NYPD Blue

Season 9 Episode 18

Less is Morte

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 16, 2002 on ABC
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Clark Jr. readies himself for next week's fight with Laughlin. Sipowicz meets with Rodriguez and tells him what Martens told him. Sipowicz leaves promising to be in touch. Sipowicz and company start investigating an armored car robbery, where one of the drivers was killed when one of his drivers gets into a shootout with the three criminals. Clark Jr.'s informant, Julian Pisano is brought in to see if he's heard anything about the armored car robbery. Before he tells them anything, he wants them to see if they can recover his video equipment for his "Guys Gone Nuts" videotape. They tell him about the reward and he mentions a guy who was looking for a shotgun. McDowell and Ortiz start looking into the death of a woman whose body was found in a garbage truck. Sipowicz tells Clark Jr. about his upcoming vacation plans and then they talk about his relationship with McDowell. Then they spot Julian seemingly playing on the other side of their case. McDowell reports to their interim squad commander, Lt. Shanley, about the status of their case, when Shanley makes some improper moves and tells her she shouldn't be so tense. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. stop Julian and find out from him that he was only in there to find out further information to give them. He mentions that the guy they are looking at, Vinny Prioli is looking for a no questions asked doctor and Julian gave him the name of one. The NYPD surrounds the house that Prioli went into. They don't find the injured suspect and when they get Prioli back to the house, he hasn't got anything to say. McDowell and Ortiz interview their victim's husband. He tells them about his wife's friend, who had convinced her to lose weight and get out and live life. They then talk to this woman, who upon hearing about her death; tells them that the woman was seeing someone, but she didn't know any details. Sipowicz meets with Martens and they make a deal, Sipowicz will handle something for Martens if Martens will start telling him how "Fraker isn't perfect." The detectives decide they need to visit Julian's doctor, but first Sipowicz has to take some lost time to look into the information that Martens gave him. McDowell and Ortiz go back to revisit their victim's friend, only to find her dead with gunshot wounds of the same caliber. Sipowicz confronts Fraker and tells him about what went on with Rodriguez all those years ago and then he mentions knowing about the Captain's new up and coming detective that he took to Atlantic City. Did Fraker's wife and kids want to know about that? He tells him to back off Rodriguez and he can go romp with his new detective all he wants. Julian is brought back into reveal the name of his doctor; he is reluctant to give it up. For $2000 by the end of the day, he gives it up. McDowell has another encounter with Shanley and he mentions if she makes a beef, he's got a lot of friends on the job; she tells him that she'll just punch him in the face. The doctor is brought in and admits to caring for someone with a gunshot wound. They eventually get an address out of him and they go to the apartment. They find the gunshot victim there. The anxious wife gives them the name of the third party. Rodriguez meets with Fraker who dismisses the charge against him, but Fraker mentions that he will be keeping an eye on him. McDowell and Ortiz interview the man who tells them about Jose and what went down with their robbery. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk to the third party in their case. He agrees to give it all up for a deal. Rodriguez returns to his office. McDowell and Ortiz interview Jose, who lawyers up. Julian gets his money, but is worried that it might all track back to him. Clark Jr. continues his training with Jones and Medavoy. Ortiz stops by dropping of a pizza for them and Ortiz drops off a pizza for them. Rodriguez comments on the days events and Sipowicz tells not to go poking it with a stick, he is back where he belongs.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+ ]

    Thomas Mills

    Thomas Mills

    Captain Billings

    Guest Star

    Joe Marinelli

    Joe Marinelli

    Gene Greaves

    Guest Star

    Lester James Brandt

    Lester James Brandt

    Jose Carrera

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

    Recurring Role

    Lenny Venito

    Lenny Venito

    Julian Pisano

    Recurring Role

    Casey Siemaszko

    Casey Siemaszko

    Pat Fraker

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      • The plot of this episode bears a striking resemblance to season one's "From Hare to Eternity": A corrupt captain is unfairly persecuting the squad's lieutenant until Andy steps in and uses some dirt he has on the captain to get him to back off for the moment (thereby becoming an enemy of the captain's in the long run).

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