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Short summary

Simone and Sipowicz get another murder case where a mild mannered professor is found decapitated in his apartment. Meanwhile, Martinez is helping out a former porno actress who is getting harassing phone calls, but Lesniak is not comfortable with the situation. Andy Jr. arrives in town with some news for Sipowicz, but he can't find the time to tell his father and finally at dinner, he explains that he has just been discharged from the Air Force and is joining the police department in Hackensack, New Jersey.

Rodney Wellstone's interview takes place on February 27, 1996, the day the episode aired.

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    • Author: Moronydit
    As a big fan of NYPD Blue, I watched pretty much every episode for the run of the series when it originally aired. Monti Sharp's shocking performance as Rodney Wellstone in the season 3 ep, "Head Case," is, far and away, the scariest and perhaps single best performance by a guest star on the series. Whether it was originally scripted this way or not, I don't know, but the performance is essentially a single monologue, a stream-of-consciousness rant that is at turns violent, sinister, subdued, creepy(think David Lynch), and explosive. It feels almost improvisational, like, "there's no way someone could have actually *written* this," and yet, there it is; when it's over with, the stunned looks on the faces of Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits are surely more than just in-character reactions. I can't recall another time in the series when the two leads essentially took a back seat to the guest performer (especially in the ubiquitous "interrogation room") for the entire sequence. I still have an old VHS copy of the episode from its original air date, and I play it back from time to time. Since the entire series is now on DVD, I highly recommend tracking down this episode if you're a student of film (directing, acting, writing). You will be schooled.
  • Episode cast overview, first billed only:
    Jimmy Smits Jimmy Smits - Det. Bobby Simone
    Dennis Franz Dennis Franz - Det. Andy Sipowicz
    James McDaniel James McDaniel - Lt. Arthur Fancy
    Nicholas Turturro Nicholas Turturro - Det. James Martinez
    Sharon Lawrence Sharon Lawrence - A.D.A. Sylvia Costas-Sipowicz
    Gordon Clapp Gordon Clapp - Det. Greg Medavoy
    Gail O'Grady Gail O'Grady - Donna Abandando
    Justine Miceli Justine Miceli - Det. Adrienne Lesniak
    Kim Delaney Kim Delaney - Det. Diane Russell
    Dan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta - Gus the Doorman
    Michael DeLuise Michael DeLuise - Andy Sipowicz Jr.
    Anne Haney Anne Haney - Mrs. Reese
    Vanessa del Rio Vanessa del Rio - Vanessa del Rio
    Monti Sharp Monti Sharp - Rodney Wellstone
    Richard Gant Richard Gant - Desk Sergeant
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