14 Episodes 2008 - 2009
The edgy crime series' sophomore season charts hard-living detective Grace Hanadarko (Holly Hunter) solving myriad crimes in Oklahoma City, confronting a haunting figure from her past, and continuing her extended journey toward spiritual fulfillment with otherworldly help from her ragged "last-chance angel" (Leon Rippy). Swirling through it all: the dark memory of the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The season opens with hell-raising antiheroine Grace finally cornering the priest (Rene Auberjonois) who molested her as a child. In other developments, Grace gains a new partner in the form of Abby Charles (Christina Ricci, in a three-episode guest arc), a single mother who helps Grace investigate a serial-killer case and a deadly drug party that involved Grace's niece. But there might be more to Abby than meets the eye. Other probes include the murder of the squad's evidence supervisor, the vanishing of a mother of two, and the slaying of a young Mexican woman in a case that brims with racial and political overtones. In another case, Grace's self-destructive, girl-gone-wild penchant surfaces yet again when she's lured to a high-profile murder suspect (Elias Koteas) with an unconventional sex life. Meanwhile, life-changing events impact Grace's coworker and off-and-on paramour, Ham (Kenneth Johnson): He's mired in a divorce and his little brother goes missing during a tour of duty in Afghanistan. On the home front, Grace's wide-eyed nephew (Dylan Minnette) joins a youth police program; and love blooms between Grace's brother-in-law (Chris Mulkey) and the local joint's new bartender (Kathy Baker). Then there's death-row inmate Leon Cooley (Bokeem Woodbine), whose spiritual bond with Grace is tested as the final hours tick away to his execution.
Have a Seat, Earl
Mon, Jul 14, 2008 60 mins
In the Season 2 opener, Grace gets busy on her day off: She works to unlock the secrets of her haunted past, but instead ends up apprehending a criminal on the FBI's Most Wanted list, an act that brings her praise and hero status.
A Survivor Lives Here
Mon, Jul 21, 2008 60 mins
Grace investigates the vanishing of a troubled young man who shares a past tragedy with her: His father---like Grace's sister---was killed in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, Ham separates from his wife, which only affords him more time for sex-tracurricular activities with Grace.
A Little Hometown Love
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 60 mins
A member of the squad is found murdered at a joint frequented by policemen, and the case turns more complex in light of a bizarre confession. Meanwhile, Ham's brother (Judson Mills) anticipates leaving for war; and Grace and Leon share odd dreams about one another. Amy Madigan guest stars.
It's a Fierce, White-Hot Mighty Love
Mon, Aug 4, 2008 60 mins
When a mother of two vanishes, clues point to a teen girl and her druggie boyfriend as suspects. Elsewhere, Grace's young nephew (Dylan Minnette) joins a police program and corners Ham about his romantic dalliances with Grace; and Butch is hounded by a possible stalker who is connected to the department.
Do You Love Him?
Mon, Aug 11, 2008 60 mins
When thousands of dollars are found hidden in Grace's Porsche, the ensuing investigation swirls around a moneyed developer, a slain highway patrolman, and inquiries into previous owners---one of whom is noted football coach Barry Switzer (appearing as himself). Meanwhile, the entire squad is emotionally impacted by news that Ham's brother has vanished in Afghanistan.
Are You an Indian Princess?
Mon, Aug 18, 2008 60 mins
Grace and her team investigate the savage slaying of a woman and the abduction of her son. Surfacing as a suspect: the boy's father, whom Grace desperately tracks. Elsewhere, Ham continues to cope with a shattering personal loss.
You Are My Partner
Mon, Aug 25, 2008 60 mins
Racial and political overtones revolve around the death of a young Mexican woman. Meanwhile, an unfortunate family event continues to haunt Ham. Mariette Hartley guest stars.
The Heart of a Cop
Mon, Mar 2, 2009 60 mins
The crime-riddled character drama's second season continues with the squad hunting down an apparent serial killer. Grace must work with a new partner, Abby Charles (Christina Ricci, beginning a guest-star arc), a uniform policewoman and single mother. Elsewhere, Leon's execution date looms large, as the angelic Earl prompts Grace to help the prisoner.
Do You Believe in Second Chances?
Mon, Mar 9, 2009 60 mins
When a drug-riddled party turns deadly, numerous teen partygoers land in trouble---including Grace's niece (Jessy Schram). As the team hunts for the drug pusher, Grace's temporary partner (Christina Ricci) tries to prove her worth by scoring important leads in the case.
Take Me Somewhere Earl
Mon, Mar 16, 2009 60 mins
As the team probes a drug dealer's death, Ham and Butch chance upon an undercover Bobby. Meanwhile, revolving police partner Abby (Christina Ricci) is rebuffed by her fellow officers, causing Grace to snoop into her past. And Rhetta works to build a clemency case for Leon, but his reaction is unexpected.
The Live Ones
Mon, Mar 23, 2009 60 mins
The team investigates the death of a woman, but Grace is lured to the prime suspect (Elias Koteas), a high-profile architect with an unconventional sex life. Meanwhile, Ham partners with Grace again, hoping the union will rekindle their twisty romance. In other developments, Bobby's undercover undertaking reaches an explosive conclusion, and Clay forms a bond with a youngster (Malcolm David Kelley).
But There's Clay
Mon, Mar 30, 2009 60 mins
Grace gets an investigation running when a jogger with an intricate love life is murdered. Meanwhile, Clay's father begins dating the new bartender (Kathy Baker) at the local joint, and Grace worries the romance will negatively impact Clay. And Leon's former high-school classmate visits him. Chris Mulkey guest stars.
So What's the Purpose of a Platypus?
Mon, Apr 6, 2009 60 mins
The romance between Doug (Chris Mulkey) and Maggie (Kathy Baker) flowers so much that the couple sets a wedding date---but the big day is jeopardized when Maggie is attacked by a mysterious predator. Meanwhile, Leon's execution date draws near as Johnny and Rhetta passionately try to save him via a petition. And young Clay continues bonding with Leon's son (Malcolm David Kelley).
I Believe in Angels
Mon, Apr 13, 2009 60 mins
The team investigates a fatal shooting in the second-season finale. An elderly woman emerges as the shooter. Meanwhile, Leon's final hours tick away to his execution. And Grace connects with a woman who may also be receiving visits from Earl. Also: Ham's divorce is finalized.