NYPD Blue (season 6)

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The 6th season of NYPD Blue premiered on ABC on October 20, 1998, and concluded on May 25, 1999.

NYPD Blue (season 6)
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Season 6 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Original network ABC
Original release October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20) – May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25)
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Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Jimmy Smits Bobby Simone episodes 1-5 N/A
Dennis Franz Andy Sipowicz entire season N/A
Rick Schroder Danny Sorenson episodes 6-22 N/A
James McDaniel Arthur Fancy entire season N/A
Kim Delaney Diane Simone entire season N/A
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy entire season N/A
Nicholas Turturro James Martinez entire season N/A
Andrea Thompson Jill Kirkendall entire season N/A
Sharon Lawrence Sylvia Costas episodes 1-10 episodes 15,18,20-21
Bill Brochtrup John Irvin episodes 13-22 episodes 1,5,7,9,12


No. in
No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
111 1 "Top Gum" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Meredith Stiehm
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
October 20, 1998 (1998-10-20) 0C01/5601
Simone, Sipowicz, and Fancy are annoyed by the presence of retired cop Mike Roberts, who has been hired by the murder victim's father to keep a lid on his son's alleged homosexuality. Meanwhile, Costas lends a big assist to Russell and Kirkendall in their investigation of a teenage girl's rape, and Bobby Simone helps scare away the lowlife boyfriend of his dentist's daughter but is clearly not feeling well.
112 2 "Cop in a Bottle" Paris Barclay Teleplay by: Matt Olmstead
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
October 27, 1998 (1998-10-27) 0C02/5602
The detectives of the 15th Precinct investigate a double homicide involving one of their own, an alcoholic cop who seems to have done the right thing, but can't remember key details about the incident. The situation becomes more precarious as the cop's lieutenant tries to use the incident to get him kicked off the force. Looming over all these events is the health crisis afflicting Bobby, who collapses at the crime scene and is hospitalized.
113 3 "Numb and Number" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Leonard Gardner
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
November 10, 1998 (1998-11-10) 0C03/5603
Sipowicz, Medavoy and Martinez try to unravel the confusing information given by the suspect in the murder of a Pakistani man, who was found semi-naked in a park. Meanwhile, Simone's deteriorating health continues to worry Russell and leads Sipowicz into conflict with everyone, including Costas.
114 4 "Brother's Keeper" Donna Deitch Teleplay by: Doug Palau
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17) 0C04/5604
Lieutenant Fancy urgently reaches out to the entire New York City police department for assistance in resolving Simone's critical medical condition, while his co-workers at the 15th Precinct are frustrated by their inability to help their ailing comrade. Meanwhile, Sipowicz, Medavoy and Martinez investigate two brothers in the brutal murder of their 72-year-old mother.
115 5 "Hearts and Souls" Paris Barclay Teleplay by: Nicholas Wootton
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24) 0C05/5605

Sipowicz is led to a surprising reconnection with his ex-wife as Simone's medical crisis reaches the worst possible conclusion.


  • Last appearance of Jimmy Smits as Bobby Simone. He returned for one scene in one Season 12 episode 6.
  • Director Paris Barclay won an Emmy and a Directors Guild of America Award for his work in this episode.
116 6 "Danny Boy" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Meredith Stiehm
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
December 1, 1998 (1998-12-01) 0C06/5606

Danny Sorenson transfers from Narcotics to the 15th Precinct's detective squad. While he and Sipowicz lead a double homicide investigation, Sorenson struggles to overcome the squad's suspicion of his techniques and intentions. Meanwhile, Costas has misgivings about the accuracy of the past conviction of a teenager and asks a reluctant Sipowicz for help, but Andy and the original detective on the case, Sgt. Dornan, don't click.


  • First appearance of Rick Schroeder as Danny Sorenson.
  • First episode where Dennis Franz receives top billing, which will remain for the rest of the run of the series
117 7 "Czech Bouncer" Paris Barclay Teleplay by: Matt Olmstead
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
December 8, 1998 (1998-12-08) 0C07/5607

Sipowicz mentors Sorenson when the latter goes overboard with a suspect in the killing of two elderly gift shop owners; Russell and Kirkendall investigate the murder of a strip club patron and are shocked to learn that PAA Dolores Mayo is working there as a dancer; and Andy gets some info from Sgt. Dornan but it's too late to help Sylvia or an innocent man in jail.

  • Mos Def guest stars as Leslie Peach.
118 8 "Raging Bulls" Steven DePaul Teleplay by: Leonard Gardner
Story by: Steven Bochco, David Milch & Bill Clark
December 15, 1998 (1998-12-15) 0C08/5608
An off duty white officer mistakenly shoots a black undercover officer when seeing suspects in pursuit of a crime. The white officer, Syzmanski, is the same officer who pulled over Lt. Fancy for driving in an all White neighborhood, leading to a violent explosion of racial tension between Sipowicz and Fancy. Diane and Jill help out an increasingly troubled Dolores Mayo. Andy consoles a distraught Sylvia.
119 9 "Grime Scene" Michael M. Robin Teleplay by: Doug Palau & Nicholas Wootton
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
January 5, 1999 (1999-01-05) 0C09/5609
Russell and Sorenson scramble to close a stabbing case so that Kirkendall's son, a witness to the incident, doesn't have to testify; Greg and James slog through a case where a homeless man was beaten to death; PAA John tries to help out an increasingly out of control Dolores Mayo; Andy, Sylvia and Sgt. Dornan join forces to avenge a man who was conned into confessing to a crime, tortured in jail and murdered there; and Russell is tempted to drink.
120 10 "Show and Tell" Marc Buckland Teleplay by: Matt Olmstead
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
January 12, 1999 (1999-01-12) 0C10/5610

Sipowicz and Sorenson are beyond frustrated when the FBI and Internal Affairs show up and meddle with their investigation of a family of dirty cops who may have been involved in a robbery-homicide. Meanwhile, Medavoy chafes at being the butt of one of Sipowicz's jokes; Sylvia reaches the end of her rope on the Suarez case; and Diane, still consumed with grief, reaches out for help.

121 11 "Big Bang Theory" Jake Paltrow Teleplay by: Ted Mann
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
February 9, 1999 (1999-02-09) 0C11/5611

An apartment building gigolo is the prime suspect when one of the elderly ladies he "visited" is murdered; and Sorenson turns to Sipowicz for advice when a friend appears to be on the brink of a breakdown.

122 12 "What's Up, Chuck?" Bob Doherty Teleplay by: John Chambers
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
February 16, 1999 (1999-02-16) 0C12/5612
"Upstairs" John fears that Dolores' downward spiral might have ended tragically, and when Sipowicz and Sorenson investigate her disappearance, they face off with a high profile attorney from Sipowicz's past. Elsewhere, a dysfunctional family leads Greg and James into a bizarre murder case, and Jill and Diane get an even weirder case that could be a murder case, a kidnapping case, or no case at all.
123 13 "Dead Girl Walking" Paris Barclay Story by: Leonard Gardner
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
February 23, 1999 (1999-02-23) 0C13/5613
A girl thought to be dead really isn't, in spite of her mother's positive (and eager) identification. Meanwhile, a member of the 15th Precinct takes a bullet as a stakeout suddenly turns violent; Andy and Lt. Fancy try to help a bitter Det. Dornan even as his attitude sucks; and Henry Coffield surprisingly provides a smile to Diane's day.
124 14 "Raphael's Inferno" Matthew Penn Teleplay by: Doug Palau
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
March 2, 1999 (1999-03-02) 0C14/5614
A young girl is found dead in the basement of her apartment and Sipowicz and Sorenson rely on their instincts to narrow the list of suspects; an elderly gentleman suspects that his younger girlfriend was forced to steal money from him; and Sorenson's sister and Dolores Mayo's father visit the precinct, hoping to spend time with their loved ones.
125 15 "I Have a Dream" Marc Buckland Teleplay by: Nicholas Wootton
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
April 6, 1999 (1999-04-06) 0C15/5615

Sorenson's acquaintance with a drug dealer proves helpful when a cop is accused of prematurely shooting a suspect; Russell and Kirkendall fear that a bitter neighborly dispute could get out of hand; and Sipowicz has a recurring dream about his past which helps him come to terms with his present.

  • Kevin Dillon guest stars as Officer Neil Baker.
126 16 "Tain't Misbehavin'" Karen Gaviola Teleplay by: Matt Olmstead
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
April 13, 1999 (1999-04-13) 0C16/5616
Sorenson and his girlfriend, Nadine, experience an emotional crisis; and Sipowicz gives a convincing performance as a heavy in order to secure a murder confession.
127 17 "Don't Meth With Me" Steven DePaul Teleplay by: Jody Worth
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
April 20, 1999 (1999-04-20) 0C17/5617
Sipowicz and Sorenson investigate the death of a woman whose spoiled, drug-using son is a prime suspect; and retired cop Mike Roberts needs help from his former colleagues when it appears that he may be responsible for a crime at his current job.
128 18 "Mister Roberts" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: Michael A. Graham
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
April 27, 1999 (1999-04-27) 0C18/5618

A troubled former cop meets an unfortunate end, which causes the detectives to reflect back on his cries for help. Sipowicz feels especially guilty about the situation until information from John Irvin leads him to the source of the tragedy.

129 19 "Judas Priest" Dennis M. White Teleplay by: Meredith Stiehm
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
May 4, 1999 (1999-05-04) 0C19/5619
Sipowicz and Sorenson must find more evidence in the Cullinan murder case; Sipowicz and Fancy try to help a fellow cop with a drinking problem; ADA Leo Cohen and Jill's relationship comes to an end as he leaves the case.
130 20 "I'll Draw You a Mapp" Donna Deitch Teleplay by: Leonard Gardner
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
May 11, 1999 (1999-05-11) 0C20/5620

Sipowicz is overly eager to testify in the Cullinan murder trial, but Costas worries that Sipowicz is no match for defense attorney James Sinclair. Much to Sipowicz's chagrin, Costas thinks Sorenson will make a stronger witness and Andy increasingly loses his mind over having to deal with Sinclair's psychological button-pushing. Meanwhile, Russell and Kirkendall lead the investigation of a home invasion murder in which the widow becomes the prime suspect and everyone throws the shooting of Amadou Diallo right in their faces.

  • Daniel Benzali guest stars as James Sinclair.
131 21 "Voir Dire This" Paris Barclay Teleplay by: Bernadette McNamara
Story by: Bill Clark & Bernadette McNamara
May 18, 1999 (1999-05-18) 0C21/5621

While Sipowicz continues to be haunted by attorney James Sinclair, the Cullinan murder trial takes a horrific turn, and the lives of the 15th Precinct detectives will never be the same.

132 22 "Safe Home" Mark Tinker Teleplay by: David Milch
Story by: David Milch & Bill Clark
May 25, 1999 (1999-05-25) 0C22/5622
Passions ignite when the detectives of the 15th Precinct go on a personal crusade to implicate the suspect they hold responsible for the death of Sylvia Costas, while simultaneously worrying about Andy's fragile state of mind—specifically whether he's going to start drinking again or kill himself. Meanwhile, John feels responsible for Sylvia's death.