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Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 1993 on ABC



  • Trivia

    • This is the first of many episodes the opening season where Andy Sipowicz and Alfonse Giardella are at each other's throats. The irony is that the two characters are played by Dennis Franz and Robert Costanzo, who played brothers on the D.C. Airport Police Force in the 1990 Bruce Willis action film Die Hard 2.

    • The famous opening scene before the first time we ever see title credits has a unique history to it. According to the DVD extras on Season One, Sharon Lawrence reveals that originally, the role she played called for a man, listed only as "A.D.A.", and the way that is confirmed is because in the original pilot script, the line Andy is supposed to say was "Ipsa this you pissy little bastard." During the casting process, according to Lawrence, they opened the part up to women to read for, and when they hired Lawrence for the role, they changed Andy's line from bastard to bitch.

      For those wondering about Lawrence's line previous to Andy's, where she states, "I'd say 'res ipsa loquitur' if I thought you knew what that meant," the term 'res ipsa loquitur' translates from Latin as 'the thing speaks for itself'.

  • Quotes

    • Kelly: I'm gonna bleed Marino till he gives up Giardella.
      Fancy: And what if he gives him up dead?
      Kelly: That's okay, too.

    • Costas: I'd say res ipsa locuitor if I thought you knew what it meant.
      Sipowicz: Ipsa this, you pissy little bitch!

  • Notes

    • This episode originally aired in the UK Saturday, January 15, 1994 at 9:00 PM on Channel 4.

    • The much talked about controversial nude scene with David Caruso and Amy Brenneman in this pilot episode was #75 on "TV Guide / TV Land's 100 Most Memorable TV Moments" in December of 2004.

    • Amy Brenneman and David Caruso were the first actors to appear nude on NYPD Blue.

  • Allusions

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