The Practice: Season 4

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 26
1999

Free Dental

Bobby and Jimmy defend a dentist accused of murdering a frequent patient… but eventually discover he’s hiding a sordid secret. Ellenor dines with George Vogelman.

2 Oct 03
1999

Boston Confidential

Bobby gets a murderer off on a technicality when the arresting officer illegally searches the car and finds a corpse. Jimmy goes against Henry Olson’s wishes and confront…

3 Oct 10
1999

Loser's Keepers

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’…

4 Oct 17
1999

Legacy (1)

Bobby’s old mentor, Raymond Oz, calls on Bobby to represent him when his wife tries to have him declared incompetent. Bobby has reservations after observing Oz in a clear…

5 Oct 24
1999

Oz (2)

Bobby acts as Raymond Oz’s co-counsel while Oz persists in forging ahead with a self-defense strategy.

6 Nov 07
1999

Marooned

Rebecca defends a girl accused of killing her mother. The girl claims she suffers from flashbacks involving child molestation. Lindsay and Bobby argue over wedding dresses.

7 Nov 14
1999

Victimless Crimes

Jimmy defends a remorseless rape victim who murdered her attacker. Lucy is bitten by her dentist while under anesthesia.

8 Nov 21
1999

Committed

Lindsay represents a serial murderer confined in an asylum when his case is up for review. Eugene’s son is a prime suspect when his mother’s lover is beaten to deat…

9 Nov 28
1999

Bay of Pigs

Ellenor takes on Richard Bay in a case wherein a little old lady is accused of attempting to run over her husband in her car. Bay and Ellenor clash both in and out of court. Ji…

10 Dec 12
1999

Day in Court

Tempers flare over a particularly tough case. Bobby defends old cling/drug dealer Eddie against the murder of an addict. Eddie claims it is self-defense. D.A. Helen brings the…

11 Jan 09
2000

Blowing Smoke

Lindsay sues a cigar company for breaking up a friend’s marriage. She alleges that the husband’s addiction was the deciding factor in the divorce. Rebecca & Ell…

12 Jan 30
2000

New Evidence (1)

Lindsay takes the firm to Los Angeles to defend an acquaintance who’s on trial for murdering his on-line girlfriend. As evidence mounts against their client, Bobby and th…

13 Feb 06
2000

Hammerhead Sharks (2)

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

14 Feb 13
2000

Checkmates

Ellenor defends a ‘slow’ teenager accused of killing a younger boy. A witness comes forward claiming to have information exonerating her client, but Ellenor suspect…

15 Feb 20
2000

Race Ipsa Loquitor

Jimmy is tempted to compromise his integrity to get convicted murder (and insect admirer) Henry Olson released. Eugene and Rebecca represent a woman who’s suing a plastic…

16 Mar 12
2000

Settling

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.

17 Apr 02
2000

Black Widows

Bobby defends the so-called ‘Black Widow’; a woman who’s accused of murdering her recently deceased husband and whose two previous spouses also died mysteriou…

18 Apr 09
2000

Death Penalties

Bobby and Helen clash in an assisted suicide case. Bobby remembers his experiences of ‘pulling the plug’ on his mother and acts as though he were on trial. Meanwhil…

19 Apr 30
2000

Till Death Do Us Part (1)

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 fro…

20 May 07
2000

Liberty Bells (2)

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

21 May 14
2000

The Honorable Man

Eugene is disgusted by his client, a homeless man accused of murdering a woman and raping her corpse. Jimmy represents an old friend who’s being sued for notifying employ…

22 May 21
2000

Life Sentence

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 witnesse…

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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