Gibson calls Sipowicz into his office; Sipowicz has been transferred to Missing Persons at the morgue. Sipowicz accuses Gibson of not having the spine that he once told him he would need to have when it came time to do something about Hatcher. Sipowicz grabs an empty box out of Gibson's office and uses it to clear off his desk, while he is telling the others about the supposed man-power redeployments that have caused his transfer. Hatcher doesn't seem as surprised by this turn of events as the others. Sipowicz goes to see the Chief of Personnel and lodges his complaint about the Chief's nephew, who he says doesn't belong on the job. He tells him that he has been protecting a bad cop. The chief doesn't want to listen, so Sipowicz leaves and reports to the morgue, where he meets Det. Wally Dorland, a sixteen year veteran of the morgue assignment. Back in the 15th precinct Clark and the others start to work the homicide of a woman who was purported to be a therapist. They find evidence that she was a dominatrix. In midst investigation Clark gets a call from Sipowicz, who he meets on the street and they talk strategy. Sipowicz meets again with Hatcher's old partner Garrity, who gives him some files and names of old informants. He tells him about the lack of investigation of the death of his partner's wife. Back at the squad Hatcher tries to give the other detectives some information about their case, but they seem otherwise occupied. Hatcher talks with Clark, who plays up to Hatcher and agrees to be his partner after Sipowicz has had some time to cool down regarding his transfer. Medavoy and Jones interview another dominatrix that their victim worked for a month ago. Her slave (a criminal defense attorney) gives her an alibi. Sipowicz has Clark helping him go through the list of Hatcher's old informants. Intrigued Dorland offers to help him look through the remaining files; meanwhile Clark has left to follow up with one those informants. That informant tells Clark about one of Hatcher's other informants, someone who was arrested a lot, but never served any time. Sipowicz goes to talk to that old informant, who he tells that they are investigating the death of Hatcher's wife from a different direction. He in turn gives Sipowicz another name, that of Emilio Juarez. Following up on some of their victim's recent e-mails, Medavoy and Clark talk to a former client of their victim, Kenneth Welkos. He thought he was going to be seeing her socially and was surprised when she billed him that is why he sent her the e-mails. Sipowicz talks with Juarez, who after some assurance from Sipowicz that he will get some help with his own case, tells him about Frankie Lawrence, one of Hatcher's boys who once all of a sudden had a wad of cash, not too long after the death of Hatcher's wife. Sipowicz goes to find this man, but his bitter mother tells him that her son is dead (he died three months ago from drugs) and safe from the continual harassment from cops. Back at the squad Medavoy is still questioning the logic of Sipowicz transfer. Ortiz finds that Welkos, the man that Medavoy and Jones talked to earlier had a parking violation last night near the victim's home. Clark tells Gibson that he is going out to follow up on an old case, but before he leaves Hatcher tells him he wants to talk with him. Hatcher tells Clark that he has heard from one of his old informants that Sipowicz has been asking about him and the death of his wife. Hatcher wants to know where Clark stands in his relationship to him and he also tells him to warn Sipowicz that there are lower places he can go in the department. At the morgue, Clark tells Sipowicz that Hatcher is onto him. Dorland comes up with the name Jerry Toback, a guy that Frankie Lawrence knew who has experience with ordinance. Sipowicz and Clark go to talk to Jerry Toback, who wants a guarantee that his involvement in this case can be minimized. Sipowicz, Clark, Gibson, Haywood and Martens interview Toback, but both Haywood and Martens tell them that they need more evidence before they can make anything stick against Hatcher. Sipowicz tells Gibson that they may need his help on this, but Gibson seems reluctant to help and go against the nephew of his golf partner. Medavoy and Jones reinterview Welkos, who when they show him evidence that his vehicle was in the area of the victim's apartment, confesses to her murder; however he claims he blacked out and doesn't know how he did it. Clark takes Hatcher into the pokey room, where Sipowicz is waiting. Sipowicz and Clark tell Hatcher what evidence they've uncovered, and that they want him to turn in his papers by the end of the tour. Hatcher tells them (and whoever is watching through the one way glass) to prove it and upon leaving he tells Sipowicz and Clark that they've made the biggest mistakes of their life. Behind the glass Gibson was watching along with Hatcher's uncle, the Chief of Personnel. Medavoy and Jones talk with Melkos' wife. They've determined that she drove the vehicle to the victim's home this morning. She tells them about her meeting with the woman who had put a spell over her husband. They tell her that her husband had confessed to the crime, and unless she tells them something different, he is going to be charged with the crime. The woman tells them what happened between her and the dominatrix that wraps up the case nicely. Sipowicz is sitting at his desk (just visiting he says) when Hatcher comes into the squad, telling everyone that he's put in his papers, as a new security job has come through for him. Sipowicz returns to the morgue and thanks Dorland for his help, calling him a good cop and offering to help him get out of his current job. Dorland declines the offer, liking his current situation. Sipowicz returns to the squad room and he and Gibson agree that Gibson let him down, but together they will work it out. Sipowicz unpacks his box, stating that he's not going anywhere.moreless
Just caught this in a rerun on TNT. A pretty strong episode. I feel like we see Sipowicz in the convincing tough cop mode that he was in the first two or three seasons and off and on since then. The jump from lead to lead felt more the result of Sipowicz's detective brain working than just rote this-follows-that which can sometimes happen. Some good insight into Sipowicz's character. He's angry and resentful but controlled, one big difference from who he was in the early seasons. There's a nice subplot involving Det. Dorland, the cop who works in the "morgue" with Sipowicz, who after years of being pretty much out of the game decides to help him out. The show again deals with the issue of dirty cops -- something it has never shied away from -- and as usual does it well. I haven't seen the episodes leading up to this but William Winter is solidly despicable as the dirty cop. The second story, involving dominatrixes, is interesting enough with some humor and some drama. Overall, a really good episode.moreless
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