While incarcerated Mabel "Madea" Simmons gives advice to a young prostitute. After a high-speed freeway chase puts Madea in front of the judge, her reprieve is short-lived as anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail. Agleeful Joe couldn't be happier at Madea's misfortune. But Madea's eccentric family members, the Browns, rally behind her, lending their special country brand of support. Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Joshua Hardaway is on the fast track to career success. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle - defending young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington - and asks his fiance and fellow Assistant District Attorney Linda Holmes to fill in on his behalf. When Candace ends up injail, Madea befriends the young woman, protecting her in a motherly way as only Madea can.