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Season 1

19 Sep. 1999
Ten years after her marriage to New Yorker Michael Cassidy, corporate lawyer Amy Gray is separated, living back in Connecticut at her mother Maxine Gray's with pre-teen daughter Lauren, who misses daddy. Amy starts sitting in as a novice judge in the Hartford County Superior Court family law division. She soon feels out of her depth, professionally, and accepts advice from her mother, officially retired after 28 years as social worker but 'counseling' full time, while resenting being mothered. Also living at home is Amy's sensitive brother, unemployed literature ...
28 Sep. 1999
Trial by Jury
Ma finally admits the car she inherited from dad has had its time, but allows Peter to talk her out of settling for one that she and Vincent agreed on. Amy dumps her daughter's sleepover guests on ma, who shamelessly passes the kids on to Vincent. He takes this as proof that she never took his writing ambition seriously. Filling in for a sick judge, Amy presides over her first-ever, civilian jury trial, about minor Josh Spellman, who shot his girlfriend, Janette Harper, with his parents' gun, for which they may have to pay damages if held negligent.
5 Oct. 1999
Victim Soul
In the hardware-store Vincent meets a woman, painter Chris Osborne, who offers him a date and to pay him for publicity copy-writing. Vincent isn't even put off when he meets her teenage daughter, Lori. The presiding judge dumps a dangerous case on Amy: Thomas Bell, a 10 year comatose boy, supposed to work wonders and suffering stigmata in his grandmother's care, who, according to the physician suffers under abusive attention. However the case is decided by an unexpected maneuver beyond Amy's control.
19 Oct. 1999
Witch Hunt
Vincent's former professor and fan, Barnett, puts him in touch with literary agent Hilary Baker, someone Vincent considers pure evil since their youth, and indeed she changes the rules during the game. Amy judges the case of a father who demands custody of the 8 year old son he left, many years back, in the mother's custody. He claims she's a wicked witch, actually of the Wiccan variety; but she is scorned by an official Wicca interests organization. Lauren refuses to participate in Halloween after listening to scary stories told by a schoolboy, yet Amy defends (in ...
2 Nov. 1999
An Impartial Bias
Vincent accepts an English writing teaching position for the income, but doubts if it fits his vocation as an author. He wonders what made his dad - whom he lost very young- work in the insurance field, as brother Peter now does enthusiastically, despite their father's acceptance for medical school. Maxine fights a deaf supervisor's claim to end the guardianship of big brother Paul Dexter, who alas never learned sign language, over young Kevin, who refuses to learn any more after systematic peer abuse at school, neglected by DCS till then. Amy hears a claim by an old ...
9 Nov. 1999
Near Death Experience
Vincent intervenes when a woman is attacked outside the grocery store and is shot, within an inch of permanent disaster, yet refuses to be mothered. With some difficulty he picks the shooter from a line-up, who will also be charged for a previous murder. Amy grants divorced Jewish father Voci to have his son circumcised but considers the mother's breast-feeding to ridiculous to rule on. Maxine finds otherwise fine parents believe in abduction by aliens.
23 Nov. 1999
The Persistence of Tectonics
Maxine refuses to cook for Thanksgiving the 40th year in a row and is most skeptic when Amy announces she'll cook instead to give Lauren a good first one in Hatford, when her dad Michael Cassidy is visiting; they agree to formalize their divorce. Vincent tries to avoid his ex-agent and scorned seducer Hilary Baker at the publisher's party, only to find she viciously set up gay fellow author Justin Hopkins, an instant friend, as his 'mate'. Amy has to stand in for a judge on 'family emergency' and is ruthless on model students Nathan Larsen and Jonathan Wanderley from ...
30 Nov. 1999
Crowded House
Vincent finally has a perspective: publisher Algonquin wants to publish his short stories, if he can add a 'killer story' to bind the collection, in only four days. He retracts his first attempt, being to personal, containing his brother Peter's marital infertility-drama causing the wife Gillian to take 'a break' living with Maxine, who bullies young colleague Phil(ip), who can't help the workload either. Amy is pissed-off another medical excuse allows a judge to dump on her a teacher-stabbing by an abused foster child with 19 personalities, ably prosecuted by ...
14 Dec. 1999
Presumed Innocent
Sparks fly between Amy and Stuart; he appeals her decision, then later asks her for a date. Maxine places a gifted, chronic run-away teenager. Donna moves into Vincent's apartment. Amy presides over a Munchausen by Proxy syndrome case.
11 Jan. 2000
Spoil the Child
Amy orders an attorney to leave criminal court case to attend her triple juvenile case. Despite his initial indignation, the judge supports an offer made to her to transfer to the criminal justice, which would be for at least a year, but dose she want cases 'when it's already too late'? Dr. Brent Reynolds is charged for taking the belt to his self-admittedly willful son Seth's backside a few times a week. Vincent counsels Donna Kozlowski about disappointing conjugal visits.
15 Feb. 2000
Culture Clash
The Gray family is excited now Vincent's first book is suddenly in the stores, but he worries about any bad criticism he might get, especially in the New York Times, as the negative comments would break his career rather then launch it. Amy tries a case where a German-descended father's anti-German wife, who calls him a Nazi, drove him to flee with their children to Germany, and a claim by an accused woman to have been asked to satisfy a judge 'orally' in chambers. Meanwhile Maxine has to put up Peter's rather arrogant prospective adoption child's pregnant mother.
22 Feb. 2000
The Wee Hours
Vincent has writer's block, even Donna's poem seems more inspired, so he postulates for another reporter cadetship. Amy looses control emotionally during a custody trial, while unable to discipline Lauren, and even dreams of kissing her clerk. Maxine finds out the root is missing a man and diagnoses a sleepwalking youngest boy in a family of five as victim of torturous tickling.
29 Feb. 2000
Drawing the Line
Vincent is now a Hartford Examiner reporter, but objects to a sensationalist assignment to cover a case about a house-father killed while committing a crime cross-dressed; Maxine knew him and scolds all modern journalism. Amy can't handle Lauren making friends with her ex's new partner, who allows the girl to pierce her ears. Amy accepted a class in Yale law school but doesn't keep her promises in class and rants about family law being the noblest, most demanding branch and court job. Maxine finds re-offending problem boy Joe Broussard is abused by reputable child ...
21 Mar. 2000
Human Touch
A man with obsessive-compulsive disorder tries to regain custody of his daughter. At work, Maxine finds out a coworker is embezzling money.
2 May 2000
The God Thing
At the trial, Liz twists the truth to get 'just' revenge and blames honest lover Vincent for 'not supporting' her - they break up. Amy is ruthless on two otherwise upright students from fine homes who claim the rape-drug Rohypnol they gave a girl was an ill-considered 'experiment'. Maxine has a millionaire courter, Jared Duff, who made a fortune inventing a search engine, and doubts whether to stay on in charge of child welfare.
23 May 2000
Blast from the Past
Accusations of misconduct are filed against Amy and Bruce. Maxine meets Jarod"s son, who suspects her motives. Donna learns she is pregnant. An unstable man (who went to school with Vincent) reacts violently to Amy's ruling about his sons.

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