NYPD Blue

Season 12 Episode 4

Divorce Detective Style

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2004 on ABC
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Clark leaves his latest encounter's apartment, hoping to make it to work on time. The other detectives are already on the scene of the blunt force trauma homicide of artist Tracy Gilchrist and Clark (of course) arrives late. Annoyed with this, Sipowicz shuts Clark out of his interview of one of the victim's neighbor. She tells him that the victim worked as a phone sex operator. After the interview Clark tries to address the situation, but Sipowicz isn't listening. Back at the squad room, Sipowicz takes delivery of a package (of kiddie porn). When he signs his name, the FBI agent reveals himself and takes him to the coffee room, where his partner and Lt. Bale are waiting. With the recent pattern of harassment to back him up, Sipowicz and Bale get the FBI to drop their investigation. Clark leaves for court, he is testifying in the case against Steve McClintock. Scott Garvin and his attorney come to the squad to report the probable kidnapping of his son. Garvin has received a ransom call. Sipowicz, Medavoy and Jones listen Scott Garvin tell the story of his relationship with his son, someone he'd recently cut off financially. Murphy and Ortiz interview Lainie Rutter, Tracy's boss at the phone sex operation. She tells them that Tracy got involved with one her clients and they persuade her to give up the name of this client. Clark is on the stand testifying for ADA Munson, on cross examination the defense attorney brings up his relationship with Carly Landis, which Clark admits to happening that one time. Scott Garvin gets wired up for the ransom drop and Bale goes out on the stakeout with Sipowicz. In the car Bale notes to Sipowicz that his vehicle is past due for its service, he wants him to make sure it gets into the shop today. The ransom drop is made but the perp is allowed to get away, because Bale wants to follow protocol and not compromise the situation. Murphy and Ortiz talk with Barry Henning, Tracy's chief client and he goes over the nature of their relationship with them. Back at the squad room, Clark reports to Sipowicz that the testimony went well. Sipowicz goes into Bale's office after he hears that Bale has called in the cavalry. Bale is just trying to follow protocol; Sipowicz vents his frustration and tells Bale that if he wants him out of here he needs to make the call. Clark finds out that the kidnap victim had been making calls to the murder victim, Tracy Gilchrist. The name isn't familiar to Scott Garvin. A call comes in that a radio car has found Todd Garvin. Munson comes into the squad to talk with Clark and Sipowicz about the case against Steve McClintock. She tells them that Clark's credibility as a witness was comprised when he admitted to having slept with Carly Landis. Clark didn't think it was relevant, which is why he didn't tell Munson about it in their preparation for the case. Sipowicz is discouraged, but Clark isn't worried; he thinks the case can be made without his testimony, because "it's not big deal." Todd Garvin is brought into the squad. Murphy and Ortiz return to tell Bale that Henning will alibi out. He tells them try and link their victim to the kidnapping and surprisingly he tells them that anyway that want to proceed on their investigation is fine with him. Todd Garvin tells them about his relationship with his father, his kidnapping and the fact that the last place he saw his girlfriend was back at the bar. They tell him about the death of Tracy. Medavoy reports that the name "Sam Parks" that was scratched on Tracy's wall might tie to a Samantha Lewitis and a Parks Benton. The detectives sit on the apartment of Samantha Lewitis and grab up her and her boyfriend Parks Benton up with the ransom money on them. They bring them in, but when Sipowicz returns to the squad room, Bale calls him into his office to show him the listening device that was taken out of his car when it was being serviced. This explains how his stalker was able to talk to Theo about recent family events. Sipowicz wants to run with the investigation, but Bale tries to assure him that the proper people have been notified and are working it and he doesn't need to get personally involved. Sipowicz disagrees and manages to at least be allowed to hold onto the listening device. Parks Benton tells Jones and Medavoy that the kidnapping was setup by Todd Garvin. He also tells them about Samantha Lewitis's perception of his reaction when Tracy Gilchrist was demonstrating her phone sex technique. John Irvin reports to Sipowicz the legwork he's done on the listening device, there are 14 places in the city where that model can be purchased. Meanwhile, Murphy and Ortiz talk with Samantha Lewitis, who confirms the faking of the kidnapping and when pressed about Tracy confesses to killing the "artsy-fartsy college girl" who makes money having sex on the phone. Sipowicz and Clark go back at Todd Garvin, who admits to faking the kidnapping; explains his relationship with his father and expresses regret for the death of his girlfriend. Scott Garvin is brought up to speed on the status of his son's case. Sipowicz gets a call from Munson; the murder charges against McClintock have been dropped. Clark tries to play it off, but the disgust on Sipowicz's face is obvious. Sipowicz tells Clark he doesn't want to work with him anymore. Clark thinks he has a holier than though attitude. Clark tells him that they are going to get a divorce and that he should "drop dead!" Clark leaves and a distraught Sipowicz returns to his desk. He calls Connie to see if she can get someone to watch the kids, so that she can pick him up from work. He's afraid that if he tries to drive himself home, he'll stop for a drink.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 ]

    Bonnie Somerville

    Bonnie Somerville

    Det. Laura Murphy [ season 12 ]

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Det. John Clark Jr. [ season 9+ ]

    Jacqueline Obradors

    Jacqueline Obradors

    Det. Rita Ortiz [ episode 182+ ]

    John de Lancie

    John de Lancie

    Scott Garvin

    Guest Star

    Joshua Leonard

    Joshua Leonard

    Todd Garvin

    Guest Star

    Lisa Banes

    Lisa Banes

    Atty. Calhoun

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

    Recurring Role

    Elizabeth Lackey

    Elizabeth Lackey

    ADA Lori Munson

    Recurring Role

    Ray LaTulipe

    Ray LaTulipe

    Josh Astrachan

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      • International Episode Titles:
        Czech Republic: Rozchod (Break-Up)

      • You can make out the titles of two of the magazines Det. Sipowicz receives, both of which are German. One is called "Uber Hosen", which should actually be "Überhosen", and makes no sense at all. The literal translation is "overpants", suggesting a tailoring reference. The second magazine is called "Kinder Wurst", again making no sense at all, with a literal translation of "children sausage". The term "Wurst" can also be translated as "poo", which might suggest a scatology reference. [Crondef]

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