Eleanor, Walt and Vic offer their views on life at the ranch to a visiting television interviewer when Michael suffers from stage fright.
A lost search-and-rescue warden finds Michael, Eleanor and the gang stranded in an abandoned cabin during a bad winter storm.
Christmas at the ranch brings problems as Michael tries to discover what happened to the Christmas fund; Eleanor prepares for her father's funeral.
Vic senses a mystical connection to a young American Indian who arrives at the ranch; tension mounts over Danny's crush on Justine.
Michael and Eleanor labor to understand a young con artist's mind when they discover she has promised several couples they can adopt her unborn child.
Vic invites reclusive Garret Tuggle to the ranch, then has second thoughts when the young man begins to fantasize about a troubled ranch hand.
Michael tries to maintain calm at the ranch when a mysterious man who claims to perform miracles attracts attention.
Walt's health declines dramatically after nursing Rose; Michael agonizes over his love for the ranch and his excitement about moving ahead.
Walt nurses Rose through drug withdrawal; Michael gets a tempting offer.
The ranch is abuzz with preparations for the wedding of one of its alumni, while Michael plays detective to find the missing wedding ring.
Michael tries to track down the supplier of the uncut heroin that killed a ranch alumni and help a young pornographic-movie actress.
A visit by Pin's former flame leaves him shaken by the news that he has an 11-year-old son; the gang plans a celebrity softball game.
Walt's HIV status puts a strain on his budding relationship with Amanda; Dennis' injured horse may have to be destroyed.
Amid accusations of abuse by someone at the ranch, Michael must deal with Eleanor's unexplained behavior.
Pin and Walt try to help two brothers who arrive in the city after fleeing from an abusive home.
Michael brings a girl to the ranch to help her escape from a street gang; Eleanor dreams that Michael is defending the same girl from outlaws in the Old West.
Eleanor fills in for Michael on a talk show along with a recently published child psychologist.
Michael tries to help a young victim of sexual abuse whose increasing instability may be the cause for a girl's sudden disappearance.
Michael searches for a gun on the ranch; Rachel sends a boy to the ranch while she helps his mother escape from an abusive husband.
Michael tries to help Jack cope with the idea of fatherhood; an overworked Rachel becomes a problem for Reid.
While Michael and Eleanor deal with their feelings for one another, a former stalker named Ed becomes attracted to Eleanor.
A young white-supremacist creates tension at the ranch after the police suspect the youth of murder.
Jesse faces the challenge of leaving the ranch and going home to his alcoholic mother and his friends who drink.
Michael is attacked by two youths; Walt starts drinking heavily after discovering he's HIV-positive.
A youth senselessly attacks zoo animals; a girl's beauty brings her pain and abuse.
A brother and sister (Wyatt Orr, Lelainia Lindbjerg) are at odds over how to treat their folks on Parents Day at the ranch; Pin and Walt search for a young runaway (Molly Parker).
Pin faces an uphill battle trying to get a heroin addict (Johannah Newmarch) to kick her habit; Michael resorts to methods he hates to help a boy (Byron Lucas) who keeps returning to the ranch.
Michael tries to help a burn-scarred teenager (Christopher Bolton) overcome his new physical and emotional wounds.
Michael's life depends on his ability to break through to a schizophrenic teen after a car accident leaves him trapped in the wreckage.
A leukemia patient (Heather Hess) finds a new lease on life while at the ranch; Vic is strongly attracted to a nurse (Beatrice Boepple) who is giving lectures on safe sex.
A police officer's (Scott Hylands) reliance on a "snitch" (Adrian Holmes) endangers the youth's life after he is reported missing from the ranch.
Rachel discovers that Laura Reid (Sandra P. Grant) suffers from anorexia nervosa; Eleanor receives news of her promotion, but is torn between it and her involvement at the ranch.
Singer Colin James participates in a benefit concert to prevent the environmental ruin of the valley; a teenager (Sean Roberge) believes in ecological terrorism to speed up change.
Michael asks everyone at the ranch to describe their dreams as a way of helping a girl (Ocean Hellman) overcome the nightmares that torment her.
Michael becomes entangled in the lives of his former sister-in-law's family when he learns that her son (Nathaniel Moreau) is being abused by her new husband (Victor Young).
Michael responds to the pressures at the ranch and the death of a friend (Gordon Tipple) by taking to the bottle; Eleanor and Rachel take over the ranch's reins while Michael is incapacitated.
An attempted murder at the ranch closes it until the crime is solved, so Michael tries to weed out the truth from widely divergent testimony given by a number of people.
Pin reacts to a friend's death by joining an outreach center in town; Michael and Eleanor help a pregnant teenager (Janna Mortil) who is the victim of date rape.
Michael gets into a dispute with Eleanor James, whose assignment is to make sense of the ranch's financial affairs; later, he tries to instill a sense of trust in a former gang leader.
Loan sharks come after a runaway (Jaimz Woolvett) whose well-known father disappeared.
A violent and emotionally unstable rape victim (Victoria Maxwell) is assigned to the ranch for rehabilitation.
Michael, Pin and Vic find an illegal dump and a very sick girl while investigating an oil slick in the watering hole.
A young paraplegic at the ranch breaks into a computer system for illegal betting, but its operators trace the hacker and set out for the kill.
While searching for the truth behind a hit-and-run accident for which Pin is in jail, Michael helps a teenage alcoholic and her brother.
Michael learns a violent stepfather is behind a teen's angry behavior.
Michael's relationship with a woman (Laurie Paton) deteriorates after her daughter (Deanna Mulligan) is sent to the ranch.
A racist teenager (Doug Williams) inciting hatred for an Asian boy (Mike Andaluz) at the ranch is taken away by his father; when their escape van breaks down, Michael saves them.
A highly intelligent student (Bentley Mitchum) proves he has deep-seated problems after he is busted for dealing drugs.
A troubled youth (Andrew Miller), bothered by the death of his brother, resists Michael's help and eventually runs away; John is held captive.
Michael struggles to discover who has been terrorizing Rachel; Chris (Gaetana Korbin) rescues a horse she believes is to be destroyed.
Skate Bingham (Michael Dax), a former delinquent, stands accused of burglarizing the warehouse where he works.
An unstable teenager escapes from a mental institution, intent on exacting revenge on Michael for committing him; Rachel helps victims of abuse.
Michael, Pin and a Vietnamese merchant unite to break up a gang that has been extorting money from the shopkeeper.
A series of robberies blamed on children at the ranch threatens to shut it down; a recovering drug addict continues to abuse drugs.
Michael does his best to reform a teenage pimp (Roland Rothchild) who is now being stalked by vengeful pimps.
An evaluator who disapproves of Michael's methods thwarts his attempt to procure government funding; Pin is in trouble in the city.
A teenage hooker seeks refuge at the ranch, but her conduct forces Michael to the city, where he discovers one of her clients is trying to buy the ranch.
Michael struggles to identify the would-be hired killer (Timothy Webber) of a protected witness (Kelly Johnston) being harbored at the ranch.
Michael tries to arrange for two brothers to be together on the ranch; a gang of tough teens puts out a contract on Pin.
When Michael rescues 14-year-old Paul from a satanic cult, its manipulative leader plots to have the boy murder Michael.
A cougar attacks Michael's sheep and threatens a pregnant runaway teenager (Maggie O'Hara).
A child psychologist leaves the city to set up a hostel for problem teens.