Season 2
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Original networkABC
Original releaseOctober 11, 1994 (1994-10-11) –
May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)
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The second season of NYPD Blue, an American television police drama set in New York City, aired as part of the 1994-95 United States network television schedule for ABC, premiering on October 11, 1994 and concluding on May 23, 1995. The show explores the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwines several plots involving an ensemble cast.

The season earned three Primetime Emmy Awards, one for "Outstanding Drama Series", another for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" (Shirley Knight), and a Creative Arts Emmy for its casting. The show received an additional 10 nominations.


In the hiatus between Seasons 1 and 2, David Caruso reportedly demanded a raise from $40,000 per episode to around $100,000/per, and also that the show simultaneously shift the series back to a primary focus on his Det. John Kelly (away from the S1 balance between Caruso/Kelly and Dennis Franz/Andy Sipowicz focal points) while giving him mandated time off to film movies in-season. David Milch and Steven Bochco agreed that they could not work with Caruso anymore and informed him that he would be permanently written off the series before Season 2 began. After intense negotiations, Caruso and Milch/Bochco reached an agreement for four episodes of work to write off Kelly to start Season 2. By this point, the show had cast Jimmy Smits to play Andy's new partner, Det. Bobby Simone.

Plot summary

Licalsi is found guilty of the manslaughter of Marino and his driver and is given a two-year sentence. Because of his involvement with Licalsi, and the belief that he withheld evidence that could have given her a longer sentence, Kelly is transferred out of the 15th and chooses to leave the department altogether. He is replaced by Bobby Simone, a widower whose previous job was that of driver for the Police Commissioner. This does not sit well with Sipowicz but in time he learns to accept his new partner and, as his relationship with Sylvia leads down the aisle, asks Simone to be his best man.

After an affair with a journalist who uses information that he gives her in an article, Simone begins a relationship with another new officer in the squad, Diane Russell. Sipowicz, a recovering alcoholic, recognizes in Russell's behavior that she also has a problem and, after much prompting, she herself goes to AA. Elsewhere, due to his lack of self-belief that a woman like Donna could love him, Medavoy's relationship with her breaks down, due in no small part to Donna's visiting sister.


Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
David Caruso John Kelly episodes 1-4
Jimmy Smits Bobby Simone episodes 5-22
Dennis Franz Andy Sipowicz entire season
James McDaniel Arthur Fancy entire season
Amy Brenneman Janice Licalsi episodes 1-2
Nicholas Turturro James Martinez entire season
Sharon Lawrence Sylvia Costas entire season
Gordon Clapp Greg Medavoy entire season
Gail O'Grady Donna Abandando entire season
Justine Miceli Adrienne Lesniak Episodes 3-5,7,9-15,17,22
Kim Delaney Diane Russell episodes 19-22
Bill Brochtrup John Irvin episodes 17-22

Recurring guest roles

Season 2's recurring guest roles include:


See also: List of NYPD Blue episodes

Each episode entry includes its original airdate in the United States, the writing and directing credits, and a plot summary.

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
231"Trials & Tribulations"Gregory HoblitStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann
October 11, 1994 (1994-10-11)0V01/520124.3[1]
Detective Licalsi wants to plea bargain and accept a six-year prison term for her actions, but Kelly opposes that — even though it may mean compromising his own integrity. He's motivated by the realization that he's still in love with Janice — a fact which leads to his breakup with Robin Wirkus. In a neighborhood which has suffered a rash of recent robberies, Kelly and Sipowicz stake out an apartment building, and are stunned to find two of their fellow cops are involved in the crimes. Andy suffers when his AA sponsor won't let him resume dating Sylvia Costas. He also confronts a wife-beater whose spouse keeps dropping charges against him.
242"For Whom the Skell Rolls"Michael M. RobinStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Gardner Stern
October 18, 1994 (1994-10-18)0V02/520222.1[2]

Janice Licalsi takes the stand in her own murder trial — with critical testimony. In other developments, the Internal Affairs Bureau investigates Kelly and Sipowicz for their roles in the apprehension and arrest of Officers Guyce and Quint for robbery; and Kelly, Sipowicz, Martinez and Medavoy are involved in the probe of the mysterious murder of a black couple. Sleazy journalist Norman Gardner trashes Kelly again but thanks to disgraced ex-cop Mike Roberts, Andy finds a way to get Norman to shut up. And Inspector Haverill screws with a deal Kelly made with a witness, only to OK the deal once Kelly has insulted him and given him "what he needs".


  • Last appearance of Amy Brenneman as Janice Licalsi.
253"Cop Suey"Mark TinkerCharles H. Eglee & Channing GibsonOctober 25, 1994 (1994-10-25)0V03/520324.7[3]

In his probe into the killing of an off-duty cop in Chinatown, Kelly reluctantly accepts the cooperation of a Chinese gangleader and briefly annoys Det. Harold Ng (Tzi Ma). Andy is enraged when the beaten wife from the season premiere turns up dead. A new cop named Adrienne Lesniak arrives at the 15th; Andy briefly clashes with her over the case before they are able to work together to get a confession in the case. The other cops learn Adrienne has an ex-boyfriend who's a mean-spirited, jealous type.


  • First appearance of Justine Miceli as Adrienne Lesniak.
264"Dead and Gone"Daniel SackheimLeonard GardnerNovember 1, 1994 (1994-11-01)0V04/520428.8[4]

The future of Detective John Kelly with the force is finally and irrevocably decided. An 18-month-old baby riding in a car driven by one Duane Rollins (Michael Imperioli) is shot and killed by a drive-by assailant. Rollins says it was a random shooting, but Kelly thinks Rollins was the intended victim. Sipowicz finds the body of a fellow cop in a compromising position, and at the same time, he tries to balance his personal life between the requirements of Alcoholics Anonymous and his romantic feelings toward Sylvia Costas.


  • Last appearance of David Caruso as John Kelly.
275"Simone Says"Gregory HoblitStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch & Walon Green
Teleplay by : David Milch & Walon Green
November 15, 1994 (1994-11-15)0V07/520725.7[5]

Detective Bobby Simone joins the precinct and is immediately assigned with Sipowicz to investigate the mysterious murder of a notorious mobster's son. Also at the precinct, Detective Lesniak's over-the-edge ex-boyfriend, Detective Jimmy Abruzzo, threatens her with a gun; and a woman named Mrs. Davis arrives with suspicions that her husband is molesting their 14-year-old daughter, Allison.


  • First appearance of Jimmy Smits as Bobby Simone.
  • Bochco, Milch, and Green won an Edgar Award in the category "Best Mystery Teleplay from a Series" for this episode.
286"The Final Adjustment"Dennis DuganStory by : Christopher McQuarrie
Teleplay by : Charles H. Eglee & Channing Gibson & Ted Mann
November 22, 1994 (1994-11-22)0V05/520525.6[6]
When a chiropractor's wife is murdered, Detectives Simone and Sipowicz learn that the doctor, Peter Shennon, had been engaged in an affair with his former secretary, Judith Krasky — and the arrow of suspicion points directly at him. Also, while moonlighting for a security company through ex-Det. Mike Roberts, Martinez becomes attracted to Leticia Beltran, the beautiful Hispanic college student he's been hired to protect; and a worried woman, Christine Williamson, brings a gun to Simone that she has found in the possession of her 11-year-old son.
297"Double Abandando"Andy WolkStory by : Walon Green
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Gardner Stern & Burton Armus
November 29, 1994 (1994-11-29)0V06/520626.5[7]

An 11-year-old boy claims he shot and killed an Hispanic boy in a turf-war incident at school, but Detective Simone senses the kid is protecting someone. Meanwhile, Eddie Reyna, a handsome and unprincipled ladies' man who is HIV positive, becomes a target of one of the women he's infected; and Donna's attractive sister, Dana, comes to visit — and causes trouble between Donna and Greg.

308"You Bet Your Life"Elodie KeeneStory by : Eric Newman & Tom Towles
Teleplay by : Eric Newman & Tom Towles and Leonard Gardner
December 6, 1994 (1994-12-06)0V08/520827.4[8]
Simone and Sipowicz investigate the murder of a pregnant woman whose charred remains leave few clues as to her identity or that of her killer. Meanwhile, Sipowicz is deeply concerned when his friend, Dan Breen, is beaten up by Breen's mentally disturbed son, Danny.
319"Don We Now Our Gay Apparel"Michael M. RobinStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Channing Gibson & Charles H. Eglee
January 3, 1995 (1995-01-03)0V09/520924.8[9]
With Drag Performer Candace La Rue as a material witness, Simone and Sipowicz investigate the murder of a gay-bar proprietor. Also, Dan Breen visits his mentally disturbed son Danny despite Sipowicz' strenuous objections. In other developments, Medavoy investigates a gypsy fortune-telling scam after his elderly neighbor has been bilked out of her savings; and Lieutenant Fancy's wife is about to give birth.
3210"In The Butt, Bob"Donna DeitchStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Burton Armus & Gardner Stern
January 10, 1995 (1995-01-10)0V10/521025.2[10]
In a power play, Detective Arnold Solomon uses his clout to take a case away from Detective Bobby Simone after Simone has arrested a suspected serial killer named Putnam. Meanwhile, Borough Commander Haverill is out to get Lieutenant Fancy by tricking him into lying about the involvement of a top crime boss in a planned armored-car heist; Detective Lesniak deals with a flasher; reporter Benita Alden makes a play for Bobby; and Andy again proposes marriage to Sylvia Costas — this time successfully.
3311"Vishy-Vashy-Vinny"Michael M. RobinStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Burton Armus & Gardner Stern
January 17, 1995 (1995-01-17)0V11/521124.6[11]
Simone and Sipowicz get closer to identifying the "Webster Dictionary" serial killer, despite internal politics which complicate the investigation. Meanwhile, with stoolie Vinnie Greco as a go-between, Sipowicz and his men go under cover to try to thwart an armored-car bank heist. Lieutenant Fancy, with a recording from Greco, turns the tables against Borough Commander Haverill, forcing Haverill to put in for early retirement.
3412"Large Mouth Bass"Charles HaidTheresa RebeckFebruary 7, 1995 (1995-02-07)0V12/521223.9[12]

Simone and Sipowicz investigate the viciously brutal murder of a young woman; one of the suspects is Derrick Cobb, the girl's former stepfather. Meanwhile, Simone is concerned that his friend Raymond diSalvo is mixed up in drug dealing at the dance club where he works; and Detective Lesniak investigates handsome con artist Mac McClellan, who is peddling a bogus beauty machine to unsuspecting women. The one-five gets a new Borough Commander, Captain Clifford Bass, a veteran of patrol who has little experience with the Detective Division.


  • Shirley Knight won an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for her portrayal of the mother of a murder victim.
3513"Travels With Andy"Mark TinkerRosemary BreslinFebruary 14, 1995 (1995-02-14)0V13/521323.3[13]
Simone and Sipowicz investigate the execution-style murders of three employees at a fast-food restaurant, while Martinez and Lesniak seek the man who attempted to rape a 78-year-old woman, Mrs. Stevens. In personal situations, Andy and Sylvia disagree on the scope and grandeur of their planned wedding, and James becomes jealous when Adrienne goes to lunch with an old acquaintance, Dr. Paul Druzinski.
3614"A Murder With Teeth In It"Donna DeitchFranklyn Ajaye & Barry DouglassFebruary 21, 1995 (1995-02-21)0V14/521425.0[14]
Simone and Sipowicz investigate the murder of a pimp, and all clues point to a suspect in their own department, Jerry McCabe, the detective who helped Andy get Andy Jr. out of a mistaken arrest. Two romantic crises develop: Medavoy's irrational jealousy causes Donna to think twice about their relationship; Simone suspects he's been betrayed in a breach of confidence by his girlfriend, reporter Benita Alden.
3715"Bombs Away"Jorge MontesiStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Gardner Stern
February 28, 1995 (1995-02-28)0V15/521522.8[15]
Simone and Sipowicz investigate Vartan Illiescu, a disgruntled immigrant who may be a terrorist bomber; and someone bent on revenge assassinates serial killer George Putnam before he can come to trial. Meanwhile, Greg's relationship with Donna deteriorates after he makes the mistake of asking for advice from Donna's sister Dana.
3816"Un-American Graffiti"Joe Ann FogleLeonard GardnerMarch 14, 1995 (1995-03-14)0V16/521623.5[16]
Simone and Sipowicz investigate the brutal murder of a teenage tagger who painted graffiti in Little Italy. Meanwhile, Donna decides what to do about her relationship with Greg; and Sylvia gets mugged, then reveals a dark secret to Andy.
3917"Dirty Socks"Elodie KeeneLarry CohenMarch 21, 1995 (1995-03-21)0V17/521723.6[17]

Detective Simone tries to persuade emotionally fragile Joyce Novak, a material witness in a double-murder case, to testify before the grand jury. Meanwhile, Sipowicz is horrified when he's assigned to investigate the murder of an elderly woman — the owner of a candy store where he worked as a child.


  • First appearance of Bill Brochtrup as PAA John Irvin
4018"Innuendo"Mark TinkerStory by : Walon Green & David Mills
Teleplay by : David Mills
April 4, 1995 (1995-04-04)0V18/521824.0[18]
Simone and Sipowicz try to track down a killer who took to the streets on a shooting spree that began with the murder of a waitress and felled two cops and three civilians before it ended. Meanwhile, Lt. Fancy faces problems with his younger brother, a uniformed cop at another precinct named Reggie.
4119"Boxer Rebellion"Jorge MontesiStory by : Walon Green & Bill Clark
Teleplay by : Walon Green & Ted Mann & Gardner Stern
May 2, 1995 (1995-05-02)0V19/521920.2[19]

Detective Simone finds himself attracted to the undercover cop, Diane Russell, who helps him pull off an elaborate sting to trap an arsonist; Sipowicz gets emotionally involved when a woman he persuaded to testify in a robbery case is murdered; and Martinez discovers that Lieutenant Fancy literally pulls no punches when the two of them spar in preparation for a departmental boxing tournament.


  • First Appearance of Kim Delaney as Diane Russell
4220"The Bookie and Kooky Cookie"Mark PiznarskiGeorge D. PutnamMay 9, 1995 (1995-05-09)0V20/522022.2[20]
Trying to find the killer of a gambling bookie, Simone and Sipowicz get help from an unexpected source. Mentally unstable Joyce Novak, witness to a previous murder, charges Simone with sexual misconduct after he spurns her advances; and Sylvia Costas and a reluctant Andy begin religious counseling in preparation for their marriage.
4321"The Bank Dick"Michael M. RobinVictor BumbaloMay 16, 1995 (1995-05-16)0V21/522120.8[21]
A terminally ill infant proves the vital link between Simone and Sipowicz and a serial rapist; Simone suspects that Russell might be hiding a serious problem; Medavoy reluctantly considers reconciling with his estranged wife; Irvin solicit's Simone's help after he and his lover are assaulted — by police; and Sipowicz asks a personal favor of his partner.
4422"A.D.A. Sipowicz"Mark TinkerStory by : Steven Bochco & David Milch
Teleplay by : Ted Mann & Gardner Stern & Nicholas Wootton
May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)0V22/522225.0[22]
Intent on getting a confession, Sipowicz capitalizes on a case of mistaken identity; Fancy's brother is set up by his sergeant to face a harassment complaint until the one-five's detectives uncover the truth; Russell's hangover results in a close call during a street sweep operation; and the squad throws a bachelor party for Andy, whose prenuptial jitters permeate the precinct.


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