The Practice
Blowing Smoke

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Blowing Smoke

After an outside shot of Boston, the camera moves once again inside the firm. The Man, tender as can be, brushes Lindsay's arm as they are talking in his office: "Is everything okay?" (Oh, you men, such masters of the obvious!) To which Lindsay responds, "It's just that you guys started to gang up, that's all." Bobby responds that her reaction was a little over the top, stating that he thinks she's wound up tighter than a professional yo-yo. He thinks there's more going on here (you think?). In a nutshell, Lindsay's not getting enough love from The Man. She needs more sex. Lucy, queen of all timing, walks in just in time to hear Lindsay bemoan her nearly celibate state. "Great," Lindsay says. The Man stammers as if he didn't hear her properly, "You -- need -- more sex?" Lindsay starts explaining that their love life is waning and they aren't even married yet. "You don't think I want to make love to you?" Bobby asks incredulously. Lindsay "The Woman and The Lawyer" responds, "1.6 times a week. Last year it was 3.9." Yes, she keeps the statistics ready and handy for battle. Again, The Man is dumbfounded: "You do the math?" Sensing and wanting to avoid further discussion, Lindsay then rushes out of the office to get to her tobacco deposition, leaving Bobby "1.6" Donnell ["Okay, that nickname's a keeper." -- deborah] with his arms outstretched in a mixture of confusion and concern.

Courthouse. Ellenor walks up to Rebecca, who is standing with their client, and says, "We hit a bump. Helen Gamble doesn't want you in uniform. The judge agreed. "I'm a cop," says their client, Craig Armstrong. "On leave," Ellenor clarifies, "and if the department says you can't wear it then --" The cop responds that it's ridiculous that he has to change into civilian clothes, rolling his eyes and generally acting indignant. Cop Armstrong, an ex-lover of Rebecca's, shot a kid while he was off duty and the prosecutor is now bringing him up on charges. The DA’s office has offered up a reckless-endangerment charge wherein he'd have to serve six months. Cop Armstrong looks to Rebecca as Ellenor brings up the idea of taking the deal, but her advice is to turn down the deal. "He thought the kid pulled a gun, Ellenor." Rebecca says. See, it's all one big misunderstanding, only he could end up with a murder-two rap and spend the rest of his life in jail. (You should notice here that the scene, once again, has been set -- he's one for dramatic irony, that David E. Kelley). They decide to refuse the deal -- Cop Armstrong will "go the mat" saying that he was "just doing his job" (like no cop has ever shot anyone without cause before -- but I digress). Ellenor reluctantly agrees and sends him off to change clothes, because he's got a spare set in one of the breakout rooms, of course. After he's out of earshot, Ellenor says to Rebecca, "Right now he needs you to be his lawyer and not his ex-girlfriend." "Ellenor," Rebecca says through clenched teeth, "Don't use that tone with me." Then they argue about the case: Ellenor wants the deal, Rebecca doesn't; Rebecca maintains that the deal would be fine if her ex-lover was guilty, but he's not, he's innocent; Ellenor thinks Rebecca’s objectivity is compromised; Rebecca counters with a little George Vogelman; Ellenor pulls back with an outline of George's heinous crimes and finishes with, "And my objectivity wasn't compromised a bit, was it?" Rebecca "Cool As Ice" Washington clenches out, "My objectivity on this is fine." And then lots of "fines" fly around in place of inventive dialogue.

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