Sipowicz (with McDowell watching) works with the lawyer on his testimony in the custody hearing that is going to be held later in the day. The other detectives are on the scene of a woman who was murdered in her own apartment. A neighbor, who had heard some commotion going on in that apartment gives them the name of the victim's boyfriend. Meanwhile, Sipowicz meets with Diane Russell, who is now working in the special victims unit. He tells her about their suspicion that Adrian Caffee was made pregnant by her father when she was a teenager. Sipowicz believes with her experience Russell might be able to talk with Caffee and Russell agrees to try helping out. Clark and Ortiz interview the boyfriend of their victim, whose name is Stan. He tells them his girlfriend was doing her brother-in-law, which is one of the reasons why she was his ex-girlfriend. He appears to be shocked when they tell him about her death, and he gives them an alibi to confirm. He claims to have been returning from Atlantic City early this morning with his father. Jones and Medavoy talk with the victim's brother-in-law. He tells him that he only use his sister-in-law's apartment for an affair with his assistant. He would then help her out with her rent. More evidence turns up that ex-boyfriend Stan owes some people some money and they haven't yet been able to reach Stan's father to confirm the alibi. Sipowicz tells McDowell about his reaching out to Diane Russell, which gives McDowell some reason to hope. Stan is brought back in and Clark and Ortiz talk with him about his gambling problem. They ask him about the $10,000 he borrowed from her last week. He tells them in that case it was a business loan. Russell goes to Adrian Caffee's apartment and she tells her about the abuse she suffered from her father when she was growing up. When she sees signs that Adrian Caffee is drinking to help her with her issues, Russell tells he that her abuse led to her drinking problem. Stan's father shows up at squad and begins making a scene at the same time that Sipowicz receives a call from Russell that she talked to Caffee but wasn't sure how much good it was going to do. It all results in Sipowicz going into the bathroom and venting his anger with all that is going on. Sipowicz believes that McDowell is going to lose the custody battle for Michelle and they are going to go through him to do it. Jones and Medavoy interview the ex-boyfriend's father. He tells them he met the victim and gave her the $10,000 that she claimed his son owed her to keep her quiet about a bad check. They are convinced the Stan's father isn't responsible for the murder; however, rather than go right back at Stan, the decision is made to take Sipowicz and Rodriguez's advice to gather some more background on Stan. They decide to start with the loan shark Stan had recently made some frequent calls to. Sipowicz consults his magic 8 ball about an unspoken question (Perhaps it was will this day work out for the best?), but his facial features give no clear indication as to what answer he's received. The loan shark is brought in for questioning and he eventually Clark and Ortiz that Stan paid him the money he owed him today, plus some additional money for more bets. The total is $10,000. He also tells them that Stan has $60,000 in markers all around the city. Adrian Caffee comes to Russell's office. She tells Russell that she is reluctant to testify as she is worried about the effect it will have on her current family. Russell tells her that if she doesn't start trying to stop living the lie now, it will eventually catch up to her. Russell knows that she has actually come here to testify, and she willing to help her get the help she needs to get her through this. Clark and Ortiz go to Stan's apartment to confront him and tell him his father is looking good for the murder. They question Stan, but he is only interested in the score of the game. The detectives run their case by Haywood, but they don't really have enough to charge Stan with murder. Sipowicz suggests that before they let Stan go, they remind him that with the $60,000 he still owes other loan sharks, he is probably about to written off. Clark lets Stan out of the pokey, and then reminds him that he needs to watch his back out on the street. Clark tries to make a Stan a deal, which Stan refuses. At family court, Sipowicz is on the stand and is not performing well under the questioning of Colohan's attorney. Then Russell brings Adrian Caffee into the courtroom and suddenly John Colohan is more than prepared drop their petition. Russell offers to help Adrian with initial support she is going to need to get on the road to recovery. John and Jennifer have dinner together at John's apartment. They get into a discussion about the excessive force that is sometime used by police officers. This leads to a fight and John shows her the door and she begins to leave. She comes back in to make one more point and they kiss and then some. At the Sipowicz/McDowell household, the family is celebrating along with Diane. Andy tells Diane that he owes her one. She tells him it was payback for something she owed him from long ago. Now the decks are clear. After Diane leaves and Michelle is put to bed, Andy and Connie start to discuss the possibility of marriage; that is they start to until Theo comes in looking for a storyteller.moreless
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