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4B or Not 4B 

Inspector Lastarza of the Organized Crime Unit tells Lt. Fancy and Kelly that they stop applying pressure to the local mob for their pursuit of Angelo Marino is hurting the FBI ... See full summary »


Gregory Hoblit


David Milch (created by), Steven Bochco (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... Det. John Kelly
Dennis Franz ... Det. Andy Sipowicz
James McDaniel ... Lt. Arthur Fancy
Sherry Stringfield ... Laura Michaels Kelly
Amy Brenneman ... Officer Janice Licalsi
Nicholas Turturro ... Det. James Martinez
David Schwimmer ... Josh '4B' Goldstein
Tom Towles ... Inspector Anthony Lastarza
Brent Jennings ... Ephraim Daniels
Joe Santos ... Angelo Marino
Daniel Benzali ... James Sinclair Esq.
Robert Costanzo ... Alfonse Giardella
Vincent Guastaferro ... Desk Sergeant
Shannon Cochran ... Lois Snyder
Jim Holmes ... A.D.A. Randall Williams


Inspector Lastarza of the Organized Crime Unit tells Lt. Fancy and Kelly that they stop applying pressure to the local mob for their pursuit of Angelo Marino is hurting the FBI investigation to nail Marino. Meanwhile, Sipowicz regains consciousness in the hospital after the shooting, but he has no memory about the attempt on his life because he was drunk at the time. Laura and John Kelly become officially separated and she decides to join a private law firm. Josh "4B" Goldstein becomes more paranoid about his mugging and brings a gun into the laundry room every night in hopes to catch his attacker. Kelly tries to reason with a deranged man who has taken a judge hostage who let his son's killer free. Elsewhere, Angelo Marino puts more pressure on Janice to murder Kelly, but she kills him and his chauffeur/bodyguard instead and slips away. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby (Dolby Surround)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The episode's title is a reference to the quote "To be or not to be" from William Shakespeare play "Hamlet". See more »


Det. John Kelly: How's the drying out going?
Det. Andy Sipowicz: It helps when the first week's unconscious. Now, I go two, three minutes where booze never crosses my mind.
Det. John Kelly: You want some magazines or something when I come back tomorrow?
Det. Andy Sipowicz: Yeah... something dirty.
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It's Soapy, but Dennis Franz Rules as Detective Sipowicz
16 September 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This episode, like the pilot, is still a whole lot of fun - though the clichés and soapy plotlines continue to lean towards melodrama, rather than the gritty police show I was hoping NYPD Blue would be. Episode 1x2 again charts David Caruso's love life, as his Detective John Kelly grapples with whether or not to pursue his affair with Amy Brenneman's Officer Licalsi amid the ongoing divorce proceedings with his wife, played by Sherry Stringfield.

Far more interesting is Dennis Franz as Detective Sipowicz, who is starting to heal from the wounds he sustained in the pilot. He's now staying away from alcohol and has been put on desk duty for a bit by Lt. Fancy (James McDaniel). But that old Sipowicz anger remains even as he hobbles around the precinct with a cane; will his feud with Alphonse Giardella (Robert Costanzo) get him right back in the ER?

Another stereotypical but nonetheless compelling subplot involves Brent Jennings as Ephraim Daniels, a father who is angry at a judge for not putting away the man who killed his son. David Caruso must defuse a standoff when Daniels takes the judge hostage.

This is purely by-the-numbers stuff, though there are some decent one-liners, the jerky camerawork is cool, and Detective Sipowicz remains a finely wrought character played with compelling vigor by Dennis Franz. His presence elevates the entire show - without it, the show would be a lot less than the sum of its parts.

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