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A pair of autograph-hunters go to the home of rapper "Sweet" Clarisse James, but find that she's been shot dead. The list of suspects includes her producer, Andre Blair, who was engaged in a financial dispute with her. When it's discovered Clarisse was pregnant, another suspect comes into the picture: "Iced-Out" Ike Krantz, a married diamond wholesaler with whom she was having an affair. He is arrested and pleads guilty, but at his sentencing, his story makes no sense. He eventually claims that Andre Blair killed Clarisse, then threatened to kill Krantz' family if Krantz told anyone.

Blair refuses to co-operate with the investigation, and evidence places him near Clarisse at the time of the murder. Krantz is then stabbed in jail and says his attacker claimed to have been sent by Blair. In court, Blair maintains he didn't hurt Clarisse and that Krantz is trying to frame him. Connie thinks Blair's telling the truth, so she and McCoy investigate further and learn Krantz paid another inmate to stab him in order to set up Blair. Krantz is forced to take a murder charge. Blair angrily confronts McCoy and says the legal system wanted to believe he, rather than white, privileged Krantz, was guilty. McCoy says he just followed the facts of the case; but privately concedes that Blair may be right.

This episode contains examples of:

  • Angry Black Man: Andre Blair and his lawyer both fit the trope. When the DAs reflect on how easily Krantz manipulated this to make Blair look guilty, they reflect that he had a right to be angry.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Clarisse's music apparently consisted of this.
  • Creative Differences: invoked Clarisse was trying to move away from her Gangsta Rap image, resulting in poor sales; Blair blamed her for the loss of royalties and was going to kick her off his record label.
  • Friendly Rivalry: It's initially suspected that one of Clarisse's rivals in the music business might have been involved in her death. The other rapper says their relationship was this trope; they just played it up to sell records.
  • Gangsta Rap: Clarisse and Blair's line of work.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Krantz holds Blair and Clarisse in contempt because they're black and grew up in poverty.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Krantz pulls one to try to make Blair look guilty.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Krantz killed Clarisse to keep their affair secret from his wife and children.

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