The Practice

Season 2 Episode 13

The Civil Right

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 20, 1997 on ABC
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Jimmy is furious when his mother reveals her love for another woman. He feels obligated to represent her in court when she requests he argue her right to marry her lover. Bobby and Rebecca deal with a large crowd that is responding to Jimmy's grunt commercial. Meanwhile, Eugene refuses to defend a rapist after he runs into one of his client's victims in a clothing store.moreless

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  • Jimmy's world is thrown upside down when his mother reveals that she's gay & wants to marry her lover.Eugene battles with the ethics of his job following a confrontation with a rape victim.Bobby & Rebecca are overwhelmed with new clients.moreless

    9.0
    There are many awkward moments in this episode as Jimmy has to come to terms with his mother's revelation that she is gay & has been gay as long as she can remember,despite having been married for thirty years.



    The rights of same-sex couples is another of David E Kelley's issues that he elaborates on in most of his shows but in this episode the issue is dealt with through the eyes & emotions of James Berluti as he confronts his mother's 'coming out'.



    To The Practice's credit it is dealt with in a sensitive,although at times emotional,way as Jimmy & Lindsay go to court in an attempt to gain legal permission for Mary Beth Berluti and Michelle Sardo to marry.That Jimmy & Lindsay are unsuccesful is merely a distraction as we witness some gut-wrenching scenes involving Jimmy & his mother.



    The storyline involving Eugene is equally as compelling & it won't be the last time that Eugene wrestles with his conscience over the tactics he uses to have his clients acquitted.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)

Lois Smith

Lois Smith

Mary Beth Berluti

Guest Star

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

McGovern

Guest Star

Rose Gregorio

Rose Gregorio

Michelle Sardo

Guest Star

Charles Cooper

Charles Cooper

Judge Robert Boucher

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    • McGovern: May I clarify?
      Jimmy: No. I think you came off good and clarified, Mr. McGovern. And it's my turn now.

    • Jimmy: Just talk to legals. No speeches.
      Lindsay: Okay. Legally, she's your mother.

    • Eugene: Bobby, on the next one, I want off.
      Bobby: What do you mean, you want off?
      Eugene: I mean, I want off. One rape a week is my limit.

    • Judge Nelson: I see. Well, you've dropped a bomb on my desk. There's absolutely no chance of me ruling on this ex parte. I'm going to notify the attorney general's office so I can hear oral arguements from both sides.
      Jimmy: In wide open court?
      Judge Nelson: Yes, council, wide open court. That's the way I like to do it.

    • )A Baptist choir sings in Bobby's office)
      Martha: You hear them? Every note is dead on. We're good!
      Bobby: Very good, but...
      Martha: So, we have a case. They can't reject us just because we're Christian. It's against the law. First amendment!
      Bobby: It's a synagogue, Ms. Burl. They can reject you on Christianity.

    • at the wedding ceremony between his mom and another woman
      Jimmy: What do I call her? Do I have to call her mom? Dad?
      Mary Beth: Michelle will be fine. Are you ok?
      Jimmy: I'm fine. But I don't want to hear nothing about the honeymoon.

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