NYPD Blue Summary/Review by Amanda Wilson aka firstname.lastname@example.org
"Cops and Robber"
Season 9 Episode 5
Teleplay by Harold Sylvester
Story by Bill Clark & Harold Sylvester
Directed by Mark Tinker
It was over too soon....
STOLEN BADGE: The shine is off John Clark's brand new gold
shield when it's stolen from his car in a rash of break-ins in the PD
parking lot overnight. He spent the night at the 15th after his dad
kicked him out last night (last week). John also lost all of his clothes
and other personal effects.
Andy's almost as unhappy about it as Clark, but jumps in like
a good partner and helps Clark out of the jam. The young detective
stands to get busted back down to uniform if it's found out:
detectives usually use a dummy badge on the street and keep
the real one locked up, but John hasn't had time to get a safe
Greg and Baldwin know what's going on and they offer
to help, too. The detectives begin by looking for similar
crimes. It's important they keep uniform and anti-crime cops
from finding the badge first.
Tony wonders why four detectives are working on the
break-ins and two on the homicide. Andy asks him privately
to trust him, he's just trying to help a cop out of a jam. Tony
gives him until the end of the day.
Andy gets a robbery investigation in the middle of the
break-in debacle. Turns out a guy got cuffed to a fence by
a guy who showed him a badge and stole money and drugs
from him. Clark nearly suffers from apoplexy. He says he wants
to tell the Lt. What happened, but Andy says he needs to hang
tight for a while. Andy convinces the uniform on the scene to
leave reporting the badge business to him.
Baldwin and Greg have alerted pawn shop owners
about John's missing stuff. One of them calls in and says
he's got a guy there trying to sell one of John's bracelets.
At the pawn shop, John's hopes are dashed again when the
guy with the bracelet leaves before he and Andy arrive. Two
Anti-Crime cops, Ray Giacolone and Bobby Marcellus, show
up looking for a watch stolen out of a captain's car. They also
want the two days off the captain promised any cops who
collar the thief. John again wants to tell Tony, but Andy puts
Two uniforms come in with a guy who was trying to buy a
hooker and who had, apparently among other things, a badge
in his pocket. Turns out the badge isn't John's. Andy has to tell
the uniforms to forget about the guy, but they want the two days
off. Andy says he'll make sure they get it when the right guy is found.
Greg and Baldwin have a guy who was found with John's
bracelet. Maurice Carlisle is unwilling to tell where he got the
bracelet until Andy threatens him with all the muscle in the
room and a roll of duct tape. Maurice sputters out the name
Jimmy Figgis who traded the bracelet for crack.
Jimmy Figgis is a dirty, tattoo-covered twitch who ends up
covered in nothing but his tattoos after Andy, John, Greg and
Baldwin rip John's stolen clothes off his body. He swears he
found the clothes and bracelet in a dumpster and has no idea
where the badge is. Since the detectives can see every inch of
Figgis body and since the badge is too big to fit where the sun
doesn't shine, they walk him completely starkers out of the
pokey room to book him. He really starts to complain when
a new 1-5 denizen, Lisa, nearly bumps into him and recoils in
horror before trying to hide a smile. The detectives pick up his
feet then and begin to carry him down the stairs. Figgis decides
he'd better say something.
He tells the cops he broke into the cars, and tells them about
Deacon Ames, a drug dealer who likes to trade drugs to hookers
for sex. Only Deacon doesn't give up the drugs; he usually beats
the hookers half to death instead. He beat poor Figgis senseless
once after Figgis gave him some weak dope, so Figgis gave him
the badge as a peace offering.
Andy enlists Connie's help in grabbing up the dealer. She's
unsure about dressing as a hooker but does it anyway. She and
Figgis, a.k.a. Pecker Head, go to Deacon's apartment. Deacon,
who is wearing John's badge around his neck, gets Connie in a
room alone and begins to attack. The cops break down the door,
wrestle with Deacon and get the badge back. Connie leaves quickly,
her shirt torn.
Later, John assures Andy he'll secure the badge. Andy asks if
John got kicked out by his dad, but John doesn't want to say
much about it. He and Andy end on a good note.
CONNIE & ED: While the rest of the squad is helping John
out of his jackpot, Connie and Eddie catch the murder of a guy
named Jason who is found shot to death in a stolen car. The car
is packed with all his worldly goods and a plane ticket. His
crotch is packed with 15-hundred cash.
Jason's police record turns up his home phone. His girlfriend,
Francis, is there. She's 15 and about 8 months preggers. Connie
and Eddie bring her in. She's a mouthy, troubled teenager who
gives them no help at all. She won't say where Jason worked.
Connie is trying to take a soft approach with the girl but Eddie
drops the bomb that Jason is dead which puts Francis in such a
state that she won't hear anything. Eddie is, of course, without a clue.
The car Jason was found in belonged to Francis' father. Her
parents are on their way in. Connie finds through Jason's parole
officer that he used to work at Rose's Liquor store. She and Eddie
bring the owner, Bud, in.
Eddie offers Bud coffee, Bud says yeah, and they both sit there,
clueless. Annoyed, Connie gets up and gets the coffee. Bud tells
them that his store was robbed of 30-grand a few months ago.
He's convinced that Jason was in on it and that his girlfriend
was driving the getaway car.
Francis, after a little time to compose herself, speaks with Connie
again. Connie has had to walk on ego shells with Eddie in order to
get the girl alone. Eddie watches through the two-way mirror as
Connie gets Francis to talk about how she was involved in the
robbery along with a guy named RJ. Connie even gets Francis
to give up RJ's address. Of course, Eddie nearly blows that by
talking through the intercom at the end of Connie's interview.
Francis begins to freak out over being spied on, but Connie
manages to control it.
Connie and Eddie sit on RJ for a while. Eddie offers Connie
mints. Connie politely refuses when suddenly Connie spots RJ
strutting down an alley. Eddie is nodding off in the car. Connie
gives him a smack on the arm and takes off running after RJ. Eddie
lumbers along after. RJ dumps a weapon in a dumpster and runs
out into the street, looking behind him. Too bad he wasn't
looking in front of him because he runs right smack into the side
of a bus and bounces about 5 feet backward onto his ass. Connie
grabs him and cuffs him while Eddie reaches into the dumpster
for the gun. Eddie walks up and takes RJ away from Connie,
informing RJ that he'd have been all over him if he hadn't had
to stop for the weapon. He then orders Connie to open the car
door for him.
Back at the house, Connie and Eddie interview RJ. He says
nothing until Eddie reaches into his pocket and pulls out a
small pouch. From this he extracts a Q-Tip and hands it to Connie.
He grabs RJs wrists and holds his hands palms up. He asks Connie
to swab RJ's hands. She plays along, really unsure. Eddie takes the
swab, sprays it with some Binaca, which he holds out of RJ's sight,
and then holds the swab up to the light with a grunt of satisfaction.
He hands the swab to Connie who does her best to mimic the grunt.
RJ is befuddled. Eddie explains to him that he's just done a
"granule" test which shows conclusively that RJ fired a weapon that
day (only Eddie doesn't explain it with nearly as much confidence
as I just did). RJ sits, mouth agape and no doubt drying out.
Connie tells him to begin by talking about the liquor store robbery.
RJ is even more shocked that they know about that. He tells the story
and then goes on about how he and Jason started arguing over some
Cristal Jason stole from the liquor store. RJ tells how he shot Jason
two times in the head by accident.
MR. ED & CONNIE'S REAL PROBLEM: Eddie continues his
assault on Connie's good humor by doing the following during the
homicide case: he makes her go into the dead guy's crotch for the wad
of cash, he has her do the 5's on the case, he tells her to "run along"
to get Francis some juice, and, as previously mentioned, he stands
by idle after promising Bud some coffee, he nods off on their stake
out and then takes her collar away while asking her to open the door
for him. Earlier, he gave Medavoy a bag of crap over making coffee.
Connie is preoccupied, however, over the fate of young Francis.
Andy notices that she's uncomfortable playing a prostitute and, at
the end of the day, asks her what's wrong. She wants to talk, but
backs away. Andy invites her over for fish sticks with him and Theo.
After dinner, she tells Andy that the case got to her because she was
once pregnant and 15. She tells him what she told Diane earlier: that
she gave her daughter up for adoption and that she's found out where
her daughter lives (Brooklyn Heights). She asks Andy's advice on
whether to see the girl. Andy knows she really wants to but advises
against it. He tells Connie that as bad as she feels now, she'd feel a
whole hell of a lot worse if she knew she'd upset the girl by stepping
into her life when the girl isn't ready. Connie nods and leaves.
BALDWIN AND HIS GIRL? Baldwin and ADA Heywood bump
into each other in the hallway and talk about how they keep playing
phone tag. He suggests they get together tonight but she's working
late. He suggests breakfast but she says she's got Yoga. He gives her
the famous Blue hand squeeze and tells her he'll call her.
RUNNING BUDDIES: John solidifies his new friendships in the
squad by chatting with Greg and Baldwin in the locker room at the
end of the day. He talks a little about getting kicked out, but reveals
nothing significant. He tells them he's going to stay with a buddy
who lives nearby. John invites them out to eat. Greg says he's got
his kids and can't go. Baldwin says he'll go after his run. John asks
if he can join the run. Baldwin says he'd be happy to run with John
since his old running parnter, Greg, bailed on him. Greg tries
unsuccessfully to convince them that he works out at home. Greg,
feeling a little left out and perhaps a little envious of the twelve pack
surrounding him, tells them he'll bring his shoes and join them next
STOLEN BADGE: And you thought Sipowicz had problems!
This kid has been on the job as a detective for less than a week and
he's been in a bar brawl with his father, had Andy all over his ass,
gotten kicked out of his house, his car broken into and all his stuff
stolen, including his brand new badge. Did I leave anything out?
I like it because it shows us what life might be like as a brand
new detective. I've heard a few complaints that the kid isn't seasoned
enough to be working with Andy. Well, hear this: that's why he IS
working with Andy. He's green, he's new, he's got a lot to learn,
etc. bla bla. That's the point. An astute reader pointed out in an
email last week that Andy used to talk about how he raised Kelly
from a pup. Of course, by the time we met Andy and John Kelly,
Kelly wasn't a pup anymore. Now we get to see Andy raising one
from a pup.
Mark-Paul is playing that pup really well. It's in his eyes--you
can see him trying to grab hold of his confidence (the confidence
he displayed with ease when he was in narcotics in the first episode)
while he tries to get his footing in his new world. But he's not stupid,
and that shows, too. And you can also see the storm clouds in his
face--anger over the situation with his father, and his unwillingness
to let Andy stomp on him.
Odd that John never really said thanks to anyone for all the help,
especially to Andy who really laid it on the line for him by talking
to Tony and heading off all those uniforms, etc.
Great work behind the camera tonight from director Mark Tinker.
Like the first episode, this one was full of movement. It was so
fast-paced that I was surprised when it was over.
We've seen how hard it is to pump life into this old girl, NYPD
Blue, from some of the dusty-looking shows of past seasons, but
this season so far--this show in particular--seems fresh and alive.
I think a big part of that is getting the guys out of the house a lot
more, but smaller things help too.
For example, how many times have we seen this in an interview
scene: Two cops walk into the room (pokey room, coffee room,
whatever room) and sit down with the subject. They talk. Subject
talks. They talk some more, Subject talks some more. Someone
pounds the table, someone leans in to someone's face. A note pad
is shoved over and Subject writes something down. Millions of
times, right? Tonight, it seemed every one of those scenes had a
new element. Francis jumped up and freaked out, breaking things.
There were uniforms in the room another time. No one sat down
during another chat. The one with Maurice (the duct tape scene),
included shots from inside the cage. Someone was stripped naked
and hauled out of the room during another great scene. Even the
scene where Connie is alone with Francis and does shove a note
pad at her has it's old form shattered when Eddie's voice blasts
intrusively in telling Connie to "run along" and fetch some juice.
And Eddie's bit with the cotton swab made the scene with RJ look
interesting (not to mention RJ's face!)
Some of the take down scenes were a break from the old form
as well. Most notably, RJ hitting that bus. That provoked an
audible from me. (Strange when you're watching TV all alone and
you suddenly hear your own voice saying, "Oww!")
I can't pick my favorite scene (the stripping of Figgis? the
near-taping of Maurice? RJ and the bus? ), but I think it might be
the shot of the empty squad room at the top of the show when
everyone has run out to the parking lot. The phone is ringing, no
one's around, and we hear Eddie's voice calling from God-knows
where, "Is somebody gonna get that?"
CONNIE & EDDIE: What a perfect load Eddie is. This character
is written so well. The best part of the writing (and acting by John
O'Donohue) is that Eddie does all these things to Connie and he's
completely unaware of what a boor he is. Here's a man who's gone
through life without learning anything. The best example of Eddie's
true nature is the coffee scene. He offers coffee and then sits back
simply expecting the woman in the room to get it. It never occurs
to him that he should do it.
Connie is doing a slow boil over this, and before you ask, no
I don't think she should blow up at him, yet. She should, of course,
and I think she will, but not yet. She's doing her best right now to
get the job done and so far, she's not had a good time or place to
take Eddie on for this. Tonight, of course, her mind was elsewhere.
Her discomfit over her personal situation outweighed her annoyance
over Eddie's piggishness. That was appropriate. Charlotte Ross
played it very well, also. She was clearly preoccupied throughout
her involvement with Francis, and especially when she had to dress
up as a hooker, and it rang true when she told Andy that what Eddie
was doing didn't really matter to her. I think it will matter to her at
some point when she sorts out the baby thing.
And the baby thing.... I've been dreading it, but it was handled
so well tonight. There was no babbling, it wasn't sappy and that's
OK. Of course, the potential for that exists with such a soap opera
storyline, so I'm still a little nervous about how this will go.
I would be hoping she'll take Andy's advice and not pursue it
further, but since I've seen what's coming up in future episodes,
I know better. What I don't know is how it'll be handled. If it's
done like the scene where Connie hates dressing up as a hooker, I
can deal with it. Connie clearly hated doing that. Those clothes
exposed more than her cleavage and midriff, they exposed her deepest
held fear: that she was a tramp at one time in her life. All of that was
explained in her reaction when Andy told her what he needed her to
do and in the way she stormed out after the job was done. There was
no need for exposition and, gratefully, we didn't get any.
*Eddie may be a louse, a load, a worthless waste of time, but he's so
good at it. And I loved the way he got RJ to talk. This shows me that
while Eddie is a lazy bastard who will skate when he can, the criminals
are, for the most part, dumber than he is. So it should be.
*Nice placement of Eddie's first boorish act of the day: We had
Medavoy, usually our whipping boy, bouncing in and making coffee
and chatting his usual good-natured nonsense followed immediately
by Eddie who is the REAL clown of the squad.
*While I'm on my Eddie kick---I love this guy, I can't help it---allow
me to pass along this incredible tidbit about the actor who plays him.
John O'Donohue was, in a previous life, an NYPD cop. He retired as a
(drum roll please) Lieutenant. So if you need lessons on how to
rebuild your life and have a second career (and hey, I do), see Mr. O.
*One of my regular readers reminded me that we haven't heard
Greg, or anyone, call Baldwin "D" this season. Hmmmmmm.
What does it all mean? ;)
*Nice, however, how they brought up the running thing with
Greg and Baldwin again. I'd like it if Greg did try to run with
*Baldwin is in tight with a suit wholesaler, huh? That cracked me
up. Way to go explaining his nice clothes! And certainly better that
than his, say, having taken them off Diane's hands when she was
*Well, at least Eddie has fresh breath and clean ears.
*So the squad likes Fords: John drives a Mustang, Greg drives
a Taurus. That about sums them up.
*More nice shots of NY's patriotism sprinkled throughout the
show. And Blue's dedication, as well, since someone went back
east to get those shots.
*I'd like to hear a big Amen that Baldwin and Val can't seem to
get it together. Oh, OK, I'll stop. Garcelle has been so much better
this season. (Say it.)
*I didn't realize that the badges detectives carry are dupes. So if
someone steals them, what? The innocent victim will know
they're fake? Not. I'm sure there's a real reason for this but it
escapes me at the moment.
*Best Non-returning Guest this week (that counts out the fabulous
Spano and O'Donohue): Again, a really tough call. Megan Henning
who played Francis was outstanding (and by the way, she really
looked pregnant. Great fake "outtie" on that belly.) I think my vote
might go to....Carlton Wilborn, who played Maurice. He was the
guy they were going to tape up. Two close runners up: Lawrence
Adisa (RJ) and Andy Mackenzie (Figgis). Wilborn has a really
interesting resume. Read it below in CAST LEGACIES.
*It's been said before but it hit me really hard tonight: Austin
Majors, who plays Theo, looks exactly like Michael Deluise who
played Andy's other son, Andy Jr. It's uncanny. Too bad they couldn't
have been on the show together.
*Greg got kicked out of his house for looking at a girlie magazine,
huh? I guess his parents didn't realize he was only practicing for his
future when he would be called upon to donate sperm for a poor
lesbian couple that wanted to have a child. Those idiots, how could
they not know?!?!
*Fish sticks... major kid food. But I wonder if Theo will someday
draw the connection between fish sticks and his beloved tank full
of fish.... maybe that'll come up in the long-awaited Very Special
Episode of NYPD Blue.
CAST LEGACIES, FREE PUPPIES, SUNDRY INFO:
Previously on NYPD Blue:
Joe Sabatino (Officer Mackey) and Mike Sabatino (Officer Martelli).
I don't know if they're brothers, but I do know Mike was a
champion pole vaulter and hey, that has to count for something.
Laurie O'Brien: (Francis' Mom): She was on Blue a few years
back. She's also been on ER, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences and
St. Elsewhere. And, she's the voice of Piggy in Muppet Babies.
Carlton Wilborn (Maurice Carlisle): He was on Blue in 97, and
has also done LA Law. Most interesting is the fact that he's one of
Madonna's dancers. He was in Truth or Dare with her and can be
seen in several of her other tour shows.
Lawrence B. Adisa (RJ): He did Blue in 96 and has also done ER.
Allan Steele (Bobby Marcellus, one of the Anti-Crime guys in the
pawn shop): He's a Blue alum and was also on Michael Hayes with
The Other Guy.
James Quattrochi (Ray, the other anti-crime guy in the pawn shop):
He's been on Blue too, and on Brooklyn South. He had a little part
in Goodfellas (one of the best movies ever!), and he's done some
directing. He directed True Friends, for one, which had Peter Onorati
a.k.a. Joey Salvo in it.
Andy Mackenzie (Figgis): He's done a few shows and some directing.
His dad is a TV director and played Carol's husband on the old
Adam Tomei (Pete, who took Mom to the foot doctor): He's got
a famous sister.
Dennis Cockrum (Randy the pawn shop owner): He was in Uncle
Buck. He's been on West Wing a few times and has done JAG, ER,
Chicago Hope and Northern Exposure.
Jack Knight (Bud Rose--great name--the liquor store owner): He was
Lt. Fitzgerald on Law and Order. He was a guest on Brooklyn South.
David Brisbin (Francis' dad): He's had parts in tons of great movies:
Leaving Las Vegas, Forrest Bump, Erin Brockovich and From the
Earth to the Moon. He played Dr. Babcock on ER and has done L&O
And rounding out the cast: Shawn Woods as Deacon Ames, Ron K.
Collie as the EMS Tech, Megan Henning as Francis, Johnny Savas
as the handcuffed man, Lisa Marie Jabboury as Lisa, Mighty Rasta
(yeah, you got that right) as Deacon's doorman Steve, and John
Nielson as Officer Palmer.
LINES OF THE WEEK:
Who can pick?!? There are too many...here's a sample:
Eddie to the empty squad room as the phone rings: "Someone
gonna get that?"
Eddie to Connie upon spying an unusually large protuberance
jutting from the um....crotchial region of the DOA Jason: "If I dive
in and he's built like a horse, I'll never stop washing my hands."
Andy to Maurice: "Where'd you get that bracelet?"
Maurice: "I bought it off a friend."
Andy: "What's your friend's name?"
Maurice: "We ain't that close."
Andy explaining Things to Maurice who didn't understand:
"...you tell us the name of who you got it from (the bracelet) or I
will tape your mouth shut, and after he beats your ribs to dust we
can rip off that stupid mustache."
NEXT WEEK: The return of Eddie's niece Cynthia.
Have a great week!
Amanda Wilson <---will write for Cristal