A graduate student is shot in a tough neighborhood in a case that brings the division together with the FBI, including Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney). As the investigation unfolds, it's revealed how each member of the division joined the police force.
Two brothers die of bad drugs, sparking the team to scramble to locate the dealer before the drugs claim more lives. Meanwhile, Rusty must make a crucial decision when he feels suffocated by his incessant security detail.
When a teen prostitute is murdered, the squad suspects that her unrepentant killer is part of a larger criminal organization. Before long, the squad comes into conflict with the judge who's assigned to the case.
An investigation into the suspicious death of an unlikable agent puts the squad in contact with denizens of an old apartment complex. Meanwhile, Provenza faces possible permanent desk duty. Guest stars include Tim Conway, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Ron Glass and Paul Dooley.
A young Latino man is found dead at the home of an award-winning swimming coach in a case that is relentlessly covered by the media. Meanwhile, Flynn faces an emotional dilemma on the eve of his daughter's nuptials; and Kris' mother discusses her concerns with Raydor.
Gang violence and the issue of social profiling mark a case. Complications arise when Jack (Tom Berenger) is given an opportunity to be an attorney in the case. Meanwhile, an apprehensive Rusty anticipates meeting Kris' parents.
A brutal slaying is investigated in a case that involves dark secrets and a possible drug bust gone awry. Elsewhere, Raydor's estranged husband (Tom Berenger) arrives in Los Angeles to work as an attorney. Putting on the charm, he wins over Rusty, but Raydor remains skeptical.
A material witness flies to Los Angeles to testify, only to become the prime suspect in a new murder case. Elsewhere, overwhelming stress impacts Flynn; and Rusty arrives at the department with a girl from class.
Season 2 begins with the slaying of a high-profile filmmaker's pregnant wife. Meanwhile, the squad begins to run smoothly under Raydor's leadership; and a new deputy D.A. questions Raydor's intentions as Rusty's guardian.