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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Eugene Young
... Ellenor Frutt
... Jimmy Berluti
... Jamie Stringer
... Tara Wilson
... Alan Shore
... Brad Stanfield
... Aisha Crenshaw
... Judge Dickem
... D.A. Asher Silverman
... Malcolm Kane
... Christine Shepard
... Debbie Huber
... A.D.A. Kate Barron
... 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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28 September 2003 (USA)  »

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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 »


Aisha Crenshaw: [to Young] Murder two?
Eugene Young: It allows for the possibility of parole. We think you should take it.
Aisha Crenshaw: What would my sentence be?
Eugene Young: Life. But again, with murder one...
Aisha Crenshaw: Forget it.
Eugene Young: Aisha...
Aisha Crenshaw: I said forget it.
Eugene Young: I heard what you said. Listen to me, please. We have nothing. Our only hope, if you can even call it a hope is for a hung verdict. Our only chance to get that is to convince a juror to say, "To hell with the law."
Aisha Crenshaw: Good. Get one to say that.
Jimmy Berluti: If they come back guilty, which truthfully, how could they not? ...
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Season 8 of "The Practice"
19 March 2007 | by See 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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