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The Practice

Season 2 Episode 5

First Degree (1)

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 1997 on ABC
8.6
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Ellenor and Lindsay face disbarment proceedings for their unethical conduct. Bobby defends a man accused of murdering his lover's husband. Eugene represents a police officer applying for disability, claiming the job made him a racist. Jimmy shares a secret with Lindsay.

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  • Bobby uses a tactic in court which will become known as Plan B,Jimmy & Eugene defend a former police officer who claims the job has made him a racist & Eleanor & Lindsay deal with their impending disbarment.moreless

    9.0
    I've just started watching The Practice again as it's being re-run in its entirety on pay tv here in Australia.I thought it was pretty good first time around so it's been great to re-live some of this fine programmes' better moments some years down the track.



    There is a telling conversation late in this episode between Bobby & Judge Zoe Hiller that sums up very well most peoples' perceptions of Bobby Donnell & his firm.Memorise it as you will nod in agreement more often than not as The Practice continues its run.



    As The Practice unfolds there is a rather unscrupulous tactic employed by Bobby Donnell & Associates that will become loathed by their opponents & some viewers.Known as Plan B,this tactic is introduced in this episode & will be used on subsequent occasions & will always result in fireworks.The tactic is yet unnamed but the fallout continues in the next episode so stay tuned.



    On the whole this is a quality episode save for the rather silly subplot involving an erotic dream Jimmy has involving Lindsay.One of David E Kelley's signatures is the prevailing sexual tension that exists in the workplace.You have been warned!moreless
Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott

Bobby Donnell (seasons 1-7, recurring afterwards)

Michael Badalucco

Michael Badalucco

Jimmy Berluti (episodes 4-168, recurring previously)

Lisa Gay Hamilton

Lisa Gay Hamilton

Rebecca Washington (seasons 1-7)

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Eugene Young

Camryn Manheim

Camryn Manheim

Ellenor Frutt

Kelli Williams

Kelli Williams

Lindsay Dole (seasons 1-7)

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Andrea Wexler

Guest Star

William Atherton

William Atherton

DA Pratt

Guest Star

John Aylward

John Aylward

Judge in Rydell Hearing

Guest Star

Linda Hunt

Linda Hunt

Judge Hiller

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Lindsay Dole can be seen wincing repeatedly while walking, due to the tight fit of her high heels. During production, they lost the original shoes and had to replace them quickly with a pair that was a size tight.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Judge Hiller: (to Bobby) Things don't happen in a vacuum, Bobby. I mean, maybe you have some inner compass that gives you clear directions, I don't really know. But if others try to take direction from you, I have no doubt but they'll be lost.

    • Judge Hiller: Your associates talked to a juror. They were wrong. Judge Stevens was right.
      Bobby: Technically.
      Hiller: That's the way we do things here, Bobby. Technically.

    • Mary Jane: The picture's already been painted, Mr. Donnell. Do you read the papers?
      Bobby: Mary Jane, the newspapers have done nothing to prepare you for what you're in for once you get in that witness chair.

    • Pratt: That's argumentative and badgering.
      Bobby: This is a cross examination. I would submit the doctor is being argumentative.
      Judge Hillier: Let's just have a nice, civil murder trial, shall we?

    • Mr. Forsythe: Don't you think if we were going to do something like this we would have made sure we had an alibi?
      Pratt: Well, that's a good thought, Mr. Forsythe. Did you think of that before or after you killed him?

    • Eugene: Whoa, what's going on here, Mr. Rydell? Is there a problem with my being...bald?
      John: You're black.
      Eugene: (mock surprise) Oh.

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