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2001

25 Sep. 2001
Pilot
Corporate lawyer Nick Fallin is doing community service as a child advocate to satisfy part of his criminal sentence. He figures he'll do his time and get back to his life until his first case hits too close to home. He encounters a family torn apart and then his human side when he can't bring himself to just play the game and move on. But the distraction may derail his promising corporate career.
 
2 Oct. 2001
Reunion
To hold Hunter's lawsuit together against a recalcitrant pharmaceutical company Nick has to placate a plethora of competing interests. But in the end it all comes down to whether Hunter will testify that his Father murdered his Mother. Child advocate James Mooney has his hands full managing a 12 year old who wants nothing more than to be with his brother, even if that means going to prison.
 
9 Oct. 2001
Paternity
Nick Fallin takes the case of Lawrence Neal, a young boy who is normal except for a spinal condition that landed him in a wheelchair. When his mother is condemned to jail for prostitution, Social Services advice locking him up in the Ryan institution, meanwhile filled with juvenile mental patients. Larry wants to stay with his stepfather, but he has a criminal record. Nicke's last trump card is pressing the unsuspecting biological father, but that backfires. Nick's friends, industrialist Bart Shell and his kids, Nick's ambitious ex-lover Rachel and her traditionalist ...
 
16 Oct. 2001
Lolita?
Nick wants to handle the case of a factory in trouble, which needs to reorganize or shut down. Father Burton Fallin refuses to accept the client, allegedly because there's no profit in it and risk of face loss, but Nick insists and finds the real reason is a family grudge. Nick is offered a way out of his 1500 hours community sentence, as his 'spoiled' MO hardly squares with the overworked public office. While he considers it, he handles the case of April Evans, who claims to be raped by her cop stepfather Al Sandro, who denies abusing her or her mother, who sides ...
 
23 Oct. 2001
The Men from the Boys
Nick is not amused to be maneuvered into taking risks with gay judge Smirnovitch for his charge Ethan Ritter (16). The cocky gay prostitute isn't wanted by his own family but the competent gay couple that even wants to adopt him was refused by a bigot judge. Nick goes the extra miles in every direction, for once helped by the social services dragon.
 
30 Oct. 2001
Indian Summer
Nick is assigned the case of teenage girl Dina Jameson, whose vicious history means the couple wanting to adopt her kid sister Lisa (also Nick's client) won't take her in the bargain. Dina deliberately seduces Nick, whom she made believe to be adult, the previous night, to blackmail him, but some digging turns up her the girls' relevant family secrets. Meanwhile Alvin Masterson fails to renew county subsidies for the law firm's exclusive service for minors, so he must find alternative private funding and/or accept adult clients under state subsidy terms.
 
6 Nov. 2001
Feeding Frenzy
Nick successfully pleads the case of gentle, mentally challenged Malcolm Dempsy (25), whose bossy mother demands custody because he was tricked into trading an expensive HiFi for a cellphone by his dodgy neighbor and 'friend', drug pusher Freddie P. He insists to defend the boy when seen leaving the dealer's flat after the scum was murdered with Malcolm's knife. Nick risks his parole to get help from his own, slick former 'quality'-dealer Colin Bennett. Dad considers sacrificing Jake to avoid claims the firm couldn't survive after Jake's car fatally hits Furnari, ...
 
20 Nov. 2001
Heart
Burton Fallin asks in vain for Nick's help in the case of former CEO Harry Josephs with terminal cancer, whose business partners, the Hopeson brothers, ruthlessly invoke a contract clause allowing them to sell back his shares at a measly historical price. Nick gives priority to the case of incurably sick Lesley Walker, who needs a legal guardian to be eligible for a donor heart. Her former foster parents refuse to adopt her at their own children's expense, but Nick considers filing for custody himself. Burton's lover makes him promise to present her to Nick, who never...
 
27 Nov. 2001
The Funnies
Nick reluctantly takes the case of penniless legal services secretary Barbara Ludzinski, whose teenage son Russ was arrested for possession of drugs found in his car. The knave stubbornly refuses a deal to protect his accomplices. Nick resorts to a trap after a neighborhood boy dies from some of the bad ecstasy batch. The Fallins represent a toy company which can't sell out to a Japanse firm without permission from its main character's creator, Fulton Trout, who can't handle children complaining to him about copyright-related restrictions, such as a school mural. As ...
 
11 Dec. 2001
Loyalties
Nick is appalled when Louisa 'Lulu' Archer, a lawyer Burton was prepared to hire, opts for the free legal services, where Alvin immediately makes her his 'senior'. In every stage of their first common client, immigrant restaurant owner Ahmad Hassan being victim of assaults on the business and his daughter Salaam by schoolmate Perry Hudson, Nick proves himself far more competent. Meanwhile Burton's partner Larry Hines has defected to a bigger law firm, and tries to lure most staff away with him, even Nick, as well as their accounts.
 
18 Dec. 2001
Home
Nick prepares to transfer to the other law firm next week, but first has an affair with Meghan Barstow, who will work under him there. Nick pleads the case of Hunter Reed, who wants to live with his doting, devoted father, schizophrenic Dr. Thomas Reed, who successfully sued the manufacturer of pills which made him go berserk, rather then his well-meaning grandparents. Alvin grudgingly accepts to plead for his mythomaniac ex Meryl Dimetrio, who claims she was fired for reporting a manufacturing error in the breaks produced by a firm represented by Burton himself.
 

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