The BEST episodes of Out of Practice

Every episode of Out of Practice ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Out of Practice!

Out of Practice was a half-hour sitcom, about a family of physicians who share the same profession but have little else in common. Ben Barnes is the youngest of the family and a marriage counselor; he is the only one in the family to be a non-physician.

Last Updated: 1/10/2023Network:CBS
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Key Ingredients
star
9.67
33 votes

#1 - Key Ingredients

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/7/2005

Lydia and Regina are forced into a cooking class together and Lydia gets friendly with the Chef. Crystal misunderstands a simple gesture by Stewart so he asks Ben and Oliver for advice.

Directors: Mark Cendrowski
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Thanks
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8.25
4 votes

#2 - Thanks

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/21/2005

As Ben, Regina and Oliver gather at Lydia's for Thanksgiving, they recall all their disastrous past Thanksgivings which include the year they found out about Regina's sexuality and the year they found out their parents were breaking up.

Directors: Mark Cendrowski
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...and I'll Cry If I Want to
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8.17
6 votes

#3 - ...and I'll Cry If I Want to

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/3/2005

The whole hospital finds out about Stewart and Crystal's relationship, much to Lydia's dismay. So to prove to them she is moving on with her life, she throws a party. However, things don't turn out quite like she planned them.

Directors: Sheldon Epps
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If These Floors Could Talk
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8.00
5 votes

#4 - If These Floors Could Talk

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 12/1/2009

Stuart has the brilliant idea to put Lydia and Crystal in the same place in the hopes that they'll bond, but it backfires on him because they ended up sharing horror stories about Stuart instead. Meanwhile, Lydia's planning to have her living room floor redone, but unbeknown to her, Ben and Oliver had stashed a hidden treasure underneath her floorboards since childhood - a treasure which Lydia had accused Regina of stealing for 25 years.

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Pilot
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7.86
7 votes

#5 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/19/2005

Ben, who is a couples counselor, learns that his wife may be leaving him. This news comes to him at his own 30th birthday party with all his family present, including his father's new girlfriend.

Directors: Kelsey Grammer
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Guilt Trip
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7.84
32 votes

#6 - Guilt Trip

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/28/2005

Lydia becomes jealous when the kids befriend Crystal, then makes them go with her to visit their former housekeeper.

Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writer: David Litt
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The Wedding
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7.75
4 votes

#7 - The Wedding

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/14/2005

As the family attends the wedding of one of Oliver's old girlfriends, Lydia frets over feeling awkward at the ceremony since she is now divorced. Meanwhile, Oliver wants to show up the bride by bringing a hot date to the ceremony, but his companions keep leaving him.

Directors: Sheldon Epps
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Doctors without Bidders
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7.75
4 votes

#8 - Doctors without Bidders

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 12/1/2009

Lydia is arranging a bachelor auction and Benjamin feels left out when his mother doesn't ask him to be in it. Oliver helps Lydia to set Regina up with a doctor she has interviewed, but they know it won't work if Lydia shows signs of support.

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Yours, Mine or His?
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7.50
4 votes

#9 - Yours, Mine or His?

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/9/2006

The whole family gets stuck together in a snowy mountain cabin and the guys find a pregnancy test, but they don't know if it belongs to Crystal or Olivers new girlfriend.

Directors: Gail Mancuso
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Losing Patients
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7.50
4 votes

#10 - Losing Patients

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 12/1/2009

Oliver and Ben fight over losing patients to one another's practice, while Lydia and Stuart start panicking when they realize they're about to be audited by the IRS.

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The Heartbreak Kid
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7.40
5 votes

#11 - The Heartbreak Kid

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/24/2005

Ben becomes tired of always having to be Lydia's date. To make her confront her fear of dating after the divorce, he tries to set her up with a widowed doctor from the hospital who seems to like her.

Directors: Scott Ellis
Writer: D.J. Nash
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New Year's Eve
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7.25
4 votes

#12 - New Year's Eve

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/19/2005

Ben, Oliver and Regina throw a wild New Year's Eve party so they can meet hot dates, but their plans are quickly thwarted by the arrival of their parents. Lydia has invited a handsome man she met at the hospital to the party and has no idea that he is Crystal's father.

Writer: Joe Keenan
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Do and Do
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7.25
4 votes

#13 - Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and Do and Do

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 12/1/2009

Stewart accidentally suffered a hernia and has to go to the hospital for a surgery. While he's waiting to be prepped, the other Barnes family members are suffering relationship problems all around him. As Stewart wonders if the distractions his doctor and his anesthesiologist are having might cause his untimely death during surgery, the rest of the Barnes are wondering if they're cursed to be alone forever.

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Restaurant Row
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7.25
4 votes

#14 - Restaurant Row

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 12/1/2009

While being on the funeral of an uncle Oliver and Ben meet a girl they both were in love with when they were kids. When she calls the next day and leaves a message to meet on a date, no one knows who she meant and both are convinced to be the one she asked for. While Lydia and Steward are arguing about what their inheritance might be.

Doctor of the Year
star
7.25
4 votes

#15 - Doctor of the Year

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 12/1/2009

Stewart ends up being named one of the city's top doctors by a Manhattan magazine. However, he is less than thrilled when his old rival shows up at his celebration party with none other than Lydia.

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You Win Some, You Use Some
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7.25
4 votes

#16 - You Win Some, You Use Some

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/1/2009

Oliver, Regina and Lydia all decide to use family member for their own personal gain. Meanwhile, Stewart tries to find a way to get Ben to take his lazy housekeeper.

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We Wanna Hold Your Hand
star
7.14
7 votes

#17 - We Wanna Hold Your Hand

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/26/2005

Ben is thinking about flying out to Oregon to meet with Naomi about saving his marriage. However, his family is dead set against it, especially Lydia.

Directors: James Widdoes
Writer: Joe Keenan
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Brothers Grim
star
7.00
6 votes

#18 - Brothers Grim

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/17/2005

Oliver buys a huge luxury apartment and breaks a patient's confidentiality agreement by telling his family about who she is. Now his dream home may soon be lost when the famous actress reveals to the world he was the doctor who did plastic surgery on her and he may be forced to move in with Ben.

Directors: James Widdoes
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Model Behavior
star
7.00
4 votes

#19 - Model Behavior

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 3/22/2006

Stewart and Lydia pretend to still be married to one another while his former receptionist visits. Oliver wants to stop dating a woman whom he finds annoying, but feels horrible because she happens to be friends with Ben.

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Hot Water
star
7.00
4 votes

#20 - Hot Water

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 3/29/2006

Stewart ends up in the ER with a backache on of all days, Valentine's Day. Ben somehow gets locked in Crystal's bathroom while she is taking a bath and Oliver tries his best to get out of a Valentine's dinner with his mother.

Directors: Joe Regalbuto
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The Lady Doth Protest Too Much
star
7.00
3 votes

#21 - The Lady Doth Protest Too Much

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 12/1/2009

While Stewart tries to hook Ben up with the new neighbor, he is far too busy keeping it a secret that his ex-wife Naomi has returned and possibly wants to re-kindle the relationship.

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The Truth About Nerds and Dogs
star
6.83
6 votes

#22 - The Truth About Nerds and Dogs

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/10/2005

Regina and Oliver begin fretting over Ben's new obsession with comic books and his new slacker friends. So the two come up with a plan to end the situtation by setting Ben up on blind dates. Elsewhere, Lydia is convinced that her dog likes Stewart more than her and is none to happy.

Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writer: Bob Daily
Watch Now:Amazon

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