The Practice: Season 3

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 27
1998

Passing Go

Bobby is hit by a car while his mind is involved on other matters. Meanwhile, Ellenor becomes disillusioned with the law when she comes to the realization that underhanded beha…

2 Oct 04
1998

Reasons to Believe

Helen and Lindsay move in together. Rebecca tries her first case. Anderson Pearson calls on Lindsay to defend him when he’s arrested for the murder of a stalker.

3 Oct 11
1998

Body Count

Bobby and Lindsay lay the groundwork for the Pearson trial. George Vogelman, the podiatrist that answered Ellenor’s personal ad (episodes #5, #12), comes into the office…

4 Oct 18
1998

The Defenders

Anderson Pearson’s court date arrives. Ellenor harbors doubts as to her client, Vogelman’s innocence after a stash of pornographic videos are found in his home.

5 Oct 25
1998

The Battlefield

Lindsay makes an appeal in the Pearson case. Ellenor tries to find another viable suspect in the Vogelman case. Jimmy represents a cousin being sued by a former employee, fired…

6 Nov 08
1998

One of Those Days

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’ s…

7 Nov 15
1998

Trench Work

Bobby fears that Lindsay is too emotionally involved as she takes her last shot at saving Pearson. The firm is sued by Steve Robin, who claims the firm slandered him in the Vog…

8 Nov 29
1998

Swearing In

Rebecca is faced with an ethical dilemma in the days leading up to her swearing-in ceremony; turn in a client she suspects of being a serial killer or fulfill her legal obligat…

9 Dec 06
1998

State of Mind

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 se…

10 Dec 13
1998

Love and Honor

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.

11 Jan 03
1999

Split Decisions

Eugene defends a high school friend, Jerry Green, when Jerry is arrested after a high-ranking politician solicits him for sex. Helen is pressed to go after the politician, dest…

12 Jan 10
1999

A Day in the Life

Bobby and Eugene travel to a friend’s home to counsel him when his daughter’s newborn child is smothered. Bobby is forced into an ethical dilemma; his two options b…

13 Jan 17
1999

Judge and Jury

Judge Roberta Kittleson, presiding over a case Bobby’s working on, informs him that she’s had an erotic dream featuring him and proceeds to inquire whether he’…

14 Feb 07
1999

Of Human Bondage

Bobby takes over the defense of a teenage prostitute accused of murder when her previous attorney withdraws, claiming he represents her ‘john’ (who’s also her…

15 Feb 21
1999

Lawyers, Reporters and Cockroaches

Tensions boil over at the firm when Ellenor discovers Lindsay’s salary is more than double hers. Ellenor demands justice and tries to recruit partners to her side. It eve…

16 Feb 28
1999

End Games

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. Ellen…

17 Mar 07
1999

Target Practice

Jimmy represents a couple suing a gun manufacturer for indirectly causing their daughter’s death. Jimmy argues that the company targeted advertising at criminals and also…

18 Mar 14
1999

Crossfire

Eugene battles his ex-wife Sharon for custody of Kendall. Sharon claims Eugene’s profession and questionable tactics are sending the wrong message to their son. Helen pro…

19 Mar 28
1999

Closet Justice

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,…

20 Apr 18
1999

Home Invasions

Lucy is stunned to learn her landlord has planted video cameras in her apartment and is uploading sensitive videos featuring her onto the Internet. Judge Kittleson is outraged…

21 Apr 25
1999

Infected

Unusually heavy-handed script from Kelley tries to manipulate the viewer’s emotions. Helen brings felony murder charges against Gary Armbrust for lying to save his father…

22 May 02
1999

Do Unto Others

Eugene defends a rabbi accused of rape. The rabbi admits a pre-existing relationship with the woman and claims that when she tried to break off the relationship it was merely a…

23 May 09
1999

Happily Ever After

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 s…

About The Practice

David E. Kelley’s Emmy Award-winning legal drama, The Practice, had eight amazing seasons, with promising, provocative, issue-related stories, coupled with the writer’s trademark humor.

Set in Boston, The Practice centers on a firm of passionate attorneys to whom every case is important and every client worth a fight to the end. Legal maneuvering is the firm’s modus operandi, and they have it down to a science, making even the most questionable arguments convincing. And while they can’t – and don’t – win every trial, the pursuit of justice remains the priority until the final verdict is announced … and sometimes afterwards. Pursuing justice, however, often confronts them with serious ethical and moral issues of conscience.

The end of last season saw Bobby Donnell quitting the firm and leaving Eugene Young (Steve Harris) in charge. In the final season, we find Eugene not only tackling his new role as head of the firm, but also the new dynamic with co-workers Ellenor Frutt (Camryn Manheim), a single mom known for her fervent commitment to clients and for refusing to take “no” for an answer; Jimmy Berluti (Michael Badalucco), a hard-working “good guy” with a winning record and unparalleled loyalty to the firm; and a budding relationship with Jamie Stringer (Jessica Capshaw), a young associate recently out of law school.

In addition to returning cast members Manheim, Harris, Badalucco and Capshaw, in the final season, Kelley injected the series with intriguing new characters, including acclaimed film actor James Spader, who will play Alan Shore, a complicated and ethically challenged lawyer, and Rhona Mitra, who will play Tara Wilson, a confident paralegal in her third year of law school who is also the firm’s new tough-as-nails assistant.

The multiple Emmy Award-winning drama has also earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series, a Peabody Award, a Viewers for Quality Television Award, an American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award and, most recently, a coveted Humanitas Award.

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