The detectives are on the scene of what appears to be a gang killing. A new detective arrives at the scene; his name is Stan Hatcher, whose previous accomplishments include saving kids on a school bus. With his contacts he tells the others that he's heard someone made inappropriate comments to a leader of the Latin Kings. Sipowicz tells him to run with what he knows. The detectives return to the squad to find that Gibson has brought his obnoxious African Gray parrot. Hatcher tells the detectives what he's heard about the Latin Kings and leaves with Ortiz to find the leader. A man comes into the squad to report the "kidnapping" of his 15-year-old daughter. He tells them about an older boy that his daughter has been seeing. His attempts to get in touch with the boy (or his parents) Medavoy and Jones agree to look into what they define as more of a "runaway situation." Ortiz and Hatcher find "King Jazz" (Wilmer Lopez) leader of the Latin Kings. Hatcher seems to know the way to communicate to Lopez and Lopez tells him that any business they had with their victim's organization was already taken care of. Medavoy and Jones go the apartment where Charles Slocum lives (his parents are out of state). He tells them that he hasn't seen his girlfriend in two days. They search his home and turn up nothing. McDowell keeps trying to find information about Hatcher, with little success. John Irvin is bit by the parrot. Ortiz and Hatcher return and report on their talk with Lopez. Before their arrival a tip from a neighbor of the victim came in saying that the building superintendent (Lonnie Parker, a man with a criminal past) was seen leaving the scene after the shots were fired; Parker's son Calvin comes in to give the Sipowicz and Clark some background on his 65-year-old father. Jones and Medavoy talk to one of Carla's classmates, and she eventually tells the detectives that she knew Carla was pregnant and was planning on keeping the baby, although she wasn't sure that Charles Slocum was going to agree with the idea. Hatcher tells the detectives that in his old squad they used to do a "double-up" interview," where another set of detectives would conduct an interview of someone to see if they can get additional information. Sipowicz reluctantly allows him to talk with the super's son, but goes to observe the interview. Hatcher doesn't appear to gain any new insights, but he does lay out some known details about Latin Kings in the case to Calvin Parker. Calvin only reiterates that he doesn't want anything to do with his father. Medavoy and Jones reinterview Charles Slocum and when they begin to apply the pressure to him Charles tells them about a pact he had with Carla. With her being pregnant they both knew her father wouldn't approve of them being together, and they agreed to commit suicide together. When the time came for him to pull the trigger, he couldn't do it. He tells the detectives where they can find Carla's body. Medavoy and Jones go back at Charles Slocum about the fact two shells were found at the scene. Slocum denies killing Carla and setting up a "Romeo and Juliet" situation. Meanwhile McDowell can't find anyone with any information about Hatcher. Sipowicz can't believe that nobody wants to talk about this guy; "he's fine" is the only response that anyone seems to come up with. Lonnie Parker is brought in and questioned by Sipowicz and Clark about the shooting. He tells them he didn't know anything about the shooting and that he had no beef with the victim who was a new tenant in the building. He finally relents and tells them that he saw two Latin Kings with the victim that morning. As a result Ortiz and Hatcher bring Lopez in for a reinterview, but Hatcher's tough attitude with Lopez doesn't sit well with Ortiz, who warns Hatcher to not let it happen again. The detectives review e-mails between Charles Slocum and the victim. A phone dump also reveals that Calvin Parker had been talking with his father throughout the day. A TARU Tech drops of more information from Slocum's computer. Before the TARU Tech leaves, Sipowicz gets his attention and accompanies him down to the lobby. McDowell finds an e-mail that indicated that Slocum very likely had no intention of killing himself, since the day before he was to kill himself he was making plans to attend a concert next month. Medavoy and Jones confront him with this additional evidence. He tells them the only thing they can prove was that he failed to commit suicide. With his transport of the gun and assisting in the suicide he is looking at ten years at least. Sipowicz and Clark talk again with Calvin Parker about his father and he tells them that he did give his father some information (obtained from Hatcher) that would help him through his interview with the detectives. They show Calvin in custody to his father and Lonnie confesses to shooting the victim, who caused nothing but trouble in his building since he moved in. Haywood and the detectives tell Carla's bereaved father about his daughter's fate and what will probably happen to Charles Slocum. Hatcher knows that Sipowicz is the man in the squad and he wants to know if Ortiz is "stand-up" and going to cause him any trouble for the incident in the interview room. With a promise to observe the squad and not "double-up" interviews, Hatcher and Sipowicz agree to make a fresh start tomorrow; meanwhile, McDowell has found out that Hatcher is the nephew of the Chief of Personnel. After passing that information on she leaves for home and maternity leave. Sipowicz tells Gibson that he knows about his and Hatcher's relationship to the Chief of Personnel. He hopes that Gibson will have "the spine" to get rid of Hatcher when the time comes. After Gibson leaves, the TARU Tech returns to the squad with a device for Sipowicz. It is a tape recorder that Sipowicz sets by the parrot cage, where it will continually play the word "douche bag."moreless
Charlotte Ross leaves the show on maternity leave, according to an interview with her that appeared in Pregnancy magazine in Dec 2003. When or if she'll be back is unknown at this time. With the series renewed for a final season, let's hope she comes back so at the very least we can keep up with the goings on at the Sipowicz household.
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