The staff of a Manhattan arraignment court is surprised by the arrival of a maverick young judge named Harry Stone; his first ruling, that a feuding couple should go to dinner with the attorneys, results in a fight breaking out that injures Dan.
Bright young public defender Christine Sullivan finds out she still has a lot to learn after her first day in Harry's court, while Harry ends up throwing her overprotective father in jail for insulting him.
Bull takes part in a foster-father program for underprivileged kids and shows his adoptive son, Andy, around the courtroom. But Billie discovers that Andy is really a girl in disguise. Dan pleads with Mac to give up his baseball tickets to land a date with a sports fan.
Harry experiences an unusual chemistry with a charismatic madam whose brothel has been raided, and wrestles with his conscience about whether to admit her diary into evidence; Bull takes exception to Mac's family tradition of fattening a live turkey in preparation for Thanksgiving.