When respected Judge Thomas Layton is killed during a re-creation of the classic Alexander Hamilton/Aaron Burr duel, Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Eames (Kathryn Erbe) question his dueling partner, George Pagonis (guest star Xander Berkeley, "24") -- who happens to be married to Maureen Pagonis (guest star Donna Murphy, "World Trade Center"), a prominent political candidate and possible first female Mayor of New York.
Young rap artist Fulla T Smith (guest star "Fab Five Freddy") is leaving a radio station after finishing an interview and debuting his latest hit song, when shots ring out in the lobby and he's killed. Detectives Logan (Chris Noth) and Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) question the one witness found on the scene, Harry Williams, (guest star Sticky Fingaz) who reveals he's an undercover cop whose task force specializes in crimes within the rap world. Williams warns Logan and Wheeler to watch themselves, but when he starts helping them out, witnesses turn up dead. The detectives begin to wonder which side he is on.