A con man has to be let go because he had nothing on him when arrested, so Cagney and Lacey have to find a way to get him with the goods. Meanwhile, a fellow police academy graduate of Mary Beth's is a wife-beater.
Isbecki becomes a hostage after Cagney and Lacey fail to back him up properly. Meanwhile, when Petrie accidentally shoots a black child, the department thinks the uproar will go away if the public sees Petrie is black, too.
A date rape investigation divides Chris, who feels the victim brought it on herself, and Mary Beth, who doesn't believe that philosophy. Chris feels honored for the girls to be let in on the male officers' practical jokes.
Mary Beth is the star witness in a trial that turns out not to be the slam dunk the prosecutors thought it was. Meanwhile, Chris and Mary Beth try to convince a rape witness to not back out of testifying.
A shady landlord attempting to turn his building co-op is a prime suspect in a murder, but the investigation becomes more complicated when the sergeant Cagney and Lacey have been lent to, who happens to be Chris' boyfriend, succumbs to an addiction.
A petty criminal's escape in a stolen squad car turns Lt. Samuels into a Scrooge, who forces the precinct to stay their entire shifts on Christmas Eve in effort to catch him. Meanwhile, Detective Petrie's daughter is born.
When undercover agents start having their covers blown, NYPD Internal Affairs calls on Cagney and Lacey to uncover the informant lurking in their precinct, putting them in the uncomfortable position of snooping into the private lives of their fellow officers.
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