The Practice (1997–2004)
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Ellenor defends a man accused of killing his pregnant wife. Eugene and Jimmy defend a female vigilante who killed a drug dealer. Tara hates the firm's new partner Alan. Alan defends a homeless man who planted an unwanted kiss on a woman.


Dennis Smith


David E. Kelley (created by), David E. Kelley


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Harris ... Eugene Young
Camryn Manheim ... Ellenor Frutt
Michael Badalucco ... Jimmy Berluti
Jessica Capshaw ... Jamie Stringer
Rhona Mitra ... Tara Wilson
James Spader ... Alan Shore
Chris O'Donnell ... Brad Stanfield
Viola Davis ... Aisha Crenshaw
Harve Presnell ... Judge Dickem
Norman Lloyd ... D.A. Asher Silverman
Brent Jennings ... Malcolm Kane
Cheryl White ... Christine Shepard
Kelly Overton ... Debbie Huber
Lesley Fera ... A.D.A. Kate Barron
Jeff Perry ... Randy Markham


As the 8th season begins, nothing in the firm is as we remember. Bobby, Linsay, Rebecca and Lucy are all gone, leaving Ellenor, Eugene and Jimmy at the helm. Ellenor also hires an old friend, attorney Alan Shore, recently fired from his firm for embezzlement. Jimmy and and Eugene defend a woman who killed a drug dealer in her neighborhood in cold blood, desperate to stop him from selling drugs to children. Ellenor and Jaimie defend a man accused of killing his wife and unborn child, but begin to suspect he is actually protecting the real killer. Written by aremid63

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Release Date:

28 September 2003 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Rhona Mitra and James Spader join the cast with this episode. See more »


When she fires the gun, three shots are fired, and the gun is empty - the barrel is extended from the slide. The next next view shows the barrel retracted, as the gun is now not empty. See more »


A.D.A. Kate Barron: You're Alan Shore. What are you doing at a criminal bench trial?
Alan Shore: Looking to meet women.
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Season 8 of "The Practice"
19 March 2007 | by mothersam9See all my reviews

Does anyone know why the re-runs of "The Practice" stopped after Season 7 and went back to the Pilot episode? I specifically wanted to see Alan Shore (James Spader) when he first appeared on "The Practice". If anyone knows if the airing of Season 8 is scheduled in the near future, please let me know. ( Thanks. I am very curious to see if Alan Shore changed his personality from "The Practice" to "Boston Legal". I love him on "Boston Legal" and can't imagine him being different in any way. I started watching "The Practice" a month or so ago just so I could see Alan Shore.....that's when I researched on the Internet that his character didn't even show up on the series until the first episode of the 8th (last) season. I was so ready to watch Alan Shore come on board this morning, just to be devastated that it was the Pilot episode that aired instead of Episode 1 of Season 8! HELP!!!!

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