As usual, Billy gives Martha his most difficult case. “You’re the best there is,” he tells her. She decides it’s a good time to break the news: “I’m pregnant.” Later she asks that he clear her calendar at midweek so she can get an abortion. When he asks who the father is, Martha says nothing.
Martha’s job is to defend Mark Draper in a trial that is a grand slam for her chambers. Three men are accused of engaging in sex for hire and are being represented separately by Martha, Clive, and Nick. Kate prosecutes.
A novice, Nick is a stand-in for a sick barrister and is defending Andrew Wiles, a respected doctor charged with propositioning two alleged male prostitutes, namely Mark and another teenager, Chris. There is little evidence against Chris, who is defended by Clive. But Mark and Andrew appear headed for jail based on testimony by the arresting officer, PC Vernon.
Fortunately, Nick is hot on the heels of victory in a dangerous dogs case. The female pit bull he represented was convicted but spared the death penalty because she is about to have puppies. Niamh, who was representing the male pit bull of the pair, was not so successful, even though she argued that the father dog also deserved leniency. “What are you trying to say?” demanded the judge, “that these puppies need a father figure?” Niamh’s client ends up on death row.
But Nick is having less success with Andrew. Luckily, Martha gets Vernon to admit on the stand that he was in league with Chris, who served as bait to entrap others. In a string of similar operations, Vernon always insured that the case against Chris was weak. Since Vernon was acting without official authorization, the judge dismisses the charges against all three men.
The unusual length of the trial means that Martha missed her abortion appointment—which suits her, since she has decided to have the baby. Less accepting is Clive, who is stunned to learn that Martha is pregnant, not to mention that he will become a father. But he too warms to the idea.
Clive’s life is further complicated by his relationship with Billy, who is blackmailing him for entertaining an offer to join another chambers—an offer arranged by Billy himself to trap Clive. With Clive’s future on the block, Billy enlists him to inform on Kate’s plotting against Billy’s rule.
Meanwhile, Billy has given Martha a hopeless case, expecting that it will give the mother-to-be a chance to throw in the towel and relax. It’s a misconduct hearing against a female police officer of Pakistani heritage, who freely admits to making a racist remark to a black colleague. Conviction by the police board, which is clearly hostile to her, could mean the loss of her job. True to Martha’s passion for justice, she argues that the remark was friendly banter between the two cops. Privately, she lets the head of the panel know that she has a secretly-recorded tape of him making racist remarks in a pub. A compromise is reached when the accused officer is found guilty but kept on the force.