NYPD Blue

Season 12 Episode 17

Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Feb 08, 2005 on ABC
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The detectives arrive on the scene of shooting outside of a school. The victim is Lester Bakewell, a sergeant in the US Army who was at the school to do recruitment. Also on the scene is another sergeant named Sipowicz, who is there with his uniform officers. Clark takes the opportunity to bust the new sergeant's balls. A woman, Denise Campo, comes in to report her great uncle has missing for four days. Jones and Medavoy take the case and she tells them that he is homeless and that he is just a sweet old man. She gives them a picture of her uncle. An Army warrant officer Steve Nutting from CID is in Bale's office, he is going to assist in the investigation. Clark and Nutting interview the dean of students from the school. The dean tells them about the peaceful demonstrations against recruiters, but he also tells them about Paul Corbelli, one of the students whose brother was killed in Iraq four months ago. He does know that the boy had access to a rifle and that according to the boy's father, he is a good shot. Down in the precinct lobby Sipowicz brings Jones and Medavoy's attention to "King Tut" who is wearing clothing similar to that shown in the recent photo Denise Campo had of her great uncle. They talk to "King Tut" and finally get out of him that he had obtained the clothing from a body he found in a dumpster. Paul Corbelli is questioned by Clark and Nutting. They ask him about the rifle, his brother's death and if he'd ever been out of the country. Nutting takes a get tough approach in the interview and Clark dials him back. At the dumpster, it's up to Medavoy to get in and search the contents. After getting covered with garbage, he uncovers the body. Back in the 15 Squad, Sipowicz has brought something upstairs and wants to know what's up with Clark's case and whether anyone has been assigned to his desk yet. Brigid Scofield is waiting for Medavoy when he returns; of course he arrives still reeking from the garbage. In the coffee room she makes him on offer to consider, she hands him a real estate card with his name on it. Ed Corbelli comes in for questioning; he tells them that his son is innocent. He tells them Paul's brother was someone that Paul looked up. He agrees to let them look at his rifle and Paul's computer. He tells them that Paul would never do anything to cause someone to go through what he had been going through. Clark and Nutting talk with a friend of Bakewell and he tells them about a relationship that Bakewell was having with another sergeant, named Angela Payson. Jones and Medavoy break the news to Denise Campo about her great uncle's death. They don't know if it is a homicide yet, but they ask her if she knows any connection between her great uncle and the restaurant. His body was found in the dumpster behind the restaurant, but he also had a matchbook for the place in his possession. Clark and Nutting run their difference of opinion on the case by Bale, and Bale supports Clark's position. Sipowicz tells Jones and Medavoy about a complaint a couple of his officers took last week regarding the manager of the restaurant and a homeless guy who matches the description of their victim. Sgt. Payson comes in for an interview with Clark and Nutting. She admits to having the affair with the victim and also tells them that her husband knew about it and that they are separated with a divorce pending. She also tells them that her husband is ex-military. Jones and Medavoy talk with the manager of the restaurant. The manager is disgusted that with all that is going on in the city, that the police are looking into the death of a homeless man. Sgt. Sipowicz goes out on the street to mediate a dispute between a uniform and a man that he has written a ticket for. Carl Payson comes in for questioning. He seems at ease with the declining state of his marriage and speaks very matter of fact about his current relationship with his wife and the last time he had encountered her lover. Jones and Medavoy talk with the hostess from the restaurant. She recognizes the victim, but not from his fight with the manager, but rather from his hanging around the kitchen and his interaction with Nestor Duarte, the buy who cleans the restaurant overnight. Clark comes down to talk with Sipowicz about his feelings on the case versus Nutter's. Sipowicz suggests that they go back at the woman again, using the possible prosecution of the kid as a lever to see if anything else pries loose. He also tells him not to sandbag his partner. Jones and Medavoy go to talk with Nestor Duarte and he tells them about the relationship he had with the victim, he would give the old man food for helping him out with cleaning. The old man died one night while sleeping in the back of the restaurant. Worried that the restaurant would find out what he had been doing with the old man, he took the man's body and put it in the dumpster. Clark and Nutting run their scenario about the kid by Sgt. Payson. She gives them some additional information about the mindset of her husband, who is really having a hard time with their pending divorce. She also tells them that he has a rifle. The ME report comes back that the old man died of a brain aneurysm. Carl Payson is back for questioning about his real state of mind regarding the divorce and the rifle that they found in the trunk of his car. Clark appeals to his sense of honor to tell the truth and he capitulates and admits to the crime. Clark gives the status to Bale and then informs the Corbelli family. Paul Corbelli tells Nutting that if he talks to the family of the victim, to please tell them that he is really sorry, especially if Bakewell had a younger brother. Jones and Medavoy tell Denise Campo about the circumstances surrounding her great uncle's death. After she leaves, Jones asks Medavoy if they should "call it a day." And Medavoy decides it is time to do just that, he tells Jones that he is going to put in his papers and take the opportunity that Brigid Scofield has offered him. He goes into Bale's office to make it official. Sipowicz comes back upstairs to find out how the case went and finds out from Murphy and Ortiz that he is missed.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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+ ]

    Jeffrey D. Sams

    Jeffrey D. Sams

    WO1 Steve Nutting

    Guest Star

    Lou Myers

    Lou Myers

    "King Tut"

    Guest Star

    Lesley Fera

    Lesley Fera

    Debra Campo

    Guest Star

    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

    Recurring Role

    Mary Page Keller

    Mary Page Keller

    Brigid Scofield

    Recurring Role

    Andrew Sikking

    Andrew Sikking

    Desk Sgt. #1

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • International Episode Titles:
        Czech Republic: Kapela klubu osamělých srdcí seržanta Sipowicze (Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Clark: Alright, step aside, homicide!
        Sipowicz: How long have you been waiting to say that to me?
        Clark: First thing I thought of, when I woke up.
        Sipowicz lays out the scene.
        Clark: Alright, make sure your men secure the crime scene!
        Sipowicz: Is that gonna be the last one today, or have you got a few more saved up?
        Clark: Nah, that's it.
        Sipowicz: Good.

      • Upon seeing Brigid Scofield when entering the 15 Squad with the garbage laden Medavoy...

        "King Tut": He should have aired himself off if he knew he had trim waiting for him.

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