Nick Potter joins the New York District Attorney's Office after leaving a private firm. Alexandra Cabot leads the firm and is in the middle of prosecuting drug dealers. The Assistant D.A.s are stunned to find out that one of their own has been gunned down and one them might be the one who caused it.
Deputy DA Steele prosecutes Evan, a 14-year-old who murdered his older brother with a baseball bat, as an adult. But the teen's father takes a stance in court that could cost his son dearly.
Meanwhile, ADA Peluso looks into a case in which a high school athlete, Rashard, was arrested for a hate crime against a gay man who was blackmailing him. Rossi tries to convince a prostitute to testify in her own rape trial.
Elsewhere, a jealous Steele checks up on Rossi's romantic life; Finn preps for a blind date; and Peluso tries to help out a loan shark to whom he's in debt.
At a birthday party, Potter witnesses his friend take out cocaine. Potter leaves the party immediately, but when his friend is later arrested, he asks Potter for help. Potter turns the case over to Desmond, but fails to tell him the whole story about the night. Meanwhile, Cabot goes on an anti-drug campaign and Peluso prosecutes a grandmother for heroine possession.
Nick goes on a ride-along with two cops, which lands Potter in a meeting with Internal Affairs. Rossi prosecutes a wife beater, but the case hits close to home when she learns that her mother is leaving her father due to abuse.
Against orders, Potter refuses to settle on a case, but ends up winning. Desmond keeps up his undefeated streak and later has a one-night-stand with a woman who works for the courthouse. Meanwhile, Steele cancels his date with Rossi and ends up hooking up with Cabot.
Peluso is pressued by his girlfriend that he recently got back together with. When Christina is low on case work, she is sent to help out a mean prosecutor. Meanwhile, Cabot debates hiring an image consultant; Potter fills in for Desmond on a case that has tragic consequences; and Rossi is put in the middle of a family problem while prosecuting a deaf girl's boyfriend for stabbing the girl's father.
Potter is mugged when he tries to make contact with a witness to his latest case. Peluso finds out that his girlfriend cheated on him right before they plan to move in together. Rossi is able to strike a deal in a case involving a model who claims to have been raped by a business executive. Steele works on a case dealing with a suspicious suicide.
Potter takes on a case that seems to be an easy win, but it becomes more complex when a priest demands that all charges be dropped. Rossi works on a rape case; Desmond gets together with a group of high-powered black men to network; and Finn works on a lawsuit.
Songs: Caleb Kane -- In Your Own Way
Peluso runs into a "wall of blue" as he prosecutes a cop-shooter. Finn and Potter are called into Cabot's office where she informs them that they will be taking acting classes to improve on their court appearance.
Songs: Holly Brook -- Still Love
A well-known female attorney is accused of murdering her husband and opts to represent herself as she goes up against Steele.
Potter takes over a drug case from Rossi, and though it is an easy win, he manages to screw it up badly. For Desmond's latest case, he's forced to deal with an Upper West Side couple and a fortune teller. Meanwhile, Cabot has a lavish engagement party and Finn and Peluso have an "almost" date.
The DAs are under mounting pressure when a congressman's daughter is murdered. Now they must race to indict the suspect -- the bouncer at the club where she was last seen.
The two murder suspects take over the courthouse, holding several members of the DA's office hostage as they try to negotiate a way out.