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natural causes? what did you do, a drive-by intake? he was outdoors three or four weeks, exposed to the elements. he was hanged! after his ribs were broken. how do you miss that? did you even look at him? [softly] we should come back. yeah, i looked at him. see? (logan) what does this mean, "wnl. wnl." wnl. i found body disposition and protocols within normal limits. no. wnl: we never looked. i chked with missing persons. that's about all you checked. you're fired. [logan whistles] that may come back to haunt you, rodgers. what galls me-- "skater" stevens was murdered.
if he wasn't a celeb, nobody would even know. yeah. celeb? do you believe this? logan swears he's never heard of him. two of us. alvin "skater" stevens? from the sitcom goofin' 'round? years. so, uh, this thing was a junkie?g had been. pretty much clean the last six months. before that, livin' hard. how bad? if the dentist hadn't confirmed he was 30, i'd have put him at 50. how bad was the beating? short but merciless. even for a child star, this kid fell far. skater's mom is on her way in. maybe we can spare her some of the details. i get the feeling this isn't the first time that skater's broken her heart. enjoy, rodgers. yeah. skater, i can't go to the prom with you. i already made plans. with who? could it be kirk? [fast footsteps]
come on, karen. kirk. oh, no, not again! ackackackackackackack! [turns off sound] that was skater's skater noise. yeah? (lucinda) i gave it to him. i said, "honey, to be a star, you have to have a signature, a hook." wheeler, logan, this is mrs. stevens. skater's mom, lucinda. he was such a beautiful boy. we're sorry for your loss. i don't understand how "skater" stevens ended up in a pauper's grave. there was no missing persons report. no, not formally. then you weren't in close touch. [sighs] the last few years, i told him it was his responsibility to keep up. did he? (lucinda) a postcard in june. said he was going back to stand-up, had a job. any idea where? his friends might know. there's a memorial for him tonight. they passed the hat, flew me in.
why did you change your mind? a week ago, you called the studio and asked them to help find him? wonder street films produced goofin' 'round. they made a fortune off skater. so you just called him out of the blue? i mean, was there any particular reason? well, they just announced goofin' 'round as coming out on dvd. my skater, he was terrible with money. oh. so you thought if there was a check comin' from the dvd, you'd hold onto it. those checks, if they even got to skater, they just slipped through his fingers. some mother. she didn't love skater, just saw her son as a meal ticket. hmm. if anybody had cared about him, he wouldn't have ended up in potter's field. least he didn't stay there. you guys pulled him out.
(willie) and even now, i can't believe that skater's not gonna come down those stairs and say--come on-- ackackackackack! i gave him that. he played my best pal for five years. he'll never stop being that. thank you. oh, no, no. thank you, thank you. so skater's whole career was playing a doormat to kirk? more like he worshipped kirk. everybody did. you had to be there. oh, i see. hello. [snaps phone closed] thank you for coming. [kisses] so you must be from tv guide for the interview. not quite.
different interview. you got a minute? oh, sorry. i thought you were-- yeah, sure, sure. look, we're trying to get a handle on the last few months of skater's life. oh, well, good luck. i thought you were his best pal. we both had our childhoods taken from us. that's a bond. (woman) could you sign this, please? how about lately? well, doing okay. no acting, but i'm still keeping a hand in the business. thanks. production side. we were talking about skater. had you been in touch with him lately? long after everyone else gave up on him. know where he lived? where he worked? hand-to-mouth. i mean, last i saw him, he'd just lost a fast food job. [clicks tongue] slipped him a few 20s. told him it was an advance on our residuals. oh, there's my interview.
have you got a recent photo of skater on that thing? oh, sure. here you go. you're kidding. an ice cream window boy for sweet swirl? on the show, his after-school job-- soft serve vendor. (joey) orange shirt, brown pants. say again what your guy wore. brown shirt, orange pants. fooled me. fools a lot of people. must be 30 trademark infringer operators out there. these people, they're vultures. (joey) substandard ice cream treat, inferior melody. here's the mccoy. [click] [jingle plays] ♪ catchy. can't improve on that. (wheeler) so no home address because our guy was never your employee. you don't keep track of these vultures? we don't. unless we get their bills.
three weeks ago, we got a call from the city impound lot. they wanted us to pick up one of our trucks. thing was, it wasn't our truck. three weeks ago. do you remember which impound lot it was? major case. let me get the lock. it might be tricky. looks like a tough one. maybe we should call the fbi. ha. this is a real rathole. yeah, but it's skater's truck, all right. it's his wall of fame. it looks like he spent all his time in here. smells like it too. stale--sleep and sweat. ooh! birdbaths in the sink. looks like he was living here. could be a stalker. look at the way he hides this girl. that's one photo, delgado.
(walker) one photo he hid. she might be special to him. he didn't want his customers seeing her. customers? he wasn't selling ice cream out of this truck. it's a rusted piece of crap. he didn't even have a refrigerator in here. i wonder what he was selling. (wheeler) wouldn't be the first time a child star went from using to dealing. where'd you say they towed this from? mccarren park, down by the handball courts. we have a child sitcom star dealing drugs to children out of an ice cream truck in the park. heartwarming. do we have anything else? this girl's picture was in his truck. so that's a no. okay. put together a snew team, put the truck back in the park, see who shows up. (walker) a snew team? captain, it's a straight buy and bust. we can handle that. it's a piece of cake. [jingle plays] song on. how you holding out, wheeler? (wheeler) well, it's funny how this whole time
bullets went through both sides of the truck. cheap aluminum. no. nasty guns. a czech scorpion-- a pray and spray. and a .9-millimeter gyurza and i think a polish p-64. so, extrapolating, you'd agree with logan-- you two shouldn't be alive. these guys were blasters. count inside the car-- there were four of them. they used the kid as a shield. we were outnumbered, outgunned, then all of a sudden they put their guns away and split. just like that-- no backup coming, no sirens scaring them off? nope. what do we know about the target? how does that guy connect to skater stevens? so far we know his name's chibueze. he's nigerian, and he's legal, a licensed peddler, and the bullet just grazed him. so you all got lucky. not lucky. they let us off the hook. our victim won't go in the ambulance. he's afraid the blasters are gonna take him out at the e.r. did you offer him an escort? no sale. just wants to go. the kid, the one who fronted for the nigerian--where's he?
he took off when the car backed down the road. i see. you saved his life, so you thought he'd stay put. well, there was a lot going on. he dropped his lunchbox. no lunch, but there are some baseball cards and a harry potter dvd. great. that should make him easy to trace. i got a favor to call in. do i hold chibueze? on what charge? he let the kid get caught in the crossfire. so did you. how much you wanna bet this chibueze guy doesn't have health insurance? let's offer him some free medical. there ya go. your construction wound should be fine. he's all yours. there he is, mr. ace bandage. logan. no more favors. rodgers fix you up? where is my shirt? that's in shirt heaven. i got you a new one. here. i have to go to work.
back out tre? someone's got it in for you. any idea who? i just wanted ice cream. (walker) so you sent the kid up ahead of you to check out the flavors? you could have gotten him killed. he was pleased with the way i paid him. whoa. hey, chibueze. chibueze, hold on a second. listen, i could book you for endangering that kid, take away your peddler's license. i don't want to play those games with you. and what game is this, scare the african? you're alive. your friend skater, by the time he got here-- they killed skater? that's right. wanna see the photos? so who's "they?" you saw them. not my tribe. no, but two hours after skater's truck arrived, so did they, and so did you. what kinda drugs were you and skater selling out of that truck? i don't sell drugs. i sell tube socks and irregular underwear, uptown, spanish harlem. then what were you doing in brooklyn?
i thought skater was back. but skater always warned me not to let the girl see me. what girl is this? the albanian girl. now i don't use that word again. this girl-- does she have a name? she wouldn't say her name to me. can you describe her? cold. like this room. her picture-- he taped it on the wall of his truck. he kept it covered... so she was all his. how much time do you think before i'm back in this room? [door opens] [door closes]
i heard you ran into some bad dude albanians. this is a good dude albanian, detective zim flamur from organized crime control. zim says that our shell casings read albanian mob. occ? you put away that albanian gang that was making a bid to become the sixth mob family. yeah, nice work on that. see, cops know. tv, the press-- it's all still italian mobsters. they're stuck in the '70s. and we're stuck in the '80s. the truck they shot up belonged to a former tv star, "skater" stevens. the "ackackack" guy? my kids loved him. any of these guys look familiar? (wheeler) this blaster we met. ditmir minojilj. one son of a bitch. son of a bitch. in my home country,
he shot out a rival gang with an rpg-25. an antitank weapon? (ross) if he's such a tough guy, why didn't he take out my detectives? 'cause they're not in blood with him. if they were, they'd be dead with the nigerian. "in blood" like a vendetta? older. from the 15th century code of lek. you're not up on that, wheeler? goren would have known. an offense to it demands blood. but it can't be enforced if there's a child, a woman, or a stranger in the picture. the lunchbox kid, wheeler, and logan. that's why they left. but yesterday's target, the nigerian, he's still in blood. is he in protective custody? wouldn't take it. better pick him up before they do. yeah.
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the killers hit and ran. well, at any rate, this is skater's operation. copied the dvds here, and chibueze sold for him, and somehow they both ended up in blood. i never heard of this one either. none of these movies are out yet. skater was sitting on a gold mine. and living in a truck. let's get these back to the squad and see if they're real. and this one? skater stands up! (man) hey, you stink! come on! come on, get 'em up. none of you guys are jealous that i starred in goofin' 'round? none? (man) no way! right. [chuckles] ackackackackack! he's bombing. five years, 110 episodes i-in 120 countries? i should be rich, right? all right, well, guess what this is. it's my latest royalty check from wonder street films.
guess how much? drumroll, please! $49.37. hi-oh! you're right. it's not funny. i got screwed by wonder street, as in, uh... i wonder where they're hidin' my money. (logan) raging against the studio. that's his act? it may not have been an act--he was obsessed. except for the harry potter, all the unreleased dvds were from the same studio. wonder which one. yeah. thank you very much. (ross) that was the head of the studio at wonder street. they're in deep mourning. over skater? over the counterfeit dvds. turns out that every title skater had in his cave is from their holiday list-- early cuts, all limited distribution, eyes only.
did you tell them we're sorry for their loss? they're ballistic. if skater weren't dead, they'd kill him. do they have any idea how he got hold of these copies? they're positive the leaks aren't in-house. still, a lot of their work is outsourced-- trailers, dubbing, special effects. they're faxing us a list of everyone who had access to early cuts. let's hit the pavement. you got your gumshoes on? two down, nine to go. translation films. what's that? it's a foreign language dubbing house. oh. apres vous. slow, slow. look. that's the dream girl from skater's wall. (logan) girl dresses like that up front usually means she has a big daddy in the back. [squeals, laughs] skater's old friend kirk.
oh, no. gonna be all right, wheeler? shut up. well, well, well. willie "kirk" tunis. is there someplace we could talk? uh, actually, i'm in the middle of a session. is that what you call it? it's about your friend skater. seems he got caught up with some dvd bootleggers. h-he got killed for that? um, mira, could you pour the detectives some coffees? nice walk. actress working temp? no, no. we met through friends. and i really am in a session. (logan) yeah, well, uh, we were just wondering, seeing as this is a dubbing house, if your friend skater had access to new releases. here? you crazy?