NYPD Blue

Season 9 Episode 17

Gypsy Woe's Me

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 26, 2002 on ABC
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Andy and Theo discuss their upcoming trip to Disney World, but Theo tells him that if Connie's not coming, then he's not going. At the scene of the day's case, the detectives follow up on a report that a cab was seen leaving the scene. When the cab's plates are run, it is revealed to be Ryan Lipe, the cab driver that helped them out on the baby shooting case a few weeks earlier. Also at the scene, Officer Laughlin asks Clark Jr. about Ortiz's dating status, to which he is reminded that Ortiz just buried her husband a week earlier and that he might want to remove his wedding ring before he starts hitting on her. Ryan Lipe is brought in and Sipowicz and Clark Jr. question him; Lipe claims that the shooting was in self defense. After the interview, Sipowicz asks John Irvin about whether he had made any attempt to talk with his father, to which John tells him about his attempt to talk with his father. An old friend of Rodriguez's stops by to ask him for a favor, looking into a situation that his son was in. Rodriguez agrees to look into it; his friend then tries to leave him an envelope of money, which Rodriguez gives back to him, telling him that as a friend he was going to look into it. Jones and Medavoy have been sent to investigate the beating death of a man outside of a bar; the victim's companion, who a witness, reports was beaten down by a large black man. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. along with Haywood and Rodriguez decide that Ryan Lipe can be let go, since they don't have enough to hold him on at this point. In the precinct lobby, Laughlin makes a play for Ortiz, which Clark Jr. comments on as he's leaving the house. Jones and Medavoy interview their witness, an ex-boxer who denies that he killed the guy he's been hanging around with lately, who was an ex-ballet dancer. The ex-boxer was acting as a companion for the victim. Rodriguez starts to follow up on the favor. The man he interviews says that if there is some financial consideration, he might be willing to compromise. Rodriguez starts smelling the rat squad and leaves. Andy finally tells Connie about Theo and his Disney World demand and she offers to come along. Ballistics comes back on Lipe's gun, two more bodies are found on it from the previous month. John's sister stops by to talk, which John tells her he just can't do right now. She is able to tell John that his father would like to talk with him. Ryan Lipe is brought back in and they tell him about the other shootings, which he attributes to the further conspiracies of the NYPD against him. Lipe finally tells them that he bought the gun off of a fare. Rodriguez talks to his friend about the favor and the money. Rodriguez then uncovers the wire his friend is wearing. IAB comes in and puts Rodriguez under suspension. Fraker tells Rodriguez that his failure to report the bribe attempt is a violation of department policy. Rodriguez feels like the "whole thing played out more like a personal vendetta." Jones and Medavoy interview the large black man that was called an ape; but he only admits to slapping the victim. Meanwhile, McDowell and Ortiz interview a woman who saw the beating outside the bar. She tells them the large black man did slap the guy once, but it was the victim's companion who had knocked him down to the ground. Clark Jr. finds out there was a witness in one of the previous shootings with Lipe's gun, so he goes to interview her. Back at the squad the detectives have been wondering what's going on with Rodriguez, when he comes back to the squad to clear out his stuff. Rodriguez tells them that IAB has a groundless case against him, but that he's clean and that the department is sending them a replacement. Sipowicz probes further, but gets nothing from Rodriguez. Jones and Medavoy re-interview their victim's companion, who finally tells them that the victim had accused him of being a "bigger fairy than he ever was," when he didn't punch the black guy who slapped his companion. His retaliation to that comment was to punch his companion. Laughlin challenges Clark Jr. to fight him in the precinct's smoker, a charity boxing match. Clark Jr. reiterates his position on Laughlin's need to layoff of Ortiz. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. re-interview Ryan Lipe, who they tell about the witness to one of the earlier shootings. They try to help him to get his story straight, while he still has a chance of being heard. The detectives discuss what's happening with Rodriguez and agree to keep in touch if they hear anything. Ortiz, who's already heard about the fight, talks with Clark Jr. who says it's no big deal. Ortiz says that someone standing up for her is a big deal and she thanks him. John stops by the hospital to the visit with his father, who says he is on his death bed. Together they finally come to understanding. Sipowicz meets with Martens, to find out what the story is with Rodriguez and Fraker. From what Martens knows, years ago in undercover narcotics, Rodriguez had made a report that wound up getting Fraker assigned to the rat squad.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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+ ]

    John Billingsley

    John Billingsley

    Ryan Lipe

    Guest Star

    John Diehl

    John Diehl

    Joe Brady

    Guest Star

    Cheryl White

    Cheryl White

    Delia Irvin

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark

    Bill Clark

     

    Recurring Role

    Austin Majors

    Austin Majors

    Theo Sipowicz

    Recurring Role

    Casey Siemaszko

    Casey Siemaszko

    Pat Fraker

    Recurring Role

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