NYPD Blue (season 12)

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The 12th and final season of NYPD Blue premiered on ABC on September 21, 2004, and concluded on March 1, 2005.

NYPD Blue (season 12)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel ABC
Original release September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21) – March 1, 2005 (2005-03-01)
Season chronology
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List of NYPD Blue episodes
Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Dennis Franz Andy Sipowicz entire season N/A
Mark-Paul Gosselaar John Clark, Jr. entire season N/A
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy entire season N/A
Henry Simmons Baldwin Jones entire season N/A
Jacqueline Obradors Rita Ortiz entire season N/A
Bill Brochtrup John Irvin entire season N/A
Currie Graham Thomas Bale entire season N/A
Bonnie Somerville Laura Murphy entire season N/A


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
242 1 "Dress for Success" Jesse Bochco Teleplay by: Matt Olmstead
Story by: Bill Clark & Matt Olmstead
September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21) JB01/1201

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".
243 2 "Fish Out of Water" Jesse Bochco Teleplay by: Nicholas Wootton
Story by: Bill Clark & Nicholas Wootton
September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28) JB01/1202

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.


244 3 "Great Balls of Ire" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Story by: Bill Clark & Tom Szentgyorgyi
October 12, 2004 (2004-10-12) JB01/1203
Detective Sipowicz's son is abducted before being returned safely, a reformed sex offender is murdered in a case that ensnares his former victim, and Lt. Bale once again clashes with everyone in the squad.
245 4 "Divorce Detective Style" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Keith Eisner
Story by: Bill Clark & Keith Eisner
October 12, 2004 (2004-10-12) JB01/1204
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.
246 5 "You’re Buggin’ Me" John Hyams Teleplay by: Greg Plageman
Story by: Bill Clark & Greg Plageman
October 26, 2004 (2004-10-26) JB01/1205

Despite Clark's ugly tirade against him earlier in the evening, Andy heads to a bar when he gets a call saying Clark is loaded. Clark takes offense at Andy's dragging him out of the place, but shuts up when Andy is shot by an unseen party. Andy isn't badly injured, though, and it's Clark's reputation that suffers the most: he's revealed as a gross, lecherous pig who's been mauling every woman in sight, including an underage student and a complete ice queen. When a nerd who was upset that Clark stole away said ice queen admits he shot Andy by mistake, Clark is then reduced to silence when Lt. Bale gives him a choice: sober up and clean up or be transferred out of the 15th for the brief rest of his NYPD career. Bale and Andy also interact on the case of Andy's car bug, and it's revealed Stan Hatcher was behind it all. Bale gets the issue settled, but is so mad that Andy didn't follow his precious rules that Andy's thanks to him leads to their worst fight yet.


247 6 "The Vision Thing" Tawnia McKiernan Teleplay by: William Finkelstein
Story by: Bill Clark & William Finkelstein
November 9, 2004 (2004-11-09) JB01/1206

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.


248 7 "My Dinner With Andy" Kevin Hooks Teleplay by: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Story by: Bill Clark & Tom Szentgyorgyi
November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16) JB01/1207
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.
249 8 "I Like Ike" Jesse Bochco Teleplay by: Keith Eisner
Story by: Bill Clark & Keith Eisner
November 23, 2004 (2004-11-23) JB01/1208
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.
250 9 "The 3-H Club" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Greg Ball & Steve Blackman
Story by: Bill Clark, Greg Ball & Steve Blackman
November 30, 2004 (2004-11-30) JB01/1209
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.
251 10 "The Dead Donald" Carol Banker Teleplay by: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Story by: Bill Clark & Tom Szentgyorgyi
December 7, 2004 (2004-12-07) JB01/1210
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.
252 11 "Bale Out" Jake Paltrow Teleplay by: Keith Eisner
Story by: Bill Clark & Keith Eisner
December 14, 2004 (2004-12-14) JB01/1211

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.


253 12 "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid" Alan Rosenberg Teleplay by: William Finkelstein
Story by: Bill Clark & William Finkelstein
December 21, 2004 (2004-12-21) JB01/1212

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.


254 13 "Stoli With a Trist" Jesse Bochco Teleplay by: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Story by: Bill Clark & Tom Szentgyorgyi
January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11) JB01/1213

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.


255 14 "Stratis Fear" Bob Doherty Teleplay by: Keith Eisner
Story by: Bill Clark & Keith Eisner
January 18, 2005 (2005-01-18) JB01/1214
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.
256 15 "La Bomba" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Greg Plageman
Story by: Bill Clark & Greg Plageman
January 25, 2005 (2005-01-25) JB01/1215
Sipowicz and Clark investigate when a wealthy businessman has been killed when his car blew up. They think his business dealings in Colombia or an Israeli ex-security guard might have something to do with it, but the victim's cold-hearted daughter steers them towards the guilty party: an older businessman who was the DOA's whipping boy until he got fired and lost everything. Ortiz and Murphy catch a case of a teenager who was beaten to death in an alley and find out he was an asshole who got killed because he tried to force a Hispanic student to take the fall for his illegal, disgusting behavior.
257 16 "Old Man Quiver" Ed Begley, Jr. Teleplay by: William Finkelstein
Story by: Bill Clark & William Finkelstein
February 1, 2005 (2005-02-01) JB01/1216
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.
258 17 "Sergeant Sipowicz Lonely Hearts Club Band" John Hyams Teleplay by: Tom Szentgyorgyi
Story by: Bill Clark & Tom Szentgyorgyi
February 8, 2005 (2005-02-08) JB01/1217
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.
259 18 "Lenny Scissorhands" Rick Wallace Teleplay by: Keith Eisner
Story by: Bill Clark & Keith Eisner
February 15, 2005 (2005-02-15) JB01/1218
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.
260 19 "Bale to the Chief" Jesse Bochco Teleplay by: Tom Szentgyorgyi & Keith Eisner
Story by: Bill Clark, Tom Szentgyorgyi & Keith Eisner
February 22, 2005 (2005-02-22) JB01/1219
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.
261 20 "Moving Day" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: William Finkelstein
Story by: Steven Bochco, Bill Clark & William Finkelstein
March 1, 2005 (2005-03-01) JB01/1220
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.