The WORST Episodes of The Guardian

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 23, 2021

Network: CBS

Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father's ultrasuccessful Pittsburgh law firm. Unfortunately, the high life has gotten the best of Nick. Arrested for drug use, he's sentenced to do 1,500 hours of community service, somehow to be squeezed into his 24/7 cutthroat world of mergers, acquisitions and board meetings. Reluctantly, he's now The Guardian - a part-time child advocate at Legal Aid Services, where one case after another is an eye-opening instance of kids caught up in difficult circumstances.

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The Neighborhood

#1 - The Neighborhood

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 19, 2002

LuLu represents an old friend after one of her adopted children is dead. Nick represents someone he knew as a kid.

star 6.70
82 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: David Hollander, Tom Smuts
The Living

#2 - The Living

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 29, 2002

As the legal guardian of two siblings he represented the year before, Nick must find the missing sister so she can be a bone-marrow donor to save her dying brother.

star 7.00
80 votes
Writers: David Hollander, Michael R. Perry, Rick Eid
Understand Your Man

#3 - Understand Your Man

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 4, 2003

Nick meets Sam at a gala in Burton's honor. Sam who is a transvestite tries to get custody of lover's son. Also Nick finds out Mary and Shannon have been living with his father.

star 7.18
51 votes
Directors: John Patterson
Writers: David Hollander, Rick Eid
The Vote

#4 - The Vote

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 20, 2004

Nick's future with Fallin and Fallin is in question when a female associate who is involved with Nick's father is passed over for partner based on Nick's poor opinion. The associate, Sandra, files a sexual harassment suit naming Nick. Jake takes charge of the situation and arranges a vote with the other partners to discuss Nick after reading Sandra's suit and Nick's deposition. Burton is concerned that Nick might not carry enough votes to remain at Fallin and Fallin.

star 7.31
49 votes

#5 - Reunion

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 2, 2001

Nick brings a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical company, Bendaprine, on behalf of Hunter Reed and his mother's estate for 10 million dollars. But, when Alvin Masterson gets wind of it he insists that Nick drop the case, being that it is a conflict of interest. Nick is quick to point out that Alvin took him off of Hunter's case and therefore he is acting within his rights as a lawyer for Fallin & Assoc. Meanwhile, James gets handed a case involving a 12-year-old boy who has been living with his older brother after their mother has been arrested for drugs. Marcus, Andre's older brother, is arrested for selling crack and James tries desperately to find a relative for the boy to act as guardian so the youth won't end up in juvenile detention like his brother. But, Andre doesn't want to be separated from Marcus and even when James succeeds in finding a relative, Andre makes it very clear he will stay with Marcus at all costs - even if he needs to get himself arrested to make it happen.

star 7.31
193 votes
Writers: David Hollander
Blood In, Blood Out

#6 - Blood In, Blood Out

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 27, 2004

Nick 's future at the firm is about to be voted on, as Nick awaits the verdict on his future he takes on two cases that involve two boys. The first boy Nick defends is Kevin Brown who is accused of raping a girl who became pregnant with a baby. The second boy Nick defends is a young boy who attacked an 8 year-old girl and attacked a social worker who was trying to place him in a foster family. The boy was placed in a center that was supposed to help rehabilitate the boy into society. Alvin defends a former client of LSP named Taliek Allen who fired his attorney. Taliek Allen shot a friend of Alvin's. He tries to get his client's sentence appealed. Alvin's client says he is tired of going through the appeals process to get his prison sentence reduced.

star 7.31
48 votes

#7 - Legacy

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 6, 2004

Ted's dad goes on a shooting spree killing himself & co-workers leaving Nick and Suzanne to tell Ted his dad has committed murder. Nick and Suzanne take Ted to see his dad. Burton wants Nick managing partner of the firm but Nick doesn't seem ready. Burton worries about Eric Kane who seems ready to go back to work to soon and not deal with trauma of the shooting. Burton gets worried when Eric Kane closes a deal without the authority of a CEO.

star 7.31
51 votes
The Innocent

#8 - The Innocent

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 2002

Nick takes on the case of two children after their brother dies from their father's neglect.

star 7.32
56 votes
Writers: Anne McGrail
In Loco Parentis

#9 - In Loco Parentis

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 26, 2002

Nick thinks a woman he helped get her kids, may still use drugs.

star 7.34
112 votes
Writers: David Hollander
Indian Summer

#10 - Indian Summer

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 2001

Nick is duped into representing a young woman who lied to him after they spent the night together. After Nick picks up a young woman named Dina at The Incline, they go back to his place for the night. The woman then reveals herself to be an orphaned, underaged girl whose younger sister is about to be placed in a new home where Dina is not wanted. She gives Nick an ultimatum that he must help her get placed in the same family as her sister or risk her going to the police about his underage encounter. He must uncover her true motives or risk the consequences of their ill-fated night together. Meanwhile, Alvin goes to extreme measures, including soliciting a donation from a wealthy socialite, in an effort to raise money after CLS loses its grant and the money runs out.

star 7.38
119 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: David Hollander

#11 - Antarctica

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 4, 2004

Nick takes a job at the law firm of Walter and McNeil. Lulu gives birth to a baby girl. She decides to work part-time at legal services of Pittsburgh to take care of the baby. Burton thinks his son made a mistake by taking the new job. Alvin tries to stop the execution of Taliek Allen because of new evidence that Alvin's client suffered brain damage when he was attacked. Alvin along with Nick must try and get a trial stating why he should live and not be executed. Lulu decides to have full custody of the baby and give the baby her last name not Nick's. Alvin is angry because of what Nick told his client regarding his chances for a clemency hearing. Nick learns that Burton has stepped down from his firm to be a grandfather to the baby. Nick also leaves his job at the firm of Walter and McNeil.

star 7.40
50 votes
The Weight

#12 - The Weight

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 18, 2003

A tough case involving a sick baby brings Nick and Lulu closer together when Lulu gets attached to the mom.

star 7.43
49 votes
Directors: Steve Gomer
Writers: David Hollander, Tom Smuts

#13 - Shame

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 2003

When the bank insists that the firm pay off its loan immediately, Nick is forced to try to collect unpaid fees from delinquent clients. Meanwhile, Lulu's estranged father returns and asks her for money.

star 7.49
73 votes
Directors: John Heath
Writers: David Hollander, Rick Eid
The Dark

#14 - The Dark

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 2002

Nick has to represent Levi who may not be allowed in school for not telling who beat him up.

star 7.50
82 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: David Hollander, Nick Santora

#15 - Privilege

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 22, 2002

After a rough turn of events at Kirk & McGee, Nick is back at Fallin & Assoc. just as Burton is looking into the case of Susan Newberg, deceased daughter of longtime client and family friend Frank Newberg. What begins as an investigation into Susan's widower Ray Harper, and the $11 million estate left to him, ends in a shocking case of suicide linked to sexual assault. Nick and Burton put their legal licenses and freedom at stake by violating their attorney/client privileges to protect Frank's youngest daughter and victim, 16 year-old. Meanwhile, first-year associate Amanda Bowles walks out of Fallin & Assoc. when Burton disapproves of her volunteer work at CLS.

star 7.51
114 votes
Directors: Graeme Clifford
Writers: David Hollander, Michael R. Perry
Lawyers, Guns and Money

#16 - Lawyers, Guns and Money

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 9, 2002

Trouble gets very deep for Dale (Nick's Parole officer asks for help from Nick. Later LuLu's husband to be is arested. Nick can't tell LuLu. Burton wonders if his son will be on the federal bench.

star 7.53
83 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: David Hollander, Michael R. Perry, Rick Eid
The Watchers

#17 - The Watchers

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 2, 2004

Burton suffers a lingering form of vertigo due to his head injury after the robbery. Nick and Burton continue to look for Shannon as Burton blames himself for her running away. Burton and Nick while working with the authorities track Shannon down to a motel where they try to convince the woman who called the police to work with them. The entire experience forces Burton to re-evaluate his ability to be a father to Shannon.

star 7.53
77 votes
Beautiful Blue Mystic

#18 - Beautiful Blue Mystic

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 13, 2004

Nick begins taking a drug called Beautiful Blue Mystic, not realizing how it hurt Fallin & Fallin and LSP. Nick goes to get help to kick the habit. Nick learns that Anne needs help finding a place for her son because she is dying of cancer. Lulu confronts Suzanne about the affair she had with Nick.

star 7.54
78 votes
Sensitive Jackals

#19 - Sensitive Jackals

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 6, 2003

Nick hands the case file of Taliek to James, who goes before Judge Rebecca Damsen for custody, James and Nick help a young dad try and trying to get his son back but due to the dad's temper may lose his son. Meanwhile over at Fallin & Fallin Nick wants to have a criminal defense attorney to the team because Nick feels Burton needs to worry about the firm and less about Shannon. Nick worries that James may be to close to Taliek Allen because James believes that Taliek may have killed Levi (who was a nephew of James.) Lulu could soon leave LSP for a job in California. Nick thinks Lulu's job move is bad because he may lose her love.

star 7.57
23 votes
Directors: Joan Tewkesbury
Writers: David Hollander, Nick Santora

#20 - Swimming

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 16, 2003

Nick learns that his dad will need surgery to fix his heart, also Nick must keep the firm from losing a merger, help Burton find a good doctor to do the surgery. Nick wonders if Burton will make it through the surgery and tells his dad Lulu is pregnant. Shannon asks to go to the hospital because worries Burton might die and have no place to live.

star 7.57
77 votes
The Men from the Boys

#21 - The Men from the Boys

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 2001

Nick encounters problems with his 16-year-old gay gay client, who had been arrested for solicitation, when trying to place the boy with a gay couple rather than in a shelter.

star 7.58
147 votes
Directors: Peter Levin
Writers: Peter Parnell

#22 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 25, 2001

Nick Fallin, a high-powered, high-priced attorney living the good life is brought down to earth when he has to pay the price for his indulgent lifestyle. Busted for drugs, he must now perform 1,500 hours of community service and so Nick juggles his white-collar world of litigation with the not-for-profit world of child advocacy working with Children's Legal Services. Under the supervision of Alvin Masterson, Nick is thrust into the life of Hunter Reed, a young boy who has witnessed the murder of his mother by his father's hand. Back at Fallin & Associates, owned by Nick's father, Burton Fallin, he is dealing with company presidents who are looking to bring their business to Pittsburgh and spoiled dot com kids who want to get rich quick.

star 7.60
209 votes
Writers: David Hollander, Elisa Bell

#23 - Lolita?

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 16, 2001

Nick is taken off of the Hunter Reed case and assigned a case about a fifteen-year-old girl, April Santos, who claims to have been raped by her stepfather, a cop. Nick arranges for her maternal aunt to have guardianship, but Nick soon finds out that all is not what it appears to be and he must go to CLS and admit that he may have placed April in an even more dangerous environment than her home. And at Fallin & Assoc., John Clayton seeks the firm to reorganize his assets at his steel plant. Burton refuses, claiming that there is no money to be made, but Simon discovers that his father has a personal reason for refusing the business - Clayton Steel is the same plant that he worked at as a teenager alongside his father.

star 7.64
183 votes
Directors: Charles Haid
Writers: David Hollander

#24 - Loyalties

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 11, 2001

Nick defends an Arab American man who appears to be the victim of a hate crime. Wendy Moniz ("Nash Bridges") and James B. Sikking ("Brooklyn South") guest star. Nick gets a new boss at Legal Aid, Louisa "LuLu" Archer (Moniz), and their first case together involves the vandalism of a restaurant owned by the Arab-American and his young daughter. However, things are complicated further when the vandal, who was viciously beaten in self-defense by the restauranteur, turns out to be a teenage boy.

star 7.67
114 votes
Directors: Arvin Brown
Writers: David Hollander

#25 - Family

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 5, 2002

Nick's Aunt Liz visits Burton & Nick and tells them she is dying.

star 7.67
81 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Alfonso H. Moreno, Rick Eid