A lack of evidence frees a professor (Alan Scarfe) suspected of being a rapist whose only living victim is a decoy cop (Holly Robinson). Kelly: Michael Tylo. Crowley: James Russo. Judge: Liz Torres. State's Attorney: Fran Montano. Edward: Leland Orser.
Both Bird's reunion with his daughter (Irene Cara) and Josephine's with her son (Michael Beach) fall short of their expectations. Meanwhile, Louis considers leaving Heller (Laila Robins). Jamil: Brian Grant. Solomon: Anne Bobby. Josephine: Madge Sinclair.
A man (Kario Salem) may walk on a cop-killing charge because of the overzealous arresting officer (Michael Tylo), who finds zeal for the suspect's attorney---Heller (Laila Robins). Daskell: Stephen Furst. Pontine: Gerry Vichi. Cherry: Deborah Richter. Jamil: Brian Grant.
Bird goes undercover as a mental patient when a doctor (Caitlin Clarke) hesitates to formally charge her former mentor (George Hearn) with patient abuse and neglect. Jackson: James McDaniel. Doc: Robert Harper. Moon Man: Christopher Collet. Skinner: Sally Prager.
A concentration-camp survivor (David Opatoshu) is arrested for trying to steal a painting he claims he lost during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Stahl: Gregory Itzin. Anton Vasylenko: Jack Gwillim. Alex: Charles James Kahlenberg. Bryce: Keythe Farley.
A rapt cafe audience hears Bird and Louis unravel their L.A. mystery involving a screenwriter (Harley Venton), a blonde (Leann Hunley) and her estranged sister (Dana Sparks), whose life may be in danger. Marshall: Bernard Kates. Louis: Dylan Walsh. Bird: James Earl Jones.
An accidental shooting puts Bird on the operating table, where he talks with his younger self (Todd Davis, in scenes shot in black-and-white) before, during and after the raid in which he shot his partner. Frankel: Michael Madsen. Mary: O-Lan Jones.
Jamil (Brian Grant) faces repercussions for leaving his gang; and Heller takes on a tabloid defended by a media darling (Clifton James) who hasn't lost a case in 11 years. Fixx: William Russ. Matthew: Jonathan Brandis. Judge: Lillian Lehman. Pinkay: Taurean Blacque.
An "accessorized" Bird plays the dating game, but faces a rival for Josephine (Madge Sinclair). Meanwhile, romance also inspires the defense of a mercy killer (Jeff Corey). Rollie: Louis Winfield Bailey. Alex: Michelle Joyner. Cleaner: Phil Leeds. Bird: James Earl Jones.
Seeking to adopt a crack-addicted infant, Josephine becomes an irresistible force against the immovable system trying to care for such kids. Ginny: Amy O'Neill. Judge: John Lehne. McCord: Tim Ryan. Cangelosi: Greg Rusin. Josephine: Madge Sinclair. Bo: Cylk Cozart.
Bird appears on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," leading to a reunion with his ex-wife, an emotional tug for both---and for Josephine. Ellie Graves: Janet MacLachlan. Thomas Graves: John Wesley. Hazel: Louisa Abernathy. Harry: DeForest Covan.
Skeletons in the Heller family closet may come out when Heller's father---a respected judge and his daughter's hero---is indicted. Judge Norton Heller: Len Cariou. Wallis Heller: Mary Carver. Alexandra: Michelle Joyner. Dr. Hernandez: Ivonne Coll. Heller: Laila Robins.
Watching for evidence of a supposed philanderer's infidelity, Bird and Jamil see only a shot in the dark, while Heller barely escapes abduction. Carmen: Mariska Hargitay. Connie DiFranco: Jennifer Rhodes. Nose: Richard Assad. Bird: James Earl Jones.
A hostage situation across the street evolves into one inside Josephine's cafe, where a reluctant robber wants only enough to pursue his dream. Dakota: Peter Frechette. Lt. Roark: Steven Gilborn. Stretch: Scott Colomby. Annie: Virginia Capers. Josephine: Madge Sinclair.
A homeless ex-cop gives assistance in the defense of a homeless murder suspect who Bird suspects was a '50s singing star. Walker Green: Bill Cobbs. Potter: Ken Jenkins. Charlie: Abdul Salaam El Razzac. Bernard: Wendell Wright. Bird: James Earl Jones.
Charged with murder, Jamil (Brian Grant) expects his "brotherhood" will stand behind him, but they tell him to keep the faith and take the rap. Bishop Dobbs: Moses Gunn. Patrice White: Clarence Williams. Isabell: Tremaine Hawkins. Teardrop: Billy Kane.
Heller tries to show that media hype and peer pressure influenced a Hispanic teen who shot a boy for the victim's expensive athletic shoes. Ernesto: George Perez. "Smoke" Jackson: Bentley K. Evans. Benjamin: Francois Giroday. Thorn: William Denis. Heller: Laila Robins.
Bird and Heller each see different sides of their client, a gambler accused of killing a witness and two Feds. Johnny Glass: Ramy Zada. Rourke: Steven Gilbrow. Abraham Washington: Mel Winkler. Coleridge: David Selkirk. Bird: James Earl Jones.
Bird tails a parolee who claims he cannot repay the seniors he swindled; Louis becomes a recruiter for an investment counselor. Harley Kovacs: Cecilia Hart. Grimes: H. Richard Greene. Mrs. Morris: Helen Brown. Louis: Dylan Walsh. Bird: James Earl Jones.
Conclusion. Heller knows who's behind the frame, but can't paint the whole picture when Bird refuses to let his daughter give her crucial testimony. Celine: Michele Lamar Richards. O'Neil: Chelcie Ross. Carlo: Marc Lawrence. Bird: James Earl Jones. Heller: Laila Robins.
O'Neil gets a hooker to tell Bird she's his daughter, and that her own daughter was kidnapped by her husband, a childpornographer. Part 1 of two. Celine: Michele Lamar Richards. Roland: Jim Boeke. Kathy: Laurie O'Brien. O'Neil: Chelcie Ross.
James Earl Jones stars as Gabriel Bird, an ex-cop who's in his 20th year of a life sentence for killing his partner. In the opener, an attorney (Laila Robins) overturns Bird's conviction, then asks him to help find a fellow inmate's killer. Ted Duke: Lincoln Kilpatrick. Capt. O'Neil: Chelcie Ross. Fecky: Jim Ortlieb. Mr. Frank: Marty Davis. Josephine: Madge Sinclair.