Slumlord Frank Fernandez is acquitted of the murder of City Councilman Roberto Galvan, but Galvan's family is sure he was guilty. Father Michael intends to run for Galvan's council seat, but Frank Fernandez threatens him, and he reveals to Jessica that Fernandez is his father. Frank discovers his son Raymond is selling drugs. But when Frank is killed, the more Jessica investigates, the more likely it looks like one of the Galvan boys did it.
Did You Know?
When Father Michael is joking with Jessica about using a priest as the main character of one of her novels, he mentions the character of Father Dowling, created by Ralph McInerny
. Of course, former cast member Tom Bosley
went on to star in the series based on that character. See more
It has been pointed out that Fr. Michael would not be permitted by Church Canon Law to hold political office and at the time this episode aired, that is true, however, it is interesting to note that this was due to Pope John Paul II issuing an update to Canon Law in 1983 (10 years earlier) which eliminated a "loop-hole" from the 1917 version which permitted it if permission was granted by both their own Bishop and the Bishop of the territory where the election would be held. Since no dates are given in the episode, it could be argued that the episode was set prior to the change in Canon Law. See more