NYPD Blue

Season 9 Episode 21

Dead Meat in New Deli

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 14, 2002 on ABC
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The detectives start investigating the robbery of deli, where the owner was killed. Back at the squad, Sipowicz has done some thinking this past week since the hostage situation. He wants McDowell to join him and Theo on their trip to Disneyworld, despite what others in the squad might think. So McDowell puts in her vacation request with Rodriguez. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. interview the son of their victim. Then they meet with Det. Frank Hughes from the robbery squad who tells them that he knows who their perp is, Terence Cates. A man comes to the squad to report that his sister may be in trouble. McDowell and Ortiz interview the man who reports that a priest wants a $1000 to get her out of trouble. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. bring in Terence Cates and Hughes tells them that the victim's son identified Cates from the mug book. They plan to interview Cates to find out for themselves. So there isn't any mystery, Sipowicz announces to the squad that he and McDowell are going to Disneyworld with Theo and if anyone wants to bust their balls, they'd better do it now. Rodriguez says "have a good time." Sipowicz and Clark Jr. start interviewing Cates, who claims that he "didn't do no murder." McDowell and Ortiz discuss relationships as do Medavoy and Jones, while they stakeout the rendezvous with the priest. Their recording off the payoff goes bad, when a passing garbage truck obscures their sound. Back at the squad, Det. Hughes almost taints the lineup ID of Cates, by the victim's son. The priest is brought in and is exposed for being a fraud. He tells them about the girl's need to pay off a debt. A fingerprint is found on a pack of cigarettes left on the counter at the deli, that lead to another possible suspect, so Sipowicz and Clark Jr. go back to the son to reconfirm his story, which he does, leaving them with something more to ponder. The other detectives locate the sister who may have put the "priest" up to con. Sipowicz tells Hughes about their fingerprint. They also find out that the victim's son didn't make the 911 call from the deli; he did it from two blocks away. They re-interview the son, who picks out their real suspect, the one whose fingerprint they found. McDowell and Ortiz interview the sister, who is worried that her brother might find out what she's been doing. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. locate their new suspect and they bring him in for questioning. He is less than cooperative. McDowell and Ortiz reunite the brother with her sister, and then she tells them her story, which essentially has her as a sex slave to the owner of the massage parlor. The massage parlor owner also implicates the "priest", who offers up them up some names. Haywood tells them that their witnesses recanting of his previous ID and a new ID in the same day isn't going to hold up. They find out that their suspect's brother was also at the scene, and they use that information to get their suspect to flip. Det Hughes, missing for most of the day, finally shows up back up at the squad, only to have his balls busted by Sipowicz. Later that night, John and Rita further consummate their relationship and Andy and Connie try to help Theo pack.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+ ]

    Lillo Brancato Jr.

    Lillo Brancato Jr.

    Gary Montaneri

    Guest Star

    Ramón Franco

    Ramón Franco

    Enrique Lopez

    Guest Star

    Ana Ortiz

    Ana Ortiz

    Luisa Lopez

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Austin Majors

    Austin Majors

    Theo Sipowicz

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    Ray LaTulipe

    Ray LaTulipe

    Josh Astrachan

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