The Practice

Season 8 Episode 7

Rape Shield

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2003 on ABC
7.6
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Rape Shield
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A rape case rattles Jimmy, ill-prepared to defend a client who maintains his innocence despite overwhelming evidence against him. Also, ethics violations catch up to Shore, who has a showdown with Eugene.

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  • An unsatisfying ending ends up making for a very powerful episode!

    10
    Ok so as a huge fan of Boston Legal I'm finally getting around to watching The Practice - starting with season 8 cause well, I'm an even bigger fan of the character Alan Shore. The main storyline of this ep wasn't about Alan though - it was Jimmy being incompetent and assuming an innocent man guilty. David Kelly wrote this ep and did a fantastic job showing how the rape shield law can be misused. I think the verdict was appropriate and will hopefully lead to more later in the season - but this episode ends on quite a sad note - something tv shows these days are too timid to try. I've got to hand it to David E. Kelly - what a writer. Was great to see the excellent Bruce Weitz (Belker from Hill Street Blues - check it out kids) was also excellent as the DA. 10/10 for me on this one. Can't wait to see what happens next.moreless
  • Jimmy should have been disbarred. Many times.

    9.0
    What I loved about this episode is that it perfectly illustrates why a lawyer should always defend his client as if he were innocent. Jimmy obviously assumed the guy did it so he didn't even bother providing him with a decent defense.



    People always complain about how lawyers represent the scum of the Earth but one day we could be wrongfully accused of a crime. Would we want one of those lawyers with a conscience who just takes the police's words and throws the case or a shark?



    Also, I don't know about this rape shield thingy. If you're making an accusation, your character is an issue.



    8 years and Jimmy is still an incompetent hack...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)

Lisa Edelstein

Lisa Edelstein

Diane Ward

Guest Star

Tom Kemp

Tom Kemp

Samuel Palmer

Guest Star

Laz Alonso

Laz Alonso

Derrick Mills

Guest Star

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

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

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Holland Taylor

Holland Taylor

Judge Roberta Kittleson

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