It's Raining Men
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Season : 2
Episode: 7
Directed by: Paul Holahan
Written by: Jan Oxenberg
Production Number:
Airdate: 14 November 2004
Date of Crime: 22 April 1983
Previous: The Sleepover
Next: Red Glare


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Description

An HIV-positive gay man asks Rush and Valens to re-investigate the case of his dead partner who died of strangulation in 1983. Not only was the victim outspoken in his views about AIDS education within the 1980's secretive gay community, he was also the member of a very prominent family, disowned by his father for his sexual orientation. He states he was the number one suspect. killing his partner in a fit of rage for giving him AIDS.

Rush finds there was DNA found on the victim, but it was not tested.

Valens and Rush go to speak to Jeff's brother. He says the paramedics left him in the rain for 3 hours in fear of touching him.

Flashback to the brother's engagement party:

Jeff's father approached Jeff about bringing his boyfriend with him. Jeff states he will not stay without Artie and they leave.

Paul states his father did not speak to Jeff after that day.

Artie recalls that Jeff burnt down his boss's building.

Valens and Jeffries speak to Barney. Barney says Jeff targeted Carlo. Jeff confronted him and lifted his shirt to show an AIDS lesion. He tells him he is sick and spreading it around. Jeff had made flyers with Carlo's face stating he had AIDS.

Rush speaks to Artie. He says it was a spouse at home, mistress on the side relationship he had with Jeff. Jeff comes to visit Artie in the hospital. He removes his mask and lays in bed with Artie. He admits to seeing Carlo, but says he only wants to be with Artie. Artie believes Carlo purposely infected hundreds of men in the city.

Jeffries and Vera find Carlo, now Carl, in South Philadelphia. He now makes money cleaning bird cages. Carl says Jeff held a party for closeted men. He recalls seeing Jeff talking to his brother at the party. Jeff tries to rally the men at the party to get them all to come out. He shows them a press release with all their names that he planned on sending out in a week. Carl gives them the names on the list. Rush recognizes Artie's current fiance as one of the names.

They speak to Artie and his fiance. The fiance outs Carson Finch. Carson threatens Jeff that he could be taking his father's empire down. He threatens Jeff and leaves. They find that Carson lives near where Jeff was found. Rush and Vera speaks to Finch. He doesn't believe a gay man killed Jeff.

Carson recalls seeing Jeff at the hospital. The father of the boy in the hospital flinches at Jeff's touch. He blames gays for his son being sick.

They find him now as a paramedic. He says he realized his son caught AIDS from a transfusion. He recalls Jeff stating he could get Artie into a drug program, where Jeff's father is a board member.

They speak to Jeff's father. He states they were supposed to meet, but he died before they could. He admits to getting Artie into the trial after Jeff had died. They ask what Finch had over him. He goes off about Jeff's choice in life being unnatural. He states Jeff was always his favorite, before correcting himself to Paul, that is standing beside him.

Rush and Valens go to speak to Finch. He shows them a picture, that includes Paul as a friend's hot summer romance. He didn't realize Paul was Jeff's brother. He asks about Leonard, his summer fling. Finch tells him he passed. They embrace. Finch sees Jeff spot them hugging from the window.

Blood results were inconclusive. Jeffries finds a quote on the quilt that Paul wrote. They suspect Jeff was the bad son, and Paul the good son, making Paul angry at a possible reconciliation.

Rush and Valens go to speak to Paul. He immediately lawyers up. Paul rejects the lawyer's call. He admits he tried to talk to Jeff. Jeff tells him he has to talk to their father alone. Jeff admits he knew Paul was a closet case, but says he would never out him. Paul is worried he will in his efforts. He hits Jeff in the head, then proceeds to strangle him.

Valens cuffs Paul. Outro song is When I'm With You by Sheriff. Artie and his fiance are married. Jeff's father walks in to find Paul being escorted away. Carl places a dog in the window while a gay couple look on. Rush places the box marked CLOSED back in the files. Artie sees Jeff in the wedding crowd.

Love is love. Be accepting of all.

Guest Cast

Co-Starring

Notes

  • The title of this episode is the same title of the opening song.
  • This was the most watched episode of the season.
  • In the opening scene, Jeff says he doesn't believe Rock Hudson has liver cancer. Hudson was a noted Hollywood leading man of the 50's and 60's, who was diagnosed with HIV, and whose doctors and publicity staff initially claimed he had been diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer. Hudson was not diagnosed until June of 1984, however, making Jeff's line somewhat anachronistic.

Music

  • The Weather Girls "It's Raining Men"
  • Madness "Our House"
  • Loverboy "Working for the Weekend"
  • Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers "You Got Lucky"
  • Cyndi Lauper "Time After Time"
  • Billy Idol "Eyes Without a Face"
  • The Scorpions "Still Loving You"
  • Bob Seger "Shame on the Moon"
  • Closing Song: Sheriff "When I'm With You"

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