NYPD Blue

Season 10 Episode 14

Laughlin All the Way to the Clink

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 11, 2003 on ABC
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Laughlin All the Way to the Clink
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Sipowicz arrives on the scene of a homicide where Shannon and Laughlin are both present. Sipowicz requests that Laughlin leave the scene and Laughlin informs him that he is documenting all of the mistreatment he has been getting. When Laughlin leaves Shannon indicates to Sipowicz that he might have some information that will help out Clark Jr., but he reluctant to come forward as he is worried for his job. Shannon testifies before IAB about what he saw Laughlin do with the package of heroin. While Fraker wants to wait to further investigation, Haywood insists that he void Clark Jr.'s arrest now. The other detectives are on the scene of a murder of a community activist, who worked with female gang bangers. Jones and Medavoy talk with the victim's downstairs neighbor who has nothing but contempt for what his neighborhood has become. Ortiz encounters a gang banger who tells them her or her friends got nothing for them. Ortiz gives the banger her card anyway, as McDowell comes over to tell her that Laughlin is going to be arrested. Back at the precinct, much to his surprise, Laughlin is arrested. Sipowicz arrives at the cells to tell Clark Jr. that Laughlin has been taken care of and he is free; fortunately for him this all happened before the arraignment that would have put him into the system. Clark Jr. returns to the squad for a full day of duty. The female gang banger that mouthed off to Ortiz comes to the squad to give Ortiz and McDowell some information on someone they should look at for killing the activist. The banger named Drida Lopez tells them about "Shakedown;" someone who later turns out to not have been available to commit the crime. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. interview a man who at one time stayed at the home of the victim in Sipowicz's case. That victim was an older gentleman who enjoyed the company of men. This man denies being gay and but tells them about Idalo, an inmate at Rikers who set him up. Jones and Medavoy interview the downstairs neighbor Bosham who other neighbors report didn't like his activist neighbor. When Bosham realizes they are thinking that he did it, he laughs at them. He tells them he was at his mother's home in Nyack. Downstairs, a drunken John Clark Sr. is making a scene in the lobby telling everyone present that his son wasn't with IAB, he was. Clark Jr. comes downstairs and takes his father out the front door. Clark Jr. returns upstairs apologizing for his dad's behavior, then he leaves with Sipowicz to go to visit Idalo at Rikers. Jones and Medavoy interview Levar a man whose fingerprint was found in the activist's apartment. His alibi is that he was with his girl, Drida Lopez. At Rikers Sipowicz and Clark Jr. interview Idalo who tells them his relationship with their victim. He admits to having set departing inmates up with their victim. Sipowicz offers to help Idalo with a transfer to Sing Sing (which is closer to the city than his eventual destination Attica) for his cooperation. He declines the offer, saying the victim was good to him and he would just like help out in return, so he gives them the name of someone he says made contact with the victim without him being aware of it. McDowell and Ortiz reinterview Drida Lopez who says she just wants to stick up for her man, but she breaks down and tells them that her man wasn't with her last night. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. find the man that Idalo pointed them towards, but that man tells them he doesn't know anything and that he had a run in with Idalo when he was recently at Rikers. Jones and Medavoy go back at Levar who eventually gives up his guilt to them, but he asks if he can get a deferred prosecution. He tells them he got the key to the victim's apartment from her neighbor, who the detectives realize is Bosham. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. go back to Rikers to talk again with Idalo, who they know has played them. They know that their victim dropped the funding for Idalo's lawyer the night before his final hearing. They theorize one of the boys he sent to their victim didn't put out and that is why the funding was cut. They again offer him the Sing Sing deal, but he is happy with his pending transfer to Attica. Word comes into the squad about someone picked up for driving a car owned by the victim in Sipowicz and Clark Jr.'s case. McDowell asks Sipowicz if he wants to cook tonight, but he suggests takeout, to she retorts that they've had takeout four nights in a row (trouble in the Sipowicz/McDowell household?). Jones and Medavoy go back at Bosham and lead him into believe that Levar has implicated him in a murder plan. He confesses to them that he did make a key available to Levar, what Levar did with the key was up to him. He hopes he can just write up his side of the story and go home. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. interview the man caught with the victim's car. They know that he was recently let out of Rikers and probably knows Idalo, they tell him they will offer him a deal or Idalo a deal, whoever talks first. Idalo loses the deal, as the ex-con tells them all they know. Jones and Medavoy come back into the interview room and arrest Bosham on conspiracy to commit murder. At the end of the tour, outside the precinct Clark Jr. stops by to thank Shannon for his help in the day's events. Sipowicz goes back to Rikers to give Idalo the good news about his being given up by the ex-con that was doing to him a favor. Sipowicz tells him a story about favors, which ends with Idalo being transferred to a prison one half hour from the Canadian border (where no one will come to visit him). John's father stops by to talk with his son about the recent events. John tells his father that he hasn't been making good decisions lately. The drinking has got to stop and he would appreciate it if his father would stop looking out for him.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+ ]

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Timothy Bosham

Guest Star

Lizette Carrion

Lizette Carrion

Drida Lopez

Guest Star

Rolando Molina

Rolando Molina

Idalo Tavarez

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Bill Clark (V)

Bill Clark (V)

 

Recurring Role

Anthony Mangano

Anthony Mangano

Ed Laughlin

Recurring Role

Scott Allan Campbell

Scott Allan Campbell

Sgt. Jerry Martens, IAB

Recurring Role

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