NYPD Blue

Season 11 Episode 7

It's to Die For

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on ABC
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Clark, Ortiz and Russell are on the scene of a woman who's managed to survive an attack by the "Time Bar" killer. Lucy Wenner, the victim, tells them that two men were involved in her attack. She heard one of them mention that "Jimmy is gonna be pissed." The only James involved with the case that the detectives know is the "pain in the ass" owner of the Time Bar, James Carlin. They are going to talk with him, in the meantime Rodriguez reports back to the brass in his continuing effort to keep a task force from being formed. Jones and Medavoy arrive on the scene of the death of a mugger by an off duty cop named Trotter. They are told by Trotter that he was on the scene planning to meet one of his CI's named "Flossy" and that it was a "good shoot." They believe him, but need to ask all the questions. While awaiting the arrival of Carlin, Russell tells Sipowicz that her biopsy is in an hour. He tells her that she should talk with McDowell who wants to help. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell finally get to talk with Carlin, who tells them about his relationship with his business partner. Jones and Medavoy talk with "Flossy," Trotter's CI. He knew nothing about having any meeting with Trotter. Later in the squad room, John Irvin tells Jones and Medavoy that the area where their victim was killed is the location of an underground gay club. Russell confides her problem with McDowell and asks her to help her through the biopsy. Jones and Medavoy talk with Trotter about the gay aspect of the area where the shooting occurred. Trotter tells them that his CI picked the location for their meeting and lists a number of reasons why he might have lied about there being a meeting scheduled. Russell (with McDowell by her side) starts to ask her doctor a bunch of questions. Her doctor tells her that being over prepared for what is going on isn't necessarily a good thing right now. She needs to relax and let her perform the simple test that is needed right now. Sipowicz and Clark meet with Carlin's business partner who tells him that Carlin has been trying to dirty trick him out of the business. He also mentions that Carlin's driver/bodyguard has even tried to keep him out of a board meeting. Jones gets a call from Michael's foster mother; she tells him that Michael didn't show up for school today. "Flossy" shows up at the precinct, recanting his earlier statement that he didn't have an appointment with Trotter. They find out that "Flossy" talked with Trotter's partner, who convinced him to come back in. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell talk with Carlin's driver who claims to have never touched Carlin's partner. He tells them he knows nothing about the murders. The driver realizes the detectives are getting desperate, something the detectives later admits to. After he is gone, information comes in that the driver tried registering a gun under another name, which keeps them interested in him as a suspect, but first Rodriguez wants them to run Vaughn's picture in a photo lineup for this morning's victim, Lucy Wenner. Jones gets a call from Michael, who is at an arcade with his dad. Jones goes to the arcade and has a confrontation with Craig Woodruff, who likens Jones' character to that of TV's "Benson." Jones tries to advise Michael that hanging out with his father is only going to lead to trouble. Michael doesn't want anything to do with Jones, if he can't still see his father. Lucy Wenner is in the squad looking at a photo array. She isn't sure, since she didn't get a good look, but she does pick out the photo of Carlin's driver, Vaughn. While it's a shaky ID, they plan to bring Vaughn back in. Det. Givens comes in and tells Jones and Medavoy that his partner is gay and that he did tell "Flossy" to change his story. He's been covering for his partner, whose career on the job would be over if his sexual orientation got out. Vaughn is brought back in and does tell the detectives his whereabouts that morning and also that he isn't surprised by anything that Carlin has done. Jones goes to the pokey room and tries to have a "man to man" conversation with Michael's father. It ends with Jones telling Woodruff to stay out of his way, or he'll bury him. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell try talking with Carlin and his attorney. His attorney doesn't want Carlin to talk, but Carlin does when the detectives push his buttons. He doesn't offer them anything, but it is clear that both sides are frustrated by the progress of the investigation so far. Jones and Medavoy talk with Trotter about his private life, which they would like to help keep private, but too many things have screwed up their investigation. Hoping it will stay in the room, Trotter confesses that he was set to have an encounter with his shooting victim, when the victim try to mug him. Jones and Medavoy tell him they are going to have to run it by their boss. After conferring with Haywood, Rodriguez comes into the room with his detectives to tell Trotter that they'll be able to keep his secret. Rodriguez also tells him (as his recent personal experience has reminded him) that every minor mistake (private and professional) he has ever made may come back to haunt him. At the end of the tour, Sipowicz talks with Jones about his treatment of Michael's father. Sipowicz suggests that he work to clear the case of the murder of Michael's mother. If the dad stays around for too long, Sipowicz believes that his father will try to deal with the problem of his son knowing his guilt and hanging out with a cop is going to get the better of him. Later at the Sipowicz/McDowell home, Andy comments to Connie that it is nice that Michelle is getting old enough to go to sleep easier. Connie finally breaks the news to Andy that she is pregnant. He is initially confused given her previous medical history, but in the end is delighted.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+ ]

    Tina Holmes

    Tina Holmes

    Lucy Wenner

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    Sonny Marinelli

    Sonny Marinelli

    Det. Lyle Trotter

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    Federico Castelluccio

    Federico Castelluccio

    Brian Vaughn

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Cyrus Farmer

    Cyrus Farmer

    Craig Woodruff

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    Michael Reilly Burke

    Michael Reilly Burke

    James Carlin

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