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NYPD Blue: Tempest in a C-Cup

Kelly interrogates a man who may be involved in a series of taxi robberies, one of which resulted in the death of a driver. Sipowicz goes undercover at a topless bar.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x8
Production Number: 0K10/5110
Airdate: Tuesday November 16th, 1993

Guest Stars
David Harris (2)David Harris (2)
As Off. Donny Simmons
Gail OGail O'Grady
As Donna Abandando
Gordon ClappGordon Clapp
As Det. Greg Medavoy
Harold SylvesterHarold Sylvester
As Det. Mike Conklin
Jim HolmesJim Holmes
As ADA Randall Williams
John OttavinoJohn Ottavino
As Jimmy Craig
Michael HarneyMichael Harney
As Det. Mike Roberts
Robert LaSardoRobert LaSardo
As Luis Hernandez
Sharon LawrenceSharon Lawrence
As ADA Sylvia Costas
Donna BaltronDonna Baltron
As Ingrid
Harris LaskawayHarris Laskaway
As Frankie Cantor
Main Cast
Dennis FranzDennis Franz
As Det./Sgt. Andy Sipowicz
David CarusoDavid Caruso
As Det. John Kelly
Sherry StringfieldSherry Stringfield
As Laura Michaels
Amy BrennemanAmy Brenneman
As PO Janice Licalsi
Nicholas TurturroNicholas Turturro
As Det. James Martinez
James McDanielJames McDaniel
As Lt. Arthur Fancy
Cultural References
Sipowicz: Yeah. Luis Hernandez, The Illustrated Man.

The Illustrated Man is the title of a famous 1951 collection of short stories by acclaimed SF author Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451, Something Wicked This Way Comes, The Martian Chronicles). The stories are unrelated, but the collection ties them together with a narrative using the plot device of a tattooed vagrant whose tattoos are animated and tell the different stories in the collection. Several of the stories were also used as the basis for a 1969 film of the same name, starring Rod Steiger.

Episode References
Title: Tempest in a C-Cup

The term tempest in a teacup is a euphemism for taking something and blowing it all out of proportion. The reference also refers, through "C-cup", to the measurement system used for women's bras, a clear reference to the component of the episode which takes place in a strip club.

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