#5 Order & Chaos
#6 Catching It Early
#7 Early Winter
#8 Conditional Surrender
#9 Silent Era
#10 The Long Run
#11 10,000 Steps
#12 You Don't Know Me
#13 Dream a Little Dream
#14 Happy Birthday
#15 Hard to Get
#16 The Paper War
#17 The New Normal
#18 Sorry I Missed You
#19 Revolutions per Minute
#20 Too Little, Too Late
#21 Getting Out
#22 My Name is Amy Gray...
Amy faces challenges in both her professional and private lives as the sixth season begins. At work, the ceiling of her courtroom collapses and she's transferred to the accountability court for juveniles with minor charges. Her boss won't confirm it, but she's sure the demotion is a result of her misjudgment in last year's intense finale that resulted in a troubled boy murdering his family. At home, Maxine, David, Kyle and Amy's brothers are all dealing with emotional issues. Kyle weighs the pros and cons of reuniting with Heather, who returns to make amends after realizing she has a drinking problem.
A case involving a teen (Amanda Barfield) who breaks curfew and steals her mom's car to visit her boyfriend helps Amy to become more intuitive and attentive. Maxine tries to help a mother who fears she may become abusive to her daughters. Vincent has a harsh meeting with his book agent. Kendra: Chiara Fudge. Graciela: Tara Correa-McMullen.
Amy becomes suspicious of a teenage boy's murder confession after hearing additional testimony from the defendant's psychiatrist and older brother. Meanwhile, frustrated with the system, Maxine places an unconventional ad in the newspaper in order to encourage people to adopt a foster child and gets the attention of an assemblyman.
Amy hears a case in family court involving two teenagers who engage in a sexual act in front of a group of their friends at a party. Meanwhile, still disillusioned with the foster-care system, Maxine decides to take matters into her own hands and agrees to help a teenage runaway who discovers that one of his parents kidnapped him as a child.
In need of a shoulder to cry on, Amy turns to Bruce, a move that doesn't sit well with David. Elsewhere, Vincent takes a long, hard look at the direction his life has taken during a road trip with a smart but troubled teen (Robbie Allen). Maxine's new digs in a dingy hotel don't do much to improve her sullen outlook, which gets her into trouble at work. Det. Avery: Dan Martin. Miss Lillian: Fran Bennett. Roxanne: Anita Colon. ASA Petrie: Morgan Higgins.
Amy frets as she awaits results of a mammogram while Maxine gets a break in the Anthony Bird case when she locates his social worker (guest star Angie Dickinson).
After suffering a mild heart attack, Maxine is placed in the same hospital where her mother passed away years earlier. The Gray siblings revert to childish patterns of behavior while in the hospital looking after Maxine, who doesn't seem very worried about her health, but is hell-bent on retrieving a locket from her vanity at home. Amy calls upon both Bruce and David for moral support. Amy hears a case involving a teenage girl from a privileged background who is arrested for burglarizing her neighbor's house. Vincent spends some quality time with Ignacio (Cheech Marin). Guest starring Jim Parsons, Joyce Lee, jack Impellizeri, Burt Bulos, Jenna Capozzi, Tom Irwin, Robert Dolan, Kirsten Potter, Suzanne Sanot, Kim Myers, and Marcia del Mar.
Amy hears a case involving a young boy who cares for his mother who has multiple sclerosis. Lauren announces her desire to move in with Michael. David tells Amy that he's taking off on his sailboat for an indefinite vacation. In the wake of Maxine's heart attack, Gillian tries to convince her mother-in-law to adopt a more healthy lifestyle, but Maxine refuses. Vincent starts a new job helping out street kids, in particular a teen named Leon who needs a hand preparing for the GED exam. Guest starring Jennifer Esposito, Mane Rich Andrew, Ned Schmidtke, Wyatt Smith, Billy Briggs, Josh Daughtery, Robin Weigert, Donzaleigh Abernathy, Teresa Parente, Jon Ryckman, Marc Avalon.
Just when Maxine seems to have decided to stop feeling sorry for herself and get on with life, she gets some sobering news during a visit to the cardiologist. Amy, meanwhile, is discouraged that a teen (Tara Correa-McMullen) she placed on probation is back in her courtroom and behaving without the slightest bit of remorse. Elsewhere, Sean solves Anthony Bird's disappearance. Igancio: Cheech Marin. Rob Holbrook: Jim Parsons. Dr. Sheri Jordan: Kate Burton. ASA Peyton Burnside: Stuart Fratkin.
A positive pregnancy test throws Amy for a loop, but it doesn't take long for her to break the news to David over the phone. Maxine gets back to the daily grind with a new healthy outlook, which is quickly put to the test by a teen who lies to her about the infant in his care. Vincent unknowingly puts himself in danger when he tries to help an abused prostitute. Crystal: Jennifer Esposito. Katherine Dane: Isabella Hoffmann. Zachary Pettit: Kyle Gallner.
Tears are involved when Amy breaks the news to Lauren that she's pregnant with David's baby. Iganacio is determined to make a positive difference in Maxine's life. Peter isn't exactly comfortable with the fact that he and Gillian are behaving like lovesick teens. Also, a troubled boy's best interests are considered when his adoptive mother and father petition the court to terminate their parental rights. Crystal Turner: Jennifer Esposito. Graciela Reyes: Tara Correa-McMullen.
Amy is annoyed that her relationship with Bruce has evolved to the point where he knows all of her idiosyncrasies, including, he asserts, how she'll rule in a heartrending case involving a young girl with sever epilepsy. Elsewhere, Maxine has issues with an affluent, mostly white prep school after a student there is severely beaten; a publisher takes an interest in Vincent's new book; Lauren lashes out at Amy for being pregnant. David: Adrian Pasdar. Crystal: Jennifer Esposito.
Amy oversees an emotional case involving a 13-year-old boy with a history of violent behavior who shot and killed his grandfather who was suffering from terminal lung cancer. Maxine uncovers a human smuggling operation while following up on a report of a young boy being beaten numerous times. Vincent witnesses the murder of a prostitute by her pimp. Meanwhile, Amy and David search for the perfect house in which to start their life together.
Amy finds it rather difficult to follow her mom's advice and embrace her 40th birthday as a milestone; Meanwhile, Donna is in Amy's court representing a 13-year-old girl who accidentally kills her friend while they are out on a joyride but shows no remorse for her death; Maxine tries to determine whether two brothers are better off without the presence of their father, an ex-con, in their lives; and Amy receives bad news on her 40th birthday; When greiving lands Amy in a bar located on the beach, she meets a stranger who gives her the perspective she needs during a difficult time.
Amy testifies as an expert witness in court for Graciela Reyes, a 15-year-old former gang member whom Amy has been helping to rehabilitate, when she is arrested for murder during a drive by shooting. Meanwhile, Maxine tries to place an orphaned baby who is HIV positive with a loving family and ends up helping her high school friend find meaning to her life after she goes through a divorce. Michael Tucker ("LA Law") and Susan Sullivan ("Falcon Crest") guest star.
Amy draws the ire of the state's attorney's office after her remarks about how prosecutors are "destroying the lives of children for political gain" end up in the paper. As a result, Amy's inundated with requests to move cases out of her court, which causes a litigation nightmare that puts Donna's 17-year-old client at risk of being considered AWOL from the Coast Guard. Also, Maxine supports a rehabilitated mother in a fight to regain custody of her two kids. Judge Heuson: James Shanklin.
Spring is in the air---and romance seems to be blossoming between Maxine and a newly divorced Ignacio (Cheech Marin). Meanwhile, Crystal goes behind Vincent's back to have him transferred to a different job, which puts a damper on their relationship; Amy is hurt because Lauren doesn't want her to chaperone a school dance; and, in Amy's courtroom, a 15-year-old Arab-American boy is accused of committing a hate crime against a peer. Crystal: Jennifer Esposito.
Amy's spreading herself too thin, between dealing with Lauren's latest act of rebellion (dying her hair pink) and trying to get a not-guilty verdict in the Graciela Reyes trial, plus she has to make a ruling in a child-custody case involving allegations of abuse. Meanwhile, Maxine helps a 7-year-old boy, who has a strong bond with his foster mother, adjust to life with his biological parent; and Vincent struggles to work up enthusiasm for his prison writing workshops. Barbara: Tess Harper.
Lauren's rebellious attitude continues to test the patience of Amy, who's perturbed when her daughter suddenly becomes a vegetarian. Amy's also annoyed that a certain political strategist won't take no for an answer about her persuing a senate seat. Meanwhile, Maxine tries to help a lonely single mom (Debbon Ayer) with the difficult responsibility of raising an autistic child; and Peter and Gillian work on trust issues in their marriage. Marty: Sam Trammell. Regan: Emilee Wallace.
Maxine is afraid of becoming more than just friends with Ignacio (Cheech Marin) at the same time as she sets out to prove an arrogant college professor is guilty of spouse abuse; a 15-year-old boy with a criminal record asks Amy to believe that he has turned his life around and that he's innocent of the serious crime he's charged with; Lauren's participation in a "Meat is Murder" rally gets her suspended from school.
Amy and Bruce's relationship is further strained when they have a difference of opinion in court over a juvenile offender. In other matters, Amy's given new hope of getting Graciela (Tara Correa-McMullen) freed from jail; Maxine and Sean come up against bureaucracy when trying to help a foster family keep a roof above their heads; and Vincent is moved by the poignant essays of a prison inmate, whose days in the writing workshop are numbered. Yvonne: Katherina LaNasa.
After becoming disillusioned with the juvenile justice system, Amy resigns and considers running for a Senate seat in Connecticut. Meanwhile, Maxine investigates a case involving a 9-year-old girl who is raped on the way to school.