Annie Flynn Ray Bello alias Rebel is crazy as hell and she does not take it anymore.
The ABC drama from Krista Vernoff (and loosely based on activist / exec producer Erin Brockovich) starts with the title character (played by Sons of AnarchyKatey Sagal) crashed a company party to interrogate Mr. Duncan, a CEO she emailed about his company’s defective heart valves.
Rebel gives him one last chance to solve the problem, and he tries to throw her out of the party, prompting the legal clerk to summon the cavalry: an army of protesters. Of course, the police are called, and Rebel goes through the familiar process of removing her jewelry before being taken away in handcuffs ̵
While in prison, Rebel talks to a woman who was arrested for stabbing her violent boyfriend. She asks Naomi to call her daughter, Cassidy (Lex Scott Davis), who is a lawyer. We also learn that Rebel has several ex-husbands because of her work, including police officer Flynn (Matthew Glave).
Rebel bribes and argues with Cassidy, who is upset with her mother for “getting drunk and attacking a CEO.” She does not think anyone will touch the heart valve, but Rebel is determined to pursue it. Lends her current husband Gradys (John Corbett)’s car and heads to senior lawyer Cruz’s (Andy Garcia) house to try to get him on board. However, Cruz is not interested in taking up the matter and closing the door for her.
The next morning, Rebel steals Grady’s wallet and asks her friend Lana (Tamala Jones), a private investigator, to investigate it because she suspects him of cheating. At the hospital, Rebel refers another pro bono referral to her daughter before trying to convince her son Nate (Kevin Zegers), a gynecologist, to get involved in the heart valve. She wants him to start a study, and he will not do so, as the evidence she has is cumbersome at best. Their relationship is strained, mainly due to the fact that Nate was raised by “nannies on motorcycles” while she was out saving the world.
Elsewhere, Cassidy meets with Naomi about her case of domestic violence. When Naomi has trouble remembering certain details, Cassidy concludes that she may still be in shock. In a hearing, Cassidy delivers a passionate testimony on behalf of her client and impresses her father Benji (James Lesure), who offers to hire her as an employee. But Cassidy does not want to work for the dark side, ie company law.
Meanwhile, Rebel visits his friend Helen, who received one of the defective heart valves, is not feeling well and will give up. However, Rebel makes it clear that she will get that valve out of her friend if that’s the last thing she does. She even suggests taking out another mortgage on her house, which Lana immediately shoots down because there is a better way to do this without endangering her finances. It’s time to head back to Cruz.
Rebel arranges a sit-in with a group of protesters at Cruz’s office and forces him to finally listen to their stories. One by one, they share their shocking experiences with the heart valve, including a woman whose baby is extremely ill after having it installed while she is pregnant. When Cruz still refuses to take the case, Rebel pressures him further, reminding him that his wife also died because of this valve. Cruz hugs and reveals angrily why he is so against it: he does not want to be reminded of what happened to his wife. Rebel counteracts that she would be mad at him for letting innocents suffer when he can do something to stop it. This only makes Cruz even more excited, and he fires his consultant.
In Rebel’s Children Are Struggling news, Cassidy tells her father that she’s exhausted by her mother, who feels the need to tackle any injustice in the world. It is overwhelming, which makes her father’s offer tempting. In addition, Rebel’s daughter Ziggie (Ariela Barer), who is just out of rehab, joins a support group and meets a cute guy named Sean. When he asks her out, she rejects him because it’s a better idea to focus on her recovery.
Lana has not met Naomi and escorts her to her apartment to pack her violent boyfriend’s stuff together. They find drugs and an unlicensed gun in his drum kit, which means he’s likely to get an increased sentence – especially when Lana called Flynn to make sure he receives the proof. The festive mood swing wants Naomi’s boyfriend to show up and try to attack her, but is taken down by Lana. Not only did he wear his seams, but he probably has even more time to hit a police offer.
At the bar, Rebel drinks her sorrows away when Lana calls her with a gift: the violent boyfriend has been arrested. Rebel goes to jail and threatens to rain hell on the violent musician if he does not agree to stay away from Naomi and set the record straight in court. Guess what he chose to do?
It’s time to celebrate Rebel and Grady’s 10th anniversary. The family has gathered for the surprise party and it is one of the few times they look happy together. Lana receives a call explaining what’s going on with Grady: He’s been in contact with a high-end divorce lawyer. Disturbed, Rebel confronts Grady, who is lying and claims it was a work thing.
When Ziggie reveals that she found divorce papers in his belongings, Grady finally gets clean. He tells everyone that he is tired of his wife always working and not being home “to cook for me dinner” – a sexist statement that deeply offends the whole family and results in Nate beating him. Nate immediately travels to visit Helen and start the heart valve study for her mother.
In the final scene, Rebel throws some of Grady’s clothes into the fire. Cruz shows up – Cassidy filled him in on what happened – and offers to take her out for a drink. But Rebel refuses because she wants to remember how she feels at this moment. When he got to the heart of his visit, he handed over his wife’s autopsy results. He was afraid to look at it before because of what it might say – that she might kill herself because of the pain. However, it has been concluded that she died of a heart attack. With a glance at the documents, Rebel Cruz gathers: “Let’s crush those bastards.”