1998/1999 Season

"Passing Go"
An anxiously anticipated letter reveals how Rebecca (Lisa Gay Hamilton) has been secretly spending her after-work hours, changing the direction of her career and shocking all of her colleagues.

"Reasons to Believe"
Last season, she battled him in the courtroom, now Lindsay must come to the aid of her most admired law professor, Anderson Pearson (guest star Edward Hermann); Rebecca defends her first client in court; and Lucy Hatcher reports to work as the new receptionist and immediately puts her nose in everyone's business.

"Body Count" Sunday, October 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m.,ET)
Lindsay and Bobby continue to defend her former law professor as evidence mounts against him; Rebecca is asked to defend a man with a very unusual hobby; and Ellenor has a client with a giant headache

"The Defenders" Sunday, October 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m.,ET) Bobby and Lindsay hear the verdict in the Anderson Pearson murder trial. Meanwhile, Ellenor faces mounting evidence against the doctor who found his one-night stand's head in his medical bag.

"The Battlefield" Sunday, October 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m.,ET) Lindsay refuses to accept defeat in the Pearson case and begins a desperate attempt at an appeal; Ellenor -- also desperate -- continues to search for any piece of evidence to save accused murderer and decapitator George; and Jimmy must face some truths about himself when he elects to defend an accused bigot.

"One of Those Days" Sunday, November 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m.,ET):
The trial of accused murderer and decapitator George Vogelman comes to its shocking conclusion.

"Trench Work" Sunday, November 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m.,ET):
Bobby fears that Lindsay's emotional involvement is threatening her judgment as she takes one last shot at saving Anderson Pearson.

"Swearing In" Sunday, November 29, 1998
Tommy Silva (Tony Danza) begins to build his case against Donnell, Young, Dole & Frutt; Bobby agrees to defend a woman accused of a particularly vicious crime; and just as her new career begins, Rebecca questions the legal system to which she has sworn allegiance.

"State of Mind" Sunday, December 6, 1998
Bobby makes a controversial decision when he selects the lawyer to first chair against Tommy Silva; and accused baby-killer Evelyn Mayfield hears her verdict

"Love and Honor" Sunday, December 13
A tense and dramatic trial ensues as Jimmy Berluti leads Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt's defense against Tommy Silva; meanwhile, Lucy is determined that they all celebrate the season.

"Split Decisions" Sunday, January 3
Hostility brews in the firm when Ellenor has the opportunity to bring in a big-money corporate client; and Helen must face her own conscience when she is asked to prosecute a case more to serve politics than justice.

"A Day in Life" Sunday, January 10
Bobby and Eugene face a crisis of conscience when they uncover the truth about a murdered infant. Meanwhile, Helen plans a day of R&R for herself and Lindsay.

"Judge and Jury" Sunday, January 17
Helen Gamble addresses the issue of physician-assisted suicide -- and the media's role in this controversial issue -- in the courtroom; and is Bobby the man of Judge Kittleson's dreams?

"Of Human Bondage" Sunday, February 7
An attorney friend asks for Bobby's help in defending a prostitute accused of murder; Ellenor passionately defends an addict in need of a break; and, working on a divorce case, Jimmy teaches Rebecca an important lesson about leaving clients in a better place.

"Lawyers, Reporters, and Cockroaches"
Sunday, February 21
Ellenor's dissatisfaction with her colleagues continues to grow; Bobby represents a restaurateur accused of operating an unsanitary establishment; and, after virtually ignoring it, Helen decides to give a cat-killer case its full nine lives.

"End Games" Sunday, February 28
A shocking series of events reopens the case against accused decapitator George Vogelman, and new evidence implicates Ellenor in the crime, sending the entire firm to "war" on her behalf. Meanwhile, Bobby learns that he is not the only object of Judge Kittleson's (Holland Taylor) affections when she seeks his legal counsel.

"Target Practice" Sunday, March 7
When Eugene's son, Kendall, is caught in possession of drugs, his ex-wife blames the influence of Eugene's career on the boy; and Jimmy points the finger at a gun manufacturer for the murder of a teenage girl.

"Crossfire" Sunday, March 14
Emotions run high as Bobby represents Eugene in a custody battle for his son. Meanwhile, Helen must prosecute an accused car-jacker she suspects may be innocent.

"Closet Justice" Sunday, March 28
The firm must question everything they believe about the justice system when they have the opportunity to expose a policeman's error that could set a brutal murderer free.

1997/1998 Season
"Reasonable Doubts" (Season Premiere - September 20)
When Bobby serves as counsel for the high-profile murder trial of Victoria Keenan, a beautiful woman accused of killing her neighbor, he crosses the line by falling in love with her. While the rest of the firm questions his judgment, Bobby struggles with suspicions that she has been lying to him.

"Betrayal" (September 23)
Things aren't what they seem when Bobby, Ellenor and Eugene are undermined by Joey Heric, a fast-talking murder suspect (multi Emmy Award-winner John Larroquette). Meanwhile, Berluti's reputation is on the line when he is tried for solicitation after he loans money to a down-and-out prostitute.

"The Blessing" (September 27)
Boy meets girl, boy squares off with girl, when Bobby and assistant D.A. Helen Gamble face each other and their own painful pasts in a doctor assisted suicide tria. And, with Eugene's help defending an elderly bookie, Lindsay goes toe-to-toe with her D.A. ex-boyfriend Chris Kelton.

Saturday, October 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Dog Bite"
When Ellenor and Lindsay defend Kenny the pimp, Lindsay is approached by a jury member, which may jeopardize the outcome of their case; Eugene strikes another bet with A.D.A. Williams boasting that -- despite an eyewitness -- he'll exonerate his one-legged thief of a client; and Berluti pushes the envelope to get a huge settlement for a nine-year-old girl bitten by a rottweiler.

Saturday, October 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "First Degree"
Bobby serves as co-counsel with his former lover in a murder case; Eugene defends a cop who believes the job has turned him into a racist; Ellenor and Lindsay fight their suspension; and Jimmy has an erotic dream about one of his co-workers.

Saturday, October 18 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Sex, Lies and Monkeys"
Lindsay is slipped the date-rape drug by her occasional boyfriend, Chris Kelton; Ellenor gets sued for causing emotional distress to George Vogelman, the podiatrist she romantically rejected; Berluti goes to trial to defend a man who lost his job because he looks like a monkey; and Bobby tries to right some wrongs in the sentencing of an innocent woman.

Saturday, October 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Search and Seizure"
Helen Gamble makes a pass at an unsuspecting Bobby during a Halloween party; Lindsay puts yet another drug dealer back on the streets; and Eugene and Ellenor represent Rebecca's friend, Michael Randall, who seeks a court-ordered injunction to force his wife to have a C-section.

Saturday, November 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "The Means"
Out of desperation and against Eugene's advice, Bobby plays the race card in the case against Aaron Wilton, a black man accused of manslaughter during a riot; and Ellenor represents her obnoxious cousin, who is suing her travel agent for ruining her honeymoon.

Saturday, November 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Save the Mule"
Lindsay draws the line at representing drug-runners when a client almost dies during a bust; Jimmy comes to the rescue of a community stricken with cancer; and Bobby ends a secret romance when things with Helen Gamble begin to heat up.

Saturday, November 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Spirit of America"
Bobby and the firm are called in by the Capital Defenders Project to keep convicted murderer Randy Jefferson from facing death by lethal injection. The frantic process of trying to prevent his execution is caught on tape by a documentary crew.

Saturday, November 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Hide and Seek"
Raymond Oz (James Whitmore), the legendary attorney and Bobby's former mentor, asks Bobby to second chair a high profile case when he fears his occasional memory lapses might cause problems during the trial; Eugene's career choices come to a head when he defends a repeat offender who has sodomized and brutally murdered two young boys; and Berluti's teenage fantasies come true when the female celebrity sex symbol from his childhood seeks his legal counsel.

Saturday, December 13 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Race With the Devil"
When Bobby's priest performs an exorcism on a parishioner, who dies during the procedure, Bobby must manipulate the system to shield Father Martin from murder charges; Eugene represents Martin Parks in a bizarre malpractice suit; and Berluti -- coming off his first victory -- tapes a commercial to try to drum up additional business.

Saturday, December 20 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "The Civil Right"
When Berluti learns his mother is gay and wants to marry another woman, he must put aside his prejudices and help her battle the judicial system to find happiness. Meanwhile, Eugene and Ellenor defend a repeat-offender rapist in his criminal trial.

Saturday, January 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "The Pursuit of Dignity"
Bobby reconnects with an old girlfriend who needs his help after she is arrested for prostitution; Ellenor and Rebecca fight to keep a 12-year-old girl with Tourrette's syndrome in school; and Lindsay defends a woman who is suing her doctor for sewing live maggots into her leg to prevent post-surgical infection.

Monday, January 5 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Line of Duty"
During a night of passion with Helen Gamble, Bobby overhears plans of a police raid on his drug-dealing client, John Isikoff. Meanwhile, Ellenor supports Berluti as he begins a seemingly unwinnable case against Boston's biggest electric company.

Monday, January 12 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Truth and Consequences"
When Rebecca witnesses a murder and picks out the killer in a lineup, her life is threatened by his gang-banging brother. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Ellenor -- with the help of Lindsay -- take the next precarious step in the case against Boston's biggest electric company. (TV-14,S)

Monday, Jaunary 19, 1998 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Burden of Proof"
Berluti gets a verdict in the power lines case.

Monday, February 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Ties That Bind"
Ellenor and Lindsay defend a hardcore porn star accused of killing her husband/co-star; and Helen finds out about one of Bobby's past lovers.

Monday, February 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Cloudy With A Chance of Membranes"
Bobby and Helen butt heads and send their relationship into a tailspin when neither will back down from a high-profile murder case. And Eugene defends Rebecca's irascible uncle who is being sued by the government for tax evasion.

Monday, February 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "The Trial"
Bobby and the whole firm use every trick in the book to keep Helen Gamble and the D.A.'s office from putting suspected murderer Dr. Jeffrey Winslow in prison for life. Conclusion of a two-part episode from February 9.

Monday, March 2 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "In Deep"
Rebecca is the only witness to the murder of a gas station attendant, but a tough defense lawyer raises doubts about who and what she saw. Meanwhile, Ellenor defends a petty purse snatcher who has become a political pawn.

Monday, March 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Another Day"
One of Bobby's most flamboyant clients, Joey Heric (John Laroquette), has murdered a second lover, only this time, Joey chooses to defend himself and Helen has been assigned to prosecute him.

Monday, March 16 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Checkmate"
Helen Gamble knows she must not just rely on the evidence, but outsmart Joey Heric if she is to send him to jail. John Larroquette Guest Stars as Joey Heric. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

Monday, March 30 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Trees in the Forest"
Lindsay throws the entire firm into turmoil when she demands to be made partner, but it's her personal confession that really catches Bobby off guard.

Monday, April 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) - "Food Chains"
Ellenor fights to save a highly intelligent chimpanzee from deadly medical testing; Helen, Jimmy and Rebecca set up a sting to expose an insurance fraud ring; and Bobby agrees to make certain staff members partners in the firm. Series star Camryn Manheim demonstrates her fluency in American Sign Language; Linda Hunt returns as Judge Hiller. (CLOSED-CAPTIONED)

Monday, April 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) -"Axe Murderer"
When one of their business clients is accused of a gruesome and bizarre murder, Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) and Billy Thomas (Gil Bellows) enlist the help of Bobby, his team, and their expertise in criminal defense. Calista Flockhart and Gil Bellows guest star.

Monday, May 4 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) -"Duty Bound"
A dead teenager has been found in the office of Jimmy's family priest. All evidence points to Father Ryan; but as Jimmy gets close to unveiling the real killer, he is shot at close range in the church parking lot, leaving his colleagues to pray for his recovery and find the gunman. Dann Florek ("L.A. Law," "Law & Order") guest stars.

Monday, May 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) -"Rhyme And Reason" (Season Finale)
In a story reflective of current headlines, a seemingly good 13-year-old shoots and murders his mother after an argument. Bobby is called in to defend him as Helen asks the judge to try the boy as an adult.

1997 (Mid Season Replacement Series - 6 Episodes)

"Premiere" (Pilot) (Original Airdate: March 4th, 1997)
In the premiere episode, the series pilot, the fate of 17-year-old Rachel Reynolds is placed in Bobby's hands when she is tried for drug possession and faces a 15-year sentence. Lindsay goes up against her former professor when her client seeks to sue a tobacco company for causing his wife's death; and Eugene and Ellenor represent a man who repeatedly exposes himself in public.

Episode 2 (March 11th, 1997)
Eugene defends a woman who is fighting to get a restraining order against her violent estranged husband; with the firm in dire financial trouble, Bobby accepts a shady loan from an old friend; and Ellenor looks for love in the personal ads.

Episode 3 "Trial and Error" ( March 18th, 1997)
Bobby gets prepared for the civil trial against Ronald Martin, a man who brutally killed his former girlfriend; also, he intervenes when he senses obstacles as Lindsay continues to battle her former professor and the tobacco industry; and the firm gets another lawyer.

Episode 4 (March 25th, 1997)
The murder case of Ronald Martin comes to an end; Jimmy goes on national television, and is on hand when Gerald Braun's Rabbi makes a startling revelation; and Lindsay brilliantly opens the trial against the T.L. Michaels Tobacco Company, beating her former professor at his own game.

Episode 5 ( April 1st, 1997)
Bobby continues to fight the murder case of Dr. Gerald Braun and goes up against a formidable moral arbitrator in Rabbi/D.A. Asher Silverman; Eugene goes to trial in the case against a mugger with a track record, placing side bets with the A.D.A. and Lindsay; Ellenor finally has a date with the podiatrist with whom she's been having a phone relationship; and to Lindsay, the acquisition of an expensive new conference room table represents more than just a new piece of furniture.

Episode 6 (April 8th, 1997)
Bobby concludes the highly publicized trial of Gerald Braun, arguing that his crime was "morally justifiable"; and Eugene represents a 19-year-old accused of raping his 14-year-old girlfriend.

Episode guide courtesy of The Practice

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