Arif S. Kinchen as

Episodes 40

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Pilot

1x1
August 26, 1996

What happens when a bright and beautiful female attorney joins an inner-city Los Angeles law firm run by a ready-to-retire patriarch and his two bickering sons? Sparks! Two polar-opposite brothers manage the law firm of Sparks, Sparks & Sparks, founded by their father Alonzo Sparks While each son is dedicated to the family profession, the flashy, womanizing Maxey is just as interested in the pursuit of beautiful young women as he is in the pursuit of justice, while younger brother Greg is serious, straitlaced and a seeker of the high road. Imagine their surprise when the one thing the brothers find they can agree on is their mutual affection for Wilma Cuthbert, the Stanford Law graduate who Greg has just hired to join Sparks, Sparks and Sparks as the firm's only associate -- after an extensive three-year search. Both brothers vie for her affections, but Wilma -- caught up in the jitters of a stressful new job and an engagement to a high-profile sports figure -- basketball star Jason Ki

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Palimony

1x2
September 2, 1996

The Sparks try to defend a client who is being sued for palimony by his former live-in mate of 12 years. Their case begins to fall apart when Maxey has one of his ""bright ideas"", and tries to lay a trap for the lyrically endowed woman.

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September 9, 1996

After learning that another one of his old classmates from school has passed away, Alonzo goes into a deep slump. The gang decides that he needs a woman in his life to make him feel alive again & get his groove back. Wilma offers to play matchmaker for Alonzo with her aunt Clea. But Clea has different ideas after she's left alone with Maxey.

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September 16, 1996

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September 23, 1996

Maxey faces jail unless he can find his prison-bound client.

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Penal Envy

1x6
September 30, 1996

Wilma gets a doozy of a malpractice case after griping about her workload.

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No Sweat

1x7
October 14, 1996

The firm represents a sweet but sweaty man accused of robbery.

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Pillow Talk

1x8
November 4, 1996

When a beautiful paralegal walks into the office looking for a job, Maxey is immediately smitten. He asks her out, and they begin a very close personal relationship. But before long, the team realizes that information regarding the firm's cases is somehow being leaked to opposing counsel. Could the new love interest in Maxey's life be the culprit?

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One on One

1x9
November 5, 1996

Maxey is challenged to a quick game of basketball by the judge who dislikes Maxey as a lawyer, and who Maxey wants to get on his good side. During the heated game, the judge keels over dead on the court, and Maxey feels that he is responsible, and decides to resign from the profession.

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November 11, 1996

Maxey gets his comeuppance after he tries to play up to a judge who's gay during a case involving a burglary suspect, and Alonzo takes on the case of a rapper with a contract dispute.

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Porky's Revenge

1x11
November 18, 1996

Alonzo's enthusiasm for his Federal Court case is quashed when he learns that his courtroom opponent is a law-school professor who once humiliated him.

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November 25, 1996

Maxey is caught in a sting operation trying to solicit clients in front of a hospital emergency room, and must appear before a review board. But the surprise is on him when he finds out the chairman of the board is none other than his own father. The two then have to put aside their differences at the family's Thanksgiving dinner, where Maxey is supposed to bring the Thanksgiving Turkey.

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It's the Gospel

1x13
January 13, 1997

Maxey thinks he's hit the big time when a large corporation hires him as counsel on an inner-city development project. But he soon realizes that he's been duped into evicting a community church.

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I Spy

1x14
January 20, 1997

Maxey recruits Darice and private eye Floyd Pitts to entrap the cheating husband of his client, but the plan backfires when the man reveals his true feelings about his wife---on audiotape.

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February 3, 1997

Greg gets rid of his roommate and moves into his own apartment. Alonzo praises him for going out on his own, ends up selling his house and moves in across the hall. Alonzo becomes a major intruder in Greg's life, and it's up to Maxey to help him.

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February 10, 1997

Maxey represents an old friend of Alonzo's who has written a very successful advice book about old-fashioned, honest love, Love Conquers All. Wilma comes to work still dressed in the evening gown from the previous night's date, but absentmindedly changes her clothes in front of Maxey, driving him to fall madly in love with Wilma. As they continue to work together, Maxey gets converted to the ways of the book. His efforts to try and woo Wilma meet with hilarious results.

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Self Defense

1x17
February 17, 1997

Maxey is sent to jail for refusing to produce privileged documents in court. One of his cellmates is a former client seeking revenge from the lawyer who lost his case - Maxey!! He puts Maxey on trial in front of a mock jury composed of the cellmates.

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Hoop Schemes

1x18
February 24, 1997

Actress and singer Nell Carter guest stars as the mother of a high school basketball whiz who may be headed straight for the NBA. Maxey uses his masculine wiles on the mother in hopes of representing the young would-be superstar. What Maxey doesn't know, is that he is also being used to entice her admirer (watching from afar) into making a commitment.

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April 28, 1997

The Sparks are accused of being slumlords after Maxey accepts the deed to an apartment complex---sight unseen---as payment from a client. Meanwhile, Wilma's left in charge of the office when the trio is forced to spend 24 hours in one of their dilapidated units.

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Love in a Cop

1x20
May 5, 1997

Wilma tries to help La Marr win back his ex, and Maxey takes a case against a fertility-clinic doctor who's impregnating patients with his own sperm.

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May 12, 1997

Maxey's intimate relationship with the beautiful opposing counsel affects his legal objectivity, as well as his behavior in the courtroom handling the divorce of an old pal; Floyd Pitts is called in to investigate items missing from the office.

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May 19, 1997

Just as Maxey and his girlfriend Deidre are about to leave town for a getaway, Alonzo gives him a dog of a case involving a family friend who has 36 chihuahuas and a court order telling her to get rid of 32 of them.

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To the Maxey

2x1
August 25, 1997

In the second-season opener, Wilma thinks she'll have to reveal her unattached status at a grand family bash in honor of her grandmother's birthday, but Maxey steps in and pretends to be her fiance, a prominent plastic surgeon. Meanwhile, Darice still can't shake off ardent suitor Zack, who's been hired to paint the office.

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September 1, 1997

When Maxey & Wilma break off their relationship, it has a profound and unseen effect on Maxey. While having a romp with 5 sexy females, (every man's dream), Maxey realizes that his ""spark"" is gone, and he is unable to rise to the occassion. Later he realizes that his feelings for Wilma went deeper than he realized.

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September 8, 1997

When Maxey's elderly neighbor dies, her estate goes to Maxey. But the dead woman's family, convinced he manipulated her, decides to sue, and Wilma agrees to be his lawyer and be a character witness.

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Dog Gone

2x4
September 15, 1997

Maxey fights his first death penalty case, representing a dog that's in danger of being euthanized.

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September 22, 1997

Greg falls for Maxey's beautiful new client, unaware she's really a transvestite.

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September 29, 1997

Maxey, Wilma and Greg gives a complete makeover to Maxey's newest client, a rough and tough ex-convict, hoping it will convince the judge that he deserves a second chance.

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October 13, 1997

Darice's sudden engagement prompts members of the law firm to reexamine their own love lives---or lack thereof. Maxey & Wilma decide to officially announce that they are dating. When Darice's finance dumps her & leaves her broken hearted, Greg tries to console her.

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Bad Reception

2x8
October 27, 1997

Darice quits the firm in the aftermath of her fling with Greg.

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November 3, 1997

Alonzo meets and hastily marries a beautiful Latina he meets in Las Vegas, but soon thereafter he asks Maxey and Greg to help him get out of his predicament. Trouble is, the Sparks sons really like their new in-law.

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Brotherly Love

2x10
November 10, 1997

Greg is thrilled when he hits it off with a new woman but when he finds out that Maxey had already been involved with her, he develops a bad case of apathy, which requires some brotherly intervention.

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Roots III

2x11
November 17, 1997

LaMarr hires detective Floyd Pitts to track down his biological parents. Turns out the office assistant's father is a wealthy industrialist. But is the ""dad"" the real deal?

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November 24, 1997

Wilma suggests that she and Maxey undergo medical testing before consummating their relationship, a request that leads her beau to a find a renewed joie de vivre

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Silent Night

2x13
December 16, 1997

Maya arranges for a generous cash gift for the office custodian— who spends it all on her.

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January 12, 1998

Wilma and Maxey take off for an intimate vacation in Mexico, but their romantic plans are put on hold after a hurricance blows throw the town where they're staying, eventually sweeping the pair's patience away with it.

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January 19, 1998

Maxey is so relieved after a stranger saves his life that he promises to grant her any wish. But he's apprehensive when the woman asks him to father her child.

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February 16, 1998

Maxey finds out that Greg is dating the wife of a convict and pays dearly for meddling. Greg understandably doesn't want his brother involved in his romantic life and refuses to divulge any information about her, which sends Maxey straight to a private detective. When the detective finds that Greg's girlfriend is the wife of a convict, Maxey confronts Greg with the news, who, in turn, gets furious with his brother for interfering. When the newly released convict comes looking for Greg, Maxey, feeling bad about what he's done, lets the convict think he's Greg and takes the bruising intended for his brother.

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February 23, 1998

At a dinner that Maxey does his best to interrupt, an old law school professor of Wilma's, who is now practicing at a top dollar establishment, proposes that Wilma join his firm as a partner.

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March 2, 1998

When Maxey and Wilma face off in court, he finally manages to convince her of his most true feelings and persuades her to come back to the firm and to him. (Part 2 of 2, and series finale)

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