NYPD Blue, Season 2, Episode 2,
For Whom the
Story by Stephen Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by Gardner Stern
Directed by Michael M. Robin
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PLOT ONE: THE NEVERENDING TRIAL ACTUALLY ENDS
Janice testified at her murder trial that a)she did not plan to kill
Angelo Marino until she got into his car, b)John Kelly knew nothing about
the murders, and c)she confessed of her own volition, not because Kelly
had forced her to do so. The DA and Attorney James Sinclaire both gave
eloquent closing statements, but, apparently, Attorney Sinclaire's was
more moving - Janice was only found guilty on the lesser charge of
manslaughter in the first degree. Sinclaire told her that she would get
sentenced for no more than 2 years, and that she would probably be out on
work release in six months. "Not bad for a shyster lawyer, eh?" That
night, Kelly promises Janice that he'll visit her upstate all the time.
PLOT TWO: HAVERILL VS. KELLY
Everyone's favorite asshole from upstairs, Commander Haverill, showed up
again, this time as part of the witch hunt to nail Our Hero (tm) for tearing
the pages from the book. While Kelly and Sipowicz are in the middle of a
double-murder investigation (more on that to follow), Haverill continually
harrasses Kelly about giving a statement about the two dirty cops from
the previous week. Internal Affairs seems convinced that Kelly only
busted the two cops because he wanted a cut of their action, but when no
drug dealers identify Kelly or Sipowicz as ever having hung around with
the two dirty cops, that avenue of persecution is closed. When even
Medavoy won't turn on Kelly (more to follow), Haverill decides to screw
over Our Hero by refusing to drop the charges on one of Kelly's
informants (from the double-murder case). Kelly gets extremely
insubordinate with Haverill, which gives him all the ammo he needs - he
even decides to let the snitch go.
PLOT THREE: THE BIG BLUE WALL, MEDAVOY STYLE
Because the Linardi murder was Medavoy's case, the fact that Kelly held
onto the book for three days is more than a little suspicious, and
Internal Affairs wants to talk to Medavoy about it. Greg knows that he
didn't do anything wrong, but tells Donna that he's afraid that if he goes
into the interview and starts stammering, they'll think he's trying to
cover for John - and he doesn't want to jam up one of his friends.
However, when he goes into the IAB interview, he's so relaxed, he doesn't
even stammer once - he calmly claims (contrary to what actually happened)
that he never got around to asking John for the book for a few days
because of other aspects of the case, and that Kelly gave him the book
the minute he was asked about it. The IAB sleazeballs realize Medavoy isn't
going to be any help, so they let him leave, and he walks out of the room
PLOT FOUR: THE ROCK STAR MURDER
A black man and woman have been found brutally and bloodily murdered in
her apartment, which is in a building described as a "non-stop party,"
because of all the drug dealing that goes on. Kelly thinks he has a lead,
a crackhead who was seen coming out of the dead woman's apartment, but he
has an alibi - he was watching Star Trek with his girlfriend. However,
the Trekkie crackhead saw another guy going into the dead woman's
apartment, and identifies him for Kelly and Sipowicz. The new suspect is
an ex-con who's been hard-working and straight for two years since his
last prison term, but he confesses to Kelly (after another smooth speech
about the uselessness of lawyers) that he killed them both in a fit of
rage after the guy started hassling him for talking to the woman (and
after the guy tried to rob him).
PLOT FIVE: NORMAN, IS THAT YOU?
In the midst of Janice's trial and the Inquisition going on for Kelly,
ex-Detective Roberts shows up and tells Sipowicz that he has a bit of
evidence that might help Kelly. Seems that one of his new PI clients is a
madame. Said madame has a regular client who likes for his hookers to
dress like schoolgirls so he can spank them. Said client just happens to
be Norman Gardners, who is in the midst of claiming on his show that
Kelly may have been on Marino's payroll, thanks to the "expert" testimony
of the bereaved girlfriend of Richie the Dead Bagman. Andy calls up our
friendly Geraldo-wannabe and shows him the tape. Norman, needless to say,
is a bit upset, but gets Sipowicz to give him the tape in exchange for a
public retraction of the "dirty cop" accusations about Kelly.
PLOT SIX: ANDY POPS THE QUESTION
Though their dinner date is interrupted for a night while Andy works the
double-homicide, Andy and Sylvia finally manage to eat at their favorite
restaurant. Unfortunately, in the five months since they last dated, the
restaurant stopped carrying Sylvia's favorite kind of bread, which upsets
Andy, but he controls himself. He starts to tell Sylvia that he knows he
needs more self-control, but that he's improved. Then he tells her that
he finally has his life in order:
"I've got my work here, and I've got my...problem, which I'm
making progress on, here, and I have you......Look, why don't
we get married?"
Sylvia's taken aback. Andy tells her to think about it, and mops his brow.
I want to say this, first and foremost: I was prepared to write a lot
about the wrap-up of Janice's trial, about Norman's naughty videotape,
about Greg's triumph with the IAB guys, about John's blow-up with
Commander Haverill, but all I'm really interested in at the moment is that
last bit of conversation I just typed.
ANDY ASKED SYLVIA TO MARRY HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sorry, but that has to be the most shocking, surprising, enjoyable
moments I have ever seen in the history of TV. Most of the time, when a
big thing like this is about to happen, there's a ton of hype about it -
and there's also a huge build-up to it in the episode. This one was
totally out of the blue, and I was as stunned as Sylvia was. And the shot
of Andy mopping his brow immediately after was priceless.
All I have to say is, GO ANDY! I just hope the stress created by this
sudden little bit of question-popping doesn't screw up his sobriety
again, after he's fought this hard to get himself straight and to get
With regards to the rest of the stuff in the show, some comments:
- While I know the show films mostly in LA, I just wish that
they'd have some sort of "New York Advisor" on staff. There
were two screw-ups last night. First, you cannot watch
Star Trek at ten o'clock on any night in NY (unless Channel
11 has changed their schedule in the two weeks since I was
last home). Second, there is no Channel 3, the sight of Norman's
little chat-fest. There's a Channel 2, a Channel 4, a Channel 5,
7, 9, 11, and 13, but no Channel 3. That bugged me a bit.
- I'm starting to come up with a favorite director for the show.
Mike Robin, who's also the Supervising Producer, directed tonight.
He also directed my personal favorite, "Guns'N'Rosaries" (where
Janice confessed), as well as several other good shows. He's
definitely got a distinct style - every one of his shows has
at least one long, quiet conversation scene with little or no
background music and no jumpy camerawork. In "Guns'N'Rosaries,"
it was the scene between Janice and the priest. In "Up on the
Roof," it was the scene where Fancy and his wife talked about
having another child. Tonight it was Greg and Donna's conversation
before his IAB interview. I consider those to be three of the most
powerful moments in the show so far.
- Speaking of Donna, I'm just wondering when she's gonna appear
in her own storyline, or at least a story totally unrelated to
Medavoy. I mean, she does get more screen-time than Martinez,
but that's not saying much.
- At last, the damn trial is over! Thank you, Lord, for ending this
neverending saga! I know it only ran for two episodes, but we've
been hearing about the Marino murder virtually since day one, and
it's time to finally give it a rest. I did like Attorney James
Sinclaire's closing, however. And I liked the fact that the writers
were smart enough to realize that they should have Janice's goal
be manslaughter rather than acquittal, which a lot of other shows
would have done.
- God, but I loved the look on Norman's face as he watched the
videotape of his little spank-athon. I wonder if Roberts had
any more copies, in case Norman starts hassling guys in the 15
again. Nahh, Andy gave Norman his word, and without trust, where
are we? :)
- We have a new word to add to the Andy Sipowicz lexicon. Drum
roll, please..............DICKFIST!!!!!!!!! Yes, no longer will
we have to listen solely to the sound of "asshole," as he now
has this spectacular new bit of vulgarity to pepper his conversations
with. And did you notice the look of pride on Sylvia's face when he
used it? They really are in love................
- Speaking of "asshole," Kelly used it tonight. Yeah, I know he's
said it before, but this particular instance seemed a bit odd.
It was the scene where they were cornering the murder suspect
on the street. Kelly started by yelling, "Citizen in white!" before
quickly changing to, "Asshole in white!" Seemed a bit excessive and
not something John would ordinarily say (he saves his cussin' for
the important moments).
- BTW, I think Caruso was much improved this week over last week.
A friend I was watching with asked why he kept smiling all the time
when IAB was hounding him, but I liked that - Kelly can't believe
the ridiculous lengths to which IAB will go to crucify him. He
knows they'll get him eventually on something, so he might as well
enjoy himself. And the scene where he convinced the murderer to
confess was classic John Kelly.
- Last year, it seemed that there were a bunch of detectives in
the 15th squad, but that the show just focused on Kelly, Sipowicz
Medavoy, and Martinez. However, in the middle of his IAB
interview, Medavoy described the four of them as "the day shift
of the 15th squad," suggesting that they're the only four detectives
on shift. Isn't that a bit minimal?