L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that aired on NBC. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher,[1] it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, and off-the-wall humor.[2] It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, and many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence.[3][4][5] The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff.

The series premiered on September 15, 1986, and ran for eight seasons before airing its final episode on May 19, 1994.[6]

Series overview

All production code information comes from the U.S. Copyright Office, a division of The Library of Congress.

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings[7]
First aired Last aired Rank Rating
1 22 September 15, 1986 (1986-09-15) April 9, 1987 (1987-04-09) 21 17.4[a]
2 20 October 15, 1987 (1987-10-15) May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05) 12 18.3[b]
3 19 November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03) May 18, 1989 (1989-05-18) 13 17.6[c]
4 22 November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02) May 17, 1990 (1990-05-17) 16 17.4
5 22 October 18, 1990 (1990-10-18) May 16, 1991 (1991-05-16) 23 14.8
6 22 October 10, 1991 (1991-10-10) May 21, 1992 (1992-05-21) 28 13.3
7 22 October 22, 1992 (1992-10-22) May 27, 1993 (1993-05-27) TBA TBA
8 22 October 7, 1993 (1993-10-07) May 19, 1994 (1994-05-19) TBA TBA
  1. ^ Tied with My Sister Sam
  2. ^ Tied with Moonlighting
  3. ^ Tied with Growing Pains


Season 1: 1986–87

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1 1 "L.A. Law" Gregory Hoblit Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher September 15, 1986 (1986-09-15) 4L01
Firm partner Norman Chaney is found dead in his office. Arnie (Corbin Bernsen) takes advantage of a woman by baiting her with shocking pictures of her husband during a divorce case. Michael (Harry Hamlin) defends a wealthy man accused of rape. Ann (Jill Eikenberry) disagrees with a pro bono case. New associate Victor Sifuentes (Jimmy Smits) joins the firm. The firm is shocked by revelations at Norman's funeral.
2 2 "Those Lips, That Eye" Gregory Hoblit Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher October 3, 1986 (1986-10-03) 4L03
Michael develops romantic feelings for deputy D.A. Grace Van Owen (Susan Dey), and decides to pursue her. Ann is taken to task by Douglas (Alan Rachins) and Leland (Richard Dysart) for refusing a large insurance settlement. Just as she files for divorce from her abusive husband, Abby (Michele Greene) is promoted from law clerk to junior associate.
3 3 "The House of the Rising Flan" E. W. Swackhamer Story by : Les Carter & Susan Sisko
Teleplay by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher and Jacob Epstein
October 10, 1986 (1986-10-10) 4L04
Michael defends a child in a personal-injury suit, not knowing the case is a sham. Stuart (Michael Tucker) fears his career may be in jeopardy after he refuses to set up an alcoholic IRS agent. Abby's son is kidnapped by her estranged husband.
4 4 "The Princess and the Wiener King" Sharron Miller Jacob Epstein October 17, 1986 (1986-10-17) 4L05
Victor defends a young girl who murdered her brother after years of abuse. A client does not listen to Arnie's advice about his case. Grace reveals her true feelings to Michael.
5 5 "Simian Chanted Evening" Rick Wallace Story by : Allison Hock
Teleplay by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher & David E. Kelley
October 24, 1986 (1986-10-24) 4L06
Ann defends a toy manufacturer who is trying to stop a takeover. Leland is less than pleased when Arnie announces his intentions to pursue entertainment law. Michael takes matters into his own hands and decides to interrupt Grace and Kevin's wedding.
6 6 "Slum Enchanted Evening" Ben Bolt Marshall Goldberg October 31, 1986 (1986-10-31) 4L07
Grace has to deal with the consequences of walking out on her wedding. Douglas decides to face off against Leland in a board meeting. Former associate Andrew Taylor (Mario Van Peebles) goes up against Douglas in court.
7 7 "Raiders of the Lost Bark" Jan Eliasberg David E. Kelley November 7, 1986 (1986-11-07) 4L08
Michael is shocked when his client turns down a large settlement in a losing case. Victor takes on a losing case of his own, with unexpected results.
8 8 "Gibbon Take" Sharron Miller John Schulian November 14, 1986 (1986-11-14) 4L09
Grace is doubly humiliated when her ex-fiancé decides to get revenge on her and she is involved in a case of mistaken identity. When Arnie transforms Abby into an aggressive divorce attorney, her personal problems interfere with her latest case.
9 9 "The Venus Butterfly" Donald Petrie Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher November 21, 1986 (1986-11-21) 4L10
Grace prosecutes Christopher Appleton, a gay man with AIDS charged with the mercy killing of his lover, who also had the disease. Norman's old office is up for grabs, causing petty friction amongst the partners. Stuart's client, a bigamist, shares his sexual technique, "The Venus Butterfly", and Stuart is eager to share it with Ann.
10 10 "Fry Me to the Moon" Janet Greek Jacob Epstein, David E. Kelley and Marshall Goldberg December 4, 1986 (1986-12-04) 4L11
Arnie's parents drag him into the middle of their messy divorce. The stress of his latest case starts to take its toll on Michael. Grace uncovers new information that affects the outcome of her murder case. Victor decides to quit after Leland ruins his latest case for fear of bad publicity for the firm. Special guest star: Jeanne Cooper, the real-life mother of Corbin Bernsen, guest stars as Arnie's mother, Gladys Becker.
11 11 "El Sid" Allan Arkush Jacob Epstein, David E. Kelley and Marshall Goldberg December 11, 1986 (1986-12-11) 4L12
Grace is reprimanded for her role in the Appleton case. Victor returns to the firm after Leland admits his mistakes.
12 12 "Sidney, the Dead-Nosed Reindeer" Jonathan Sanger William M. Finkelstein December 18, 1986 (1986-12-18) 4L13
Michael is traumatized when a fellow attorney commits suicide in the courtroom during a case. Abby is finally reunited with her son.
13 13 "Prince Kuzak in a Can" Rick Wallace Jacob Epstein and David E. Kelley January 8, 1987 (1987-01-08) 4L14
Under tremendous stress and pressure following recent events, Michael starts lashing out at Grace and his colleagues. Victor represents a teenager who is a whiz at computer-fraud.
14 14 "The Douglas Fur Ball" Donald Petrie William M. Finkelstein January 15, 1987 (1987-01-15) 4L15
After his infidelity, Douglas's wife, Sheila Brackman, files for divorce and chooses former McKenzie Brackman law clerk Lisa Weston to represent her. Stuart and Ann hit a rough patch in their new relationship when he accuses her of having an affair with a client. Lisa confronts Arnie over his dishonesty. Special guest star: Joanna Frank, the real-life wife of Alan Rachins, begins a recurring role as Sheila Brackman, Douglas's wife.
15 15 "December Bribe" Janet Greek John Jay Osborn Jr. January 22, 1987 (1987-01-22) 4L16
Michael and Grace's high pressure careers interfere with their relationship. Arnie manipulates his clients in order to get something he wants.
16 16 "Beef Jerky" Helaine Head Jacob Epstein and David E. Kelley February 5, 1987 (1987-02-05) 4L17
Grace prosecutes a defendant who is accused of stealing bull semen. Victor and Abby team up in court to represent a family who lost a member in a car accident. Arnie uses an explicit videotape to goad a client into a bigger settlement.
17 17 "Becker on the Rox" Rick Wallace William M. Finkelstein February 12, 1987 (1987-02-12) 4L18
When Arnie refuses to give her a well-deserved raise, Roxanne (Susan Ruttan) quits. Michael has to compromise his image in order to represent a major pharmaceutical company. Victor helps both Michael and Abby with their respective cases.
18 18 "Fifty Ways to Floss Your Lover" Mimi Leder Story by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : Jacob Epstein and David E. Kelley
February 19, 1987 (1987-02-19) 4L19
Grace is shot in the courthouse after a winning verdict against a gang member. Arnie caves in to Roxanne's demands.
19 19 "The Grace of Wrath" Helaine Head Story by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : William M. Finkelstein
February 26, 1987 (1987-02-26) 4L20
Grace returns to work following the shooting and the teenager who shot her is put on trial. Douglas is tempted to buy a toupee.
20 20 "Sparky Brackman RIP ?-1987" Paul Schneider Story by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : Jacob Epstein and David E. Kelley
March 26, 1987 (1987-03-26) 4L21
Michael represents a young woman claiming rape. Douglas is impressed when Abby represents him in a case against his neighbor. Ann has second thoughts about moving in with Stuart.
21 21 "Oy Vey! Wilderness!" Mimi Leder Story by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : William M. Finkelstein
April 2, 1987 (1987-04-02) 4L22
Stuart and Michael team up in a case against the IRS. Grace finally decides to take time off to deal with the recent traumatic events in her life. Roxanne is swept off her feet by one of Arnie's clients.
22 22 "Pigmalion" Shelley Levinson Story by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : Jacob Epstein and David E. Kelley
April 9, 1987 (1987-04-09) 4L23
Victor has doubts about his latest case. Grace returns home after taking a break from work and her relationship with Michael. Ann and Stuart become engaged.

Season 2: 1987–88

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23 1 "The Lung Goodbye" John Pasquin Tony Schwartz October 15, 1987 (1987-10-15) 5K05
Michael goes up against a tobacco company in court. Arnie represents a house husband who is suing his TV-star wife (Shannon Tweed).
24 2 "The Wizard of Odds" Gregory Hoblit David E. Kelley October 22, 1987 (1987-10-22) 5K01
The power of becoming a judge goes to Douglas's head. Leland hires young attorney Jonathan Rollins (Blair Underwood) as a new associate. Arnie is the prize at a bachelor auction.
25 3 "Cannon of Ethics" John Patterson Jacob Epstein October 29, 1987 (1987-10-29) 5K02
A former district attorney betrays Ann's trust. Abby convinces Douglas to hire her former client, Benny Stulwicz (Larry Drake), as the firm's messenger. Arnie's latest girlfriend is looking for much more commitment than he is willing to give.
26 4 "Brackman Vasektimized" Anson Williams Robert Cochran November 5, 1987 (1987-11-05) 5K03
Grace hits the roof when Michael's ex-wife blows back into town. Abby's plan to get a raise in salary backfires on her. Douglas starts up an affair with his attractive female bailiff.
27 5 "The Brothers Grimm" Michael Zinberg William M. Finkelstein November 12, 1987 (1987-11-12) 5K04
Victor represents a rape victim who is suing a cop for not stopping the attack on her. Ann and Stuart disagree over the terms of their prenuptial agreement. Benny's mother passes away.
28 6 "Auld L'Anxiety" Nell Cox Story by : Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : Jacob Epstein, David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein
November 19, 1987 (1987-11-19) 5K06
Grace convinces a frightened witness to testify against a murderous gang member and is stunned when the witness is killed in retaliation. Leland tackles an age-discrimination case. The partners are divided over Jonathan's brash style of handling negotiations.
29 7 "Rohner vs. Gradinger" Sharron Miller Story by : Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : Jacob Epstein, David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein
December 3, 1987 (1987-12-03) 5K07
Michael's patience is tested when he represents a despondent client who is losing touch with reality. Jonathan further upsets the partners when he bypasses both Stuart and Leland to keep a client. Stuart meets Ann's anti-Semitic mother. Douglas decides to break off his affair with Rhonda by doing serious damage to her career. Special guest star: Constance Towers
30 8 "Goldilocks and the Three Barristers" Rick Wallace Story by : Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein
December 10, 1987 (1987-12-10) 5K08
Grace goes after three attorneys accused of molesting a stripper. Abby's streak of bad luck begins to change when her latest case brings a windfall to the firm. Arnie bonds with Benny.
31 9 "Divorce with Extreme Prejudice" Sam Weisman Joe Cacaci December 17, 1987 (1987-12-17) 5K09
Grace prosecutes a teenager who is accused of killing his abusive father. When Victor's girlfriend (Finola Hughes) is arrested for the murder of her husband, he gets the case thrown out, but is not convinced that she is totally innocent.
32 10 "Full Marital Jacket" Win Phelps Story by : Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher
Teleplay by : Terry Louise Fisher and David E. Kelley
January 7, 1988 (1988-01-07) 5K10
Michael and Arnie try to save Benny from facing sexual assault charges. Abby receives a marriage proposal. Ann and Stuart's wedding takes place, but Douglas's wife Sheila causes a scene.
33 11 "Gorilla My Dreams" Gabrielle Beaumont Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein January 14, 1988 (1988-01-14) 5K11
Arnie's defense of an accused child molester is damaged when the client and his daughter disappear. When Roxanne's boyfriend (Charles Frank) is arrested for insider trading, Abby, Ann and Roxanne herself find themselves in trouble for acting on his tips. Victor takes Benny to the zoo to teach him about the facts of life.
34 12 "Hand Roll Express" Kim Friedman William Stadiem January 21, 1988 (1988-01-21) 5K12
Ignoring Arnie's warnings, Roxanne decides to stand by her accused boyfriend (Charles Frank), until she discovers she is not the only woman in his life. Douglas is falsely accused of solicitation at a sushi bar and is arrested. Grace decides to become a partner in an old friend's new law firm.
35 13 "Beauty and Obese" Sam Weisman Terry Louise Fisher and David E. Kelley February 11, 1988 (1988-02-11) 5K13
Michael represents a fellow attorney who was fired from her firm for being overweight. Grace discovers that her new law firm is financed by the mob. Stuart finds himself in the center of attention when one of his clients leaves him a multi-million dollar estate in her will.
36 14 "Pettycoat Injunction" Alice West Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein February 18, 1988 (1988-02-18) 5K14
Arnie's choice to participate in a sensational civil case could cost him his job. After witnessing a mobster's death, Grace decides to step down and become a homemaker.
37 15 "The Bald Ones" Tom Moore Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein February 25, 1988 (1988-02-25) 5K15
Douglas discovers that he has yet another half-brother (Jeffrey Tambor). Michael convinces Grace to co-chair with him in his latest case. Abby and Jonathan are at odds over their case.
38 16 "Fetus Completus" Helaine Head Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein March 3, 1988 (1988-03-03) 5K16
Ann fights for an unborn child's life despite her personal feelings. Working together puts a strain on Michael and Grace's love life. Arnie represents Douglas in his divorce proceedings.
39 17 "Belle of the Bald" John Pasquin Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein April 14, 1988 (1988-04-14) 5K17
Michael represents a woman who killed the man who raped her. Grace returns to work as a prosecutor.
40 18 "Open Heart Perjury" Tom Moore David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein April 21, 1988 (1988-04-21) 5K18
When Jonathan over-zealously cross-examines a defendant on the stand, the man has a heart attack and dies in the courtroom. Roxanne has her first of many encounters with Dave Meyer (Dann Florek).
41 19 "Leapin' Lizards!" Michael Zinberg Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein April 28, 1988 (1988-04-28) 5K19
Ann represents a man who wants to continue playing a superhero despite being fired from the role. Roxanne finds herself in major tax trouble due to her dealings with her former boyfriend.
42 20 "Chariots of Meyer" Win Phelps David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein and William M. Finkelstein May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05) 5K20
James Earl Jones guest stars as a defense attorney who uses the "race card" at every turn against Grace in a murder trial. Roxanne turns to Dave for help out of her financial situation.

Season 3: 1988–89

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44 1 "Hey, Lick Me Over" Rick Wallace Steven Bochco and David E. Kelley November 3, 1988 (1988-11-03) 7A01
Grace prosecutes a man (Joe Spano) who can't keep his tongue to himself. Arnie is upset when Roxanne decides to marry Dave Meyer, even though she does not love him. Victor represents a family who is suing a security company after being attacked in their home. Abby thinks her future with the firm is coming to an end after her yearly review brings disastrous results.
45 2 "The Son Also Rises" John Pasquin David E. Kelley November 10, 1988 (1988-11-10) 7A02
Grace is asked to overlook a legal technicality that could free a cop killer. Arnie represents Dave's sister in her divorce proceedings. Stuart accuses Ann of avoiding the fertility doctor.
46 3 "Romancing the Drone" Win Phelps William M. Finkelstein November 17, 1988 (1988-11-17) 7A03
Michael represents a client accused of rape. Abby decides to leave the firm and begin her own practice. Roxanne resents Dave's pillow talk and gets unexpected advice from Arnie.
47 4 "Sperminator" Tom Moore Michele Gallery December 1, 1988 (1988-12-01) 7A04
Stuart tries to increase his fertility by using prescribed drugs. Jonathan and Victor team up in court. Abby's attempt to deal with an irrational client that Douglas referred to her turns deadly.
48 5 "The Princess and the Pee" Sam Weisman William M. Finkelstein December 8, 1988 (1988-12-08) 7A05
Michael learns that one of his biggest legal rivals never passed the bar exam. Ann and Stuart's romance loses its energy.
49 6 "Dummy Dearest" Ben Bolt Robert Cochran December 15, 1988 (1988-12-15) 7A06
Jonathan defends a deranged ventriloquist who speaks only through his dummy. Ann's celebrity client is a tabloid magnet.
50 7 "To Live and Diet in L.A." John Pasquin Judith Parker January 5, 1989 (1989-01-05) 7A07
Grace decides to reveal a legal technicality that could free a cop killer and damage her career in the process. Ann and Stuart enter into a risky adoption agreement. Abby begins seeing Bill Ringstrom (Wayne Northrop), the detective who helped her during the shooting investigation.
51 8 "I'm in the Nude for Love" Eric Laneuville David E. Kelley January 12, 1989 (1989-01-12) 7A08
Michael represents the owner of a nudist colony whose new celebrity centerfold member (Teri Hatcher) is causing a frenzy amongst agitated neighbors. Benny falls for Arnie's latest girlfriend, who in turn is falling for Victor. Joyce Hyser begins a recurring role as Allison Gottlieb.
52 9 "Victor/Victorious" Win Phelps David E. Kelley, Michele Gallery and Judith Parker January 19, 1989 (1989-01-19) 7A09
Grace faces an old adversary in court. Abby's financial troubles cause her to give poor advice to a client. Victor and Allison begin seeing each other. Special guest star: James Earl Jones
53 10 "The Plane Mutiny" Sandy Smolan Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein February 9, 1989 (1989-02-09) 7A10
Arnie doesn't want to share in the profits of his "how-to" divorce video. Douglas is arrested after forcing a passenger jet off the runway. After battling each other in court, Victor is taken aback when Grace kisses him.
54 11 "Izzy Ackerman or Is He Not?" Sam Weisman Daniel Ben-Zvi & Joe Shulkin and William M. Finkelstein February 16, 1989 (1989-02-16) 7A11
Leland tries to help a widow whose husband's body was mistakenly sent to several medical universities. Roxanne is arrested for assault. Grace and Michael discover that Bill is married. Special guest star: Kathleen Freeman
55 12 "The Accidental Jurist" Jan Eliasberg Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, Michele Gallery and Judith Parker February 23, 1989 (1989-02-23) 7A12
Michael agrees to pick a retired judge whom he knows to be a closeted homosexual to hear the case of an athlete who loses an endorsement deal after coming out. Ann is torn between an important case and caring for her new baby. Abby ends her affair with Bill.
56 13 "Barstow Bound" Win Phelps William M. Finkelstein March 23, 1989 (1989-03-23) 7A13
Leland's federal judgeship candidacy has strings attached. Victor represents the family of a construction worker whose death resulted from shoddy workmanship. Arnie's divorce video lands him in hot water with a man whose wife decided to leave him after watching it.
57 14 "Leave It to Geezer" Phillip M. Goldfarb Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley and Michele Gallery March 30, 1989 (1989-03-30) 7A14
Michael is livid when Leland insists that he take a break and refocus after a series of cases gone wrong. Grace's sympathies are roused by four aged bank robbers and their elderly lawyer.
58 15 "The Unbearable Lightness of Boring" Sandy Smolan David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein and Michele Gallery April 6, 1989 (1989-04-06) 7A15
Douglas quits as managing partner of the firm. Abby represents a ring of drug dealers and their leader (Kiel Martin). Jonathan interviews a beautiful paralegal (Renée Jones). Roxanne files for divorce from Dave.
59 16 "His Suit Is Hirsute" Win Phelps David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Steven Bochco and Michele Gallery April 27, 1989 (1989-04-27) 7A16
Ann and Stuart are forced to return their adopted daughter, Kelsey, to her birth mother. Abby is arrested on false charges for her representation of drug dealers. Grace and Michael decide to call it quits.
60 17 "America the Beautiful" Max Tash David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery and Judith Parker May 4, 1989 (1989-05-04) 7A17
After Abby successfully defends herself in front of a grand jury, Leland asks her to return to the firm. Dave hits the roof when Arnie announces that he will be representing Roxanne in their divorce proceedings.
61 18 "Urine Trouble Now" Rob Thompson David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery and Judith Parker May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11) 7A18
Victor takes on the case of a slandered Mexican beer company. Michael represents an oldies music group in a lawsuit against a new act.
62 19 "Consumed Innocent" Win Phelps David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery and Judith Parker May 18, 1989 (1989-05-18) 7A19
Grace prosecutes a TV talk show host accused of inciting a murder. An important client insists that Benny stop seeing his mentally challenged daughter. After months of trying, Ann discovers she is pregnant.

Season 4: 1989–90

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63 1 "The Unsterile Cuckoo" Rob Thompson David E. Kelley November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02) 7D01
Stuart is left in a tight spot when Ann's lamaze classes and the firm's baseball tournament coincide with each other. Michael decides to buy a motorcycle.
64 2 "Captain Hurt" Win Phelps William M. Finkelstein November 9, 1989 (1989-11-09) 7D02
Michael defends a college professor (guest star Carl Lumbly) accused of murder who is not being completely honest with him about the facts of the case. Veronica Cartwright begins a recurring role as prosecutor Margaret Flanagan.
65 3 "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" David Carson David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein November 16, 1989 (1989-11-16) 7D03
Michael puts his client on the stand. Arnie is forced to stop dating a client.
66 4 "The Mouse That Soared" Sandy Smolan David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein November 23, 1989 (1989-11-23) 7D04
Victor opposes a diminutive lawyer David Rappaport when he attempts to stop "dwarf-tossing" contests. Michael places his hopes on an unreliable witness.
67 5 "One Rat, One Ranger" Tom Moore Douglas McGrath November 30, 1989 (1989-11-30) 7D05
Grace debates putting a 6-year-old girl on the stand in a molestation case. Leland and Douglas decide to bring in a "rainmaker" to drum up business for the firm. Diana Muldaur begins a memorable run as Rosalind Shays.
68 6 "Lie Down and Deliver" Gabrielle Beaumont Christopher Keyser & Amy Lippman December 7, 1989 (1989-12-07) 7D06
Ann goes overboard while defending a doctor accused of malpractice. Arnie ends up getting sued by a divorcee over his divorce video. Jonathan argues a case against a cereal manufacturer.
69 7 "Placenta Claus Is Coming to Town" Rob Thompson William M. Finkelstein and Cynthia Saunders December 14, 1989 (1989-12-14) 7D07
A verdict is expected in Michael's latest case. Benny decides to propose to Alice. Ann gives birth to a baby boy.
70 8 "The Good Human Bar" Johanna Demetrakas David E. Kelley and Cynthia Saunders January 4, 1990 (1990-01-04) 7D08
Victor's professional and personal lives collide when he is leading the case against a man who allegedly raped a close friend and his girlfriend Allison is attacked. One of Jonathan's friends, who is terminally ill, wants his help in ending her life.
71 9 "Noah's Bark" Win Phelps David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein January 11, 1990 (1990-01-11) 7D09
Leland is livid when he discovers that Arnie has been wooing clients away to set up his own practice. The man who raped Allison goes to trial.
72 10 "The Pay's Lousy, But the Tips Are Great" David Carson David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein and Cynthia Saunders January 18, 1990 (1990-01-18) 7D10
The staff is less than welcoming when Arnie and Roxanne return to the firm. Rosalind begins playing mind games with the partners to pit them against each other. Victor and Allison decide to call it quits.
73 11 "True Brit" Arthur Allan Seidelman David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein and Cynthia Saunders January 25, 1990 (1990-01-25) 7D11
Michael goes toe to toe with an unscrupulous British attorney who pretends to be ignorant of American laws. With Rosalind's dominance at the firm, Ann fears for her position. Arnie's name is added to the firm's letterhead.
74 12 "On Your Honor" Steven Robman David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein February 8, 1990 (1990-02-08) 7D12
Roxanne and the other secretaries in the office go on strike. Grace is offered the opportunity to be a judge. Leland ponders retirement.
75 13 "Whatever Happened to Hannah?" Tom Moore David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman February 15, 1990 (1990-02-15) 7D13
Abby represents a battered wife. Jonathan's client, a stand-up comic, is seeking damages from a heckler who happens to be his ex-wife. Ann and Rosalind have a nasty confrontation.
76 14 "Ex-Wives and Videotapes" Miles Watkins David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein February 22, 1990 (1990-02-22) 7D14
Michael works overtime to get Earl Williams' case reopened. Arnie represents a network newscaster's ex-husband when he is seeking a cash settlement in exchange for a potentially embarrassing video.
77 15 "Blood, Sweat and Fears" Edwin Sherin David E. Kelley March 15, 1990 (1990-03-15) 7D15
When Leland announces his intention to resign, Douglas, Stuart and Rosalind all want to take his spot. Victor defends a doctor (Franc Luz) who refused to operate on an AIDS patient. Michael relentlessly pursues the professor's new case.
78 16 "Bounds for Glory" Win Phelps David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein March 22, 1990 (1990-03-22) 7D16
Ann represents a family seeking damages against the young man who killed their son. Abby discovers a new ally in Rosalind. Benny faces a lawsuit over his baseball card collection.
79 17 "Justice Swerved" Menachem Binetski David E. Kelley and Bryce Zabel March 29, 1990 (1990-03-29) 7D17
Stuart gets careless with his drinking. A married couple face trial over the death of their child. Douglas seeks help with his love life.
80 18 "Watts a Matter?" Tom Moore David E. Kelley and Bryce Zabel April 5, 1990 (1990-04-05) 7D18
Rosalind undermines Victor's attempt to sue an alcohol manufacturer. The stress and pressure of being a judge begins to take its toll on Grace.
81 19 "Bang... Zoom... Zap" Miles Watkins David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein April 26, 1990 (1990-04-26) 7D19
Angry with the way that Rosalind is running the firm, Leland decides that he once again wants to be senior partner. Roxanne deals with her elderly father. Grace receives a reprimand. Special guest stars: Vincent Gardenia and Lance LeGault
82 20 "Forgive Me Father, For I Have Sued" Elodie Keene John Romano, David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03) 7D20
Leland's plan to oust Rosalind may not get off the ground. Roxanne takes control of her father's affairs.
83 21 "Outward Bound" Edwin Sherin David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein May 10, 1990 (1990-05-10) 7D21
A policeman sues a reporter after his homosexuality is exposed. Michael announces a career move. Leland approaches Grace about a partnership. Arnie nearly blows his marriage plans by having an affair with Gwen the night before his wedding to Corrinne. Sheila Kelley joins the cast as Gwen Taylor.
84 22 "The Last Gasp" Rick Wallace David E. Kelley and William M. Finkelstein May 17, 1990 (1990-05-17) 7D22
Victor aids a condemned prisoner (A. Martinez) who was once a childhood friend. Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka (guest starring as himself) takes the stand when the team is sued by an angry fan. Arnie's domineering mother (Jeanne Cooper) visits again as Arnie and Corrinne are to be married. A. Martinez would later return as a full time castmember in seasons 7 and 8 as a new character, attorney Daniel Morales.

Season 5: 1990–91

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85 1 "The Bitch Is Back" Elodie Keene David E. Kelley October 18, 1990 (1990-10-18) 7L01
Rosalind Shays returns and slaps the firm with a sexual discrimination lawsuit. Grace and Victor join forces in court. Michael handles a racially sensitive case.
86 2 "Happy Trails" Win Phelps Barry M. Schkolnick October 25, 1990 (1990-10-25) 7L02
When Leland and Arnie do little to help the defense in the Rosalind Shays case, Grace saves the day with a surprise witness. Michael faces a biased jury.
87 3 "Lie Harder" David Carson Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher November 1, 1990 (1990-11-01) 7L03
Abby represents a desperate couple who are trying to give back their adopted son after he badly injured their daughter. Arnie is caught inside a terrible triangle of his own making when he discovers that Corrinne and Gwen know each other. Grace gets help from an old friend. Corrinne takes advantage of Roxanne, and the two have a heated exchange.
88 4 "Armand's Hammer" Menachem Binetski John Hill November 8, 1990 (1990-11-08) 7L04
Jonathan takes charge in a racially tense case. A protester's attorney drills through the firm's stonewalling tactics. A TV blooper victim files suit. Amanda Donohoe joins the cast as C.J. Lamb.
89 5 "Smoke Gets in Your Thighs" Richard Compton Patricia Green November 15, 1990 (1990-11-15) 7L05
Ann represents a man whose lover is dying of ALS when the dying man's parents refuse visitation rights. Benny gets bilked by a cult. Grace settles into a new romantic relationship with an old adversary.
90 6 "Vowel Play" Edwin Sherin David E. Kelley and Patricia Green November 29, 1990 (1990-11-29) 7L06
The firm's newest members, C.J. and Tommy, battle a tobacco company. Ann suspects a change in her marriage. Douglas appears on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune. John Spencer joins the cast as Tommy Mullaney. Special guest stars: Bob Goen and Vanna White.
91 7 "New Kidney on the Block" Steven Robman John Hill and Stephen Katz December 6, 1990 (1990-12-06) 7L07
Grace faces a decision over a kidney needed by a client. Michael represents a flag-burning Vietnam veteran. C.J. causes a stir.
92 8 "God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman" Tom Moore Stephen Katz and David E. Kelley December 13, 1990 (1990-12-13) 7L08
Leland proposes defending Rosalind on a savings-and-loan fraud charge. Victor is disgusted to be representing partners in a medical office who fired a brilliant physician because his ruined facial features scared patients. Guest stars John Glover and Vanna White
93 9 "Splatoon" Elodie Keene John Hill and Barry M. Schkolnick January 3, 1991 (1991-01-03) 7L09
Abby appears on The Phil Donahue Show to defend gun rights, and when Ann criticizes her interview Abby lets her old friend have it. Douglas, Jonathan and Stuart use paint-firing pistols in a mock war game. Tommy battles a fight promoter. Victor and Grace try to determine the status of their new relationship. Special guest star: Phil Donahue
94 10 "Pump it Up" Mervin B. Dayan David E. Kelley and Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher January 10, 1991 (1991-01-10) 7L10
Victor halfheartedly represents a murderer. Arnie maneuvers to increase a prenuptial agreement. Leland upsets the partners with his latest news. Michael ponders changes in his career.
95 11 "Rest in Pieces" Win Phelps John Robert Bensink and Patricia Green January 31, 1991 (1991-01-31) 7L11
Grace co-defends a young soldier in a military court-martial after he refused orders to fire against targets in Panama. Roxanne's talk makes Arnie nervous. Douglas takes charge of the firm. C.J. represents the owners of a haunted house. After discovering his cheating ways, Corrinne files for divorce from Arnie.
96 12 "He's a Crowd" Elodie Keene David E. Kelley February 7, 1991 (1991-02-07) 7L12
Michael defends a man with multiple personalities. Leland needs Rosalind's help. Roxanne is a reluctant witness in Arnie's divorce case. When C.J. seeks Abby's friendship, the two share an unexpected moment. Cecil Hoffman joins the cast as Zoey Clemmons. This episode is the first of a series of lesbian kiss episodes, in which a hetero-identified female character is kissed by a lesbian- or bisexual-identified one.[8]
97 13 "Dances with Sharks" David Carson Story by : Patricia Green, Alan Brennert and Melinda M. Snodgrass
Teleplay by : Patricia Green and Alan Brennert
February 14, 1991 (1991-02-14) 7L13
C.J. does battle in an American Indian court. Jonathan is falsely arrested for rape. The firm loses a client due to Arnie's marital problems.
98 14 "The Gods Must Be Lawyers" Tom Moore David E. Kelley February 21, 1991 (1991-02-21) 7L14
Victor faces a life-or-death decision involving his brother. Michael defends a husband-killing woman. Zoey prosecutes a man for statutory rape. Special guest star: Wayne Newton.
99 15 "The Beverly Hills Hangers" Gabrielle Beaumont David E. Kelley March 14, 1991 (1991-03-14) 7L15
Michael and Tommy team up for a high profile case when a woman and her lover are accused of hanging the woman's husband. Leland is shocked by a proposal. Special guest star: Harley Jane Kozak.
100 16 "Good to the Last Drop" Menachem Binetski David E. Kelley, Patricia Green and Alan Brennert March 21, 1991 (1991-03-21) 7L16

Victor overzealously represents a woman who was given an unnecessary hysterectomy. Stuart puts in a request to become a trial lawyer. Zoey loses a star witness in her latest case. When Rosalind returns to the firm to help Leland with a case, the results prove deadly.

Note: In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #91 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[9] In 2009, it moved to #61.[10]
101 17 "Mutinies on the Banzai" Win Phelps David E. Kelley, Patricia Green and Alan Brennert March 28, 1991 (1991-03-28) 7L17
Michael rebels when Leland extends Douglas's term as temporary senior partner. Victor is worried about Grace, due to her pregnancy. Jonathan presses a discrimination case. The members of the firm all react differently to Rosalind's demise.
102 18 "As God As My Co-Defendant" Miles Watkins David E. Kelley, Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher April 4, 1991 (1991-04-04) 7L18
When Michael creates an internal war, Leland and Douglas sue him for sabotage. Tommy defends a religious couple who let their son die as a part of their faith. C.J. and Zoey lecture foreign attorneys. A familiar face returns to shake things up.
103 19 "Speak, Lawyers, For Me" Paul Lazarus David E. Kelley, Patricia Green and Alan Brennert April 25, 1991 (1991-04-25) 7L19

Michael seeks to dissolve the partnership. Douglas represents a transgender model who was fired by a cosmetics company when her status was discovered. Tommy represents the family of a college football star who died when his heart gave out due to his use of steroids. The bickering among the office takes its toll on Benny.

Note: Original cast member Harry Hamlin departs from the series.
104 20 "There Goes the Judge" Elodie Keene David E. Kelley, Patricia Green and Alan Brennert May 2, 1991 (1991-05-02) 7L20
Jonathan's latest case hits close to home. A loopy judge gets even loopier. Abby pursues a relationship with C.J.
105 21 "On the Toad Again" Michael Katleman David E. Kelley May 9, 1991 (1991-05-09) 7L21
Ann uses desperate measures to defend a woman accused of murder. C.J. argues for an elderly man who gets high from licking toads. Leland arbitrates his first case.
106 22 "Since I Fell For You" Win Phelps David E. Kelley, Patricia Green and Alan Brennert May 16, 1991 (1991-05-16) 7L22
Ann's career is in jeopardy after her former client is murdered. Victor represents an attorney who is dying of AIDS in his suit to force his insurance company to pay for experimental treatment. Arnie and Roxanne begin a new relationship. After her shocking death, Leland learns that he will inherit the bulk of Rosalind's estate. Victor and Grace become husband and wife. Original cast members Michele Greene and Jimmy Smits depart from the series.

Season 6: 1991–92

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107 1 "Something Old, Something Nude" Rick Wallace Patricia Green October 10, 1991 (1991-10-10) 8L01
With money problems around the corner, Leland and Douglas rent out part of the firm's office space to a flashy entertainment lawyer and her sleazy associate. Grace returns to the firm after her miscarriage and subsequent separation from Victor. Ann and Stuart argue over a choice of nanny for Matthew. Gwen serves on a jury. Conchata Ferrell and Michael Cumpsty join the cast as Susan Bloom and Frank Kittredge.
108 2 "TV or Not TV" Elodie Keene Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher October 17, 1991 (1991-10-17) 8L02
Jonathan represents a brother in a tragic case where he is opposing his brother who wants the court to declare their MIA father died in Vietnam. Grace's personal problems cloud her judgment. Arnie fills in for a TV legal reporter.
109 3 "Do the Spike Thing" Michael Katleman Carol Flint October 31, 1991 (1991-10-31) 8L03
Ann defends a logging company against a mill worker who lost an arm when a saw blade struck a spike embedded in a log by radical environmentalists. Douglas is attacked outside a gay restaurant and initially refuses to testify for fear of being identified as gay. C.J.'s Shakespearean actor father visits.
110 4 "Spleen It to Me, Lucy" Michael Fresco Matt Kiene & Joe Reinkemeyer November 7, 1991 (1991-11-07) 8L04
Zoey battles a convicted rapist-murderer's stay of execution. New associate Billy Castroverti (Tom Verica) represents a patient whose spleen was removed and used to invent a profitable drug. Roxanne and Susan battle over control of the office staff.
111 5 "Monkey on My Back Lot" Tom Moore Alan Brennert November 14, 1991 (1991-11-14) 8L05
A convicted child abuser retains Grace to change her probation terms. Tommy argues a case against firearms. Leland temporarily gains custody of a chimp during an arbitration case. Arnie reconsiders his living arrangements and asks Roxanne to move in with him.
112 6 "Badfellas" Win Phelps Carol Flint and Roger Lowenstein November 21, 1991 (1991-11-21) 8L06
Frank's new client jeopardizes the firm's relationship with new district attorney Ruby Thomas (Lynne Thigpen). Stuart goes one-on-one in a sports case.
113 7 "Lose the Boss" Mervin Dayan Anne Kenney, Alan Brennert, Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher December 12, 1991 (1991-12-12) 8L07
Douglas's sister-in-law hires Grace to sue a school board that will not cover her autistic son's special education costs. Gwen turns the tables on a demanding Arnie.
114 8 "The Nut Before Christmas" Paul Lazarus Patricia Green and Carol Flint December 19, 1991 (1991-12-19) 8L08
Arnie takes the case of C.J.'s former lover whose ex-husband is threatening to take her children away from her for being a lesbian. An important client forces Leland and Douglas to fire Billy. A temporary secretary causes chaos at the office during the busy holiday season.
115 9 "Guess Who's Coming To Murder?" Rick Wallace David E. Kelley January 9, 1992 (1992-01-09) 8L09
Zoey and Tommy square off in court when he defends a calculating serial killer (Timothy Carhart). Douglas, Ann and Stuart work together to court a client who is both brilliant and crazy. Susan and Leland continue to butt heads. Special guest star: Kevin Spacey
116 10 "Back to the Suture" Elodie Keene Steven Bochco and David Milch January 16, 1992 (1992-01-16) 8L10
Ann sues a doctor for causing a woman's permanent paralysis. Benny appears in family court, hoping to be granted custody of a homeless boy. Arnie considers a network TV offer. A serial killer tries to strike again.
117 11 "All About Sleaze" Richard Compton Alan Brennert and Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher January 30, 1992 (1992-01-30) 8L11
C.J. takes aim at the Witness Protection program's failings after a criminal in the program murdered a grieving man's wife. Arnie is oblivious to his role in a power struggle. Tommy is overcome with depression due to recent events. Special guest star: Bryan Cranston
118 12 "I'm Ready for My Closeup, Mr. Markowitz" Bradley Silberling Alan Brennert, Anne Kenney and Paul Manning February 13, 1992 (1992-02-13) 8L12
Tommy, along with new associate Alex DePalma (Anthony DeSando), fights a chemical firm that is accusing of poisoning its workforce. Zoey is stunned when Margaret Flanagan begins have terrifying flashbacks of her childhood. Stuart helps a screen legend (Anne Jeffreys) with her tax troubles.
119 13 "Steal It Again, Sam" Elodie Keene David E. Kelley, Carol Flint and Patricia Green February 20, 1992 (1992-02-20) 8L13
Victor returns and intends to reconcile with an unwilling Grace. Benny's foster son, Sam, has an unflattering habit. Special guest stars: Jimmy Smits, Gates McFadden
120 14 "Diet, Diet, My Darling" Michael Fresco Anne Kenney, Alan Brennert, Judth Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher February 27, 1992 (1992-02-27) 8L14
Margaret sues her father for raping her and her sister when they were children. A cookbook author sues her former student. Jonathan's parents arrive in Los Angeles for a visit. Special guest stars: Bonnie Bartlett, Robert Guillaume and Madge Sinclair
121 15 "Great Balls Afire" Gabrielle Beaumont Alan Brennert and Anne Kenney March 19, 1992 (1992-03-19) 8L15
Ann and Stuart are shocked when a young woman shows up, claiming to be Stuart's daughter. Arnie gets more than he bargained for when working late with TV news anchor Julie Rayburn (Lauren Lane).
122 16 "From Here to Paternity" Elodie Keene Steve Brown, Carol Flint and Alan Brennert March 26, 1992 (1992-03-26) 8L16
Grace defends a baseball star accused of rape. Alex becomes tangled up in a sting operation against a corrupt judge led by Ruby. Roxanne and Arnie hit a rough patch in their relationship.
123 17 "P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead" Win Phelps Anne Kenney, Alan Brennert and Paul Manning April 16, 1992 (1992-04-16) 8L17
Arnie's psychiatrist drops dead during a session. Frank and Gwen take their relationship to a new level. Leland takes Alex to task about his role in the sting operation.
124 18 "Love in Bloom" Paul Lazarus Carol Flint, Robert Crais, Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher April 23, 1992 (1992-04-23) 8L18
Susan's marriage raises eyebrows at the firm and with the INS. Zoey prosecutes a millionaire who is accused of killing a homeless man. Both Douglas and Benny experience parental issues.
125 19 "Silence of the Lambskins" Elodie Keene Alan Brennert and Paul Manning April 30, 1992 (1992-04-30) 8L19
Gwen inadvertently helps Frank ruin Arnie's latest case. Zoey and Jonathan ponder where their relationship is headed.
126 20 "Beauty and the Breast" Tom Moore Carol Flint, Paul Manning, Channing Gibson & Charles H. Eglee May 7, 1992 (1992-05-07) 8L20
C.J. represents a movie studio when an actress sues them for making her get breast implants. Frank is fired after Gwen exposes his duplicity to Leland and the rest of the firm. Susan has reservations about her marriage.
127 21 "Double Breasted Suit" Win Phelps Anne Kenney and Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher May 14, 1992 (1992-05-14) 8L21
C.J. finds herself attracted to the defense attorney in her latest case. Grace represents a man who claimed he was ripped off by a psychic. Zoey decides to end things with Jonathan. Special guest star: David Rasche
128 22 "Say Goodnight, Gracie" Rick Wallace Alan Brennert and Channing Gibson & Charles H. Eglee May 21, 1992 (1992-05-21) 8L22
Grace decides to reconcile with Victor and move to New York. An emotionally devastated defendant shoots Zoey at the courthouse after she perjures herself on the stand over him being raped in prison and becoming HIV+. After a bitter divorce and years of acrimony, Douglas and Sheila decide to remarry. Original castmember Susan Dey departs from the series.

Season 7: 1992–93

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129 1 "L.A. Lawless" Rick Wallace John Masius & John Tinker October 22, 1992 (1992-10-22) 9L01
The firm is forced to once again restructure after the departures of Grace Van Owen, C.J. Lamb, and Susan Bloom and the arrival of a new partner. Meanwhile, Arnie once again approaches Leland about switching to entertainment law, both Douglas and Stuart find themselves in the middle of the Los Angeles riots, and Tommy considers a change in his career. A. Martinez joins the cast as Daniel Morales.
130 2 "Second Time Around" Elodie Keene Paul Manning October 29, 1992 (1992-10-29) 9L02
Daniel and Leland are at odds when a case that Leland prosecuted more than 30 years ago is reopened. Douglas decides to sue the city after his arrest during the riots. Jonathan continues his campaign for city council. Stuart is released from the hospital. Zoey returns to work after the shooting. David Schwimmer begins a series of five guest appearances in the series as Dana Romney.
131 3 "Zo Long" Marisa Silver Story by : Anne Kenney
Teleplay by : Anne Kenney and John Masius & John Tinker
November 5, 1992 (1992-11-05) 9L03
Douglas and Stuart continue to experience aftershocks from the riots. Tommy prosecutes his first case after leaving McKenzie Brackman and moving to the district attorney's office. Jonathan's political career is over before it starts. Zoey decides to quit her job and the law profession altogether. Cecil Hoffman leaves the cast.
132 4 "Wine Knot" Oz Scott Julie Martin November 12, 1992 (1992-11-12) 9L04
After a tumultuous series of events in their lives, Douglas, Jonathan and Stuart all return to the firm. Arnie represents a man who is suing his brother over his share of the family business. Gwen begins receiving gifts from a secret admirer. Roxanne makes a shocking announcement.
133 5 "My Friend Flicker" Jeffrey D. Brown Janis Hirsch November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19) 9L05
After the riots, Douglas decides to reflect on his life. Leland represents an old friend in a discrimination case. Arnie's dreams of pursuing entertainment law reignite. Roxanne shocks Tommy (and everyone else) by asking him to father her child. Special guest star: Shelley Berman begins a six episode run as Hollywood movie mogul Ben Flicker.
134 6 "Love on the Rox" Andre R. Guttfreund Theresa Rebeck December 3, 1992 (1992-12-03) 9L06
Ann represents a man who does not want to father his ex-wife's children. Leland helps Gwen during her first case. Roxanne receives an answer from Tommy. After receiving more gifts and a few creepy run-ins, Gwen believes she is being stalked.
135 7 "Helter Shelter" Tom Moore John Masius & John Tinker December 10, 1992 (1992-12-10) 9L07
Melina Paros (Lisa Zane) joins the firm as an associate. Stuart, still unhinged after the riots, loses further control of reality. Arnie gets more involved with movie mogul Ben Flicker and his troubled empire. Gwen receives more mysterious gifts and begins to suspect that Daniel is her stalker. Roxanne and Tommy decide to pursue a relationship.
136 8 "Christmas Stalking" Mervin B. Dayan Julie Martin and John Masius & John Tinker December 17, 1992 (1992-12-17) 9L08
Ann and Tommy help Stuart beat the charges against him. Through a strange turn of events, Arnie receives a job offer from Ben Flicker. Melina learns that Leland pulled a few strings to help her case. Stuart receives help for his medical condition. Roxanne and Tommy receive some good news.
137 9 "Odor in the Court" Victor Lobl Paul Manning January 7, 1993 (1993-01-07) 9L09
Tommy fights to keep a mentally deranged killer behind bars. Daniel represents a man suing a slaughterhouse for stinking up his property. Arnie finally sees Eric Schuller but there's a hitch: he's buried in the ice rink of World Wide Studios.
138 10 "Spanky and the Art Gang" Elodie Keene D. Keith Mano January 14, 1993 (1993-01-14) 9L10
Arnie & Daniel represent Eric Schuller's BDSM mistress in a murder trial. Jonathan represents a property developer with a controversial statue. Douglas disagrees with his prison pal over a raunchy section in his biography. Gwen fears she might have Huntington's Disease and receives a visit from a woman (Anne Twomey) who is meant to be dead.
139 11 "Bare Witness" Oz Scott Julie Martin February 4, 1993 (1993-02-04) 9L11
Douglas represents an adult entertainment club. Stuart has a change of heart about pressing charges when he realizes that one of his attackers has a son the same age as Matthew. Through a strange turn of events, Arnie becomes president of World Wide Studios. Jonathan seeks redemption for destroying a controversial statue. Gwen receives the results of her blood test.
140 12 "Parent Trap" Steven Robman Roger Lowenstein February 11, 1993 (1993-02-11) 9L12
Jonathan represents a man (Raphael Sbarge) wanting to keep his comatose wife alive so that his child may be born. Stuart drops all charges against his attackers in an act of social justice. Daniel is held in contempt after refusing to turn over evidence in his latest murder trial. Tommy's father (William Hickey) arrives from Boston for a visit. In a moment of heightened confusion, Daniel's daughter, Lucy, is kidnapped.
141 13 "Hello and Goodbye" Andre R. Guttfreund Paul Manning February 18, 1993 (1993-02-18) 9L13
Ann's civil suit against the LAPD causes tension in her marriage. Melina represents a widow (Shirley Knight) suing a cameraman for not stopping her husband from immolating himself. Tommy Mullaney, Sr. (William Hickey) has a fatal heart attack, and Tommy Jr. falls off the wagon. Gwen is caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when her stalker (Anne Twomey) murders a FBI agent.
142 14 "Where There's a Will" Michael Schultz Hugh O'Neill February 25, 1993 (1993-02-25) 9L14
Leland and Daniel track down a witness (Lawrence Tierney) who could clear Frank Osgood (R.G. Armstrong). Melina crosses a long-term family friend whom she is defending in a murder-for-hire case. Tommy finally comes to his senses and returns to Roxanne. After Gwen's stalker (Anne Twomey) murders a police detective, she finds that 24-hour police surveillance is hard to endure. Douglas is less than pleased with the film version of his biography. Special Guest Star: Erik Estrada.
143 15 "F.O.B." Rick Wallace William M. Finkelstein April 1, 1993 (1993-04-01) 9L15
The entire firm is interested when Ann takes a test case from a man who says he is a friend of Bill Clinton. Daniel defends a man (James Gammon) accused of giving out street justice.
144 16 "Cold Shower" Win Phelps Anne Kenney, Jennifer Flackett and Roger Lowenstein April 8, 1993 (1993-04-08) 9L16
Stuart's client takes offense to the attitude of an IRS agent during an audit. Jonathan's art thief client is entrapped by an undercover police officer posing as his lover. Tommy can't handle all the pressure from his impending fatherhood and has a change of heart in a case of a schoolyard fight turned deadly.
145 17 "That's Why the Lady Is a Stamp" Elodie Keene Paul Manning, Peter Schneider, Julie Martin and William M. Finkelstein April 15, 1993 (1993-04-15) 9L17
Leland executes the will of an old friend, and finds a surprise in his stamp collection. Douglas & Arnie are suspicious of Benny's new friend. Melina represents a man suing the United States Postal Service for not preventing a postal worker from going postal. Douglas grows concerned over Gwen being given increased responsibility.
146 18 "Come Rain or Come Schein" Tom Moore Roger Lowenstein, Peter Schneider and William M. Finkelstein April 22, 1993 (1993-04-22) 9L18
Ann represents a weatherman (George Wyner) who was fired for being too serious. Arnie has a client who holds out giving a Jewish divorce until he gets material concessions from his wife. Daniel represents his gardener when he is stiffed on a job by a wealthy lawyer.
147 19 "Vindaloo in the Villows" James C. Hart Julie Martin, Anne Kenney and Paul Manning April 29, 1993 (1993-04-29) 9L19
The waiters at Stuart's favorite Indian restaurant are sued when they start a food fight. Melina represents an African American woman suing the descendants of her ancestor's slave owners for his valuable artwork. Benny's girlfriend (Kathleen Wilhoite) tells him a shocking secret. Special Guest Star: Della Reese
148 20 "Testing, Testing, 1...2...3...4" Oz Scott Peter Schneider, Paul Manning and William M. Finkelstein May 6, 1993 (1993-05-06) 9L20
Jonathan defends a baseball player who likes to beat up hecklers. Ann defends a second grade teacher fired for not taking a penile plethysmograph on the whim of a delusional parent. Gwen ponders her relationship with Daniel while studying for the bar exam.
149 21 "Bourbon Cowboy" Randy Roberts Julie Martin, Anne Kenney and Paul Manning May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13) 9L21
Arnie represents Leland's favorite country singer when his wife files for divorce. Melina faces a biased judge when she represents a prostitute who steals from johns.
150 22 "Hackett or Pack It" Elodie Keene Paul Schneider, Jennifer Flackett, Roger Lowenstein and William M. Finkelstein May 27, 1993 (1993-05-27) 9L22
Douglas represents Buddy Hackett (who guest stars as himself) when other comedians steal his material. Meanwhile, Roxanne and Dave Meyer do business together and rediscover an old passion. Original cast member Susan Ruttan departs the series.

Season 8: 1993–94

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151 1 "Book of Renovation, Chapter 1" Mark Tinker William M. Finkelstein October 7, 1993 (1993-10-07) 1L01
Stuart's cousin, Eli Levinson, arrives from New York to work on a case. Arnie and Ann disagree over the hiring of new associate Jane Halliday. The firm undergoes endless renovations. Alan Rosenberg, Debi Mazar and Alexandra Powers join the cast.
152 2 "Leap of Faith" Tom Moore Paul Manning, Julie Martin and William M. Finkelstein October 14, 1993 (1993-10-14) 1L02
Eli believes the victim's husband may have played a role in her death, which could free his client. Jane represents a veteran who was stiffed by the VA. Jonathan represents a home shopping network when the husband of a shopaholic sues them.
153 3 "How Much Is That Bentley in the Window?" Elodie Keene Anne Kenney and William M. Finkelstein October 21, 1993 (1993-10-21) 1L03
Eli calls the victim's husband to the stand. Douglas puts Daniel in charge of the firm's ongoing renovations. Arnie finally gets his dream car, a Bentley.
154 4 "Foreign Co-Respondent" Mark Tinker Paul Manning, Julie Martin and William M. Finkelstein October 28, 1993 (1993-10-28) 1L04
Tommy prosecutes a snakehead boss in the death of an immigrant. Eli has second thoughts about joining Leland's men's club when he thinks they either want him as a token Jew or don't really want him because he's Jewish. Douglas represents a couple whose world trip was not what they expected. Daniel takes over managing the renovations.
155 5 "The Green, Green Grass of Home" James C. Hart Anne Kenney and William M. Finkelstein November 4, 1993 (1993-11-04) 1L05
Stuart defends an old friend in a case involving a murder in the 1960's. Daniel represents the parents of a young girl who turned them over to the police for using marijuana. Benny develops a crush on Denise, Eli's secretary, and starts to ignore his girlfriend Rosalie.
156 6 "Safe Sex" Mark Tinker Paul Manning, Julie Martin, Anne Kenney and William M. Finkelstein November 11, 1993 (1993-11-11) 1L06
Arnie and Denise get locked in the panic room after hours. Jonathan joins Stuart in the Glassman case. When Jane sits co-chair to Ann in a case, the two end up battling each other.
157 7 "Pacific Rimshot" Charles Haid William M. Finkelstein November 18, 1993 (1993-11-18) 1L07
Arnie learns a lesson in racism. Stuart and Jonathan eagerly await the verdict in the Glassman case. Eli begins to fall for his private investigator, Jinx Haber (Elizabeth Peña).
158 8 "Eli's Gumming" Dennis Dugan Paul Manning, Julie Martin and Anne Kenney December 9, 1993 (1993-12-09) 1L08
Eli deals with the pressure of passing the California bar exam and the pressure of having romantic feelings for two women.
159 9 "Rhyme and Punishment" Gary Weis Julie Martin and William M. Finkelstein December 16, 1993 (1993-12-16) 1L09
Roxanne and Dave Meyer return to the fold to ask Tommy to sign over his parental rights to their child. Special guest stars: Mamie Van Doren, Susan Ruttan and Dann Florek.
160 10 "He Ain't Guilty, He's My Brother" Oz Scott Paul Manning and Anne Kenney February 3, 1994 (1994-02-03) 1L10
Daniel agrees to defend a confused young man who wishes to confess to robbing a convenience store, but the man might not be guilty. Ann takes a civil case involving a man accused of sexual fraud for implying to a woman that he was an undercover cop. Arnie gets tricked by a fake come-on from Jane after telling her about his "divine" way of seeing the truth.
161 11 "McKenzie, Brackman, Barnum & Bailey" Dennis Dugan Julie Martin, Anne Kenney and Jennifer Flackett February 10, 1994 (1994-02-10) 1L11
A ballerina sues a dance company for breach of contract. An old juggler accuses his protege of stealing his act. Benny tries committing to Rosalie.
162 12 "Cold Cuts" Elodie Keene Paul Manning and William M. Finkelstein February 17, 1994 (1994-02-17) 1L12
Two mountaineers face charges after resorting to cannibalism. A mathemitician faces the consequences of divorce. Denise gets in the middle of a father-son feud.
163 13 "Age of Insolence" Win Phelps Theresa Rebeck February 24, 1994 (1994-02-24) 1L13
Ann defends a woman who is being sued for the custody of her adopted daughter by the girl's biological father. Jane defends a highly-sensible client from both her impolite co-worker and Arnie. Jonathan gives the partners an ultimatum about a partnership offer.
164 14 "God is My Co-Counsel" Mark Tinker Anne Kenney March 10, 1994 (1994-03-10) 1L14
Benny discovers that his fiancee is already married. Jane clashes with her father while defending a biology teacher fired for teaching creationism. Love is in the air at Benny's wedding, despite some truly terrifying bridesmaid outfits.
165 15 "Three on a Patch" Dan Lerner Paul Manning and William M. Finkelstein March 17, 1994 (1994-03-17) 1L15
Douglas defends senior citizens threatened with eviction from their retirement community for having over-active sex lives. Jonathan defends an inmate who claims the conditions of a prison violate the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Jane teaches Arnie that a kiss is just a kiss.
166 16 "Whose San Andreas Fault Is it, Anyway?" Elodie Keene Phyllis Murphy & Jean Gennis March 24, 1994 (1994-03-24) 1L16
When Leland and Douglas decide to hire a new young associate with a shady past, Daniel decides to leave the firm. A. Martinez departs the series. Steven Eckholdt joins the cast as Patrick Flanagan.
167 17 "Silence is Golden" Leslie Hill Julie Martin and Paul Haggis April 14, 1994 (1994-04-14) 1L17
New associate Patrick Flanagan upstages Arnie during a trial in which a girl accuses a famous Hollywood producer of molesting her.
168 18 "Dead Issue" Mark Tinker Roger Lowenstein and William M. Finkelstein April 21, 1994 (1994-04-21) 1L18
Stuart defends a muckraking journalist who is being accused of libel for writing that a distinguished university professor was "Dr. Death" and exposed U.S. citizens to nuclear radiation during the 1950's. Ann represents the wife in a divorce case. Arnie represents a producer of adult films.
169 19 "Tunnel of Love" Elodie Keene Peter Schneider, Anne Kenney and Paul Manning April 28, 1994 (1994-04-28) 1L19
An assistant district attorney becomes obsessed with Arnie. Leland represents his mechanic in a case.
170 20 "How Am I Driving?" Mark Tinker Paul Haggis, Julie Martin and William M. Finkelstein May 5, 1994 (1994-05-05) 1L20
Arnie represents an executive whose wife wants a one-sided divorce settlement. Eli finally learns how to drive.
171 21 "Whistle Stop" Randy Roberts Paul Manning, Julie Martin, Paul Haggis and Anne Kenney May 12, 1994 (1994-05-12) 1L21
Arnie's vengeful ex-girlfriend is the prosecuting attorney in the case when he is arrested for the murder of a Hollywood madam. Leland gets the results of his biopsy.
172 22 "Finish Line" William M. Finkelstein Story by : Anne Kenney, Paul Haggis and William M. Finkelstein
Teleplay by : Paul Manning, Julie Martin and Peter Schneider
May 19, 1994 (1994-05-19) 1L22
The partners in the firm have to begin searching for new employment when Leland abruptly announces his retirement.


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