Andy and Connie wake to the call of another possible "Time Bar" homicide. They decide they have nothing further to discuss on the situation with Diane. Besides, Connie has not been feeling good in the morning. The detectives arrive at the scene of the homicide and find a match book that indicates the victim was at another bar that is owned by the Time Bar owner. McDowell accompanies Sipowicz to the Time Bar where they are going to meet Russell. As before, the owner offers them nothing but he does make a comment about what he heard about Russell's behavior the previous evening. After Russell leaves, McDowell comments that if it was only about Russell drinking again, why couldn't he tell her about that? He tells her to drop it. When he enters the squad room, Clark is handed a mysterious message that John Irvin tells him was left for him downstairs. The message smells of Dr. Devlin's perfume. Medavoy and Jones get a call for a homicide at the home of the Ackermans, their recent arson case, meanwhile the other detectives run down what they know about their current case. The uniform tells Jones and Medavoy that it was "push in robbery." The Ackerman family's abusive mother was killed in the break-in. The daughter, Alison Ackerman tells them what happened, but the detectives are skeptical when her story doesn't sound right and given what they know about the mother of the house. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell interview the ex-boyfriend of the latest victim, but he ultimately offers them nothing useful. Jones and Medavoy run what they know about their case to Rodriguez, they plan on talking with the Ackerman son at the hospital. In the meantime they have not been able to get hold of the father, who is reported to be out of town. Clark receives another mysterious message. Ortiz reports that a print was taken out of their latest victim's apartment, which matches to that of the building superintendent, Steven Debrees, who has a prior record. Sipowicz and Clark decide to look into it, meanwhile Russell has essentially dissed Ortiz's input. McDowell decides to confront Russell about what's going on, as it's getting disruptive and is getting between her and Andy. Russell confesses that there is something going on, but it's personal and if she talks about it, she is going to lose it. At the hospital, Jones and Medavoy talk with Kurt Ackerman about the home situation at his home and whether or not he might be guilty of his mother's death. Sipowicz and Clark talk with the building manager Debrees, who has an alibi, tells them that he is gay and that he only worked in the victim's apartment doing maintenance. Jones and Medavoy decide to talk with Kurt's friend Ray Spiers about what he might know about the death of his friend's mother. He suggests that they talk to the father, who had recently purchase a gun. They decide to reinterview the ex-boyfriend, Clark receives another mysterious message, indicating a rendezvous at a nearby hotel; but he decides it can wait. Before he leaves McDowell tells Sipowicz about her talk with Russell and that she has a better understanding of what is going on. After he's left, McDowell runs into the bathroom to throw up, she decides it might be time to see the doctor. Rodriguez tells Medavoy that Howard Ackerman has reported into the squad and that he will be coming in for questioning. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell reinterview the ex-boyfriend about his recent communications with the victim. Their constant badgering of him only makes him confused. After the interview, Clark goes to his rendezvous. Jennifer is their waiting for him, wanting to be handcuffed and interrogated. He's not interested in playing her game and she gets annoyed. He tells her that she is not acting like herself, and she tells him that she is and that their relationship is over. Medavoy and Jones interview Howard Ackerman who tells them that the gun he purchased was only for home protection and despite his lying about his whereabouts they seem to believe him. To her surprise McDowell finds out from her doctor that she is pregnant. Jones and Medavoy go back at Kurt Ackerman about his involvement in his mother's death and he confesses to them what happened. While the detectives are going over their case, Ortiz reports that the Debrees's alibi didn't check out. Sipowicz finds out that Connie has been to see the doctor, but she dismisses it as something she ate. Dr. Devlin comes into the squad to talk with Clark and she tells him about her problem with depression and how taking her medication reduces her sex drive. She has recently stopped taking them, which explains her recent behavior. He offers to help her to get back on her medication. He agrees to help her out, "a step at a time." Jones and Medavoy talk with Alison Ackerman to try to verify her brother's story; instead she tells them that it was she who shot her mother. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell go to the victim's apartment, where the Debrees is supposed to be cleaning up. They find him in the closet, wearing the victim's bra and panties. Jones and Medavoy bring the surviving Ackerman family members together, to get to the truth. Kurt admits his sister pulled the trigger, but she implicates her father who clearly made the weapon available to them. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell interview Debrees about his relationship with the victim. He confesses to killing the recent victim, but then he is also willing to confess to the other murders. He doesn't know any of the key details of those cases, so those confessions won't hold up. Haywood tells Jones and Medavoy what she is and isn't going to be able to do with the Ackerman family, the girl might get off with justifiable homicide and they got nothing they can use against the father. A call for another strangulation homicide comes in and the detectives go to the scene only to discover that it fits the pattern.moreless
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