NYPD Blue

Season 11 Episode 16

On the Fence

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2004 on ABC
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On the Fence
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Sipowicz and Clark arrive at an early morning scene (so early it's still dark), where Hatcher has been wounded in a shoot out with a man in a window. Hatcher says he was chasing a black male suspect and was looking for him over a fence when a light came on behind him. He turned around and was shot by a guy in the window with a gun. Hatcher returned fire and struck the shooter. Sipowicz and Clark go up to interview the man that Hatcher shot and wounded. He tells them a different story; he says that he saw Hatcher draw his gun, whereas Hatcher says he already had his gun drawn. Sipowicz wants Hatcher to get his story straight, because a shooting involving a civilian is going to get the bosses involved. Sipowicz and Clark tell Gibson what they know about the morning's shooting. Gibson wants to know if they are standing by their fellow detective. Sipowicz responds that they are doing their job and investigating the shooting. Gibson wants to know what he's supposed to tell Hatcher's uncle (Chief of Personnel) the next time he calls. Jones and Medavoy begin to investigate the death of an elderly man at a seedy hotel. Jones finds a hole in the wall that came from the room next door. The man who is said to occupy that room, Ryan Dooling is nowhere to be found and it looks like he's left the room for good. At the hospital Sipowicz and Clark talk again with Hatcher's shooting victim and his story still isn't adding up with Hatcher's version. The detectives run their cases for Gibson as Hatcher returns to the squad. Sipowicz and Clark want to talk to him again, and Hatcher wants to talk to them. Without them having a chance to ask for it, Hatcher gives them information that fills in the holes in his story, but he still claims that the man didn't fire a warning shot. Ortiz has some information that Hatcher's shooting victim may have just been itching to use his gun and ballistics information shows that he used an unregistered gun in the shooting. Jones and Medavoy talk with the older brother of Ryan Dooling. He tells them about his brother's involvement in the club scene and his acquaintance a guy named Chase Allsworth. Sipowicz and Clark talk again with the shooting victim about the gun he used in the shooting to defend himself. Back at the squad, Sipowicz has found out that Hatcher has made several phone calls to Janet Grafton's cell phone. He asks Clark if he can talk with her to get a feeling for what Hatcher might be all about. Jones and Medavoy try talking to Chase Allsworth, but he is extremely tired, he's been up for a couple of days. He keeps nearly passing out; but he manages to tell the pair about Eva Warm, a DJ that Dooling had "signed" to his record label. Clark has a talk with Grafton and she tells him that Hatcher knew her ex-husband and their old cell phone was still in her name, which is why her name came up. She knows that Hatcher had an ex-girlfriend that lived in the area of that apartment building and he is "a complete asshole." Sipowicz and Clark go to see Lucy Timmons, who confirms that she had dated Hatcher (they broke up months ago) and she saw him outside her building this morning. She tells the detectives that she knows Hatcher has been outside her building uninvited. Jones and Medavoy talk with Eva Warm, who admits to having been with Ryan Dooling last night, but she doesn't know where he is today. She tells them about another bar that Dooling had been known to hang out at. Sipowicz and Clark confront Hatcher with what they know about his ex-girlfriend and that probably being the reason for him being outside her building that morning. Hatcher sticks with his perp chasing story. Hatcher leaves the room. Clark has some misgivings about their approach on this case; he doesn't think they have enough to keep pursuing this. Jones reports that Ryan Dooling has been found and is being brought in. Sipowicz and Clark tell Ortiz that the Hatcher incident is going to go down as a "good shoot." Hatcher wants to talk to Sipowicz; he wants to know what Sipowicz has against him. Sipowicz suggests that Hatcher begin looking for another assignment, he doesn't want Hatcher bringing the squad down, but Hatcher believes it's time for Sipowicz to have a change of venue. Jones and Medavoy ask Ryan Dooling about the bullet hole, but he claims he doesn't know anything about the bullet hole. However, after he hears about the death next door (his neighbor was the only person who actually seemed to care about him) he tells them that Eva Warm had the gun that fire the deadly shot. Haywood hears about the evidence they have against Hatcher's shooting victim and she expects he will get some time for his possession and use of the unregistered weapon. Eva Warm tells Jones and Medavoy about her meeting last night with Ryan Dooling and how stupid she was for falling for his bullshit. She confesses to the accidental shooting of the gun. Then they tell her about the consequence of the gun's firing. Hatcher invites Clark to a monthly poker game, but he declines. Ortiz asks Clark if there is anything she needs to know about her partner. He tells her just to keep an eye on him. Outside the precinct Sipowicz places a call to Clark and has him come down to meet him. He tells him that he is going to be meeting with Hatcher's ex-partner, Carl Garrity, from around the time of the death of Hatcher's wife. Sipowicz has looked at the case file and it seems wrong, since no one was ever collared for it. Sipowicz wants to know if Clark will join him in this meeting. Clark seems reluctant, but decides to go along. Garrity tells them about Hatcher's wife having an affair (with him) that she told Hatcher about. Three days later she was dead. It may have been a coincidence, but Sipowicz is convinced that Hatcher killed his wife.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

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+ ]

Peter Anthony Rocca

Peter Anthony Rocca

EMS

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Harry Karp

Harry Karp

Ted Whitlow

Guest Star

Mia Korf

Mia Korf

Lucy Timmons

Guest Star

Bill Clark (V)

Bill Clark (V)

 

Recurring Role

Michael Echols

Michael Echols

Uniform #1

Recurring Role

Scott William Winters

Scott William Winters

Det. Stan Hatcher

Recurring Role

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