NYPD Blue: Summary/Review
by Amanda Wilson aka Puedo01@aol.com
Episode 7, Season 6
"Czech Bouncers" 12/8/98
Teleplay by Matt Olmstead
Story by David Milch & Bill Clark
Directed by Paris Barclay
FULL TANK: Sipowicz and Sorenson catch a robbery in a shop where the owners, an old couple named the Rosens, are beaten. Mrs. Rosen dies. Danny is very touched by the events, and promises Mr. Rosen emphatically that they'll catch the guys who did it.
A snitch (Leslie Peach) from Danny's narcotics days shows up to tell Danny he knows who the guys are who beat the Rosens, and gives up an address. He's looking for the cash the tip will produce.
Delray is the first perp brought in. He's a hard ass, and Danny gets real rough with him while Andy looks on. Danny eventually gets so angry, he throws Delray out of a chair and yells out that Mrs. Rosen is dead, a fact they had wanted to conceal and use as leverage later on. Danny is very angry at himself for blurting it out, and tells Andy he doesn't usually make mistakes like that. Andy tries to make him feel better by reminding him that he's new at the homicide thing, and hasn't seen many old couples beaten up like that. Danny mysteriously stuffs his pockets with pencils and paper clips, and they leave to go pick up the second perp.
During the interview with the second perp, Terry, Danny becomes emotional. He cries as he describes the beating of Mrs. Rosen. Terry is not a hard ass, and seems affected by Danny's tears. He tells Danny and Andy that he needs time to sort out his own value system. They leave him, after Andy offers him a soda, which he refuses.
In a wordless moment at their desks, the case weighs on Andy and Danny, who seem to want to talk about Danny's reaction, but don't. Danny goes in to see Terry again, and as soon as he sits down, Terry, who is crying by now, spills how the whole event was a horrible thing he and Delray never intended.
Later, Andy is feeding his fish when Danny comes to tell him the case is all but officially closed. Andy begins to explain to Danny how to keep a clean tank, by keeping everything in balance. He then asks if Danny got his meaning, which Danny confesses he didn't. Andy then tells him that Danny adjusted his methods well in the beating case (going from ultra angry with Delray to much less so with Terry) and that he kept his own "tank" clean by doing that, closing the case. Danny goes back and tells Delray that if he doesn't confess, Terry's confession will hang him out to dry. Delray doesn't exactly confess, but puts himself at the scene, which Danny tell him is enough when he says, "I got you, you prick."
After Andy is gone, Danny, Diane and Jill have a brief chat about things, Jill and Diane picking up right away on Danny unease and doing their best to relate to it. Danny remarks how Andy seems to have it all in perspective. Jill agrees, telling him jokingly that they call Andy The Buddha. Diane joins in the joke, says how they rub Andy's belly every morning, and winks a friendly wink at Danny.
PAA ON POINTE: Jill and Diane catch a homicide at a strip club. On their way out the door, they greet Upstairs John, who is downstairs filling in for the called-in-sick Dolores. A patron of the club is dead, and Diane and Jill have a chat with one of the strippers who spent some time with the DOA. Diane, getting over Bobby, but not there yet, isn't in a great mood, but is doing the job well. When this girl, Tina, goes to the bathroom, Jill goes with her to make sure she doesn't take off. In the bathroom, Jill discovers someone is hiding in a stall. She tells Tina to leave and send Diane in. Diane and Jill approach the stall, guns drawn, and try to talk the woman out. After a minute, the body of the stripper is revealed slowly opening the stall door until we see her face: Dolores. Dolores tells how she dated the DOA, but knows nothing of the case. She says stripping isn't exactly fulfilling her ballet dreams, but it pays the rent, and is not as boring as the PAA job. Jill and Diane eventually let her go and decide not to do her in on the job. They get a tip from another stripper that Tina's other boyfriend, Todd, is the jealous type and may have killed the DOA. Tina is persuaded to set Todd up, and when he arrives at the strip club, he's arrested. Jill and Diane later play on his fascination with being the big hero man, saving women, and tell him that if he doesn't confess, someone else will get the glory for the collar instead of them. He takes the bait and tells them he's going to make their day by confessing personally to the murder.
ANDY CAN'T WIN: Sgt. Dornan arrives at the 1-5 to talk to Andy again about the Suarez case. This is a case Sylvia prosecuted and asked Andy to open up last week with Sgt. Dornan. Suarez told Sylvia he lied in his confession to cover up a mob hit and is now concerned he's going to be killed in prison. Andy didn't get anywhere with Dornan last week; Dornan, who is black, witnessed Andy's racism in the past and didn't trust him. This week, Dornan seemed was willing to trust Andy and told him it would be worthwhile for Sylvia to reopen the case. Andy goes home with this news, pleased that he can finally please Sylvia on this. Alas for Andy, it is too late. Sylvia tells him Suarez is already dead--murdered in the prison laundry. He apologizes for not getting Dornan to give him this tip last week, and she gives him a big verbal slap on her way out the door by saying sarcastically and in his vernacular, "Well, Andy, you know how them people are."
THE SKINNY ON DANNY: Danny's got a girl, but he seems a bit commitment phobic. In bed that night, she tells him it'd be OK if their relationship became a little more than the occasional lay. Danny tells her he's a little "stirred up" by that conversation, gets out of bed and gets dressed to leave in a hurry. He explains that he just doesn't want to talk about that, he's had a hard day and wanted to be with her so he could be next to something good. She tells him she thinks he just wanted to get laid. He says he'll see her Friday, but she says she's busy. He says, "OK," but she's not really OK with that and says she's not busy Saturday. They make a date for then.
FULL TANK: I'm not as enamored of Danny this time around, though I'm still keeping an open mind. I think I understand why Danny's getting so much to do in these recent cases (we're still getting to know him), but I'm not sure I like it. Andy's hanging back a bit too much for me.
I did like the twist I perceived in Andy's role, though. It used to be Andy who was tossing skels around like so many of Greg's donuts and Bobby who was the one to remain calm and fatherly. This time, Andy is cast in Bobby's role and Danny is the one blowing up. The only problem is, I have no idea why Danny is blowing up, then later crying (twice!). I suppose (hope) we'll find out in time, but if the explanation was supposed to be evident in this episode, I guess it was lost on me.
I'll look to the fish tank analogy offered by Andy for my answer for now: Andy, I think, was trying to tell Danny that by the time he got the second interview, he'd learned to deal with his rage and get the job done. And that Danny's balancing act with his emotions was a good thing. OK, but I still don't get where Danny's emotion came from. Was it simply that, as Andy said, he'd not dealt with too many homicides? That he'd never seen an old couple beat up? I know Danny came from narcotics, but don't they see a lot of nasty crap in that area? I'm not sure this is the answer, and if so, I'm just not sure I buy it. Also seems to me that if Danny is indeed so inexperienced that Andy would have taken more of a lead in things.
That said, I'll say again that I like what's happening with Andy. His world grows wider every day. We never know how he's going to deal with it, but it's all there for him.
Another highlight: Leslie Peach, Danny's snitch. Hope we see more of him. Sorry I didn't get a cast list this week so I could mention this familiar actor by name. He was outstanding. There's room for him to come back.
PAA ON POINTE: I'm a little disappointed here, too. I liked the idea of having Dolores involved in a case this way, but it didn't seem to go anywhere. She really had nothing to do with it, outside of being there. Wish there'd been more to it, and as much I like Dolores, I wish there'd be enough to it to ensure she loses her job so John can come back full-time in the "briarpatch." (A reference, I believe, to Uncle Remus--but I could have missed that, just like the folks who called John to fill in.)
What I did like about this whole mess was Diane. All in all, I think Kim Delaney turned in the best performance this week. I used to hate her voice when she had to deliver the nastier lines, but she's got it now. She was totally believable in her nastiness, and for once, I found myself rooting for Diane when she's going after someone. Loved the way she lashed Tina.
Speaking of Tina, I can't say I was all that impressed with her rantings during Todd's arrest...And speaking of Todd, though I thought the way Jill and Diane got him to confess was a little...simple....I really liked this actor's portrayal of a total wacko. I believed it. (What a face!)
ANDY CAN'T WIN: I had wished this Suarez thing would've become a longer arc, if only to see more of Andy and Sylvia relating on work issues, and the way that is woven into their marriage. I suppose it could go on in some way, but it seems over for now. The racism thing makes me a little curious. Sylvia didn't seem totally clued in on that last week (Andy avoided telling her on purpose), but this week, she seems to have it all. I guess she'd be able to figure it out for herself that Dornan didn't trust Andy because Andy doesn't have the best reputation where political correctness is concerned, but I had hoped for more here.
Aside from that, the very basic theme of a husband trying to make his wife happy and failing (no matter what he does), was good. Some days, I guess the poor, beleaguered Mrs. Sipowicz just doesn't feel like putting up with Andy's crap. Who could blame her?
THE SKINNY ON DANNY: Let me first state clearly my bias: I don't find Rick Schroder physically attractive. That made this scene a little difficult for me to like. What sealed it for me, however, was when he told his girl that he wanted to be there so that he could be next to something good. Who can't relate to that? And I thought the little clues about Danny's commitment fears were good as well. We're learning more about the kind of guy he is. So far, he seems to be big-hearted if a little misguided.
Clearly, I wasn't all that thrilled with the stories this time around, but after six incredibly solid shows in a row, whaddya want??
LsOTW: As usual, a ton of them. Here are a few of my favorites:
Tina to Diane, who's gotten a bit testy over Tina's desire to leave: "Hey, have you got the curse?"
Diane: "Have you got a lot of money invested in your teeth? Because I'm about to punch you in the mouth."
Terry, after being picked up during a basketball game: "What you think on this basketball lockout?"
Andy: "Ask my partner. The thought of all these millionaire hoopsters going without gets me too distressed."
Andy to Dornan: "You're a good cop, Dornan."
Dornan: "Oh, now I KNOW it's true."
Peach to Andy, in reference to an early snide comment: "I know who Johnny Appleseed is, aiit?"
Peach tries to exit a locked door and Andy says, "Yeah, and you know that door is locked, aiit?"
Peach: "Yeah, I know the door is locked..smarty clown."
Let fly with the ones I missed. I know there are several. :)
Amanda Wilson aka Puedo01@aol.com