NYPD Blue (season 12)

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NYPD Blue Season 12
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel ABC
Original run September 21, 2004 – March 1, 2005
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Season 12 was the last season of NYPD Blue.

Dress for Success[edit]

Original airdate: September 21, 2004

The precinct's hyper-controlling new C.O., Lieutenant Thomas Bale, alienates the squad. Meanwhile Ortiz is partnered with flirtatious rookie, Detective Laura Murphy, a "sexologist" and a homeless man are murdered, Clark drinks and womanizes after the suicide of his former girlfriend, and Sipowicz has a stalker.


  • Bonnie Somerville makes her first appearance as a Detective Laura Murphy
  • Currie Graham makes his first appearance as a Lieutenant Thomas Bale. Graham had appeared in a different, supporting role in Season 4's "Emission Impossible".

Fish Out of Water[edit]

Original airdate: September 28, 2004

Tensions rise when a dead pregnant woman leads Sipowicz and Clark to a possible adoption scam. Meanwhile, a woman married to an ex-con claims an intruder beat her and stole her grandmother's diamond ring, Sipowicz suspects his stalker poisoned his fish at the precinct, and Lieutenant Bale intrudes on Sipowicz's investigation.


Great Balls of Ire[edit]

Original airdate: October 12, 2004

Detective Sipowicz's son is abducted, and a reformed sex offender is murdered.

Divorce, Detective Style[edit]

Original airdate: October 19, 2004

A man reports that his son has been kidnapped for ransom; Sipowicz and Clark have a falling out; A young woman is found murdered in the closet of her apartment; Clark's testimony at a murder trial is impeached because he had sex with a girl involved, and a mysterious party continues to harass Sipowicz who finds a listening device planted in his car.

You're Buggin' Me[edit]

Original airdate: October 26, 2004

Sipowicz is shot while trying to help Clark home from a bar, and he discovers who's been stalking him.


The Vision Thing[edit]

Original airdate: November 9, 2004

A man is stabbed while riding the bus with his family, a video store clerk is stabbed by a robber, a wealthy antiques dealer reports a suspicious burglary, and Medavoy takes a part-time job as security guard in a bar.


My Dinner with Andy[edit]

Original airdate: November 16, 2004

A material witness in a murder case is beaten in an alley, Medavoy's job is at risk when he's caught moonlighting as a bar bouncer, and Jones wants custody of Michael — but so does the boy's felonious father.

I Like Ike[edit]

Original airdates: November 23, 2004

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Clark protects a court witness whose life is in danger; Jones shows up in family court, but Michael is missing and Michael's father accuses Jones of hiding him; Medavoy faces possible charges for moonlighting, and Sipowicz studies for the sergeant's exam.

The 3-H Club[edit]

Original airdate: November 30, 2004

When Michael's father, Craig Woodruff, is shot dead — while Michael and Jones' home gun are missing — Sipowicz and Clark are forced to suspect Jones and Michael both. Meanwhile, Medavoy is tried and found guilty of moonlighting in a bar, and a boy is molested by someone driving a church van.

The Dead Donald[edit]

Original airdate: December 7, 2004

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The brother of a mentally disabled man is found dead, a con-man rents the same apartment to multiple parties and Greg likes a realtor named Bridget who was conned, Sipowicz and Clark clash with Bale when Bale decides to bust a nervous father for offering a bribe to drop drug charges against his son, and Sipowicz takes the sergeants' exam.

Bale Out[edit]

Original airdate: December 14, 2004

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Sipowicz finds Bale's credit card in a crime suspect's home and has to confront Bale with his findings. Meanwhile, a respected attorney is shot to death in his car, Ortiz and Murphy investigate a drive-by shooting at a basketball court, Clark accompanies A.D.A. Munson to a party honoring a lecherous judge, and Medavoy has a lunch date with Bridget the realtor.


I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid[edit]

Original airdate: December 21, 2004

A young pregnant woman is murdered, and the cops find out the father is a bigamist whose two families hold the key to solving the case. Elsewhere, attractive young women who had just begun attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are being killed, and Andy leads the squad in an undercover investigation to find the killer, while Greg ends up closing more than one deal when he helps Bridget on a real-estate call.


Stoli With a Twist[edit]

Original airdate: January 11, 2005

Sipowicz and Clark investigate a serial killer who infiltrates AA meetings and preys on female members by strangling them and smudging their lipstick as his trademark. Ortiz and Murphy go undercover in a sting operation to catch the AA killer. Meanwhile, a man is found stabbed to death in his apartment, which is full of steroids, and the investigation leads Clark to face the woman he slept with earlier and wrecked a murder case over.


Stratis Fear[edit]

Original airdate: January 18, 2005

Sipowicz and Clark investigate the murder of a successful immigrant restaurateur with a taste for young girls, Ortiz learns the Joint Narcotics Task Force is after her cousin's boyfriend, and Jones finds himself probing a retired cop about the murder of the lover his paralyzed son's wife.

La Bomba[edit]

Original airdate: January 25, 2005

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Sipowicz and Clark investigate the charred corpse of a big business owner with dealings in Colombia, and a teenage boy from a wealthy family is found beaten to death in an alley frequented by drug dealers.

Old Man Quiver[edit]

Original airdate: February 1, 2005

Sipowicz and Clark investigate when an elderly millionaire, married to a voluptuous wife 52 years his junior, is found smothered to death. Meanwhile Medavoy and Jones look into the death of a judge's elderly mother found murdered in a retirement home, A.D.A. Munson introduces Clark to her arrogant and powerful father, and Sipowicz is promoted to Sergeant.

Sergeant Sipowicz' Lonely Hearts Club Band[edit]

Original airdate: February 8, 2005

When a U.S. Army sergeant is shot to death, Clark suspects the brother of a soldier killed in Iraq. Meanwhile, a homeless man is found dead in a dumpster, and Medavoy's girlfriend Bridget Scofield makes him an offer he can't refuse.

Lenny Scissorhands[edit]

Original airdate: February 15, 2005

Sipowicz, Murphy and Ortiz investigate the shooting of a fellow police officer; Clark and Jones, now partners, investigate the beating death of a woman whose newly religious husband owns a jewelry store; Bale is shot in the course of a murder investigation, and Medavoy retires from the job.

Bale to the Chief[edit]

Original airdate: February 22, 2005

With Bale hospitalized, the squad gets a new boss who's more interested in golf than crime solving. Meanwhile, when a young Muslim bride is found stabbed to death, Ortiz and Murphy suspect her husband; Sipowicz, Clark, and Jones arrest the man who shot Bale; and Bale himself, permanently injured, recommends Sipowicz as new squad commander of the 15th precinct.

Moving Day[edit]

Original airdate: March 1, 2005

Two new rookies arrive to the 15th, Ray Quinn & Joe Slovak. Sipowicz is made squad commander and in this episode, clashes with his sergeant from the 25th precinct, who is now a retired two-star chief. Near the end of this episode, Lt. Thomas Bale and Sipowicz end the ongoing feud between them from previous episodes as Bale hands the squad over to Andy knowing that he could manage the day-to-day affairs of the 15th.