First name : Donald
Surname : Flack
Age : 1978 (Can't find Day and Month)
Job : Detective 1st Grade, NYPD Homicide
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Flack is a homicide detective with the NYPD, known for both his dry wit and his determination to hunt down suspects (even to the point of chasing them down alleys and over rooftops). He was mentored by another cop, Gavin Moran, whom he is later forced to arrest after it comes to light that Moran concealed evidence during the course of an investigation (episode 117, "The Fall"). He is at least a second-generation cop; Moran mentioned having worked with Don, Sr. as well. He is both a colleague and a friend to the members of the New York Crime Lab. After Stella Bonasera is attacked in her apartment by her unstable boyfriend, Flack gently helps her through when he comes to the hospital to take her statement (episode 221, "All Access"). His friendship with Mac Taylor is tested when Taylor uncovers evidence that one of Flack's men is a dirty cop and asks Don to turn over his memo notebook to prove it. Though Flack eventually capitulates, their relationship is a bit tense for a some time after (episode 308, "Consequences," episode 310, "Sweet 16"). Flack defends Taylor to Captain Gerrard, who is investigating Sheldon Hawkes, the prime suspect in a robbery-homicide, after Taylor locks himself in the interrogation room with Sheldon. Flack affirms that Gerrard would do the same for him (Flack) (episode 311, "Raising Shane"). He is also close to Danny Messer, attempting to offer him some sound advice in episode 121, "On the Job", when it appears that Danny accidentally kills an undercover officer. It is also assumed that Danny and Flack spend some of their downtime together as friends. In the series very first episode, "Blink", Danny is exiting an interrogation room and casually says to Don, "Hoops on Saturday, Flack. Don't forget." They are seen together at a basketball game in episode 419, "Personal Foul". They also meet up for drinks and pool in episode 323, "Comes Around," and have a heart-to-heart talk about their jobs and why they do what they do.
Mutual interest between Flack and Detective Jessica Angell is hinted at in several episodes; first in episode 407, "Commuted Sentences." This is finally confirmed when they kiss briefly at the end of episode 507, "Dead Inside". In episode 513, "Rush to Judgement", the professionalism of their relationship is questioned while Flack is under investigation by Internal Affairs. Their relationship continues to deepen into a mature, stable partnership.
Flack is devastated when Angell is shot and killed, in the season five finale "Pay Up". His grief over her murder causes him to shoot her killer in cold blood when he finds the shooter alone. The shooting is never questioned, but his grooming and appearance have since suffered. In season six he shows up to work in sweatshirts and jeans, as opposed to his usual suits, dress shirts, and ties; and Stella notices that he has stopped shaving. When Cliff, Angell's father, played by James Martin Kelly, runs into him at the station one day, he comments that he hadn't seen Flack since Angell's funeral. Cliff invites Flack over to his home for dinner on what would have been Jess' birthday. Flack accepts the invitation, but is unable to let himself join the festivities; after sitting in his car outside the Angell home for a few minutes, he drives away without anyone in the house knowing that he had been there. Flack spirals down yet further, drinking and missing work. It takes an unwitting rescue by one of his old informants, while Flack is intoxicated, to begin to bring him to his senses (episode 608, "Cuckoo's Nest"). Recent episodes show him back in command of himself, as sharp as ever, much to the relief of his friends and colleagues.
In episode 224, "Charge of this Post", Flack is critically injured when a bomb goes off in a building he and Mac are evacuating. Until their rescue, Taylor is able to keep Flack alive using a shoelace and prior experience in the Beirut barracks bombing. Flack remains unconscious for the remainder of the episode, but has since fully recovered, his concerned colleagues (especially Mac) standing vigil at his bedside. When Flack returns to work, his friends tease him about using his "battle wounds" to impress the ladies (episode 301, "People With Money").
Later, Flack is instrumental in the safe resolution of a crisis when he and another officer successfully rescue the infant daughter of an angry and upset young deaf man holding hostage the baby and his dead girlfriend's mother. While Mac Taylor distracts the man on one side of the car, Flack and the other officer sneak up on the other and take the child out through the window, whereupon Taylor is able to safely disarm the man. Flack then returns the baby to the care of her relieved maternal grandparents (episode 312, "Silent Night").
When the aforementioned arrest of Flack's subordinate results in the release of a serial killer, Flack berates Mac, who angrily counters that they both want the man back behind bars. They put aside their indignation to collar the murderer once more. Flack is mere feet away when the man plummets from a roof, handcuffed, and lands on a police cruiser, fatally wounded. Looking up, he sees Mac staring down at him from where the suspect fell (episode 321, "Past Imperfect").
As a child, Flack would sometimes play in a hedge maze in Queens, where he later investigates the death of a Chelsea University student, though he says that, by that time, he hadn't been there in years (episode 315, "Some Buried Bones"). His family, which includes a sister named Samantha and at least one brother, lived in Queens, and his mother used to make corned beef every Wednesday, which Flack later terms "paradise". Flack claims that he would "endure every one of [his] brothers' insults for one more taste of that paradise" (episode 404, "Time's Up"). During season five, it is gradually revealed that he and Samantha have gone on different paths. In episode 501, "Veritas", and later 507,"Dead Inside", their differences become even more obvious. They care deeply for each other even though he makes it known to her that he disapproves of her "clubbing and drinking" lifestyle.
He also says that he "was a Monopoly guy," (in response to a comment Stella Bonasera made regarding the board game Clue in episode 211, "Trapped"). Flack appears to have an appreciation for fine wine, instantly realizing the value of the bottles in a murdered chef's private cellar in episode 319, "A Daze Of Wine And Roaches."
In episode 513, "Rush to Judgment", Flack comes under heavy investigation when a suspect dies in his custody during an interrogation. His badge and gun are taken and he is demoted to desk duty and becomes what he calls "a member of the rubber gun squad" until the end of the episode, when his name is cleared. During the investigation, the team is shown to support him, with Stella Bonasera saying that "[Flack] does everything by the book", and showing up to offer words of comfort to Flack while he's working. Also, Mac offers to take Flack out for a beer and to watch a hockey game, even though Mac doesn't like hockey himself, and supports Flack throughout the episode.
Donald Flack can often be seen interrogating suspects with a characteristic wit and sarcasm. Though not as highly educated as the CSIs (in episode 211, "Trapped", Flack quips "and for those of us with just a high school diploma" when Stella is talking about the chemical composition of soap and bleach), Flack is intellectual and trusts the CSIs' judgment and respects their findings. Throughout the series, he defends them to skeptical colleagues, especially in episode 311, "Raising Shane". In episode 203, "Zoo York," it is revealed he is allergic to cats (which is again mentioned in episode 503, "Turbulence"). In episode 519 "Communication Breakdown", it was revealed that he understands and speaks some degree of Irish. The extent of his fluency is not fully known.
His badge number is "8571".