going to be seeing a lot more of Jerry Espenson (Christian Clemenson). Apparently, his work impressed the founding partners so much that he got promoted from recurring guest star to season regular.