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.

Liberty Bells (2)

#1 - Liberty Bells (2)

Season 4 - Episode 20

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

star 9.00
30 votes
The Thin Line

#2 - The Thin Line

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.

star 8.92
26 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
The Verdict

#3 - The Verdict

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.

star 8.82
22 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
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Mr. Hinks Goes to Town

#4 - Mr. Hinks Goes to Town

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.

star 8.79
29 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
An Early Frost

#5 - An Early Frost

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

star 8.77
30 votes
Honor Code

#6 - Honor Code

Season 6 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.76
25 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
Suffer The Little Children

#7 - Suffer The Little Children

Season 6 - Episode 8

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.

star 8.75
24 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Hammerhead Sharks (2)

#8 - Hammerhead Sharks (2)

Season 4 - Episode 13

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

star 8.70
30 votes
Happily Ever After

#9 - Happily Ever After

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.

star 8.68
28 votes
Directors: Dwight Little
Life Sentence

#10 - Life Sentence

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.

star 8.61
31 votes
Silent Partners

#11 - Silent Partners

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

star 8.61
18 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)

#12 - Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)

Season 8 - Episode 15

Fireworks erupt at Dr. Stewart's trial when shocking testimony is elicited from the defendant's strong-willed mother, a conflicted priest and a crackpot.

star 8.60
20 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Vanished (1)

#13 - Vanished (1)

Season 6 - Episode 5

Bobby represents a couple, the Baldwins, who are haunted by the kidnapping of their son 18 years earlier. The Baldwins believe that a man named John Pierce, who is serving a prison sentence for molesting children, is the guilty culprit. At the time of the disappearance, Pierce was a suspect, but the police did not have enough evidence to charge him with the kidnapping. The Baldwins believe their son was murdered, and they just want to know the location of the body. They persuade Bobby to bring a civil lawsuit against John Pierce for the ""wrongful death"" of their son. They believe that under the threat of a lawsuit, which could jeopardize his parole, Pierce will tell them the location of their son's body. Bobby moves forward with the case, though on the witness stand, Pierce insists that he did not kidnap the boy. At the end of the episode, Bobby is approached by a young man who believes that he is the boy who was kidnapped years ago. Meanwhile, Jimmy still owes money to his bookie, Sid

star 8.58
26 votes
Small Sacrifices

#14 - Small Sacrifices

Season 7 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.56
16 votes
What Child is This?

#15 - What Child is This?

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.

star 8.56
27 votes
Directors: Steve Gomer
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Burden of Proof

#16 - Burden of Proof

Season 2 - Episode 17

The trial against Boston Electric begins, with Jimmy bringing both a weak case and doubts as to whether his star witness will be sober, into court.

star 8.55
29 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
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Till Death Do Us Part (1)

#17 - Till Death Do Us Part (1)

Season 4 - Episode 19

Ellenor pursues the Donovan case, hoping to forestall his execution. Meanwhile, Rebecca's case representing a woman with Alzheimer's trying to keep her marriage from being annulled becomes complicated when questions arise about the death of her client's first husband.

star 8.54
26 votes
Directors: Duane Clark
State of Mind

#18 - State of Mind

Season 3 - Episode 9

Bobby declines Helen's offer of manslaughter, instead forging ahead in the Evelyn Mayfield baby-shaking trial. Rebecca defends young Michael Baylor again, this time on sexual harassment charges. The firm debates whether Jimmy should represent them in the Silva trial. Lucy surprises Bobby with an impulsive kiss.

star 8.54
28 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Poor Richard's Almanac

#19 - Poor Richard's Almanac

Season 5 - Episode 21

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.

star 8.54
28 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc

#20 - Payback

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.

star 8.53
30 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
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Les Is More

#21 - Les Is More

Season 7 - Episode 19

A crazed fame-seeker takes CBS CEO Les Moonves hostage in a ploy for TV time to be negotiated by Jimmy, also a hostage.

star 8.52
21 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
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Loser's Keepers

#22 - Loser's Keepers

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.

star 8.52
31 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
The Candidate (2)

#23 - The Candidate (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2

A sensational homicide case rocks Boston in the series' two-hour, sixth-season opener. The defendant is a charismatic state senator, who's charged with killing the man purported to be his wife's lover. Pretrial drama centers on the accounts of two key witnesses: the politician's intransigent spouse and his reticent teenage daughter. Later, courtroom skirmishes are interwoven with the sometimes contentious strategizing of prosecutor Helen Gamble and her associate, Alan Lowe; and squabbling on the defense team, led by Ellenor

star 8.50
24 votes
Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
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The Deal

#24 - The Deal

Season 5 - Episode 9

Scott Wallace, William Hinks, and a high profile kidnapping case converge to make this one of the most explosive episode of The Practice thus far. First, Bobby is forced to choose between his responsibilities to his client and the life of a 7-year-old girl when his client knows the kidnapped girl's wherabouts but refuses to divulge her location unless he receives a cushy plea bargain. William Hinks, the acquitted serial killer, begins stalking Lindsay. Meanwhile, an increasingly agitated Scott Wallace is fired from his job and tries to convince his employer that he deserves to be rehired.

star 8.50
30 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
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Home of the Brave

#25 - Home of the Brave

Season 5 - Episode 19

Lindsay presses Richard Bay to explain a questionable arrest of her client, who is an illegal alien. She ultimately discovers that the police planted drugs on her client, in order to force him to testify in a murder trial. The client refuses to testify, as the murderer is his own brother, and allows himself to be deported to Colombia. Meanwhile, Lucy's actions as a rape counselor are called into question during a date rape trial.

star 8.48
29 votes
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