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Season 2

24 Sep. 2002
Testimony
Nick is arrested and refused bail for parole breaking after Mandy Gressler's ultimately fatal OD in his home. Unless the court is convinced the cocaine came with her, Nick's case looks hopeless. Burton hires reputed criminal attorney David Belden, but personally leads the case discretely, helped by ADA Finneran. When Mandy's mother Mary refuses to let daughter Shanannon (11) testify, Burton even takes the stand. Only Jake remains prepared to start a partnership with Nick.
 
1 Oct. 2002
Monster
Nick defends, without actual sympathy, confused Ronnie Wagner (13), who killed and later raped his adoptive mother and risks being tried as an adult, which may mean execution. Laurie Solt admits she ignored psychiatric therapy recommendations to speed up the adoption. A car crash with Kim, who convinces him to let her brother Charlie McPherson repair the damage rather then inform the insurance, leads to Nick becoming her lover before discovering she's a uniformed cop. Jake and James recruit private clients for the new firm, but Nick has doubts whether those aren't ...
 
8 Oct. 2002
The Dead
Ex-senator Caldwell commits suicide in his firm office. Nick continues his hot affair with Kim in secret. Burton keeps advising people what to file, albeit through other lawyer. Nick's new firm defends the manager of a firm developing a city project requiring a cemetery plot to be expropriated, Alvin the cause of families opposing exhumations. The FBI suspects Caldwell's motive was exposure in in case of abuse of information from his legislative days. It implicates his right hand Mitchell Lichtman, who tries unsuccessfully to blackmail Burton, who ultimately decides ...
 
15 Oct. 2002
The Next Life
Nick pleads the case of over-eager, unattractive pre-teen Josh Bennett, from Gill Mueller's orphanage, who wants to continue partaking in events to present kids to potential adopting couples. Nick gets permission but is ordered to chaperon Josh in person. The boy's usual tantrum after an event follows even though a couple finally shows interest, which is withdrawn as a result. Burton renamed the firm Fallin & Fallin and expects Nick to get involved in all aspects of management, even letting staff go when they don't bring enough business.
 
22 Oct. 2002
Assuming the Position
Nick accepts to plead a damage claim for tenant Wilcox's small son Bryant's serious lead-poisoning, but soon realizes multiple foul play involving specialized lawyer Mark Hanson. Jake tries to help Barbara get an embarrassing photograph and ridiculing comment from a dating site, but painfully runs into law student Ignatius J. Reilly's legal argument as well as his mates' fists.
 
29 Oct. 2002
The Living
Nick must resume his dormant guardianship of Dale and Penny Fante, whose father is in jail and mother neglects them, because cancer-suffering Dale needs a bone marrow transplant. Penny is missing, but brave Dale helps Nick find her through their rogue former social worker. Penny is found with an adult lover and baby, which inspires the court to place her in a shelter. She refuses to save Dale, so Nick brings the parents in, unearthing dark family secrets. Meanwhile Nick is most uncomfortable negotiating with Burton's regular client, excessively weird, even suicidal ...
 
12 Nov. 2002
The Innocent
Nick represents a girl who wants to have her father's parental rights terminated after her brother is killed while in his care.
 
19 Nov. 2002
The Neighborhood
Nick reluctantly defends his former childhood neighborhood nemesis Hugh, now orphaned, who is obsessed by his dog Bessy but compromises his own home place by violent episode in defense of the dog. Nick does can't make the partners dinner, in fact Burton's first attempt to throw a birthday surprise party for Nick. Lulu meanwhile defends her friends Robert and Sarah Twain, who become prime suspects in the case of an adopted daughter's disappearance, homicide and possible sexual abuse, which wrecks their marriage after bringing out their SM fetish. Hugh's dog turns out ...
 
26 Nov. 2002
The Dark
Burton has his next laser eye operation, so Nick takes him in for recovery, but he proves a nightmare patient and keeps nagging about a merger deal complicated by environmental issues. James's cousin-charge Levi is expelled for refusing to identify the gang kids who beat him up, yet is murdered by the gang afterward. Alvin feels guilty and starts drinking again. Filling in for both, Nick drowns in court cases on three fronts.
 
10 Dec. 2002
Sacrifice
Nick defends the interests of the hospital which employs surgeon Brian Olson, whose patient died in a routine operation. He's married to Lulu, who helps nobody and wrecks the marriage completely. Nick discover Brian failed to disclose his mild epileptic condition. Nick is also to represent the interests of Betsy Fortunato, whose father confesses the bloody killing of her mother, who has the incurable mental disease of Huntingdon. Nick arranges for Steve and Cheryl Manley to adopt Betsy's baby Chris without saying it must be tested as Huntingdon is inherited in half ...
 
17 Dec. 2002
No Good Deed
A custody case goes out of control. To prevent violence, Lulu breaks the attorney's honor code flagrantly. Nick defends her brilliantly, avoiding even a suspension. Realizing her marriage is completely wrecked, Lulu asks Nick if his glowing plea also reflects his personal feelings, but he dodges that question.
 
7 Jan. 2003
You Belong to Me
Gentile gay gentleman Gavin Putinski, who feared from the start to be discriminated, ends up loosing unfairly, due to a hostile judge and Nick being overburdened. Burton has accepted the city as bulk client and thus lost a corporate client Nick and Jake had been working over for months. Nick tries to make clear to young Kyle Plunkett he's entitled to meet his father Bill, but the boy's mother wickedly keeps poisoning his mind with terrible lies. Burton sympathizes with a widower whose hobby, an aviary, is contested by the neighbors as burdensome, but still wins for ...
 
21 Jan. 2003
Ambition
A deal Nick and Jake worked on for months to land a major client is badly compromised when Burton blatantly fails to attend one crucial meeting. A teenage relative of James is offered a rap record contract. His guardian refuses, but the boy is reluctant to have his manager appointed instead. An adolescent refuses to be adopted by the WASP Martin couple out of inverse racism.
 
4 Feb. 2003
Understand Your Man
Nick takes the case of young Timothy Silber, who must choose whether he wants his father's cross-dressing partner Sam Farrell to remain his trusted, loving 'stepmother' or go live with his virtually unknown, regular uncle Henry 'Hank' Silver. At Alvin's social justice awards, Burton got one and picked up receptionist Mary Gessler as lover, but she soon shifts her attention to tycoon client Frank DeScala. Brian Olson wants to love and accept a good job in Columbus after cashing in a settlement from the Pittsburg hospital that fired him and is represented by the Fallins...
 
11 Feb. 2003
Where You Are
Nick cautions the firm his former schoolmate Rob isn't reliable, but Burton decides to take him on as a client. Nick and Jake must help Rob and his partners finance ahead a potentially extremely lucrative business idea. Now Brian moved on, Lulu wants to sell her 'marital' home.
 
18 Feb. 2003
The Weight
Nick and Lulu's relationship heats up after he helps her with a difficult case.
 
25 Feb. 2003
The Intersection
Lulu's life hangs in the balance after her car accident.
 
18 Mar. 2003
My Aim Is True
Burton defends a cop who shoots and paralyzes Nick's former drug dealer.
 
1 Apr. 2003
Back in the Ring
The Fallins are delighted with client Tim 'The mechanic' Dohanic, a brave boxer. Nick helps him keep custody of doting preteen son Oscar, claimed by his late mother's parents. Burton offers to sort out Tim's business arrangements. Alas, an overconfident fight before a really lucrative results in an eye - and career injury, plus worse. To make up for Alvin's insufficient subsidy, Lulu gets Jake to split some 'juicy' cases. Yet she's unappreciative of his clever methods and results in a case against a bus company which failed to provide contractual adult supervision for...
 
22 Apr. 2003
What It Means to You
Nick and Lulu's relationship heats up just as they begin working opposing sides of a difficult case.
 
29 Apr. 2003
Burton & Ernie
Lulu tries to make her relationship with Nick official after Alvin catches them having sex at L.S.P.
 
6 May 2003
Sensitive Jackals
James' world falls apart when an L.S.P. client appears to be the man thought to have killed his nephew.
 
13 May 2003
All the Rage
With the possibility of losing Lulu for good, Nick erupts in the courtroom and is sentenced to anger management sessions.
 

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