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44 x 60 minute episodes
Tess Kaufman (Marlee Matlin) is a beautiful, feisty, hearing-impaired prosecuting attorney for the Chicago District Attorney’s Office in this NBC series.
Richard “Dicky” Cobb (Mark Harmon) is a tough detective with District 26 of the Metropolitan Police Department.
He is the only cop on the force who can read and speak in sign language (which he learned from his deaf father), and – through a special arrangement between the DA’s office and the police department – Cobb is assigned to assist Tess in the field as her investigator and interpreter when she questions suspects in a case.
Arthur Gold (William Converse-Roberts) is Tess’s superior, and the DA Bruce Kaufman (Tim Grimm) is her ex-husband. Tess lives at 1422 Barrington Avenue. Cobb lives at Apartment 2, 703 Beckman Place and has a dog named John.
The Setup Bar, owned by Kay Lockman (Nancy Everhard), is Cobb’s favourite watering hole. Kay is also his romantic interest.
Kay is shot during a robbery at the bar and seems to be recovering until a postoperative complication causes a massive stroke that leaves her brain dead. Cobb subsequently makes the most difficult decision of his life when he turns off the respirator that is keeping her alive.
Margaret (“Maggie”) Zombro is a gorgeous and very expensive private practice attorney who most often defends the clients Tess is prosecuting. By her own admission, she is “heartless and calculating, and I know my way around a courtroom.”
Other relatives include Tess’s father, Don Morris (Bruce Kirby), her mother, Libby (Margaret Ladd), Dicky’s ex-wife, Jo Cobb (Glynnis O’Connor), and Bruce’s mother, Carmela Kaufman (Nina Foch).
Richard “Dicky” Cobb