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The WORST episodes of NYPD Blue

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Last Updated: 5/24/2022Network: ABC (US)
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Don't Kill the Messenger
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5.64
92 votes

#1 - Don't Kill the Messenger

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/24/1998

Bobby and Andy investigate the murder of a nurse. Suspects include an actor, a crazy man and eventually a uniform, Tommy Richardson, from the 15th precinct. During their investigation, Andy's doctor comes to the squad to see Andy, who won't return his calls. He wants to help Andy confront what's happening to him; however, Andy goes off him because he would rather not deal with the situation. Meanwhile, Greg and Jill look into the death of a bicycle messenger who was just trying to help a man whose backpack was stolen. They determine that the backpack contained drugs. When they get a suspect in custody who won't talk, Jill figures out a clever way to get an ID. At the end of the day, Andy and Bobby's investigation points toward Richardson.

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Baby Love
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6.34
96 votes

#2 - Baby Love

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/4/2001

Valerie stops by Baldwin's apartment for some spontaneity. Sipowicz gets a page from Gibson's niece Cynthia, and agrees to have lunch with her. A baby is taken from hospital and all of the detectives move on the case, until Jones and Medavoy are diverted to an arson investigation. One of the Arab owners of the firebombed shop keeps pointing towards a man who has been hassling them a lot. Jones and Medavoy interview this man who's been holding a grudge since 11 Sep 2001. McDowell interviews a woman who recently had a stillborn and becomes angry when she realizes that she's a suspect. Cynthia tells Andy about her uncle's colon cancer and the fact that his family wants him at home, getting treatment. He promises her that he will do something, but his focus at the moment is on the missing baby case. Racial tensions erupt at the hospital when one of the store owner's accuses the police of doing nothing. Back at the squad a woman comes forward with info on the firebombing; she overh

Directors: Donna Deitch
Sheedy Dealings
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6.40
101 votes

#3 - Sheedy Dealings

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/1997

Simone and Sipowicz investigate the murder of two roommates. A guy that Medavoy knows comes in with story about a man wanting to hire a hit man. Medavoy wants to play the part of the hit man when they go to arrest him; since nobody thinks he looks the part, Martinez gets the role. Kirkendall and Russell investigate the claim of a wealthy woman that her maid did not accidentally donate the diamond necklace that the woman kept in a safe place disguised as a soup can. Diane reports to Bobby that she is 4 days late.

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Marine Life
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6.67
88 votes

#4 - Marine Life

Season 10 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/15/2003

The morning after their breakup and Clark and Ortiz are on the scene of a homicide and there is a hint of tension. Aware of what has transpired, Sipowicz tells McDowell that it is just a matter of time before it hits the fan between Clark and Ortiz. The homicide the detectives have caught involves a victim who was bludgeoned to death. The murder weapon is still at the scene and contains one good fingerprint. Back at the squad they run the case for Rodriguez. Sipowicz gets a call from Theo's teacher, who refers to McDowell as Mrs. Sipowicz, something which appears to make Sipowicz uncomfortable. Jones and Medavoy are sent to the scene of an assault, once the get there the victim (a Russian woman) claims that she is okay and doesn't want to press charges. The woman's husband, Roy Pardee arrives on the scene. Sipowicz and Clark arrive at the office of Carla Whitford, a woman who was doing business with their victim. Sipowicz plays the answering machine message she left for their

Shear Stupidity
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6.72
61 votes

#5 - Shear Stupidity

Season 11 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/7/2003

Sinclair has brought to the stand Hector Acevedo, the man who Rodriguez roughed up when he found it was Acevedo who broke into his mother's apartment and robbed and beat her. Then he calls Det. Olivera to the stand, the one witness to Rodriguez's treatment of Acevedo. Haywood asks for a sidebar and gets sometime to prepare for this witness, whose testimony might be damaging, but Rodriguez isn't worried. The detectives are on the scene of the assault of Ron Szudarek. They interview the victim's next door neighbor, but the guilt on his face is only caused by the fact he is smoking behind his wife's back. Back at the squad there is discussion about Olivera and the trial as well as what information they've gathered on their case. Medavoy and Jones are reported to be on their way to interview Bob Drazin, an employee of the victim's barber shop. In the meantime, a woman comes into the squad to report that her husband is missing; Sipowicz and Clark agree to look into it for her, even th

Directors: Tawnia McKiernan
Lucky Luciano
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6.79
97 votes

#6 - Lucky Luciano

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/2/2000

A woman reports to Russell and Kirkendall that her twin sister is missing and the body is found in the trunk of a car an hour later. The car only reveals one fingerprint, that of Marcus Potter. Sipowicz, Sorenson, Medavoy and Jones meet Anthony a boy-looking man who lives across the hall who has a few opinions for the detectives regarding their investigation into the murder of a man's wife. The woman's son comes into the squad and establishes his alibi with Fancy. The son was at a convention for the vitamin company that Fancy's wife was working for a few years ago and Sipowicz still has an issue with why Fancy wouldn't sell him any of those vitamins. Meanwhile, the husband and his cousin are brought in for questioning and Sipowicz doubts the husband is really Italian. Russell and Kirkendall get Marcus Potter brought in so they can question him about the body in the trunk. With help from Medavoy and Jones, Potter reveals what he knows about the trunk. Sipowicz and Sorenson eventually ge

Directors: Clark Johnson
Grime Scene
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6.96
69 votes

#7 - Grime Scene

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/5/1999

Kirkendall's son, Kyle, is the only known witness to a stabbing. Russell, Sorenson and Sipowicz begin work to find another witness or a confession from a suspect (when they find one) to help keep Kyle from having to keep reliving this event in a courtroom. Sylvia begins working with Sgt. Dornan on investigating the Suarez case. They interview a man inside who points them to the person responsible for putting Suarez in jail and his subsequent murder. Meanwhile, Medavoy and Martinez investigate a homicide where an informant on an old case may be the key suspect. Dolores implores John to help her find out her status with Fancy, she doesn't seem to want to face him or the detectives. With Sipowicz meeting with Sylvia and Dornan about the Suarez matter, Russell and Sorenson find a suspect in the stabbing. With their cases down, Russell joins Sorenson, Medavoy and Martinez after work in a bar. Sorenson expresses curiosity on whether Russell drinks or not, after she almost takes a beer that M

Moby Greg
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7.04
81 votes

#8 - Moby Greg

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/15/1996

Greg needs to lose weight, Andy's baby is sick again, Bobby plans to propose to Diane, the new PAA arrives and a body in a trunk is moved from the 13th precinct into the 15th's jurisdiction. Andy is shot at while chasing a perp, he's not hit, but he stops the chase and the suspect gets away. Andy worries about the baby's health, getting shot Sylvia's return to work and the uncertainty of the future. Bobby pops the question, but Diane is hesitant to give him an answer. Greg worries about his weight as James expresses his interest in the new PAA for Anti-Crime. The new PAA for our squad adjusts Andy's collar for him. I think James needs to worry about his weight! Bobby inherits a building and Henry, the son of the deceased woman, is a little upset.

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The Nutty Confessor
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7.05
113 votes

#9 - The Nutty Confessor

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/20/1996

Donna and Bobby give Adrianne and James advice, respectively, on their plans for their first night "together." Simone and Sipowicz investigate the death of a young woman who was brutally murdered. A surgeon's wife wants to press charges against her husband's mistress when her husband is shot. James and Adrianne spend the night together. Bobby and James go to Atlantic City to apprehend their suspect; Adrianne wants to know when he'll be back. Andy acts like a psycho in holding to get their suspect to drop his crazy story. James might be having second thoughts about his relationship with Adrianne.

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The Bank Dick
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7.09
88 votes

#10 - The Bank Dick

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/16/1995

A witness smells alcohol on Russell's breath. Officers in another precinct bash John and his lover, so he asks Bobby for some help. A terminally ill infant helps the detectives locate a serial rapist. Bobby confronts Russell about her drinking. Greg meets with his wife who would like them to get back together for the kids and Donna tells him where their relationship stands. When Kelly can't get back for it, Andy asks Bobby to be his best man.

Directors: Michael M. Robin
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The 3-H Club
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7.16
64 votes

#11 - The 3-H Club

Season 12 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/30/2004

Sipowicz is still studying for the sergeant's exam. Medavoy's trial is today. Jones is still looking for Michael, he's been in e-mail contact with him, but Michael doesn't want to be found by his real father. Murphy and Ortiz go off to investigate a molestation case. Jones goes to Craig Woodruff's apartment and after breaking into it, finds him there, dead. Sipowicz and Clark arrive on the scene and they need him to account for whereabouts. Bale wants him to voucher his three guns with the desk sergeant. Murphy and Ortiz go to the school and talk to the boy who was molested. The boy tells them that a man wanted his underwear for three DVDs. The man touched him. The boy was smart enough to get a license plate number of the van. Medavoy testifies in his trial, each side quickly presents their case, but Medavoy asks to speak on his own behalf and tells the story about him trying to help his daughter out. Jones comes back to the squad and wants to talk with Sipowicz and Clark.

Directors: Mark Tinker
Jumpin' Jack Fleishman
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7.17
101 votes

#12 - Jumpin' Jack Fleishman

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/18/1994

Medavoy and Martinez work a strangulation murder case that appears to be the work of a cross-dresser. Andy has a bad tooth, hates needles, and tries to prevent a dentist from jumping off a 28th floor ledge; he fails. LaSalle's first case involves a woman who was raped and she, John, Andy, Janice and Licalsi's hot-headed new partner try to catch the most probable suspect; however the hot-head blows the bust. Lois tries to reconcile her relationship with Andy.

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Abandando Abandoned
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7.18
101 votes

#13 - Abandando Abandoned

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/11/1994

Medavoy leaves his wife and tells Donna about his feelings for her, which it turns out are mutual. An academy classmate of Kelly's joins the squad; then Sipowicz and Kelly investigate the death of her husband, whom was an ex-cop trying to stop a robbery on her first day at the 15th precinct. An alcoholic woman keeps lodging complaints with Kelly against her husband that she never follows through with, later she confesses to killing him.

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These Old Bones
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7.18
78 votes

#14 - These Old Bones

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/6/1996

A woman comes into the precinct and gives Andy some information about a murder that may have occurred 8 years ago. Greg and Andy look into the situation, but question a lot of people who don't care that the victim is missing. Meanwhile a domestic violence situation in Russell's parent's apartment leads to tragedy. Bobby presses to get the truth and finds out what really happened to Diane's father.

Directors: Donna Deitch
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Large Mouth Bass
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7.18
89 votes

#15 - Large Mouth Bass

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 2/7/1995

Simone & Sipowicz investigate the brutal murder of the daughter of woman whose ex-husband has made threats against her. Lesniak and Martinez's case involves a con artist who sells a black box to homely women, promising them beautiful skin. The new Borough Commander checks in and lets Fancy know his overtime policy; that doesn't sit well with Sipowicz when it compounds their investigation. Bobby's childhood friend is involved with a nightclub that is frequented by wiseguys.

Directors: Charles Haid
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A Wrenching Experience
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7.29
106 votes

#16 - A Wrenching Experience

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/15/1997

Bobby and Andy investigate a shooting that is related to the victim trying to leave a gang. Greg waits with anticipation of his dinner with Abby and her significant other. Jill and Diane investigate the death of a baby who appears to have been shaken to death by the baby-sitter. Greg and James look into a murder where they have a suspect who looks guilty despite the fact he claims to have an alibi. They try a get-tough philosophy for their interview but sometimes "TLC" is all you need to get a confession. Greg meets with Abby and her lover Kathy. Bobby and Diane go out for a movie and later Diane wants him to "show me the ring."

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We Was Robbed
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7.33
79 votes

#17 - We Was Robbed

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired 4/2/1996

Simone and Sipowicz are forced to commit robbery while working with an FBI agent to place a bug in a mob hangout. The wiseguys come to the precinct to file a robbery complaint; Diane and Greg catch the complaint. Andy Jr. learns more about being a beat cop. Donna's hairdresser has a problem with her ex-boyfriend wanting to hijack the truck of her current boyfriend. James goes undercover as her current boyfriend; Adrianne doesn't appreciate the competition. James and Adrianne have a talk.

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Trials & Tribulations
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7.34
127 votes

#18 - Trials & Tribulations

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/11/1994

Kelly risks the consequences when he testifies on Licalsi's behalf and IAB begins to investigate him. Sipowicz works with an abused woman who's reluctant to testify against her husband. The detectives investigate robberies of drug dealers in their apartments. John tells Robin about the feelings he still carries for Janice. Sipowicz's AA sponsor wants him to agree to abide by a contract before he lets him try to restart his relationship with Sylvia. Donna tries to give Greg advice about dealing with his divorce.

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Curt Russell
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7.44
89 votes

#19 - Curt Russell

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/28/1995

An Indian woman is found dead in a car and Andy is full of theories about who and why. Donna is off at a computer course and her temporary replacement is a real character who clashes with Andy. James and Greg are nearby when a drug crazed man tries to rob a couple of stores of credit card slips. Russell and Lesniak work a case involving a man who was left to die of a drug overdose, that leads to a chance to nail a fence. Simone and Russell have words when she doesn't want him to provide the backup that she and Lesniak will require. Fancy has a couple of words for Bobby.

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Emission Accomplished
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7.47
116 votes

#20 - Emission Accomplished

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/19/1993

James goes to visit his brother but finds the super at the building is a cop who is on the take and slowly forcing tenants out. Det. Stillwell's pranks become a nuisance for everyone. Martinez's brother's building is the scene of an "accidental" death that convinces him the cop is bad. James' father comes down on him for not keeping an eye on his brother. John contacts an old friend who's in IAB about Martinez's theories, but to protect Martinez from IAB, John takes a tape recorder in and gets Hanlon to talk. Laura's new job as an ADA takes a twist as she is assigned a case that involves Giardella.

Directors: Michael M. Robin
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Serge the Concierge
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7.49
59 votes

#21 - Serge the Concierge

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/29/1994

Robin's husband dies, later she is angry when her husband's will seems to stipulate that Kelly should resume his duties as her bodyguard. Sipowicz must clear his son of a drug pushing charge. The detectives check a garbage dump for a female body but turn up a male. Looking into the male body's murder, Kelly suspects a concierge and the hotelier of conspiring to murder the hotelier's husband.

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Oscar, Meyer, Weiner
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7.58
129 votes

#22 - Oscar, Meyer, Weiner

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/7/1993

The detectives investigate the brutal murder of an upper class family. Lastarza orders Janice to cooperate with the mob though it results in the death of the person whose plates she ran through the computer. Kelly deals with his relationship with Janice as she tries to keep him out of her current situation. Sipowicz takes the statement of a gay writer whose Academy Award was stolen.

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Low Blow
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7.59
66 votes

#23 - Low Blow

Season 9 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/30/2002

Since the Captain has found out about the grudge match, the fight between Laughlin and Clark Jr. is off the card for tonight's fight. McDowell wants to discuss flights to Orlando with Sipowicz, but he doesn't want the whole world (at least the squad) to know about their trip together with Theo. He'll talk to her later; meanwhile Clark Jr. catches a rape case, so they are off to the hospital to begin their investigation. One of the cops at the hospital makes a clucking noise as Clark Jr. is walking away. Back at the squad, Clark Jr. puts a call in that he wants to talk with Laughlin. McDowell decides that she needs to talk to Sipowicz now about her perception of his embarrassment at being on a vacation with her. She tells him she's not going to go. Clark Jr. and Sipowicz interview a registered sex-offender who lived in the area of the rape their investigating. Jones and Medavoy start investigating the shooting of a man who has an ID that indicates he is a doctor; but later it is

Directors: Mark Tinker
Bad Rap
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7.59
44 votes

#24 - Bad Rap

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/29/1997

Simone and Sipowicz catch a very early morning case involving a shooting with a rap artist who refuses to cooperate in identification of the perp. His lack of cooperation and a very tired (and a sometimes slaphappy) Andy makes for a very interesting investigation. Abby tells Greg what was on her and Kathy's mind; they are looking for a donation that will get Abby pregnant. Off. Szymanski implies that Fancy was one of the ones responsible for his being set-up and caught in the alleged theft of a drug dealer's money. Fancy conducts his own investigation. Later, Bobby is propositioned by the Feds to help them with their ongoing investigation into the affairs of Joey Salvo. Greg tells Abby his decision concerning her proposal.

Directors: Matthew Penn
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Love Hurts
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7.59
69 votes

#25 - Love Hurts

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired 4/17/2001

A cop, allegedly working a second job gets shot, allegedly in a carjacking. The cop's story begins to unravel when during the course of the investigation the detectives find out about his mistress and her ex-boyfriend. Meanwhile, Medavoy and Jones investigate a shooting at a small business where he knows the owner. The owner fired shots with an unregistered gun, so Medavoy tries to help him out by telling him that his story should be that the gun he fired was carried by the suspects who robbed him. That story doesn't last long, when it is discovered that one of the storeowners' gunshots hit an innocent victim. Diane runs into Dr. Carreras, Bobby's doctor, and they make plans to have dinner that evening. The shot cop tells Sipowicz and Sorenson that he was with a hooker that morning. A suspect is brought in and after Rodriguez interrupts the interrogation and brings it to a close, Sipowicz has a few words for him out in the hall. Then Sipowicz and Sorenson go to the hospital to tell th

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