Brock (Tom Skerritt) is forced to face his own mortality when he learns that he may have liver cancer.
An Amish girl is raped but refuses to testify because of her religion, giving the rapist a chance to strike again.
Wambaugh's determined efforts to find evidence incriminating his wife's new boyfriend lead only to trouble.
As playoff time approaches, Zach and the team are forced to file a restraining order to keep overly competitive parents from attending school sporting events.
Carter proposes to Sue; Kenny, to Max; the Wambaughs renew their vows; things change for Jill and Jimmy.
The identity of the father of Mayor Laurie Bey's baby sends shock waves through Rome, and her mother arrives to sue for custody of the infant.
Max becomes the subject of a radio shock jock's show when she takes her job as interim mayor too seriously.
Jill questions the decisions she has made in her life at Zach's 13th birthday party, and everyone else gets swept up in her mood swings.
The Brocks become defendants in a lawsuit after Zach and his friend morph their computer teacher's face onto a naked body and send it out on the Internet.
Fate intercedes and an old love of Judge Bone's comes to Rome; an electrical shock causes Carter to have a near-death experience; Zach falls in love.
Judge Bone and Wambaugh's fighting has a terrible result; Mayor Laurie Bey is in labor and trapped at the police station in a snowstorm.
Brock takes Matthew on a camping trip after one of Matthew's classmates takes his own life; Mayor Laurie Bey asks Kenny to be her Lamaze partner.
A skeleton is that of a suspected Nazi murdered 50 years before; Wambaugh's son returns to prosecute the case.
The pope's visit to Rome turns bizarre when he witnesses a murder and faces off against Wambaugh, who challenges his religious views.
Animal-rights activist Kimberly is arrested for a felony; her daughter's religious beliefs inhibit a woman's medical treatment.
Mayor Laurie Bey's pregnancy becomes apparent, but the father's identity remains a mystery; Jill thinks about having a tubal ligation.
Matthew cruises with his pals; Jill and Jimmy's attempt at romance leaves him in a painful position; the poker gang loses a player.
Max's job is in jeopardy when she shoots a man dressed as a giant bratwurst; Jill thinks Kimberly is pregnant.
Two escaped convicts show up in Rome looking for one's half-brother, John Littleton (Don Cheadle); one of the fugitives shoots Kenny.
A talk-show-host/physician (Amy Aquino) tries to take over Jill's practice; an Asian man's courting ritual leads to his arrest; Kenny uses a dating-service.
A tornado nears Rome and the residents scatter in fear; Max (Lauren Holly) breaks the law to protect Kenny (Costas Mandylor). With Kathy Baker.
Following Carter Pike's narrow escape from a house fire, Jill fears he tried to commit suicide; Kimberly makes a career decision.
Rome is traumatized after Father Barrett is gunned down in the confessional and Judge Bone refuses to remove himself from the case.
Jimmy's relationship with his estranged father nearly explodes when he tries to pressure Jimmy into taking over his law practice.
When Zachary repents for killing a swan, stigmata appear on his hands and the whole community rethinks its religious beliefs.
While Jill awaits sentencing, her lawyers ask Bone to put the euthanasia law on trial; Kenny and Carter investigate an attack on swans.
Jimmy and Littleton are compelled to take Jill into custody after she increases a terminal cancer patient's morphine, allowing the patient to die.
Brock asks the Dancing Bandit (Marlee Matlin) to investigate the mayor's murder; Max and Kenny are caught kissing on the job.
The Dancing Bandit (Marlee Matlin) returns to Rome to help Zack celebrate his birthday but finds federal agents waiting for her.
Jimmy is placed under great pressure by the community when he must defend the rights of a convicted child molester who has moved into town.
Littleton copes with his attraction to an 18-year-old assistant; Max and Kenny decide to put an end to their sexual tension.
Jimmy and his ex-wife (Tom Skerritt, Christine Rose) end up in court after she decides to use his frozen sperm to get pregnant. With Kathy Baker, Lauren Holly.
The embarrassed son of the Frogman (Michael Jeter) sues for emancipation; Jill strikes Matthew for accidentally injuring Zack.
A scandal breaks out after the town learns that a murdered masseur was giving intimate massages to his female clients.
Brock (Tom Skerritt) and his team investigate a death that appears to be linked to alien DNA experiments. Guest star: Leigh Taylor-Young.
Brock (Tom Skerritt) experiences self-doubt after Kenny and Max (Costas Mandylor, Lauren Holly) uncover shocking new evidence in the Latham case.
Wambaugh and Littleton get advice from Alan Dershowitz for their appearances before the Supreme Court.
Jill takes ailing Wambaugh to Chicago Hope Hospital for tests and locks horns with Dr. Geiger (Mandy Patinkin) over how to practice medicine.
Racial tensions escalate as the mayoral campaign progresses; Zach pens a report that gets him suspended from school.
Brock investigates the home life of a girl who spray-painted a pentacle on a school wall; Paul Williams; Dorothy Lyman; Richard Masur.
A judge (Paul Winfield) jails Jill for interfering with the busing order; Littleton and Max consider dating; guests Richard Masur; Harry Smith.
As temporary co-mayor, Jill copes with racial tensions from a judge's decision to bus city youth to Rome's schools.
Littleton feels Brock's department is hampering the investigation of a girl's murder; guest Harry Smith.
After capturing the man believed to be responsible for the murder of a 16-year-old girl, the sheriff's department is pressured for a conviction at any cost.
Howard's struggle with Alzheimer's affects his family and the town; Jill's decision during surgery may revoke her hospital privileges.
The town is embroiled in a debate over life and death when a leukemia patient's parents fight in court to have the child cryonically frozen.
The town's priest may lose his parish after Brock and Kenny find women's shoes in his closet; Matthew fears his sexual curiosities are a sin.
Tempers flare when Jimmy invites Max to dinner after she arrests Jill's father for disorderly conduct.
Brock is the jury foreman in a case involving the murder of two policemen; guests James Earl Jones, Richard Masur.
A woman (Darlene Cates) claims she killed her husband by sitting on him; a synagogue ostracizes Douglas.
Rick Jennings kidnaps Kimberly in an attempt to pay back his former partner for testifying against him nine years earlier.
A risque video from Rachel's past jeopardizes her career; Kenny admits to Brock his affair with Rachel.
Max helps Carter woo a woman; Zach gets in trouble for kissing a girl; Kimberly and her boyfriend struggle with sexual-consent guidelines.
An Alzheimer's sufferer wants to give his heart to his dying son; Wambaugh pleads with the city to house Frank the Potato Man; guest Adam Arkin.
Wambaugh blames violence in the media for his client's assault on Matthew; Rachel launches a war on crime.
Practical joking gets out of hand, which may result in paralysis for Matthew; Max fills in as sheriff.
Jill is arrested after operating on a patient whose religious beliefs prohibit surgery; Zach wants to convert to Judaism.
Kimberly's friend is arrested during a drug sweep at school; his mother's heart attack brings out the worst in Carter.
A man with a brain disease that distorts vision shoots his brother; Jill and Brock clash over his motives.
The clergy of Rome ponders the implications when medical experts are unable to find an explanation for the pregnancy of a comatose woman.
Town residents are in an uproar when Rachel chooses a well-endowed woman to promote the dairy industry and they later learn she is a battered wife.
An unconventional band of robbers, led by a young deaf woman, orchestrates a bank heist to obtain funds to aid flood victims in Rome.
Max lets an intoxicated woman drive home, resulting in an accident that critically injures another motorist.
A male teacher is publicly humiliated when he is forced to admit he was raped by a woman; Max decides to press charges against her therapist.
A therapist admits his attraction to Max; a priest (Roy Dotrice) confronts his church's stand on birth control.
Brock arrests the mayor for killing a would-be car-jacker; Jill buys a gun; guests Ed Koch, Harry Smith.
Zach is chosen to play his horn onstage for a legendary blues singer; Max delivers a fugitive's baby and decides to adopt it.
Kimberly is confused by her feelings when she experiments by kissing her friend Lisa; Max and Kenny vie for the job of undersheriff.
When an extension to the golf course threatens to destroy an ancient American Indian burial ground, the Chippewa tribe declares war on Rome.
When a corpse is found in the Brocks' trash, coroner Carter Pike identifies him as an Orthodox Jew who disappeared after going in search of a UFO.
Jill's ex-fiance (Jamey Sheridan), an expert on a controversial treatment for Parkinson's disease, visits.
Max goes under cover to apprehend "Cupid," a serial killer and rapist sought by the FBI who meets his prospective victims through the personal ads.
An HIV-positive dentist sues after being fired; a man and his mother-in-law battle over whether to keep his brain-dead pregnant wife alive.
Kimberly's pregnant friend appears to be an incest victim; Kenny's girlfriend meets her long-lost twin; a pet duck is sacrificed.
A woman who steamrolled her estranged husband blames menopause; the onset of puberty unsettles Matthew.
Kenny is shot while investigating burglaries in which a frog is left at each scene; guest Michael Jeter.
Brock catches Kimberly in bed with her boyfriend, arrests him and cancels Christmas in the household.
After a court rules religious pageants cannot be held on public property, the Christmas pageant director defies the ban and is arrested.
Suspects in the death of a young woman are her snake-raising sister and her own husband, who gets involved with Max.
Jill's father arrives for Thanksgiving with a young love; Wambaugh has his wife arrested for adultery.
Sheriff Brock and Judge Bone become embroiled in a moral and religious controversy when a nun confesses to a mercy killing.
A 14-year-old secret is exposed when Jill enters the mayoral race; Kenny organizes a charity boxing match with newsman Harry Smith as announcer.
A demented witness prompts the reopening of a 10-year-old murder case on Halloween; holiday tricks get out of hand.
A man sneaks into residents' homes and bathes; a farmer claims a neighbor's still intoxicates his cows.
The sheriff's department uncovers bribery and corruption in the town; when the mayoral race turns ugly, Jimmy Brock is drafted to run.
A little man (Michael Anderson) rides into town on a circus elephant, claiming he took it to save it from abuse.
The Rome Sheriff's Department races the FBI to find a depraved kidnapper after one of Zachary's classmates brings a severed hand to show and tell.
A murder during a community play throws Rome into chaos; a singing group arrives in town.
Secrets are exposed and relationships strained when Jimmy investigates a puzzling murder; Kenny falls for a faded singer.