["NB: ABC spelled the Latin phrase used in the title, res ipsa loquitur, incorrectly. Deborah got it right." -- Sars, Latin snob]
Previously on The Practice: Dentist Henry Olson (Henry "Arthur Fonzarelli" Winkler) denies having murdered one of his patients; Bobby yells at the Fonz; Fonzie confesses to Jimmy that he knows his son Steven committed the murder but that he wants to take the fall for him; Jimmy wants to go to the DA, but Fonzie forbids him; Fonzies found guilty; Jimmy tells Steven that his dad knows hes the murderer; Jimmy finds out that Steven committed suicide; Richard and Jimmy scream at each other about the case.
Jimmy and Bobby are entering a cell where their client, Henry "Fonzie" Olson is resting on a bed, hooked up to an IV. Hes facing the wall and when he slowly rolls over to look at Bobby and Jimmy, we see that his face is pretty badly bashed, bruised and swollen; his hand is covered with bandages. Bobby winces and looks away; Jimmy looks right at him and asks what happened. "They tried to rape me," he says. Bobby asks, "Inmates?" Henry nods gently and continues, "Two of them. I covered my ass, but my face didnt fare so well." Jimmy reassures him that the doctors say that hes going to be okay, but Henry asks Jimmy to arrange for him to be in solitary. Jimmy points out that a life sentence is a long time to be in solitary; Henrys weak with pain but repeats his request a couple of times.
After the credits and commercials, Richard and Helen are talking in the corridor at the courthouse. Helens hair looks better than it probably has all season. Jimmy the Grunt approaches Richard the Runt about re-opening the Olson case. Richard says that if Jimmy brings new evidence, hed be willing to entertain the idea; Jimmy says there is no new evidence, just the simple truth that Henry Olson didnt commit the murder. Helens got other things to do and she takes off; thats the last we see of her this episode. Richard seems annoyed that Jimmys interrupted his quality time with his girlfriend and walks off to his court room. Jimmy follows to continue haranguing him, but Richard doesnt believe Fonzies innocent so hes not going to ask a judge to put aside the verdict. Jimmy says he needs a favour, but Richard refuses. Jimmy then tells him that hes filed a petition to re-open. Before Richard can respond, he hears the bailiff announcing his case and asks Jimmy to wait while he runs up to make his appearance. He rushes up and tells the judge that the DAs office opposes bail, because the subject is "obviously a flight risk." Judge "Do Not Fold" Spindle "Or Mutilate" asks if the accused is represented; a bailiff says hes indigent and that theyre waiting for somebody from the PDs office. Judge Spindles gaze lands on Jimmy, whos sitting in the peanut gallery waiting for Richard. "Mr. Berluti, come meet your new client." He tells her hes not taking appointments today but the judge thinks otherwise, and says theyll enter a "not guilty" plea for the moment; then he can meet with Mr. Miller (the accused) and then theyll conference. Jimmy objects, but the judge couldnt care less and orders him to meet with Miller, and she calls the next case. Jimmy doesnt appear to know what hit him. During this segment, we see credits for not only Henry Winkler but also Ken "White Shadow" Howard and Ted "Gary Ewing" Shackelford, obviously part of David E. Kelleys campaign to eventually employ everyone who ever had a leading role on a television show in the late 1970s or early 1980s. I know I watch too much TV, but Im beginning to think Sars is right about there being only one casting agent in all of Hollywood.