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Close to Home Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

22 Episodes 2005 - 2006

Episode 1


Tue, Oct 4, 2005 60 mins

Talented prosecutor Annabeth Chase (Jennifer Finnigan) returns to her job after a three-month maternity leave and immediately begins work on a high-profile arson case involving a mother (Bonnie Root) accused of setting fire to her home with herself and her two children inside. The decisions Annabeth makes are questioned by her new boss. Maureen: Kimberly Elise. Steve: John Carroll Lynch. Jack: Christian Kane. Hellman: Bruce Davison. Det. Lou: Barry Shabaka Henley.

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Episode 2


Tue, Oct 11, 2005 60 mins

Annabeth risks setting a suspected kidnapper---and possible killer---free, on the chance that he can lead police to a missing 21-year-old college student. Elsewhere, Maureen (Kimberly Elise) has to make a really tough call after she discovers that a respected detective obstructed justice to save a fellow cop who's responsible for a DUI crash that killed a man. Steve: John Carroll Lynch. Jack: Christian Kane. Det. George Branch: Erich Anderson. Amy Flynn: Shannon Floyd. Derrick: Mason Gamble.

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Episode 3

Suburban Prostitution

Tue, Oct 18, 2005 60 mins

A woman is busted for running an Internet prostitution ring out of her suburban home with a stable of nine escorts, practically all middle-class wives and mothers. Annabeth looks into the sex crimes, careful only to expose the madam of the operation and not the other women, but she isn't completely successful. Elsewhere, Steve (John Carroll Lynch) orders Maureen to convict a young man for dealing drugs when his only offense was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Jack: Christian Kane.

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Episode 4

Divine Directions

Tue, Oct 25, 2005 60 mins

While planning Haley's baptism with Jack, Annabeth prosecutes a woman (Allison Smith) whose mental state seems questionable: She claims God told her to brutally stab her husband three times in the back with a butcher knife. Elsewhere, a flirtatious police officer (Dwayne Adway) asks for Maureen's help with a case he deems a justifiable homicide. However, upon further investigation, she discovers that isn't exactly true. Danny: Conor Dubin. Marla Dodds: Annie Potts. Pastor Rayburn: Kevin Rahm.

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Episode 5

Romeo and Juliet Murders

Tue, Nov 1, 2005 60 mins

Annabeth and Maureen work together on a drug case involving two upper-middle-class teen siblings that becomes a double homicide when their parents, who were supposed to be on vacation in Europe, are found shot to death execution-style. Danny: Conor Dubin. Scott Fields: Jackson Rathbone. Tracy Fields: Elizabeth Rice. Det. George Branch: Erich Anderson. Uncle Bill: Jerry Perry. Patty: Nancy Lenehan.

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Episode 6

Parents on Trial

Fri, Nov 11, 2005 60 mins

A 6-year-old boy goes missing from his parents' home after a neighborhood party, and the evidence leads across the street to a family friend, a woman in the middle of a nasty divorce who is leaving the area soon. Annabeth finds herself on the defensive while attempting to prosecute the case as secrets are revealed by the defense in an effort to discredit the parents.

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Episode 7

Double Life Wife

Fri, Nov 18, 2005 60 mins

A deadly hit-and-run accident turns out to be much more complicated when Annabeth discovers a relationship between the scorned female driver and the victim's cheating spouse. Elsewhere, Maureen faces a serious and career-threatening predicament when she's accused of suborning perjury. Briana Holden: McNally Sagal. Jeffrey: Evan Arnold. Richard Caldwell: Robert Foxworth. Randy: Gary Basaraba. Lisa: Sally Ann Brooks.

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Episode 8

Under Threat

Fri, Apr 14, 2006 60 mins

Annabeth and Maureen work together to prosecute a gang member for a kidnapping and carjacking that involved a mother and her young son, but there is no physical evidence against the man and the case rests solely on witness identification. The already flimsy case takes a turn for the worse when a critical witness refuses to testify after being intimidated by an attack.

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Episode 9

Meth Murders

Fri, Dec 9, 2005 60 mins

Two women are murdered by a junkie in what appears to be a random act of violence, but the killer insists it was a contract hit placed by a local drug lord, and he wants a reduced sentence in exchange for the information. Annabeth searches for a way to connect the crime to the man without the junkie's help in order to put them both away for good.

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Episode 10

Baseball Murder

Fri, Dec 16, 2005 60 mins

Annabeth is assigned to a case involving the baseball-bat murder of a teen youth-league star who was killed after an important game by a rival player whose parents seem more concerned about their son's sports future than the crime he committed. While reviewing evidence for trial, Annabeth uncovers information that takes the prosecution in a startling direction.

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Episode 11

The Good Doctor

Fri, Dec 23, 2005 60 mins

Annabeth suspects the evidence in a murder case is too good to be true, but her attempts to investigate her prime suspect---the victim's husband---are hampered by the man's stellar reputation as a top surgeon and his family's determination to keep secrets.

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Episode 12


Fri, Dec 16, 2005 60 mins

A successful African-American man is abducted from his home and presumed dead. A suspect is quickly arrested and refuses to cooperate, but he reveals the location of the body to his lawyer. Annabeth tries to persuade the defending attorney to testify against his client after a second black man goes missing, hoping to stop the hate crimes, but the man is reluctant to betray his client's confidence.

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Episode 13

The Rapist Next Door

Fri, Jan 27, 2006 60 mins

A young woman who lives in Annabeth's neighborhood is attacked at knife point as she enters her home. A recently released sex offender who moved into the area is suspected of the crime and falls victim to angered residents, who try to take matters into their own hands. The case seems open and shut, but Annabeth is not so sure.

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Episode 14

Dead or Alive

Fri, Feb 3, 2006 60 mins

Annabeth feels like it's her lucky day when a murder suspect confesses to two more unsolved killings, but when crucial evidence is disallowed, the prosecutors struggle to present a solid case to the jury. Their efforts are hampered by the defendant's mother, who seems willing to do anything to protect her son.

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Episode 15

Reasonable Doubts

Fri, Mar 3, 2006 60 mins

A man's confession that he killed his mother-in-law is tossed out when his request for a lawyer is ignored. Annabeth and Maureen build a solid argument against him, but the defense focuses on the man's wife in order to create reasonable doubt in the jury to win the case.

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Episode 16


Fri, Mar 10, 2006 60 mins

An escaped jewel thief is recaptured and his case takes a new twist when it is discovered he has been holding a hostage---the woman he used to help him break out more than a year ago. Her testimony is what Annabeth plans to use to put the man away for good this time, but the woman appears to be suffering from Stockholm syndrome and is unwilling to speak against her captor.

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Episode 17

Land of Opportunity

Fri, Mar 31, 2006 60 mins

A felony case of fraud involving a powerful land developer comes to light after a man drives his truck through a real-estate appraiser's window. The case becomes even more complicated when a witness is found dead the night before he is to testify against the developer.

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Episode 18

Still a Small Town

Fri, Apr 7, 2006 60 mins

Annabeth's high-school classmate is killed during an aggressive touch-football game, but the medical examiner finds the man was poisoned and would have died within 48 hours anyway. The investigation turns to the man's wife, who stands to inherit more than $10 million from her husband's estate. The case seems to piece together perfectly, but new evidence points to yet another friend from Annabeth's childhood.

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Episode 19

Sex, Toys and Videotape

Fri, Apr 28, 2006 60 mins

A bride-to-be is murdered the night before her wedding in what appears to be a violent sex crime, and the investigation reveals that she was not the chaste person she pretended to be. A previous marriage was one of her many secrets, and her ex-husband is the prime suspect.

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Episode 20

The Shot

Fri, May 5, 2006 60 mins

A high-school basketball star shoots his teammate and claims it was accidental, but a witness and the physical evidence say otherwise. Annabeth proceeds with the case, but a surprising outburst from the boy's father threatens to cause a mistrial.

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Episode 21

David and Goliath

Fri, May 12, 2006 60 mins

A woman is murdered by a star athlete and the only witness is her alcoholic sister, who has a history of lying and mental issues that make her less than ideal for the stand. Annabeth prepares her for trial, but even more damaging evidence comes forth: the woman may have inadvertently contributed to her sister's murder.

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Episode 22


Fri, May 19, 2006 60 mins

Teens claim self-defense in the murder of an apparent Internet pedophile, but the probe reveals the man was an undercover investigative reporter looking to expose the seedy side of the Web. Evidence at the crime scene further causes the kids' story to fall apart, although they continue to insist the man attacked them.

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