The Practice

Season 3 Episode 6

One of Those Days

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 1998 on ABC

Episode Recap

Even though the entire practice thinks George Vogelman is guilty, Ellenor goes ahead with the trial. The fireworks start with the first witness, Ellen Gamble, when opposing counsel wants to have her ID the head of the victim. After a few more witnesses things aren't looking any better for George, and the firm discusses their options. Lindsay notices that the boyfriend and brother of the victim don't have alibis for the night of the murder, and even though they've both had background checks and are "choirboys" everyone agrees that the best way to proceed is to "plan B" them. (This is their strategy of trying to establish reasonable doubt by saying someone else could have done it, even when they know it's likely that isn't the truth.)

Ellenor proceeds with the intent to plan B the boyfriend on the witness stand, but is interrupted by Eugene who has just been told by Jimmy that phone records prove the boyfriend was on the phone with his mistress till 2am the night of the murder. Plan B is no longer an option for him, but the brother (Steve) is still fair game.

Initially the intent was to "gently" plan B him, but with the new developments Ellenor instructs Eugene to "go hard". Eugene goes for the throat, bringing up Steve's estranged relationship with his sister, his mounting debt and depression, and finishes by accusing him of her murder. Afterward, Eugene feels like a monster. Steve's father confronts him in the hallway and attacks him with his walker-cane, leaving a wound on Eugene's head that requires stitches.

George's testimony does not go well. Ellenor decides to recall Helen Gamble to the stand and alludes to a conversation they had about the case, basically saying that the D.A.'s office needed a conviction. And since it would give reasonable doubt if another suspect were introduced when George had the victim's head, they had to go after George whether they felt he was guilty or not. Helen is furious that what she said to Ellenor in confidence was used against her and vows that it's the last time their practice will screw her over.

Even though her colleagues are upset that Ellenor has compromised their relationship with Helen, her strategy works…George is found not guilty.