The Practice

Season 8 Episode 22

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

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 16, 2004 on ABC
8.0
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Cheers (a.k.a Adjourned: Series Finale)
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How it all ends for the cast: The firm closes, Eugene becomes a Judge, Jimmy and Jaime become neighbourhood lawyers with their own firm, Ellanor takes a hiatus from practicing law to raise her daughter, Alan Shore hooks up with Sally and continues working for Denny Crane. The final shot is of old music playing as the camera moves through the firm's offices which are packed up and all the lights are still on. Bobby Donell is sitting at his old desk crying. Despite all he had said he was the only person not to move on.moreless

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  • Those who enjoyed the show may want to know . . . .

    8.5
    The Practice, Boston Legal, Lie to Me, and Dark Blue



    Those who enjoyed The Practice may want to know that, though ended, some of it morphed into the highly popular, socio-comic Boston Legal with . . . guess who . . . . James Spader and William Shatner.



    I was also glad to see Kelli Williams, Lindsay Dole on The Practice, is now Gillian Foster on the new Lie to Me. She's always struck me as a highly capable dramatic actress, probably underused as a leading lady in both film and television. Glad to see her in this new role!



    As to Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott), you can see him, according to Wikio, now "on TV as Lieutenant Carter Shaw, head of a team of undercover cops, on Jerry Bruckheimer's new TNT show, Dark Blue."moreless
  • This is what happens when a show lasts past its prime.

    4.0
    This wasn't the last season of The Practice, it was the zeroth season of Boston Legal. The original characters deserved a better conclusion to their stories, but instead DEK took this dying show and let James Spader suck the life out of it like a vampire to create his next big hit (so to speak).



    So Ellenor becomes a stay-home mom, Eugene a judge, Jimmy and Jamie start their own firm with some mobster and Tara and Alan go off to Crane, Poole and Schmidt. Oh and Bobby cries.



    What a waste of potential. It would have been great to have Bobby and Alan interact at least a bit, at least for the symbolism that scene would have carried.moreless
  • Disappointing

    4.5
    I loved The Practice; however, the finale was a disappointing episode to a disappointing season. Most of the season was written for Alan Shore, and didn't give much attention to the few that stayed behind. The last half of the season was more of a first season for Boston Public than it was a final season for The Practice. I was hoping that the finale would give some more attention back to Jimmy, Elenor and Eugene. While there was closure, half of the episode was setting up the spinoff. It was not necessary. They had all of the next year to launch the new series. They should have focused on the cast that was there from the beginning.

    I did not feel much closure for Elenor. I respect her decision to focus more of her life to her daughter; however, I don't think that was enough justice to her character. Elenor was an activist. She can spend plenty of time with her daughter, but find some kind of cause to help fight on the side.

    The goodbyes were weak. It was a far cry from the classic send offs that we saw in M*A*S*H and Mary Tyler Moore. They worked side by side, night after night for eight years. They won some glorious battles in court, and went through a lot with each other. You would think there would have been more emotion displayed. Perhaps if they weren't focusing on B.P. so much, they would have had more time for goodbyes. Let's not forget that the goodbyes should be to their audience as well.moreless
Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Tara Wilson (season 8)

Michael Badalucco

Michael Badalucco

Jimmy Berluti (episodes 4-168, recurring previously)

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Eugene Young

Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim

Ellenor Frutt

Jessica Capshaw

Jessica Capshaw

Jamie Stringer (seasons 7-8)

James Spader

James Spader

Alan Shore (season 8)

Lake Bell

Lake Bell

Sally

Guest Star

Vincent Pastore

Vincent Pastore

Lenny Pescatore

Guest Star

Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott

Bobby Donnell

Guest Star

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

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

Recurring Role

Vince Colosimo

Vince Colosimo

Matthew Billings

Recurring Role

William Shatner

William Shatner

Denny Crane

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Bobby Donnell fails to show up for the final toast among Jimmy, Eleanor, Eugene and Jamie. Rebecca is tied up with a complex Probate matter and Lindsay Dole is mentioned only in passing (but was not invited to attend the farewell gathering...no doubt as the result of Eleanor's animosity towards her). Where was Lucy?

      All in all, a bittersweet episode, with promising plot complications involving Alan Shore and the ditsy young lawyer, Sally (Lake Bell). Tara would be much better for Alan (and he knows it), but like the proverbial moth drawn to the flame, he finds Sally much more interesting (possibly because she represents a much greater danger and potential for self-destruction).

      Stay tuned!

    • Music at the end of this episode: "Hello Brother" by Louis Armstrong

    • How did Bobby get into the office for the last scene? All the locks were changed and re-changed after Alan Shore was fired.

  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (3)

    • When this episode originally aired, they showed commercials for its upcoming spin-off series which would eventually be titled Boston Legal but in these ads it said the title would be Fleet Street.

    • Susan Alexander ADA as played by Kate Burton, who by the way is the daughter of Richard Burton, is the only character besides the main ones that played in the very first The Practice episode and the very last one. In the first show she was going up against Bobby Donnell and in the last show she was against Denny Crane.

    • Boston Legal is the spinoff of The Practice that continues the law practice of Alan Shore, this time in a high public film also in Boston.

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