NYPD Blue

Season 11 Episode 21

What's Your Poison?

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Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM May 04, 2004 on ABC
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Clark comes into the squad and tells Sipowicz he's been trying to find Jennifer Devlin, who walked out of the psych facility last night. Sipowicz tells him about a man who is coming in for an interview, one of Cindy Clifton's teachers, who wrote an unusual note "special, special pal" in her yearbook. The teacher, David Lewis tells them that he did have a support group relationship with Cindy Clifton, which was nothing like the relationship Cindy told him that she had with her half-brother Sam Jeffers. The detectives let him go, but having found him a little strange, Sipowicz gets Lewis' used piece of gum and sends it off for a DNA test. The detectives try to run down information on David Lewis, but they can't seem to find anybody that will say anything bad about him. Jones is leaving for court as today is the day when Michael is supposed to testify against his father. Brockhurst comes in with information on the sex-offenders that lived around Cindy Clifton, but it is Medavoy who comes up with the name of a parent who might have something to say about David Lewis. Brockhurst tells them that he will be hanging around the station house if anything comes up. Ortiz and Ronson go to the scene where a man, tourist Ned Applebaum has been mugged and lost his wife's $35,000 necklace; the only description of the mugger he can offer in this daylight mugging is an Italian guy in gold chains and a jogging suit. Michael testifies in his father's trial. On cross examination his father's attorney brings up an item from Michael's past where he had once lied to the police to try to reduce Michael's credibility. Sipowicz and Clark talk with the parent who had a complaint against David Lewis. He tells them about his daughter's close encounter with David Lewis. He believes they are looking at the right guy, but he wants to keep his daughter out of any subsequent prosecution. Jessica Applebaum comes in with a picture of her necklace and talks to the detectives. She tells them about the reason for their trip, to reconnect with each other; she tells them that she didn't even bring her necklace with her. David Lewis comes back in and (with Brockhurst watching) Sipowicz and Clark ask him about his relationship with past students. Then they tell him about the DNA evidence that proves he had sex with Cindy Clifton. Sipowicz, Clark and Gibson talk with Haywood about what they have on Lewis and she tells them the statue of limitations on the sexual assault makes him untouchable for that crime. As for charging him with her murder, they are going to need an air tight case before the DA's office will pursue a prosecution. Sipowicz goes to let Lewis out of the cage, but warns him that he is done teaching and that he better remain available. Lewis gets smug with Sipowicz since he knows they can touch him on the sexual assault charge, which only begins to anger Sipowicz. Clark gets a call from Dr. Devlin. He goes to her apartment to find that she is attempting to OD on pills. He calls for an ambulance and tries to keep her conscious until it arrives. At the hospital Clark finds out the status of Devlin, he is worried that she is going to be just like his dad "another train wreck he can't stop." Sipowicz gets a call from Gibson that Lewis's DNA was confirmed to be on Cindy Clifton's body. Sipowicz plans to talk to Cindy's father to see if he remembers David Lewis. Ortiz and Ronson talk again with Ned Applebaum about his story; they are trying to see is he is trying to commit insurance fraud. He then tells them about the lady friend, from the Internet, he was going to meet in "Little Italy." He was going to loan her the necklace so that she could use it as collateral for a loan for her sick child. The detectives get the PO Box number where Applebaum had sent previous gifts to his lady friend. Gerald Clifton comes in and hears what the detectives have to say. He doesn't recall a David Lewis, and he reiterates that he doesn't want to bring up any of this again with his wife. It is time for his family to get on with their lives. Ortiz and Ronson go to the apartment of the owner of the PO Box. He is a day trader who they discover took advantage of "hayseed" Applebaum, when they find gold chains and running suit he wore when he took the necklace. Jones returns from Michael's day in court. Gibson tells Sipowicz and Clark that David Lewis was found DOA in his apartment. They go to the scene and try to determine whether the death was a suicide or not. Ortiz and Ronson give Jessica Applebaum her necklace back and then since he genuinely seemed to be just someone who did something stupid and then suggest that she give her husband a second chance by at least talking to him, which she does. Sipowicz tries to decide how to proceed with the investigation of Lewis's death; both he and Clark believe that Brockhurst might be involved. Since everyone seems to have closure (except Sipowicz), should they let Lewis' death remain a suicide? Clark gets a call about Devlin and goes to the hospital. The doctor tells her she needs to remain restrained for now, but he is allowed to see her as long as he doesn't loosen her restraints. Clark pleads with her to begin taking care of herself. She tries to manipulate him into loosening her bonds, but he stands firm and stays by her side. Sipowicz goes to the watering hole where he expects to find Brockhurst. He tells him about David Lewis death. In reminding Brockhurst about an old story he tries to get Brockhurst to tell him what he knows about the death of David Lewis. Brockhurst doesn't admit to anything, but tells Sipowicz he is going to be able to sleep tonight now that the case is closed and that Sipowicz should do what he needs to do. Sipowicz goes to a church to find some direction.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+ ]

    Chandra West

    Chandra West

    (Dr.) Jennifer Devlin

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    Francis Xavier McCarthy

    Francis Xavier McCarthy

    Gerald Clifton

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    Sam Bottoms

    Sam Bottoms

    David Lewis

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    Bill Clark (V)

    Bill Clark (V)

     

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    Andre Jamal Kinney

    Michael Woodruff

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