The Practice: Season 5

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Oct 08
2000

Summary Judgments

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 Li…

2 Oct 15
2000

Germ Warfare

Bobby struggles to overturn the guilty verdict in the Scott Wallace case. Bobby’s refusal to allow Wallace to testify may be grounds for a new trial. Ellenor and Lindsay…

3 Oct 22
2000

Officers of the Court

Ellenor continues the Jamison case, challenging Judge Aldrich’s decision to cut her client’s award. Jimmy is upset when he learns that former client Jennifer Cole i…

4 Oct 29
2000

Appeal and Denial

Bobby takes the Scott Wallace case to appeals, hopefully proving that prosecution witness Kyle Barrett perjured himself. Helen faces Rebecca in the courtroom in an emotional ca…

5 Nov 05
2000

We Hold These Truths...

Eugene defends a man accused of murder in a trial where the outcome hinges on the honesty of a police office who’s been living a lie. Jimmy confronts a judge whose propen…

6 Nov 12
2000

Show and Tell

The long-awaited Scott Wallace retrial.

7 Nov 19
2000

Brothers' Keepers

Bobby defends a man on trial for allowing his wife to be murdered in an ‘honor killing’; an ancient cultural ritual used to punish adulterous behavior. Eugene reluc…

8 Nov 26
2000

Mr. Hinks Goes to Town

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.

9 Dec 10
2000

The Deal

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 cho…

10 Dec 17
2000

Friends and Ex-Lovers

Despite a restraining order, William Hinks continues to harass Lindsay, as more questions arise as to whether or not he’s the real serial killer. Meanwhile, Bobby blames…

11 Jan 07
2001

An Early Frost

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 Will…

12 Jan 14
2001

Payback

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 discove…

13 Feb 04
2001

The Thin Line

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 cass…

14 Feb 11
2001

The Day After

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…

15 Feb 18
2001

Awakenings

Ellenor’s chosen ““sperm donor,”“ Michael Hale (Ted McGinley), has second thoughts about the agreement over the rearing of her soon-to-be-born chi…

16 Mar 11
2001

Gideon's Crossover

Helen prosecutes an accused rapist, while doing her best to keep the 11-year-old victim off the witness stand.
Meanwhile, Ellenor has complications with her pregnancy and…

17 May 18
2001

What Child is This?

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-a…

18 Apr 01
2001

The Confession

Helen Gamble uses trickery to coerce a confession from an alleged carjacker represented by Jimmy Berluti. While Gamble feels that her means were legal and necessary to get a da…

19 Apr 22
2001

Home of the Brave

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 or…

20 Apr 29
2001

The Case of Harland Bassett

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 stacke…

21 May 06
2001

Poor Richard's Almanac

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.

22 May 13
2001

Public Servants

Helen is enraged by Richard Bay’s execution and determined to punish Jackie Cahill and all other responsible parties. She makes a deal with Cahill, offering him immunity…

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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