The Practice

We the People

Season 8, Ep 1, Aired 9/28/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Eleanor defends a man accused of killing his wife and unborn son. He contests that it was suicide. Eugene and Jimmy defend a woman who shot a crack dealer on her street. Alan Shore comes to Eleanor looking for a job after he was fired for embezzlement. He is given a case where a woman files charges against a homeless man who "Halle Berry'd" her (came out of nowhere and kissed her). He uses insurance fraud to coerce her into dropping the charges.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rhona Mitra

    Tara Wilson (season 8)

  • Michael Badalucco

    Jimmy Berluti (episodes 4-168, recurring previously)

  • Steve Harris

    Eugene Young

  • Camryn Manheim

    Ellenor Frutt

  • Bill Smitrovich

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

  • Fan Reviews (2)
  • This episode explains why the series were brought down after this season.

    By Aly358, Jan 30, 2007

  • Season opener

    By joeyheric, Jul 25, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (4)

    • Eugene: What's this embezzling thing? Alan: Thank you for asking. It was sort of a haf-Robin Hood kind of thing; I took from the rich. Eugene: (pause) And who'd you give to? Alan: I kept it, thus the half-Robin Hood. (Eugene looks mad) I've disappointed you.

    • Alan: The defense calls Randy Markham. Judge: Why? Alan: (stunned) Why? Judge: If he did it I don't have to hear why. It takes my time. I value my time, Mr. Shore. When it's wasted my hemmorhoids tend to bubble up. Alan: He's the defendant; in Massachusetts I believe the Constitution trumps the bubbled hemmorhoid. I could be wrong.

    • Alan: Mr. Marham, I'm Allen Shore. Your attorney. Randy: What happened to Ms. Frutt? Alan: She's tied up. Nothing sexual, I assure you. I'll be taking over the case. So, how are we today, sir?

    • Alan Shore: You know this isn't technically relevant to the case, but I touched myself with you in mind last night. (Debbie looks stunned) Your hair was very different. Anyway...

    Notes (2)

    • First Appearance of James Spader as Alan Shore and Rhona Mitra as Tara Wilson. Both Begin working at Young, Frutt and Berluti to fill the vacant positons left open after last season's mass exodus. Both will go on to star in The Practice spin-off Boston Legal.

    • Although many characters left, they are only given a fleeting mention in this episode. Bobby's leaving was explained last season as was Lindsay's. However, Rebecca Washington is also said to have left as has Helen Gambel, without explanation.

    Allusions (1)

    • Randy: I just Halle Berried her. Adrien Brody was the youngest actor to ever win an Oscar when he took the prize for 2002's The Pianist. When he took the stage he unexpectedly dipped presenter Halle Berry and kissed her passionately.

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