Tommy Caffee is a rising star in Rhode Island politics and the prince of his home ward - a working-class Irish district known as "The Hill." The murder of local gangster Patty Mullin opens the door to the return of Tommy's brother, Michael, whom Patty had sworn to kill. As Michael begins to reclaim his lost criminal enterprises, Irish mob boss Freddie Cork threatens to whack Michael unless Tommy throws state contracts Freddie's way. Meanwhile, Michael gets into a beef with Moe Riley, one of Freddie Cork's underlings, who is currently in control of Michael's old turf. ...
Michael plays a game of Russian roulette with the mentally challenged brother of a neighborhood store he wants to take over. Meanwhile, Tommy is working on keeping a highway spur from going through the hill by wheeling and dealing behind the scenes. Also, Eileen gets some upsetting news at the doctor's office when she learns that she has contracted a sexually transmitted disease resulting from her secret tryst.
When Freddie Cork refuses to let Michael and Pete play on his softball team in a local bar tournament, Michael enlists the aid of bar owner Terry Mulligan. Rose loses a fight to stop layoffs within her factory and is fired as well. When the Speaker proposes a new waste-disposal station in his district, Tommy tries to make sure his constituents are properly compensated.
Michael convinces Tommy to help save a local movie theatre. Eileen confesses to Mary-Kate. Rose is forced to take a job at a big box store. Pete falls off the wagon. Declan finds out something about Marty Trio.