The Best Episodes of The Practice

Mr. Hinks Goes to Town

#1 - Mr. Hinks Goes to Town 9.33

Season 5 - Episode 8

Lindsay defends a psychiatric patient who claims to be a serial killer. His psychiatrist claims he's only a disturbed individual looking for a little notoriety.

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Liberty Bells (2)

#2 - Liberty Bells (2) 9.24

Season 4 - Episode 20

Ellenor continues the Donovan case, following up on the various leads to exonerate her client.

Directors: Michael Schultz
The Verdict

#3 - The Verdict 9.08

Season 6 - Episode 23

Lindsay stands trial for shooting Lawrence O'Malley, who became obsessed with her after her firm defended him in his murder trial.

Directors: Dennis Smith
Happily Ever After

#4 - Happily Ever After 9.00

Season 3 - Episode 23

Lindsay is stabbed by an unknown assailant wearing a nun's outfit during a late night at the office. Lindsay manages to utter the word 'nun' to Bobby before she passes out. Based on the information, Helen drags nuns into the courthouse for interrogation, reasoning that a nun upset over Michael (the nun killer) Kingston's acquittal may have committed the crime. Jimmy finds a photo of Lindsay with her image defaced in Judge Kittleson's office, bring a fleet of police to her home. Other suspects include Kingston himself and Joey Heric.

Directors: Dwight Little
The Thin Line

#5 - The Thin Line 9.00

Season 5 - Episode 13

Tensions at the firm are at an all-time high when Bobby is tried for the murder of William Hinks. Bobby is acquitted, though there is little to celebrate when a mysterious cassette recorder is sent to the office. Lucy and Rebecca hear Hinks' voice on the recorder, just before it triggers an explosion.

Directors: Dennis Smith
Love and Honor

#6 - Love and Honor 8.93

Season 3 - Episode 10

Jimmy takes on Tommy Silva as he battles for the firm's future. He's forced to make unpopular decisions when both Ellenor and Eugene are ineffective witnesses.

Directors: Arvin Brown
Equal Justice

#7 - Equal Justice 8.91

Season 8 - Episode 10

Alan Shore uses unorthodox tactics when he's appointed by the court to defend a young man accused of murder. Meanwhile, Tara must try her first case when she's thrown into covering Shore's previously scheduled client.

Directors: Andy Wolk
Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes (2)

#8 - Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes (2) 8.88

Season 2 - Episode 20

The saga of Dr. Jeffery Winslow continues. Bobby uses every trick in the book to keep Dr. Winslow out of jail.

Directors: Dennie Gordon
Life Sentence

#9 - Life Sentence 8.88

Season 4 - Episode 22

Ellenor defends a deaf woman who shot and killed the man who allegedly murdered her young daughter. The client's crime is captured on video in front of dozens of witnesses, leaving no doubt as to who committed the act. The only to way to exonerate the client is to manipulate the jury's heartstrings. Meanwhile Lindsay learns that Bobby hates weddings and decides to spring a surprise elopement.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
Loser's Keepers

#10 - Loser's Keepers 8.87

Season 4 - Episode 3

Tensions flare when the 'male nun' starts infiltrating the office. Ellenor buys a gun for protection. Rebecca suspects that a wealthy man has bought a client's guilty plea.

Directors: Dennis Smith
Pre-Trial Blues (2)

#11 - Pre-Trial Blues (2) 8.85

Season 8 - Episode 14

An ongoing, sensational murder case besets Shore with pre-trial anxieties centering on jury selection; a hostile judge; a priest's confession; and suspicions of malpractice that involve a manipulative witness for the prosecution.

Directors: Christina Musrey

#12 - Evil-Doers 8.83

Season 6 - Episode 21

An accused rapist and his identical twin muddy a trial; the Hannibal Lecter copycat continues to terrify Lindsay during a commitment hearing.

Directors: Andy Wolk

#13 - Settling 8.82

Season 4 - Episode 16

Bobby is kidnapped by an irate former client who claims Bobby's incompetence in a manslaughter trial forced him to spend 12 years in prison.

Directors: Arvin Brown

#14 - Payback 8.81

Season 5 - Episode 12

Bobby is arrested for conspiring to murder serial killer William Hinks. The entire firm, with Eugene at the helm, must now rally to defend him. Meanwhile, Rebecca discovers foul play in the wrongful death suit of a friend's husband.

Directors: Andy Wolk
An Early Frost

#15 - An Early Frost 8.80

Season 5 - Episode 11

After Scott Wallace kills his friend, Jimmy becomes a witness for the prosecution. Bobby, meanwhile, is still defending Wallace. Lindsay is convinced that serial killer William Hinks has claimed another victim, and fears for her own life. To protect her, Bobby takes matters into his own hands

Directors: Christina M. Musrey
What Child is This?

#16 - What Child is This? 8.80

Season 5 - Episode 17

Bobby and Jimmy employ the firm's notorious ""Plan B"" strategy in a last-ditch effort to save a client accused of raping and murdering his teen-aged stepdaughter. Bobby makes a case that the client's wife is actually the murderer, and the accused client is declared not guilty. Meanwhile, Ellenor goes into labor with only a panicky Helen Gamble there to assist her.

Directors: Steve Gomer
Police State

#17 - Police State 8.73

Season 8 - Episode 11

When the police torture a man they believe shot one of their own, Eugene, barely able to contain his emotion, takes the lead in seeking justice.

Directors: Andy Wolk
End Games

#18 - End Games 8.73

Season 3 - Episode 16

The office is thrown into turmoil when Ellenor's client Leonard Sowers rushes through the door with policemen giving chase and throws a bag of heroin onto her desk. Ellenor is arrested for possession of the heroin. A proximity search of her desk turns up a bloodied knife which turns out to be the weapon used to murder Susan Robins. The firm is dealt a surprise when Dickie Flood charges Ellenor with first degree murder. Lindsay & Ellenor bury the hatchet when Lindsay takes over her defense. The police, hoping to make another case for the murder, arrest George Vogelman for concealing a murder weapon and perjury. Meanwhile, Bobby defends Judge Kittleson when she's sued by a former clerk claiming sexual harassment. Jimmy is mesmerized by Judge Kittleson's frank sexual discussion.

Directors: Keith Samples
Closet Justice

#19 - Closet Justice 8.73

Season 3 - Episode 19

Judge Hiller assigns Lindsay the repugnant task of defending nun-killer Michael Kingston. Lindsay discovers that the police search that found the body was unconstitutional and, against all her morals, moves that Kingston be released. Helen delivers an impassioned argument, stating that the constitution was designed to protect the innocent, a category that doesn't include Kingston. In the end, Judge Hiller has no choice but to strike the body from evidence and dismiss the charges. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Rebecca defend a man on solicitation charges, claiming that the undercover officer aroused the man, then announced she was a prostitute. Jimmy and Judge Kittleson arrange a private meeting.

Directors: Alex Graves
One of Those Days

#20 - One of Those Days 8.72

Season 3 - Episode 6

Tensions flare at the firm when Ellenor takes a questionable tactic in the Vogelman trial. With the odds stacked against them, Ellenor and Eugene adopt a 'Plan B' strategy, which essentially involves accusing the victim's family and friends of the murder.

Directors: Dwight Little
The Case Against Alan Shore (3)

#21 - The Case Against Alan Shore (3) 8.71

Season 8 - Episode 18

Eugene and his firm stand against Alan Shore and his ""new"" firm. The entire episode revolves around Eugene, Ellenor, and Jimmy testifing that Alan doesn't deserve the amount of money Alan proposed. Can Ellenor really testify against her friend? How will Alan go against his old firm?

Directors: Bill D'Elia
The Good Fight

#22 - The Good Fight 8.70

Season 7 - Episode 9

A cop-killing case rattles Bobby, whose anemic defense of an unsavory client leads Helen to suspect that he's "tanking the trial"; a drug bust raises search-and-seizure issues.

Directors: Dwight Little
Silent Partners

#23 - Silent Partners 8.70

Season 7 - Episode 10

Bobby has been benched due to his erratic behavior, so Eugene must take his place as lead counsel in a controversial murder case. Meanwhile Lindsay defends a killer, against her own better judgement, and Jamie is placed in a compromising situation involving a judge

Directors: Dennis Smith
Hammerhead Sharks (2)

#24 - Hammerhead Sharks (2) 8.70

Season 4 - Episode 13

Dennis Mills maintains his innocence. The firm continues the trial, striving against all odds to exonerate Mills.

Directors: Dwight Little, Dennis Smith
The Return of Joey Heric

#25 - The Return of Joey Heric 8.69

Season 6 - Episode 19

John Larroquette reprises his Emmy-winning role as the enigmatic and disturbed Joey Heric, who was acquitted---twice---of murdering two of his gay lovers, killings he actually committed.

Directors: Dwight Little