The Practice

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6-23
Recap

Crazy ain't no excuse for murder

The Verdict - Well, after two non-shocking and non-thrilling hours, the jury finds Lindsay guilty of the murder of Lawrence O'Malley. People shout. People scream. Lindsay wails. Then she screams. Then she cries and wails some more. It's all for nought, though, because she's going away for life. Or at least for the summer, until DEK can figure out the appeal plotline.

05.18.2002
05.22.2002
C

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6-22
Recap

Stairway to Heaven

This Pud’s For You - Despite all the efforts of the lawyers at The Firm, Lindsay is arrested for shooting Lawrence O'Malley. She fights with Bobby, whines about being arrested, and moans about Lannibal being a cannibal. In other places, Rebecca defends a man charged with the murder of a girl who turns out to be alive.

05.18.2002
05.20.2002
F

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6-21
Recap

Ding-dong, the psycho is dead

Evil-Doers - Lindsay is at her wits' end. She's had enough of psychos stalking her, stabbing her, and calling her Clarice. She takes the law into her own hands and shoots poor Lannibal Hector half a dozen times in the chest. Who said revenge isn't sweet?

05.11.2002
05.13.2002
D+

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6-20
Recap

Tonight's special: human flesh

Eat And Run - Ew. From the bowels of DEK's sick and twisted mind comes Lannibal Hector. Oh, wait. No, it's Hannibal Lecter, and it's Thomas Harris who is responsible for the character; yes, DEK is just borrowing him in a weak attempt to grab ratings during sweeps. Right, so this guy thinks he's Hannibal Lecter, kills some women, eats them, and then Bobby gets him off. Oh, but not before he threatens to eat Lindsay. Honestly. That's what happened.

05.04.2002
05.11.2002

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6-19
Recap

Hookers, Narcissistic Disorders, and Murderers

The Return of Joey Heric - Who says The Practice is always dull? John Larroquette graces us with an hour of smirks, snarky behaviour, and serious delusions. It's jolly good fun!

04.13.2002
04.15.2002
D+

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6-18
Recap

Fire's burning, fire's burning

Fire Proof - Draw nearer, draw nearer. In the gloaming, in the gloaming, come sing and be convicted. In Lucy's case, it's bad judgment, as she lets a schoolboy crush carry on way, way too long. In Jimmy's case, it's watching a hero dissipate before his beady little eyes.

04.06.2002
04.08.2002
F

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6-17
Recap

A Friend Indeed

Manifest Necessity - A bunch of lawyers sit around accusing each other of misconduct during the trial meant to convict a cold-blooded murderer. Helen gets a verbal whipping from Kenny Walsh, her pseudo-boss. Rod wins, again. In other places, Lindsay accidentally manages to talk her client into robbing a bank.

03.16.2002
03.21.2002

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6-16
Recap

Love will keep us together

M. Premie Unplugged - Rebecca and Eugene fight for the rights of a father accused of shaking his young daughter into a coma. Mitchell Wheeler makes an appearance, rocks Ellenor's world, quits his job, and takes off for Scotland.

03.09.2002
03.16.2002
D+

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6-15
Recap

Man of Steel

Man And Superman - Jimmy defends an old friend who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. There's one hitch; the guy thinks he's Superman. In fact, he's so convinced he's a superhero that he tries to fly. Now the wife of the man he landed on when he sailed out the window is suing him and the hospital where he lives.

02.23.2002
03.02.2002
D+

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6-14
Recap

Judge Thyself

Judge Knot - Which in most cases would mean give yourself a good moral spanking. Alas, in DEK's world, it means shoot yourself in the head, literally. This is exactly what happens when Bobby, Helen, the FBI, and the U.S. Attorney's office squirrel out a crooked judge.

02.16.2002
02.19.2002
D+

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6-13
Recap

In Rod They Bash

Pro Se - Rod's selfish when it comes to his own emotional well-being. Rod is an emotional basket case because of the Bull beatdown. Rod is shutting everyone out, including a state-sponsored psychiatrist. Ah, Rod. When will the trauma ever end?

02.09.2002
02.16.2002
C+

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6-12
Recap

Take the Bull by the horns

The Test - ...and pull him off Bobby, because all those punches are going to ruin his handsome mug. Bobby makes a judgment call that ends up revealing his client as a murderer. The client doesn't handle the situation very well. Elsewhere, Lindsay attempts to right an old wrong and free an innocent man she inadequately defended.

01.12.2002
01.14.2002
C+

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6-11
Recap

A wolf in sheep's clothing

Eyewitness - Things are not always as they seem around Boston these days. Ministers are sleeping with defendants, hot D.A.s are making passes at unsuspecting defense attorneys, and no one is actually trying to figure out the truth. Should we expect any less from DEK?

01.05.2002
01.12.2002
D+

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6-10
Recap

Even the jury objects

Inter Arma Silent Leges - Helen and Eugene get way off-track as a case that should have been open and shut drags out, then becomes ugly. In other places, Rebecca argues a habeas corpus motion in front of a Federal judge to demand a hearing for an Arab-American man being held in FBI custody.

12.08.2001
12.15.2001
C

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6-9
Recap

Dangerous Liaizzzzzzzons

Dangerous Liaisons - Choderlos de Laclos rolls over in his grave as DEK tramples on the classics of literature. What's dangerous? Nothing. Who's having a liaison? Not a single soul. Especially not Rod. Despite the fact that maybe he kind of sort of might want to, but he doesn't -- you know why? Because he loves his wife.

12.01.2001
12.08.2001
F

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6-8
Recap

Love thy father

Suffer The Little Children - All the children are innocent in this episode. Ellenor battles Alan Lowe when he takes it upon himself to right all the wrongs in Boston society. On his mission of mercy, Lowe convicts an entire family of three boys for the murder of one, dragging their father through hell and high water in the process.

11.24.2001
11.28.2001
C+

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6-7
Recap

Dawn of a new Lump

Honor Code - Jimmy's morals are tossed around like a salad when he breaks client/attorney privilege so he can save the life of a young boy. When Eugene hears about this, he finally decides he has had enough of the Lump's screw-ups, calls the bar association, and reports him.

11.03.2001
11.10.2001
C

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6-6
Recap

Guess what? The mother did it.

Vanished, Part II - In a variation on the "the wife is always responsible for the heinous crime" theme so prevalent on this damn show, it turns out that Allison Tucker, mother of Chad/James, kidnapped the boy. Of course, all of this comes out in the most dramatic way humanly possible, and Rod and the Gang first fight to put Pearce in jail, then try to keep him out.

10.20.2001
10.24.2001
C-

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6-5
Recap

Into Not-So-Thin Air

Vanished, Part I - Emperor Rod brings his own brand of moral indignation to the table as his clients, the Baldwins, sue the man they think kidnapped and killed their son eighteen years ago. Oh, and the Lump falls deeper into the mire, "borrows" money from The Firm, and eventually pays off his gambling debts.

10.13.2001
10.16.2001
C+

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6-4
Recap

Who says lawyers are all liars?

Liar's Poker - Lindsay defends a nineteen-year-old kid accused of attempted murder. When she bets she can't win at trial, she cuts a deal with the Hunky DA. It turns out her gamble was incorrect because the DA's main witness croaks, leaving an innocent kid in prison as a result. In other places, Jimmy's heretofore non-existent gambling habit surfaces, causing him some problems when he's forced to take on his bookie as a client.

10.06.2001
10.08.2001
F

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6-4
Recap

Who says lawyers are all liars?

Liar’s Poker - Lindsay defends a nineteen-year-old kid accused of attempted murder. When she bets she can't win at trial, she cuts a deal with the Hunky DA. It turns out her gamble was incorrect because the DA's main witness croaks, leaving an innocent kid in prison as a result. In other places, Jimmy's heretofore non-existent gambling habit surfaces, causing him some problems when he's forced to take on his bookie as a client.

10.06.2001
10.08.2001
F

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6-3
Recap

Set me free, why don't you, Lord

Killing Time - God is everywhere in this episode of The Practice, as Rebecca uncovers a pattern by which a leading death penalty attorney is actually helping the state execute his clients. Leonard Marshall (Charles S. Dutton), a client of Eugene's, looks for salvation by getting parole after twelve years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. And Ellenor battles a devil-at-large masquerading as Marsha Ellison.

09.29.2001
10.04.2001
C

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6-2
Recap

Twist, shout, then twist again

The Candidate, Part II - The conclusion of the season opener finds Senator Ellison's trial moving forward at breakneck speed. A bunch of people confess, Ellenor gets the events of the crime wrong on two different occasions, The Lump screws up, and Hunky DA manages to control Helen's unreasonable anger. All of this, and DEK still refuses to write a plot that moves recognizably from point A to point B.

09.22.2001
09.27.2001
C

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6-1
Recap

When all your friends are murderers

The Candidate, Part I - A Dead Man is found in a Senator Ellison's big old oak bed. Of course, Ellison is a lifelong friend of Ellenor, who is called in the middle of the night to defend him. Helen manages to be even more annoying this season then she was last season. And we are introduced to Alan Lowe, a hunky new DA.

09.22.2001
09.24.2001
C

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5-23
Extra

The fabrication of a vamp

Lara Flynn Boyle In Allure - Lara Flynn Boyle sets even more hearts aflame with her asinine comments in the August issue of Allure.

08.27.2001
08.27.2001
C-

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5-22
Recap

May he please rest in peace

Public Servants - Richard's death sparks introspection and a whole lot of whining. In other places, because there must also be life during death, Rebecca defends a fellow who used to murder chickens.

05.12.2001
05.17.2001
C-

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5-21
Recap

Evil comes out on top

Poor Richard's Almanac - The Emperor goes head to head with a man whose evil knows no boundaries. Jackie Cahill is a vile little man with ice running through his veins. He is a despicable, hoary man who ends up in jail, but not without a fight.

05.05.2001
05.09.2001
C-

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5-20
Recap

Humble Harland

The Case Of Harland Bassett - Harland Bassett manages to not drop the ball just as he gets to the finish line, and actually wins a case.

04.28.2001
05.04.2001
B-

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5-19
Recap

Cain and Abel, DEK-style

Home Of The Brave - Lindsay defends a young man threatened with deportation because he refuses to reveal the fact that he saw his brother shoot a cop. In other places, Lucy testifies in a rape trial with disastrous results, and Harland Bassett makes a dogged appearance.

04.21.2001
04.24.2001
F

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5-18
Recap

Enemy Of The State

The Confession - Shockingly, Helen loses yet another case to the far superior legal team of Berluti and Young. Hasn't she lost her job yet?

03.31.2001
04.07.2001
F

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5-17
Recap

Humbert Humbert is humbled

What Child Is This? - Raymond Littlefield stands trial for the murder of his stepdaughter. Yes, the same sixteen-year-old stepdaughter he was having an affair with. Never a man to back down from a challenge, Rod gets him off, but not before Humbert Littlefield's other stepdaughter throws them all a curve ball. Oh, and it's a baby girl for Ellenor.

03.17.2001
03.21.2001
F

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5-16
Recap

Crossover bore

Gideon's Crossover - Ellenor encounters trouble in her pregnancy and enlists the help of Ben Gideon. He's boring, and then sends Ellenor home with a clean bill of health. So, of course, she passes out on her bathroom floor. Also, trial crap.

03.10.2001
03.14.2001
F

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5-15
Recap

And baby makes two?

Awakenings - Ellenor takes Ted McGinley, her friend and "sperm donor," to court because he's changed his mind and now wants to be a "real" father. In short, Ted's a pot-smoking playboy and she doesn't want him anywhere near her soon-to-be-born daughter.

02.17.2001
02.22.2001
D+

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5-14
Recap

Bombs Over Fake Boston

The Day After - The bomb that destroyed the office severely injures Rebecca. The doctors explain she needs a blood transfusion or else she'll die. Mrs. Washington, Rebecca's mother, refuses the blood for religious reasons, so Bobby "Knight of Shining Crap" hauls her into court. Also: L'il Rod!

02.10.2001
02.16.2001
F

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5-13
Recap

The Not-So-Long Road Home

The Thin Line - DEK trolls through soap-opera plots for this week's episode as our hero, the Emperor Rod, stands trial for having a thug bump off serial killer William Hinks. And then, just as one ordeal comes to completion, the office gets blown up. You heard me. You might have thought this was an episode of Passions, but it's The Practice. I swear.

02.03.2001
02.07.2001
C

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5-12
Recap

Spare me the mob story

Payback - The DA's office makes a case against the Emperor out of his own stupidity. Did Rod honestly think that sending a known murderer over to William Hinks' house was a good idea?

01.13.2001
01.17.2001
F

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5-12
Extra

Lollipop waxes non-philosophical

Lara Flynn Boyle In Vanity Fair - Lara Flynn Boyle reveals herself to be little more than a glorified starfucker in this month's Vanity Fair. Hollywood's self-proclaimed "Bad Girl" doesn't clean up her image or her mouth for her interview. In fact, she ends up looking even thinner than when she started, if you can possibly imagine that.

01.17.2001
01.17.2001

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5-11
Recap

The end of an era

An Early Frost - Lawyers who are pitted against lawyers who are pitted against psycho-killers abound in this week's episode. Oh, and William Hinks's head is frozen for future cryogenic research.

01.06.2001
01.12.2001
F

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5-10
Recap

Trying and triumphant

Friends And Ex-Lovers - Bobby deals with the repercussions of Scott's latest homicide. Hinks continues to offend Lindsay. He gets a cup of coffee. Oh! Scary. And Helen gets an old boyfriend shot. Dead.

12.16.2000
12.21.2000
C-

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5-9
Recap

Too Many Plots 'R' Us

The Deal - Bobby fights for the life of a little girl as his client, Francis Lupino, has kidnapped her and won't give her back. Lindsay gets freaked out by William Hinks, who is doing his best to be the very best stalker he can be. Oh, and Scott Wallace shoots someone, for real this time -- none of this "oh, no, I'm not guilty" crap from his other trial.

12.09.2000
12.14.2000
D+

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5-8
Recap

He said, she said

Mr. Hinks Goes To Town - Confused? Lindsay, master sleuth, outwits a serial killer. Only then to be outwitted by the same über-witted defendant, William Hinks. Oh, it's so Hannibal.

11.25.2000
11.26.2000
D

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5-7
Recap

It's a girl!

Brothers' Keepers - Ellenor's expecting, and expected some good tidings from her co-workers. Instead, she gets a Dr. Laura-inspired lecture from The Lump. Jerk. Bobby defends Aman Sharif, a man accused of hiring his own brother to burn his wife to death, and loses the case. Meanwhile, Harland Bassett asks Eugene to team up with him again, promising to keep his antics under control. Which is what happens. Not.

11.18.2000
11.21.2000
C

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5-6
Recap

Beautiful friend, the end

Show And Tell - A documentary camera crew follows Scott Wallace's re-trial. We get intimate with the Emperor Rod and The Runt. There is a lot of unnecessary tension. There are a lot of painful pauses. Then there is a complete non-surprise as Bobby succeeds in finally getting his friend acquitted.

11.11.2000
11.14.2000
D+

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5-5
Recap

We Hold These Truths...

We Hold These Truths… - Kittleson explains that she's not that concerned. Then she launches into her own version of the events: the defendant is "world-class scum," and she is sure he's guilty of the crime. Eugene cracks, "Well, I'm glad you have an open mind." She retorts, "An open mind is like a wound, if it's too open you get an infection." Heh. Kind of sums up my relationship with this show.

11.04.2000
11.04.2000
C+

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5-4
Recap

Appeal And Denial

Appeal And Denial - Diane Venora, wearing strange Heidi braids pinned up and twisted around the back of her head, is sitting in Helen "Eyes of Steel" Gamble's office. They are discussing a plea bargain.

10.28.2000
10.28.2000
C+

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5-3
Recap

Officers Of The Court

Officers Of The Court - Please, please tell me that Jimmy isn't going to pull a Mandy Patinkin on Chicago Hope and adopt this baby -- please, please, no.

10.21.2000
10.21.2000
C+

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5-2
Recap

Germ Warfare

Germ Warfare - Eugene asks how their case is, and Ellenor responds that, although its circumstantial, it's certainly credible. Again, Emperor Rod feels he must interject; he waves his hand around, holding his fingers together in the universal symbol for "okay," and lectures, "Don't focus on proof so much, but more on the fact that the EPA didn't test this stuff enough."

10.14.2000
10.14.2000
C-

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5-1
Recap

Summary Judgments

Summary Judgments - I hoped. I wished upon a star that something, anything, might have changed. And, well, Lindsay cut her hair. At least it's something.

10.07.2000
10.07.2000
C

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4-22
Recap

Life Sentence

Life Sentence - For those who don't know, Camryn Manheim is a skilled ASL interpreter who supported herself for many years with it. You can read all about it in her excellent autobiography, Wake Up, I'm Fat! I was wondering if they'd get around to using this fact on the show.

05.20.2000
05.20.2000
C+

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4-21
Recap

The Honorable Man

The Honorable Man - Jimmy "The Lump" Berluti hangs up his phone and tells his client, a look-alike Mr. Keaton from Family Ties, that they turned it down. The lawyer thinks "it" would go away for "one-seventy-five." His client can't up the deal; he thinks that amount of money would break him: "I got no coverage for this, Jimmy."

05.13.2000
05.13.2000
C

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4-20
Recap

Liberty Bells (2)

Liberty Bells (2) - When the show was finally over, I wondered who had the good sense to edit out the Bobby-Lindsay nonsense and make this the comparatively strong episode it was. Even Professor Frink (my husband) commented after it was over how refreshing it was not to have Bobby, Lindsay, or Helen in the show at all, and he's usually a lot less irritable about them than I am.

05.06.2000
05.06.2000
B

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4-19
Recap

The Joke Joint is hopping

Kiss My Act - Camryn Manheim stars as Sam, a wanna-be stand-up comedian who is afraid to perform because of her size. Instead, she gets a beautiful airhead to perform her material. Then the two of them pull a fast one on a hunky scout. In the end, the con is revealed, but everyone still loves one another anyway.

04.22.2001
04.20.2000
A+

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4-19
Recap

Till Death Do Us Part (1)

Till Death Do Us Part (1) - Something about Stuart's previous lawyer filing a habeas petition, meaning that if they can't prove that the young man is innocent, they can forget about getting the test at all. Further, they have to also prove that his constitutional rights were somehow violated. Which seems like a monumental task, if you ask me.

04.18.2000
04.18.2000
C

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4-18
Recap

Death Penalties

Death Penalties - Bobby is conferring with a client in his office. He tells that client that they have to make a decision, and that if "they" can get manslaughter, "they" should take it. Apparently Bobby's planning to serve time along with his client.

04.08.2000
04.08.2000
B-

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4-17
Recap

Black Widows

Black Widows - Note: The role usually played by Helen "Stone Cold" Gamble will tonight be played by Pinocchio.

04.01.2000
04.01.2000
C+

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4-16
Recap

Settling

Settling - Bobby "the Juggler" Donnell starts apologizing to Lindsay while flaunting his legal know-how about the Strauss case at the same time, and everyone starts to talk at once. The lawyers yak about the case, and Lindsay whines about his lack of attention to the details of their wedding.

03.11.2000
03.11.2000
B-

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4-15
Recap

Res Ipsa Loquitor

Res Ipsa Loquitor - Jimmy points out that a life sentence is a long time to be in solitary; Henry’s weak with pain but repeats his request a couple of times.

02.19.2000
02.19.2000
C+

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4-14
Recap

Checkmates

Checkmates - The law isn't that literal, Ellenor explains, and this is the point where the audience notices that all the drugs Telly did in Kids are now catching up with him -- this character is a little slow.

02.12.2000
02.12.2000
C+

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4-13
Recap

Hammerhead Sharks (2)

Hammerhead Sharks (2) - Jimmy points out that they’re desperate, the trial starts in ten hours, and if their guy is innocent the most likely candidate is the husband. He suggests Plan B again; Ellenor accuses him of loving Plan B.

02.05.2000
02.05.2000
C

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4-12
Recap

New Evidence (1)

New Evidence (1) - A great big plane is landing overhead. We're not in Boston any more, Toto!

01.29.2000
01.29.2000
C+

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4-11
Recap

Blowing Smoke

Blowing Smoke - "You're suing a tobacco company for breaking up a marriage?"

01.08.2000
01.08.2000
C

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4-10
Recap

Day In Court

Day In Court - Bobby is trying to talk Eddie into taking a voluntary manslaughter deal. He feels they’re doing badly in court and that if Eddie takes the deal Helen "Ice-G" Gamble is offering, he can lobby for a lower security facility and maybe even conjugal visits.

12.11.1999
12.11.1999
C+

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4-9
Recap

Bay Of Pigs

Bay Of Pigs - Ellenor sympathizes that he's not well, but she also wants The Runt to understand that they aren't going to make it easier for the chief prosecutorial witness to put their client away. They bicker a little while. The Runt accuses Ellenor of being indecent. She snaps back that she's not about to facilitate an attempted murder conviction. Cue Runt histrionics.

11.27.1999
11.27.1999
C+

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4-8
Recap

Committed

Committed - Lindsay draws the short straw and moans, "Why do I always get the wackos?"

11.20.1999
11.20.1999
B-

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4-7
Recap

Victimless Crimes

Victimless Crimes - Headlines? Come on, Jimmy, I thought better of you. Damn those people who just can't afford lawyers screwing up his day.

11.13.1999
11.13.1999
C+

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4-6
Recap

Marooned

Marooned - Rebecca reminds Jan that "it's important for [her sister] to tell the truth." And "we're not trying to hide what happened. We just have to explain why." Both women are leaning toward one another as Jan says, "Why I killed my mother." Ouch.

11.06.1999
11.07.1999
D

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4-5
Recap

Oz (2)

Oz (2) - The Runt cites Raymond Oz and his legendary reputation as one of his major inspirations for wanting to become a lawyer, and mentions that he wanted to be Raymond Oz. Now that we know who to blame, Oz should be ordered to stand trial for that offense once we're done with this case.

10.23.1999
10.23.1999
B-

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4-4
Recap

Legacy (1)

Legacy (1) - Raymond Oz paces around while a rather rotund guy with a big briefcase and a bad combover clips his nails.

10.16.1999
10.16.1999
C+

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4-3
Recap

Losers Keepers

Losers Keepers - The nun that stabbed Lindsay -- he's still out there!

10.09.1999
10.09.1999
B-

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4-2
Recap

Boston Confidential

Boston Confidential - Apparently, Lindsay's father doesn't think she should wear white if she commits the mortal blunder of living with someone before they're actually married. What? Did we mysteriously transplant ourselves back to the fifties? Am I watching an Oprah-sanctioned television movie?

10.02.1999
10.02.1999
C+

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4-1
Recap

Free Dental

Free Dental - In the season opener, we see a nervous Fonzie (Henry Winkler) in the DYD&F offices asking Jimmy if it's "so terrible if they see the videotape." Jimmy tells him it's likely to inflame the jury.

09.25.1999
09.25.1999
C+

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2-24
Recap

Keep on running

Trees In The Forest - Helen makes a mockery of introductory philosophy as she tries a hit-and-run case. A man driving a Mercedes murders a homeless man. Sound familiar? That's because David E. Kelley lifted this week's plot from a writer even more over-hyped than himself: Tom Wolfe.

03.29.1998
03.30.1998
F

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2-10
Recap

Spirit Of America

Spirit Of America - The episode begins with a series of brief sound bites from random citizens. A reporter is asking people what they think of the death penalty and what they think about Randall Jefferson being executed tomorrow.

11.21.1997
11.21.1997

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2-8
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Written by: David E. MachiaKelley

The Means - When a fine upstanding black man gets mixed up in a riot, he's charged with voluntary manslaughter and goes to Bobby Donnell for help. That was his second mistake. Ellenor agrees to take on a nuisance suit for an extremely obnoxious cousin, with predictable results. Deborah remembers why she opted to recap only The West Wing.

11.07.1997
11.08.1997
D+

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2-4
Recap

Dog Bite

Dog Bite - I'm telling you -- they never should have cut Lindsay's hair. With the bob, she lost all her recognizable human attributes; with longer hair, she's kind of feminine and human.

10.03.1997
10.03.1997

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