Student Steven Gerard is dragged back to jail, where he's constantly harassed, because his lawyer didn't even turn up for his trial, accused of murdering cab client Vijay Patel, who fought over the fare. Tom hears this and volunteers to take the kid's case, as there is no shred of proof. Judge Ira Tasker grants a court date of December 22, stipulating a single day case, absolutely no continuance. At the trial, DDA Susan Hale presents an unannounced eye-witness: Nick Allen, no record. The team must examine the murder scene and Nick in hours. Meanwhile Ron handles a baby, apparently abandoned by the mother at TN&T's Christmas party. In fact the boy was brought in by new receptionist Eva, who believes her neighbor, the mother on drugs, abuses him.