NYPD Blue (season 5)

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The 5th season of NYPD Blue premiered on ABC on September 30, 1997, and concluded on May 19, 1998.

NYPD Blue (season 5)
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Season 5 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network ABC
Original release September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30) – May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)
Season chronology
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List of NYPD Blue episodes
Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Jimmy Smits Bobby Simone entire season N/A
Dennis Franz Andy Sipowicz entire season N/A
James McDaniel Arthur Fancy entire season N/A
Nicholas Turturro James Martinez entire season N/A
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy entire season N/A
Kim Delaney Diane Russell entire season N/A
Andrea Thompson Jill Kirkendall entire season N/A
Sharon Lawrence Sylvia Costas N/A episodes 1,13,16-19,21-22
Bill Brochtrup John Irvin N/A episode 16


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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
89 1 "This Bud's for You" Mark Tinker David Milch September 30, 1997 (1997-09-30) 0T01/5501

After Joey Salvo's murder, Bobby's on suspension and has not talked to Andy for a while. With the FBI and Diane pushing him to clear his name by throwing Andy under the bus as the triggerman, Bobby confronts Andy about his suspicions regarding Salvo's murder. When Andy convinces him he's not the shooter, they put together a plan to shake loose the man they think did the crime. In other news, a drug-crazed man is murdering perfect strangers because he thinks they are his enemies; Jill has a surprising new relationship; James and Greg are both going to be parents; and Bobby makes Diane an offer for life.

  • Guest cast listed alphabetically:

Lourdes Benedicto as Gina Colon, Scott Allan Campbell as IAB Sgt. Jerry Martens, Jay Chandrasekhar as Man, Billy Concha as Officer Miller, Monique Edwards as Woman, John Finn as Lt. John Shannon, Scott Jaeck as FBI Agent Kriegel, Glenn Kessler as Paramedic, David Parker as Customer, Clifton Powell as Gerald / Frankie, Joe Sabatino as Officer Mackey.

90 2 "All’s Wells That Ends Well" Paris Barclay Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Leonard Gardner
October 7, 1997 (1997-10-07) 0T02/5502

Bobby's back on the job, but things are a little uneasy between him and Andy until they work a bar shooting where a terminally ill prison guard holds the key to solving the case. Diane uses a suspect's sexism against him on a string of rape-assault cases. James and Gina get married.

  • Mos Def guest stars as Levon Wells
91 3 "Three Girls and a Baby" Mark Tinker Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Meredith Stiehm
October 14, 1997 (1997-10-14) 0T03/5503
Greg swings into action when Abby's lover is murdered during a break-in, tying the case to a disturbed figure from Abby's past. The rest of the squad tries to unravel the case of a young woman who was shot and then burnt beyond recognition.
92 4 "The Truth Is Out There" Dennis Dugan Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Edward Allen Bernero
October 28, 1997 (1997-10-28) 0T04/5504
As Andy ponders the lyrics to "Pop Goes the Weasel", he and Bobby must help a murder witness who has a perfect head for details but is otherwise out of her mind. After she gets kidnapped, Andy's hypocrisy gets a workout when he castigates ADA Leo Cohen for making a deal to get her back safely, leading Jill to give Leo some kind words. Greg and James find out an Indian man's brother is behind a series of cab robberies.
93 5 "It Takes a Village" Farrel Jane Levy Story by : David Milch & Catherine Stribling
Teleplay by : Catherine Stribling
November 4, 1997 (1997-11-04) 0T05/5505

Sipowicz struggles to suppress his rage while investigating the rape of a little girl, coming face to face with a suspect who sends him way over the edge. Meanwhile, Simone is utterly distressed by the brutal depths to which a drug-addicted mother will go to support her habit, then disgusted with himself for solving the murder of a Korean grocer. That murder takes place in predominantly black neighborhood and leaves his racist, miserable son hostile toward everyone, including the detectives at the 15th Precinct.

94 6 "Dead Man Talking" Donna Deitch Jason Cahill November 11, 1997 (1997-11-11) 0T06/5506

Vince Gotelli returns to the 15th's lives when a sleazy bus driver comes under suspicion in the deaths of his wife and sick young son. Lt. Fancy gets a visit from an old friend, a musician dying of cancer who has information about a 20-year-old murder, and later reflects to the friend about his life and where it's going. A record company executive who nobody in his life could stand is beaten to death, but the investigation seems hopeless until it leads to an unlikely suspect.

  • Lola Glaudini guest stars as Patty Bell, six episodes before joining the cast as Dolores Mayo.
  • Mark Pellegrino guest stars as Fran Watkins.
95 7 "Sheedy Dealings" Dennis Dugan Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Kevin Stevens
November 18, 1997 (1997-11-18) 0T07/5507
Two young women who worked as exotic dancers are raped and murdered, leaving Andy and Bobby to wade through a sea of scum before closing the case. An unreliable acquaintance of James' says that a man's estranged wife and her new lover are in danger from the cuckolded husband, leading the cops on a wild goose chase. Diane is angry when a snooty woman blames an accidental theft on her immigrant housekeeper, and closes the case before letting the woman know she will get an INS visit if she mistreats the worker again.
96 8 "Lost Israel (Part 1)" Steven DePaul Story by : Ted Mann, Bill Clark & Meredith Stiehm
Teleplay by : David Milch & Ted Mann
November 25, 1997 (1997-11-25) 0T08/5508
A young boy named Brian is reported missing by his controlling father and distraught mother. The father becomes the prime suspect but all of the evidence points to a mute, homeless man named Israel. Andy is unable to hold his temper in check and after Brian is found dead, asks Fancy to remove him from the case. Diane is sidelined on a case involving the murder of a Hasidic woman, but Greg both solves the case and uses his knowledge about Judaism to provide comfort to the victim's loved ones.
97 9 "Lost Israel (Part 2)" Paris Barclay Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : David Milch & Nicholas Wootton
December 9, 1997 (1997-12-09) 0T09/5509
Andy is left reading a Bible for answers after Israel commits suicide. While Diane tries to get the wife to tell what she knows about her husband, Bobby gets through the husband's defenses and he begins to start revealing terrible information. An insurance scam involving homeless amputees provides a ruse that lets the cops solve Brian's murder.
98 10 "Remembrance of Humps Past" Jake Paltrow Story by : David Milch, Bill Clark & John Chambers
Teleplay by : John Chambers
December 16, 1997 (1997-12-16) 0T10/5510
Andy's old friend Wally asks him for help because Wally's daughter Carla is in a weird relationship with a woman named Margo. Andy learns Carla is a piece of garbage and her boyfriend is worse, and comes after them when Margo is beaten to death, though it's Bobby who gets to the point fastest. Greg and James bust a junkie who says he's been dumping dead bodies and associated parts around the city for a corrupt cemetery owner. Bobby learns the true background story of PAA Naomi.
99 11 "You’re Under a Rasta" Bob Doherty Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Jody Worth
January 6, 1998 (1998-01-06) 0T11/5511
Diane's pregnancy is revealed to Bobby, but it leads to an ugly scene when she insists on a dangerous assignment that turns into a shootout and he yells at her about it in front of everyone. James' anger overtakes both his reserve and his back when he finds out a city official threw an OD victim into a dumpster. Naomi tells Bobby she's been turned into the INS for being an illegal from Australia, but she will fight to stay in the U.S.
100 12 "A Box of Wendy" Mark Tinker Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Meredith Stiehm
January 13, 1998 (1998-01-13) 0T12/5512
In the 100th episode of the series, an attractive woman is found dead in a valuable wooden box. Andy and Bobby link the crime to her stupid, worthless brother, but it takes a few bottles of Coca-Cola to get the whole story. Diane's pregnancy weighs on her mind when an unloving mother's louse of a boyfriend accidentally kills her son. Greg, James and Jill catch a murder at a car-repair shop that turns complicated when the family of the victim says they and God forgive the killer.
101 13 "Twin Petes" Matthew Penn Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : T.J. English
February 10, 1998 (1998-02-10) 0T13/5513
Greg's head is spinning when a man claims his identical twin is violent and threatening both himself and his girlfriend, and he tries to figure out if there is even another twin out there. A junkie is committing robberies at ATMs, and Jill's bonding with his mother may be the only way to bring him to justice. Andy gets medical news that he does not share with anyone, including Sylvia, and an attractive new PAA named Dolores arrives.
102 14 "Weaver of Hate" Paris Barclay Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Dennis Woods-Doderer
February 17, 1998 (1998-02-17) 0T14/5514
A teenager named Weaver is thrown to his death, but Fancy is more focused on his father's racial slurs than solving the case, eventually targeting Andy for doing his investigation objectively. After Bobby gets devastating personal news from Diane (lost of her child) and has to listen to them all day, he finally screams at them both to shut up. An African immigrant's wife is found hacked to death, and Jill figures out the buttons to push to find him and get him to confess.
103 15 "Don’t Kill the Messenger" Matthew Penn Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Leonard Gardner
February 24, 1998 (1998-02-24) 0T15/5515
A nurse is strangled and stabbed to death. Suspicion initially falls on a mental patient at the hospital she worked at, but Andy and Bobby later learn she was having an affair with a married uniform cop named Tommy Richardson, and try to prove he did the crime. Jill uses a trick involving a soda can to get a mute suspect to confess. Andy's doctor comes to the precinct to get him to face his bad health news, but Andy loses his temper and throws the guy out of the 15th.
104 16 "The One That Got Away" Steven DePaul Adisa Iwa March 3, 1998 (1998-03-03) 0T16/5516

Andy and Bobby continue to investigate Tommy Richardson, but none of their ideas work and the most Andy can do is warn Tommy to transfer out of the 15th. Two thugs beat up a student filmmaker and steal his camera, but Diane and Jill are worried the filmmaker will seek his own revenge; they end up finding a nice kid who was beaten up by the thugs but has evidence to bring them down, and shock the thugs by letting them know they're facing richly deserved prison time. Greg gets an emergency call from Abby only to learn she's not in labor, apparently ending up in some kind of speeding ticket issue. And Andy is confronted & comforted by a devastated Sylvia after she gets the word about his health: he has prostate cancer.

  • Charlotte Ross appears as Laurie Richardson, three years before joining the cast as Detective Connie McDowell. She reprised the role two episodes later in "I Don't Wanna Dye."
105 17 "Speak for Yourself, Bruce Clayton" Mark Tinker Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Jody Worth
March 24, 1998 (1998-03-24) 0T17/5517

A shooting at a health clinic turns out to be a love triangle involving a lonely wife, her angry boyfriend, and a white-knight guard whose desire to protect her leads to a shootout at the 15th. The rape of one woman and another's murder lead Andy and Bobby to a feud involving a crippled drug dealer who knows Andy from Andy's uglier days on the force. Andy tells Bobby about his health condition. Fancy is happy to do some police work when he takes a statement on the shooting case.

106 18 "I Don’t Wanna Dye" Perry Lang Story by : David Milch, Bill Clark & Jill Goldsmith
Teleplay by : Jill Goldsmith
March 31, 1998 (1998-03-31) 0T18/5518
Tommy Richardson's wife, Laurie, stops by the station to pick up his time records after he transfers to another precinct, where she expresses to Simone and Russell about Tommy's behavior after she caught him in a phone conversation with another woman. They work with Laurie on an incredibly dangerous plan to finally take Tommy down once and for all. Meanwhile, Medavoy and Kirkendall look into the death of a man who was shot and found in the bathtub of his former girlfriend next to a dude who was electrocuted. Also, Sylvia accompanies Sipowicz to the hospital for his latest CAT scan test which goes wrong, leading to the parting of ways between Andy and a fed-up Dr. Talbot in favor of treatment from Dr. Mondzac.
107 19 "Prostrate Before the Law" Paris Barclay Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Robert Ward
April 28, 1998 (1998-04-28) 0T19/5519

James and Greg reveal that Gina and Abby have given birth. Andy undergoes his prostate surgery and suffers through the agonizing first steps in his recovery process. The rest of the squad catches the murder of an Army veteran who was in town with five buddies from his service days. The more the cops talk to them, the more they learn they have uncovered a larger and more dangerous problem.

108 20 "Hammer Time" Mark Tinker Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Meredith Stiehm & Nicholas Wootton
May 5, 1998 (1998-05-05) 0T20/5520

Andy is still in pain when he returns to work on a case involving the missing daughter of a crack addict. Andy clashes with ADA Cohen over an immunity plan and later has to use creativity when the girl is found dead. Sylvia shows up to help Andy as well as salvage a criminal case. Bobby learns an elderly tenant at his building is missing and speculation falls on Henry Coffield. Bobby does not think Henry's guilty and follows up on another lead when the elderly tenant's fate is revealed.

109 21 "Seminal Thinking" Matthew Penn Story by : David Milch, Bill Clark & Kevin Arkadie
Teleplay by : Kevin Arkadie
May 12, 1998 (1998-05-12) 0T21/5521
When the detectives are called to the scene of a murdered prostitute who is covered excessively with bodily fluid, a repulsed Medavoy employs a clever strategy to get the suspect's confession. Meanwhile, Simone and Sipowicz take pity on a misguided young man accused of killing a sleazy car dealer; and Sipowicz gets still more alarming news about his health.
110 22 "Honeymoon at Viagra Falls" Paris Barclay Story by : David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : David Milch & Scott Williams
May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19) 0T22/5522
Simone and Sipowicz help a frenzied A.D.A. Cohen, who suspects that a defense attorney may have been involved in the execution-style murder of a witness and her child. Medavoy and Martinez bust a slick con man who manufactures fake sports memorabilia; Diane and Jill shift into overdrive to rescue a young girl from a pedophile, and both Simone and Sipowicz reach significant milestones in their romantic relationships.