The BEST Episodes of Close to Home

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 17, 2020

Network: CBS

Annabeth Chase is a criminal prosecutor with a near perfect conviction record, but balancing her career and family life, in Indianapolis is her hardest case yet.

Still a Small Town

#1 - Still a Small Town

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 7, 2006

Annabeth attempts to link several of her former classmates to the murder of their high school friend who dies after a game of touch football.

star 9.63
65 votes
Directors: Kevin Bray
Writers: Robert Levine
Protege

#2 - Protege

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 9, 2007

Annabeth and Conlon disagree on whether to seek the death penalty or not for a developmentally disabled defendant who is charged with killing a respected judge.

star 9.46
35 votes
Directors: Steve Lichtman
Writers: Matt Earl Beesley
Suburban Prostitution

#3 - Suburban Prostitution

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 18, 2005

Annabeth finds it difficult to convince the women working for the ring leader to testify against her because they are afraid that their husbands will leave them and take away their children. Meanwhile, Steve urges Maureen to push for more drug convictions so that their office can receive a $7 million grant from the federal government.

star 9.43
37 votes
Writers: Lindsay Sturman
The Shot

#4 - The Shot

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 5, 2006

Annabeth brings down a high school basketball player on murder charges on the death of another teammate in court. The suspect confesses that it was an accident. During the teenager's trial, a witness comes forward to testify that the shooting was intentional. Soon after hearing the testimony, the defendant's father changes his initial statement and confesses to the crime. Convinced that the teenager's father is lying to protect his son from prosecution, Annabeth digs deeper and stumbles upon a secret the boys were keeping which may have been the motive for the shooting.

star 9.27
62 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Don Winslow
Parents on Trial

#5 - Parents on Trial

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 11, 2005

Annabeth must combat the defense’s strategy of putting the victim’s parents on trial by claiming their lifestyle and the father’s relationship with the defendant is to blame for their son’s death. Now, Annabeth must find evidence that will convince a jury that the defendant is guilty of the murder of the 6-year-old boy.

star 9.26
39 votes
Writers: Erica Shelton
Under Threat

#6 - Under Threat

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 25, 2005

Annabeth prosecutes a case involving a gangster who resorts to violence to prevent a key witness from testifying against him. When the defendant realizes that Annabeth might be able to convince a jury to convict him of the crimes he is accused of, he then has members of his gang threaten to harm Annabeth's daughter in order to scare her from trying the case.

star 9.22
37 votes
Writers: Lukas Reiter
David and Goliath

#7 - David and Goliath

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 12, 2006

When a professional baseball player goes on trial for the murder of his mistress, Annabeth has to go up against a high-powered celebrity defense lawyer.

star 8.89
62 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Don Winslow
Hot Grrrl

#8 - Hot Grrrl

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 2006

Annabeth prosecutes two teenagers for the murder of a man they claim was an online sexual predator. However, the more she investigates the more the teenagers' story falls apart. And at home, she and Jack make plans to go on vacation, not knowing that their lives will soon change.

star 8.87
63 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Alfredo Barrios, Jr.
The Rapist Next Door

#9 - The Rapist Next Door

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 27, 2006

A recently paroled sex offender who moves into Annabeth's neighborhood becomes the prime suspect in the rape of a young woman. Although the victim identifies the paroled rapist as the man who attacked her, Annabeth does not think she can convince a jury that he is guilty of committing the crime because the behavior he exhibited is different from his usual M.O. Meanwhile, Maureen tells Steve that they should ease up on Annabeth's work load because she thinks juggling a new baby along with all of her cases is spreading her too thin.

star 8.84
62 votes
Directors: Martha Mitchell
Writers: Carol Barbee
Land of Opportunity

#10 - Land of Opportunity

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 31, 2006

Annabeth and her office investigate a string of real-estate fraud cases involving a crooked real estate developer. Annabeth and her D.A team try to help homeoowners who are being scammed into buying homes more than they're worth by the housing developer who build them. It gets to the point where the real estate developer fires her own husband from his contruction housing job in order not to get caught by the D.A.

star 8.81
36 votes
Writers: Leo Geter
Privilege

#11 - Privilege

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2006

A successful African-American man is abducted from his home and presumed dead. A suspect is quickly arrested and refuses to cooperate, but he reveals the location of the body to his lawyer. Annabeth tries to persade the defending attorney to testify against his client after a second black man goes missing, hoping to stop the hate crimes, but the man is reluctant to betray his client's confidence.

star 8.65
37 votes
Directors: Roxann Dawson
Writers: Carol Barbee
Double Life Wife

#12 - Double Life Wife

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 2005

During the investigation of the crime, Annabeth discovers a picture of the defendant and the victim's husband, leading her to believe that the murder of his wife may not have been an accident. Meanwhile, Steve asks for Maureen's help after he must recuse himself from the appeal of a death penalty case after a key witness accuses him of suborning perjury.

star 8.58
38 votes
Writers: John E. Pogue
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2005

Since having a baby with her husband Jack (Christian Kane) Annabeth has been having a more difficult time returning back to work as her cases are hitting more close to home and in her neighborhood---literally. It'll be a struggle for her to balance family

star 8.54
41 votes
Writers: Writer: Jim Leonard
Romeo and Juliet Murders

#14 - Romeo and Juliet Murders

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2005

Annabeth and Maureen prosecute a case involving siblings whose parents are found murdered after they discover a secret which the teenagers had been keeping from them. Meanwhile, Maureen and Annabeth admit to each other that they sometimes think that each other's life is more desirable -- Maureen wishes she had a family to go home to, while Annabeth wishes she did not have to be responsible for anyone but herself.

star 8.45
38 votes
Writers: Jim Leonard
Eminent Domain

#15 - Eminent Domain

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 11, 2007

While the case against the corrupt police officers continue, someone in the D.A's office is murdered.

star 8.43
7 votes
Writers: Tom Smuts, Leo Geter
Sex, Toys and Videotape

#16 - Sex, Toys and Videotape

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 28, 2006

Annabeth gets involved on a murder trial where her victim was strangled the night before her wedding. During the trial Annabeth discovers that her victim was hiding a terrible secret from her friends and family which may have lead to her death---that she was previously married and not a virgin that many had thought to believe..

star 8.42
63 votes
Directors: Lewis H. Gould
Writers: Lindsay Sturman, Erica Shelton
Escape

#17 - Escape

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 10, 2006

Annabeth tries to build a case against a convicted criminal whom she put in jail years earlier after he is arrested for robbing a jewelry store. After he is arrested for robbery, the D.A.'s office learns that during the convict's escape from jail he murdered a guard and kidnapped a young woman whom he has held hostage for a year. During the investigation, Annabeth discovers inconsistencies in the kidnapped woman's story and uncovers a secret causing her to question who is really to blame for the prison-break and robbery.

star 7.95
65 votes
Directors: Charles Beeson
Writers: Alfredo Barrios, Jr.
Reasonable Doubts

#18 - Reasonable Doubts

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Mar 3, 2006

When Annabeth has to prosecute a man for killing his mother-in-law, his defense attorney creates a case against his own wife by claiming she committed the murder in order to establish reasonable doubt for the jury. The judge throws out the defendant's testimony after his lawyer claims that he was not given legal counsel during his interrogation. When Annabeth learns of a hidden secret in the defendant's past which easily explains why he killed his mother-in-law, the defense tries to deliberately mislead the jury into believing the defendant's wife committed the murder in order to create doubt.

star 7.94
65 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Lukas Reiter
Drink the Cup

#19 - Drink the Cup

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 27, 2007

The team uncovers a group of dirty cops while prosecuting a drug dealer for murder.

star 7.86
7 votes
Writers: Tom Smuts
Hoosier Hold `Em

#20 - Hoosier Hold `Em

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 9, 2007

Annabeth prosecutes a college student for a bank robbery, who did it to fund a gambling dependency. However, the case takes an peculiar turn when the young man is discovered dead.

star 7.83
6 votes
Directors: Dermott Downs
Writers: Leo Geter
Fall From Grace

#21 - Fall From Grace

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired May 4, 2007

Annabeth tries to re-prosecute a dirty cop for murder, after a witness in his previous case is found dead.

star 7.71
7 votes
Writers: Jeffrey G. Hunt
Miranda

#22 - Miranda

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 11, 2005

Annabeth must choose between making a case against a kidnapping suspect or saving his victim's life. Annabeth takes a huge gamble when she denies kidnapping suspect, Derrick Adler (guest star Mason Gamble) his right to have a lawyer present during his interrogation in order to force a confession with the hope that he will lead the police to his victim's whereabouts so that she can be brought home alive. Derrick had kidnapped college mate Amy Flynn (guest star Shannon Floyd) after a campus party, a person who he has been stalking for over a year. With time running out Annabeth is put in a tough predicament. Meanwhile, Maureen must decide whether or not to prosecute a detective who obstructed justice in order to protect a fellow cop.

star 7.62
40 votes
Writers: Lukas Reiter
Meth Murders

#23 - Meth Murders

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 9, 2005

A man high on meth that has killed two people has apparently killed the wrong two, Annabeth discovers after beginning prosecution. During the murder investigation the defendant reveals the identities of the intended targets. Annabeth attempts to track them down in order to convince them to testify against the drug lord so that he can be brought to trial. Meanwhile, Steve worries that the nature of the crime will cause a media circus and asks Maureen to keep the press at bay.

star 7.60
40 votes
Writers: Leo Geter, Lindsay Sturman
Dead or Alive

#24 - Dead or Alive

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 3, 2006

Annabeth tries to convince the mother of a man who confesses to the murders of three people to testify against her son after a judge rules the blood found in the defendant's home is inadmissible in court. The defendant's attorney argues in court that his client did not commit any crimes but confessed to the killings because he is fascinated by crime and police investigations. Annabeth's case against the defendant begins to crumble after one woman he confesses killing turns up alive and admits she ran away from her parents to be with her boyfriend. Annabeth tries to convince the defendant's mother to testify against her son in order to salvage her case and bring the defendant to justice.

star 7.56
62 votes
Directors: John Peters
Writers: John E. Pogue
Divine Directions

#25 - Divine Directions

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 25, 2005

After a competency hearing finds that the woman is fit to stand trial, Annabeth tries to find a motive for the murder and discovers several skeletons in the church-going couple's closet. Meanwhile, Maureen finds out there is more to the story behind a seemingly open and shut case of justifiable homicide. Annie Potts (""Any Day Now"") guest stars as Dr. Marla Dodds, the defendant's razor sharp, media-loving lawyer.

star 7.52
66 votes
Writers: Leo Geter