Steven and fellow LAPD Detectives Halloran and Stang (who are partners) find Councilman Watson ( whom they wanted to question about corruption) passed out at home on tranquilizers Mark prescribed; in the next room is his separated wife Janet's corpse. She has been shot and her blood is all over the house. Police Chief Masters, a political rival for the mayoral campaign, refuses to comment. Mark decides to look into Watson's claim to have been framed, working together with Captain Cynthia Pike; even though it may make Steve look bad, he is happy to collaborate. Amanda hopes to work trough her an 'amicable' divorce from baby CJ's dad by becoming a medical examiner in the coroner's office but she finds nothing; this "negative" finding is enough for Mark to prove there was a frame, and that Stang had motive and opportunity - he shoots himself; his gun was used for Janet's murder. Now Mark sleuths on; Stang could have been framed himself if Masters is in the plot.