The Practice

Season 7 Episode 6

The Telltale Nation

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 2002 on ABC
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A sexual-abuse case involving victims of a former priest embroils Eugene; a nuisance suit filed by ex-lovers escalates into violence that rattles an already shaky Lindsay.

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  • 3 plots that intertwine and show that it is easier to demand that others do the right thing no matter what the cost, quite another to do it yourself. (This review was put in the wrong episode earlier.)moreless

    9.1
    A man sues an old friend for not warning him about a priest's counselling (molestation)when BOTH were children. Despite "Law 101" (per Bobby) that one victim cannot be held responsible for the crime done to another victim, the Law firm takes the case and makes a statement on the "duty" of people to speak up and not allow wrongs to continue.



    This leads Bobby to question the Catholic Church's minority bad priests and the entire institution's tolerance of bad clergy; especially after both Eugene and Lindsey admit to their Catholic bigotry.



    In the third plot, a simple domestic spat turns out to involve a serial killer who has relationship with men with records of violence and shoots them. (She claims that the men tried to kill her with a knife and she shot in self-defense--the jr. lawyer turns up some information via the internet that the woman has done it at least 4 times previously).



    The man in the first plot gets a 1.5 MILLION dollar judgment...and Bobby decides to leave the church.



    Only the man then gets hit with his own suit by someone who blames HIM for not warning him about that same priest...and Bobby tells his junior lawyer NOT to confront the serial killer or tell anyone about their client or she (the lawyer) may lose her license. (You know, something about putting THEIR client before doing the right thing like saving the next guy on the serial killer's list).



    A beautiful twist of how lawyers are not held to the same standard of perfection.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)

Tim Quill

Tim Quill

Arvin Grayson

Guest Star

Ray Proscia

Ray Proscia

Walter Beck

Guest Star

Suzanne Krull

Suzanne Krull

Louise Farcher

Guest Star

Bill Smitrovich

Bill Smitrovich

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

Recurring Role

Robert Prosky

Robert Prosky

Father Patrick

Recurring Role

Arye Gross

Arye Gross

Attorney Joan Frankel

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • (At a murder scene standing over the victim)
      Jamie: That's um, Lindsay's client. So Louise...?
      Helen: In her bedroom.
      Jamie: I'd better go...(she vomits)
      Bobby: I'll go in.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Arye Gross who played Attorney Joan Frankel in this episode previously guest starred as Rabbi Daniel Warner in the episodes "Trial and Error," "Part IV," "Part V," and "Part VI."

    • The first line of this episode was cut in the first repeat on ABC June 22nd. Originally, the episode opened with Ellenor saying "We're certainly prepared to go to trial. Don't misunderstand." On the repeat, the line was cut and the episode opened with Arvin Grayson saying "You just don't think you can win?" It seems strange for an unsyndicated version to cut a line that actually makes the start a little more confusing when omitted.

    • Bill Smitrovich (Kenneth Walsh) does not appear in this episode nor is he credited.

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