Annie Flynn Ray Bello aka Rebel is mad as hell and he or she’s not gonna take it anymore.
The ABC drama from Krista Vernoff (and loosely primarily based on activist/exec producer Erin Brockovich) kicks off with the title character (performed by Sons of Anarchy‘s Katey Sagal) crashing a company get together to interrogate Mr. Duncan, a CEO whom she has been emailing about his firm’s defective coronary heart valves.
Rebel provides him one final probability to handle the difficulty and he tries throw her out of the get together, prompting the authorized clerk to name within the cavalry: a military of protestors. Of course, the cops are summoned and Rebel goes via the acquainted means of eradicating her jewellery earlier than being taken away in handcuffs — however not earlier than falling off the stage whereas calling out the company for his or her dangerous product.
While in jail, Rebel talks to a girl who was arrested for stabbing her abusive boyfriend. She inform Naomi to name her daughter, Cassidy (Lex Scott Davis), who’s a lawyer. We additionally be taught that Rebel has a number of ex-husbands as a consequence of her line of labor, together with police officer Flynn (Matthew Glave).
Rebel makes bail and argues with Cassidy, who’s upset along with her mother for “getting drunk and assaulting a CEO.” She would not assume anybody will contact the center valve case however Rebel is decided to pursue it. Borrowing her present husband Grady’s (John Corbett) automobile, she heads to high-powered lawyer Cruz’s (Andy Garcia) home to attempt to get him on board. Cruz, nevertheless, is not concerned with taking over the case and closes the door on her.
The subsequent morning, Rebel steals Grady’s pockets and asks her good friend Lana (Tamala Jones), a non-public investigator, to look into it as a result of she suspects him of dishonest. At the hospital, Rebel makes one other professional bono referral for her daughter earlier than making an attempt to persuade her son Nate (Kevin Zegers), a gynecologist, to become involved with the center valve case. She desires him to start out a research, and he will not do it for the reason that proof she has is circumstantial at greatest. Their relationship is strained, largely as a consequence of the truth that Nate was raised by “nannies on bikes” whereas she was off saving the world.
Elsewhere, Cassidy meets with Naomi about her home violence case. When Naomi has hassle recalling sure particulars, Cassidy concludes that she may nonetheless be in shock. In a listening to, Cassidy delivers a passionate testimony on behalf of her consumer and impresses her father Benji (James Lesure), who provides to rent her as an affiliate. But Cassidy would not wish to work for the darkish aspect aka company legislation.
Meanwhile, Rebel visits her good friend Helen, who obtained one of many defective coronary heart valves, will not be doing nicely and desires to surrender. Rebel, nevertheless, makes it clear that she’ll get that valve out of her good friend if it is the very last thing she does. She even suggests taking out a second mortgage on her home, which Lana promptly shoots down as a result of there’s a greater manner to do that with out jeopardizing her funds. It’s time to return to Cruz.
Rebel phases a sit-in with a gaggle of protestors in Cruz’s workplace, forcing him to lastly take heed to their tales. One by one, they share their harrowing experiences with the center valve, together with a girl whose child is extraordinarily in poor health after having it put in whereas pregnant. When Cruz nonetheless refuses to take the case, Rebel presses him additional, reminding him that his spouse additionally died due to that valve. Cruz snaps and angrily reveals why he is so in opposition to it: he would not wish to be reminded of what occurred together with his spouse. Rebel counters that she could be pissed at him for letting harmless individuals undergo when he can do one thing to cease it. This solely enrages Cruz much more, and he fires his advisor.
In Rebel’s Children Are Struggling information, Cassidy tells her father that she is exhausted by her mother, who feels the necessity to tackle each injustice on this planet. It’s overwhelming, which makes her dad’s provide tempting. Plus, Rebel’s daughter Ziggie (Ariela Barer), who’s simply out of rehab, attends a assist group and meets a cute man named Sean. When he asks her out, she turns him down as a result of it is a greater thought to concentrate on her restoration.
Lana has not met with Naomi, and escorts her to her condominium to pack up her abusive boyfriend’s issues. They discover medication and an unlicensed gun in his drum set, that means he’ll in all probability get an elevated sentence —particularly since Lana known as Flynn to make sure he receives the proof. The celebratory temper shift need Naomi’s boyfriend reveals up and tries to assault her, however is taken down by Lana. Not solely did his stitches tear, however he is doubtless going through much more time for headbutting a police provide.
At the bar, Rebel is consuming away her sorrows when Lana calls her with a gift: the abusive boyfriend has been arrested. Rebel heads over to jail and threatens to rain hellfire over the abusive musician if he would not comply with avoid Naomi, and set the document straight in courtroom. Guess what he selected to do?
It’s time to have fun Rebel and Grady’s tenth anniversary. The household has gathered for the shock get together, and it is one of many few occasions that they appear glad collectively. Lana receives a name which explains what is going on on with Grady: He’s been involved with a high-end divorce lawyer. Upset, Rebel confronts Grady who lies and claims it was a piece factor.
When Ziggie reveals that she discovered divorce papers in his belongings, Grady lastly comes clear. He tells everybody he is uninterested in his spouse at all times working and never being house “to prepare dinner me dinner” — a sexist assertion that deeply offends the entire household and leads to Nate punching him. Nate promptly leaves to go to Helen and begin the center valve research for his mother.
In the ultimate scene, Rebel tosses a few of Grady’s garments in a fireplace. Cruz reveals up — Cassidy stuffed him in on what occurred — and provides to take her out to drink. But Rebel declines, as a result of she desires to recollect how she feels on this second. Getting to the center of his go to, Cruz palms over his spouse’s post-mortem outcomes. He was afraid to have a look at it earlier than due to what it’d say — that she might have killed herself as a result of ache. However, it has been concluded that she died of a coronary heart assault. Glancing on the paperwork, Rebel rallies Cruz: “Let’s go crush these bastards.”