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  • In "Hammer Time," Sipowicz, on his first day back after surgery on his prostate, wets himself while interrogating someone. He gets into the restroom as fast as he can, but Medavoy sees what happened. Medavoy goes into the restroom, where Sipowicz is hiding in a stall, and (without mentioning what happened) says that he has a spare pair of pants in his locker Sipowicz can use. Sipowicz, who was often quite a Jerkass (especially to Medavoy), takes the pants and sincerely thanks him.
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  • Seeing Medavoy finally succeed both romantically and in starting a new career towards the end of season 12, and being able to retire from the NYPD happily, rather than in disgrace (as he was afraid would happen earlier in the same season).
  • Sipowicz is trying to get the owner of a store that sells surveillance equipment to tell him who purchased a particular device but because of the circumstances does not want to go through the proper channels. The shop owner blows him off initially, then Sipowicz tells him that the listening device sold was used to endanger a child. The owner quickly changes his mind and gives up the information, remarking about how crimes against children disgust him.
  • Near the end of the final season, Sipowicz has, extremely late into his career, managed a promotion to Sergeant. As he steps out of his office with his new rank sewed on for the first time, he notices that the floor is empty outside of Bale (busy on the phone) and Irvin, who says that everyone else must have already gone to the ceremony. Andy silently makes his way down the stairs, only to stop dead halfway as he sees the entire precinct lined up on the ground floor, ready to salute. As Sipowicz puts them at ease, everyone breaks into applause, and Andy walks through (on the verge of tears) knowing that the entire unit is behind him. Seen here.

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