Blue Bloods (2010–…): Season 2, Episode 14 - Parenthood - full transcript

When a man's family is robbed and beaten in front of him, and the assailant is shot and killed, the Reagan's debate about how far they would go to protect their family. Meanwhile, when a college student is arrested at a rally, Frank wrestles with her sentence due to her identity.

That's ten grand
to you, Pop.

Too rich for my blood.

5,000 to you, Francis.

I call.

Read 'em and weep.

Three queens.


Pair of deuces.

Knew you were bluffing
when your eye started to twitch.

And three kings...

to fill the house.

You dog.

All right, well, I'm busted.

What's my credit line?

Uh, you owe me $243,000.

I liked it better
when you used to let me win.

Your deal.

The game is Chicago Night Baseball.

No peeky,
threes and nines wild,

buy a card for 1,000.

Sorry, guys.

Hey, want to sit in?

No, we have to get home.

Oh, but I can just
feel the cards

turning Nicky's way.

It's an early one
for both of us.

Nicky is going to spend
the day at work

- with me tomorrow.
- Wow.

It's Take Your Daughter
to Work Day.

I'll bet none
of your friends' parents

have as exciting a job
as your mom.

Actually, I wanted to go
on a ride-along

with Uncle Danny or Uncle Jamie,
but I knew that'd never fly.

Well, maybe you should stop

assuming things about me
all the time.

Okay. Can I go on a ride-along
with Uncle Danny or Uncle Jamie?

Absolutely not.

Thanks, Your Majesty.

She hates me.

The hardest day at work

is easier than any day
raising a teenager.

Amen to that.

Good luck.


Cut for deal.


Hey! Hey, hey!

Hey, wh... what are you doing?!

Hey, hey!


Oh, my...!

Any of you nachos move,

I'll execute every one of you.

Check it, man.


Look what we got here.

That's it?

I know you people
don't use banks,

so where's the rest of it, huh?

Where is it?

Where's the rest of
your money, chica, eh?

No! No! No! No! No!

I'm going to count
to three, okay?


In-in the box over there,
on the shelf!

Hurry up.

We're out of here.

Adios, amigos.

Come on!

Finally, a slow
night in the city.

We get to enjoy a
civilized meal for once.

This is civilized?

We should be glad
we're not downtown, though.

That student protest
turned into a riot.

Ah, is there ever a
night in this city

when somebody's not
protesting something?

What are they
protesting now anyway?

Tuition hikes.
Tuition hikes?

My old man paid a fortune
on my kid brother's tuition.

Look what good it did him.

Somebody should
protest the Mets

calling themselves
a professional sports team.

Back up.
Hold on.

Confines of the
two-seven precinct,

report of shots fired
at 176 and Cabrini.

That's not far from here.


Show Manhattan detectives
responding to shots fired.

So much for
a quiet night.


Call for a bus, Jack.



Come on...

Jack, hurry it up!

♪ Blue Bloods 2x14 ♪
Original Air Date on February 17, 2012

== sync, corrected by elderman ==

Two reported rapes,
the three-one and the 15th,

and a homicide in
the two-seven.

I want CompStat reports
for all precincts

and updates on the homicide.

The mayor asked

to move your weekly
briefing up an hour.

Can do.
Already done.

If you're going to eat
that here,

you better have
brought two.

Over easy?

The only thing
in this office that is.

Three students were arrested
for assault last night

during a demonstration
at Hudson University.

In custody
and awaiting arraignment.

Our job is done there.
You wish.

People get murdered
every day, Frank,

but three middle-class
kids get arrested

outside their college for
protesting tuition hikes--

that's news.
Says who?

Says a full voice mail
box and 100 e-mails.

That's what you think we
should be paying attention to?

Not what we should be;
what we will be.

He was hit with two bullets.

One of them lacerated his liver,

and the other one gave him
a slow aortic leak.

There was nothing
we could do.

You guys find any I.D. on him?


Decedent's property.

Check this out.


Dead guy with a bag
of cash and no I.D.

Exactly. Maybe it was
a drug deal gone bad?

Something definitely went bad.
You get a count on this?

Yeah, it's $325.

325 bucks?

Never ceases to amaze me

what some people will
kill each other for.

So what prepared you most
for this career?

Having three brothers.

If I wasn't
negotiating a truce

between two of them,
then I was trying

to prove that
I was one of them.

Thing you love the most?


About your job.

Speaking for people
who can't speak for themselves,

trying to make sure
that justice is done for them.

How is it working
with defense attorneys?

Well, we're on
opposing sides,

but I can always appreciate
a good attorney.

Did you ever go up against Dad?

In court?

Of course, in court.

Only in mock trials
in law school.

Was he any good?

I would recommend him
as an attorney.

Is there anything
you want to talk about?

Like what?


I just want to make sure
everything's okay.

Everything's fine.

How would you describe
your typical day at work?

We have a suspect in custody
on the rape in the 15th,

and the homicide
investigation is ongoing.

It's going to be a tough one.

We don't have much.

Frank, what about
those student protesters?

What about them?

You know, my first year at Yale,
a bunch of us

camped out on the quad
to protest apartheid.

I don't think any
college education is complete

without a little
righteous indignation.

It wasn't righteous indignation
that got them arrested.

It was assaulting
police officers.

That's a felony.

Had the New Haven Police
arrested me,

a record would have prevented me
from going into public office.

But you knew where
to draw the line.

Or I just got lucky.

Local cops
versus college students

is a classic
town and gown, Frank.

There's always room
for mistakes on both sides.

The arrests were legitimate,
Mr. Mayor.

If you have an issue...

No, Frank.

No issue at all.

Just airing it out.

Next item: your appearance at
the Knicks game on Saturday.

We need to talk
about security.


Looks like the blood starts
right around here, Jack.

Yeah, well, the 911 caller

is an old lady
from that building.

Said she heard three shots,
looked out the window

and saw two guys
running up the block.

Two guys?
Yep, no description.

No one saw anything,
so we have no witnesses.

Of course not.
This neighborhood, we got

a better chance
of bumping into Santa Claus.

Oh, well,
if you see him, tell him

I'm still waiting
on my Barbie Dream House.

Oh, the SPRINT system said
there were a couple of calls

about a domestic right
before the shots rang out

coming from the basement
apartment over there.

We should take a look at it.
All right.

By the way,
it had a, uh,

working doorbell and
a hot tub, you know?

What did?
The Barbie Dream House.

Erin had one.

She used to let me use
it as a bachelor pad

for my G.I. Joes.
Ah, that makes sense.

Docket number 45972,

People v. Ariel Winston

on the charge of assault
in the second degree

against a police officer
and disorderly conduct

occurring on the campus of
Hudson University.

How do you plead?

Not guilty, Your Honor.


State requests
$2,000 bail.

Because this 18-year-old
honor student

is a big flight risk?

No, because Ms. Winston threw
objects at police officers.

We request Ms. Winston

be released
on her own recognizance.

Your Honor, my office has
corroborating evidence,

including eyewitness testimony
and numerous cell phone videos.

Ms. Winston jumped
on an officer.

Trying to help
her friend.

Come on.
These are college students.

To whom the law applies.

Protesting social injustice
is a rite of passage.

Your Honor, I'd like to
remind counsel that this is

an arraignment, not a trial.

Exactly, Mr. Skolnik.

A right of passage
that is protected

under the Constitution.

But carried out
without permits,

and in a manner that endangered
pedestrians and motorists.

Bail is set at $1,000.

The only threat I see
is from overzealous cops,

and overzealous ADAs.

You haven't seen anything yet,

Beautiful, but overzealous.

And immune to your charms.

You guys were
really going at it.

That was great.

He was awesome.

Excuse me, Ms. Boyle?

Is there somewhere
that we could talk?

I wasn't arguing with
my husband last night.

Well, the neighbors said
they heard, uh, shouting

coming from the apartment.

They must have
made a mistake.

It wasn't coming
from here.

How'd you get
those bruises, ma'am?

She fell.

Did she fall on somebody's fist?

Did you hear
the shots last night?

No, we didn't.

How about you let your mom
answer the questions, all right?

I didn't hear anything.

I'm sorry.

Where's your husband?


Maybe he heard or saw something.

He-he didn't
hear anything.

Okay. Here's what
we're gonna do.

We'll speak to
your dad directly.

Is that okay with you?

Or maybe you
got something to hide.

He... he works at
a bodega on 175th and Amsterdam.

Great. We'll speak to him there.

My father didn't
do anything wrong.

Well, if he did
do something wrong,

you better hope he's
a better liar than you.

So what's the wrinkle?

If you're saying
somebody has evidence

that they were arrested
without probable cause,

that's simply not the case.

It's not that kind of wrinkle.
Then what?


It's coming in right now.

Dad, this is Sabine Winston.
Her daughter Ariel is...

One of the protestors
we arrested.


may I sit down?


Thank you.

I know you're a busy man,

So I'll get right to the point.

Ariel made a huge mistake.

But she's only 18.

I'd hate her to have
a felony charge

follow her around
for the rest of her life.

Mrs. Winston,
as I'm sure

my daughter has told you,

reducing the charges
is not up to me,

it's up to the
DA's office.

And the DA's office--
no offense--

is a political machine,

And you're one of
the few people allowed to

put quarters in, and get
what you want in return.

I can't have this conversation.

Ariel is Mayor Poole's daughter.

Ms. Winston came to me
in confidence

after the arraignment.

Carter and I...

were both very young when
I got pregnant with Ariel.

And Carter wanted to marry me.

I'm the one who said no.

I got married when
Ariel was a toddler,

and she was raised with
my husband as her father.

Ariel has no idea.

And the mayor?

He agreed to abide
by my wishes.

Look, Carter has always
taken responsibility.

Even paid Ariel's tuition.

He has sacrificed a lot for her,

in the sense that
this is a relationship

he's had to live without.

Did he ask you to talk to me?

No, he... he wouldn't
want me here.

A felony conviction will ruin
her chance to become a lawyer.

I am asking for mercy.

Clearly, I haven't always
made the best choices.

I wish that I had
done things differently.

But Ariel is all I have.

Ms. Winston...

I can't undo what's done.

You ever know him to
get involved with drugs

or gangs, or anything?

What, Fernando Ortiz?

No, you got to be kidding me.
No. No way.

Was he working yesterday?

Why don't you ask him?
He should be back soon.

Hey, we will ask him,
all right?

But right now,
we're asking you questions.

Unless you want to come down and
answer them at the station...



Okay, he worked here last night.

Uh, I paid him.

He locked up at around 9:00,
and then he went home.

You pay him in cash?

Do I need a lawyer?

Mr. Duran, listen.

We're not here to
jam you or Fernando up, okay?

We're not the I.N.S.

We're not worried
about illegal workers,

or whether you're
paying people in cash, okay?

We're investigating a homicide.

Whatever you tell us
about Fernando

could clear him
of any wrongdoing.

I paid him in cash.

How much did you
pay him in cash?


Mr. Ortiz.

Is... is there something wrong?

We need you to come
with us, sir. Okay?

Let's go.

Come on.

We don't have enough
to arrest him, you know.

Yeah. But he doesn't know that.

In the meantime, we got enough
for a search warrant

for his apartment, so...
What do you got?

Well, ID came back
on our victim.

It's a Phil Daelman.

He's got priors for assault,
robbery and gun possession.

All right.

So maybe this Phil Daelman
was up to his old tricks,

but he picked on
the wrong guy this time.

Let's see if this Mr. Ortiz
can enlighten us.

Let's hope he doesn't
ask for a lawyer.

He asked not to be disturbed.

Too late.

Forgotten, but not gone.

I'm gonna ask
until I get an answer.

What are we doing about
the protest arrests?


The Times is accusing the police
department of overreacting.

And the Post is commending them
for showing restraint.

Let them duke it out.

Okay, this demonstration
could've been a full-blown riot.

But the arrests and
the quick police response

actually prevented that.

In front of the press,
in and out. Five minutes, tops.


there's a little more to it.

There is?


Can you keep a secret?

Good. So can I.

Come on.

One of the students
who was arrested

is Mayor Poole's daughter.

And nobody knows that.

That changes everything.

Except the facts.

What does he want you to do?

He didn't ask for anything.

And he doesn't know that I know.

So we're going to do nothing?

Now you're catching on.

Your wife looked
pretty beat up.

What happened to her?

Okay, well, did you know that

somebody got shot on
your block last night?

No. I, uh, I didn't.

You didn't hear any shots,


Do you recognize this guy?


Did you have

any money on you when
you left work yesterday?



What about the $325 in cash
your boss gave you?


It must've fell
out of my pocket.

Really? It must have
fallen out of your pocket?

All right.

Let's go over it again.

You say your wife fell down

and hit her face.

Your take-home pay ends up

in the hands of a dead man,

who happened to be shot
right outside of your place,

only moments after
neighbors heard screaming

coming from inside.

You really want us to believe

you know nothing
about any of this?


all I know is,
I work my ass off.

I follow the law,
and-and-and I don't hurt no one.

Okay. Did someone hurt you?

How... h-how long
are you married?

12 years. Why?

I'm married 20.

Marisol and I,
we've been together

since we were 16 years old.

Look, if someone broke into
your home, and started

to beat your wife
right in front of you--

right in front of your son--
what would you do?

Is that what happened to you?

Don't I have the right to defend
myself against people like him?

They took everything we own.

Everything we worked for.

I ran after them.

I just... I just wanted
to get it back.

That's all.

Just wanted to get it back.

Well, you got a confession.
That's great.

Yeah. Only I thought
I'd feel better about it.

Commissioner! Commissioner.

What about the fact that
the protestors were unarmed?

Not unarmed, they just didn't
have conventional weapons.


Commissioner, the students
contend that they had a right

to exercise their
First Amendment rights,

and that those rights were
violated. How do you respond?

The First Amendment
does guarantee

the right to assemble...

Law enforcement's responsibility
is to ensure public safety.

My men did their job.

Commissioner, some might say

that these were
just college students

who were out
to protest tuition hikes.

They weren't hurting anyone.

Well, the officers
who were assaulted,

and the pedestrians
and shopkeepers

who were forced to
circumvent the crowd,

might tell a different story.

Have you talked to them?

That's all we have for today.

We'll keep you updated
as things progress.

My office is available
for any questions

pertaining to...

The perps had fled,
the danger was gone.

No, that is a gray area.

No, it's pretty
black and white, Danny.

He followed them outside.

Yeah, after they invaded
his home and beat up his wife.

But he didn't shoot
Daelman in his home.

He shot him when
he was running away.

Oh. Too bad he didn't

drag Daelman's body
back into the apartment,

'cause then he wouldn't be
facing any charges, would he?

No, he'd be on the front page of
the Post under the word "hero."

The law is very clear, Danny.
You can't shoot someone,

unless you feel they're about
to use deadly physical force.

They had a gun. They invaded his
home, they beat up his wife.

How much more deadly can the
force get?

Was anyone pointing
a gun at him at the time? No.

Look, what else
was the guy supposed to do?

Pick up the phone and call 911,
not run after him and shoot him.

What if he had missed?

What if he shot
an innocent bystander?

He didn't miss, okay?
He hit the perp.

Look, all I'm asking you to do
is cut the guy

a break on the charges.

Why, because you think
it's justified?

No, because I think he was
a good man in a bad spot

who was just trying
to protect his family.

But that is for a jury
to decide, not you.

The charge is manslaughter.

Hi. I made brown
bread from scratch.

Mom's recipe.

She never wrote down
her recipes.

I made it from memory.

You want a slice?

You set me up.

You would never have come down
if you knew.

And you needed to hear
what she had to say.

Did I?

Yes, you did, because you're
a man who needs the facts

before he makes a decision.

I had all the facts I needed,

and the decision is not mine
to make

as you well know.

Are you gonna sit there
and tell me

you'd rather be in the dark
about this?

I'm not advocating special
treatment because of the mayor.

Then what?

I just thought that

you should hear her side
of things because...

Because you sympathize with her?

Because I'm struggling
with the letter of the law

versus the spirit of the law.

One impulsive, dumb move

and this girl has an asterisk
by her name

for the rest of her life.

It's the law, it's my job...

Is it just?

Not for me to say.

How was your day with Nicky?

She thinks defense attorneys are
the good guys.

As in her dad?

Well, implied.

Imagine if she knew that
he didn't want joint custody.

But you're not gonna tell her.


That would only hurt her.

That's the hardest part,

the things you do for them that
you can't tell 'em about.

Something's missing.


The thing that made
this taste good.

Sit down.
I want you to take a look

through these guys.

You recognize anyone,
you give me a shout.

I'll be at my desk,
all right?


Why what?

What difference is
this gonna make?

Well, you want to find

the guys who did this to your
family, don't you?

Is it gonna save my dad
from going to jail?

Probably not.

I didn't think so.

Look, kid,

I'm sorry about your dad.

Isn't there something
anyone can do?

He's got to get a good lawyer.

With what?
They took everything we have.

Okay, well, maybe your dad
will get lucky

and he'll get a jury
that'll sympathize with him.

Oh, yeah?
How many people do you know

with illegal immigrants?


Just take a look at the
pictures, all right?

They found the gun in
the Ortiz apartment.

Sending it to the lab now.

This is him.

This guy?

Timothy Abbey.

That's one of the guys
we don't have an address on.

I'm gonna find it.

You're sure
this is the guy?

He slapped my mom around.

I'll never forget that face.

You can't go around shooting
people in the middle of the street.

Yeah, well, if somebody comes into
your home and attacks your family,

you should be able to.
To what, get revenge?

To defend yourself
against intruders.


Yeah, but he didn't kill
anybody. He robbed someone.

And he doesn't deserve
to die for that.

Says who?
Once they left, the danger was over.

Oh, you're gonna join
the conversation now,

Harvard, is that it?

Wait, wait.
Jamie, let me ask you this.

If someone came in here
right now with guns

and started hitting the kids
and taking our valuables,

you would feel the same.

If they're already gone,
it's revenge.

Dad, do you think a bad guy's
gonna come in here?

Are you kidding?
He'd take one look

at this table
and run the other way.

This place is, like, Cop City.

Plus a prosecutor.

Boy, did they choose
the wrong house.

It's revenge, plain and simple.

But it's not plain
and simple.

Well, the punishment has
to fit the crime

and the circumstances, not
just in the penal code.

So what do you charge him with?

It's not like he planned it; it
was a spur-of- the-moment thing.

And the law accounts for that;
a reaction in the heat of the moment.

Yeah, but it wasn't
in the moment.

He had to go to a drawer,

get a gun and then
chase after them.

Oh, come on. We're not talking
about a criminal here.

We're talking
about a... a hardworking man

whose family was attacked,

and he-he stood up
for them.

We should all be
able to do that.

No, we shouldn't.

What Ortiz lost was replaceable.

What Daelman lost is not.

Well, given the circumstances,

I'd make the same
choice Ortiz did.

Run after them
and shoot? No. Mm-mmm.

Neither would I.

Well, I would.

I think
Uncle Danny's right.

Well, of course you do.

What's that supposed to mean?

It means there's nothing

I could possibly say or do
that you would agree with.

Maybe if you weren't
prosecuting students

and people who get robbed.

I'm prosecuting people
who've broken the law,

and since when do you
not relate to that?

You're just mad I agreed with
that defense attorney.

Why would I be mad
about that?

Because you hate them,
because my father's one.

Next time, go to work with Dad.

Who wants another pork chop?

Hey. I didn't want

to cut your Sunday
night dinner short,

but one of Abbey's cohorts says
he works in here on the weekends.

Oh, believe me, if Sunday dinner
went on any longer,

it would have turned
into a crime scene.

You guys get together
every week to eat and fight.

You sure you're not Italian?

No, Irish.
We just drink a little more.

There he is.

Timothy Abbey!


Hey! What are you doing?!

Hold it!


Hold it!

Come here!

You know this man,
tough guy?


Don't lie to me.
You robbed his family.

It wasn't me.

Who was it, then?
It was this guy?


Yeah? How do you know that
if you weren't with him?

I might've been with him,
but I didn't do nothing.

Really? We got witnesses
that say otherwise.

Who's your witness?

Some guy who's
not even a citizen?

I was born in this country.
I have rights.

Is that why you targeted
Mr. Ortiz, huh?

Because he's illegal?

Is that it?

It was all Phil.

He called it "papi hunting."

What the hell is papi hunting?

Phil said if we could find
some wetbacks

walking around with cash...

Those people don't go to banks.

And they don't go to police,
either. That's what he said.

Yeah, a win-win.

Is that what it is?

Imagine that.

You think that's funny, huh?

- That what you call it? A win-win?
- What's the matter? Danny!

What's the matter with you,
okay?! They shot my friend!

They were the ones who shot
my friend, okay?!

I am the... I'm the victim here!

You're the victim?

Well, I don't know too many
victims who carry guns

and break into innocent
people's houses, do you?

I don't know.
Why don't you just ask the kid

who killed my friend?

What do you mean,
the kid?

What do you mean, the kid
who killed your friend?

That guy's son.

He's the one who ran after us
and shot Phil, okay?

Will you release my dad
if I tell you everything?

Hey, hey, you're not in any
position to make demands here,

kid, all right? I've done nothing
but try to help your dad.

You want to help your dad?

I suggest you stop giving me
the runaround and start talking.

They came into my house
with a gun.

We were scared
to death.

I really thought
they were gonna shoot us.

That's why when they left,

I ran after them
with my father's gun.

I was the one

who shot at them, not my dad.

Why did your dad
confess to it?

He was just trying
to protect me.

He didn't want me to go to jail.

I didn't mean to kill him.

I was just mad...

And I was afraid.

I was afraid they'd come back.

I'm sorry.

All right... all right.

This is what
I want you to do.

I want you to write down

everything you just told me,

Just write it.

Make sure you write down
the part about you thinking

they were gonna come back.

Go on. Write it down.

Write it,
write it down.

You were afraid
they were gonna come back.

You were afraid for your life,

Make sure you write that, too.

I can't be late for school.

We're okay.

It's just... I have a
thing about being late.

You got that from me.

Look, if we have to put
on the lights and sirens,

we'll do it, okay?

Have some toast.

How'd your report go?

I got an A.


Must have been nice to spend
the day with your mom.

See how she works.

See how bossy she can be.

Moms are supposed to be bossy.

What are dads supposed to be?

I don't know.

Show up once in a while
might be nice.

Pretend, at least,
to be interested.

I called him, you know.

I asked him

if he would take me
to work with him.

What did he say?

He said he was too busy,
and he would call

when things quieted down,
and we could go to lunch then.

I see.

But we're not gonna
have lunch, Grandpa.

Because things
never quiet down enough

for him to have time for me.

That's got to sting.

I'm used to it.


that's just between us,
that I called him, okay?


Mom would probably try
and fix that, too.


that's another job requirement
for mothers,

be bossy and fix things.

Yeah, well, some things
can't be fixed.


if I'm hearing you correctly,

it seems like
you're saying your mom

pretty much has
to do everything.

She doesn't have
to do everything.

No? Who's her backup?

And she doesn't

have to do everything for you,

she wants to do everything.

You want me
to cut her some slack?

Your mom's not the only one
who likes to fix things.

It's horrible, isn't it?

Your mom made it.

Here you go.

The kid's statement.

And were you able to corroborate
his version of events,

since there seems to be no end
to the number of people

confessing to this murder?

Ballistics and fingerprints
analysis are consistent

with his statement,
so I'll start to process him.

There you go.
"I was in fear for my life."

Yeah, that's what he said.

"He turned to confront me."

You coached him.

I did not coach him;
those are his words.

Look, I might have helped him
with his English

a little bit,
that's about it.

And he asked for a lawyer?

Yeah, he asked for a lawyer

right after I took
the statement.

You know what's
interesting, though,

is that, somehow,
his family was able

to retain the services

of the white-shoe law firm
of Pierce, Freeman & Hamill.


Imagine that.

This immigrant family,

no money,
father works at a corner bodega.

Wonder how they pulled that off.

Well, they do handle pro bono.


You know, I seem
to remember you telling me

that you had a very close friend
who worked for the law firm

of Pierce, Freeman & Hamill.

Well, I do like a
formidable opponent in court.

Come on in, Frank.

Can I get you something?

No, thanks, I'm fine.

did you see this op-ed piece
in the Times

about the
Hudson University protest?

No, I haven't,
but I was just talking

to the District
Attorney about that.

Is that right?
What did he have to say?

Well, he feels it's important
the DA's office

be seen as standing
alongside my department

on lawful arrests.

And, of course,
it's important for me

to stand up for my people.

Well, of course.
But he did make a case

for being sensitive
to the future

of these young people.

My daughter, Erin, told me,
for instance,

that, uh, one of the arrested,

Ariel Winston,

wants to be a lawyer.


He feels he has some

latitude, so he's recommending

that the charges be reduced
to a misdemeanor.

And where do you stand?

Well, you know me, I'm pretty
much a law and order guy.


But in this case,

I think it serves
the spirit of the law.


But the decision reflects
on you as well, sir.

What do you think?

Well, Frank, I like
to think that everyone

deserves a break
every now and then.

Okay, then.

But they are not
getting off scot-free.

They're gonna do a year's
community service

at the Dutton Center downtown.

Dutton, huh?

I practically grew up there.

My mom worked full-time,
my dad was out of the picture.

I went by there every day
after school.

Did you ever get back
in touch with him?

Nah, I never knew him.

Not much to get back
in touch about.


I just wanted to stop by
and give you the news.

I appreciate that, Frank.

Especially when all
you had to do was call.

Good day, Mr. Mayor.

Always a pleasure, Frank.

Guys, give me a second, okay?

Just about a minute.


Do you know who I am?

Yes, you're the mayor
of New York City.

That's right.

I'm Ariel Winston.

Very nice to meet you, Ariel.

And I'm here to clean
up your fair city.

Yes, and I can use
all the help I can get.

Thank you.

I'm glad to hear

you were able to make a deal
with the DA's office.

Maybe this will remind you
to think, take a breath,

next time you make a decision

that might affect
the rest of your life.

I will.


This paint just
will not come off.

Tried everything.

That's because you got to put
a little more elbow into it.

Let me, um, see that.

Yeah, that's good.

Spray right here.

I know what you're thinking.

Oh, you do?


I'm your father.

Okay, what am I thinking?

You're wondering if you'll
ever do anything right

in Nicky's eyes.

You're good.

Well, teenagers consider it

their job to torture
their parents.

I didn't torture
you, did I?

Well, more so your mom.

But I'm glad I wasn't
a single parent back then.

I don't think I could have
handled it without your mother.

I only remember the good times.

Movie night,

or the road trips you guys used
to take us on in the summer.

You loved Cape Cod.

Yeah, but I didn't love
being sandwiched

between Joe and Danny.

Well, it was
character building.

You and mom made it
look so easy.

It was easier for us.

I didn't have to explain
why your mother wasn't around.

Yeah, I guess I was lucky.

She called her dad first.

And he blew her off.

That's why she's been upset.

And you didn't hear
that from me.

What am I supposed
to do about that?

You know, some things
can't be fixed.

And the hardest thing for
a parent to do sometimes

is nothing.

"Sometimes I think I may
want to be a lawyer

"because I realize
that I love justice

"and if that's the career
that I decide to build,

"I want to be the
kind of lawyer

"my mother is.

"Tough but fair

"and just

"and able to stand
up to pressures

"on both sides
of the bench.

"Spending a day
walking in her shoes

"has made me appreciate
both her

and the job she does""

She rarely lets me read
these reports anymore.

I'm special.

Yes, you are.

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