NYPD Blue

Season 9 Episode 22

Better Laid Than Never (1)

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 21, 2002 on ABC
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The morning after his return from Florida with McDowell and his son, Sipowicz picks up a case with a missing child and gets a "thumbs up" from one of the uniforms. He arrives at the scene of the missing child's home, only to meet the mother, Catherine Lowe, gathers a few details of the case and gets a "your my hero" from one of the other uniforms. Back at the squad the father of a friend of the missing boy (Tommy Dwyer, a guy retired off the job) stops by to tell the detectives what he knows. He doesn't believe the boys are together anywhere, since he knows his son was at school. He also mentions the missing boy wasn't thrilled with his homelife; preferring to live with his father over his mother. A man, Ted Munns, who believes he has information about their missing child case. He tells them about his suspicions about a man who's online and lives near where the missing boy lived. Jones and Medavoy talk with him and then they lay out a plan to capture this predator, which they successfully execute. They question their predator, Volney, who cites that he was expecting to meet a fully grown man, because of something he calls "age-play". He knows nothing of their missing child. The missing boy's father checks in and agrees to come in; meanwhile one of the uniforms takes a moment to harass Sipowicz. John Irvin meets with the attorney for his father's estate. He ultimately tells John that he and his sister will probably inherit around $800,000, each. The boy's father comes in wondering how his son disappeared under his ex-wife's nose. He mentions his ex-wife's boyfriend, Steve Dansick. McDowell and Ortiz start following up on child whose name was found on the computer of the predator Medavoy and Jones question. When the boy's mother comes in, they ask her why she never mentioned her boyfriend as someone who had access to her son. Citing conditions for her continued custody of her son as the reason, she eventually gives them information on where to find him. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. meet and talk with the boyfriend, who they bring in while they check on his alibi. McDowell and Ortiz talk with the parents of the boy who they found on Volney's computer. Then they talk with the boy, who eventually breaks down and tells them of Volney's activities at a hotel that resulted in a sexual assault. Medavoy and Jones go back hard at Volney, who confesses, but also cites that the "kiddie porn" found on his computer came from their informant. He also reiterates that he doesn't know anything about the missing boy. The detectives re-strategize and Sipowicz asks John Irvin about the lawyer. John tells him about his eventual inheritance, but he is not going anywhere in the near term. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. go back at the boyfriend, who confesses to being with his old girlfriend, which he didn't want Catherine to find out about. Emergency Services calls the squad, with the report of a body found in a vacant lot. On his way out of the building, Desk Sgt. Mahoney gives Sipowicz a package that was left for him. He unwraps the package; it's a trophy for "The Luckiest Man of the Year". At the vacant lot, the boy's body is found with a gunshot wound. At the mother's home, Catherine who has taken some valium isn't very responsive when they give her the news. Jones and Medavoy talk with Munns about the contents of his own computer. He cites that he needs the photos so he can use them to bait would be pedophiles. They remind him of a public lewdness collar he had from 2 years ago. They question him about their murder victim, and he claims to have "never ever" wanted to touch or hurt a child. Jones comes back with a "but you've wanted to," which causes the guy to break down and agree to get some help. At the end of the day, the detectives aren't close to finding the boy's killer. Sipowicz, McDowell, Clark Jr. and Ortiz go out to dinner, where Clark Jr. and Ortiz confess to their relationship. Sipowicz feeling some pressure decides he needs to go home. At home, Theo asks his dad about Connie and whether he can call her "mommy". The following morning, Clark Jr. mentions that he is going to have dinner with his father, and he'd like her to join him. At the squad, Ortiz and McDowell catch a homicide. When the boyfriend Dansick's story didn't totally check out, they bring him back in for questioning. They don't get anything from him, but his attitude doesn't sit right with Sipowicz.moreless

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    Dennis Franz

    Dennis Franz

    Det. (later Sgt.) Andy Sipowicz

    Gordon Clapp

    Gordon Clapp

    Det. Greg Medavoy [ season 2+, recurring season 1 ]

    Bill Brochtrup

    Bill Brochtrup

    PAA John Irvin [ episode 123+, recurring seasons 2 – 6 ]

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Det. John Clark Jr. [ season 9+ ]

    Charlotte Ross

    Charlotte Ross

    Det. Connie McDowell [ episodes 166-233, recurring from 163 ]

    Jacqueline Obradors

    Jacqueline Obradors

    Det. Rita Ortiz [ episode 182+ ]

    Claudia Christian

    Claudia Christian

    Catherine Lowe

    Guest Star

    John Cygan

    John Cygan

    Tommy Dwyer

    Guest Star

    Mark Pellegrino

    Mark Pellegrino

    Steve Dansick

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Austin Majors

    Austin Majors

    Theo Sipowicz

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    Jack McGee

    Jack McGee

    Desk Sgt. Mahoney

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