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The Practice Quotes

The Practice is a Legal drama that was first aired in 1997 on American Broadcasting Company. The Practice stopped airing in 2004.

The Practice lasted 8 seasons and 168 episodes. The Practice is executive produced by David E. Kelley. The Practice is created by David E. Kelley.

The Practice is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of The Practice is 44 minutes long. The Practice is produced by 20th Century Fox Television and distributed by 20th Television. Spinoffs for this show include Boston Legal.

The cast includes: Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell, Steve Harris as Eugene Young, Jason Kravits as Richard Bay, Linda Hunt as Judge Zoey Hiller, Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen, Camryn Manheim as Ellenor, Kelli Williams as Lindsay, Holland Taylor as Judge Roberta Kittleson, Dylan McDermott as Bobby, Holland Taylor as Judge Hiller, Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen Gamble, Lisa Gay Hamilton as Rebecca, Jason Kravits as Richard, Steve Harris as Eugene, Holland Taylor as Judge, Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti, Camryn Manheim as Ellenor Frutt, and Michael Monks as George Vogelman.

The Practice Quotes

Camryn Manheim as Ellenor

  • (Camryn Manheim) "It's a starter pistol."
  • (Kelli Williams) "What are you gonna do? Race him?"
  • (Camryn Manheim) "Has the prosecution paid you for your testimony today?"
  • (Witness) "I have been paid a small stipend for my expenses."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "Would that be more or less than they paid the judge?"
  • (Camryn Manheim) "Heads we take the plea, tails we go for it."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "Tails. We go for it."
  • (Kelli Williams) "This is why we get paid. To make these decisions."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "This is a no-brainer, what's stopping you?"
  • (Kelli Williams) "Some of us have brains."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "You don't shout at me -- ever."

Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen

  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "I need it, Richard. Give it to me."
  • (Jason Kravits) "What?"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "The speech. Why we do what we do."
  • (Jason Kravits) "Oh, I am not really in the mood after --"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "PLEASE, Richard. I NEED it. Please give it to me. And don't just phone it in."
  • (Jason Kravits) "Helen --"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "Please. Can't you see how demoralized I am?"
  • (Jason Kravits) "OK. (takes a deep breath) There are heroes in this world. They're called District Attorneys. They don't get to have clients, people who smile at them at the end of the trial, who look them in the eye and say, "thank you." Nobody is there to appreciate the District Attorney, because we work for the state. And our gratitude comes only from knowing there's a tide out there. A tide the size of a tsunami coming out of a bottomless cesspool. A tide called crime, which, if left unchecked will rob every American of his freedom. A tide which strips individuals of the privilege of being able to, to walk down a dark street or take twenty dollars out of an ATM machine without fear of being mugged. All Congress does is talk, but it's the District Attorney who grabs his sword, who digs into the trenches and fights the fight. Who dogs justice day, after day, after day without thanks, without so much as a simple pat on the back. But we do it. We do it, we do it because we are the crusaders, the last frontier of American justice. Knowing that if a man cannot feel safe, he can never, never feel free."
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "Thank you."
  • (Unnamed) "Helen, can I call you Helen?"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "No."
  • (Unnamed) "Okay, Dorothy."
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "This man comes from a society that treats women as commodities. A nation that burns bad wives. In America we don't do that. We don't condone honor killings. We don't consider any murder to be honorable. You all know what he did. Come back with a verdict which reminds him what country he is in now."
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "If you're in love with the guy, be a woman about it and claw my eyes out. I'd do it to you."
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "Oh, go kill yourself."

Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell

  • (Dylan McDermott) "Once in a while you get an innocent, and that's why we do this."
  • (Dylan McDermott) "Lindsay, I've only had two dreams my whole life. One was to pitch for the Red Sox, the other was to meet and marry the greatest woman in the whole world -- one for two isn't bad --"
  • (Dylan McDermott) "Now if I could just get you to take a little medication for your mood swings --"
  • (Kelli Williams) "Is that so?"
  • (Dylan McDermott) "Ow. Ow. Okay. Okay. Uncle."
  • (Dylan McDermott) "You think it's tough defending the guilty, Lindsay? Try the innocent -- it's terrifying."
  • (Dylan McDermott) "It's better that ten guilty men go free, than one innocent man suffer."
  • (Dylan McDermott) "We'll look bad if we hide things. Let's just be upfront about everything."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "That's easy for you to say; it's not your personal life"
  • (Unnamed) "Who has a personal life?"
  • (Unnamed) "Lucy."

Kelli Williams as Lindsay

  • (Unnamed) "You're going to heaven, and I will take you there."
  • (Kelli Williams) "You know what? Why don't you go on ahead without me."
  • (Kelli Williams) "Your style is kind of, you know, Queen Bitch Killer Bee. Doesn't harsh go with that?"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "Why yes Lindsay, harsh would go with that --"
  • (Kelli Williams) "If you were in my position --"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "I would NEVER be in your position."
  • (Kelli Williams) "Hey."
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "Go to hell."
  • (Kelli Williams) "You go to hell."
  • (Kelli Williams) "Don't 'here we go' me. If you 'here we go' me, one more time --"
  • (Dylan McDermott) "Listen to yourself."
  • (Kelli Williams) "Oh, and I hate that one, too; "listen to yourself". "Here we go" and "listen to yourself". If you say those things, in our marriage, I will scream. Okay? Do you hear me? You know, it's good to know these things before we become husband and wife. This is very, very, healthy."
  • (Kelli Williams) "You've made every decision without consulting me, and now you're telling me that I have to wear your dead mother's doily? Well, I'm not. I'm wearing the dress that I picked out. If I have to eat communion, you can swallow this."
  • (Kelli Williams) "Bite me."
  • (Kelli Williams) "What am I, a pineapple?"
  • (Kelli Williams) "Hail, hail freedom of the press. I think it's time to send a message to all the cockroaches."
  • (Kelli Williams) "You're not senior partner here, Bobby."
  • (Dylan McDermott) "Well, then, let's put our clothes back on, drive over to the office, and have the conversation there."

Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti

  • (Michael Badalucco) "My client is innocent. You know it. That's probably why you're in here getting drunk."
  • (Holland Taylor) "Wrong again. I get drunk every night."
  • (Michael Badalucco) "What?"
  • (Holland Taylor) "I came to surprise you."
  • (Michael Badalucco) "Oh -- it worked."
  • (Michael Badalucco) "I've spent my whole life thinking I'm not good enough."
  • (Dylan McDermott) "If we lose, you'll at least know your whole life, you've been right."

Steve Harris as Eugene Young

  • (Susan Robin's father) "You're getting paid to think that."
  • (Steve Harris) "I get paid to represent him. What I think isn't up for sale."
  • (Steve Harris) "Bobby, if stupidity were a crime, your ass would be in jail for life."
  • (Unnamed) "I'm not a magician."
  • (Steve Harris) "No, but you can make yourself disappear."
  • (Steve Harris) "The rot is already in the wood."
  • (Kelli Williams) "So you might as well take your cut."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "You pissy little bitch."
  • (Unnamed) "Look at the bright side, Eugene. I can still get my jury victory now."
  • (Steve Harris) "Yes. I'm trying to contain my delight on that."

Jason Kravits as Richard

  • (Jason Kravits) "This is a total gyp."
  • (Jason Kravits) "What Mr. Donnell is saying is he doesn't trust juries. Well, that's the system of this country. And if it displeases him, perhaps he should move to Cuba."

Michael Monks as George Vogelman

  • (Michael Monks) "You know you're standing under the mistletoe?"
  • (Lara Flynn Boyle) "You know the saying, George; once you've seen a man holding a severed head, it's hard to look at him again sexually."

Holland Taylor as Judge Roberta Kittleson

  • (Holland Taylor) "Let me be frank. The defendant is world-class scum. I'm sure he's guilty of the crime."
  • (Steve Harris) "Well, I'm glad you have an open mind."
  • (Holland Taylor) "Oh please. A mind is like a wound. If it's too open, you get an infection."
  • (Holland Taylor) "You can write your congressman if you don't like the law, counsel. In here, we simply follow it."
  • (Holland Taylor) "Was anyone else present for your conversation?"
  • (Camryn Manheim) "No."
  • (Holland Taylor) "Well, then, shame on you. Never interview a witness alone. This is what you get."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "Thank you, Your Honor. I was so hoping for a lesson."
  • (Holland Taylor) "Your motion is denied. I am losing my patience."
  • (Camryn Manheim) "To hell with patience, you've lost your MIND, and that hasn't slowed you down."
  • (Holland Taylor) "After this case is over, if you want to sit next to me, fine. We can share a drink. Who knows, I might even wet your whistle after."
  • (Michael Badalucco) "You're a vulgar, desperate woman."
  • (Holland Taylor) "All the more reason to remain a good judge, then."

Linda Hunt as Judge Zoey Hiller

  • (Linda Hunt) "Mr. Bay, did you see the sign, "Check your soapbox at the door"?"

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