Theo walks into bathroom on Connie, who's naked and getting ready to take a shower. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. arrive at crime scene, with Clark Jr. commenting to Sipowicz that he hasn't been able to get in contact with his father. At the crime scene, the detectives encounter Julian Pisano, the snitch who led them to finding Sorenson's body. Julian was shot in the arm, but heard his shooter also cry out in pain. Sipowicz asks him to go alphabetically through the list of people who would want to see him killed. He tells them about "The Dentist" a man he may have recently screwed over in a deal. They tell him to go to the hospital and stay there. Back at the squad, McDowell tells Ortiz about her encounter with Theo, which John Irvin overhears. McDowell asks Sipowicz how Theo was when he dropped him off at school. Sipowicz tells her that Theo insisted that he be dropped off at Hooters. Jones and Medavoy interview "The Dentist" who tells them about the bad deal he had with Julian, but denies wanting to kill him over it. McDowell and Ortiz respond to the scene of a robbery where a woman was conned out of $100 and insists on talking to a detective. The woman is insistent on having the detectives look into her case. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with Julian in the pokey room; he'd already left the hospital, despite them asking to stay. He tells them he was out trying to find information. He tells them about a man at the place where he wife used to work. That man had made some inappropriate comments regarding Julian's wife and his subsequent confrontation of that man, may have led that man to hire someone to kill him. A man comes into the squad telling the detectives that he caught the morning's shooting on videotape. He'll give it to him, as long as he can retain exclusive rights to the tape. The woman, whose case that McDowell and Ortiz are working, comes in with more information for the detectives. They take the woman up to anti-crime to look at mug shots. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. talk with the man, who they have on the videotape shooting Julian. He tells them that after he fired his gun, his back locked up on him. He also tells them that he was hired by Julian's wife and her lover to kill him. Rodriguez talks with McDowell and Ortiz about the status of their case; it seems their complainant has raised the profile of the case up to the Chief of Detectives. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. tell Julian about his wife and her lover's plot to kill him. He doesn't believe it. They try to get him to calm down enough to help them with their plan to capture his wife on tape confessing to setup the hit. At their complainant's apartment, McDowell and Ortiz find out about her from her neighbor. She had lost her son to a drunk driver, three weeks earlier. The detectives plan to fake Julian's death, so they can use the photos when they meet with his wife later. Jones and Medavoy are going to take Julian to an alley, where they will meet Sipowicz and Clark Jr., but first Clark Jr. wants to stop by his father's home to see if he can find out why his father has been out of touch. At his father's home he and Sipowicz find that his father has apparently committed suicide. Clark Jr. is shocked at this turn of events; Sipowicz calls it in and then looks around for cleaning supplies for the gun. Sipowicz talks to the 45 Supervisor and seems to convince him that the death was accidental, that it occurring during the cleaning of Clark Sr.'s gun. Ortiz arrives at the scene. Sipowicz comes back to the squad, pissed off about what Clark Sr.'s actions may have done to his son. John Irvin asks if there was a note, Sipowicz emphasizes the fact it was an accidental shooting. Sipowicz joins a cold Jones and Medavoy in the alley and tells them about Clark Jr.'s father and finds out that Julian is no longer with them. Sipowicz knows where to find Julian and does. He talks him out of shooting him; he gets him back to the alley where they stage his death. Back at the late John Clark Sr.'s home, Rita tries to help John deal with his father's death. The detectives prepare to capture Julian's wife on tape. Haywood tells them what she needs to hear on the tape to make sure Julian's wife and her lover go down for the crime. She also hears about the gun cleaning accident. Sipowicz meets with Julian's wife and shows him the pictures. He gets the money from her and gets her to confess to the crime and implicate her lover as well. Julian whose been listening in with Jones and Medavoy takes great delight in showing his wife that he is still alive after the detectives collar her. Back at the squad, Julian thanks the detectives for helping him out. The woman that McDowell and Ortiz were working with earlier in the day arrives at the precinct. McDowell asks the others for $20, so that she can give the woman the money and tell her that the perp ran off. Medavoy asks if they can do anything else to help sell her and she suggests one of them act as the boyfriend of the perp, who can then give her the money back. Julian Pisano, who is still in the squad room, volunteers as a token of his thanks. McDowell brings the woman into the room, where Julian acts instead as the perp's husband. The woman accepts the money and then gets off her chest was has been on her mind, likely since her son's tragic death. Julian in turns gets emotional when he talks about his wife's actions. John and Rita arrive at his apartment, and they find an envelope with his name on it outside of his door. The envelope contains a videotape, which John watches in his apartment alone. On the videotape, his father tells him that he is proud of what his son has become tells him that life without his late wife just hasn't felt right. He tells his son that his job with him is done and that he knows what he is going to do is wrong, but now he just wants to be at peace with his wife.moreless
John Clark is stunned by his father's suicide; he leans against a wall and sags to the floor. The scene fades to a black screen into the commercial break ( instead of an instant change from action to blackness ), a technique Steven Bochco used on Hill Street Blues.
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