Carrie takes the case of a young man (Simon Reynolds) who involves himself in his school friend's video project---and is later accused of criminal negligence when the friend dies. To further complicate the situation, her client suffers partial amnesia. Elsewhere, one of Leon's younger friends has a heart attack on Leon's 40th birthday; and Olivia takes on a complex worker's-compensation case. Carrie Barr: Sonja Smits. Dave Liner: David Hewlett. Leon Robinovitch: Eric Peterson.
Chuck's caught in the middle of a nasty legal battle as his client Monica Zubrekas (Vivien Reis) sues the Lost and Lonely Hearts Club for setting her up on a nightmarish blind date. Leon resorts to a less eccentric method of finding love: the personal ads. He meets a breathtaking Latin woman named Rosalita (Pauline Gillis). As his love life becomes more heated, he takes the complex case of a man who claims he was attacked by an overzealous cop posing as a prostitute. Elsewhere, Carrie has her hands full with a client who believes he's Robin Hood.
An enraged Olivia tries to have Arthur Locke (James Blendick) removed from the AIDS Task Force when she learns his joining was only to boost his political career. Elsewhere, Chuck and Olivia's efforts to repair their fractured relationship prove futile when Chuck learns Olivia found the witness that lost him the Hellbrun case; a disillusioned Alana steps down from the bench, concerned about the political backlash of her Convocation speech; and Rob (Albert Schultz) and Laura (Maria del Mar) spill the beans about their budding romance.
An enraged Leon and Chuck continue their heated battle over the Hellbrun case. Elsewhere, Olivia (Cynthia Dale) accepts a position on the AIDS task force and is less than thrilled that Arthur Locke (James Blendick) is the chairman; Alana's Convocation speech causes quite a stir when she mentions the lack of representation on the bench of women and visible minorities; and romantic sparks fly between Rob (Albert Schultz) and Laura (Maria del Mar).
Leon enlists the help of Mike Hayden (Barclay Hope) in digging up dirt on Jack, whose lawyer, Spencer Garvie (Robin Gammell), has a heart attack after handing the position of lead counsel over to Chuck. Elsewhere, Chuck and Olivia struggle to keep their personal and professional lives separate; Alana takes an emotional three-way custody case involving a 14-year-old boy (Nathaniel Moreau) who refuses to live with either biological parent.
The firm manages to find another person to take the Hellbrun case after Chuck resigns. Elsewhere, Jack Driscoll (Gary Reineke) and politician Cyril MacDonald (Joe Lewis) are implicated in the deaths of several miners; Jack asks Chuck to defend Howard Rossiter (Dan Redican), a former football player charged with fraud; Olivia takes the case of a lawyer (Gina Clayton) who accuses Arthur Locke (James Blendick) of unjustly passing her up for a promotion. Meanwhile, Alana's complaint against Arthur Locke is buried deeply in Law Society politics.
Battered wife Joan Millman (Brenda Bazinet) kills her husband out of desperation. Leon asks Chuck and Laura to take over the case, even though he still has a vested interest in the outcome. In other happenings, Chuck takes heat from the RCMP for his involvement in Jack Driscoll's affairs; Alana and Leon decide to call a professional (Anna Starnino) to help them deal with Ben's behavioral problems; Rob (Albert Schultz) turns his feline friend into the office mascot---and rodent killer. Ben: Andrew Sardella. Jack Driscoll: Gary Reineke. Laura Crosby: Maria del Mar.
Leon has his hands full when he takes the case of the wife (Brenda Bazinet) of an abusive husband (Peter Donaldson) and finds out that the presiding judge (Victor A. Young) is tangled in his own web of marital strife. Elsewhere, Olivia becomes increasingly worried about Chuck's involvement in Jack Driscoll's affairs; Nina's husband Theo (Angelo Pedari) asks Rob to represent him in a land-zoning settlement; Ben's behavioral problems cause Olivia to consider professional counseling. Ben: Andrew Sardella. Leon Robinovitch: Eric Peterson. Olivia Novak: Cynthia Dale.
A scuffle with a major network costs Olivia her talk-show gig when she represents a journalist (Barclay Hope) determined not to reveal his source. Elsewhere, Jack (Gary Reineke) makes a lucrative offer to Chuck to interview one of his employees in Brazil; Leon takes the case of Peter Bowler (Rob Stefaniuk), a young man suing his father (Shawn Lawrence) for neglect. Romantically speaking, Chuck and Olivia find themselves drifting further apart; and Rob ends his heated relationship with Nina (Lenore Zann).
The talk-show producers offer Olivia a permanent gig as a regular on a popular program. Elsewhere, Rob defends public-relations entrepreneur Pauline Harper (Nicola Cavendish), who is accused of stealing clients from her former boss (Ed Evanko); Chuck takes on the case of a stockbroker (Jesse Collins) who an overzealous cop accuses of being a pimp; Leon and Olivia's adoption of Ben (Andrew Sardella) is finalized; and Malony visits a badly injured Laura in the hospital. Laura Crosby: Maria del Mar.
Malony's interference in the Adam Ruskin case puts Laura's life in danger. In other happenings: Olivia jumps at the chance to fill in for a renowned talk-show host (Don Allison) going on leave; Leon fights for spousal rights for a woman whose lesbian partner died, leaving her to raise their child; and Rob reevaluates his clandestine romance with Nina (Lenore Zann). Mimi Kuzyk. Laura Crosby: Maria del Mar. Brian Malony: Ron Lea. Rob Diamond: Albert Schultz.
Laura defends child molester Adam Ruskin (Michael Riley) at his parole hearing, while Malony takes drastic measures to keep him behind bars. Elsewhere, Chuck invents a colorful defense for his former professor (Robin Gammell), who is arrested in a hostage-taking incident---and also happens to be chief counsel for Jack Driscoll (Gary Reineke); Ben (Andrew Sardella) spends his first night in Leon and Alana's home; and romantic sparks fly when Rob visits Nina (Lenore Zann) while she's decorating Laura's place. Alana Newman-Robinovitch: Julie Khaner. Leon Robinovitch: Eric Peterson.
Leon takes the case of nurse Iona Davis (Sibongele Nene) who thinks she was passed up for a promotion because of her supervisor's racist attitude. Elsewhere, Olivia takes on an ad agency whose commercial she thinks played a part in a brutal attack on her client (Kirsten Kieferle); Leon and Alana meet the foster child (Andrew Sardella) they're considering for adoption; and Rob has second thoughts about spending a romantic afternoon with Nina (Lenore Zann). Leon Robinovitch: Eric Peterson. Olivia Novak: Cynthia Dale. Rob Diamond: Albert Schultz.
The Human Rights Commission offers Leon an opportunity to become an adjudicator; a feisty widow (Janet-Lame Green) continues to wreak havoc on Rob's professional life. Also: Laura defends a troubled boy (Marc Marut) accused of killing his alcoholic mother; Leon and Alana seriously consider adoption; Valerie Sanducci (Venus Terzo), an ambitious articling student, joins the firm; and all's complicated on the romantic front when Rob finds himself falling for Nina Pascaras (Lenore Zann). Leon Robinovitch: Eric Peterson.