The Practice: Season 8

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 28
2003

We the People

Eleanor defends a man accused of killing his wife and unborn son. He contests that it was suicide. Eugene and Jimmy defend a woman who shot a crack dealer on her street. Alan S…

2 Oct 05
2003

The Chosen (1)

Alan Shore agrees to help friend Sheila Carlisle, a successful attorney who claims God speaks to her, and who has subsequently been fired from her law firm for being mentally i…

3 Oct 12
2003

Cause of Action (2)

Eccentric attorney Sheila Carlisle, whom Alan Shore hired on a temporary basis without consulting anyone else, takes on a lawsuit on behalf of the firm; and Ellenor finds herse…

4 Oct 19
2003

Blessed Are They (3)

Alan Shore is troubled by Sheila Carlisle’s increasingly erratic behavior and fears for her mental – and legal – competence. Meanwhile, Shore is ordered by th…

5 Oct 26
2003

The Heat of Passion (1)

A complex murder case implicating a white supremacist embroils Eugene; malpractice fears haunt Jamie; the defense of accused killer Roland Huff embattles Shore, whose tactics a…

6 Nov 02
2003

The Lonely People (2)

Eugene and Jimmy’s defense of the leader of a white supremacist group takes an unexpected turn when surprising new developments come to light. Meanwhile, Shore continues…

7 Nov 09
2003

Rape Shield

A rape case rattles Jimmy, ill-prepared to defend a client who maintains his innocence despite overwhelming evidence against him. Also, ethics violations catch up to Shore, who…

8 Nov 23
2003

Concealing Evidence

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 claim…

9 Nov 30
2003

Victims' Rights

Alan Shore defends a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to escape an arranged marriage in her home country. Meanwhile, Eugene tries to help a man who is seeking justice for the…

10 Dec 07
2003

Equal Justice

Alan Shore uses unorthodox tactics when he’s appointed by the court to defend a young man accused of murder. Meanwhile, Tara must try her first case when she’s thro…

11 Jan 11
2004

Police State

Ellenor defends Carrie Moses on assault charges. Moses punched a policeman who, prior to the arrival of a Presidential motorcade, attempted to relocate her to a designated R…

12 Jan 18
2004

Avenging Angels

Jimmy Berluti and Jamie Stringer defend an elderly man, Walter Josephson, who is accused of killing a member of the local Irish mob, and Alan Shore agrees to help a friend — by…

13 Feb 15
2004

Going Home (1)

When his best friend from childhood is accused of murdering his mistress, Alan Shore returns home to defend him.

14 Feb 22
2004

Pre-Trial Blues (2)

An ongoing, sensational murder case besets Shore with pre-trial anxieties centering on jury selection; a hostile judge; a priest’s confession; and suspicions of malpracti…

15 Mar 07
2004

Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)

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.

16 Mar 14
2004

In Good Conscience (1)

There are major shake-ups at the firm, as tensions rise between Eugene and Alan Shore. Meanwhile, the firm takes the case of a young man who is suing the doctor he feels is res…

17 Mar 21
2004

War of the Roses (2)

Tensions between Shore and Eugene rise to the boiling point when Shore retains the services of a high-profile law firm to go head-to-head with Young, Frutt & Berluti in the…

18 Mar 28
2004

The Case Against Alan Shore (3)

Eugene and his firm stand against Alan Shore and his ““new”“ firm. The entire episode revolves around Eugene, Ellenor, and Jimmy testifing that Alan do…

19 Apr 18
2004

The Firm

Friction at the firm gets to Jimmy, who’s torn between loyalties and principles. Meanwhile, tension besets Shore as he crosses swords with his brilliant but erratic new b…

20 Apr 25
2004

Comings and Goings

Eugene is presented with an offer he finds hard to refuse, and Ellenor is shocked when she hears the news, knowing full well that any departure by Eugene would mean the beginni…

21 May 02
2004

New Hoods on the Block

Eugene considers an exciting new offer for his future… could this mean the end of the practice? Meanwhile, Jimmy is shaken by an ominous run-in with neighborhood lawyer L…

22 May 16
2004

Cheers (a.k.a Adjourned: Series Finale)

How it all ends for the cast: The Firm Closes, Eugene becomes a Judge, Jimmy and Jaime become Neighbourhood Lawyers with their own firm, Ellanor takes a hiatus from practicing…

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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