Consider this mystery solved: The Boston Legal vet accompanying Julie Bowen back to Crane, Poole & Schmidt this fall is none other than…René Auberjonois!

Like Bowen, Auberjonois (pronounced Mr. A) will appear in this season’s 10th episode — two shy of the show’s series finale. Unlike Bowen, Auberjonois never technically left Boston Legal — or at least his character, Paul Lewiston, never did. When last seen in December ’07, Paul had begun scaling back his duties to focus on raising his daughter’s kid.

Of course, it’s not like the dude vanished on his way to the mailbox. Now that would have been silly.

Any other Legal MVPs you’d like to see take one final bow before the curtain falls for good? The comments section is ready to accept your votes.