Connie prepares for the hearing that will let her obtain custodial rights to Michelle. She mentions the fact that the question of home status came, that is "not being married." Andy wonders if that is something they should talk about, but thinks again and changes the subject. The detectives respond to scene of the death of an African man (the third in 6 months). One of the other residents of the building exchanges a few words with Sipowicz. No one at the scene is cooperative, except a uniform at the scene who tries to help out to much. They get into the victim's apartment, where they find his wife screaming and bleeding from her arm. At the hospital the detectives find out the status of the victim, she will be able to leave the hospital and come down to the squad for questioning. Clark is caught flirting with the attractive doctor who is caring for victim's wife. Both Ortiz and Sipowicz are witness to this event. Clark seems oblivious to the fact that anything happened. Jones talks with Haywood about her stalker, as she hasn't had any hang up calls or heard from him in any other way. McDowell asks Haywood about the family court judge, who Haywood calls a straight shooter. McDowell and Ortiz talk with a waitress who tells them she is being stalked by a doctor for the past two weeks. They agree to have a talk with the doctor. Sipowicz goes into Rodriguez's office to talk about his need for some help getting a waiver for a friend who wants to move in with a co-worker. Rodriguez, who has not been blind to his detective's activities, is well aware of the situation of Sipowicz's friend but he agrees to help. At family court, McDowell and Sipowicz are surprised by the appearance of the parents of Frank Colohan. They are petitioning the court to take custody of the granddaughter Michelle. Back at the squad, the others help McDowell and Sipowicz make sense of what happened at family court. Attempts are made to contact Haywood, who's tied up in court. Medavoy suggest that they try contact the grandparents on their own. McDowell is willing to talk with them, even if their lawyer is present. The wife of the dead African man is brought into the squad, where Sipowicz and Clark begin to interview her, once they discover she actually can speak English. They ask her about the victim's brother, his activities and where they might find him. McDowell and Ortiz bring in Dr. Hale, who tells them that the waitress was one of his patients, and that he is a psychiatrist. Since the waitress had stopped seeing him, the doctor decided to go her workplace and check up on her. Clark gets a call from Dr. Devlin. Sipowicz and Clark have the victim's brother in for questioning and come to realize that despite his background, he hasn't done anything that would have put his brother's life in danger. Haywood tells McDowell and Sipowicz that the grandparent's lawyer is sharp and they need to be prepared for the fight. At another crime scene, one block from the morning's shooting, Sipowicz sees the body of the man he had words with at the scene that morning. No one at this crime scene seems anymore willing to help the detectives. Rodriguez leaves for the deputy commissioner's office to help start the waiver process, but before he leaves he tells the Sipowicz and Clark about a boy that their latest victim was trying to find since the morning's shooting. McDowell and Ortiz go to the visit the waitress at her restaurant, where they tell her what the doctor told them. One of the other waitresses confirms her story. Medavoy and Jones interview the 16-year-old boy named Josh from a white gang who tries to act like a streetwise punk. He isn't very convincing, even when he cops to the crime of shooting the African man. They convince him that he shouldn't outright cop to the crime, since as a 16-year-old he isn't the minor that he thinks he is. He changes his story and tells him that he was a witness to the crime that's only intent was to score points in their gang. He gives them the name of his accomplice. McDowell and Ortiz go to Dr. Hale's office and discover that the man they met earlier is not the doctor they are meeting now. They find out the man they met earlier is one of Dr. Hale's former patients and was dangerous in the past. Ortiz calls the restaurant and finds out the waitress left for home ten minutes earlier. McDowell and Ortiz meet Jones and Medavoy at the waitress's apartment, where they find the "doctor" is trying to help his patient. Sipowicz and Clark interview the other gang member, who cops to the crime so that he can score more points. Josh cops to his end of the crime and Sipowicz tells him this is his only break. Just as Sipowicz is in the midst of berating Josh's mother about not being aware of her son's activities, the Colohans and their attorney arrive at the squad. McDowell and Sipowicz meet with the Colohans and their attorney in the coffee room. McDowell tries to reason with the grandparents, the attorney is only interested in a deal. The battle begins as the grandparent's air what they know of Sipowicz (alcoholic) and McDowell's (child out of wedlock) past. Sipowicz warns them that they better be "perfect." The detective squad decides to start looking into the past of the Colohans for themselves. They have four days before their next appearance in family court. Rodriguez takes a call that Haywood was attacked in the hallway of her building. At the hospital Jones talks with her, Haywood didn't see anything, but it doesn't stop Jones from leaving right away and going to the apartment of Jerry Wells. Jones arrives with plans to get even for what he believes Wells did to Haywood. Unfortunately for Jones, Wells is at his apartment with his mother and his nieces and he claims he's been there all day. Jones has no choice but to leave the scene, when there is the threat of a video camera is made. At the Sipowicz/McDowell household, Andy and Connie strategize about their defense. He offers to marry her if need be, he also offers to leave if removing his baggage will help their case. Connie won't stand for the breaking up of their family.moreless
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