NYPD Blue

Season 10 Episode 9

Half-Ashed

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 26, 2002 on ABC
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Sipowicz and Clark Jr. are on the scene of the death of a caseworker in child services, it's not clear whether she committed suicide or was the victim of foul play. The uniforms on the scene and back at the house have copped an attitude towards the detectives; it seems that those officers who had admitted to their relations with the auxiliary cop are going to be questioned by IAB. Both Sipowicz and Clark Jr. deny to them that they contacted IAB. With murder a possibility, the detectives receive the dead caseworker's files to begin sorting through. An old member of the squad's widow, Ruth Dwyer comes in to talk with Sipowicz about her husband's last wish, which was to have half of his ashes buried or spread somewhere at the 15th squad. He agrees to try and help her out after he runs it by the boss. Rodriquez isn't comfortable with the notion and plans to run it by building services and in the meantime, Sipowicz is going to talk to Eddie Gibson, who might better remember Dwyer because Sipowicz doesn't. Medavoy and Jones start one of the many interviews of parents who were dissatisfied with the caseworker, as she had their child (or children) removed from their home. This first parent, whose behavior they don't like, surprises them by telling them that he and his wife regained custody of their children, despite the victim. They later contemplate with Haywood whether they can do anything about that situation. Andrew Taylor comes to talk with Rodriguez about his relationship with his ex-wife, Angela, which of course is also Rodriguez's ex-wife. Taylor tells him about his missing BMW and how he believes that she stole it recently for her cocaine habit. McDowell and Ortiz talk with another disgruntled parent, this one is HIV positive, as is her daughter. Medavoy and Jones talked with another disgruntled parent and he wants a lawyer to make sure the system doesn't railroad him again. The case files are depressing to the detectives. Rodriguez reports that building maintenance will not allow the ashes to be spread at the squad, due to health code violations. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. encounter Laughlin in the lobby on their way out to pick up a disgruntled parent who hasn't returned their calls. Laughlin makes accusations which Sipowicz denies and tells him and the uniforms they had nothing to gain from it and if there are anymore comments, they will be taking it outside. McDowell and Ortiz talk to a father, Richard Webb, whose liberated sexual values had gotten his son taken away. This man shows no remorse, but a little smirk when he hears about the caseworker's death. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. have their talk with a man who they were waiting for the call back from. The detectives are only a quarter of the way through the files and everyone seems like a suspect. Dwyer's widow returns to find out if anything can be done with her husband's ashes. They regret to inform her that they can't do anything at the squad; Sipowicz offers an alternative that the widow rejects. McDowell and Ortiz talk with yet another disgruntled parent. The ME rules against suicide for the caseworker, Sipowicz finds out that the gun used was part of a shipment of guns that ATF is trying to track down. ATF tells them the name of a bartender that they can question. Martens from IAB stops by the squad and the detectives want to know where the uniforms got the idea that they ratted them out. Martens' denies that is was any of the cops that flipped, which only means it was an informant. Medavoy and Jones talk with another disgruntled parent, but this one has bipolar disorder, which makes for an interesting interview. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with bartender about ATF and the guns. The bartender wants them to show him the videotape. They get off on the wrong foot, but when they start over he relents and picks out a photo of the "idiot" he sold one of the stolen guns to the week before. Eddie Gibson shows up at the squad and Sipowicz fills him in on Paul Dwyer. Gibson tells them that Dwyer saved his life; he feels that they need to do right by Dwyer. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with their prime suspect, Richard Webb, who eventually tells them that he was the vessel that facilitated the victim's karma. Haywood tells the detectives that there is little they can do about that first father they interviewed; she was only able to ask that he be watched. The detectives are preparing to go home, when building maintenance shows up to fix a plumbing in the bathroom, Sipowicz gets on the phone to Dwyer's widow, while John Irvin goes to take of Theo. Tony talks with Angela about his encounter with her ex, the car and whether or not she is still using. She says it is not his car and she denies using; she's been in rehab, she does counseling and she's clean. At the Clark Sr. residence, John stops by to talk with father about IAB and the uniforms. He knows that his father is the only one that he told the story to; his father breaks down and confesses that he is the one that informed IAB. He tells of their threats against his pension and his son's career, he had to give IAB something. John wonders what they are going to do now. The widow Dwyer, Sipowicz and the maintenance man make sure that Paul Dwyer is a permanent part of the 15th squad. His ashes are mixed in the cement used in the bathroom tile.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

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    Det. Connie McDowell [ episodes 166-233, recurring from 163 ]

    Jacqueline Obradors

    Jacqueline Obradors

    Det. Rita Ortiz [ episode 182+ ]

    Elizabeth Tobias

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    Wendi Neels

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    Alexander Folk

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    Bill Osgood

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    Alysia Joy Powell

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    Ella Monroe

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