NYPD Blue

Season 12 Episode 3

Great Balls of Ire

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 12, 2004 on ABC
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The detectives are on the scene of ex-con Lester Byrd's homicide when Sipowicz receives a call from his wife telling him that Theo didn't arrive at school this morning. Sipowicz leaves the scene and arrives at the school to find that Theo has shown up. He finds out from Theo that he was met by a man who said he was a friend of his dad, the man had a detective shield and exhibited knowledge of recent events in their lives. The man took Theo for a half hour ride. Back at the squad, Bale introduces his new movement log policy and he puts John Irvin in charge. The detectives run the case by Bale. Sipowicz arrives and Bale magnanimously lets him not charge his morning's activity to lost time. Sipowicz asks to be off the case for the day, citing that Jones can work the case with Clark. Sipowicz wants to catch up on his paperwork and Bale allows him to do this, but says that he is not setting a precedent. Theo's guardian Anna comes into the squad and he questions her about what happened this morning. He presses her had, testing her to she if she has any involvement. He winds up bring her to tears, but he now knows that she's not involved. Jones and Clark interview Drew DeRoche about his relationship with Lester Byrd. He tells them about a woman who was making Byrd's parole hard, Hilary Blair. She turns out to be one of Byrd's rape victims. In their case against Byrd, DNA test was made inadmissible when the tests went bad, which significantly reduced his sentence. Sipowicz, who didn't sign the log, finds Hatcher and asks him what he was doing at 8:00 AM. Hatcher denies having anything to do with Theo's morning ride. He tells Sipowicz he is "ready for the rubber room." Sipowicz returns with his old files. He enlists Medavoy's help in running some names from old cases that might have a vendetta against him. Clark and Jones interview Hilary Blair about her connection with Byrd. She shows no remorse for the death of their victim and she tells them the story of Byrd's raping of her. Murphy tracks down a web posting of someone who wanted to kill Lester Byrd. She's contacts the provider, but knows they aren't going to get the user's real name until they get a subpoena. Clark goes talk with Sipowicz, who tells him about Theo's brief kidnapping. Clark wants to help, but John Irvin interrupts, Det. Clark has some visitors. Two of his lady friends from the bar scene, Kelly and Angela, stop by; they want to get the tour of the squad that he promised them. Murphy and Ortiz talk with Eliza Todd about her rape by Lester Byrd and her feelings about their victim. Todd doesn't give them a substantial alibi for her whereabouts in the morning. Sipowicz finds Fraker, who is working in a bar these days, also doesn't know anything about Theo's morning ride. Fraker has an alibi but he reminds him that "what goes around, comes around. Think about it." Medavoy finds a name of someone in one of Sipowicz's old case files, someone who was paroled three years ago and as of two years ago was living in Sipowicz's neighborhood. Murphy finds out from the provider that Eliza Todd made the web posting. Clark and Jones bring her in and interview her about her writing. The postings make reference to a gun, and she tries to keep the detectives from finding the gun she owns. She admits to owning the unregistered gun and tells them where to find it. Bale wants them to prosecute her for the weapons charge, if they can't get her for the murder. Murphy tries to make her case for the woman, when Ortiz interrupts with a lead for them to follow. Murphy is annoyed by her interruption. They go to the bar where Lester Byrd was drinking last night. The bartender tells them that Byrd was there arguing with another man. Jones and Clark interview Steve Pines, who tells them about Drew DeRoche and the hold he has over his nephew Ben's safety in prison. While they wait for Drew DeRoche to return home, Clark and Jones decide to visit Ben Pines for more background on DeRoche. Clark and Jones talk with Ben Pines, who tells them about Drew DeRoche and his relationship with their victim, they were lovers in prison. They go back to confront Drew DeRoche about his relationship with Lester Byrd and eventually breaks down and confesses to the murder. Murphy tries to get Bale to let Eliza Todd off of the weapon's charge. She shows her annoyance with Ortiz for not backing her up. Clark tries to talk to Sipowicz about his problem; he wants to help. Sipowicz tells him that he can't trust him until he gets his head on straight. Bale comes out of his office, angry with Ortiz; because of something she wrote in her 5s on the weapons charge, the DA is not going to be able to pursue their prosecution. Ortiz tells him that she made a mistake. Bale tells her and the other detectives that they are only allowed one mistake, and she has used hers up. Still angry Bale reminds Sipowicz that he didn't see any of the paperwork that was being caught up on. Sipowicz tells him that some personal business came up and Bale replies by telling him today will be charged against lost time. Tomorrow Sipowicz will work cases and get that paperwork done. Murphy likes what Ortiz did for Eliza Todd; she asks Ortiz if they can start their working relationship over. At the Sipowicz home, Theo tells his dad about his nightmare and they talk about the morning's event. Andy tells Theo that the man who took him for a ride this morning was a friend who was playing a joke.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+ ]

    Bob Koherr

    Bob Koherr

    Drew DeRoche

    Guest Star

    Kristen Shaw

    Kristen Shaw

    Eliza Todd

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    James Avery (I)

    James Avery (I)

    Steve Pines

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Austin Majors

    Austin Majors

    Theo Sipowicz

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    Scott William Winters

    Scott William Winters

    Stan Hatcher

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