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Janice Licalsi

Janice Licalsi formerly Gennaro is a fictional character portrayed by Amy Brenneman on the television series NYPD Blue. She appeared in 18 episodes during the first two seasons of the show. The character was written out after technical advisor and producer Bill Clark became uneasy with the thought of having a murderous police officer as a main character.[1]

Janice Licalsi
NYPD Blue character
Amy Brenneman as Janice Licalsi with David Caruso as Det. John Kelly
First appearance"Pilot"
Last appearance"From Whom the Skell Rolls"
Portrayed byAmy Brenneman
OccupationNYPD Detective


Character historyEdit

A uniformed police officer, Licalsi was assigned to the fictional 15th precinct. She took her mother's maiden name when she joined the force. Her father Dominic Gennaro, also a police officer, was on the payroll of mob boss Angelo Marino, who subsequently used this information to blackmail her into working for him.[2]

Marino orders Licalsi to kill Detective John Kelly.[ep 1] In order to accomplish this, she entered into a relationship with Kelly, but ended up falling in love with him. Licalsi was unable to kill Kelly and instead killed both Marino and his driver.[ep 2][1]

Some time after Marino's death, Licalsi was contacted by mob boss Tommy Linardi, who has proof that she was working for Marino. She informs OCCB Inspector Lastarza, who unofficially assigns her to work undercover as an informant, a situation which strains her relationship with Kelly.[ep 3][ep 4]

After Linardi and his associates are murdered, a notebook belonging to Marino is entered into evidence. The notebook contains Licalsi's name, and Kelly gives Licalsi the opportunity to destroy the pages incriminating her.[ep 5]

At the end of the first season, Licalsi is promoted to detective on the recommendation of Inspector Lastarza. She is temporarily assigned to the 15th squad pending a transfer to the intelligence division.[ep 6] She feels guilty over her actions involving the mob and, on Kelly's recommendation, speaks to a priest. Following this conversation, she surrenders herself to Lt. Arthur Fancy and confesses to murder.[ep 7] Upon her arrest, Kelly contracts for her a high-priced lawyer and pays her bail.[ep 8]

Kelly testifies at Licalsi's trial on her behalf, instigating an internal affairs investigation. The two resume their relationship during the course of the trial.[ep 9] Licalsi is convicted of manslaughter, and sentenced to two years in prison, though her lawyer insists that she'll get work release after six months. She subsequently leaves NYPD Blue and is never mentioned again.[ep 10]


Episode referencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pilot". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 01. 1993-11-21. ABC.
  2. ^ "4B or Not 4B". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 02. 1994-11-28. ABC.
  3. ^ "Ice Follies". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 09. 1993-11-30. ABC.
  4. ^ "Oscar, Meyer, Weiner". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 10. 1993-12-07. ABC.
  5. ^ "Up on the Roof". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 12. 1994-01-04. ABC.
  6. ^ "Good Time Charlie". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 20. 1994-05-03. ABC.
  7. ^ "Guns 'n Rosaries". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 21. 1994-05-10. ABC.
  8. ^ "Rockin' Robin". NYPD Blue. Season 1. Episode 22. 1994-05-17. ABC.
  9. ^ "Trials and Tribulations". NYPD Blue. Season 2. Episode 01. 1994-11-11. ABC.
  10. ^ "For Whom the Skel Rolls". NYPD Blue. Season 2. Episode 02. 1994-11-18. ABC.

Secondary sourcesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sepinwall, Alan (2005). "NYPD Blue: Janice Licalsi". Retrieved 2009-02-24.
  2. ^ Chapman, Dave; Alan Sepinwall; Jeff Knapp (1998). "1.4. Who were the former characters on the show? (NYPD Blue)". Retrieved 2009-02-24.