Julie Bowen, whose Boston Legal eagle Denise is currently enjoying what has to be one of the longest maternity leaves in U.S. history, is heading back to Crane, Poole & Schmidt this November, sources confirm to me exclusively.

Bowen, who made her last appearance in May ’07 when Denise left to be a mom, will appear in this season’s 10th episode — two before the big series finale.

Speaking of which…

Bowen’s Legal hubby/baby daddy, Mark Valley, is not expected to turn up in the episode — no big surprise considering what he told me at the Fringe premiere last month — but someone else is. I’ve been asked not to reveal the identity of the returning alum as his/her deal is not yet finalized. It should be soon though.

In the meantime, guess away in the comments section. If you’re right, you might end up winning some cool swag. You probably won’t, but, hey, you might.