Episode 1 : I Fought the Law
Alicia goes on the offensive when Zach is targeted by an overzealous state trooper. Meanwhile, after her estranged husband tracked her down in last season's finale, Kalinda decides to stand her ground rather than continue hiding, and Diane and Will delve into the firm's financial problems.
Episode 2 : And the Law Won
Amidst staff and budget cuts at the firm, Will tries to help by turning down a low settlement offer in his first case back from suspension. Meanwhile, Alicia unexpectedly aids Peter's campaign. Maura Tierney and Nathan Lane guest star.
Episode 3 : Two Girls, One Code
While Alicia and Will represent an internet startup in a lawsuit against a search engine accused of manipulating results, Eli attempts to head off a potential scandal for Peter's campaign. Dominic Chianese guest stars and Rita Wilson returns as Viola Walsh.
Episode 4 : Don't Haze Me, Bro
Alicia and Diane must constantly rethink their approach when an opposing lawyer keeps changing tactics. Meanwhile, Eli wins a victory in his efforts to protect Peter's image. Maura Tierney returns as Maddie Hayward.
Episode 5 : Waiting for the Knock
When the feds arrest drug dealer Lemond Bishop's accountant, Alicia and Diane must work with his second law firm, who handles his illicit activities, to discern if the feds are after his legal businesses or drug money. Meanwhile, Nick creates more trouble for Kalinda. Maura Tierney returns as Maddie Hayward and Annabella Sciorra guest stars as Lesli Rand, Lemond Bishop's lawyer.
Episode 6 : The Art of War
When a female military officer (Amanda Peet) accuses a civilian contractor of attempting to rape her in Afghanistan, Alicia tries to prove that he is not protected by a law prohibiting servicemen from suing the military. Meanwhile, a surprising new obstacle appears in Peter's quest for the governorship. Maura Tierney and Denis O'Hare return as guest stars, and Brian Dennehy guest stars as Opposing Counsel Bucky Stabler. Series Star Josh Charles makes his directorial debut.
Episode 7 : Anatomy of a Joke
Cary has an uneasy reunion with his father (John Shea) when he and Alicia travel to Washington, D.C., to advocate for a comedienne (Christina Ricci) who is being sued by a television network for indecency. Meanwhile, a former client turns to Alicia for help, and Diane and Will question Clarke's latest strategy to help the firm out of debt. Bill Maher appears in a cameo as Himself, Amanda Peet returns as Laura Hellinger and F. Murray Abraham Returns as Burl Preston.
Episode 8 : Here Comes the Judge
When Will is convinced that a judge is biased against his client, he and Alicia risk the judge's wrath by demanding a hearing to determine if another judge should take over the case. Meanwhile, Grace is affected by the death of a classmate and starts falling for a "bad boy," Zach looks for a way to help Peter's campaign, and Kalinda becomes suspicious of Nick. Judd Hirsch guest stars as Judge Creary and Amanda Peet returns as Laura Hellinger.
Episode 9 : A Defense of Marriage
Alicia and Diane agree to let a famous liberal lawyer (Jeremy Breslow) aid them on their latest case, but they soon realize he may not have their client's best interests in mind. Meanwhile, Alicia's mother (Stockard Channing) arrives for Thanksgiving seeking moral and legal support from Alicia and her brother Owen. Brian Dennehy returns as Lawyer Bucky Stabler and Bebe Neuwirth returns as Judge Friend.