List of The Guardian episodes

This is a list of the 67 episodes for The Guardian, an American drama series which aired on CBS from September 25, 2001 to May 4, 2004. The series revolved around Nick Fallin, a corporate attorney sentenced to 1500 hours community service with Legal Services of Pittsburgh as the result of a drug conviction. The plot focused on Nick's community service and recovery from drug addiction, as well as his strained relationship with his father who was president of the corporate law firm where Nick was employed full-time.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
223September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24)May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)
322September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)


Season 1 (2001–02)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Pilot"Michael PressmanDavid HollanderSeptember 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)100
Corporate Attorney, Nick Fallin has just been assigned to work community service hours in Children's Legal Services. His first child advocacy case involves deciding the proper custody of young Hunter Reed, who has just witnessed his father kill his mother.
22"Reunion"Michael PressmanDavid HollanderOctober 2, 2001 (2001-10-02)102
Nick must help young Hunter Reed choose whether or not to lie to secure his father's freedom. Meanwhile, he decides to take legal action on an incident that is personal to him.
33"Paternity"Joan TewkesburyMichael R. PerryOctober 9, 2001 (2001-10-09)104
Nick works to help a prostitute and her 11-year-old handicapped son attempt to collect child support from his biological father, and he must represent the person of a woman and find the person's client, who fathered the boy.
44"Lolita?"Charles HaidDavid HollanderOctober 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)101
Nick is asked to represent a 15-year-old girl who accuses her cop father of raping her.
55"The Men from the Boys"Peter LevinPeter ParnellOctober 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)103
Fallin and Associates take on a sexual harassment case while Nick works to get a homeless gay teen off the streets of the city of Pittsburgh.
66"Indian Summer"Lou AntonioDavid HollanderOctober 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)105
Nick is duped in a sexual encounter with a mature looking seventeen-year-old girl, who he ends up having to represent in an adoption case.
77"Feeding Frenzy"Peter MedakAlfonso H. MorenoNovember 6, 2001 (2001-11-06)106
Burton Fallin is forced to defend his company when associate Jake Straka, hits and kills a fellow lawyer, while driving his car delivering some files for the law firm.
88"Heart"Jeremy KaganDavid HollanderNovember 20, 2001 (2001-11-20)107
Nick becomes emotionally attached to a terminally ill 12-year-old girl, who cannot get the heart transplant she needs to live, until she is legally adopted.
99"The Funnies"Lou AntonioTeleplay by: Michael R. Perry
Story by: Michael R. Perry & Peter Parnell
November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27)108
Alvin asks Nick to represent Barbara's son, when the teenager is arrested and busted for drug possession.
1010"Loyalties"Arvin BrownDavid HollanderDecember 11, 2001 (2001-12-11)109
One of Burton's partners leaves the firm and immediately commences trying to lure away the best and brightest at Fallen & Associates, including Nick.
1111"Home"Oz ScottDavid Hollander & Alfonso H. MorenoDecember 18, 2001 (2001-12-18)110
Alvin goes up against Burton Fallen in court, when he agrees to defend his ex wife (Polly Draper) in a wrongful termination case.
1212"Causality"Jeremy KaganDavid Hollander & Peter ParnellJanuary 8, 2002 (2002-01-08)111
Nick begins work at Kirk & McGee and his first responsibility is to oversee a deal which involves a father essentially giving his son his $40 million company.
1313"Privilege"Graeme CliffordMichael R. Perry & David HollanderJanuary 22, 2002 (2002-01-22)112
Burton and Nick represent a family's interest when their daughter is killed in a scuba diving accident.
1414"Family"Andy WolkRick Eid & Alfonso H. MorenoFebruary 5, 2002 (2002-02-05)113
Nick's aunt and cousin come back into Nick and Burton's lives in order to have Burton broker a deal to sell the aunt's company.
1515"In Loco Parentis"Michael PressmanDavid HollanderFebruary 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)114
Nick represents a drug addicted mother as she attempts to regain custody of her children.
1616"Solidarity"Lou AntonioMichael R. Perry & David HollanderMarch 5, 2002 (2002-03-05)115
Burton and Nick have been having a difficult time trying to resolve a labor dispute at a local factory, as the union leaders refuse to recommend the new, and seemingly fair, contract.
1717"The Divide"Alan MyersonTeleplay by: David Hollander & Alfonso H. Moreno
Story by: Rick Eid & Alfonso H. Moreno & David Hollander
March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)116
Nick attempts to help two young brothers stay together in foster care when a prospective adoptive parent only wants to take one of the boys.
1818"Mothers of the Disappeared"Steven RobmanDavid Hollander & Michael R. PerryMarch 26, 2002 (2002-03-26)117
Nick begins the legal process of declaring a woman's missing daughter dead, to enable the mother to have access to the daughter's trust fund.
1919"Lawyers, Guns & Money"Jerry LevineTeleplay by: David Hollander & Michael R. Perry
Story by: David Hollander & Rick Eid & Michael R. Perry
April 9, 2002 (2002-04-09)118
In exchange for covering up of some technical violations of his probation, Nick agrees to help his probation officer purchase a strip club with his girlfriend.
2020"Shelter"Steve GomerMichael R. Perry & Rick Eid & David HollanderMay 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)119
Nick and Lulu discover that two homeless teenagers have been living in Lulu's newly purchased home when they hear the screams of the young girl giving birth.
2121"The Chinese Wall"Joan TewkesburyPeter Parnell & Alfonso H. Moreno & David HollanderMay 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)120
Nick represents the biggest developer in the city who wants to buy a controversial piece of land for development.
2222"The Beginning"Michael PressmanDavid Hollander & Anne McGrailMay 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)121
Burton shocks the firm, and his son Nick when after being appointed a Federal judge, he announces that former Senator Caldwell will assume leadership of the firm.

Season 2 (2002–03)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
231"Testimony"Kevin Rodney SullivanDavid Hollander & Michael R. PerrySeptember 24, 2002 (2002-09-24)201
A 911 operator takes a frantic phone call from Nick: Mandy is on the floor, and not breathing.
242"Monster"Steve GomerDavid Hollander & Anne McGrailOctober 1, 2002 (2002-10-01)202
After his adoptive father disowns him, Nick becomes the guardian to a true monster: Ronnie Wagner, a thirteen-year-old boy who killed then raped his adoptive mother.
253"The Dead"Jerry LevineAlfonso H. Moreno & David HollanderOctober 8, 2002 (2002-10-08)203
Controversy brews around Burton and the future of his judgeship after Caldwell commits suicide at work before the FBI can question him.
264"The Next Life"Joan TewkesburyDavid Hollander & Rick EidOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)204
Nick and Burton form the new Fallin & Fallin, and represent the hospital in which a male nurse who worked the oncology ward confessed to killing 19 terminal patients while on duty.
275"Assuming the Position"Mel DamskiNick Santora & David HollanderOctober 22, 2002 (2002-10-22)205
Nick becomes the medical guardian of Bryant, a young boy whose mother is in jail and an aunt who no longer can handle him.
286"The Living"Lee David ZlotoffTeleplay by: Michael R. Perry & David Hollander
Story by: Rick Eid & David Hollander & Michael R. Perry
October 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)206
Nick represents Dale, a young boy undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia, whose only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant.
297"The Innocent"Juan J. CampanellaAnne McGrailNovember 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)207
Nick represents Andrea Coffey, a girl placed with her godparents after her mother died, whose brother was killed by a dog outside a junk yard during a court sanctioned visitation with their junkie father Lou.
308"The Neighborhood"Jerry LondonDavid Hollander & Tom SmutsNovember 19, 2002 (2002-11-19)208
Nick helps Hugh Williams, a 33-year-old intellectually disabled man with anger issues (with whom Nick grew up), save his somewhat ill dog from being put to sleep at the city pound after the dog bites a police officer.
319"The Dark"Mel DamskiDavid Hollander & Nick SantoraNovember 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)209
Nick represents James' nephew Levi after he gets jumped in the school kitchen and refuses to uphold the student honor code by revealing which gang members are liable.
3210"Sacrifice"Michael WatkinsRick EidDecember 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)210
Nick represents Pittsburgh County, the hospital Brian works for, after a patient dies under Brian's care during a routine gall bladder operation.
3311"No Good Deed"Lou AntonioDavid Hollander & Nick SantoraDecember 17, 2002 (2002-12-17)211
After Nick gets a judge to allow 18-year-old Jesse Caputo to stay in the system until his 21st birthday so he can afford to go to college, he gets Jesse a job at Fallin.
3412"You Belong to Me"Jessica YuAlfonso H. MorenoJanuary 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)212
Nick's the guardian of a young boy in the midst of a custody battle between a supposedly abusive father and a mother whose own innocence begins to look suspect.
3513"Ambition"Duane ClarkAnne McGrailJanuary 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)213
Nick takes the lead with Fallin's newest client, Caroline Osborne, who is moving her corporate jet leasing company from Philly to Pittsburgh.
3614"Understand Your Man"John PattersonDavid Hollander & Rick EidFebruary 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)214
At an LSP benefit honoring his father, Nick meets a waitress (Sam) who is really a transvestite.
3715"Where You Are"Vahan MoosekianMichael R. PerryFebruary 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)215
Fallin & Fallin represent Rob Kagen, Nick's college roommate, in securing a patent and funding for a new device implanted in a watch that tracks your whereabouts through satellite.
3816"The Weight"Steve GomerTeleplay by: David Hollander
Story by: David Hollander & Tom Smuts
February 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)216
Lulu asks Nick to take over her case and be the Guardian ad Litem for a baby with Krabbe's disease, a terminal and incurable disease.
3917"The Intersection"Peter MedakDavid Hollander & Nick Santora & Tom SmutsFebruary 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)217
Lulu recovery from her car accident is complicated when there is swelling in her brain; Brian and Caroline disagree over Lulu's treatment.
4018"My Aim Is True"Simon BakerTeleplay by: David Hollander & Rick Eid
Story by: David Hollander & Rick Eid and Gayley Buckner
March 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)218
Claire, a young, wide eyed lawyer joins Fallin & Fallin part time and assists Burton on a city case in which a rookie shoots and paralyzes a man who clearly didn't pose any physical threat during a drug bust.
4119"Back in the Ring"Jeremy KaganAnne McGrailApril 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)219
Fallin & Fallin agree to represent Tim "The Mechanic" Dohanic, a professional boxer, after he is released from prison.
4220"What It Means to You"Jerry LondonDavid Hollander & Rick EidApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)220
While Nick and Lulu battle it out on opposite sides of a legal case involving a church and eminent domain, they have impromptu sex in public places.
4321"Burton & Ernie"Martha MitchellDavid Hollander & Michael R. PerryApril 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)221
After Nick and Lulu are caught by Alvin having sex in the LSP conference room, Lulu tries to gain back some of her credibility by hosting a dinner party with Nick to convince her co workers that they are a legitimate couple.
4422"Sensitive Jackals"Joan TewkesburyDavid Hollander & Nick SantoraMay 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)222
In an attempt to combat declining business, Nick leads the charge in hiring Clay Simms, a criminal defense attorney, much to the chagrin of Jake, his former classmate.
4523"All the Rage"David HollanderDavid Hollander & Rick EidMay 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)223
After Nick and Lulu have a disagreement over her interviewing for a job in Berkeley, he erupts in the courtroom and is sentenced to anger management sessions.

Season 3 (2003–04)Edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
461"Carnival"Félix AlcaláDavid Hollander & Rick EidSeptember 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)301
Nick fights to keep a small boy whose mother performs in a traveling carnival in DCF custody when he claims he was molested by the carnival owner.
472"Big Coal"Mel DamskiDavid Hollander & Nick SantoraSeptember 30, 2003 (2003-09-30)302
Pressured to bring his own new business to the firm, Nick and Sadie Harper, Fallin & Fallin's new defense attorney associate, must get a town of 23 people to sign release settlements in order for Nick to land a huge coal manufacturer as a client.
483"The Line"Joan TewkesburyBarry M. SchkolnickOctober 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)303
Nick gets caught between father/son clients when the sale of their family department store becomes complicated with a class action lawsuit from several African American customers claiming discrimination.
494"The Daughter-Father Dance"Steve GomerDavid Hollander & Jennifer JohnsonOctober 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)304
A married couple wants Burton to sue a fertility clinic when their child is born black.
505"Shame"John HeathDavid Hollander & Rick EidOctober 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)305
When Fallin & Fallin's credit line is called in, Nick tries to get a longtime Fallin client who owes millions to pay in full.
516"Let's Spend the Night Together"Michael ZinbergRick EidOctober 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)306
When Lulu's father decides to stay at her place, she and Nick agree they still have feelings for each other and agree to move in together. Jake learns a secret his father has hidden for years when his father announces he and Jake's mother will divorce. Lulu's father tries to impede her relationship with Nick while asking her to invest in his new painting business.
527"Hazel Park"Emilio EstevezDavid Hollander & Tom SmutsNovember 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)307
As part of his community service, Nick is reassigned to help clean up an inner city park, where he meets a former LSP client he does not remember. He helps the boy by calling a community college despite the boy stealing his wallet. Burton's new client is a mother putting her son up for adoption because she can't afford to care for him, while he also moves to adopt Shannon despite her natural father trying to obstruct it.
538"Believe"Peter MedakDavid Hollander & Jennifer JohnsonNovember 11, 2003 (2003-11-11)308
LSP and Victoria Little form AIDS Relief Alliance. Nick becomes medical guardian to two children one of whom may have the disease. Lulu tells Nick she's pregnant but is unnerved by his marriage proposal, which seems too casual. Nick's client wouldn't give blood test and turns out HIV positive. Alvin and Victoria may have feelings for each other.
549"Let God Sort 'Em Out"Félix AlcaláNick SantoraNovember 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)309
When Fallin & Fallin evict squatters from land being used for future developments, the ripple effect at LSP is tremendous.
5510"Swimming"James BagdonasDavid Hollander & Rick EidDecember 16, 2003 (2003-12-16)310
Nick and Suzanne Pell attempt to help Josh, a client at LSP, after he is locked in a closet for disciplinary measures at a teen boot camp.
5611"Legacy"Nancy MaloneDavid Hollander & Rick EidJanuary 6, 2004 (2004-01-06)311
Nick must find a kid a home after his father, who was recently let go from Kane Industries, went crazy and shot his boss and several other coworkers in a conference room during a meeting. Meanwhile, Burton wants Nick as the firm's managing partner. Burton also fears Eric Kane isn't ready to return to work without dealing with the shooting's trauma.
5712"Beautiful Blue Mystic"Mel DamskiDavid HollanderJanuary 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)312
Lulu dumps Nick over his affair with Suzanne, and he takes a drug called Beautiful Blue Mystic---unaware it injured the firm and LSP. He goes to rehab for help and learns his would-be counselor Anne needs help placing her son after she learns she's dying. Lulu also confronts Suzanne.
5813"Amends"Bill L. NortonDavid Hollander & Jennifer JohnsonJanuary 27, 2004 (2004-01-27)313
Nick learns it's hard to regain the trust of those he's hurt, including Lulu and Suzanne, while Alvin thinks he's rushing through his recovery steps. Burton thinks Nick isn't ready for a heavy caseload. Lulu tries placing Connor Adams---whose father was killed in a bus accident the man's racist remarks to the driver may have provoked---in foster care. She also now understands Nick's affair with Suzanne.
5914"All Is Mended"Emilio EstevezDavid Hollander & Tom SmutsFebruary 10, 2004 (2004-02-10)314
Nick learns from Lulu that his unborn baby has Down Syndrome and he helps a Down's patient named Mark---whose case he took to learn more about Down's---set up a trust fund. Kate Shaw asks Jake to take an AIDS test after helping him to join a country club.
6015"Without Consent"Vahan MoosekianRick EidFebruary 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)315
Jake lies about his injury but Burton and Maureen learn the truth. Nick has to decide whether a boy named Luke should live in foster care or with his father after seeing his mother deeply affectionate with his best friend. Lulu wants a trust fund for her unborn child that Nick agrees to help set up. Jake refuses to testify against his attacker---but delivers an ultimatum to his former partner.
6116"Sparkle"Steve GomerDavid Hollander & Barry M. SchkolnickFebruary 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)316
Nick tries to find an unwanted foster child, Philip, a home when his adoption is halted over the couple's newborn's injury. Shannon posed for photographer Malcolm Reeves, angering Burton who learns Roy signed the papers allowing it. Philip's adoptive mother turns out to suffer post-partum depression. Shannon runs away with Malcolm.
6217"The Watchers"Emilio EstevezDavid Hollander & Nick SantoraMarch 2, 2004 (2004-03-02)317
Burton struggles with vertigo while Nick takes his place and tracks Shannon down through a prostitute, Dina, and her daughter Violet. Malcolm turns out to be arrested on pornography charges including possible child porn. Alvin reveals he's proposed to Victoria.
6318"The Bachelor Party"Alan RosenbergDavid Hollander & Rick EidMarch 9, 2004 (2004-03-09)318
Alvin tells Nick he's been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease) and asks Nick to go to Los Angeles with him for a bachelor party-like weekend. Both men are unaware at first that Lulu overheard Alvin reveal the diagnosis. The trip causes Nick to miss a key meeting at Fallin & Fallin, but gives him an insight into Alvin's courage. Alvin hopes to see the son he hasn't seen since the boy was age seven. After rejecting the visit, the boy's mother agrees to let Alvin see him thanks to Nick's intercession.
6419"Remember"Bill L. NortonDavid Hollander & Tom SmutsApril 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)319
Alvin tells Nick his ALS may affect his relationship with Victoria later; later, Alvin reveals Victoria changed her mind about the marriage. Meanwhile, during an investigation into a series of killings in which the victims were accused child molesters, Alvin balks at turning LSP client files over to a court. Nick defends a sexually abused teenage boy who wants to protect his father from being implicated in the crime, even though it appears that his father was the abuser.
6520"The Vote"Mel DamskiJennifer Johnson & Rick EidApril 20, 2004 (2004-04-20)320
Burton thinks only too well of Sandra, a somewhat new lawyer at the firm whom he's seeing socially, which may cloud Nick's future though Burton thinks she's not ready to be a partner. Sandra files a sexual discrimination suit against the firm after her partnership bid is rejected in a close vote. Jake decides to move the partners against Nick. Nick and Jake battle wills when they try to get an elderly and sick client declared incompetent when his wife and partner disagree with the terms of a corporate sale. Burton and Sandra agree not to see each other socially anymore, for the time being.
6621"Blood In, Blood Out"Joan TewkesburyDavid Hollander & Nick SantoraApril 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)321
Nick takes on two cases involving two boys, including one accused of raping a girl pregnant with his baby. Alvin defends Talik Allen---the former LSP client who shot James to death after James admitted attacking him over killing James's nephew---and faces the death penalty. Alvin gives Nick a special fountain pen to celebrate Nick's pending probation end. One of Nick's clients steals the pen and stabs the other with it. Led by Jake, who thinks Nick threatened him, the firm's partners take a vote and kick Nick out of the partnership, despite Burton's attempts to keep his son's name on the door.
6722"Antarctica"David HollanderDavid Hollander & Rick EidMay 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)322
Nick's probation ends as he's fired from Fallin & Fallin and hired on at corporate law firm Walter & McNeil. Lulu delivers her baby girl prematurely. With Nick's help after telling Nick of Talik's troubled life, Alvin tries to stop Talik's execution over new evidence of brain damage. Lulu and Nick discuss naming the baby and agree she should have full custody after Nick learns she wants to work at LSP part time to care for the baby. Alvin resigns from LSP over his illness. Burton leaves Fallin & Fallin thinking Nick's heart isn't in corporate law. Nick leaves Walter & McNeil, reluctantly tells Talik the final appeal failed, and realises Lulu can't feel as she once did for him. Alvin leaves LSP for the final time. Nick accepts Alvin's old job running LSP.

Home releasesEdit

Season Episodes DVD release dates
Region 1
1 22 October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27)[1]
2 23 September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07)[2]
3 22 February 8, 2011 (2011-02-08)[3]


  1. ^ Lambert, David (July 28, 2009). "The Guardian - Simon Baker's Handsome Mug Adorns The 1st Season Cover Art!". TVShowsOnDVD. Archived from the original on July 29, 2009. Retrieved July 28, 2009.
  2. ^ Lambert, David (June 21, 2010). "The Guardian - 'The 2nd Season' DVDs are Announced for Simon Baker's Old Series!". TVShowsOnDVD. Archived from the original on June 25, 2010. Retrieved June 21, 2010.
  3. ^ Lambert, David (December 6, 2010). "The Guardian - Simon Baker's 3rd and Final Season Announced: Date, Cost, Specs, and Art Package!". TVShowsOnDVD. Archived from the original on December 11, 2010. Retrieved December 6, 2010.

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