One in this series of legal dramas set in the Los Angeles law firm of McKenzie Brackman. In this episode, set during the Christmas holidays, Kuzak attempts to get a monetary settlement for a woman whose young daughter was killed by police in an aborted drug bust. Kuzak is handling the case for Sidney Hirschberg, who was hospitalized for extreme depression. Yet when Sidney makes his return to the courtroom, with the help of anti-depressants, he still seems somewhat unbalanced. Meanwhile, Arnie compromises his principles when he begins having an affair with the alluring wife of the man he is representing in a divorce case. Also, Kelsey attempts to gain fair compensation for the inventor of a self-wringing tea bag. As the program concludes, members of the firm exchange gifts as Abby prepares to spend Christmas without her son, who is in her husband's custody. Commercials deleted.

Cataloging of this program was made possible by the Bell Atlantic Foundation, 1998.


  • DATE: December 18, 1986 Thursday 10:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:49:31
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:30551
  • GENRE: Drama, legal
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, legal
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1986-1994


  • Steven Bochco … Executive Producer, Created by
  • Gregory Hoblit … Co-Executive Producer
  • Phillip M. Goldfarb … Coordinating Producer
  • Terry Louise Fisher … Supervising Producer, Created by
  • Ellen S. Pressman … Producer
  • Robert M. Breech … Associate Producer
  • Jonathan Sanger … Director
  • William M. Finkelstein … Writer
  • Mike Post … Music by
  • Harry Hamlin … Cast, Michael Kuzak
  • Susan Dey … Cast, Grace Van Owen
  • Corbin Bernsen … Cast, Arnie Becker
  • Jill Eikenberry … Cast, Ann Kelsey
  • Alan Rachins … Cast, Douglas Brackman, Jr.
  • Michele Greene … Cast, Abby Perkins
  • Jimmy Smits … Cast, Victor Sifuentes
  • Michael Tucker … Cast, Stuart Markowitz
  • Susan Ruttan … Cast, Roxanne Melman
  • Richard Dysart … Cast, Leland McKenzie
  • Christine Healy … Cast, Maureen
  • Darrell Larson … Cast, Tim
  • Thomas Ryan … Cast, Sidney Hirschberg
  • Damita Jo Freeman … Cast, Nina
  • Ian Abercrombie … Cast, Gunther
  • Campbell Scott … Cast, Officer Clayton
  • Howard Goodwin … Cast, Robert Scanlon
  • Teddi Siddall … Cast, Lurline Conners
  • Michael Holden … Cast, D. A. George Handeman
  • Fred Morsell … Cast, DeAngelo
  • Ronan O'Casey … Cast, Gregory Northrop
  • Barry O'Neill … Cast, Eric Perkins
  • Ellen Blake … Cast, Elizabeth Brand
  • Maria Melendez … Cast, Janette Brauer
  • Yana Nirvana … Cast, Gisela Radford
  • Rebecca Forstadt … Cast, the Waitress
  • Jerry Cutler … Cast, Rabbi Breindel
  • Curt Wilmot … Cast, Randy Heidegger
  • Boyd Gaines … Cast, Jim Perkins
  • Robert Costanzo … Cast, Vinnie La Rosa, PI
  • David Dunard … Cast, Sgt. Horace Flynt
  • Cynthia Harris … Cast, Iris Hubbard
  • Richard McGonagle … Cast, Ackley Atwood-Wade
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