Ironside’s (Burr) aide Sanger (Mitchell) is embittered when his attractive night school law professor, Maria Wakeman (MacLachlan) refuses to deal with the law on a practical level even though a miscarriage of justice threatens. When Sanger’s friend (Gregory), a former prizefighter, is accused of murder, Sanger insists the evidence is circumstantial. His night school instructor refuses to become involved with the real-life problem until he proves her lack of involvement is twisting his view of the law. Once they discover the motivation for the killing, they provide Ironside with the tools to spring the trap on the killer...Read the full recap
Mark: Hey! That call, a friend of mine's in jail.
Maria Wakeman: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
Mark: He'll need a lawyer.
Maria Wakeman: I don't practice law, Mark, I teach it.
Mark: Look, he's in trouble and he's scared. Now why don't you just tell him what the best thing to do is, that's all.
Maria Wakeman: I'd rather not.
Mark: Why not? You're a lawyer, you know all the rules. Now I'm not asking you to open up an office, I'm just asking you to talk to somebody.
Maria Wakeman: You don't understand.
Mark: No, I don't. Now you spend an hour in class talking about a system of agreements that produce justice. Does it all stop just because you close your book, or because the bell rings?
Maria Wakeman: All right, but just a talk.
Mark: Just a talk.
Maria Wakeman: Justice in our courts is based on truth, and until all the truth is revealed, real justice cannot be done.
Mark: When do we learn about operating behind the laws and making private deals?
Maria Wakeman: I'm not sure I understand you, Mr. Sanger.
Mark: When do we learn how to bend the law, and make it work for our own convenience?
Maria: Mr. Sanger, if you have some special question, I would suggest you consult me after class, which is just about now.
Mark: Look, I believed everything you said to us about the law. That is, how it should work. And now I see it; it's right under my nose and it smells.
Yes, I was on duty that night. I would have examined Mr. Wilson.
Ironside: I'd like to know his physical condition when he was brought in by the police.
Dr. Endor: He was the man who was beaten by the fighter, wasn't he?
Mark: Allegedly beaten by the ex-fighter.
Dr. Endor: What?
Ironside: Legal nitpicking, Doctor. I'll thank you, Counselor, to keep your legalese out of the investigation. It clutters things up.
Mark: I'm sorry.
Eve: Factually he's right.
Ironside: Then let him save it for the courtroom, if he ever makes it to one.