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The Practice

Season 7 2002 - 2003

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  • 2002-09-29T04:00:00Z on ABC
  • 44 mins
  • 15 hours, 39 mins (22 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama
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The Practice focused on the law firm of Robert Donnell and Associates (later becoming Donnell, Young, Dole, & Frutt, and ultimately Young, Frutt, & Berluti). Plots typically featured the firm's involvement in various high-profile criminal and civil cases that often mirror current events. Conflict between legal ethics and personal morality was a recurring theme. Some episodes contained light comedy. Kelley claimed that he conceived the show as something of a rebuttal to L.A. Law (for which he wrote) and its romanticized treatment of the American legal system and legal proceedings.

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22 episodes

7x01 Privilege

  • Season Premiere

    2002-09-29T04:00:00Z — 43 mins

The strain of Lindsay's incarceration begins to affect her marriage and she lashes out at Bobby. Meanwhile, a zealous law-school grad who seeks to join the firm has a run-in with Ellenor; and Jimmy is embroiled in a 16-year-old child-kidnapping case that hinges on lawyer-client confidentiality.

7x02 Convictions

  • 2002-10-06T04:00:00Z — 43 mins

Lindsay's murder conviction tries Rebecca, who's handling the appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court; Jimmy's kidnapping case turns confrontational, in and out of court.

7x03 Of Thee I Sing

  • 2002-10-13T04:00:00Z — 41 mins

A resolution reached in Lindsay's murder conviction has emotional repercussions; and First Amendment issues figure oddly in Jamie's first trial, the defense of an accused flasher.

7x04 The Cradle Will Rock

  • 2002-10-20T04:00:00Z — 43 mins

Religious freedom figures in a criminal case. On trial: a Christian Science couple charged with the murder of their ill child, whose parents' faith forbids medical treatment.

7x05 Neighboring Species

  • 2002-11-03T05:00:00Z — 42 mins

Political, religious and moral issues surface in a trial involving medical research. Also, Lindsay, now on her own, defends a client whose singing gives a neighbor the blues.

7x06 The Telltale Nation

  • 2002-11-10T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

A sexual-abuse case involving victims of a former priest embroils Eugene; a nuisance suit filed by ex-lovers escalates into violence that rattles an already shaky Lindsay.

7x07 Small Sacrifices

  • 2002-11-17T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

An accused molester's defense rattles Bobby, who's also unnerved by the reproach of a venerable priest; a case involving animal sacrifices embroils Ellenor.

7x08 Bad to Worse

  • 2002-12-01T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

Ellenor and Eugene defend a fiery yet frightened client named Cassie Ray, a murder suspect with a shadowy past. Moreover, Cassie's alibi witness has significant skeletons in her own closet. In a separate case, Lindsay reluctantly defends an airline that refuses to carry passengers of Arab descent.

7x09 The Good Fight

  • 2002-12-08T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

A cop-killing case rattles Bobby, whose anemic defense of an unsavory client leads Helen to suspect that he's "tanking the trial"; a drug bust raises search-and-seizure issues.

7x10 Silent Partners

  • 2002-12-15T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

Bobby has been benched due to his erratic behavior, so Eugene must take his place as lead counsel in a controversial murder case. Meanwhile Lindsay defends a killer, against her own better judgement, and Jamie is placed in a compromising situation involving a judge

7x11 Down The Hatch (1)

  • 2003-01-27T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

Ellenor fights to save Denise Freeman, a rehabilitated death-row prisoner who has devoted her prison time to helping younger inmates. In a last-ditch effort to stay her execution, Ellenor bases an appeal on the medication the court ordered Denise to take at trial, which prevented the jury from observing her schizophrenia. Eugene argues a civil suit that blames a beer company for the death of a college-age youth.

7x12 Final Judgment (2)

  • 2003-02-03T05:00:00Z — 41 mins

Ellenor continues her desperate attempt to stop the execution of a mentally ill woman Denise Freeman on death row. The firm is torn over a controversial settlement in their case against an alcohol company.

7x13 Character Evidence

  • 2003-02-10T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

Jimmy Berluti defends his high school crush, who is under investigation for a suspicious homicide, and Claire Wyatt interviews for a job at Lindsay's newly formed law firm.

7x14 The Making of a Trial Attorney

  • 2003-03-03T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

A wrongful-imprisonment suit occupies Bobby, whose client spent 15 years in jail for a killing he didn't commit; a case involving a youth's soccer injury tests Claire's mettle in court.

7x15 Choirboys (1)

  • 2003-03-10T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

Helen faces up against the firm in a case involving an accused killer whose protective mother provides alibis. A disturbed former client jarringly reenters Lindsay's life.

7x16 Special Deliveries (2)

  • 2003-03-24T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

Psychopaths plague Lindsay and Helen. The latter is sued by an acquitted killer for defaming his mother; the former is hounded by a deviant she once defended.

7x17 Burnout

  • 2003-03-24T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

The firm defends Kyle Healy, a wheelchair-bound man whose wife is charged with murdering his brother, the heir to a multimillion-dollar estate. Jimmy and Ellenor's defense is damaged by compelling circumstantial evidence; testimony about the defendant's stability — and the prosecution's playing of a shattering trump card. In other storylines, Jamie champions the cause of a lawyer who claims firms won't hire her because she's a rape victim; and Bobby, whose marriage is in trouble, links up with an old flame.

7x18 Capitol Crimes

  • 2003-03-31T05:00:00Z — 43 mins

The death penalty comes under scrutiny in a controversial hearing centering on a troubled teen and admitted killer, whose case parallels Bobby's reinvolvement with a former lover.

7x19 Les Is More

  • 2003-04-07T04:00:00Z — 41 mins

A crazed fame-seeker takes CBS CEO Les Moonves hostage in a ploy for TV time to be negotiated by Jimmy, also a hostage.

7x20 Heroes and Villians

  • 2003-04-21T04:00:00Z — 42 mins

A date-rape case links the accused to Jamie, a former victim; the return of crazed Stanley Deeks prompts terrified Lindsay to take drastic action that could jeopardize her career.

7x21 Baby Love (1)

  • 2003-05-05T04:00:00Z — 43 mins

The collapse of Bobby's marriage is a prelude to a professional crisis. Also, the firm defends a wife on trial for slaying her abusive husband and represents a 10-year-old in a liability suit.

7x22 Goodbye (2)

  • 2003-05-05T04:00:00Z — 44 mins

Shocking twists in the trial of an accused wife-killer rattle Jimmy and Rebecca. Bobby's news to the firm devastates Eugene and has an impact on Lindsay.

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