On a city bus a man was stabbed in the chest in front of his wife and kids. A witness reports to Sipowicz that the victim and his killer were eyeballing each other down before the stabbing occurred. Medavoy tells Jones about his daughter's plans to buy a house. He is going to need to find a part time job to help her out. Jones tells him about a position as a bouncer, but he doesn't think Medavoy can handle that kind of job. Medavoy is a little put out that no one thinks he handle himself. Sipowicz is contemplating the stabbing case when Clark arrives and tries to discuss it with him. Sipowicz is distracted by the effect of the killing on the victim's family; he is also bothered by Clark's feeling for the case. They run the case by Bale and then Bale checks in with Sipowicz's mental state, post shooting and everything else that has recently been going on. Sipowicz tells him that everything is okay. An antiques dealer, Gerard Prosser comes into the squad to go over the details of a burglary case that is being investigated by Murphy and Ortiz. John Irvin takes an interest in Mr. Prosser, especially after they discuss his tea service. Murphy and Ortiz ask him for a list of any old employees as a place to start their investigation. Sipowicz and Clark interview the widow and she tells them about her husband's inability to let anything go and the stare down he go into with his killer. Medavoy talks with bar owner Jimmy McGowan about the job. McGowan wants to know if Medavoy can handle a situation without resorting to violence. Medavoy cites his over 20 years of surviving on the job as his main qualification. Murphy and Ortiz ask Prosser about one of his old employees, Ismet Vukaj, they've discovered he had priors for robbery and want more information about him. He also gives them a gift to pass along to John Irvin. Clark has the transit records of the bus passengers. One of them was stopping in the area where Sipowicz knows there is a parole office. Medavoy and Jones catch a stabbing homicide and go to the crime scene, while Bale sends Clark and Sipowicz to interview the victim. Murphy and Ortiz interview Ismet Vukaj, who only admits to having one of Prosser's picture frames in his home, when the detectives warn him they are coming with Prosser to his house to see if any of Prosser's missing valuables are at his apartment. At the hospital, Sipowicz and Clark interview the stabbing victim. The victim was able to take a photo of his stabber with his cell phone. Sipowicz can only comment on the victim's inability to think about the consequences of not backing down. The cell phone photo indicates that the stabber might be the same guy for both of today's cases. Medavoy announces to the others about his new job bouncing and invites everyone to come on down. Sipowicz talks to Medavoy about his new career choice, but it comes down to everyone doubting that Medavoy is going to be able to handle himself in that job. Medavoy thanks him for his lack of encouragement. John Irvin stops by Prosser's home to thank him for the gift of the creamer he needed for his tea service. Prosser inquires as to John's availability and invites him to lunch. Prosser tells John Irvin about his recent slate of financial disasters and now the robbery on top of it all; but Prosser wants to know more about John Irvin. Meanwhile Sipowicz and Clark meet with their possible suspect, Frankie Rosales' parole officer. They go with her to the home where he lives with his sister. Despite Clark's treatment of the sister (where'd that come from?) and the parole officer they manage to get the address of the place where Frankie Rosales is likely to be found. Before they break in, Clark insists on going in first, citing Sipowicz having too much on his mind. Sipowicz goes first anyway and they get Frankie Rosales, with Rosales on managing to get off one shot with his gun before it jammed. John Irvin asks Murphy and Ortiz about the status of Prosser's case, he tells them about the lunch he had with them, but then also mentions the financial difficulties that Prosser told him about over lunch. He is not sure, but he thinks that Prosser might have robbed himself for the insurance money. With that bit of information, Murphy and Ortiz talk with Prosser about the case they've built against Ismet Vukaj, who they really like for committing the robbery. Not wanting to get an innocent victim in trouble, Prosser confesses to having committed the crime himself. Later when "Cagney & Lacey" are taking him away, Prosser has a few words for John Irvin, who he knows all about now. Clark and Sipowicz have begun their interview with Frankie Rosales; they bring up the robbery and then the incident on the bus. Frankie Rosales tells them that nobody is tougher than he is and works his way right into admitting to the murder on the bus, and later the robbery of the video store. Sipowicz brings Bale up to speed on Rosales confession and Bale commends him on doing good work today. Medavoy is working his new part-time job and Jones comes in. A large man starts to make a scene and diminutive Medavoy manages to get him to leave without any violence. Sipowicz goes to the hospital to tell the stabbing victim about the status of his case. As Sipowicz leaves the hospital room, he catches a glimpse of Bobby Simone in the next bed. Back in the squad's locker-room, Simone makes an appearance. Sipowicz asks Simone about death, what he should about his new boss, his future on the job, his wife and 3 kids and his partner. Simone tells him to become a teacher and to continue being a father to his 4 kids (his own 3 and his partner). Simone also tells him to stop thinking too much about what's ahead of him. Simone promises to be there for Sipowicz whenever he needs him and as they are finishing their discussion Clark enters the locker room. Sipowicz asks him if he would like to grab something to eat, he promises Clark that he is not going anywhere and that he will be right there with him.moreless
I just couldn\'t believe what I was watching!! I am an avid fan of this gritty drama, but the scene where Andy talks to the ghost of Simone was absolutely ridiculous. It was so out of keeping with every other episode I have ever watched. Is this just some strange device so that Jimmy Smits could make a swansong? I think the writers must have taken leave of their senses. It made very little sense. It wasn\'t even as if they\'d given Andy\'s character the chance to develop in the direction of maybe anervous breakdown. Very very very poor. I hope there wil be no more of this as the series comes to its finale.moreless
NYPD Blue is a great show. The acting is usually superb and the storylines are realistic.
However, this episode is incredibly tiresome and unrealistic. First we have the long-running saga between Clark and Sipowicz. They like each other, they don't, they do, they don't - enough already...the storyline with Clark going off the rails was an interesting twist originally, now its just annoying. Then there's John and the antique dealer - this side-story is just stupid - the dealer is a crook but becomes involved with John from the police station and then tells John that he 'manufactured' the theft!!! Then there's Medovay as a bouncer - very unrealistic - but worse is Medovay scaring away a threatening character twice as big as he is!!! Its nice that Medovay's character is shown to be smarter than he looks, but again the scene doesn't ring true. And lastly, the awful apparition of Bobby with Andy...this excruciating scene where Bobby talks about the 'other side' with Andy - to help him along...if Andy had enough problems before, after this scene - he would have started drinking for sure!!! Even the 2 crimes that occurred during the episode - where both criminals were very, very stupid...A truly awful episode.moreless
During the scene where John talks to Mr. Prosser (the antique dealer) as Prosser is being taken away in cuffs, the camera focuses on Rita and Laura, with John and Prosser in the foreground. Prosser says the line "That was never my intention," but his lips are not moving. I watched the episode in widescreen, so I don't know if this goof is visible in the fullscreen version.
When the camera pans through the back of the bus, you catch a brief glimpse of one of the plastic seats off to the side by the rear door. The seat was a shade of green, however MTA buses have blue seats.