The Practice

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

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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