Episode Guide - Season Four


401. "Free Dental"
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Sunday September 26th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Arvin Brown

Bobby and Jimmy defend a dentist accused of murdering a frequent patient... but eventually discover he's hiding a sordid secret. Ellenor dines with George Vogelman


402. "Boston Confidential"
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Sunday October 3rd, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Alex Graves

Bobby gets a murderer off on a technicality when the arresting officer illegally searches the car and finds a corpse. Jimmy goes against Henry Olson's wishes and confronts Olson's son to try to convince him to confess to the murder. Lindsay decides to move in with Bobby, leaving her possessions...including her answering machine, at Helen's.


403. "Loser's Keepers"
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Sunday October 10th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley and Christopher Mack
Directed by: Dennis Smith

Tensions flare when the 'male nun' starts infiltrating the office. Ellenor buys a gun for protection. Rebecca suspects that a wealthy man has bought a client's guilty plea.


404. "Legacy"
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Sunday October 17th, 1999
Written by: Todd Ellis Kessler, Jill Goldsmith & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennie Gordon

Bobby's old mentor, Raymond Oz, calls on Bobby to represent him when his wife tries to have him declared incompetent. Bobby has reservations after observing Oz in a clearly disturbed state of mind. Eugene co-counsels for an incompetent lawyer who's never won a jury trial. Ellenor sinks into depression in the aftermath of the Vogelman affair.


405. "Oz"
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Sunday October 24th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

Bobby acts as Raymond Oz's co-counsel while Oz persists in forging ahead with a self-defence strategy.


406. "Marooned"
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Sunday November 7th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Rebecca defends a girl accused of killing her mother. The girl claims she suffers from flashbacks involving child molestation. Lindsay and Bobby argue over wedding dresses.


407. "Victimless Crimes"
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Sunday November 14th, 1999
Written by: Samantha Howard Corbin & David E. Kelley
Directed by: James Frawley

Jimmy defends a remorseless rape victim who murdered her attacker. Lucy is bitten by her dentist while under anaesthesia.


408. "Committed"
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Sunday November 21st, 1999
Written by: Todd Ellis Kessler & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Arvin Brown

Lindsay represents a serial murderer confined in an asylum when his case is up for review. Eugene's son is a prime suspect when his mother's lover is beaten to death in her bed.


409. "Bay of Pigs"
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Sunday November 28th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Oz Scott

Ellenor takes on Richard Bey in a case wherein a little old lady is accused of attempting to run over her husband in her car. Bey and Ellenor clash both in and out of court. Jimmy evaluates his relationship with Judge Kittleson when he represents an old girlfriend in a suit regarding the sale of reproductive eggs.


410. "Day in Court"
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Sunday December 12th, 1999
Written by: David E. Kelley
Screenplay by: Mark Silver & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dennis Smith

Tempers flare over a particularly tough case. Bobby defends old cling/drug dealer Eddie against the murder of an addict. Eddie claims it is self-defence. D.A. Helen brings the coroner to testify that it wasn't. The coroner's testimony is damaged by prior odd behaviour. Eddie attacks Helen to try to force the judge into a mistrial. Bobby & Swackheim nearly come to blows. Each of the participants, Bobby, Helen & Swackheim, express their outrage with the legal system


411. "Blowing Smoke"
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Sunday January 9th, 2000
Written by: Samantha Howard Corbin & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc

Lindsay sues a cigar company for breaking up a friend's marriage. She alleges that the husband's addiction was the deciding factor in the divorce. Rebecca & Ellenor defend a police officer who killed a teenage boy in a grocery store. The officer claims he saw a gun. The cashier says otherwise


412. "New Evidence"
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Sunday January 30th, 2000
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Michael Zinberg

Lindsay takes the firm to Los Angeles to defend an acquaintance who's on trial for murdering his on-line girlfriend. As evidence mounts against their client, Bobby and the rest deal with a controlling judge, an antagonistic detective and the victim's sister, a nun with issues. (Part one of two)

NOTE: This episode appeared in the coveted post-Super Bowl timeslot. Networks usually debut a promising new show in this slot.


413. "Hammerhead Sharks"
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Sunday February 6th, 2000
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Dwight Little and Dennis Smith

Dennis Mills maintains his innocence. The firm continues the trial, striving against all odds to exonerate Mills. (Part two of two)


414. "Checkmates"
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Sunday February 13th, 2000
Written by: Alfonso H. Moreno, Jill Goldsmith & David E. Kelley
Directed by: Andy Welk

Ellenor defends a 'slow' teenager accused of killing a younger boy. A witness comes forward claiming to have information exonerating her client, but Ellenor suspects he's lying. Helen calls in a police officer when his son is under suspicion in a homicide. Representing the accused, Bobby argues the officer was acting as an agent of the court, not a father.


415. "Race Ipsa Loquitur"
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Sunday February 20th, 2000
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Alex Graves

Jimmy is tempted to compromise his integrity to get convicted murder (and insect admirer) Henry Olson released. Eugene and Rebecca represent a woman who's suing a plastic surgeon when her husband dies during a liposuction procedure. They soon realize they're as much on trial as the surgeon when the opposing attorney makes several references to their race.


416. "Settling"
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Sunday March 12th, 2000
Written by: Todd Ellis Kessler
Directed by: Arvin Brown

A former client (guest star Donnie Wahlberg) threatens revenge against Bobby. Lindsay and Helen inspect wedding invitations with the help of a
not-so-friendly store owner (guest star Rosie O'Donnell).


417. "Black Widows"
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Sunday April 2nd, 2000
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Mel Damski

Bobby and Eugene defend a woman (guest star Victoria Principal) accused of murdering her husband by putting Viagra in his wine, causing him to have a heart attack during sexual intercourse. Helen uses questionable tactics and lies to a 15 year old girl to get a confession about murdering her unborn baby.

418. "Death Penalties"
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Sunday April 9th, 2000
Written by: David E. Kelley
Directed by: Keith Samples

Bobby and Helen clash in and out of court over a mercy killing; Helen refuses to plead out. Bobby must deal with his insecurities and his belief that he "killed" his mother when he shut off her respirator. Meanwhile, Ellenor travels to Philadelphia to save a deathrow inmate from execution.


419. "Till Death Do Us Part"

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Sunday April 30th, 2000
Written by: Alfonso H. Moreno, Adam Armus, Kay Foster and David E. Kelley
Directed by: Duane Clark

Ellenor's tenacity seems to have saved her death row client from being executed. So, after discrediting the eyewitness' testimony and getting a jailhouse informant to recant, she's stunned by the judge's ruling.  Rebecca represents an eldery couple whose marriage is being threatened.  Complicating matters is the fact that the bride is suffering from Alzheimers and the groom may have killed her first husband.


420. "Liberty Bells"

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Sunday May 7th, 2000
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Directed by:

Shockin new evidence allows Ellenor to make a last argument for Stuart Donovan's innocence, but if she fails, he faces death by lethal injection.  Meanwhile, back in Boston, Bobby and Lindsay battle over wedding plans and the true meaning of marriage.

421. "Honorable Man"
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Sunday May 14th, 2000
Written by:
Directed by:

Eugene faces his professional demons when he is court-appointed to defend a particularly dispicable client accused of rape and murder; and Jimmy agrees to defend a friend being sued by a former employee afflicted with AIDS.

422. "Life Sentence"
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Sunday May 21st, 2000
Written by:
Directed by:

The ABC Television Network and David E. Kelley Productions are pleased to announce that after a lengthy and turbulent engagement, Lindsay Dole and Bobby Donnell will tie the knot, on the season finale of "The Practice". The nuptials, with the entire cast in attendence will be filmed on location in Boston, the show's first-ever visit to the home of Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt.


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