The BEST Episodes of NYPD Blue

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 16, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

The gritty details of life as a member of a New York City police unit.

Safe Home

#1 - Safe Home

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 25, 1999

As a result of her injuries, Sylvia has died. The squad worries about Andy's state, will he start drinking again. Andy is staying in his apartment, only making sure that Theo makes it to and from school. He is only accepting a minimal amount of help from his ex-wife Katie. Medavoy and Martinez interview a man who claims that he was hired to murder Kenny Priest at the Cullinan trial. He points to his sister, Lurleen as the one who set him up with the job; she also had something to do with Cullinan's murder of Mike Roberts. Sorenson goes to seek Sipowicz's help, when they get Cullinan to drop his high priced attorney. John Irvin is hard on himself and feels that he can never face Andy again. Danny gets Andy to help with the interview of Cullinan and the very subdued interview gets Cullinan to crack. John Irvin and Andy silently pass each other on the stairwell. A few moments later, Andy reappears and assures John he doesn't hold him responsible for Sylvia's death. Andy debates about how

star 9.40
92 votes
Writers: David Milch
Bale to the Chief

#2 - Bale to the Chief

Season 12 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 22, 2005

The interim boss Lt. Henry comes into the squad and introduces himself to the detectives, who in turn introduce themselves. They offer to bring him up to speed on their cases, but Lt. Henry is the anti-Bale and tells them they can get to it when they get to it. He is more interested in knowing if any of them like to play golf. Murphy and Ortiz go to the scene of a homicide where a young Muslim woman, Farah Amar has been stabbed to death. In questioning the neighbor they learn that the woman had numerous loud arguments with her husband. Back at the squad while Sipowicz tries to bring their new boss "Arnold Palmer" up to speed on their investigation into Bale's shooting, Jones and Clark try to get more information about Sergei Yesenin's whereabouts from "Russian Mike" who has come back in for further questioning. "Russian Mike" wants a deal before he will cooperate any further with the investigation. The husband of Murphy and Ortiz's victim, Adeeb Amar, comes in for questioning. Th

star 9.24
62 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Brother's Keeper

#3 - Brother's Keeper

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 17, 1998

The word goes out to the uniforms to look out for any possible donors for a heart for Simone. Sipowicz, Medavoy and Martinez investigate the homicide of an elderly woman whose hands and feet were cut off of her body. Bobby is transferred over to the surgical staff, where his new doctor recommends that waiting for the heart transplant is his best option. The woman's two sons are probable suspects, one son, Arnold Struel, shows no remorse over her death, the other, Stanley an alcoholic junkie, who didn't like her, at least shows some compassion. Sipowicz finally gets Arnold to give it up. Later, when he returns to the interview room, he sees that Arnold is hanging himself. He debates about waiting until he is dead, to provide a donor for Bobby, but circumstances (Medavoy) prevent him from waiting. By chance, an off-duty cop is shot in the head and for all practical purposes is dead; Fancy makes a pleas with the widow, for a directed donation. Eventually she consents and Bobby is prepped

star 9.23
97 votes
Writers: Doug Palau
Moving Day

#4 - Moving Day

Season 12 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 1, 2005

Jones and Clark respond to the death of woman named Pamela Wyatt, who appears to have been a high priced call girl. Ortiz and Murphy arrive on the scene along with Sgt. Sipowicz who enlightens Jones and Clark about his officially taking over command of the 15 Squad. They return to the Squad and meet two new detectives that have joined the squad, Ray Quinn and Joe Slovak. They ran a dump of the Pamela Wyatt's phone records and have come up with some names to check out. Sipowicz's former Sergeant, Al Angelotti from the 25 Squad, now a retired Chief who is working security for a wealthy client comes into the squad with his client, Robert Heilbrenner and Heilbrenner's attorney. While Clark and Jones (with Sipowicz in attendance) listen to Heilbrenner describe his relationship with the Pamela Wyatt, Angelotti is out talking to the rookie detectives about what they currently know about the case. Murphy and Ortiz interview the victim's parents, both of whom were ignorant of what their da

star 9.21
68 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: William M. Finkelstein
Old Man Quiver

#5 - Old Man Quiver

Season 12 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 1, 2005

Sipowicz and Clark arrive at the home of an 80-year-old millionaire, Hugh Rasmussen, who was smothered to death. They talk to the man's secretary, Judith Howell, a middle-aged woman, who found the body. Then the wife, Amy Rasmussen arrives back home; she's come back from the gym and she is young enough (28-years-old) to be the victim's granddaughter. She acknowledges the comments that her husband has been thought about as a dirty old man and that she may be considered a gold digger, but as far as she's concerned they can all go straight to hell, she loved her husband. Sipowicz and Clark run the basics of what they know so far by Bale and Bale notes to Sipowicz that today is the day of his promotion and he offers his congratulations. Jones and Medavoy go to a retirement home, where Olive Rosenthal was found dead. The doctor found a suspicious needle mark on the woman's body. The director of the home wants the detectives to avoid talking to the other residents, but they tell her th

star 9.20
56 votes
Directors: Ed Begley Jr.
Writers: William M. Finkelstein
Divorce Detective Style

#6 - Divorce Detective Style

Season 12 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 19, 2004

Clark leaves his latest encounter's apartment, hoping to make it to work on time. The other detectives are already on the scene of the blunt force trauma homicide of artist Tracy Gilchrist and Clark (of course) arrives late. Annoyed with this, Sipowicz shuts Clark out of his interview of one of the victim's neighbor. She tells him that the victim worked as a phone sex operator. After the interview Clark tries to address the situation, but Sipowicz isn't listening. Back at the squad room, Sipowicz takes delivery of a package (of kiddie porn). When he signs his name, the FBI agent reveals himself and takes him to the coffee room, where his partner and Lt. Bale are waiting. With the recent pattern of harassment to back him up, Sipowicz and Bale get the FBI to drop their investigation. Clark leaves for court, he is testifying in the case against Steve McClintock. Scott Garvin and his attorney come to the squad to report the probable kidnapping of his son. Garvin has received a ran

star 9.12
57 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Keith Eisner
Lenny Scissorhands

#7 - Lenny Scissorhands

Season 12 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 15, 2005

Ortiz and Murphy arrived on the scene of a shooting, where two of Sipowicz's men were involved in chasing down a suspect, who got away after he able to shoot one of the officers. Back at the squad, Sipowicz tells the pair about a possible witness to the crime that he saw while they were all still at the scene, an elderly woman sitting at her window. Even though it is Medavoy's last day on the job, Sipowicz doesn't feel like getting his picture taken. With Medavoy leaving Clark is now partnered with Jones and together they go to the scene of crime, where a woman, Deborah Olshan, was beaten to death in her home, a possible victim of a robbery. At the scene they interview Maxine Annunziato, her friend and the one who discovered the body. Murphy and Ortiz talk with the woman that Sipowicz identified as a probable witness to the shooting of the officers. She tells them that she saw the officers enter the building, but she didn't see them chasing anyone. Clark and Jones return to the s

star 9.11
61 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: Keith Eisner
Peeler? I Hardly Knew Her

#8 - Peeler? I Hardly Knew Her

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 20, 2004

Clark arrives at the hospital where there is a victim who's lost his memory after being shot in the head. The victim has no recollection of anything from the time before he was shot. In court Sipowicz is on hand as Leonard Peeler's conviction is dismissed "without prejudice", which means that that they still have the right to re-file against Peeler, should the need arise. Sipowicz returns to the squad to find out that the DA squad is looking to take over Sipowicz's case file on the Clifton homicide. Sipowicz and Clark go to see Ann Marie Sullivan, the woman that Peeler said he was with the night of the little girl's death. She continues to stick to the story she told eighteen years ago. Ortiz and Ronson are at the apartment building where the amnesia victim was found. They knock on the door of an apartment that the super tells them is vacant; a young girl answers the door. Another woman pulls her back and tells them that she didn't see the man in their photo and she quickly shut

star 9.11
54 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band

#9 - Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band

Season 12 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 8, 2005

The detectives arrive on the scene of shooting outside of a school. The victim is Lester Bakewell, a sergeant in the US Army who was at the school to do recruitment. Also on the scene is another sergeant named Sipowicz, who is there with his uniform officers. Clark takes the opportunity to bust the new sergeant's balls. A woman, Denise Campo, comes in to report her great uncle has missing for four days. Jones and Medavoy take the case and she tells them that he is homeless and that he is just a sweet old man. She gives them a picture of her uncle. An Army warrant officer Steve Nutting from CID is in Bale's office, he is going to assist in the investigation. Clark and Nutting interview the dean of students from the school. The dean tells them about the peaceful demonstrations against recruiters, but he also tells them about Paul Corbelli, one of the students whose brother was killed in Iraq four months ago. He does know that the boy had access to a rifle and that according to t

star 9.10
61 votes
Directors: John Hyams
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
On the Fence

#10 - On the Fence

Season 11 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 30, 2004

Sipowicz and Clark arrive at an early morning scene (so early it's still dark), where Hatcher has been wounded in a shoot out with a man in a window. Hatcher says he was chasing a black male suspect and was looking for him over a fence when a light came on behind him. He turned around and was shot by a guy in the window with a gun. Hatcher returned fire and struck the shooter. Sipowicz and Clark go up to interview the man that Hatcher shot and wounded. He tells them a different story; he says that he saw Hatcher draw his gun, whereas Hatcher says he already had his gun drawn. Sipowicz wants Hatcher to get his story straight, because a shooting involving a civilian is going to get the bosses involved. Sipowicz and Clark tell Gibson what they know about the morning's shooting. Gibson wants to know if they are standing by their fellow detective. Sipowicz responds that they are doing their job and investigating the shooting. Gibson wants to know what he's supposed to tell Hatcher'

star 9.07
56 votes
Directors: Bob Doherty
Writers: Matt Olmstead
Laughlin All the Way to the Clink

#11 - Laughlin All the Way to the Clink

Season 10 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2003

Sipowicz arrives on the scene of a homicide where Shannon and Laughlin are both present. Sipowicz requests that Laughlin leave the scene and Laughlin informs him that he is documenting all of the mistreatment he has been getting. When Laughlin leaves Shannon indicates to Sipowicz that he might have some information that will help out Clark Jr., but he reluctant to come forward as he is worried for his job. Shannon testifies before IAB about what he saw Laughlin do with the package of heroin. While Fraker wants to wait to further investigation, Haywood insists that he void Clark Jr.'s arrest now. The other detectives are on the scene of a murder of a community activist, who worked with female gang bangers. Jones and Medavoy talk with the victim's downstairs neighbor who has nothing but contempt for what his neighborhood has become. Ortiz encounters a gang banger who tells them her or her friends got nothing for them. Ortiz gives the banger her card anyway, as McDowell comes over

star 9.07
57 votes
Directors: JoAnne McCool
Writers: Sonny Postiglione
Passing the Stone

#12 - Passing the Stone

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 17, 2004

A Jewish jeweler is gunned down outside of his shop. His widow tells Sipowicz and Clark that a white guy who's recently converted to Islam had been giving her husband some trouble lately. Clark gets the address for Tim Garrity, the recent convert to Islam; just as Jones gets a call that Michael's aunt has been brutally assaulted. Jones and Medavoy go to the aunt's apartment. Jones talks with Michael, who tells Jones that his aunt wasn't seeing anyone, and that his father wasn't around. Sipowicz and Clark talk with the converted Muslim. A uniform is bringing in Michael's dad and Jones is preparing himself for the pending interview. Rodriguez suggests that Medavoy and Ortiz take the interview, that way Jones won't succumb to his desire to beat the crap out of Craig Woodruff and give him what he wants. McDowell interviews an employee of the dead jeweler and she tells her that her boss had an ugly argument over the phone with a rapper named "DJ Drayno." Rodriguez has her get the inf

star 9.05
55 votes
Directors: Carol Banker
Writers: Bonnie Mark
A Death in the Family

#13 - A Death in the Family

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired May 7, 1996

A robbery-homicide sends Bobby and Andy to the hospital; however the victim is Andy Jr. Andy wants Bobby to lead the case and he also wants the opportunity for restitution. Diane doesn't like the way Bobby is handling the case. They turn up the weapon, but the suspects don't pan out. In the midst of all this turmoil, Donna makes the decision and quits her job. Andy goes for a walk and makes a stop.

star 9.05
75 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Michael Daly
22 Skidoo

#14 - 22 Skidoo

Season 10 - Episode 22 - Aired May 20, 2003

It's the morning after for John and Jennifer and they'll both be late for work if John doesn't put the honey bottle away. The detectives respond to the scene of a homicide in grocery, where no money was taken. Ortiz spots Clark getting out of Dr. Devlin's car and is short with him when he says hello. Back at the squad, canvas hasn't turned up anything, but crime scene did get a fingerprint from a similar crime that occurred the night before. That fingerprint belongs to Terry Parkhurst. Medavoy tells the others that he is anticipating receipt of the list that might announce his promotion to detective 2nd grade. McDowell makes plans for a small wedding ceremony that might be able to take place later that evening. Rodriguez calls Sipowicz into his office and tells him that the commissioner will not allow two detectives in the same squad to be married. Sipowicz asks Rodriguez if it will be a problem with him if they go ahead and get married anyway. He tells them it won't, as long a

star 9.05
58 votes
Writers: Matt Olmstead
Yo, Adrian

#15 - Yo, Adrian

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired May 13, 2003

Sipowicz (with McDowell watching) works with the lawyer on his testimony in the custody hearing that is going to be held later in the day. The other detectives are on the scene of a woman who was murdered in her own apartment. A neighbor, who had heard some commotion going on in that apartment gives them the name of the victim's boyfriend. Meanwhile, Sipowicz meets with Diane Russell, who is now working in the special victims unit. He tells her about their suspicion that Adrian Caffee was made pregnant by her father when she was a teenager. Sipowicz believes with her experience Russell might be able to talk with Caffee and Russell agrees to try helping out. Clark and Ortiz interview the boyfriend of their victim, whose name is Stan. He tells them his girlfriend was doing her brother-in-law, which is one of the reasons why she was his ex-girlfriend. He appears to be shocked when they tell him about her death, and he gives them an alibi to confirm. He claims to have been returnin

star 9.05
59 votes
Directors: Carol Banker
Writers: Tom Szentgyorgyi
The Vision Thing

#16 - The Vision Thing

Season 12 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2004

On a city bus a man was stabbed in the chest in front of his wife and kids. A witness reports to Sipowicz that the victim and his killer were eyeballing each other down before the stabbing occurred. Medavoy tells Jones about his daughter's plans to buy a house. He is going to need to find a part time job to help her out. Jones tells him about a position as a bouncer, but he doesn't think Medavoy can handle that kind of job. Medavoy is a little put out that no one thinks he handle himself. Sipowicz is contemplating the stabbing case when Clark arrives and tries to discuss it with him. Sipowicz is distracted by the effect of the killing on the victim's family; he is also bothered by Clark's feeling for the case. They run the case by Bale and then Bale checks in with Sipowicz's mental state, post shooting and everything else that has recently been going on. Sipowicz tells him that everything is okay. An antiques dealer, Gerard Prosser comes into the squad to go over the details o

star 9.05
63 votes
Writers: William M. Finkelstein
Half-Ashed

#17 - Half-Ashed

Season 10 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 26, 2002

Sipowicz and Clark Jr. are on the scene of the death of a caseworker in child services, it's not clear whether she committed suicide or was the victim of foul play. The uniforms on the scene and back at the house have copped an attitude towards the detectives; it seems that those officers who had admitted to their relations with the auxiliary cop are going to be questioned by IAB. Both Sipowicz and Clark Jr. deny to them that they contacted IAB. With murder a possibility, the detectives receive the dead caseworker's files to begin sorting through. An old member of the squad's widow, Ruth Dwyer comes in to talk with Sipowicz about her husband's last wish, which was to have half of his ashes buried or spread somewhere at the 15th squad. He agrees to try and help her out after he runs it by the boss. Rodriquez isn't comfortable with the notion and plans to run it by building services and in the meantime, Sipowicz is going to talk to Eddie Gibson, who might better remember Dwyer beca

star 9.04
54 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Matt Olmstead
Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax

#18 - Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax

Season 11 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 2003

Andy bangs on the neighbor's door at 5:00 AM; the neighbor is practicing his bassoon for a big concert later that evening. He returns to bed, only to receive a call to a crime scene. He arrives with Clark at the scene of a retired cop, Roy Shaughnessy, and his wife who were beaten and robbed in their home. Sipowicz worked with the cop at the 20th precinct. Shaughnessy has been taken to the hospital; his wife tells the detectives what happened. While leaving Clark makes an off-hand comment about "old-timers," or rather as he corrects himself when Sipowicz appears annoyed "all-timers." The neighbor comes across the hall and gives Connie complementary tickets for her and her husband to his recital. Medavoy and Jones are on the scene of arson, where Barry Tytel, the author of a book "Only Schmucks Pay Income Tax," has found that his vehicle has been torched. Medavoy is more interested in the content of the Tytel's book rather than the arson. Michael's foster father comes to talk to

star 9.04
56 votes
Directors: Donna Deitch
Writers: William M. Finkelstein
Speak For Yourself, Bruce Clayton

#19 - Speak For Yourself, Bruce Clayton

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 24, 1998

Simone and Sipowicz look into the shooting of two women (one was killed) who were raped by a group of men in an apartment owned by a former crack dealer named Jamal who was crippled in a previous shooting incident. Caught by his doctor at the hospital, Andy tells Bobby about his prostate trouble. Meanwhile, Kirkendall, Russell and Medavoy investigate a shooting at a clinic. When they get their female suspect into custody, a security guard from the clinic who was her secret admirer comes to the precinct demanding she get a second chance. Medavoy takes him down.

star 9.03
63 votes
Writers: Jody Worth
Where's 'Swaldo?

#20 - Where's 'Swaldo?

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 12, 1996

Community activist Kwasi is murdered. Simone and Sipowicz investigate with Fancy keeping an eye on them, especially Sipowicz, who's real popular with community involved in the investigation. The pressures and outcome of the investigation get Andy to reveal a part of his past. James and Greg catch a case with a homicide at a bodega that is tough to crack. They have one "witness" who refuses to make an ID.

star 9.02
56 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: David Milch, Michael R. Perry, Stephen Gaghan
Traylor Trash

#21 - Traylor Trash

Season 11 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 27, 2004

Jones and Medavoy arrive on the scene of a shooting; meanwhile back at the squad Sipowicz and Clark are getting ready to leave and interview Cindy Clifton's mother, despite the fact that Cindy's father "lawyered up" the entire family. Clark's departure is delayed by the arrival of Jennifer Devlin, someone he hasn't seen in quite some time and now is sporting a wild streak of color in her hair. She wants to Clark to accompany her to on a trip to Miami. He declines her invitation, offering dinner instead, but more importantly he asks her if she's taken her medication and she responds that she doesn't want to be treated like a child. Clark is confused by her behavior. At the library Sipowicz and Clark try talking with Sharon Clifton. They get her to give them a list of everyone who stayed at her home the Thanksgiving weekend that Cindy Clifton was killed. She relents and gives a list to work with. Medavoy and Jones run down what they know about their shooting victim, Kevin Traylor,

star 9.02
56 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Matt Olmstead
What's Your Poison?

#22 - What's Your Poison?

Season 11 - Episode 21 - Aired May 4, 2004

Clark comes into the squad and tells Sipowicz he's been trying to find Jennifer Devlin, who walked out of the psych facility last night. Sipowicz tells him about a man who is coming in for an interview, one of Cindy Clifton's teachers, who wrote an unusual note "special, special pal" in her yearbook. The teacher, David Lewis tells them that he did have a support group relationship with Cindy Clifton, which was nothing like the relationship Cindy told him that she had with her half-brother Sam Jeffers. The detectives let him go, but having found him a little strange, Sipowicz gets Lewis' used piece of gum and sends it off for a DNA test. The detectives try to run down information on David Lewis, but they can't seem to find anybody that will say anything bad about him. Jones is leaving for court as today is the day when Michael is supposed to testify against his father. Brockhurst comes in with information on the sex-offenders that lived around Cindy Clifton, but it is Medavoy who c

star 9.02
56 votes
Directors: Jesse Bochco
Writers: Nicholas Wootton
Bale Out

#23 - Bale Out

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 14, 2004

The detectives are on the roof of a parking garage, where an attorney has been found shot to death in his car and the apparent victim of a robbery. Medavoy is sporting a new shirt, which is a little bright in the other guys' eyes. Back at the squad, Sipowicz and Clark run the case by Bale. The murder might have been part of a pattern of robberies, since three similar robberies had been reported in that area, but this one was the first to result in a death. It's been two weeks, but the results of the sergeant's exam haven't been published yet. Medavoy gets more grief about his outfit, but both Murphy and John Irvin love it. Murphy and Ortiz are sent off to a schoolyard shooting and as Jones and Medavoy are departing, Medavoy suggests that they might make a detour if they pass a menswear shop. Murphy and Ortiz arrive at the shooting scene. The guys at the schoolyard are preparing for a basketball tournament. One of the players on the court, Tyler Newell, might be the next Lebron

star 9.02
61 votes
Directors: Jake Paltrow
Writers: Keith Eisner
I Don't Wanna Dye

#24 - I Don't Wanna Dye

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 31, 1998

Tommy Richardson's wife, Laurie, stops by to pick up his time records as Tommy has transferred to another precinct. Laurie expresses some concerns about his behavior, especially after she catches him in a phone conversation with another woman; she also shows Bobby and Diane signs of physical abuse. Bobby and Diane contact the woman that Laurie caught Tommy having a phone conversation and interview her, but it leads to nothing but more trouble for Tommy's wife. Meanwhile, Greg and Jill look into death of a man who was shot and found in the bathtub of his former girlfriend. The ex-girlfriend's father is also on the scene and suffering from the electric shock he received while trying to use an electric chain saw in the bathtub. Sylvia accompanies Andy to the hospital where he is scheduled for his CAT scan. Unfortunately, the test starts to go bad when Andy begins to experience chest pains. Tommy comes to the squad and lets Bobby know that no matter what they do, they haven't got any physi

star 9.02
62 votes
Writers: Jill Goldsmith
Lost Israel (1)

#25 - Lost Israel (1)

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 25, 1997

A young boy is reported missing by his parents. Simone and Sipowicz agree to look for the young boy, when the father tells them it may have been his fault for letting him talk to a homeless man. Instincts tell Andy that the father is guilty. They locate the homeless man, named Israel; however, communication is difficult because he is a mute. Unfortunately, the boy's body is found and the detectives now must determine if Israel is responsible or perhaps the boy's father. Andy may have tipped his hand to the boy's father that he likes him for the murder. So for a while Andy bows out of the case and Diane steps in. Meanwhile, a Hasidic Jewish girl is murdered and the other detectives have to juggle the need for their investigation against the needs of her faith for a quick burial. Israel is brought in for further "questioning" to let father think suspicion has been removed from him. The father watches the interrogation of Israel with interest. The father has set-up all the evidence to poi

star 9.02
66 votes
Writers: David Milch, Ted Mann