The Practice

Season 2 Episode 15

Line of Duty

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jan 05, 1998 on ABC
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Bobby is arrested and tried for the deaths of three police officers, after he tips off a client, using information obtained during a sleepover at Helen's, that the police are planning to raid him. Jimmy has to defend himself when an opposing attorney claims he's unfit to practice law.moreless

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  • Bobby is arrested after a tip off to a client ends in tragedy & Jimmy has to talk pretty fast to defend himself,his firm & his clients as more fall-out ensues following his Jimmy the Grunt commercial.moreless

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    Yet another extraordinary episode in this exceptional season of The Practice with more stellar performances from the regulars & the guest cast.



    Norman Lloyd,Albert Hall,Dyan Cannon & Cliff De Young all deliver knock out performances which can be attributed to not only some brilliant acting but some equally brilliant writing.



    Dylan McDermott,Lara Flynn Boyle,Kelli Williams,Michael Badalucco & Steve Harris are all on song here,while Camryn Manheim's facial expressions & eyebrow movements,both in court & in the elevator, reveal that good acting isn't just about delivering lines but also about executing a subtlety that few actors are capable of.



    This episode's content doesn't need reviewing because it speaks for itself but the acting & writing need commending because of its sheer brilliance,however,the closing scene where Bobby & Helen watch television coverage of the police funerals in separate apartments is monumental in its poignancy.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)

Norman Lloyd

Norman Lloyd

DA Asher Silverman

Guest Star

Shashawnee Hall

Shashawnee Hall

Officer Horton

Guest Star

Dyan Cannon

Dyan Cannon

Judge Whipper Cone

Guest Star

Albert Hall

Albert Hall

Judge Seymore Walsh

Recurring Role

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Det. McKrew

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Bobby: (addressing the judge) My only defense here is legal. I'm a criminal defense attorney. I represent bad people. The adversary system is premised on the defense attorney doing whatever he can to get the guy off. It's drummed into us, we are bound by the limits of the law, but only the law. Morality. Right or wrong. Justice. If a criminal lawyer starts asking himself "What's the just result here" "How should we get to there", he's lost. It's not a noble excuse. But a legal one.

    • Judge Walsh: (To Jimmy) One of the problems with the proliferation of law schools, night schools, part time schools, salons, come-get-a-shampoo, earn-a-law-degree-while-you-wait-for-your hair-to-dry, we over flood the market with attorneys. Who, because of the competition have to go out and create litigation just so they can scratch a living. I hate it. And you're a poster boy for the problem.

    • Silverman: So, the defendant knew about the raid.
      Helen: I'd answer, but the defense is about to object.

    • Bobby: Lindsay, I agree at some point maybe we should tell her. But could you please allow me to put a little distance between me and these multiple murder charges before we do that?

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