Season 8 of The Practice was controversial in that several series regulars, including Dylan McDermott, were abruptly fired from the show as a result of a drastic reduction in license fees from ABC. With that being said, I like every other Practice fan went into this season feeling pessimistic. If you can't have Bobby Donnell, why continue the show at all? But something unexpected came along in the form of Alan Shore played by James Spader. I quickly became a fan of his character and found the show to actually be quite good, if not well rejuvenated for what would turn out to be its final season. In fact, my only beef with this season were the final episodes. I wanted to see what was left of my beloved Practice cast and yes, Alan Shore as well. Instead, they seemingly shoved much of the show off to the side for a forced introduction of law firm Crane, Poole, & Schmidt. I was so upset about this and opposed to everything Denny Crane that I approached Boston Legal with the same hesitation I went into this season of The Practice with. Ultimately, Boston Legal became one of my all time favorite TV shows and to this day I quote Denny Crane. The moral of the story is, have a little faith in David E. Kelley. He knows what he's doing, he does it well, The Practice does go out on a high note, and you will thoroughly enjoy this season when you don't go into it expecting to hate it.