It has often been said that the things which go bump in the night are those which scare us the most. Even though the mind can play tricks, the chance that what we fear most is all too real is terrifying.
As a senior partner in his law firm, Denny Crane (William Shatner) has the prestige of his name on the front door. He also gained a reputation as a formidable attorney. However, any trial Denny might face in court is nothing compared to what he is trying NOT to face in his personal life-the very real concern of Alzheimer's.
Alan Shore (James Spader), Denny's best friend and a solid attorney, is experiencing troubles of his own. Although he dealt with his fear of clowns (with help from Brad) his night terrors have returned. Stress tends to trigger the current episodes. Alan has an idea about the exact cause, "I must be missing Tara", referring to his former girlfriend.
Because Alan is asleep when the night terrors occur, he is not aware of his condition or surroundings. Living on the fourteenth floor of a hotel means there is a greater likelihood of physical danger. Alan discovered this when he came out of his trance-like state steps away from the edge of his balcony.
The solution? Have someone spend the night to keep watch. Denny is not keen on the idea, so Alan decides to ask Melissa, his new administrative assistant.
An opportunity arises when Alan notices that Melissa might be interested in earning some extra money after she tries to work out a credit card bill from her office phone. At first she thinks, wisely, that all Alan wants to do is get her into bed. She let him know she would not put up with his antics when hired. She should have known her words were a challenge.