NYPD Blue

Season 12 Episode 16

Old Man Quiver

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 01, 2005 on ABC
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Sipowicz and Clark arrive at the home of an 80-year-old millionaire, Hugh Rasmussen, who was smothered to death. They talk to the man's secretary, Judith Howell, a middle-aged woman, who found the body. Then the wife, Amy Rasmussen arrives back home; she's come back from the gym and she is young enough (28-years-old) to be the victim's granddaughter. She acknowledges the comments that her husband has been thought about as a dirty old man and that she may be considered a gold digger, but as far as she's concerned they can all go straight to hell, she loved her husband. Sipowicz and Clark run the basics of what they know so far by Bale and Bale notes to Sipowicz that today is the day of his promotion and he offers his congratulations. Jones and Medavoy go to a retirement home, where Olive Rosenthal was found dead. The doctor found a suspicious needle mark on the woman's body. The director of the home wants the detectives to avoid talking to the other residents, but they tell her that will be impossible during a homicide investigation. Sipowicz and Clark talk with Rasmussen's attorney to find out the financial arrangements between the old man and his young wife, she stood to inherit $60 million if he died while they were still together. He also tells about one relationship he knows that wife had that resulted in her getting her husband to buy that man a truck. He gives them the name Richard Pencava. Medavoy and Jones talk with Nora Rosenthal, daughter of their victim. The woman suspects that her mother's caregiver Eleanor Jackson, whom the detectives met at the home, is responsible at the very least she suspects Eleanor Jackson of stealing from her mother. The detectives tell that without probable cause they won't be able to get a search warrant. Nora Rosenthal, who is a state Supreme Court judge, tells them who she is and that she knows what it takes to get a warrant. At the retirement home Medavoy and Jones interview one of Olive Rosenthal's fellow residents, Belle. When Enid enters the room, they find out that Belle is angry with Enid for not being upset about the morning's events. Sipowicz and Clark find Richard Pencava and ask him about his relationship with Amy Rasmussen, having found a quantity of cocaine in his possession, they bring him in. Munson has brought in a search warrant for Medavoy and Jones to execute on Eleanor Jackson's home. Clark wants to know if Munson is available for lunch, but she can't make it because she is scheduled to have lunch with her father. She suggests that he join them, only so that it doesn't become another career counseling session for her. Bale wants to know if Sipowicz has thought about what he wants to do after his promotion. Sipowicz hadn't considered it, but when Bale suggests that he can make a call to see if Sipowicz can be retained on patrol he is agreeable to that circumstance. Sipowicz and Clark begin their interview of Richard Pencava; they want to know why he was seeing Amy Rasmussen. He tells them about a building he was hoping that Amy could help him purchase. Seeing an opportunity Pencava suggests that the cocaine charges might be dropped against him if he testifies against Amy Rasmussen, who he implies may have wanted her husband dead. Eleanor Jackson is interviewed by Jones and Medavoy and she tells them that she was given most of those items by the victim. She only admits to taking a bracelet, and that was only after she had been yelled at on the phone by Nora Rosenthal, a woman who barely seemed to care for her mother. She only visited about once a month. At lunch, Munson and Clark listen as her father does what she hoped to avoid, offer her career advice. It causes her discomfort and she leaves the table. The toxicology screen comes back on Olive Rosenthal; she was killed by the same drugs used by veterinarians to euthanize pets. Amy Rasmussen is brought in for questioning and she tells them about her relationship with Richard Pencava, but she also tells them about her past as a strung out call girl and how she met her husband and fell in love with the man who helped her get rehabilitated. Clark doesn't believe Amy Rasmussen is guilty, but Sipowicz thinks he might be thinking with a different head. Clark suggests that they talk to the victim's brother, to investigate the trust angle. Owen Munson comes into the squad with an offer for Clark; he offers him the possibility for some bodyguard work that would pay $1000 day. Clark tells him depending on what is going on here at work, he will consider the offer. Jones and Medavoy want a warrant to search Enid's room at the retirement home, it turns out she is a retired veterinarian. Sipowicz and Clark find their victim's brother, Jerry Rasmussen at an OTB. He tells them about his relationship with his brother, and his brother's first wife. He talks about the secretary and the only time she was ever nice to him when just after the death of his brother's first wife. He had the impression that she thought she was first in line to marry her boss. Amy came into the picture less than a year later. Jones and Medavoy interview Enid, and she tells them that she was tired of making adjustments, that Olive was a needy thing who took her friend Belle away from her. She wanted things to go back to the way they were before Olive arrived. Sipowicz gets a call; he tells everyone that he is going to be retained on patrol at the 15th. Munson arrives and Clark tells her about her father's visit and offer that he was considering. She tells him that her father is only doing this to manipulate her with his own agenda, which likely doesn't include her going out with someone like Clark. Despite knowing that Enid was guilty of killing her mother, Nora Rosenthal still wants to press charges against Eleanor Jackson, but the detectives and Bale convince her otherwise. Sipowicz and Clark go back to talk with Judith Howell, who shows them a scrapbook she has made of Hugh Rasmussen's career. They go over her timeline and indicate to her that they know she was at the Rasmussen home an hour before she said she arrived. They press her about the fact that she didn't get the reward for her years of dedicated service, loyalty and sacrifice. She tells them about Rasmussen's plan to make some changes, if she couldn't be civil to his wife, which pushed her into smothering him to death. Clark tells Amy Rasmussen about Judith Howell's guilt and that Richard Pencava was ready to send her away if he could deal his way out of the cocaine charge. Sipowicz gets into his dress blues and proceeds downstairs to the lobby, where all the members of the 15th precinct salute him.moreless

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  • The gang solve some murders with an older-person twist.

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    Andy and John are involved in the death of an old man - with a beautiful young wife. But instead of following a very well-worn path to the wife being the killer, the old man's secretary - a woman who has been in love with her boss for many, many years - killed him through anger and jealousy. In a similar vein, Baldwin and Greg are involved in the death of an old woman. But instead of following another well-worn path to the nursing-aide being the killer, an older woman is found to be the killer - she was jealous of the dead woman. Both stories deal with the theme of jealousy/anger of the victim - and both have an older person as the killer. All the older actors involved were great in their roles.



    In addition, Andy finally makes Sergeant and the final scene where Andy becomes emotional when he sees all his fellow workers salute him is a classic moment. Congratulations to Dennis Franz for an incredible scene.moreless
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 ]

Bonnie Somerville

Bonnie Somerville

Det. Laura Murphy [ season 12 ]

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Det. John Clark Jr. [ season 9+ ]

Jacqueline Obradors

Jacqueline Obradors

Det. Rita Ortiz [ episode 182+ ]

Nichole Hiltz

Nichole Hiltz

Amy Rasmussen

Guest Star

Nan Martin

Nan Martin

Enid

Guest Star

William McNamara

William McNamara

Richard Pencava

Guest Star

Bill Clark (V)

Bill Clark (V)

 

Recurring Role

Elizabeth Lackey

Elizabeth Lackey

ADA Lori Munson

Recurring Role

Joe Sabatino

Joe Sabatino

Uniform

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