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Season 8

147 :08x01 - We the People

Sep/28/2003
Alan Shore (James Spader), an ethically challenged anti-trust lawyer who was recently fired from his firm for embezzling, approaches Ellenor, a friend from the past, about a job. She reluctantly agrees to give him a chance, but first he must prove himself by taking over a case. Meanwhile, Eugene and Jimmy defend a woman who, fed up, shot a neighborhood drug dealer in cold blood, and Ellenor and Jamie take on the case of Brad Stanfield (Chris O'Donnell), a man who stands accused of murdering his pregnant wife.
Guest Stars: Norman Lloyd as D. A. Asher Silverman | Naelee Rae as Ashley Markham | Cheryl White as Christine Shepard | Jeff Perry as Randy Markham | Harve Presnell as Judge Dickem | Brent Jennings as Malcolm Kane | Lesley Fera as A.D.A. Kate Barron | Viola Davis as Aisha Crenshaw | Kenneth Welsh as Judge Harrod | Kelly Overton as Debbie Huber | Chris O'Donnell as Brad Stanfield | Bernie Hourihan as Foreperson | Alyssa Gainer as Emma Stanfield | Beverly White as Reporter
Director: Dennis Smith

148 :08x02 - The Chosen (1)

Oct/05/2003
Alan Shore agrees to help friend Sheila Carlisle (Sharon Stone), a successful attorney who claims God speaks to her, and who has subsequently been fired from her law firm for being mentally incompetent. Meanwhile there are startling new developments in the case of Brad Stanfield (Chris O'Donnell), whom Ellenor and Jamie are defending for allegedly poisoning his pregnant wife.
Guest Stars: Adam Arkin as Albert Ginsberg | Katherine Kamhi as Marsha Singleton | Frank Birney as Judge West | Tyrees Allen as A.D.A. Mark Campbell | Phillip Palmer as Reporter | Cheryl Carter as Reporter | Sharon Stone as Sheila Carlisle | Chris O'Donnell as Brad Stanfield | Debra Mooney as Judge Spindle | Jim Lau as Dr. Ming Hyang | Randy Kovitz as Dr. Henke | Alyssa Gainer as Emma Stanfield | Jill Basey as Juror Margaret | John Woodward as Juror Ward | Jane Edith Wilson as Juror Libby | Geoffrey Gould as Juror 'Comb-Over' | Cheryl White as Christine Shepard | Ken Meseroll as Jonathan Lambert
Director: Leslie Libman

149 :08x03 - Cause of Action (2)

Oct/12/2003
Eccentric attorney Sheila Carlisle (Sharon Stone), whom Alan Shore hired on a temporary basis without consulting anyone else, takes on a lawsuit on behalf of the firm; and Ellenor finds herself in a moral dilemma when faced with the truth about her client.
Guest Stars: Ken Hudson Campbell as Roland Huff | Frank Birney as Judge West | Tyrees Allen as A.D.A. Mark Campbell | Mary Major as Reporter | Chris O'Donnell as Brad Stanfield | Sharon Stone as Sheila Carlisle | Dana Ivey as Judge Brown | Rick Zieff as George Collins | Randy Oglesby as Judge White | Robert Clotworthy as Judge Flynn | Bari Hochwald as Nancy Huff | Alyssa Gainer as Emma Stanfield | Bill Doyle as Richard Ward | Aaron Lustig as Michael King

150 :08x04 - Blessed Are They (3)

Oct/19/2003
Alan Shore is troubled by Sheila Carlisle's (Sharon Stone) increasingly erratic behavior and fears for her mental - and legal - competence. Meanwhile, Shore is ordered by the court to represent a man who refuses to divulge his identity for fear that the unsavory nature of his crime will be made public.
Guest Stars: Ken Hudson Campbell as Roland Huff | Jason Brooks (1) as A.D.A. Adam Morris | Gregory Itzin as Wayne Pyne | Richard McGonagle as Judge Wilcox | Tyrees Allen as A.D.A. Mark Campbell | Ron McLarty as Judge Wallace | James Geralden as Det. Nelson | Chris O'Donnell as Brad Stanfield | Bill Doyle as Richard Ward | Dee Anne Helsel as Clerk | Bari Hochwald as Nancy Huff | Alex Carter as John Doe/ Russell Fosterling | Shannon Nelson as Jeanette Martin | Brian Mulligan as Mitch Penner | Sharon Stone as Sheila Carlisle
Director: Simon Curtis

151 :08x05 - The Heat of Passion (1)

Oct/26/2003
Eugene struggles to defend a white supremacist whom he was appointed by the court to represent. Meanwhile, the sexual tension between Tara Wilson and Alan Shore grows, and Jamie and Eugene's interracial relationship is tested.
Guest Stars: Ken Hudson Campbell as Roland Huff | Denis Arndt as Roland Hill | Susan Blommaert as Judge Fox | Kenneth Welsh as Judge Harrod | Jan Munroe as Dr. Charles Emory | Bill Doyle as Richard Ward | Bari Hochwald as Nancy Huff | John Walcutt as Jonathan Macklin | Capathia Jenkins as Melissa Kenner | Rick Lenz as Evan Ashford | Andrew Leeds as Danny Grant | Brionna Canada as Amanda Kenner
Director: Nick Gomez

152 :08x06 - The Lonely People (2)

Nov/02/2003
Eugene and Jimmy's defense of the leader of a white supremacist group takes an unexpected turn when surprising new developments come to light. Meanwhile, Shore continues in his quest to free Roland Huff from prison, and Jamie and Eugene must come to terms with their differences.
Guest Stars: Denis Arndt as Roland Hill | Susan Blommaert as Judge Fox | Mike Muscat as Ralph | John Walcutt as Jonathan Macklin | Tucker Smallwood as Dr. Henry Matthews | Chris Gardner as Thomas Coleman | Ken Hudson Campbell as Roland Huff | Lisa Edelstein as Diane Ward | Kenneth Welsh as Judge Harrod | David Starzyk as Martin Adler | Julie Janney as Foreperson | Andrew Leeds as Danny Grant | Alpha Richards as Bernice Johnson

153 :08x07 - Rape Shield

Nov/09/2003
As a court-appointed attorney, Berluti takes an unexpected path in defending a man accused of rape. Meanwhile, Eugene and Ellenor confront both Jamie and Alan Shore when evidence of some questionable behavior comes to light.
Guest Stars: Bruce Weitz as D.A. Robert Webb | Holland Taylor as Judge Kittleson | Lisa Edelstein as Diane Ward | Tom Kemp as Samuel Palmer | Laz Alonso as Derrick Mills | Capathia Jenkins as Melissa Kenner | Janet Song as Foreperson | Elisabeth Moss as Jessica Palmer
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

154 :08x08 - Concealing Evidence

Nov/23/2003
Alan Shore uses questionable, if not illegal, tactics in representing his clients — Ted Grayson, a mentally unstable man accused of murder, and Karen Evanson, a woman who claims her husband's suicide was induced by a prescription drug.
Guest Stars: Herb Mitchell as Judge White | Amy Aquino as Judge Moreno | Ron Leibman as Robert Colby | Lisa Sheridan as Karen Evanson | Tony Amendola as Dr. Bernard Gorman | Michael Tighe as Ted Grayson | Christopher Shea as A.D.A. Martin Beckham | David Jung as Michael Lee | Serena Spencer as Sylvie Winslow | Sam Vance as Officer Hunt | Robert Joseph as Officer Jones | Asante Jones as Officer Smith | Barry Sigismondi as Det. Mills | Paula Nicolas as Receptionist | Obie Smith as Orderly
Director: Bill D'Elia

155 :08x09 - Victims' Rights

Nov/30/2003
Alan Shore defends a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to escape an arranged marriage in her home country. Meanwhile, Eugene tries to help a man who is seeking justice for the brutal murder of his wife.
Guest Stars: David Andrews as Judge Stucky | Kate Burton as A.D.A Susan Alexander | Mim Drew as Reporter | Svetlana Efremova as Mrs. Viorka | Becca Gardner as Anna Viorka | David Garrison as Asst. U.S. Attorney Theodore McNally | Josh Hamilton as Lawrence Gilbert | William Dennis Hurley as Daniel Cogan | Marguerite MacIntyre as Jake Spooner's Attorney | Bill Moseley as Jake Spooner | Yasen Peyankov as Mr. Viorka | Edmund L. Shaff as Judge Kirkland | Julius Tennon as Detective
Director: Jeannot Szwarc

156 :08x10 - Equal Justice

Dec/07/2003
Alan Shore uses unorthodox tactics when he's appointed by the court to defend a young man accused of murder. Meanwhile, Tara must try her first case when she's thrown into covering Shore's previously scheduled client.
Guest Stars: Steven Lee Allen as Gas Station Attendent | Jordan Baker as Judge Robbins | Steven Flynn as D.A. Martin | Remy Ryan Hernandez as Andrea Mills | Angela Hughes as Tamara Bagnelle | Brenden Jefferson as Marshall Bagnelle | Reggie Jordan as Bailiff | Tzi Ma as Tang Jingyu | Freda Foh Shen as Judge Okubo | Hank Stratton as Attorney for the Gas Station
Director: Andy Wolk

157 :08x11 - Police State

Jan/11/2004
When the police torture a man they believe shot one of their own, Eugene, barely able to contain his emotion, takes the lead in seeking justice.
Guest Stars: Blake Heron as Joe Morgan | Ray Abruzzo as Det McGuire | Steven Lee Allen as Gas Station Attendent | Marshall Allman as Todd Beck | James Moses Black as Officer | Nadine Ellis as Officer Carroll | Femi Emiola as Sharon White | Alejandro Furth as Dr. Mills | Richard Gross as Wesley Pollack | Michael Patrick McGill as Officer Gailey | S.E. Perry as Officer Chandler | Gary A. Rodriguez as Officer Jones | Anne Rutter as Marcia Flippen | Stephen Alvarez as Reporter | Tyrone LaForrest as Officer White | Jeff LeBeau as Officer Gailey
Director: Andy Wolk

158 :08x12 - Avenging Angels

Jan/18/2004
Jimmy Berluti and Jamie Stringer defend an elderly man, Walter Josephson, who is accused of killing a member of the local Irish mob, and Alan Shore agrees to help a friend — by any means necessary — who discovers his wife is cheating on him.
Guest Stars: James Eckhouse as Anthony Selig | Jeremy Flynn as Charlie Haden | Colby French as Richie Price | Jessa French as Annie | Charles Hutchins as Tommy Moynihan | Tess Lina as A.D.A Alexandra Hartig | Maria McCann as Eve Haber | Michael Nouri as Dwight Haber | Tim Snay as Judge Weeks | Ralph Waite as Walter Josephson | Anne Wilde as Connie

159 :08x13 - Going Home (1)

Feb/15/2004
When his best friend from childhood is accused of murdering his mistress, Alan Shore returns home to defend him.
Guest Stars: Karis Campbell as Cheryl Bell | Taylor Nichols as Father Tom Dugan | Steven Shaw as Judge James | Michael Reilly Burke as Det. McCarley | Jill Clayburgh as Victoria Stewart | Mary Strong as Reporter #3 | Rich Skidmore as Reporter #2 | Cynthia Madvig as Brenda Wilbur | Joey Hiott as Michael Stewart | Colleen Flynn as Wendy Stewart | Rick Hoffman as D.A. Harvey Clarke | Betty White as Catherine Piper | Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Paul Stewart | Gretchen Weiss as Clerk | Javier Ronceros as Det. Whistler | Pat Matthews as Reporter #4 | Justin Montgomery Bretter as Young Alan Shore | Lisa Steinmetz as Reporter #1 | Morgan York as Melissa Stewart | Johnny Asuncion as Det. Ed Ramos
Director: Michael Zinberg

160 :08x14 - Pre-Trial Blues (2)

Feb/22/2004
Alan Shore and Jimmy Berluti's mutual antagonism began the moment they met, and tensions mount when Shore is forced to seek Jimmy's help with the case of his childhood friend, Paul Stewart (Patrick Dempsey). Meanwhile, Catherine Piper (Betty White) makes a shocking revelation that could have a devastating impact on the outcome of the trial.
Guest Stars: Edward Asner as Judge Winnaker | Rick Hoffman as D.A. Harvey Clarke | Jill Clayburgh as Victoria Stewart | Marc Vann as Terry Glazer | Taylor Nichols as Father Tom Dugan | James Shanklin as Dr. Heinrick Schmidt | Colleen Flynn as Wendy Stewart | Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Paul Stewart | Betty White as Catherine Piper | Traber Burns as Prospective Juror #2 | Cynthia Madvig as Brenda Wilbur | Michael Reilly Burke as Det. McCarley | Pat Battistini as Prospective Juror #1 | Earnestine Phillips as African-American Woman | Gary Poux as Dennis Hopper

161 :08x15 - Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)

Mar/07/2004
With childhood friend Paul Stewart's freedom hanging in the balance, Alan Shore braces for the jury's return.
Guest Stars: Edward Asner as Judge Winnaker | Marc Vann as Terry Glazer | Michael Reilly Burke as Det. McCarley | Colleen Flynn as Wendy Stewart | Jill Clayburgh as Victoria Stewart | Patrick Dempsey as Dr. Paul Stewart | Taylor Nichols as Father Tom Dugan | Rick Hoffman as D.A. Harvey Clarke | Betty White as Catherine Piper | Susan M. Carr as Foreperson | Gary Poux as Dennis Hopper

162 :08x16 - In Good Conscience (1)

Mar/14/2004
There are major shake-ups at the firm, as tensions rise between Eugene and Alan Shore. Meanwhile, the firm takes the case of a young man who is suing the doctor he feels is responsible for the death of his wife during childbirth. Kelli Williams returns to the show to make her directorial debut.
Guest Stars: Helen Carey as Dr. Kobatch | Richard Holden as Micheal Harper | Tari Tabakin as Nurse | Monia Joblin as Foreperson | Stephen Mendillo as Dr. Miller | John Sterling Carter as Judge Mantle | Gary Cole as Brian Seabury | Jeremy Davidson as Dr. Robert Platt | Marla Sokoloff as Lucy Hatcher | John Keefe as Tom Quillen | Naibe Renoso as Julie Bench | King Stuart as Judge Zeldin | Parker Shipp as Mary Quillen
Director: Kelli Williams

163 :08x17 - War of the Roses (2)

Mar/21/2004
Tensions between Shore and Eugene rise to the boiling point when Shore retains the services of a high-profile law firm to go head-to-head with Young, Frutt & Berluti in the face of his abrupt firing from the firm.
Special Guest Stars: William Shatner as Denny Crane |
Guest Stars: Joe Shea as Stanley Brenner | Phillip Palmer as Newscaster | Jim Jansen as Stephen Gould | Moira Price as Foreperson | David L. Crowley as Officer Kale | Conor O'Farrell as D.A. Albert Bellamy | James Hornbeck as Judge Clarke | Sherri Parker Lee as Carrie Moses | Stan Ivar as Judge Gleason | Marla Sokoloff as Lucy Hatcher | Vince Colosimo as Matthew Billings

164 :08x18 - The Case Against Alan Shore (3)

Mar/28/2004
In a dramatic courtroom showdown, Alan Shore sues his former friends and partners at Young, Frutt & Berluti for wrongful termination, but is it justice he's after, or simply revenge.
Special Guest Stars: William Shatner as Denny Crane |
Guest Stars: Vince Colosimo as Matthew Billings | Anne Stedman as Caryn Davis | Adam Goldberg as Noah Burke | Stan Ivar as Judge Gleason | Gordon Michaels as Foreperson | Marla Sokoloff as Lucy Hatcher
Director: Bill D'Elia

165 :08x19 - The Firm

Apr/18/2004
Jimmy Berluti takes the firm by surprise when he leaves to pursue his own practice, and Alan Shore gets an immediate taste of what life is like at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.
Special Guest Stars: William Shatner as Denny Crane |
Guest Stars: Andrew J. Robinson as Edmond Solomon | Lake Bell as Sally Heep | Vince Colosimo as Matthew Billings | Rebecca De Mornay as Hannah Rose | Nicole Bilderback as Paralegal | Willie C. Carpenter as Steven Watson | Billy Gardell as Manny Quinn | Gina Gershon as Glenn | Currie Graham as Sheldon Modry | Daniel Jay Shore as Darryl Solomon | Lisa Kaminir as Atty Hanson | Loren Lester as Mitchell Gore | Leo Marks as Kevin Herr | Herb Mitchell as Judge White | Benita Krista Nall as Candice Watson | Randy Thompson as William Finnerty | Judith Flanagan as Sarah Finnerty | David Brownstein as Mark Quinlen | Dennis Ure as Atty. Collins

166 :08x20 - Comings and Goings

Apr/25/2004
Eugene is presented with an offer he finds hard to refuse, and Ellenor is shocked when she hears the news, knowing full well that any departure by Eugene would mean the beginning of the end of the practice. Meanwhile, Jimmy is confronted by crooked lawyer Lenny Pascatore (Vincent Pastore), who claims that the neighborhood only has room for one practicing attorney. Across town at Crane, Poole & Schmidt, Denny Crane ruffles some feathers by making Tara his personal paralegal, and Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) enlists Shore's help in handling an assault case involving two hockey players.
Special Guest Stars: William Shatner as Denny Crane |
Guest Stars: Gregory Alan Williams as District Attorney | Lake Bell as Sally Heep | Ivar Brogger as Kevin Stadler | Vince Colosimo as Matthew Billings | Rebecca De Mornay as Hannah Rose | Adriana Demeo as Suzy Paponi | Billy Gardell as Manny Quinn | Joe Marinelli as Rocco | Debi Mazar as GiGi | Vincent Pastore as Lenny Pescatore | Donna Pieroni as Milli Trevalli | Patrick John Hurley as Mr. Burke | Paul Jene as Mike Sears | Tina Kim as Waitress | Chuck Licata as Frank Calzone | Tamara Mark as Marcy

167 :08x21 - New Hoods on the Block

May/02/2004
Eugene considers an exciting new offer for his future... could this mean the end of the practice? Meanwhile, Jimmy is shaken by an ominous run-in with neighborhood lawyer Lenny Pescatore (Vincent Pastore), as their turf war heats up, and Ellenor clashes with sexy and ruthless attorney Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) of Crane Poole & Schmidt.
Special Guest Stars: Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell | William Shatner as Denny Crane |
Guest Stars: Lake Bell as Sally Heep | Ivar Brogger as Kevin Stadler | Sandra Cusimano as Client #2 | Rebecca De Mornay as Hannah Rose | Michael Fairman as Governor's Council Interviewer | Billy Gardell as Manny Quinn | Tony Giorgio as Client #1 | Joe Marinelli as Rocco | Debi Mazar as GiGi | Andrea Nittoli as Eileen | Vincent Pastore as Lenny Pescatore | Paul Raci as Ralph 'Spinny' Spinaci | Claudette Roche as Warton | Tony Rossi as Terranova | Jack Stehlin as Halberry | Philip Digiacomo as Man with Leg Prosthesis

168 :08x22 - Cheers (a.k.a Adjourned: Series Finale)

May/16/2004
At Crane, Poole & Schmidt, Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore appear before Judge Eugene Young, and Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) recuperates from the punch she suffered at the hands of Ellenor. Meanwhile, Jamie takes a position at Berluti's new legal shingle, and Ellenor invites Bobby Donnell (guest star Dylan McDermott) to help his former colleagues bid an official goodbye to the old firm, as they each embark on the next phase of their professional lives.
Special Guest Stars: Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell | William Shatner as Denny Crane |
Guest Stars: Lake Bell as Sally Heep | Stanley Anderson as Psychiatrist | Frank Birney as Judge West | Lydia Blanco as Clerk | Betsy Brandt as Lynda Hobbs | Garrett M. Brown as Walter Shepley | Kate Burton as A.D.A Susan Alexander | Rebecca De Mornay as Hannah Rose | Adriana Demeo as Suzy Paponi | Billy Gardell as Manny Quinn | Vincent Pastore as Lenny Pescatore | Alyssa Shafer as Zoey Frutt | Lenny Venito as Eddie | Jacquie Barnbrook as Angelina Torelli
Warning: The Practice guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: March 04, 1997
Ended: May 16, 2004
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