The Practice

The BEST episodes of The Practice

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

The Practice focused on the law firm of Robert Donnell and Associates (later becoming Donnell, Young, Dole, & Frutt, and ultimately Young, Frutt, & Berluti). Plots typically featured the firm's involvement in various high-profile criminal and civil cases that often mirror current events. Conflict between legal ethics and personal morality was a recurring theme. Some episodes contained light comedy. Kelley claimed that he conceived the show as something of a rebuttal to L.A. Law (for which he wrote) and its romanticized treatment of the American legal system and legal proceedings.

Last Updated: 9/18/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Honor Code
star
9.30
67 votes

#1 - Honor Code

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/2001

Bobby, Eugene and Jimmy work with an insurance company to settle the claim of a 10-year-old accident victim. But when the case presents a dilemma of moral and ethical proportions, the tension that's been brewing between Jimmy and Eugene finally boils over.

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
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The Verdict
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9.21
62 votes

#2 - The Verdict

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/19/2002

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
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Small Sacrifices
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9.19
59 votes

#3 - Small Sacrifices

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/17/2002

An accused molester's defense rattles Bobby, who's also unnerved by the reproach of a venerable priest; a case involving animal sacrifices embroils Ellenor.

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Suffer The Little Children
star
9.18
68 votes

#4 - Suffer The Little Children

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/25/2001

After promising the mother of a murdered teen that he'll find the drive-by shooter responsible, A.D.A. Lowe adopts a ""whatever it takes"" attitude towards the prosecution of the young gang member he thinks did it — who is defended by Ellenor. Meanwhile, Lindsay is moved to help a mentally retarded man find the daughter he lost touch with years ago as a result of being wrongfully incarcerated for over a decade.

Directors: Dennis Smith
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Capitol Crimes
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9.18
57 votes

#5 - Capitol Crimes

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/31/2003

The death penalty comes under scrutiny in a controversial hearing centering on a troubled teen and admitted killer, whose case parallels Bobby's reinvolvement with a former lover.

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The Thin Line
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9.17
69 votes

#6 - The Thin Line

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/4/2001

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
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Liberty Bells (2)
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9.17
104 votes

#7 - Liberty Bells (2)

Season 4 - Episode 20 - Aired 5/7/2000

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

Directors: Michael Schultz
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Life Sentence
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9.16
74 votes

#8 - Life Sentence

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/21/2000

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
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Pro Se
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9.16
63 votes

#9 - Pro Se

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 2/10/2002

Ellenor is ordered to appear as co-counsel for murderer Ray McMurphy, who insists on defending himself in his latest trial. The trial turns ugly for everyone involved, as McMurphy will do whatever it takes to keep himself from going back to prison. Meanwhile, the firm try to support Bobby as he comes out of hospital and he tries to come to terms with being victimised.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Poor Richard's Almanac
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9.13
69 votes

#10 - Poor Richard's Almanac

Season 5 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/6/2001

Richard Bay prosecutes a murderer being defended by Bobby. The killer warns Richard that if that jury returns with a guilty verdict, Richard should fear for his life.

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
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End Games
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9.13
71 votes

#11 - End Games

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/28/1999

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
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Police State
star
9.12
69 votes

#12 - Police State

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/11/2004

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
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An Early Frost
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9.11
72 votes

#13 - An Early Frost

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/7/2001

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

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Evil-Doers
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9.05
61 votes

#14 - Evil-Doers

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/12/2002

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
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Bad to Worse
star
9.02
60 votes

#15 - Bad to Worse

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/1/2002

Ellenor and Eugene defend a fiery yet frightened client named Cassie Ray, a murder suspect with a shadowy past. Moreover, Cassie's alibi witness has significant skeletons in her own closet. In a separate case, Lindsay reluctantly defends an airline that refuses to carry passengers of Arab descent.

Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
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Payback
star
9.01
74 votes

#16 - Payback

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/14/2001

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
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The Day After (1)
star
9.00
67 votes

#17 - The Day After (1)

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/11/2001

Unconscious and in critical need of blood, Rebecca's fate is left to a higher power when her mother refuses to allow a transfusion because of the family's religious beliefs. Bobby is awestruck when Lindsay gives birth to their son a month early. (Crossover event - Boston Public - 1x13 - Chapter Thirteen (2))

Directors: Alex Graves
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Loser's Keepers
star
9.00
106 votes

#18 - Loser's Keepers

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/10/1999

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
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The Case of Harland Bassett
star
9.00
73 votes

#19 - The Case of Harland Bassett

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/29/2001

Eugene and Jimmy agree to help the mistake-prone Harland Bassett (Ernie Sabella) in the case of a young girl who developed liver damage from an antibiotic. With the odds stacked against them, the trio take on a politically-tied, deep-pocketed drug manufacturer.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Awakenings
star
8.99
68 votes

#20 - Awakenings

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/18/2001

Ellenor's chosen ""sperm donor,"" Michael Hale (Ted McGinley), has second thoughts about the agreement over the rearing of her soon-to-be-born child. Meanwhile, Rebecca emerges from the I.C.U. and gets lost in the hospital. Additionally, Helen prepares to prosecute the rape of an eleven-year-old girl.

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Eyewitness
star
8.97
67 votes

#21 - Eyewitness

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/6/2002

A Reverend shares a secret with Jimmy and Lindsay that could drastically affect the ruling on their client, accused of murder, but only if he's willing to testify; and Ellenor's A.D.A. friend makes her an offer she must refuse, despite the consequences.

Directors: Duane Clark
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Goodbye (2)
star
8.97
61 votes

#22 - Goodbye (2)

Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/5/2003

Shocking twists in the trial of an accused wife-killer rattle Jimmy and Rebecca. Bobby's news to the firm devastates Eugene and has an impact on Lindsay.

Directors: Michael Zinberg
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Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes (2)
star
8.93
102 votes

#23 - Cloudy with a Chance of Membranes (2)

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 2/16/1998

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

Directors: Dennie Gordon
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Concealing Evidence
star
8.90
70 votes

#24 - Concealing Evidence

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/23/2003

Alan Shore uses questionable, if not illegal, tactics in representing his clients — Ted Grayson, a mentally unstable man accused of murder, and Karen Evanson, a woman who claims her husband's suicide was induced by a prescription drug.

Directors: Bill D'Elia
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Summary Judgments
star
8.90
78 votes

#25 - Summary Judgments

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/8/2000

Bobby doesn't want a client to testify to avoid introducing an incriminating videotape. Helen and Richard Bay may have coached a witness in the same trial. Ellenor and Lindsay represent a parent whose three children have all contracted learning disabilities.

Directors: Arvin Brown
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