NYPD Blue

Season 9 Episode 23

Better Laid Than Never (2)

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 21, 2002 on ABC
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McDowell and Ortiz arrive at the scene of their homicide. The victim is an elderly woman who was the victim of a assault. One of the tenants in her building, Larry Tyner, is a self-declared former perpetrator of rape-assaults; he mentions that the victim had a junkie grandson who was always looking for a handout. Ortiz questions the building supervisor and he mentions that Larry Tyner is liked by everyone in the building, including the murder victim. Jones and Medavoy re-question Catherine Lowe about her son's murder. She doesn't like the implication some of their questions and she is put out when the Crime Scene unit has to process her apartment. Back at the squad, McDowell and Ortiz question Tyner, and again he mentions the victim's grandson, a real heartache for the victim. Sipowicz meets with the borough trustee, to make sure that his paperwork is in order, just in case something happens to him. Theo should be taken care of, only Sipowicz needs to identify a guardian. The need to make that decision; causes Sipowicz to need to time to think the matter over. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with their victim's father, needing to ask him some difficult questions, all of which offends him. Jones and Medavoy stop at the bar that is Catherine Lowe's alibi; they meet a woman there who tells about a fight that Catherine had with her boyfriend Steve. It seems that Steve had struck Catherine's son. McDowell and Ortiz interview their victim's grandson and he seems broken up on the news on his grandmother's death. Upon Medavoy's report of the fight between the mother and the boyfriend, Sipowicz and Clark Jr. go to pick him up again. An officer comes up to collect the time cards for an audit, and she exhibits an interest in Jones after she meets him. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with Dansick again; this time Sipowicz and Dansick get into a scuffle. Dansick vehemently denies any knowledge of the boy's death. Phone records indicate there were two calls from Dwyer's home to the Lowe apartment. Since the detectives we never able to talk to the Tommy Dwyer's son, they decide to go back there and question the boy. The boy denies making any calls to the Lowe apartment. Tommy Dwyer thinks that he son might have forgotten making the call. Dwyer says they are done for now. Jones and Medavoy talk with Catherine Lowe about one of the other men that have been in her apartment. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. look for a warrant to have the Crime Scene unit help them look at Dwyer's apartment, as they sense Dwyer hasn't been telling them everything. Haywood obliges, and while she is on the phone trying to get it taken care off, Jones receives a surprise visit from the officer reviewing time cards. He pushes her away, and tries to explain it to Haywood, who says she isn't ready for that yet. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. arrive at Dwyer's apartment with a warrant. McDowell and Ortiz go back to their victim's apartment, only to find that the grandson has hung himself. Then Ortiz hears that their victim was raped, so they decide they need to bring Larry Tyner back in for further questioning. With help from the Crime Scene unit, Sipowicz and Clark Jr. find a major bloodstain in the bedroom of Dwyer's son. Sipowicz, Clark Jr. and Haywood listen to Dwyer's story about what really happened. The boys were playing with one of his guns, which went off killing the boy. Dwyer got rid of the body to help protect his son. McDowell and Ortiz get Larry Tyner to tell them about what went wrong. He tells the tale of his self-improvement that was working until the events of that morning sent him back down into the gutter. He then admits to about two other rape-assaults he committed out of state. Sipowicz, Clark Jr. and Haywood also hear the story of the shooting from Dwyer's son. With the case closed, Catherine Lowe comes to retrieve her boyfriend, who Sipowicz is going to let out of the assault charge. Later that evening, Clark Jr. and Ortiz meet with Clark Sr. for dinner. When Clark Jr. steps away for a few moments, Clark Sr. tells her about their rough patch and also that he does love his son. At an amusement park, Theo rides the merry-go-round by himself, as Andy tells Connie that he wants to make her Theo's legal guardian and also that Theo wants to call her "Mommy". They discuss the issue, which leads to kiss and then another. Connie invites Andy to have dinner at her apartment alone the following evening. With Theo's ride over and cotton candy in hand, Andy, Connie and Theo head for home.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

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Joe Spano

    Joe Spano

    Det. John Clark Sr.

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    Austin Majors

    Austin Majors

    Theo Sipowicz

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