Harry is reluctant to undergo tests for his ulcer symptoms, until Billie confesses her true feelings for him.Note: John Astin guest stars as a hospital patient named Kenny; he would later have a recurring role as Harry's father Buddy Ryan.
The season is merry as Harry deals with a man in a red suit charged with trespassing, and tries to restore the faith of a pair of cynical teenage runaways (Michael J. Note: Paula Kelly joins the cast as public defender Liz Williams, replacing Gail Strickland from the first episode.
Lana learns that Harry has a criminal record when she tries to find out his age to settle a bet.
Note: First appearance of Mike Finneran as courthouse handyman Art Fensterman.
This is Karen Austin's final appearance on the show, though she will continue to be listed in the opening credits through the end of the season.
A brand new public defender has a rough first day in court, thanks to Harry and her over-protective father (Eugene Roche); Selma returns to work delirious after surgery.
Note: Markie Post appears in a one-episode guest stint as public defender Christine Sullivan; she would join the cast permanently at the beginning of the third season.Meanwhile, Soviet and American agents (Leonard Stone, Gordon Jump) negotiate an arms agreement.Note: This is the final appearance of Selma Diamond on the show before her death from lung cancer on May 13, 1985.Patients from a mental institution stage a strike to convince the court they're being mistreated at the hospital.Note: This was initially scheduled to be the second episode of the season, but was postponed and was instead aired well out of sequence.In his first case, he has to settle a dispute involving a woman threatening her husband with gunfire, while at the same time try to earn the trust of his staff, who are skeptical about his unorthodox judicial methods.