Kate befriends a troubled runaway (Allison Mack) whose parents want nothing to do with her; and Abbie helps a woman who was refused a job at a health club because of her weight. Joe: Hector Elizondo. Elvis: Mason Gamble. Daniel: Gregory Smith. Mercedes: Andi Chapman.
Kate gets her first case, a mother (Mackenzie Phillips) who has turned her life around and wants her children back, but Kate doesn't think the woman is ready for the responsibility. Faulkner Aames: David Naughton. Iris Rosemont: Arnetia Walker. Rosie Del Rey: Annie Franchek.
Joe brings a man (Carl Lumbly) who was wrongfully imprisoned for 15 years to the center, and Kate tries to help him rejoin society and reunite with his daughter (Toy Connor). Mary Elizabeth: Jacqueline Obradors. Elena: Diana Maria Riva. Mercedes: Andi Chapman.
Kate intervenes when the parents of a young gifted artist (Spencer Breslin) are told that their son cannot attend school unless he takes hyperactivity medication, which also robs him of his desire to paint. Gloria: Mariette Hartley. Joe: Hector Elizondo. Abbie Schaeffer: Rhea Perlman. Elvis: Mason Gamble. Daniel: Gregory Smith.
Kate (Mary Stuart Masterson) goes to the “Brother's Keeper” center for help and is offered a job by the streetwise director (Hector Elizondo). Abbie Schaeffer: Rhea Perlman. Daniel Brasher: Gregory Smith. Elvis Brasher: Mason Gamble. Mrs. Williams: K Callan. Mr. Bowditch: Robert Costanzo.
Kate intervenes when a gay man with an adopted son is in an abusive relationship with his companion; and Joe tries to help a neglected boy who shot and wounded him. Joe Almeida: Hector Elizondo. Abbie: Rhea Perlman.