The Practice

Season 5 Episode 18

The Confession

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Apr 01, 2001 on ABC
9.3
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The Confession
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Helen Gamble uses trickery to coerce a confession from an alleged carjacker represented by Jimmy Berluti. While Gamble feels that her means were legal and necessary to get a dangerous man off the streets, Berluti and Eugene disagree and ask a federal judge to rule the confession inadmissible, a decision that would set the carjacker free.moreless

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  • A friend of Jimmy Berluti asks him to represent her drug-addicted brother in a carjacking-gone-wrong that resulted in a death.

    8.6
    Maybe it's just me, but I prefer this kind of episode precisely because it goes easy on the personal drama (no one has a baby or wakes from a coma for a WHOLE HOUR!) and focuses on the lawyerly issues.



    In this episode, Helen Gamble arrives on the scene of a carjacking that went horribly wrong and resulted in the death of the victim, with the victim's child witnessing the whole event from the back seat of the car. (Helen apparently doesn't have much of a life, and spends her time trolling for potential cases on the police scanner.) The scene affects her strongly, and she goes after the suspect, Eddie Larson (who happens to be quite gullible and stupid), with some extra zeal. She lies to him in interrogation, threatening him with the death penalty (non-existent in Massachusettes) and lies to Jimmy and denies him access when he arrives to defend his client. Using these tactics, she does get Eddie to confess. A heated, and at times personal, battle ensues in which the defense attempts to get the confession thrown out. Meanwhile, we catch glimpses into the feelings of everyone involved in the case, directly and peripherally. Eddie's sister, Karen, has to reconcile her own sense of justice and her love for her non-violent, if stupid, brother. The victim's husband has to care for his son while grieving, and also try to make sure that justice is served and his wife's killer is punished. Helen feels conflicted about her unethical behavior, especially when it jeapordizes the case. All of these elements were downplayed nicely in this episode, I thought, rather than being rammed down our throats. All in all, I think this is a great episode: a compelling legal storyline with emotional conflict mixed in subtly and perfectly.moreless
Rhona Mitra

Rhona Mitra

Tara Wilson (season 8)

Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston

A.D.A. Alan Lowe (episodes 102-115)

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

Jeff Cahill

Jeff Cahill

Eddie Larson

Guest Star

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Fed. Prosecutor Sanders

Guest Star

John Aylward

John Aylward

Judge Kendall Marcott

Guest Star

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

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

Recurring Role

Holland Taylor

Holland Taylor

Judge Roberta Kittleson

Recurring Role

James Pickens Jr.

James Pickens Jr.

Det. McKrew

Recurring Role

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