NYPD Blue

Season 11 Episode 15

Old Yeller

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 23, 2004 on ABC
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Sipowicz is in early and sees that his little ploy has worked; Gibson's parrot now only has a one word vocabulary: "douche bag." Sipowicz meets Hatcher and Clark at the scene of an apparent suicide where he finds that Hatcher has already let one of the witnesses go. The victim's suicide note makes reference to man who had kidnapped her last year. The note indicates a partial license plate number and a description of the kidnapper's vehicle. However, other than the victim missing her rent last year for two months, no one can find any other indication that the victim ever told anyone about her kidnapping. An elderly woman comes into the squad to report that something dear to her has been stolen and she thinks she knows who stole it. She thinks her nephew may have stolen her diamond ring; the nephew at one time had some trouble with drugs. Medavoy suggests an approach they can take to begin questioning her nephew. Sipowicz and Clark talk with Paul Grady, the man who owns the van with the license plate that ID'd in the suicide note. They show Grady a photo of the victim, he tells them that he recollects seeing their victim about 6 months when she came to his home disheveled and looking for help. He tells the detectives that his wife will recall that incident. In the meantime Medavoy and Jones go to interview the nephew about the missing ring. The nephew readily agrees to a urine test to prove he's been clean for the past nine months, and then he tells the detectives about his aunt's personal ad. She's been looking for sex partners and the nephew suggests that anyone of those partners that came to their home would have had access to the ring. Hatcher finds another woman, Gina Bell, who reports having been abducted for a few weeks two years ago. Sipowicz and Clark decide to pursue this angle and will leave the next one (if there are any in the tri-state area) for Hatcher to follow up on. Sipowicz and Clark talk with Gina Bell who doesn't recall much of anything about her kidnapping. She seems reluctant to talk about it and thinks that she might have exaggerated the duration of her kidnapping; it might have only been for a couple of days. Medavoy and Jones talk with Veronica Lewis about her relationships, it turns out she has had some of these men in her apartment. She gives them a list of names to check out. Hatcher has come up with another name, Martha Henstridge in New Jersey whose kidnapping matches the profile. Hatcher and Ortiz leave for the interview as Off. Janet Grafton (nee Vecchio) comes into the squad and tells Clark about what's happen since her breakup with her husband (whose granted her the divorce) and the fact that she is being transferred into the 15th Precinct; she wanted to make sure that he was alright with it. In New Jersey Hatcher and Ortiz talk with Martha Henstridge who has very good recall about what happened during her kidnapping. They show her a photo array and she points right to the picture of Paul Grady. Sipowicz and Clark pull Grady out of the cage and start questioning him and telling him what they know about him; Grady asks for some time to think and that gives Sipowicz and Clark time to go and search his home. Medavoy and Jones talk to one of Veronica's many liaisons; they've started with the ones with criminal records. He tells them about the wonderful sexual relationship he's had with Veronica, something he wasn't going to spoil. In Queens at the home of Paul Grady the detectives find the dungeon in the basement. Now they need to find his wife, since she's been backing up his story. Medavoy and Jones talk to another liaison named Bob Longano, a man who hasn't stolen anything in seventeen years. He tells him that the last time he was with her he found the next morning that some of his money and a credit card were stolen. He thought maybe she needed the money, but the detectives have another idea. Sipowicz and Clark return to find Paul Grady naked in the pokey room cage; Grady lawyers up and Sipowicz immediately goes looking for Hatcher, who he confronts in the restroom. Sipowicz is worried that this is going to blow the case; Hatcher cites his reason for losing it. Eight years ago he lost his wife to a car bomb due to his one his arrests, whenever there is violence against a woman it just sets him off. Sipowicz tells him to go back to his desk and stay away from the interview rooms. Then he and Clark go to talk with Grady's wife who claims that her husband is a deprogrammer for the government, which is what he does in their basement. She tells them about what her husband did to her when she once tried to go into their basement. She tells them that he threatened to kill her if he ever told anyone about the basement. Medavoy and Jones talk with Veronica's nephew, who they know used Longano's credit card recently. The nephew admits his guilt and tells them where he pawned the ring. Sipowicz and Clark talk again with Gina Bell, whose necklace was found in the drain of the dungeon. Despite the emotional pain, she recalls more detail about her kidnapping. She is also able to ID Paul Grady and she also tells them that there was a woman in the room. Sipowicz and Clark go back at Grady's wife. She tells them that she will give them the names of all the women that her husband had in the basement, but she will never tell them that she had anything to do with what went on there. She was sick with guilt about it all, but she was scared for her life. Medavoy return Veronica's ring to her. She thanks Medavoy and suggests that if he ever needs to talk about anything, he has her number. The detectives run their case by Haywood and Hatcher makes a comment that indicates that he knows he blew the part of the case that would have allowed them to put both Paul and Susan Grady away. Sipowicz offers Hatcher a little support and tells him about his own dealing with the death of a spouse. Gibson prepares to take his bird home, but first he tells Sipowicz that he might have won a battle, but not the war. Later, Greg meets with Veronica; he's asked her out with the intention of asking her out. She bottom lines it for him, she knows what he really wants is sex and so they adjourn to her place and make the furniture to move.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+ ]

    Lana Parrilla

    Lana Parrilla

    Off. Janet Grafton (nee Vecchio)

    Guest Star

    Ellen Geer

    Ellen Geer

    Veronica Lewis

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    Stephanie Erb

    Stephanie Erb

    Susan Grady

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Scott William Winters

    Scott William Winters

    Det. Stan Hatcher

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    Billy Concha

    Billy Concha

    Off. Miller

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