NYPD Blue

Season 10 Episode 10

Healthy McDowell Movement

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Dec 10, 2002 on ABC
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The Sipowicz's have moved out of their apartment and Andy has sublet it to John Irvin, which will allow him to keep his same address with the department and avoid any "jackpots" with him and Connie living together. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. are at the scene of a vandalized apartment, where the victim is the father of the perpetrator, a schizophrenic. He doesn't want to press charges, but he'd like them to find his son Michael. McDowell and Ortiz get diverted to help out Jones and Medavoy, but before she leaves McDowell talks with Sipowicz about the layout of their apartment. Sipowicz is not giving up his fish and when he looks for some sympathy from Clark Jr., who's been strangely quiet this morning, he doesn't get any. Back at the squad, Rodriguez is trying to get hold of his ex-wife, who missed her breakfast appointment with him. Sipowicz confronts Clark Jr. about his lack of support and Clark Jr. tells him about his father and IAB. Sipowicz tells him they'll talk to Martens to see what they can do to get this worked out. Jones and Medavoy, and McDowell and Ortiz are on the scene of a homicide, where a woman was murdered in her apartment and a burnt videotape might hold a key to the crime. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. find Michael, the schizophrenic son, and bring him in. Rodriguez stops by Angela's apartment, to find her recovering from a night of booze and cocaine. He tells her that he's done, but she pleads with him for his help in getting straight. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with Michael, advising him of what will happen if he causes trouble for his father again. Near the end of their discussion with him, he says the phrase "she can't breathe;" they don't know what he means by it, he tells them it's a line from a song. The parents of the murdered woman come into the squad. They disclose to McDowell and Ortiz that their daughter was adopted and seemed predisposed to a life that will lead to trouble. When they both find out that she's dead, the mother is starting to have a breakdown, while the father wonders why they are asking them questions. Rodriguez reports that the lab has retrieved a frame from the videotape of the victim naked on her bed, the lab is trying to restore more frames. The Michael's father comes into the squad, reporting that his son had just attacked him. They tell him that they will find Michael and try to get him some help. Martens from IAB stops to by to talk to Sipowicz and Clark Jr. and from him they find out that the only way his dad might get out from underneath is to retire, right away. Despite the fact he doesn't like Laughlin, Clark Jr. asks Martens if there is anything that can be done to reinstate him. Jones and Medavoy interview the dead women's therapist, who does tell them that her patient was seeing an older man who was providing for her. Clark Jr. tells his father what he needs to do get out of his situation; he's made an appointment for his father to put his retirement papers in, tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM. Tony tells Angela that he's made arrangements for her to move into a clean living program. She tells him she will go and he tells her will take her there tonight. Photos from the videotape arrive, revealing the victim having sex with someone who'll become their prime suspect when they bring him in. Meanwhile, a woman who knows Michael comes in to talk with the detectives and perhaps give them a lead on finding him. She confirms with them that she has heard Michael say the phrase "she can't breathe." Rodriguez breaks into the interview to tell them that Michael was picked up vandalize his father's home again. Jones and Medavoy start their interview with their prime suspect, the victim's adopted father, who they show a photo of him having relations with his adopted daughter. His response is to lawyer up and stop talking. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. retrieve Michael and bring him back to the precinct. McDowell and Ortiz talk their prime suspect's doctor, who because of confidentiality will not give them anything. With the father and his doctor not talking, Rodriguez suggests that they have a talk with their suspect's wife, to see if she knows about the relationship and if that will give them anything further to work with. As the prime suspect's doctor is leaving, Sipowicz asks if he cares enough to help them with talking to Michael, who the detectives can't seem to get through to. The doctor agrees to help and with the two detectives they get Michael to indicate what he means by the phrase "she can't breathe." They realize that Michael witnessed his father smothering his mother to death, many years earlier. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. bring in Michael's dad to talk with him about the suffocation. Something he did to help relieve his wife from the pain of the terminal cancer she was battling. They tell him that they will talk to the DA to see what they can do, since they have to charge him with murder. McDowell and Ortiz talk with their prime suspect's wife about his relationship with her daughter. The woman breaks down when they tell they know about the phone calls to her from her daughter from the night before. She tells them her daughter showed her the videotape this morning and she struck her, not intending to kill her. Haywood listens to the detectives' information on Michael and his father and agrees that they should be able to work something out. Clark Jr. announces that his father is retiring and there will be a small gathering later that evening for those who are interested. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. (along with Michael's father) try to explain to him what his father did for his mother. Michael doesn't seem to get it right away, until he responds with a "she can breathe now." Tony stops at Angela's apartment to pick her up for her trip to rehab, but he doesn't find her there and she's not answering her cell phone. At the McDowell/Sipowicz residence, the boys are trying to move in; but Theo still isn't comfortable with the new arrangement.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+ ]

    Fred Koehler

    Fred Koehler

    Michael Cardillo

    Guest Star

    Gregory Itzin

    Gregory Itzin

    Martin Walsh

    Guest Star

    Sara Botsford

    Sara Botsford

    Helen Walsh

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Austin Majors

    Austin Majors

    Theo Sipowicz

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    Jessica Ferrarone

    Jessica Ferrarone

    Angela Lugo

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