Throwback Thursday: When Betty White first appeared on TV screens as Catherine Piper on ABC’s “The Practice”
She may be best known as Rose, Sue Ann and Elka, but Betty White had another very memorable TV role: Catherine Piper who we met on ABC’s The Practice then for many episodes of the Boston Legal spinoff. These scenes from The Practice are when we first meet Catherine, Alan’s (James Spader) neighbor as a child. When Alan was nine, he put a bag of burning dog feces on her doorstep. She hadn’t forgotten Alan and all these years later she shook his hand with dog excrement in it. She served as a witness in a case, extorting from the defendant’s mother in exchange for withholding testimony, and Alan made her out to be a bitter, demented old widow.