The murder of a black college student leads Briscoe and Curtis to the doorstep of a 'good' Italian girl who claims she would have nothing to do with a black man. When her fingerprints turn up in the dead man's apartment she changes her story and says she was raped and had to kill the boy in self-defense. McCoy tries to prove otherwise, but pressure from the murder victim's parents forces him to go to trial sooner than expected. His job gets harder when the defense claims reverse discrimination and puts Van Buren on the stand claiming she was guilty of over zealously pursuing a white girl for prosecution.