The Practice

ABC (ended 2004)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 8 : Ep 22

    Cheers (a.k.a Adjourned: Series Finale)

    Aired 5/16/04

  • S 8 : Ep 21

    New Hoods on the Block

    Aired 5/2/04

  • S 8 : Ep 20

    Comings and Goings

    Aired 4/25/04

  • S 8 : Ep 19

    The Firm

    Aired 4/18/04

  • S 8 : Ep 18

    The Case Against Alan Shore (3)

    Aired 3/28/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dylan McDermott

    Bobby Donnell (seasons 1-7, recurring afterwards)

  • Lara Flynn Boyle

    A.D.A. Helen Gamble (seasons 2-7)

  • Ron Livingston

    A.D.A. Alan Lowe (episodes 102-115)

  • James Spader

    Alan Shore (season 8)

  • Bill Smitrovich

    D.A. Kenneth Walsh (episodes 118-146, 157, 165, recurring previously)

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  • show Description
  • David E. Kelley's Emmy Award-winning legal drama, The Practice, had eight amazing seasons, with promising, provocative, issue-related stories, coupled with the writer's trademark humor. Set in Boston, The Practice centers on a firm of passionate attorneys to whom every case is important and every client worth a fight to the end. Legal maneuvering is the firm's modus operandi, and they have it down to a science, making even the most questionable arguments convincing. And while they can't - and don't - win every trial, the pursuit of justice remains the priority until the final verdict is announced … and sometimes afterwards. Pursuing justice, however, often confronts them with serious ethical and moral issues of conscience. The end of last season saw Bobby Donnell quitting the firm and leaving Eugene Young (Steve Harris) in charge. In the final season, we find Eugene not only tackling his new role as head of the firm, but also the new dynamic with co-workers Ellenor Frutt (Camryn Manheim), a single mom known for her fervent commitment to clients and for refusing to take "no" for an answer; Jimmy Berluti (Michael Badalucco), a hard-working "good guy" with a winning record and unparalleled loyalty to the firm; and a budding relationship with Jamie Stringer (Jessica Capshaw), a young associate recently out of law school. In addition to returning cast members Manheim, Harris, Badalucco and Capshaw, in the final season, Kelley injected the series with intriguing new characters, including acclaimed film actor James Spader, who will play Alan Shore, a complicated and ethically challenged lawyer, and Rhona Mitra, who will play Tara Wilson, a confident paralegal in her third year of law school who is also the firm's new tough-as-nails assistant. The multiple Emmy Award-winning drama has also earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series, a Peabody Award, a Viewers for Quality Television Award, an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and, most recently, a coveted Humanitas Award. Spin-offs: Boston Legal Other related shows (within the same "universe"): Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Gideon's Crossing Awards and Nominations 1998 Emmy Awards • Nominated Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David E. Kelley for Betrayal) • Won Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (John Larroquette for playing "Joey Heric" in Betrayal) • Won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Camryn Manheim) • Won Outstanding Drama Series1999 Golden Globe Awards • Won Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture (Camryn Manheim) (Tied with Faye Dunaway for "Gia") • Won Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama (Dylan McDermott) • Won Best TV-Series - Drama"The Practice" has received the award for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series every full-length season. • John Larroquette as "Joey Heric" (Season 2) • Edward Herrmann as "Atty. Anderson Pearson" (Season 3) • James Whitmore as "Raymond Oz" (Season 4) • Michael Emerson as "William Hinks" (Season 5) • Charles Dutton as "Leonard Marshall" (Season 6) • Sharon Stone as "Sheila Carlisle" (Season 8) • William Shatner as "Denny Crane" (Season 8) Broadcast History ----------------- First telecast: March 4, 1997 Last telecast: May 16, 2004 Show type: Drama Number of episodes: 168 Newtork: ABC (Simulcast in HDTV for the 2000-2001 season through the 2003-2004 season) ------------------------------ Spinoff: Boston Legalmoreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (356)

    • Bobby: You think it's tough defending the guilty, Lindsay? Try the innocent. It’s terrifying.

    • Bobby: If I don't give the closing of my life tomorrow, a 17-year old girl loses hers.

    • Pearson: You have some secret strategy unknown to any other law firm in the world? Eugene: We cheat.

    • Eugene: Then there's the smell. Pearson: Beg pardon? Eugene: Well, the jury takes a whiff of this, a whiff of that, gets kind of a hunch for the truth. They're going to smell your client, smell ours, smell you, smell me. Kind of like scratch and sniff litigation.

    • (Eugene walks through the jail as inmates yell at him.) Eugene: Quiet down, quiet down! (They fall silent) Just out of curiosity...anybody here that didn't do it? (All of the inmates yell in the affirmative.) Eugene: I'm shocked.

    • Pearson: That wasn't a negotiation, it's a gift. I was throwing you a bone. Lindsey: It's just that, um...well...I was looking for a bigger bone.

    • Judge: You threatened to break his kneecaps? Eugene: Not break...dislocate. Judge: Right in front of his lawyer? Eugene: Well, it would have been unethical for me to do it outside of counsel.

    • Rebecca: Bobby, your hookers are here. Bobby: (annoyed) Clients, Rebecca. Rebecca: Yeah... your clients. They're here.

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    Notes (159)

    • The show started out as an replacement for a cancelled show.

    • First appearance of Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti in a guest starring role. Jimmy is a banker and a friend of Bobby's.

    • Michael Badalucco is now listed as a starring actor for his role as Jimmy Berluti.

    • First appearance of George Vogelman.

    • After this episode, the show took a 3 month break. It returned as reruns on Saturdays in August and then the second season premiered in September.

    • Season Finale

    • David E. Kelley wrote the part of Helen Gamble for Lara Flynn Boyle after she auditioned for the title role on Ally McBeal.

    • Helen Gamble is introduced in this episode. Lara Flynn Boyle is in the opening credits for 5 of the first 13 epidoes of season 2. Boyle will be in the opening credits permanently, starting with episode 2.14, The Persuit of Dignity.

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    Trivia (64)

    • This episode does not start out with the theme song with credits. Instead, it starts off with a black screen, starts showing the credits and jumps right into the first scene.

    • The opening credits go like this: Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti Camryn Manheim Ellenor Frutt Kelli Williams as Lindsay Dole Steve Harris as Eugene Young Lisa Gay Hamilton as Rebecca Washington

    • We find out that Eugene was a private investigator prior to joining the firm.

    • Laramie is a fictional brand of cigarettes and is the company being sued. Laramie is also the fictional brand of cigarettes in The Simpsons.

    • When Ellenor is talking to Rebecca about her date she wraps her hair into a tight bun and fastens it with a pencil. Before Ellenor leaves the room the bun has turned into a pony tail.

    • Lindsay's storyline with the bomber is not included on the Volume 1 DVD.

    • We find out in this episode that Lindsay and Helen went to law school together.

    • In this episode, we see Bobby's firm lose a case for the first time in the series run.

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    Allusions (40)

    • Testimony is entered that Martin Parks claimed to have Dershowitz as his lawyer. Alan Dershowitz was one of the lawyers on the O.J. Simpson defense team. O.J. Simpson was charged for the 1994 murder of his ex wife Nicole Simpson and her friend, Ron Goldman.

    • Lindsay asks Ellenor what she knows about the judge during a probable cause hearing. Ellenor says that the judge was nominated by Dukakis

    • When addressing the Jury in his final submission, Attorney Leonard Goode refers to Ronald Martin not appreciating the "nature and qulaity of his act". This phrase was orginally coined in the English case of R .v. Daniel McNaughton (1843) in which the defence of Insanity was first established. Since this time the defence, known as the the M'Naghton Rules, has remained unchanged in the UK and has since been adopted by other states including America. To plead insanity the Defendant must suffer from a defect of reason caused by a disease of the mind which means he does not appreciate the nature and quality of his act.

    • The press asked Heric if he was afraid of being sued. Heric smugly states that his assets are in an offshore account, but they can have his Heisman. That is reference to the law suit against O.J. Simpson.

    • Mr. Forsythe is asked during a polygraph if he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. That is an allusion to the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

    • Title of episode comes from the movie title Sex, Lies & Videotape, (1989) which stars future cast member James Spader.

    • Bobby said that he'll wear a Simba mask to a Halloween party. Lindsay then mentions Nala. This is a reference to the movie The Lion King. (1994)

    • Jimmy makes a reference to Reginald Denny. Denny was a truck driver that was beaten up during the 1992 Los Angeles Riots that occurred after police officers were acquitted of the Rodney King beating in 1991.

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  • Fan Reviews (23)
  • Did Fox stop manufacturing the DVDs of "The Practice" as a way to censor it?

    By trishcollado, Mar 23, 2014

  • Captive with no way out

    By leaglebeagle, Feb 05, 2013

  • A good show

    By ericalbertson, Jan 01, 2013

  • A great Drama show!

    By JDML23, Oct 22, 2012

  • Best TV Drama Ever!!!!

    By ColinHollett, Jul 18, 2012

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