NYPD Blue (1993–2005): Season 2, Episode 19 - Boxer Rebellion - full transcript

Fancy works with Martinez to help him get ready for the inter-prescient boxing tournament. Meanwhile, Simone is attracted to the new undercover cop, Diane Russell, who is working with him to catch a wanted arsonist in a sting in which Lt. Fancy's informant, Vinny Greco, returns to offer more advice and annoyance to everyone. Elsewhere, a woman that Sipowicz gets to testify in a case is murdered by the men she was going to testify against, and Sipowicz tries to prevent the murdered woman's husband from going after the gang members responsible.

Previously on NYPD Blue:

So you're representing
the precinct in the boxing tournament.

I boxed intramural in school
and thought I'd give it a shot.

- I boxed a little Golden Gloves.
- Is that right?

- Hello!
- John, how's it going?

I'm temping until
your Miss Abandando returns.

Will you look at this?
Your own office.

FANCY: I thought you were in
Florida Witness Protection.

Yeah. Well, relocation wasn't for me,
lieutenant. I left the program.

So did you miss me,
or are you here on business?

MARTINEZ: Hey, lieu.
FANCY: Let's go.


Yeah, here we go.

MARTINEZ: You all right, lieu?
FANCY: Fine. Let's go.

MARTINEZ: You sure?
FANCY: I said I'm fine. Let's go.


Go again?


You all right?

Yeah. Yeah, I'm getting used to it.

Let's go.

Boxer Rebellion

MARTINEZ: Hey, Bobby.
SIMONE: How's it going, James?

- That fire last week on 7th Street.
- Yeah, fireman died.

Yesterday afternoon the fire marshal
declared it an arson.

- The ME made his death a homicide.
- So it's our case?

Yeah. The marshal who's investigating
has an informant who can...

...get to the torch through a bartender
who's a low-end drug dealer.

Fire marshal
asked the chief of detectives...

...for an undercover
to get the bartender.

They're sending someone over
from OCCB.

- Vinnie Greco's the informant?
- Who says that?

Bogies at 3:00, lieu.

- Who we getting on undercover?
FANCY: I don't know.

- Chief of D's put it together.
- Gentlemen!

- I'm Jerry Hauser. Fire marshal's office.
FANCY: Arthur Fancy. Bobby Simone.

- How's it going?
- He says you two know each other.

GRECO: You bet we do.
- How's it going, Vinnie?

Lt. Fancy and me
are like childhood chums.

Lt. Fancy and me
are like childhood chums.

So he says he's got a way
to the torch?

No. I can get you to the bartender
who got the torch burn medicine.

You want the torch,
you gotta close that deal yourself.

Bartender's name is Curtis Cangelosi.
A skell, a smalltime dealer.

Got big. So day after the fire,
I'm in a bar, Rosanno's...

...where Cangelosi's mixing drinks.

I'm making a deposit in the lavatory
when the door opens.

I always lift my feet up so incoming
parties aren't aware that I'm dumping.

In walks Cangelosi
with this fellow, Tony.

And Tony's thanking Curtis
for some burn medicine Curtis got him.

Schmoozing around
in the subsequent back-and-forth...

...I can't move this bartender
for more specifics on Tony.

But I hear inklings from other
acquaintances that this guy sets fires.

Which strikes me a credible explanation
how his fingers got burnt.

Which strikes me a credible explanation
how his fingers got burnt.

And how my path
crossed here with Marshal...

- Hauser.
- You want us to buy into the bartender...

...and pop him.
- Buy into him for some coke...

...to leverage him on ID'ing the torch.

It's our homicide now.
We'll back up your undercover...

...then conduct the interviews.

- Who's the undercover?
- She's supposed to be here.

Soon as she gets here, you can move.

It's a pleasure, Arthur.

SIMONE: James. James.

- So...
- You fellows want some refreshment?

- Where you going?
- What?

No on the refreshments.
Very big of you to offer, though.

I always look. If there's a coin cup
or something, I'm happy to contribute.

You get the license of that truck
that hit you?

- We were just talking to the wheel man.
- No! Lieu gave you that shiner?

I'm telling you, we're supposed
to work on footwork, timing.

We get in the ring
it's like World War III.

- I'm boxing Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
- Did you talk to him?

I'm afraid if I complain
he'll hit me again.

Morning, sarge.

Mr. And Mrs. Delgado. It's a little early.
But I guess we can head over.

JOSE: I want my wife to talk
to you about the trial.

SIPOWICZ: Remember, I explained.
This isn't a trial today.

This is what we call the Wade hearing
on how you ID'd the suspects.

- My wife is afraid.
- What are you afraid of, Mrs. Delgado?

If these robbers will kill our dog just
to frighten us, what will he do to me...

...if I say in court
they're the robbers?

See, we couldn't prove that
Burke and Gallagher murdered the dog.

It was them telling me not to testify
that they had robbed us.

I believe you. I'm just saying
that we couldn't prove it.

- But I went and talked to these guys.
- And we moved away.

And I understand that they
haven't been in touch with you since.

I'm afraid now
they will come to harm us.

I reminded her what you said
about doing the right thing as citizens.

But she is worried.
She doesn't want these men to find us.

After the hearing, after you've
told them how you made the IDs...

...in a week this case goes to trial.
If it makes you feel better...

...I'll put you in a hotel until it's over.
- No. No hotel.

Mrs. Delgado, this hearing's part of what
will put them in jail. Afterwards, if you...

...want me to ride you home...
- No. We have a car.

It's a good thing you're doing here.
You should be proud of yourself.

You should be real proud
of your wife.

You ready to go over there?

- Okay?
- V?monos.


- What's your name?
- John.

John. You wearing fruit juice?

I do use a scented soap by Karl
Lagerfeld, if you know who that is.

No, I don't know him. But now I know
what Langerfeld smells like.

Can I help you?

Detective Russell from OCCB. I'm here
to see Fire Marshal Hauser or Lt. Fancy.

The meeting's over. I'll tell them you're
in. Bobby Simone. I'm working with you.

- Diane Russell.
SIMONE: Good to meet you.

- Where can I change?
- Locker room's over there.

RUSSELL: Thanks.
SIMONE: Mm-hm.


- I gotta use the bathroom.
- Hold it.

When I turn around,
blink your lights if you can hear me.

GRECO: I'm dreaming about where
that mike is on you tonight.

Shut up.
I don't wanna hear...

...you until we're inside.
GRECO: Roger, 10-4, no problem.

GRECO: Hey! Booth one available?
- Hey, Vinnie.

Curtis, this is my friend, Diane.
She's down from Stamford.

- Pleased to meet you.
- You too.

I'll have a Bloody Maria.
Make it with Gold.

Curtis, no. You got that Herradura stuff,
make it with that.

So, what you think of my friend?

I'm very large in Connecticut.

I'd say your friend deserves
better than to be here.

Yeah, I know. But I wanted her to
sample the flavor of the neighborhood.

I have a family function later on
over on Helston Street.

GRECO: Hey, Diane.

Maybe Curtis can help you out
with that quandary you got.

You got a quandary, I'm the guy you
should talk to. I help a lot of people.

- Bartenders take an oath. Like lifeguards.
- Vinnie, I don't even know Curtis.

Well, he's a standup guy.

- Aren't you a standup guy?
- Oh, yeah. All the way.

- You ask him.
- Me?

Diane's looking to score some blow.
You know, maybe half a lid.

It's not all for me. I told my girlfriends
I could get some because Vinnie here...

Come on. Come on. Yesterday my guy,
he zigs when he should've zagged.

- He left us high and dry.
- I don't know.

Well, if you can't, that's fine.
I don't wanna jam you up.


You make a decent
Bloody Maria, Curtis.

I'll have another one.

I guess I can make a couple of calls.

I guess I can make a couple of calls.

There you go, Curtis.

- Yeah?
- Yeah.



- Number two.
- Great. Thanks.


RUSSELL: You sample it?
- No. I don't use.

And here's your change.

- It's only 400.
- Ain't gonna get rich that way.

Well, this was just a favor.

I'm off at 8. How long do you think
your family reunion's gonna go?

RUSSELL: I'm not sure.
GRECO: What am I? Upholstery?

I was thinking I could buy you a drink.

If I get done there then I'll stop in.

I think you made an impression.

- This is my number at the bar and home.
- Okay, thanks.

CURTIS: If it doesn't work out for
tonight, I could drive up to Stamford.

I know a place
with good Bloody Marias.

- All right. Thanks, Curtis.
- The man's in love!

- Curtis, be good!
- Yeah. I'll see you, Vinnie.

- Here we go.
SIMONE: Let's take him in.

SIMONE: Curtis, police officers.
You're under arrest. Don't move.

- What for?
SIMONE: Put your hands up here.

- We'll talk about it at the station house.
- What did I do?

CURTIS: What did I do?

Come on, let's go.

DA's agreed not to charge him
on the sale if Cangelosi cooperates.

- He'll deal.
- Yeah, he should. He's no hard-ass.

How do we know
Cangelosi's the wrong guy?

- That's what I got from the informant.
- I checked with BCI. He's got no record.

- Maybe he beat us a few times.
- No arrests. Not even a speeding ticket.

Record or no record,
we got a homicide to clear.

If Cangelosi's clean, like you say,
I'm sure he'll cooperate.

What if he doesn't? Then we've
put a felony on a legitimate guy.

- Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
- I'm not.

I don't like turning innocent
people into criminals.

How many model citizens can get
half an ounce of coke in 20 minutes?

If he cooperates, fine.
But if he doesn't give the other guy up...

...I won't testify against him at a trial.
- Now that we know your future plans...

...how about you and Detective Simone
flip him so we don't end up in that box.

Right in here. I don't think I'm gonna
give you too many lines at this interview.

That's a good idea.

SIMONE: Because, well, you might pull
your piece and try to break this guy out.

You okay?

So like I told you before, you can have
an attorney here if you want.

But before you decide, I'll tell you what
we got and how you can help yourself.

I told you, I've never sold drugs
in my life. I don't even use.

- Yeah, well you sold today.
- I did you a favor! I can't believe this.

- I get picked up for doing a favor?
- You call it a favor.

We call it one to three
in penitentiary.

I don't believe this.

Why'd you do this to me?

You wanna know what happened?
I'll tell you what happened.

She walked into the bar, her and that
Vinnie. Was he part of setting me up?

Vinnie's in custody.

Anyways, she gives me a sob story. She
needs some cocaine for her girlfriends.

And I guess Vinnie was doing her
a favor. So I tried to do her a favor.

I make a phone call. Then she wants me
to go with her because she's scared.

Then she wants me to take
the money to give to the guy.

I do everything she asks. I don't take
a cent. I give her 100 change...

...because I'm such a big dealer.
And I walked away.

Yeah. That's how it happened.
That's a felony.

All right. You help us out...

...and maybe we're
in a position to help you.

Maybe you're looking
at a suspended sentence.

Come on, sit down.

Help you out how?

There's a guy who committed a crime...

...that resulted in a death.
You can help us make our case.

- What guy?
- Tony, who burned his hand last week.

Tony Medici? He sells miniblinds.

When he came in with his hands burned
that night, when you brought him...

...burn medicine, he burned his hands
torching a building. Now, a fireman died.

That's murder, Curtis.
That's what your friend, Tony, did.

He said it was a hot water heater.

We want you to get Tony talking
on tape about the fires he set.

That's your way out of this.

I'm not gonna set up
a friend of mine.

- That's what you do, not me.
- Now, you're in a situation here.

Your way out is to cooperate. Now if it
turns out that Tony didn't do it and...

...you cooperated so that we could
find that out, I think you'd...

...still be looking at a walk.

I'm gonna give you a little time to think
about this. You want something to eat?

We'll get you something.

- Going over to Ray's. Want something?
- Yeah, I want their entire menu.

The answer's no. I gotta lose
a couple pounds for this wedding.

Detective, line two.


All right. All right, take it easy. Take it
easy, Mr. Delgado. I'll be right there.

James, those sons of bitches
grabbed that woman.

Consuelo! Consuelo!


Here you go.

Come on.

You gonna tell if I have
another wine cooler?

Hey, I didn't see anything.

- I don't mean to put you in a position.
- You're not.

How long you been doing this?

Three years.

I used to work undercover
on a couple of cases.

It was just for
a couple of days at a time.

I know it's different when
you have a permanent assignment.

- It grinds being under all the time.
- Yeah.

I didn't mind taking down bad guys,
even the ones I liked.

I took them down too.

But then after a while
you just start asking yourself...

...how much of what these guys
have done is my doing?

I mean, would they even be here
if I didn't put them here? And...

I don't know.

And then something like this.
A totally legitimate guy.

See, look.
I think this guy's not gonna go down.

- Seriously. I think he's gonna help us.
- Well...

If he does, he's gonna help me,

...I'll go on suspension before I go
on the witness stand against this guy.

Enough's enough.

We should get back.

Have a seat.

- Have a slice.
- No, I can't eat.

So you and this Tony go way back?

We were kids
in the same neighborhood.

When you were talking about him,
it reminded me of a buddy of mine.

This guy from the neighborhood.
We were tight when we were kids.

About a couple of months back,
he gets all jammed up. So I help him out.

A week later, he's in another jam.

Curtis, I had to realize that
he was not the kid I knew anymore.

I'm not gonna wear a wire.

- We understand that.
- You're trying to do the right thing.

- We all wanna do that.
- How's what you did to me right?

SIMONE: We can all disagree
about what happened to you.

But let me tell you right now.
You don't have to end up in jail.

Now, we're doing what we can
to see that doesn't happen.

But I want you to think
about something.

An innocent man
was killed in this fire.

He died for doing his job.
Now this buddy of yours, Tony.

He told you what? He burned his
hands on a hot water heater?

- Right? You believe that?
- Yeah, I do.

If you went and you talked to him...

...and you felt differently about how he
got those burns, then I'd expect you...

...to feel different about talking. You
don't have to get wired or give him up.

All I'm saying is that you might think
differently about giving up an address.

On the other hand, you walk out that
door there and happen to see Tony.

And you're convinced that he has
nothing to do with this...

...then I won't
expect to see you again.

What do you mean
when I walk out that door?

- Are you letting me go?
- There's no charges filed against you.

I'm not saying there won't be.
They might decide to file later on.

But for right now, yeah.
You're free to go.

I don't know what exactly
you want.

I want you to do what your
conscience tells you to do.

You don't want that pizza,
you're free to go.

- That took guts.
SIMONE: I took a shot, right?

How do you let that guy walk?

What? You want this guy
in the joint or his buddy?

- We had leverage.
- No, we had squat.

That's a legitimate guy. Back him against
the wall, I guarantee he'd do time...

...before giving up his friend. I know
that you lost one of your own here.

I'm trying to make it work and this is
how we do it. If he doesn't come back...

...you wanna reinstate charges,
that's still a way we can go.

- You let me know what breaks.
SIMONE: Absolutely.

Why don't we go get a beer?

Then I can decide how I feel
about you saving my career here.

- Bobby, give me a hand with something?
- Yeah. Excuse me. What's up?

Martinez and me found the
Delgado woman's body all burned up.

Her teeth were all snapped out
and her fingertips were cut off.

Burke and Gallagher, those bastards she
was testifying against grabbed her up.

- You wanna go sit on their houses?


- Another time?
- No problem.

- Nice working with you.

- Give me a second. I'm gonna piss.
- All right.

I had her husband make her testify.
That was her duty as a citizen.

- Thanks for going out there.
- Hey, no problem.

Do you need any help
on these interviews?

No. I know these guys
from working up the original case.

- Morning, marshal.
- Lf we can't get to the torch through...

...the bartender, I say we set up
a circumstantial arson for profit case...

...against the building owner.
- Don't quit on the torch.

- And don't quit on the bartender.
- I'm not relying on him.

- I've found my own way to the torch.
- Oh, yeah?

Building owner's name is Martin Lasky.
I ran a TRW check on the case...

...documenting all fire losses claimed by
him and other fires in the past 10 years.

I rechecked last night, and one of the
other buildings is a joint ownership...

...with a guy named Leo Medici.
This Tony's his nephew.

We're sitting on a couple spots
trying to pick him up.

See, I ran a BCI check on Tony
last night and he's got no record.

What're you telling me?

- You don't think he's the torch?
- I'm just giving you information.

- Come on, let's get a cup of coffee.
- No, it's okay.

I know where it's at.

- Good morning, John.
- Hey.

Can you...?

- Can you get me that OCCB number?
- Sure. One second.

- Can you get me that OCCB number?
- Sure. One second.

- Hey. How's it going?
- All right.

SIMONE: I thought you'd be
working on something else.

Well, my boss thought you might
want me to make another buy.

- Oh, yeah?
- Yeah. That's what I told him.

Have a seat.

Looks like we have another way
of getting to this torch.

What? If Curtis doesn't come back?

- Detective, you want the OCCB number?
- No, John. Thanks.

You know someone else at OCCB?

No. Just you.

That female undercover's
got some moxie.

Yeah. Yeah. I'd be happy to pick her up
if they'd let her out of her detail.

Checked with her command. She's had
a 57 in for the last couple of months...

...trying to get out of undercover.
- I'll check with the chief of D's.

See if it's gotta be a one for one.

I got him if you wanna go change.

MEDAVO Y: Yeah, all right.
- Thanks, Greg.

Yeah, no problem.

Stand up.

How'd you get that mud
on your clothes?

BURKE: This? I don't know.
- Get your clothes off.

Get your clothes off
and put them on that chair.

Pants too.

Police labs are gonna
analyze that dirt.

They'll pinpoint
exactly where it comes from.

If it comes from where
that woman got burned...


Did Gallagher kill that woman's dog?

That's a separate matter. There's no
charges on that. Just tell me the truth.

- No. No, he didn't.
- Did Gallagher kill that dog...

...to frighten the Delgados so Mrs.
Delgado wouldn't testify on seeing...

...you guys rob her house?
- No.

I'm giving you a chance
to help yourself!

Did Gallagher kill that woman like
he killed that dog to stop her from...

...testifying against him in the trial?
- No, no. He didn't do it. It wasn't him.

- And we wasn't scared of no trial.
- Who told you not to be scared?

It wasn't Gallagher.

It was him! And you believe
everything he tells you to believe.

And you would do everything
that he tells you to do!

- I don't always do what he tells me.
- Yeah?

When was the last time
you said no?

Never mind.

Let me tell you something, Burke.
You and I both know Gallagher is smart.

We both know before anything happens
to him, it's gonna happen to you.

Now, he'll set you up to be the patsy
on this. Before that happens...

...you had better get some smarts
of your own.


You know what this is about, right?

I'm not saying nothing because
I haven't done nothing.

It's not about what you've done.
It's about what Burke did.

- I don't know nothing about that.
- I'm opening the door for you, Gallagher.

Your friend's got half a brain.
You strike me like you're smart enough...

...to step through the door
I'm opening for you.

And what door's that?

Burke had dirt from the lot where that
woman got burned all over his clothes.

We know what he did to that woman
and we know that you were with him.

I haven't seen him.

I got evidence that puts you at the scene
where Mrs. Delgado got murdered.

I got a witness that saw you and Burke
shove her in a car.

Didn't see me. I wasn't there.
I haven't seen Burke!

Listen to me.
I look at you, and I look at Burke.

Burke's got that dirt all over his clothes
and on his hands. You got no dirt at all.

Who do you think I think did this crime?

If you know he did it,
what do you need me for?

I need a witness.

And that'd be me?

You want me to be a witness
to what Burke did.

Did you see him kill her, Gallagher?
I'm trying to save your life on this.

You think I'm a moron like him? You
think I'm gonna put myself at the scene?

As a witness. I'm asking for
a witness statement. Not a confession.

A witness statement. Sure.

Like I don't know what
acting in concert means.

Like I don't know just being there
puts me away too.

I'm dealing with a real first-rate
mind, aren't I?

Good enough for you.

- Hey, James?

FANCY: Can I talk to you a minute?
MARTINEZ: Sure, lieu.

I think I'm gonna take a pass
on sparring tonight.

- Oh, yeah?
- Yeah. In fact, James, my schedule's...

...getting pretty crowded.
We better pass on working out together.

- All right. If that's what you want.
- Yeah.

- Thanks for working out with me.
- I'm sorry it got rough a few times.

We're different weight classes. You
probably don't know your strength.

To tell you the truth, lieu, I sometimes
felt like you got a little carried away.

Well, I don't disagree.
I don't think we should keep sparring.

Okay. That's no problem.

Hey, James. You need a manager?

Oh, detective, there's a Curtis Cangelosi
downstairs. He wants to talk to you.


JOHN: 15th Detective Squad.
Can I help you?

Hey, where were you? Cangelosi.

- How's it going, Curtis?
- Yeah, I'm back.

- And I talked with my friend.
- Come on upstairs and we'll talk.

Am I under arrest?

No. We just wanted to hear
what you got to say, that's all.

You know how wrong you guys are? All
the grief you gave me was for nothing.

What did Tony tell you?

He was at that fire. You know why?

He was yelling for people
in the apartment next door to get out.

So why'd he tell you
he got burned by a water heater?

He didn't tell me how he got burned.

He just said he had an accident. I made
it up before about the hot water heater.

Why'd he lie to you about those burns?
Unless he didn't wanna put himself...

...at the crime at all because maybe
he didn't just happen by there.

Maybe he was there with his trusty
gasoline can like uncle asked him to be.

That's not what happened.

This guy's my friend. And he explained
what he was doing there.


What'd he say when you told him
we were talking to you?

That's when he explained. And I'll tell
you, after the ride you people gave me...

...I understand why
he didn't go near you.

Now, are you filing charges against me?

No. No one's filed charges
against you yet, Curtis.

Thanks for your cooperation.

I'm out of here.

- You back here again?
- Yeah. I told them, Tony.

I told them why you were there.

All right, thanks, guys.

I'm Detective Simone. Tony, this
is Fire Marshal Hauser, Detective Russell.

Your name was brought up in an
investigation into a fire last week...

...on 7th Street.
- In what regard?

Your uncle, Leo...

...he's the owner of that building?
- No.

He's partners with Martin Lasky
on some other buildings Lasky owns.

So what?

We got you at the scene leaving that
building at the time the fires broke out.

You guys brought back
Curtis Cangelosi again?

- You the girl he tried to help out?
- Listen to me, here, Tony.

What are you trying to
do to this poor mutt?

I wouldn't call him a mutt.

- He stood up for you.
- He explain what I was doing?

You were walking by your uncle's
building when it just happened...

...to catch on fire. And you burned
your hands knocking on doors...

...warning people.
- That makes me a bad guy?

No, it just makes you a bad arsonist.

That fire must've gone up
before you were ready.

All right. Here's what happened.

One time. I'm standing out front of my
house which was downwind that night.

I smell smoke. I see flames.

I go over as quick as I can,
see if I can get some people out.

Being there like that, you could
have helped out on that investigation.

I'm sorry. I didn't see nothing. When I
get there the place is half gone.

How is it that you got your hands
burned then, Tony? Exactly.

I fell after kicking down
a door. I don't know what I hit.

You didn't get them dropping a match
into a pool of gasoline?

I came down here with those guys.
I thought maybe I could be of some help.

But I can see
that's not gonna be the case.

- Wait a minute. Where you going?
- What? Am I under arrest?

No. Get out of here.

You want something
to eat now, Burke?

They get you down there, it might
be a while before you're near any food.

- Get down where?
- Come on, Burke.

Gallagher did just what we knew he was
gonna do. He gave you to us all the way.

I'll tell you,
he's got a nice eye for detail.

How you cut off the dog's head
and put it on the porch...

...with him asking you not to.

Chopping off that woman's fingers
while she was still alive.

Knocking her teeth out while she's
screaming all the time for mercy.

- That's headline stuff, Burke!
- No, no, no.

That's gonna earn you an injection
courtesy of my hero, Governor Pataki.

He's lying!

You know they do it by injection?

- Just like at the vet.
- He's lying. He's lying! Wait, wait, wait.

If I knocked her teeth out,
you should go ask Gallagher...

...why he's got that lady's gold teeth
in his apartment!

Where in his apartment?

He knocked her teeth out
and he has them in a coffee can.


That half-wit, Burke, says Mrs. Delgado's
teeth are over at Gallagher's apartment.

That would give us enough
corroboration to arrest.

I'm gonna get a search
warrant authorization.

I understand. All right. Whatever
you can do to help me out on this. Okay.

I gotta get back to you.

Hey, what's going on, Curtis?

- I wanna tell you something.
- Sure, sit down.

I'm gonna tell you something. I want
you to tell Tony Medici something.

- Ask him a question.
- What's that?

- What?
- What do you want me to ask him?

- You ask him this. You ask...
- Come on.

You ask him...

Maybe I am a loser. Maybe I'll never
be anything more than a bartender.

What difference does it make where
a loser like me makes drinks, right?

But you ask him this.
A, I never threatened a friend...

...or called him a moron,
or told him that his life was garbage.

- Did Tony come to see you, Curtis?
- Because I don't have to think...

...that my life is a waste,
is number one.

I mean, it's pretty obvious that
I don't always see every angle, right?

I didn't know your pretty lady friend
was a cop, and I tried to help her out.

And I got hung up for that. And now
I get called a 5-dollar-an-hour loser...

...and told I gotta leave town
because I did someone a favor.

And he thinks
I'm trying to jam him up.

Screw him! And screw New York!

What happened, Curtis?
Did he threaten you?

I'll tell you something.

I've been in several cities that I like as
good as New York with better weather.

And you tell him...
You tell him...

...if I'm such a loser...

...how come I'm gonna be tending bar
someplace where he can't find me...

...and he is where he is
because of what him and his uncle did.

Curtis, what did he say?

Let's just say that I don't really believe
that he was there by accident.

His uncle wasn't out of town.

This time he said his uncle nearly died
in that fire. He saved his uncle's life.

This time he said his uncle nearly died
in that fire. He saved his uncle's life.

- That's gonna help us, Curtis.
- I don't wanna help anybody.

That's how I get in trouble.

What was that?

The torch's uncle was supposedly out of
town. It's hearsay, but our bartender...

...got him in town, at the fire,
with his hands burned.

- You got an address on the uncle?
- Yeah.

- Then let's pick him up.
- Let's go.

I read about people like you
in books. Evil geniuses.

I'll tell you the truth.

I walked out of here before,
I went to the lavatory and wept.

That's how confused you had me.
I'd be trying to move you.

I'd come around the corner and there
you were, seven steps ahead of me.

- When am I gonna get out of here?
- No, you don't get out.

You don't get out, Gallagher.

- Then I want a lawyer.
- Absolutely.

I'm gonna get you one of our top legal
aid guys with gravy stains on his shirt.

And I don't want you to say a word
or jeopardize your constitutional rights.

Because a fellow like you...

...that'll murder and burn a woman,
cut the head off her dog...

...knock her teeth out,
cut her fingers off...

...so she won't say
how you broke into her house...

...where her and her husband
are trying to live a decent life!

A great man like you, Gallagher!
A huge genius!

To only be tripped up because
besides being a scumbag psycho...

...you're a cheap piece of crap!

And you keep this poor woman's
gold teeth in an old coffee can!

I want you to take full advantage
of our legal resource!

Now, you utter no word
until your lawyer gets here!

All I want you to do is stare
at this tooth that you gouged...

...out of this woman's mouth.
Are you looking at this, Gallagher?

Gallagher, are you looking at this?

Do not say one word.
You just nod your head.

Are you looking at it, Gallagher?

I'm gonna get a migraine tonight
because I didn't beat you.

Hey, Bobby. You need any help
with the online booking report?

No. Thanks. I'm almost done.

- Taking off?
- Yeah. I think so.

Yeah. I'm gonna take off
as soon as I finish here.

Well, if you can wait 10 minutes, maybe
we could grab some dinner together?

- Sure. I got 10 minutes.
- Great.

Why am I sitting here?
I go so far back with the lieutenant.

You realize how far back
I go with this guy?

He said you wait.

Since before you got your tushy
pinched, that's how far back I go.

- Do I have you thrown out?
- I'm sorry.

Vinnie? In the hall.

GRECO: Lieutenant, please.
You do me the courtesy here?

I hear there's been a break in the case.
Tony and his uncle are being questioned?

Yeah. It looks good.
It'll take a few days to develop.

That's good. Maybe you could talk to the
relevant parties, put in a good word?

- You got yours.
- I got for my initial impetus.

Not for my specific contribution
in light of the happy ending.

- I'll try to get you another taste.
- Okay, maybe today?

- When it wraps, Vinnie.
- Thanks, lieu. Good, good. Very grateful.

Okay. Good, James. Again.

Again. Now cross. Now set up your
right with your second jab. Come on!

That's what I'm trying to do.

- There you go!
- I just did that!

- Except this time you were pissed off.
- I'm sorry.

No. James, you gotta be pissed off.
This is the one place it's okay.

- I know that.
- But you don't do it.

You're not gonna believe it, but I signed
up for the tournament to have fun.

If I have to get mad,
maybe I should be off riding my bike.

The guy that's smacking the crap out of
you won't be thinking of riding no bike.

He'll be thinking of that trophy on his
squad room's wall...

...while you're on the canvass.
You wanna do this?

- Yeah.
- Otherwise, get on your Schwinn.

I said I wanna do it!

Then show me something!
Double up and cross.

All right.

All right, better. Come on.

Yeah. That's more like it.

He probably
would've left town anyway.

The bartender. Cangelosi.


Yeah, I think he probably would.

It's late.

Does that matter?

Because it doesn't matter to me.

And if it doesn't matter
to me either?

And if it doesn't matter
to me either?

Then what?

I don't live that far from here.

Isn't this one of those things we swear
to ourselves we're going to avoid?


But let's do it anyway.

Let's get the check.

You're not married, are you? Hm?

You're not married, are you? Hm?

You think I'd do that?





So now that you know
that I'm free and clear...

...does that mean we're...?

Well, you gonna see me again?

You might not be married...

...but something about you
doesn't strike me as free and clear.

I didn't mean that you
have a girlfriend necessarily.

I don't know what I meant.

That wasn't what you
asked me anyway, was it?

Yes, I'd like to see you again.

I like seeing you now.


First time's always the worst,
you know.

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