NYPD Blue

Season 11 Episode 5

Keeping Abreast

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Oct 21, 2003 on ABC
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John is surprised by an early morning visit from Jennifer. Sometime later that morning he and the other detectives are on the scene of a homicide when Russell joins them on the scene. The homicide they caught matches a case she had three weeks earlier. When a piece of evidence is found that helps to link their cases, she decides to stay and participate in their investigation. Jones meets with Michael Woodruff and Michael tells him that he has told his father about their get togethers, but he hasn't told him where he is currently living. Back at the squad Russell runs down her case, which matches their homicide almost exactly. The detectives talk with a bartender and the owner of the bar where the victim was last seen. Word had begun leaking out about the similarity of the cases; the press and 1PP are taking an interest, increasing the pressure for the squad to close the case. Russell leaves to take an important call. Jones and Medavoy respond to the scene of a possible arson, the officer on the scene tells him that a homeless witness told him about seeing a young blond haired boy. The homeless witness is now on the way to the hospital to be treated for his burns. The owner of a bodega across the street comes over to tell the detectives that he has video of a kid that he had sold a lighter to 30 minutes before he heard the fire trucks. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell talk with man who was dating the victim. He tells them that he went by her apartment that night; only he confesses that he wasn't able to actually see her. Evidentially that wasn't enough to make him suspicious. Russell has to leave the investigation for about an hour for an appointment. McDowell and Ortiz talk with the woman that their victim went to the "Time Bar" with. She tells them what the victim had told her about a man she had sex with on the night she died, one key detail the victim mentioned was that the man she was with had a tiny penis. Jones and Medavoy talk with boy (and his parents) that was caught on the bodega video. The boy denies any knowledge of the fire and his mother vouches for his whereabouts at the time of the fire. McDowell and Ortiz talk with one of the waitresses from the club, but the information she offers them doesn't look like it will amount to much. Russell's appointment is with a doctor, who has confirmed her suspicion about the lump in her breast. Now they have to begin the test to see how invasive it may be. Jones and Medavoy talk to the homeless survivor of the fire. He tells them that he actually saw two kids on the scene. The detectives check into the waitresses' information, one item might lead to something, the liquor reps name matches a name the victim told to her girlfriend. Russell returns to the squad and Rodriguez lays down for her the rules about working in his squad. After Russell goes off on the boss, Sipowicz tries to talk with her, but she doesn't open up her problem. He wants her to get with it, or get off of the case. Jones and Medavoy go back to talk with the kid and play him such that they get the name of the other kid that was seen with him. Sipowicz, Clark and Russell talk with the liquor rep, who admits to having gone home with the victim and having sex with her. When Russell (who's got a lot on her mind at the moment) steps over the line--it brings their questioning to a halt when he "lawyers up." Jones and Medavoy talk with the other boy and he tells them that his friend's mother is crazy, that it was she who put them up to lying about their involvement with the fire and she destroyed the videotape they took of the fire in their fireplace. Jones and Medavoy got back the home to encounter the mother. Medavoy finds evidence of the videotape in the fire. When they go to arrest the mother for obstruction and the son for arson the mother gets very verbally and physically abusive on her son. Back at the squad, they report to Rodriguez that the mother and her son are awaiting the arrival of their attorney. Meanwhile the other detectives are still waiting for a break in their case; perhaps when the story hits the papers in the morning something will turn up. The squad plans on staking out the "Time Bar" that evening. Jones realizes that he has missed his appointment with Michael. He finds Michael at the basketball court and to get him to go to dinner with him, he must hit a three. Jones does, but as they are leaving Michael's father arrives. He tells Jones that he is not going to let his son "get turned into you." John and Jennifer rendezvous again that evening, but this time she wants to spice up their relationship by videotaping their lovemaking. He refuses but all she was looking for was something they could do different that he might not have done with any previous relationship. She leaves disappointed. At the "Time Club," Sipowicz and Clark observe Russell's arrival, which seems unusually animated. A little concerned, Sipowicz goes up to her and finds out that she has been drinking. She confesses to having one. Sipowicz leaves her after he's been "brushed off" for effect. When another man approaches her, he gets a glass of water in the face and Sipowicz intercedes and a small fight breaks out. Afterwards Diane tells Andy about her doctor's visit, not wanting any sympathy and wanting to keep her job (the only thing she's got right now) she doesn't want him to tell anyone, not even Connie. He offers to support her, the best that he can, throughout this crisis. Andy makes it home, battered and bruised from the fight. He tries to hide the fact that he knows more about Diane than he is letting on, but Connie doesn't believe it; she knows when she is being lied to.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+ ]

    Billy Kay

    Billy Kay

    Kurt Ackerman

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    Molly Hagan

    Molly Hagan

    Nancy Ackerman

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    John Gallagher Jr.

    John Gallagher Jr.

    Ray Spier

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Chandra West

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    Dr. Jennifer Devlin

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