A heart-attack victim dies on the set; Liz grapples with a dilemma involving allegations of sexual misconduct by a priest (Paul Joynt) at her son's school; an activist takes issue with the station's minority hiring. Janet Harper: Randee Heller. Jeffrey Harper: Jaime McEnnan.
A strike puts Liz and her union-representative husband (Stephen Kahan) on opposite sides of the bargaining table; Willis tries to muster the courage to propose to Ann (Jayne Brook). Kevin: Robin Gammell. Leonora: Fran Bennett. Lucy: Rosie Perez. Teresa: Patty Neumeyer.
Neal and Liz battle for control; Hank's freedom depends on Kelby coming forward about a killer's confession; Tony (Joe Grifasi) corrals a child loose in the newsroom; Taylor asks Floyd for advice. George Lewis: Keith Gordon. Randfield: Dick Anthony Williams.
Hate crimes against an Arab-American family follow Ann's televised interview; an attractive young producer (Vyto Ruginis) has Liz feeling young again; Kelby feels confident she'll get custody of foster child Kendra; Floyd fears returning to work. Mark: Josh Lozoff.
New weather maps don't help Floyd's poor vision; skinheads desecrate a menorah; a visit from Kelby's rock-star beau leaves her filled with confusion. Jimi Slavin: Richard Cox. Ernie Valens: Visili Bogazianos. Buffy Krasner: Anne Curry. Santa: Frederick Long.
Budget cuts in mental-health care propel a patient to drastic measures; the ex-Mrs. Zaret (Rita Wilson) threatens to derail Hank's career comeback; Taylor (Kate McNeil) temporarily lands in the anchor chair. Stanley Corman: Joel Polis. Frances Frazier: Anita Morris.
Kelby (Helen Shaver) gets mixed messages from an image consultant; Eddie crosses the line on a salute to an everyday hero; Taylor panics when she's assigned a "backgrounder." Bud Hoover: Andrew White. Frank: Gregg Henry. Denise Meyers: Katy Boyer.
Taylor (Kate McNeil) acts on a tip on an S&L investigation; Neal assigns Willis to investigate his wife's infidelity; Tony auditions sports anchors; Floyd focuses on his vision problems. Frank Kozyck: Daniel Ziskie. David Natelson: Christopher Allport. Dr. Kajita: Steve Park.
Kelby gets involved in a story about a crack baby; anxiety overwhelms Ann on her wedding day; Hank is suspicious when Taylor and Marc (Eric Pierpoint) keep landing lead stories; Liz breaks her news to Michael. Susan: Cristina Raines-Crowe. Jasmine: Kelly Minter.
WNDY-TV is nicknamed "WIOU" by staffers who have seen ratings plunge. To the rescue is news director Hank Zaret (John Shea), who arrives just as an anchorman's death leaves three hopefuls vying for the job. Kelby Robinson: Helen Shaver. Neal Frazier: Harris Yulin. Liz: Mariette Hartley. Eddie: Phil Morris. Ann: Jayne Brook. Lorwin: James Eckhouse.
Kelby is on the hot seat when Billy Randfield (Dick Anthony Williams) asks her to witness his execution; Ann collects money for a cleaning woman's medical expenses. Ross: Kenneth Tigar. Mrs. Stabler: Millie Slavin. Margena: Anita Bascelli. Marc: Eric Pierpoint.
A WNDY news policy troubles Liz and has Eddie (Phil Morris) and Taylor scrambling for gory stories; the fate of a feuding couple's frozen embryos is uncertain; Neal focuses in on Floyd's sight instructor. Lucy: Rosie Perez. Ricardo: Marco Rodriguez. Wes: Lyman Ward.
Kelby debates coming forward with news of police brutality that could free a murderer; WNDY interviews a sports-reporter candidate (Debbie Lee Carrington); a bride's father challenges Floyd's forecasting. Det. Beekler: Alyson Reed. Mrs. Deerfield: Dorothy Fielding.