NYPD Blue

Season 12 Episode 14

Stratis Fear

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 2005 on ABC
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The owner of a diner, Gene Stratis, has been stabbed to death and Sipowicz and Clark interview the victim's son. The son gives them his father's background, a real immigrant's success story, but he tells them nothing that would indicate his father should be the victim of murder. Ortiz's aunt comes to the squad to talk to her about her cousin, Paula. Ortiz's cousin has started hanging out with someone that her aunt isn't comfortable with and it is causing her daughter's behavior to change. Ortiz promises her aunt that she will stop by where her cousin works and check in on her and her new boyfriend, the owner of the business where she works. Sipowicz and Clark are going to run down a former employee of the diner who was let go last month. Jones and Medavoy are on the scene of a murder of public relations man, Paul Westerville at a parking garage. While looking into the victim's affects, Jones finds a picture of Brendan Quinn, a recently paralyzed cop that he went to the academy with. Paul Westerville was doing the PR for the PBA (Policeman's Benevolence Association). Back at the precinct, Jones and Medavoy meet with Brendan Quinn and his father Charlie, who is also retired off of the job. Neither of them can offer any insight onto why Westerville might have been killed for any reason other than a straight up robbery. Out on the street, Sipowicz and Clark chase down the diner's ex-employee. Medavoy and Clark talk to the assistant of Paul Westerville and she tells them that he wasn't very well liked. She tells them that Westerville had been sleeping with the wife of the paralyzed cop and the cop's father knew about it, because she had told him. Ortiz stops by to see her cousin and meets her boyfriend Bobby Friedman. She hears about their plans to go to Atlantic City that evening. Sipowicz and Clark interview the former employee of the diner. He tells them about how he was fired, kissing his girlfriend. He tells them about the victim's girlfriend and the fact that he told him that he would take insurance policies out on them to "keep them in line." Murphy asks Ortiz if she wants to go to lunch, but Ortiz is busy doing a background check on her cousin's boyfriend. Murphy tells Sipowicz and Clark about some children's videos their victim had recently rented on his credit card. Medavoy and Jones talk with Sheila Quinn about her relationship with Paul Westerville. They ask if anything was going on between her and Westerville. She tells them about her weak moments and that she loves her husband more than ever, it's just that Westerville helped her to fulfill her other needs. She doesn't believe anyone else knew about her relationship with Westerville and she asks if her husband ever has to find out. Jones says "Let's hope not." Sipowicz and Clark interview Margot Wylie about her relationship with Gene Stratis. She (along with many other of the victim's girlfriends) had an insurance policy in her name. Citing the video rental, the detectives ask her if she and her 10-year-old daughter had gone to Stratis' apartment last night. She tells them that she would never take her daughter to his apartment because of his behavior around her. She then further confesses that she drew the line at penetration with her daughter. They hold her to check her alibi, but the new information about Stratis' sexual proclivity gives them something new to pursue. Bale asks for a rundown of the Jones and Medavoy case, but they hold back on telling him what angle they are starting to pursue. Then Bale calls Ortiz into his office, wanting to know why she ran Bobby Friedman through BCI without a case number. Ortiz tells him about the bad feeling she got after meeting her cousin's boyfriend and Bale further confirms her suspicions by telling her that he is under investigation by a joint narcotics taskforce. Then Ortiz talks to an old friend from narcotics and finds out that they are planning on taking Bobby Friedman down in Atlantic City this evening, for his trafficking in Ecstasy. Sipowicz and Clark talk with Melanie Stratis about her relationship with her father. She tells them about the sexual abuse her put her through as a child and that her mother and brother were both in denial of the situation, a situation which caused her to run away and ultimately wind-up going to boarding school. She tell them that her daughter has never met her grandfather, and now thankfully never will. Ortiz tells Murphy about her cousin. Murphy volunteers to pick her up and put her into a holding cell for the evening and that will cause her to miss the trip to Atlantic City. Sipowicz and Clark interview Gene Stratis' wife and she is still in denial of the charges her daughter alleged against her father. She tells them that only recently her granddaughter has been allowed to occasionally stay with either her or her uncle. She stayed with her uncle as recently as yesterday. Out on the street Murphy and Lisa (from Anti-Crime) grab up Ortiz's cousin coming out of the subway and take her in for possession. Jones and Medavoy interview Charlie Quinn about his relationship with Paul Westerville and about his whereabouts yesterday. Despite evidence that his car was in the parking garage, Charlie Quinn denies having any knowledge of his vehicle being in Manhattan. They also ask him about what Westerville's assistant had told them about her telling him about the affair. Charlie Quinn says she must be mistaken. He offers to let them check his guns, check the security tapes, he tells them that he didn't do it and he offers to stick around until they decide what to do next. What Jones and Medavoy do next is to talk to Bale who tells him that he will run what they got by the DA's office. Ortiz talks with her cousin about her arrest and promises her she is only going to have to stay there overnight. Her cousin asks her to tell her mother that she is sorry. Sipowicz and Clark talk with Alex Stratis about his taking care of his niece yesterday and whether or not she had seen her grandfather. He admits to having brought her to see her grandfather and when he returned he found her sitting on the couch telling him that her underpants were on backwards. He tells them about what happened afterwards when he confronted his father and eventually stabbed him to death. Bale runs the Westerville case by Munson, who doesn't believe they have enough to convict Charlie Quinn, a retired cop who is the father of a hero cop. She is going to need much more. Bales tells Jones, who agrees to let Charlie Quinn go. Melanie Stratis comes into find about her brother's situation and they tell him what he has told them. She wants to see her brother now, so that he can know that isn't angry with him with for what he did. Jones goes to dinner with Brendan Quinn and his wife. Afterwards Brendan tells Baldwin that he talk with his wife and his father. He knows that his wife loves him and that she has needs that he knows he will never be able to fulfill and if she needs to get them filled somewhere, he rather allow her to do that than risk losing her.moreless

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