NYPD Blue

Season 11 Episode 19

Peeler? I Hardly Knew Her

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Apr 20, 2004 on ABC
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Clark arrives at the hospital where there is a victim who's lost his memory after being shot in the head. The victim has no recollection of anything from the time before he was shot. In court Sipowicz is on hand as Leonard Peeler's conviction is dismissed "without prejudice", which means that that they still have the right to re-file against Peeler, should the need arise. Sipowicz returns to the squad to find out that the DA squad is looking to take over Sipowicz's case file on the Clifton homicide. Sipowicz and Clark go to see Ann Marie Sullivan, the woman that Peeler said he was with the night of the little girl's death. She continues to stick to the story she told eighteen years ago. Ortiz and Ronson are at the apartment building where the amnesia victim was found. They knock on the door of an apartment that the super tells them is vacant; a young girl answers the door. Another woman pulls her back and tells them that she didn't see the man in their photo and she quickly shuts the door. Suspicious, the detectives get the super to let them in. They find the apartment is now vacant and evidence they find, condoms and a "John" in the closet, suggest that the apartment is being used for teenage prostitution. Sipowicz and Clark are back at the squad when a call comes in from a priest asking them to come down to his parish. When they arrive, Ann Marie Sullivan confesses to them the truth that Leonard Peeler was with her that night. Being young and having an "old school" Italian father, she couldn't go back on the lie she told 18 years ago and she didn't want her father to know that she was keeping company with a black man. Sipowicz and Clark go to see Joe Brockhurst but Brockhurst doesn't want anything to do with the old case, which he is still convinced was good. Ortiz and Ronson interview the "John," who tells him his reasons for going to see prostitutes. They tell him they know that the girls there were locked in their rooms and they have evidence they were underage. He gives them the name of Rosa, who contacts him every few weeks with their new location. Jones and Medavoy interview the amnesia victim, who recalls a few details about the shooting, but he still fervently sticks to his story of memory loss causing Medavoy to say "rare amnesia or a good actor." Sipowicz and Clark go to Leonard Peeler's apartment, where they tell him about Anne Marie's confession that will probably get him an acquittal. Starting from a "clean" slate Sipowicz and Clark want Peeler to tell him anything he might remember about the case if he were willing to help. Peeler isn't willing, but does tell the detectives that the only time he ever had contact with the little girl was the one time he bought a glass of lemonade from her lemonade stand on his way to see Ann Marie; he knew from experience with his niece how a sale can make a little girl smile. Sipowicz and Clark leave with nothing to go on. Clark tells Sipowicz that it is possible that the victim knew her attacker, since the ME report indicated that the victim showed no signs of a struggle. Ortiz and Ronson interview the "madam" of the apartment, all she is able to tell them that she works for someone else and gives them the address of the next apartment the girls will be working at. Jones and Medavoy tell the amnesia victim that his name is Tim Keating. They try to get him to drop the amnesia act, and then they show him a picture of the woman he was with. He had several conversations with her on his cell phone. Keating doesn't recognize the woman at all. Still not convinced by his story, they keep Keating in custody at the hospital. Sipowicz and Clark interview Angela, who was one of victim Cindy Clifton's childhood friends. She tells them that Cindy was developing early and looked older than her age, she also tells them about a man in their neighborhood whose family Cindy did babysitting for; Pete D'Ambrosio, the father is a man who Cindy once told her was cute. Jones and Medavoy run their case for Gibson; they tell him about "the ex" of the victim who is coming in for an interview, Gibson meantime tries to enlighten them with information the doctors have already told them. Sipowicz and Clark talk with Pete D'Ambrosio. They tell him about their theory that Cindy knew her attacker. He tells him about how Cindy was always looking to get away from her home and that she always seemed afraid when she had to go back. When asked about why he didn't report it back then, he says the police already had a suspect and were closing the case. After D'Ambrosio leaves they take his coffee cup and then try to figure out how they are going to get a DNA sample from the girl's father. Jones and Medavoy talk with Carter Dubinsky, the victim's ex. He didn't know about her death, but he tells them about the relationship that she was having with Tim Keating and the terrible time they were having with a cocaine dealer. Gibson interrupts their interview with information that Carter Dubinsky did know to get in contact with Tim Keating. Ortiz, Ronson and a uniform raid the location of the new prostitution apartment, but for their effort they only manage to rescue one girl. Jones takes Carter Dubinsky to the hospital to identify the body of his wife, but on the way he takes him by Keating's room, where Keating readily identifies him as his shooter. Jones takes him into a nearby room, where Dubinsky is in disbelief that Keating survived the shooting. Keating is worried about how bad he is going to feel about all of this when he does get his memory back. Gerald Clifton comes into the squad and Sipowicz and Clark try to have a dialogue with him. Clifton doesn't want any coffee and doesn't want to have any old wounds reopened, especially when they talk with his wife. Clark tells him they are pursuing the theory that Cindy knew her attacker. Sipowicz tells him that they will be collecting DNA samples from everyone they interview. Clifton is enraged and tells them that if they want any further contact with him or the family they will have to contact their attorney. After Clifton leaves, Sipowicz questions his ability to be a detective all those years ago.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+ ]

    Charles Esten

    Charles Esten

    Tim Keating

    Guest Star

    Bruce A. Young

    Bruce A. Young

    Leonard Peeler

    Guest Star

    Francis Xavier McCarthy

    Francis Xavier McCarthy

    Gerald Clifton

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Ron Dean

    Ron Dean

    Joe Brockhurst

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    Jessalyn Gilsig

    Jessalyn Gilsig

    Det. Kelly Ronson

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