John Irvin is showing off a picture the new car he plans on buying with his inheritance. Clark Jr. tells Rodriguez that he is fit to catch cases. Rodriguez agrees, but doesn't care or want to know the details of Clark Jr.'s relationship with the dead prostitute. Sipowicz gets a call from the FBI that a bomb may have been forwarded in the mail to the Family Court building. The detectives go to the scene and after dealing with a minor bureaucrat start an evacuation of the building. McDowell and Ortiz respond to the scream of a woman who's opened an envelope that has covered her with white powder. Hazmat sets up do some field testing for anthrax; McDowell and Ortiz need to be checked out. Laughlin takes some time to try breaking Clark Jr.'s balls, he breaks them back. Clark Jr. needs to meet with IAB about his situation. The anthrax test comes back negative, but Sipowicz receives a call that another letter has exploded in white powder. The victim has gone into cardiac arrest. Sipowicz arrives at the scene of the latest exploding envelope and meets with McDowell and Ortiz who tell him the envelope has also tested negative for anthrax. At IAB, Clark Jr. is interviewed by Rodriguez's friend Capt. Fraker. He offers to help Clark Jr. out, by asking him for some information that might be used against someone like Sipowicz. Clark Jr.'s refusal gets him put on restricted duty at the squad until the IAB says otherwise. Back at the squad, Medavoy has information on a possible suspect; Jones has information on where the original bomb threat call from and a contact in vice who has voodoo contacts that might be able to tell them the origin of the white powder that is laced with egg shell and cayenne pepper. Sipowicz goes with McDowell to pick up Medavoy's suspect and Clark Jr. returns to the office with restricted duty. Clark Jr. wants to be brought up to speed on the current investigation, but his conversation with Ortiz is only about the IAB situation. He suggests to her that she might want to see someone else if his current reputation is crimping her style. Medavoy and Jones meet with a Santeria priest who tells them the powder is a Santeria type recipe that is obscure. The priest then has some fun with Medavoy who's just knocked over what might be a sacred candle. Sipowicz and McDowell start to interview their suspect, who has some issues with authority and seems harmless, that is until there is a threat that his bi-weekly visitations with his son might be taken away. McDowell and Sipowicz send him down to the cells to cool off, while they investigate further. John Irvin leaves to pick up his car. Another suspect's name comes up with the name of Hale and he has an unknown relationship with a Hispanic woman named Fernandez, who because of her ethnic background may know something about the Santeria powder. Sipowicz goes to retrieve Hale, while McDowell and Ortiz go to retrieve Fernandez. Maya Anderson comes down from anti-crime and asks Baldwin to lunch. He agrees to go with her to lunch, and while there she gets him to agree to go out with her for some fun, nothing like that "heavy" relationship he just went through. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. start an interview Hale, who doesn't know what happened to the judge and the lawyer in the family court case where he lost everything. Clark Jr. is left at the house to take care of the testing of Hale, while Sipowicz leaves to go take care of something. McDowell and Ortiz start talking Fernandez about her relationship with Hale. They start out being straight with her and on the third chance they give her she confesses to obtaining the powder for Hale, who she thought was going to play a practical joke on their boss at the post office. Sipowicz meets with Clark Sr. and tells him what has been going on with son. John Irvin is out driving his new car, a Mercedes convertible, when he is carjacked. Sipowicz and Clark Jr. interview Hale and tell him what they know and what will happen with the FBI and others if they don't come to understanding. Hale tells them about the hell that the judge, his wife and her lawyer put him through with his divorce proceeding, but he agrees to write up his confession. Haywood tells the detectives that the FBI is going to prosecute Hale; Sipowicz tells her that he wants to break that news to Hale. Rodriguez tells Clark Jr. that IAB wants to see him. Medavoy tries to get a description of the carjacking suspect from John Irvin; who is then told that his car is on TV. The carjacker crashes the car and John Irvin's dream of owning it. At IAB, Clark Jr. enters the office to find his father with Capt. Fraker. Clark Jr. admits to covering for his father, which Fraker verifies, he then tells them the prostitute's murder was found and that Clark Jr. can return to full duty, but Clark Sr. has to stay. Back at the squad Clark Jr. tells them what happened at IAB. He makes an arrangement to call Ortiz later that evening. Out on his date with Maya, Baldwin tries to loosen up. Andy shows Theo how to shave, when Clark Jr. stops by to tell him thanks for staying behind him and that his father only got a 10 day suspension (which seems a little suspicious to me). John and Rita renew their relationship.moreless
The bomb scare was supposed to be in the Family Court building, but the scenes were all shot at the Supreme Court building. Probably because most filming is done on weekends to avoid the crowds and Family Court is not open on weekends.