This season's highlights: a wrong address plagues the detectives, not to mention an innocent family; a body is delivered COD and they meet Dick Tracy. Yes, well, let's just say it, a crazy civilian impersonates an officer, fools Chief Pope and the two grumpy old men of the show, Flynn and Provenza, and manages to always be one step ahead of the detectives. He passes himself off as Richard Tracy as he brown-noses the Chief. They end up letting him help in the investigation, to a degree, and his presentation of his theory of the crime is just hilarious.
A serial killer who dresses like a ninja is also featured. In that episode, Brenda gets to compete with a detective from Texas. Two Southerners going after a redneck ninja - how can you forget that? What an ad that episode was for the capital punishment laws in Texas. And let's not forget Brenda's faceoffs with Captain Sharon Raydor, portrayed by Mary McDonnell. Raydor has her own division, investigating officer-involved shootings. She was supposed to be just as intimidating and single minded as Brenda, her nemesis. But there was never any fear that ol' Brenda wasn't going to get her way, so I think they could have done a little better with their fencing. Here's a little glimpse of Brenda and Sharon.
Highlights of Brenda's personal life include: the death of Kitty, Brenda's cat, which seems to be quite traumatic to her, and their 'inheritance' of a teenage niece. A few other shows I've seen of late have done this similar thing, give the stars a child to deal with. Now Brenda has to balance home and work and try to be a good example and such. The few episodes with the niece were good vehicles for focusing on how much time Brenda spends at work and how she never thinks twice about choosing what she needs - closing her case - over anything her family may need. She also has no compunction about manipulating facts to close her case.