NYPD Blue (1993–2005): Season 9, Episode 17 - NYPD Blue - full transcript

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Andy:
PREVIOUSLY ON NYPD BLUE...

DID THE NYPD DO SOMETHING
TO ANGER YOU, MR. LIPE?

DRIVING WHILE IMPAIRED.

THAT’S WHAT
I WAS CHARGED WITH

ON APRIL 4, 1991,
WHEN IT WAS

PRESCRIPTION COLD MEDICINE
I HAD TAKEN.

I’M TELLING YOU
THAT YOUR FATHER IS SICK,

AND HE’S IN THE HOSPITAL.
IT COULD BE WEEKS,

IT COULD BE A FEW DAYS.
DID HE ASK TO SEE ME?

I’M NOT GOING TO SEE HIM.

MY GUYS INTERVIEWED RAY MORRISON
BEFORE HE WENT TO SURGERY.



HE’S SAYING YOU BEAT HIM
FOR NOTHING.

HE ASSAULTED
DETECTIVE McDOWELL

BEFORE ANYONE MADE A MOVE.

DID YOU REALLY NEED
FIVE DETECTIVES

AND A FIRE EXTINGUISHER
TO BRING HIM DOWN?

IF YOU’RE GONNA PUSH YOUR
LIFESTYLE IN MY FACE AGAIN,

THEN YOU SHOULD TURN AROUND
AND LEAVE.

YOU’RE IN MY PRAYERS, DAD,

AND I HOPE YOU
MAKE A FULL RECOVERY.

YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT ANYTHING
ELSE OTHER THAN BEING GAY?

TOMMY SAID
AT THE HAUNTED HOUSE

THE GHOST IS ON THE RIDE
WITH YOU,

AND SOME OF THEM SING.

WELL, THEY SOUND VERY TALENTED.
COMB YOUR HAIR OUT.



I DON’T WANT YOU
LATE FOR SCHOOL.

THEY ALSO GOT A PIRATE RIDE.

THEO, YOU DON’T HAVE TO KEEP
REMINDING ME ABOUT DISNEY WORLD.

I REMEMBER PROMISING THAT
TO YOU, AND I’LL STAND BY IT.

BUT WHEN?

WELL, MAKING PLANS TO TRAVEL
SO FAR TAKES TIME.

HOW MUCH?

ANOTHER WEEK OR SO.

WHY DON’T YOU GO GRAB
YOUR LUNCH OUT OF THE FRIDGE?

THERE’S A SPACE
ROLLER COASTER, TOO.

TOMMY SAID I’M NOT
BIG ENOUGH FOR IT,

BUT YOU AND CONNIE CAN GO.

LISTEN, THEO,

I KNOW CONNIE GOES TO A LOT
OF PLACES WITH US,

BUT SHE WON’T BE COMING
TO FLORIDA.
WHY NOT?

’CAUSE SHE’S GOT TO WORK.

I CAN DO IT BECAUSE I’M
TAKING SOME SPECIAL TIME OFF.

I WANT CONNIE TO COME.
WELL, SHE CAN’T.

SHE’S BUSY.
IT’LL JUST BE YOU AND ME.

SHE CAME TO THE ZOO.

YEAH, BUT THAT
WAS THREE HOURS.

THIS IS FOUR DAYS.
IT’S DIFFERENT.

IF SHE DOESN’T COME,
I WON’T GO.

THEN WE WON’T GO.

FINE. HM.

FINE.

THEO, COME ON.

LET’S JUST GO TO SCHOOL.

HEY.

D.O.A.’s A DAVID BULLHACK.

LIVES TWO BLOCKS DOWN
ON 4th STREET.

THREE IN THE CHEST.

WHO CALLED IT IN?

WITNESS ON THE SECOND FLOOR
HEARD SHOTS AT 5:00 A. M.,

LOOKED OUT HIS WINDOW,
AND SAW A CAB TAKING OFF.

WITNESS GOT THE LICENSE NUMBER.
RITA’S RUNNING IT.

GYPSY CAB.

YEAH.

’CAUSE THERE’S NO WAY
YOU’RE GOING TO GET

A YELLOW CAB
WITH A BLACK PASSENGER

AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING.

UH, THEO SAYS HI.

YEAH?

YEAH. HE’S LOBBYING
TO GO TO DISNEY WORLD.

KID’S RELENTLESS.

ARE YOU TAKING HIM?

YEAH, I GUESS.

ANYWAYS, UH...

WALLET AND CASH
STILL ON HIM.

CAB COMES BACK
TO A RYAN LIPE.

LIPE.
HOW DO I KNOW THAT NAME?

IT’S THAT GYPSY CAB GUY,

THE WITNESS
ON THAT PARK SHOOTING,

HAD THE BEEF WITH THE DEPARTMENT
FOR THE D.U.I.

TOTAL CREEP.

OH, YEAH. HIM?

YOU BUILD A RAPPORT?

WELL, AS MUCH AS WE COULD
WITH A 40‐YEAR‐OLD GUY

WHO STILL LIVES
WITH HIS MOM.

WE’LL TAKE IT.

YEAH. WE’LL CANVASS.

YOU GUYS DO ME A FAVOR,
COVER HIM BACK UP?

HEY, CLARK.

ORTIZ. HER HUSBAND
WHO JUST DIED ‐‐

I HEARD THAT HE WAS ACTUALLY
HER EX‐HUSBAND.

AM I RIGHT ON THAT?

THEY WERE GETTING DIVORCED.

WERE THEY CLOSE?

I MEAN, I GUESS. WHY?

WELL, IF SHE WAS LOOKING
TO REBOUND,

I WOULDN’T MIND HELPING
HER OUT WITH THAT, RIGHT?

LOOK, MAYBE YOU
COULD GIVE ME A HEADS UP

AS FAR AS THAT’S CONCERNED,

UNLESS ONE OF YOU GUYS
IS ALREADY HITTING HER.

YOU GOING TO SLIDE
YOUR WEDDING RING OFF

BEFORE YOU ASK
WHAT HER SIGN IS?

WHAT ARE YOU, THE DEPARTMENT
CHAPLAIN NOW?

DOES SHE NEED YOU
HITTING ON HER RIGHT NOW?

PROBABLY NOT.

I’M JUST ASKING
HER STORY.

YOU DON’T GOT TO BE
AN ASSHOLE ABOUT IT.

SHE BURIED HER EX
A WEEK AGO.

GO NUTS.

HAVE A SEAT, MR. LIPE.

YEAH, I’M JUST GONNA STAND HERE
WITH MY FINGER UP MY BUTT?

ANY IDEA WHY WE’D
BRING YOU IN TODAY?

HOW ABOUT WE JUST GET TO IT

INSTEAD OF PLAYING
GUESSING GAMES?

WHERE YOU BEEN
THIS MORNING?

WORKING.

DRIVING YOUR CAB?
CORRECT.

YOU DRIVE BY ST. MARK’S
IN THE BOWERY?

YES.

WHEN WERE YOU THERE?

5:03 A. M.

WHAT WERE YOU DOING THERE?

DROPPING OFF A FARE.
WHAT DID HE LOOK LIKE?

HE WAS A RABBI.

WHO DO YOU THINK I WAS
DROPPING OFF AT ST. MARK’S

AT 5:00 IN THE MORNING?

WHAT DID HE LOOK LIKE?

HE WAS A BLACK MAN.

YOU TWO
HAVE A DISAGREEMENT?

WE DID.
OVER?

HIM WANTING MY MONEY

AND ME PREFERRING
TO HOLD ON TO IT.

YOU PULL A GUN?
I DID.

YOU SHOOT IT?
ABSOLUTELY.

BECAUSE HE WAS ROBBING YOU,
YOU’RE SAYING?

THAT’S RIGHT.

DID HE HAVE A WEAPON?

A GUN.

WE DIDN’T FIND ONE
AT THE CRIME SCENE.

[ SCOFFS ]
SEE, THIS IS WHY
I DIDN’T COME FORWARD.

I HAVE BEEN SCREWED
IN MY DEALINGS

WITH THE NYPD, AND HERE I AM
GETTING RAILROADED AGAIN.

MEANING WHAT?

MEANING SOMEONE
IN YOUR DEPARTMENT

WHO’S STILL TRYING
TO GET BACK AT ME

FOR PROVING
IT WAS POLICE ERROR

WHEN I WAS CHARGED
WITH MY D.U.I. 10 YEARS AGO

SOMEHOW MAKES THAT GUY’S
GUN DISAPPEAR

TO MAKE ME LOOK LIKE
I KILLED HIM FOR NO REASON

SO I GET FRAMED FOR MURDER.

NO OFFENSE, LIPE, BUT YOU’RE
REALLY NOT WORTH THE TROUBLE.

THAT MAN HAD A GUN
IN MY FACE,

DEMANDING MY MONEY.

IT WAS HIM OR ME,
AND I DEFENDED MYSELF,

WHICH I HAVE
A RIGHT TO DO.

WHERE’S YOUR GUN NOW?

MY NIGHTSTAND.

ALL RIGHT, START FROM WHERE
YOU PICKED UP THIS FARE,

AND RUN THE WHOLE
THING THROUGH.

WHY BOTHER?

THIS POLICE DEPARTMENT’S JUST
GOING TO BEND ME OVER AGAIN.

ALL RIGHT, SHUT YOUR MOUTH
ABOUT EVERYTHING ELSE

EXCEPT WHAT HAPPENED
THIS MORNING.

HOMICIDE OUTSIDE
THE CAT AND FIDDLE BAR.

ON HESTER?

YEAH. McDOWELL AND ORTIZ
STILL ON CANVASS?

YEAH. YOU WANT THEM
TO HELP OUT ON THIS?

IF THEY’RE DONE.

WHAT DID YOU GET
FROM LIPE?

COPPED TO IT.
CLAIMING SELF‐DEFENSE.

JUNIOR’S GETTING
HIS STATEMENT.

BUT NO GUN ON THE D. O. A.?

IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD,
THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE

IT GOT GLOMMED.

WHERE’S LIPE’S GUN?

HIS APARTMENT.
WE’LL SWING BY, PICK IT UP,

DROP IT AT BALLISTICS.

ALL RIGHT, LIPE STAYS
TILL HEYWOOD WEIGHS IN.
UH‐HUH.

AHEM.

SO, UH, HOW’S
IT GOING, JOHN?

FINE, DETECTIVE.

ANY PROGRESS WITH YOUR DAD?

NO IMPROVEMENT.
HE’S STILL VERY ILL.

BUT DID YOU SEE HIM?

I DID.

YOU TALKED?

HE’S VERY SICK,
AND JUSTIFIABLY DEPRESSED.

SO NO PROGRESS?

AT LEAST I GOT TO SEE HIM.

IS TONY RODRIGUEZ IN?

OH, GO AHEAD,
YOU CAN GO ON IN.

HEY!

TONY, QUé PASA, MI BROTHER?

DANIEL.
MUST BE FIVE YEARS.

HOW YOU BEEN KEEPING?

AH, GOOD, YOU KNOW.

RETIRED SEVERAL YEARS BACK.

JUST STARTED UP
A DRY CLEANERS WITH MY WIFE.

ENTREPRENEUR.

HEY, THERE YOU GO.

SO, YOU IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?

NAH, I LIVE OUT
ON THE ISLAND, TONY.

YOU GO OVER THE WORK
OFF THE LATE TOUR YET?

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR?

MY SON PETER
WAS IN A BAR FIGHT,

GOT BLOWN
WAY OUT OF PROPORTION.

WHAT’S THE STORY?

THIS GUY WAS LOADED,
HE’S MOUTHING OFF,

HE’S PUTTING HIS HANDS
ON WOMEN,

SO PETEY TELLS HIM
TO COOL IT.

THE GUY SWINGS,
NICKS PETEY’S CHIN.

PETEY SWUNG BACK,
CONNECTED ‐‐ ONCE.

HEY, JUST TO COOL
THE GUY OFF.

THEN HE SPLIT.

NEXT THING HE KNOWS,
THERE’S UNIFORM COPS

KNOCKING AT HIS DOOR.

DID HE GET LOCKED UP?

NAH, HE DIDN’T ANSWER
THE DOOR, MAN.

HE WAS TERRIFIED.

WHAT’S THE COMPLAINANT SAY?

IT WAS PETER WHO WAS DRUNK,

AND, UNPROVOKED,
ATTACKED HIM WITH A POOL CUE.

A LITTLE DISPARITY THERE.

TONY, PETEY’S LIKE ME.

HE’S GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A
TEMPER, BUT HE’S NOT A BAD KID.

AND IF HE THROWS DOWN,
IT’S NEVER OUT OF THE BLUE,

AND NOT WITH A POOL CUE.

LET ME LOOK INTO IT.

PERSONALLY, OR ARE YOU
GOING TO ASSIGN IT OUT?

I’LL TAKE A LOOK
AT IT FIRST.

YOU LOOKING TO MAKE IT
GO AWAY?

I’LL TALK TO THE COMPLAINANT.

MAYBE SOBER
HE’S A DIFFERENT GUY.

I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH
I APPRECIATE IT.

I CAN’T TELL YOU HOW MUCH
PETEY APPRECIATES IT.

WHAT’S THIS?

A GRAND FOR YOU
OR YOUR GUYS ‐‐

WHOEVER HANDLES IT.
MY THANKS AHEAD OF TIME.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT
YOU’RE THINKING, DANIEL,

YOU KNOW
THAT’S NOT HOW I WORK.

BUT THIS IS
BETWEEN FRIENDS.

AND AS A FRIEND,
I SAID I’D LOOK INTO IT.

I DIDN’T MEAN
NO DISRESPECT.

FORGET IT.
I’LL BE IN TOUCH.

THANKS, TONY.

HEY.

UH, D. O. A.’s
A TIMOTHY RICHTMAN.

RADIO CAR PULLED
AROUND THE CORNER

AND SAW THIS GUY
LEANING OVER HIM.

THEY THOUGHT HE WAS LIFTING
THE D. O. A.’s WALLET,

BUT HE SAYS RICHTMAN
GOT PUNCHED IN THE FACE

BY A STRANGER
WHO WHACKED HIS HEAD.

HE WAS TRYING
TO REVIVE HIM.

WHO IS HE?

JOE BRADY. SAYS HIM AND THE
D. O. A. ARE SORT OF FRIENDS.

WE HAVEN’T TALKED TO HIM
PAST THAT.

ALL RIGHT,
WE’LL TAKE HIM.

UH, D. O. A.’s CELL PHONE.

WE’LL START A CANVASS.

DETECTIVES MEDAVOY
AND JONES.

HOW YOU DOING, JOE?

I’M FLIPPIN’ OUT.
I MEAN, LOOK AT HIM.

HE LOOKS LIKE HE COULD JUST
GET UP AND WALK AWAY.

WHAT HAPPENED?

I CAME FOR A DRINK,

BUT THIS PLACE ISN’T OPEN
FOR SOME REASON,

AND THEN TIM SHOWS,
AND WE FIGURE

WE’LL FIND ANOTHER PLACE.

AND THEN THIS
GIANT BLACK DUDE,

HE WALKS UP AND
NAILS TIM IN THE FACE.

FOR NOTHING?

GUY WAS TRYING
TO GO IN THE BAR,

SO TIM TELLS HIM
IT’S CLOSED,

THE GUY TRIED
THE DOOR ANYWAY,

AND THEN TIM SAYS,

"CAN’T YOU HEAR,
YOU STUPID APE?"

AND THE GUY DRILLED HIM
AND TOOK OFF.

YOU DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?

THE GUY WAS MASSIVE.
I MEAN, NO WAY.

ANYONE ELSE SEE IT?

NO, IT WAS PRETTY EMPTY
HERE EARLIER.

YOU EVER SEE THE BIG GUY
BEFORE?
NEVER.

TIM SEEM TO KNOW HIM?
IT HAPPENED TOO QUICK.

WELL, HOW DO YOU KNOW TIM?

I SEEN HIM IN SOME BARS,
BUT JUST TO SAY HELLO.

THE GUY’S A FRUIT,
BUT I JUST SAY HELLO.

SO THIS IS A GAY JOINT?

NO, NO, NO,
THAT’S NOT ME.

I’M JUST SAYING ABOUT HIM

BECAUSE MAYBE
IT WOULD BE HELPFUL.

I DON’T KNOW.

I’M FREAKING OUT HERE
A LITTLE.

I NEVER SEEN ANYONE
KILLED BEFORE.

SURE, WE UNDERSTAND.

CAN I SPLIT?

I REALLY NEED
TO GO HOME NOW.

WE’RE GOING TO NEED YOU TO COME
DOWN TO THE STATION HOUSE

WHILE WE LOOK INTO THIS
A LITTLE MORE, JOE.

I TOLD YOU WHAT HAPPENED.

YEAH, BUT WHEN WE GET
THIS BIG GUY IN,

WE’RE GONNA NEED
YOU TO IDENTIFY HIM

WHILE IT’S STILL FRESH
IN YOUR MIND.

YEAH? I GUESS.

I MEAN,
YOU SURE HE’S DEAD?

HE LOOKS
PERFECTLY FINE TO ME.

COME ON, JOE.

NO EYEWITNESSES.

JUST THE GUY WHO SAW
THE CAB DRIVE OFF

A COUPLE OF SECONDS
AFTER THE SHOTS WERE FIRED.

THIS WITNESS SEE ANYBODY
TAKE THE GUN

OFF THE D. O. A.?

NO, BUT HE WENT
BACK INTO THE BUILDING

TO DIAL 911, SO IT COULD
HAVE GOT SWIPED IN THE INTERIM.

WOULDN’T BE THE FIRST TIME
A GUN GOT SWIPED

AT A SHOOTING SCENE.

BUT WHOEVER MAY HAVE STOLEN
THE GUN OFF THE D. O. A.

DIDN’T STEAL HIS WALLET.

IT’S EASIER TO GRAB
A GUN OFF THE PAVEMENT

THAN GO THROUGH
SOMEBODY’S POCKETS.

CAB DRIVER GOT A SHEET?

D.W.I. 10 YEARS AGO,
WHICH HE’LL BE HAPPY

TO SPEND FIVE HOURS
DESCRIBING

HOW IT WAS
POLICE DEPARTMENT ERROR.
NOTHING VIOLENT, THOUGH.

HE MIGHT BE GOOD FOR IT.
WE’RE JUST SAYING WE
DON’T HAVE ENOUGH TO HOLD HIM.

Tony: D. O. A. WASN’T SHOT
IN THE BACK, SO IT WASN’T LIKE

HE WAS RUNNING AWAY
AND LIPE WAS OUT OF DANGER.

WHY DIDN’T THE CABBY
COME FORWARD, THOUGH?
WHY’D WE HAVE TO TRACK HIM DOWN?

HIS GUN IS NOT LICENSED.
HE PANICKED.

YOU GETTING THE DRIFT THAT WE
DON’T WANT TO LOCK THIS GUY UP?

ARE YOU GETTING THE DRIFT
THAT I’M GONNA HAVE TO

RESPOND TO MY BOSSES
WHY WE HAVEN’T MADE

A SUMMARY ARREST
IN THIS CASE?

THIS CABBY STEPPED UP
AND DID THE RIGHT THING

ON A CASE WE HAD
A WHILE AGO

INVOLVING A 3‐YEAR‐OLD GIRL
WHO WAS KILLED.

IT’S YOUR CALL.

WE KICK HIM,
IS HE GOING ANYWHERE?

WE DON’T SEE THAT HAPPENING.

ALL RIGHT, LET’S KICK HIM
FOR NOW AND KEEP INVESTIGATING.

ALL RIGHT, WE’LL HEAD BACK OUT
AND RE‐CANVASS THE CRIME SCENE.

RITA?

UH, ED LAUGHLIN.

SURE.

WE NEVER OFFICIALLY MET.

HOW’S IT GOING?

I JUST WANTED TO SAY

HOW SORRY I AM
ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED.

UH, THANK YOU.
THANKS A LOT.

I RECENTLY LOST AN UNCLE

WHO I WAS REALLY CLOSE
WITH, SO ‐‐

I MEAN, I KNOW IT’S NOT
THE SAME THING, BUT ‐‐

WELL, I APPRECIATE
THE THOUGHT.

SO, UH, IF YOU EVER NEED
SOMEONE TO TALK TO

WHO’S BEEN THERE,
I’M AROUND.

THANKS.

Clark: [ SCOFFS ]
THIS VULTURE OVER HERE,

TRYING TO MOVE IN
ON ORTIZ.

WHAT, I CAN’T EXPRESS
MY CONDOLENCES?

Clark: WHATEVER YOU’RE
DOING, LAUGHLIN,

IT’S WORKING.
SERIOUSLY.

SHE DIDN’T MAKE YOU
FOR A DOUCHE BAG AT ALL.

Andy: COME ON.

IF YOU GOT A LITTLE
PUPPY LOVE CRUSH ON HER,

JUST SAY SO, CLARK.

WHAT?

WHY DON’T YOU GO GIVE OUT
SOME PARKING SUMMONS,

LAUGHLIN, ALL RIGHT?

SOMETHING YOU CAN HANDLE.
COME ON.

DID YOU FIND THE GUY
THAT HIT TIM?

I’M KIND OF READY
TO HIT THE ROAD.

WE’RE WORKING ON IT.

IN THE MEANTIME,
IT WOULD BE A BIG HELP

IF YOU COULD CLARIFY WHAT
YOUR RELATIONSHIP WAS WITH TIM.

WHY?
WE’VE BEEN CALLING NUMBERS
FROM TIM’S CELL PHONE,

TALKIN’ TO HIS FRIENDS,
AND THEY SAY YOU’VE
BEEN HANGING OUT TOGETHER.

LIKE I SAID,
I’D SEE HIM IN BARS.

HE’D BE DRINKING AT THAT END,
I’M DOWN HERE.

WE’D SAY HELLO.

HIS FRIENDS SAY
YOU’VE BEEN TOGETHER

ALL THE TIME FOR A WEEK.
WHY LIE ABOUT IT?

I DIDN’T WANT YOU
THINKING I’M A HUSTLER.

THAT’S NOT ME.

WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THAT, JOE.
WE JUST WANT THE TRUTH.

HE WAS BUYING DRINKS,
DINNER, AND STUFF,

BUT I NEVER TOUCHED HIM.

NEVER.

I WOULD NEVER,
EVER DO THAT.

THEN WHAT
WAS HE PAYING FOR?

I USED TO BE A FIGHTER.

DIAMOND JOE BRADY.

HE HEARD OF ME, HE LIKED
HAVING ME AROUND.

OH, TO HEAR
THE OLD WAR STORIES?

I GOT A FEW.

I SPARRED RAY LEONARD.

SUGAR RAY?

WHAT ARE YOU DOING
FOR A LIVING NOW, JOE?

BETWEEN GIGS.

Baldwin: WHAT ABOUT TIM?

HE USED TO BE
SOME BIG BALLET DANCER.

DID YOU TWO EVER ARGUE

ABOUT HIM HAVING MONEY
AND YOU BEING BROKE?

HE JUST BOUGHT ME
SOME DRINKS.

AND THAT NEVER GRATED ON YOU,
RELYING ON SOME LITTLE FRUIT?

WHAT ARE YOU TRYING
TO GET ME TO SAY?

DID YOU KILL HIM, JOE?

ME? NO.

NO, I TOLD YOU
WHAT HAPPENED.

YOU TOLD US
A LOT OF THINGS,

AND MOST TURNED OUT TO BE LIES.

WE WANT TO HELP, BUT WE
CAN’T UNTIL YOU’RE HONEST.

THIS GIANT BLACK GUY
PUNCHED HIM AND KILLED HIM,

AND WASTING TIME WITH ME

IS ONLY LETTING THAT GIANT
GET FURTHER AWAY.

NOW THAT’S THE TRUTH,
SO HELP ME.

HOPE SO.

INSIDE.

I DIDN’T DO ANYTHING.

MR. RILEY,
LIEUTENANT TONY RODRIGUEZ.

I NEED TO ASK SOME QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE INCIDENT LAST NIGHT

AT DUFFY’S TAVERN.

UM, YEAH, OKAY,
COME IN.

JUST VISITING TOWN?

UH, YEAH, BUSINESS MEETING.
I’M SUPPOSED TO LEAVE TOMORROW.

IS THAT GOING TO HURT
MY CASE?

IT SHOULDN’T.
REGARDING YOUR CASE,

UH, I NEED YOU TO CLEAR UP
SOME DISCREPANCIES

BETWEEN WHAT YOU SAY HAPPENED
AND MR. VEGA’S SIDE OF IT.

DISCREPANCIES?
THE GUY WAS WASTED.

HE BUMPED INTO ME, AND I TOLD
HIM TO SAY, "EXCUSE ME."

AND THEN HE WENT AFTER ME
WITH A POOL CUE.

WHERE DID HE HIT YOU?

IN THE GUT, MOSTLY.

HOW MANY TIMES
DID HE STRIKE YOU?

UH, I DON’T REMEMBER.

DID YOU GET LOOKED AT
BY A DOCTOR?

NO, I FELT ALL RIGHT
AFTER A WHILE.

SO YOU WEREN’T HURT
TOO BADLY?

SHOULD I HAVE SEEN A DOCTOR?

I MEAN, IS THIS POINTLESS
WITHOUT THAT?

I’M ASKING BECAUSE WHAT YOU’RE
ALLEGING IS A FELONY ASSAULT.

IF MR. VEGA IS CONVICTED,
HE’S LOOKING AT JAIL TIME.

WHAT, SO I SHOULDN’T DO IT?
YOU THINK JAIL TIME
IS WARRANTED?

ARE YOU ASKING ME
TO DROP THE CASE?

I’M ASKING YOU
TO WEIGH THE CRIME

VERSUS A POTENTIAL
PUNISHMENT.

BEING COMPLETELY HONEST,
MR. RILEY,

I KNOW THIS KID’S FATHER,
AND THEY’RE A DECENT FAMILY.

OH. OKAY.

IF THIS IS A CASE
MORE ABOUT A BRUISED EGO

THAN REAL PHYSICAL PAIN,

I’D APPRECIATE YOU TAKING
THAT INTO CONSIDERATION.

WELL, I TELL YOU, UH,

A LITTLE FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION
MIGHT MAKE THIS GO AWAY.

THAT’S NOT ON THE TABLE.

WELL, IF YOU’RE
FRIENDS WITH THE GUY,

MAYBE YOU COULD SEE
THAT IT GETS ON THE TABLE.

YOU CAN MAKE IT
WORTH YOUR WHILE, TOO.

MR. RILEY, MY DETECTIVES
WILL BE IN TOUCH.

HEY.

HEY. WHAT’S UP WITH LIPE?

UH, HE’S SAYING
IT’S SELF‐DEFENSE.

WE’RE LOOKING INTO IT.

BOY, THIS WHOLE DISNEY WORLD
THING ‐‐ WHAT A HEADACHE.

YOU DON’T WANT TO GO?

IT’S JUST
EVERY OTHER DAMN THING.

YOU’LL HAVE FUN.

WHAT A HEADACHE.

ANDY, IS THERE SOMETHING
YOU WANT TO TELL ME

ABOUT DISNEY WORLD
AND/OR THEO?

NO, IT’S JUST THEO
WANTS YOU TO GO, SO...

DO YOU WANT ME TO GO?

TO DISNEY WORLD?

I HAVEN’T EVEN
THOUGHT ABOUT IT.

WHAT ARE YOU GETTING AT?
YOU WANT TO GO?

IF I WAS ASKED.

WELL, WE’D DEFINITELY
HAVE SEPARATE ROOMS.

I DON’T WANT YOU THINKING ‐‐
I MEAN, UH,

IT’S NOT LIKE WE’D
BE GOING AWAY TOGETHER.

I’D LOVE TO GO. WHEN?

WE’RE STILL WORKING THAT OUT.
I’LL LET YOU KNOW.

SOUNDS GREAT.

CONNIE, WE FINALLY GOT
A HOLD OF THE OWNER

OF THE CAT AND FIDDLE.
TURNS OUT HE ACTUALLY DOES

HAVE A REGULAR
WHO’S A 300‐POUND BLACK GUY.

OWNER SAID THE GUY’S NAME
IS CHESTER DODD.

WE’RE GOING
TO GRAB HIM UP.
KEEP THE BOXER
IN THE POKEY?

YEAH, TILL WE
TALK TO THIS GUY.

WHERE’S THE LIEUTENANT?

LOST TIME.
HE DIDN’T SAY.

UH‐HUH, AND YOU’RE 100%
ON ALL THIS?

OKAY. THANKS.

WHAT’S GOING ON?

BALLISTICS RAN THE GUN
RYAN LIPE USED THIS MORNING.

IT COMES BACK, THERE’S TWO
OTHER BODIES ON IT.

FROM WHEN?
BOTH FROM LAST MONTH.

WHO WERE THE D. O. A. s?

BLACK MALES ‐‐ ONE AT 2:00 A.M.
THE OTHER AT 4:00 A. M.

BOTH IN HARLEM,
BOTH MYSTERIES.

WERE THEY ARMED?
THE FIRST ONE WAS,
NOT THE SECOND.

YOU KICKED LIPE
ALREADY, RIGHT?

YEAH, THAT TWITCHY
LITTLE TROLL.

WELL, I’LL SEND FOR THE FOLDERS
ON THESE TWO HOMICIDES,

WHILE YOU GUYS
GRAB HIM UP.
ALL RIGHT.

HEY.

HI.

DO YOU HAVE TIME
FOR A COFFEE?

I‐I DON’T. I’M SWAMPED.
UM, LET ME CALL YOU LATER.

THAT’S WHAT YOU
SAID YESTERDAY.

UH, I’M REALLY BUSY,
DELIA. I’M SORRY.

DAD WANTED ME TO TELL YOU
HE’D LIKE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

THIS TIME TO TALK.

HE SAID PLENTY
LAST WEEK.

I GOT THE FEELING
HE REGRETTED WHAT HAPPENED.

I CAN’T DO THIS NOW.
THERE’S TOO MUCH GOING ON.

I’LL CALL YOU LATER.
OKAY.

I’M SORRY.

I AM, TOO.

SIT DOWN.

LET ME GUESS.

THE GUN WAS NEVER FOUND,
SO I’M GETTING CHARGED

WITH A MURDER
I DIDN’T COMMIT. CLOSE?

IS THIS THE FIRST TIME
YOU USE YOUR GUN

TO WORK OUT A PROBLEM
WITH A FARE?

YES. WHERE’S THIS GOING?

YOUR GUN WAS USED
IN TWO OTHER SHOOTINGS, LIPE.

OH, THIS IS ‐‐

I ‐‐

I CAN’T BELIEVE IT.
WELL, ACTUALLY, I DO BELIEVE IT.

TWO SHOOTINGS WITH YOUR GUN
THE LAST TWO MONTHS.

WERE THEY TRYING TO ROB YOU
LIKE THE GUY THIS MORNING?

THIS IS BEYOND
MY WILDEST IMAGININGS,

THAT THE NYPD WOULD STOOP
TO PUT THREE MURDERS ON ME!

MAY YOU ALL GO TO HELL!

QUIT TAP‐DANCING
AND TELL US WHAT HAPPENED, LIPE.

I KNOW NOTHING
ABOUT OTHER SHOOTINGS,

AND YOU WILL STOP
CALLING ME LIPE,

LIKE WE’RE BUDDIES
ON THE SAME SOFTBALL TEAM

AND YOU’RE TRYING TO SNAP MY ASS
WITH YOUR TOWEL

IN THE SHOWERS OR SOMETHING.

YOU WANT TO FRAME ME?
FRAME ME.

BUT YOU WILL NOT TAKE
MY DIGNITY.

YOU KEEP DICKING
AROUND WITH US,

YOUR DIGNITY IS THE FIRST
OF ABOUT 10 THINGS

I’LL KNOCK OUT OF YOU!

LIPE!

I BOUGHT THE GUN
OFF A FARE!

A FARE.

YES! A WHITE GUY.

A COMPLETE STRANGER,

YET HE TOOK THE TIME
TO TALK TO ME

AND EXPRESS CONCERN
AND INTEREST AND COMPASSION

INSTEAD OF ALL THE SELF‐ABSORBED
HIGH‐AND‐MIGHTYS

WHO TREAT ME LIKE A ROBOT.

WHEN WAS THIS?
TWO DAYS AGO.

AND WHEN THE CONVERSATION TURNED
TO HOW I HAD BEEN ROBBED

AND BEATEN RECENTLY,
HE OFFERED A SOLUTION

IN THE FORM OF A HANDGUN
WHICH I BOUGHT.

AND I’M THANKFUL I DID.

YOU SPIN A PRETTY GOOD YARN
THERE, LIPE.

IT’S THE TRUTH!
REMEMBER THE TRUTH,

OR HAVE YOU BEEN ON THE NYPD
TOO LONG?

GO AHEAD AND FINISH YOUR TALE
ABOUT THIS, UH, MYSTERY MAN.

A MYSTERY MAN WHO CARED,
WHO TURNED OUT TO BE MY SAVIOR.

WHERE DID YOU
DROP THIS GUY OFF?

I’LL TELL YOU,
BUT I WANT IT ON RECORD

THAT IT DOESN’T SIT WELL
GIVING THIS MAN UP.

NOTED. WHERE’D YOU
DROP HIM OFF?

AT 312 EAST 84th STREET.

I ASSUME HE LIVED
IN THE BUILDING.

HE HAD A BOSTON ACCENT.
MAY I GO NOW?

YOU’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE
UNTIL WE VERIFY YOUR STORY.

DESCRIBE THIS GUY.

SO, TONY, I’M ASSUMING
YOU GOT GOOD NEWS.

WHERE’D YOU GET THE IDEA
TO THROW MONEY MY WAY?

WELL, I’M MAKING
A FEW BUCKS, MAN.

I JUST WANTED
TO BE THANKFUL.

’CAUSE THE COMPLAINANT
IN YOUR SON’S CASE

WAS LOOKING FOR A PAYOUT
AND OFFERED TO CUT ME IN.

AND?
AND WHAT, DANIEL?

AND I’M FINE WITH IT
IF YOU ARE.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

I’M SORRY, TONY.

YOU SON OF A BITCH!

YOU THINK I WOULD’VE DONE IT
IF I HAD A CHOICE!

WHO PUT YOU UP TO THIS?

YOU’RE GOING
TO TELL ME NOW!

TONY, TONY, I’M WORKING
SOMETHING OFF, MAN.

I CAN’T GO TO JAIL!

SON OF A BITCH!

BUT I KNEW THEY COULDN’T
NAIL YOU, MAN.

I KNEW YOU WOULDN’T
TAKE MONEY!

YOU THINK THAT’S GOING
TO MATTER, DANIEL?
I’M SORRY.

BACK AWAY, LIEUTENANT.
LET’S GO, VEGA.

I’M SORRY, TONY.

YOU’RE UNDER SUSPENSION.
SHIELD AND GUN.

IT’S OKAY.

YOUR DELEGATE
WILL BE HERE IN A MINUTE.

CAN’T SAY THAT I’M NOT
A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED, TONY.

I’D WOULD HAVE THOUGHT
THE OPPOSITE, CAPTAIN.

WHY DO YOU SAY THAT?

IF SOMEONE
DIDN’T KNOW BETTER,

THEY MIGHT THINK
THIS WAS A NO‐WIN SETUP.

HAVEN’T YOU EVER HEARD
OF AN INTEGRITY TEST?

THIS PLAYED OUT MORE LIKE
A PERSONAL VENDETTA.

OH. SO YOU FAIL TO REPORT
A BRIBE, AND IT’S MY FAULT.

I’VE KNOWN DANIEL VEGA
15 YEARS.

HE WAS MY FRIEND.
HE CAME TO ME TO HELP HIS SON.

LIEUTENANT, DID DANIEL VEGA
TRY TO BRIBE YOU,

AND DID YOU FAIL
TO REPORT IT?

I DID 14 YEARS
UNDERCOVER, CAPTAIN.

I’VE WORKED
MONEY LAUNDERING CASES

INVOLVING TENS OF MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS ‐‐

DRUG CASES
WHERE I PERSONALLY HANDLED

TRASH BAGS FULL OF CASH ‐‐

AND NEVER ONCE
WAS MY INTEGRITY
CALLED INTO QUESTION.

LIEUTENANT, DID YOU
OR DID YOU NOT FAIL TO REPORT

THE BRIBE ATTEMPT?

IS THIS WHAT YOU
WASTE YOUR TIME ON?

YOU ACTUALLY CALL THIS
CORRUPTION?

I DO. THE DEPARTMENT DOES,
THE PATROL GUY DOES.

SO I’LL ASK YOU AGAIN ‐‐
YOU HAVE THE TAPE.
YOU KNOW THE ANSWER.

IN MY REPORT, I’LL JUST PUT DOWN
THAT YOU FAILED TO RESPOND.

CAN WE GET THIS DONE WITH?
WE GOT TWO HOMICIDES.

I NEED TO GET BACK.

BUT YOU GOT NOTHING
TO GET BACK TO, LIEUTENANT.

YOU’VE BEEN RELIEVED
OF YOUR COMMAND.

YOU’RE FREE TO GO, CAPTAIN.

SO WHAT’S UP? THIS IS
CUTTING INTO MY SLEEP TIME.

YOU A NIGHT OWL?

BOUNCER AT THE LIMELIGHT.

WHERE WERE YOU
AROUND 9:00 THIS MORNING?

HOME.

YOU HAPPEN BY HESTER STREET
ON YOUR WAY HOME,

MAYBE PASS BY
THE CAT AND FIDDLE BAR?

WHY?
WHY DO YOU THINK,
CHESTER?

OH, YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING.

TELL US WHAT HAPPENED.

THAT LITTLE BITCH
CALLED ME AN APE,

WHICH IS STONE RACIST,
AND I WOULDN’T TAKE IT.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

IT WOULD DEPEND
ON MY MOOD.

YEAH, WELL, I WORKED ALL NIGHT.
I GOT IN TWO FIGHTS

WITH A COUPLE OF GOOMBAHS,
AND I WASN’T IN THE MOOD

TO BE CALLED AN APE ‐‐
A STUPID APE.

YEAH, SO WHAT’D YOU DO?

I GAVE HIM A SMACK ‐‐
A LITTLE SMACK ‐‐

JUST TO SHUT HIM UP.
THERE WAS NO ASSAULT.

HOW HARD
DID HE HIT THE GROUND?

HE DIDN’T HIT THE GROUND.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

I WALKED AWAY.
I WENT HOME.

END OF A BAD NIGHT.

YOU NOTICE ANYONE ELSE AROUND
WHEN YOU HIT HIM, CHESTER?

HIS BOYFRIEND WAS THERE.

YEAH, WELL, THAT BOYFRIEND
SAYS THAT YOU HIT HIM HARDER

THAN A LITTLE SMACK.
IT’S A LIE.

WELL, WE’RE INCLINED
TO BELIEVE HIM

SEEING HOW THE GUY YOU HIT
IS IN THE MORGUE RIGHT NOW.

LIKE HE’S DEAD?

THE KEY TO THIS, CHESTER,

IS TO PRESENT YOURSELF
IN A SYMPATHETIC STATE OF MIND.

TO WHO?
A JUDGE.

A JUDGE?

WITH GUYS IN YOUR FACE
ALL NIGHT,

THIS ONE WAS MORE THAN YOU
COULD TAKE, AND YOU SNAPPED.

IT WAS AN OPEN HAND,
LIKE A SHOVE.

IT WON’T MATTER HOW
SYMPATHETIC YOUR STORY IS

IF YOU KEEP LYING.

WHEN I WALKED AWAY
FROM THAT BITCH, HE WAS ALIVE ‐‐

SCREAMING AT HIS BOYFRIEND.

I COULD HEAR IT
A BLOCK AWAY.

WHAT WAS HE SCREAMING ABOUT?

I DON’T KNOW. BITCH TALK.

ALL I KNOW IS,
I DIDN’T KILL HIM.

ARE WE DONE?

OH, NO, NOT QUITE.

YOU’RE STICKING AROUND.

[ SCOFFS ]

[ SIGHS ]

AND WE GOT NO IDEA
WHO THAT GUY WAS

THE BOSS WAS TALKING TO?

THE LIEUTENANT KNEW HIM
AND WAVED HIM IN,

SO HE DIDN’T GIVE HIS NAME.

YOU KNOW WHAT?
FROM NOW ON,

WHEN PEOPLE COME
IN THIS PLACE,

GET THEIR NAMES, HAVE THEM
SIGN IN OR SOMETHING.

PEOPLE WALTZING IN AND OUT
OF HERE LIKE A HOTEL LOBBY.

THAT WAS A WOMAN WHO LIVES
ACROSS FROM THE CAT AND FIDDLE.

FOUND OUR CARD UNDER HER DOOR,
SAYS SHE HAS INFORMATION.

LET’S TELL GREG AND BALDWIN
WHAT WE GOT, THEN HEAD OUT.

AHEM. THAT BUILDING
WHERE LIPE SAYS

HE DROPPED OFF THE GUY
WHO SOLD HIM THE GUN ‐‐

THE OWNER’S FAXING OVER
A TENANTS’ LIST.

NO WORD ON THE BOSS?

NOPE.

WE STILL DON’T KNOW

WHO THE GUY WAS
HE WAS TALKING TO?

NO ONE KNOWS ANYTHING.

OKAY. WELL, ONE OF THOSE
HOMICIDES TIED TO LIPE’S GUN ‐‐

THE ONE FROM TWO WEEKS AGO ‐‐

THERE’S A WITNESS.
AT HER WORK UP IN HARLEM,

SHE TYPED A STATEMENT
THAT WASN’T IN THE FOLDER

WE GOT FROM THE CATCHING
DETECTIVE.

GO AHEAD AND TAKE IT.

I GOT TO FIND OUT WHAT THE HELL
IS GOING ON HERE.
ALL RIGHT.

WELL, THE CAT AND FIDDLE
IS RIGHT THERE,

AND THIS IS MY SEAT,
SO I GOT A PRETTY GOOD VIEW.

TELL US WHAT YOU SAW
THIS MORNING.

WELL, THESE TWO FELLAS ARE
STANDING AT THE FIDDLE DOOR,

WHICH IS USUALLY OPEN.
TODAY, I GUESS NOT.

AND THIS THIRD GUY ‐‐
A LARGE BLACK MAN ‐‐

HE COMES UP ON THEM.
THEY TALK A LITTLE,

AND THEN THE BLACK GUY ‐‐

HE CRACKS ONE
OF THE OTHER GUYS
IN THE FACE.

DID THE GUY JUST TAKE IT?
DID HE STRIKE BACK?

DID HE FALL DOWN?

NO, HE JUST STOOD THERE,
STUNNED.

OH, CAN YOU PASS THAT, KID?

HOLD OFF A SECOND,
MRS. SEWALL.

TELL US WHAT
HAPPENED NEXT.

THE BLACK FELLOW
WALKED AWAY,

AND THE ONE
THAT GOT HIT

STARTED SCREAMING
AT HIS FRIEND.

SCREAMING ABOUT WHAT?

I COULDN’T HEAR.
ONE JUST SCREAMED

UNTIL HIS FRIEND HIT HIM
IN THE FACE AND DROPPED HIM.

AND YOU WERE HERE
ALL MORNING?

YEAH, I DON’T GO OUT.
I GOT A BAD HIP.

CAN I HAVE IT,
PLEASE?

WE CAN’T HAVE YOU
DRINKING NOW.

WE NEED YOU TO COME
TO THE STATION HOUSE

AND GIVE A STATEMENT
TELLING WHAT YOU SAW.

NO. NUH‐UNH.
I DON’T LEAVE THE HOUSE.

YOU’RE GONNA HAVE TO.
THIS IS A MURDER CASE.

FORGET IT THEN.
FORGET I SAID ANYTHING.

WE CAN’T DO THAT.

YOU TAKE ME OUT OF THERE,
I’LL START SCREAMING.

I HAVEN’T BEEN OUTSIDE
IN FOUR YEARS.

I’M NOT GOING!
CAN I HAVE IT, PLEASE?

WE’LL LET OURSELVES OUT.

HONEY, I WROTE
EVERYTHING DOWN.

VERY THOROUGH.

SOON AS I GOT TO WORK
THE NEXT DAY.

YOU DID A GREAT JOB.

SO THEY STILL HAVEN’T
FOUND WHO SHOT THAT MAN?

IT’S AN ONGOING
INVESTIGATION.

MM.

MM‐HMM.

CAN I ASK YOU
A QUESTION?

HOW MUCH DOES A COP
START OFF MAKING, ROUGHLY?

28,000.

MM. ’CAUSE I WAS THINKING
ABOUT MAYBE TAKING THE TEST,

THEY HAVE GOOD
HEALTH BENEFITS, TOO, RIGHT?

’CAUSE I DON’T GET
HEALTH BENEFITS HERE.

NO, HUH?
MNH‐MNH.

THE, UH, WHAT DO YOU
CALL IT ‐‐ ACADEMY.

IS THAT LIKE BOOT CAMP
OR SOMETHING?

YOU SAW A GYPSY CAB DRIVING OFF
AFTER YOU HEARD THE SHOTS?

YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT. I REMEMBER
’CAUSE YOU DON’T SEE

A LOT OF WHITE PEOPLE UP
ON 145th STREET AT 2:00 A. M.

CAN I TAKE THIS WITH ME?

SURE.

OKAY.

IS THAT YOU
ON THE BEACH?

OOH, YEAH, ME
AND MY SISTER IN JAMAICA.

DID YOU GET THE TRIP COMPED
THROUGH YOUR WORK HERE?
YEAH.

STAY A TRAVEL AGENT.
TRUST ME.

THANKS FOR THE HELP.

WHAT’S GOING ON, LIEU?

IAB’S BROUGHT
A BEEF AGAINST ME.

WHO’S BEHIND IT?
THE NEW GUY ‐‐ THAT FRAKER?

THAT’S NOT IMPORTANT.

WHAT’S IMPORTANT IS
THERE’S NO MERIT TO IT.

WHAT ARE THEY SAYING?

I CAN’T GO INTO DETAILS.
I JUST WANT YOU TO TRUST

THAT I DIDN’T
DO ANYTHING WRONG.

YOU WORKING IT OUT
AT YOUR DESK?

I’VE BEEN REASSIGNED
TO THE BOROUGH.

I’M SURE THEY’LL BE
SENDING A REPLACEMENT.

THEY DIDN’T SAY WHEN.

BUT JUST TEMPORARY.

I WAS TOLD TO CLEAR OUT.
THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY FOR NOW.

WHAT WAS HIS STORY ‐‐

THAT FRIEND OF YOURS?

IT’S A MERITLESS BEEF.
IT DOESN’T MATTER.

WHY YOU?

I DON’T KNOW, ANDY.

JUST WORK YOUR CASE.

SO EITHER
THIS FRAKER IS A LUNATIC

OR HE’S GOT SOMETHING PERSONAL
AGAINST YOU.

FOR WHAT? I NEVER MET FRAKER
BEFORE TWO WEEKS AGO.

IT’S GOT
TO BE SOMETHING.

ANDY, I NEED YOU
TO KEEP YOUR HEAD.

IF I’M GOING, YOU’RE GOING
TO HAVE TO HOLD DOWN THE OFFICE.

HEY, DON’T START DIGGING
YOUR GRAVE, ALL RIGHT?

IF IT’S MERITLESS,
IT’LL GO AWAY.

IF IAB WANTS MY HIDE,
THEY’LL GET IT.

WORK YOUR CASE, ANDY.

I’LL BE CHECKING IN.

IT’S GONNA BE ALL RIGHT.

YEAH.

SO?

SO WE HIT A SNAG, JOE.

WE TALKED
TO THE BIG BLACK GUY

THAT YOU SAID KILLED TIM.

HE SAYS HE ONLY GAVE HIM
A LITTLE SLAP.

WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

Baldwin: THERE’S A WITNESS
WHO SUPPORTS IT.

A WOMAN WHO SITS BY A WINDOW
ALL DAY SAW WHAT HAPPENED.

SHE’S LYING.

HAVE YOU BEEN HAVING
SOME HARD LUCK RECENTLY?

YOU LOOKING AT ME
AGAIN NOW?

HAS HARD LUCK FORCED YOU
INTO DOING THINGS

YOU NEVER WOULD HAVE
CONSIDERED DOING?

I DON’T KNOW
WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT.

AFTER THE BLACK GUY HIT TIM
AND WALKED AWAY, WHAT WAS TIM
YELLING AT YOU ABOUT?

TIM WAS ON THE GROUND.

WAS HE ANGRY ’CAUSE YOU
DIDN’T HIT THE GUY BACK?

HE WAS DYING
ON THE GROUND.

WHAT GOT YOU
MAD ENOUGH TO KILL HIM?

HE CALL YOU A FAG?

WHY WOULD SOMETHING
LIKE THAT BOTHER ME?

’CAUSE YOU’RE ASHAMED
YOU’VE BEEN DOING HIM

TO KEEP YOURSELF FED.

I NEVER TOUCHED HIM.

BUT YOU LET HIM TOUCH YOU.
IS THAT RIGHT?

YOU WERE DOING
WHAT YOU HAD TO DO

TO SURVIVE,

AND HE INSULTED YOU,
SO YOU HIT HIM.

EXPLAIN IT THAT WAY,

AND IT’S MOST LIKELY
MANSLAUGHTER,

OR WE’LL GO
WITH WHAT THE WITNESS SAW

AND WHAT COPS SAW
WHEN THEY DROVE UP ‐‐

THAT YOU WERE GOING
THROUGH TIM’S POCKETS

LOOKING TO STEAL
HIS WALLET.

I‐I WAS TRYING
TO HELP HIM.

YOU GOT TO EXPLAIN THAT,

OR YOU KILLED HIM
FOR HIS WALLET AND IT’S MURDER.

WHAT HAPPENED
OUTSIDE THE BAR?

THE BLACK GUY
SLAPPED HIM,

AND I DIDN’T
DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

YOU SAW HIM.
THE GUY’S HUGE.

WHAT DID TIM CALL YOU?

FAGGOT, QUEEN.

SAID HE BET
THAT I NEVER WAS A BOXER,

THAT I WAS A BIGGER FAIRY
THAN HE EVER WAS.

SO YOU HIT HIM.

JUST ONCE.

BUT HIS HEAD HIT THE SIDEWALK
LIKE A COCONUT.

I SWEAR, I PROMISE,
I WASN’T STEALING HIS WALLET.

I WAS TRYING TO HELP HIM.

Ed: I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING
ABOUT COMPUTERS...

I MEAN NOTHING...

ONE SEC.

HEY, CLARK.

SMOKER’S COMING UP
IN A MONTH.

GREAT.

KIND OF HOPING SOMEONE
FROM THE DETECTIVE SQUAD

WOULD FINALLY LACE THEM UP.

I’M STARTING TO THINK YOU
GUYS ARE ALL SOFT UP THERE.

IS THAT WHAT YOU
SPEND YOUR TIME

HOPING FOR, LAUGHLIN?

AAH, YOU’RE PROBABLY WORRIED

ABOUT GETTING YOUR CUTE
LITTLE NOSE BROKE.

LOOK, ALL’S I WAS TRYING
TO GET ACROSS TO YOU

WAS ORTIZ HAS BEEN
THROUGH A LOT LATELY,

AND SHE DON’T NEED ANYBODY
BRINGING MORE STATIC

INTO HER LIFE.

IF YOU DON’T WANT
TO TAKE MY WORD FOR IT,

GO AHEAD, AND FIND OUT
FOR YOURSELF, OKAY?

HOW IS SHE? CALIENTE?

COME ON.
DON’T LIE TO ME.

’CAUSE I REALLY NEED
TO KNOW.

GIVE IT UP.

I’M GOING TO KICK YOUR ASS.

HA HA.

SOMEONE’S IN
FOR A BIG, BIG SURPRISE.

THANK YOU.
YOU MADE MY WEEK.

Lipe: AND THE NEXT SUMMER,
GUESS WHO’S THERE ‐‐

JOHNNY FOOTBALL HERO,

AND HE PROCEEDED
TO TORTURE ME AGAIN.

CAMP TOMAHAWK ‐‐
WHAT A JOKE.

HE’S ALL YOURS.

HOW LONG YOU BEEN
DRIVING A GYPSY CAB?

THREE YEARS. WHY?

YOU DROVE A YELLOW BEFORE?

YES.

WHY’D YOU SWITCH?

YOU GET
YOUR LICENSE REVOKED?

I TOLD THE LIMOUSINE
COMMISSION TO SHOVE IT.

WHY?

THEY TOLD US
WE HAD TO PICK UP THUGS.

THEY EVEN WENT SO FAR
AS TO HAVE COPS, DECOYS,

DRESSED LIKE BUSHWHACKERS
TRYING TO CALL A CAB.

I GOT TWO SUMMONS
IN A ROW

FOR FAILURE TO TAKE A FARE,
AND I SAID ENOUGH.

WENT TO WORK
FOR A CAR SERVICE.

YOU’RE A CAR,
YOU PICK UP WHO YOU WANT.

SHOULDN’T YOU BE LOOKING
FOR THAT MAN FROM BOSTON

WHO SOLD ME THAT GUN?

YOU WERE ROBBED A MONTH
AND A HALF AGO IN HARLEM.

IS THAT THE FIRST
TIME YOU’VE BEEN ROBBED?

YES.

HOW’D YOU GO
ALL THAT TIME BEFORE

WITHOUT GETTING ROBBED?

BY BEING CAREFUL.

NOT DRIVING
ABOVE CENTRAL PARK.

THAT’S ONE WAY, YES.

NOT PICKING UP
CERTAIN TYPES OF PEOPLE.

IS THIS NEWS TO YOU?

SO THEN HOW DOES A CABBY
WHO KNOWS BETTER

END UP GETTING ROBBED
IN HARLEM?

MAYBE THAT CABBY, WHEN HE
STOPPED AT 61st AND PARK

TO LET OFF A FARE AND A BLACK
KID JUMPS IN AT THE SAME TIME

WANTING TO GO TO HARLEM,
AND THE CABBY TELLS HIM
HE’S OFF DUTY,

THAT KID PULLS
A GUN AND PUTS IT
TO THE CABBY’S HEAD.

MAYBE THAT WOULD GET HIM
UP TO 134th STREET.

MAYBE THAT CABBY
GETS A GUN.

MAYBE.

MAYBE THE NEXT TIME
HE GETS ROBBED,

HE DEFENDS HIMSELF,
WHICH FEELS PRETTY GOOD.

NEXT TIME AFTER THAT,

MAYBE THE GUY
DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A GUN,

MAYBE THE CABBY’S NOT
GONNA TAKE ANY CHANCES.

MAYBE.

FIRST GUY HAD A GUN,
THAT’S ONE THING.

BUT WHY WOULD A CABBY
KILL TWO MORE BLACK KIDS

WHO WEREN’T ARMED?

PEOPLE HAVE PATHS,

AND THEY CROSS CONSTANTLY.

MOST CROSSINGS ARE BENIGN
AND MEANINGLESS,

BUT SOMETIMES
TWO PATHS CAN CONFLICT.

TAKE, FOR EXAMPLE,
A CAB DRIVER

WHO HAS BEEN
INSULTED, CHEATED,

DISREGARDED, IGNORED,
NOW ROBBED AND BEATEN,

SO THAT CAB DRIVER’S
FORCED TO CARRY A GUN.

AND NOW OVER HERE
IS A BLACK KID

WHO DOESN’T WANT TO PAY
FOR A RIDE,

ESSENTIALLY
ROBBING THE CABBY.

SO WHAT WE HAVE
ARE TWO PATHS CROSSING

AND CONFLICTING.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND?

SO THE CABBY IS JUSTIFIED
KILLING SOMEBODY WHO
DOESN’T PAY.

MY SENSE IS THAT IT WOULD
BE OUT OF THE CABBY’S HANDS
AT THIS POINT.

WE HAVE A WITNESS
WHO SAW YOU ON 145th STREET

TWO WEEKS AGO

WHEN YOU SHOT THAT MAN
IN THE CHEST.

NOW, I KNOW
YOU DON’T TRUST THE NYPD

AND YOU DON’T LIKE
COOPERATING WITH US,

BUT I’M GONNA
TELL YOU, MR. LIPE,

YOU’RE GONNA GET CHARGED
WITH THESE SHOOTINGS.

IT’S ALL
OUT OF MY HANDS NOW.

NO, IT ISN’T.

NO. YOU TELL US
WHAT HAPPENED.

YOU HELP YOURSELF
BY COMING CLEAN,

AND WE CAN
WORK OUT A DEAL.

ONCE YOU GO
INTO THE SYSTEM,

THEN IT’S
OUT OF YOUR HANDS.

RIGHT NOW,
YOU STILL CONTROL YOUR FATE.

WHAT’S AT ISSUE HERE

IS HOW MUCH
CAN ONE PERSON WITHSTAND?

THAT’S WHAT NEEDS
TO BE ADDRESSED.

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, THEN.

GOOD NIGHT.

DID LIPE GO?
YEAH.

FOR ALL THREE HOMICIDES?

YEAH.

’CAUSE HE WAS BEING ROBBED?
FIRST ONE WAS HALF A SHOT,

IT WAS JUSTIFIED.
THE NEXT TWO...

THIS GUY’S
COMING APART AT THE SEAMS.

ANY WORD FROM RODRIGUEZ?

NOTHING.

WE KNOW
HE WASN’T LOCKED UP,

SO THAT’S A GOOD SIGN.

OR THEY’RE TOYING
WITH HIM LIKE A MOUSE

TILL THEY’RE READY
TO MOVE IN.

SHOULD WE SEE WHAT
WE CAN FIND OUT?

A BUNCH OF CALLS
COULD AGGRAVATE IT.

SO WE SIT HERE STEWING.

NO, WE, UH...

WE GO HOME, AND IF RODRIGUEZ
CALLS ANY OF US

WITH A COURSE OF ACTION,
WE PASS IT ALONG TO THE OTHERS.

YEAH, I GUESS.

I’M GOING TO STAY AND WORK
ON SOME OF THE FIVES TONIGHT.

ANYTHING COMES UP,
I’LL CALL YOU.

HEY.

HEY.

I HEAR YOU’RE FIGHTING
LAUGHLIN IN THE SMOKER.

WORD’S OUT, HUH?

IS IT ABOUT HIM
BEING AN IDIOT TO ME?

I‐I GUESS IT
STARTED THERE, YEAH.

WELL, IT’S NICE OF YOU,

BUT I’VE HANDLED JERKS
LIKE HIM BEFORE.

LAUGHLIN’S GOT AN ATTITUDE
THAT NEEDS SOME READJUSTMENT.

YOU EVER FOUGHT?

SURE.

IT’S BEEN A WHILE.

THEY GOT HEADGEAR
AND MOUTH GUARDS,

REFEREES ‐‐
IT’S NO BIG DEAL.

SOMEONE STANDING UP FOR ME ‐‐
THAT’S A BIG DEAL.

YOU DESERVE
TO BE STOOD UP FOR.

THANKS.

UM...

HEY, I BETTER GET GOING.

OKAY. I’LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

HEY, JOHN.

HI.

DADDY, JOHN’S HERE.

I’LL BE OUTSIDE.

YOU WANTED TO SEE ME?

I WANT TO CALL A TRUCE.
CAN WE DO THAT?

ONLY IF YOU CAN ACCEPT ME
FOR WHO I AM.

I’M TIRED, JOHN.

I DON’T WANT TO GO THROUGH
ALL OF THAT AGAIN.

THEN WHY DID YOU ASK ME
TO COME?

IT SHOULDN’T BE
TOO MUCH TO EXPECT

MY ONLY SON TO SHOW UP

AND COMFORT ME
ON MY DEATHBED.

YOU SAID
I’D SHAMED THE FAMILY.

YOU DISOWNED ME.

AM I JUST SUPPOSED
TO FORGET ALL THAT?

MAYBE NOT FORGET IT,
BUT FORGIVE IT.

IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE.

I’M DYING, JOHN.

I’M SCARED. IT DOESN’T
GET MUCH SIMPLER THAN THAT.

I WAS SCARED, TOO,

AND WHEN I CAME TO YOU
FOR COMFORT AND UNDERSTANDING,

YOU ABANDONED ME.

YOU CAN’T JUST
WAVE A MAGIC WAND

AND MAKE THAT GO AWAY.

BEING GAY WASN’T A CHOICE.

WHY WOULD I CHOOSE A LIFE

THAT COST ME
MY FATHER’S LOVE?

I DO LOVE YOU, JOHNNY.
I’VE ALWAYS LOVED YOU.

YOU’RE MY SON.

I LOVE YOU, TOO.

CAN WE LEAVE IT AT THAT?

OKAY.

I ONLY GOT A MINUTE.

WHAT’S GOING ON
WITH RODRIGUEZ AND FRAKER?

I’M SUPPOSED TO JUST SPEW OUT
CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION?

IF YOU’RE NOT,
WHY’D YOU SHOW UP?
I’D BE HAPPY TO LEAVE.

SO NOW YOU’RE
ON THE SAME LEVEL WITH FRAKER ‐‐

AN ASSHOLE WHO’S GOT
NO PROBLEM

HANGING OUT A DECENT GUY
FOR NOTHING,

WHICH I KNOW YOU’RE NOT.

THE WAY I HEARD IT,

RODRIGUEZ DIDN’T REPORT
A BRIBE ATTEMPT.

ATTEMPT, MEANING HE
DIDN’T TAKE IT.

IT’S STILL A JACKPOT.

NO, IT’S A LOAD OF CRAP.

WHO’S THE GUY THAT
SET HIM UP ‐‐ THE FRIEND?

DANIEL VEGA,
RETIRED OFF THE JOB.

LAST YEAR HE GOT NAILED
USING HIS OLD BADGE

TO SHAKE DOWN
DOPE DEALERS FOR CASH.

HE OFFERED HIMSELF UP.

SO HOW’D FRAKER
MAKE THE CONNECTION

BETWEEN VEGA AND RODRIGUEZ?

HE’S BEEN LOOKING
INTO RODRIGUEZ.

I GUESS THEY HAVE A HISTORY.

WELL, THAT’S
FAIRLY CLEAR, MARTENS,

BUT WHAT’S THE HISTORY?

THE WAY I HEARD IT,
RODRIGUEZ IS THE REASON

THAT FRAKER’S
IN INTERNAL AFFAIRS.

MEANING WHAT?

WHEN RODRIGUEZ WAS
IN UNDERCOVER NARCOTICS,

FRAKER WAS IN UNIFORM,
APPARENTLY RIDING SHOTGUN

FOR SOME GUY HE DIDN’T
KNOW WAS A DOPE DEALER.

YOUR BOY RATTED HIM OUT.

RODRIGUEZ GAVE HIM UP
BY NAME?

I DON’T KNOW.

YOU DON’T SAY A GUY’S A RAT

AND LET IT SIT THERE
LIKE A TURD.

I TOLD YOU WHAT I KNOW.

IF IT’S TRUE, RODRIGUEZ
HAD TO HAVE A REP FOR IT.

MAYBE, MAYBE NOT.

SO NOW FRAKER’S AFTER HIM.

THE WAY HE SEES IT,
RODRIGUEZ DROPPED THE DIME,

PUT HIM INTO INTERNAL AFFAIRS,
WHERE HE NEVER WANTED TO BE,

AND EVEN THOUGH
FRAKER HAS MADE CAPTAIN,

HE’S STILL A BITTER PRICK

’CAUSE HE KNOWS
WITH THIS STINK ON HIM,

HE’LL NEVER BE
ABLE TO LEAVE IAB.

RODRIGUEZ GAVE UP COPS.
YOU’RE SURE?

GOOD ADVICE
IS START SWIMMING

SO RODRIGUEZ DOESN’T
PULL YOU DOWN WITH HIM.

I GOT TO GO.

♪ ♪

( violin plays )