Communication Breakdown

Season 5, Ep 19, Aired 3/25/09
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  • Episode Description
  • When an Indian Chief ends up dead on a commuter train, the team is continually surprised by the direction in which the evidence takes them.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Gary Sinise

    Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

  • Emmanuelle Vaugier

    Detective Jessica Angell

  • Melina Kanakaredes

    Detective Stella Bonasera

  • Jackie Quinones

    Puerto Rican Woman

  • Carmine Giovinazzo

    Danny Messer

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • An insight into the variety of cultures in New York.

    By colettebond_ire, Jul 26, 2009

  • Entertaining

    By Catreeeeeeeona, Apr 05, 2009

  • Really ok, not great!

    By JPPT1974, Apr 04, 2009

  • Intriguing, enjoyable and well done overall, but a bit overdone on some elements.

    By FoxPhile, Mar 29, 2009

  • Mac and the team investigate what looks to be the open and shut case of an indian chief shot and killed on a commuter train. As the investigation progresses, Mac soon learns the case won't be as easy as originally expected.

    By meathead704, Mar 27, 2009

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (28)

    • Mac: (Emulating Danny's 'boom') Bang!

    • Korean daughter: Last night, my boyfriend spent the night. So, this morning, my father tried to kill him. Stella: Was your boyfriend hit? Korean daughter: No, thank God. Why? Mac: Someone else was.

    • Sid: Our victim was dying for several days before he finally expired from acute bacterial infection on that train. Hawkes: Hang on, you're telling me that a bullet managed to hit the one man on a speeding train who was already dead? Sid: I know. Worse odds than Atlantic City.

    • Sid: In my own gut, his death doesn't feel self-inflicted. Hawkes: Is that your way of asking for help? Sid: Well, if there is something in his body too radiolucent for an X ray to pick up and you did decide to run a high-res 3D-CT, it would help save me the extra time and trouble of poking through 30 feet of gastrointestinal tract. Hawkes: I'll take that as a yes.

    • Hawkes: You got plenty of time on this name search. I mean, the kid's not even here yet. My mom and dad waited six weeks after I was born to name me. Danny: Oh, they waited six weeks to name you Sheldon? Hawkes: Yeah. What's wrong with that? Danny: No, that's cool. That's a great name. I'll see you later, Sheldon.

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    Notes (5)

    • Original International Air Dates: Turkey: May 25, 2009 on CNBC-e. Spain: May 26, 2009 on AXN. Czech Republic: July 8, 2009 on AXN. Sweden: September 28, 2009 on Kanal 5. The Netherlands: October 19, 2009 on RTL4. Norway: October 21, 2009 on TVNorge. New Zealand: December 29, 2009 on TV3. Germany: January 25, 2010 on Vox. Australia: February 11, 2010 on Channel 9. Slovakia: February 13, 2010 on JOJ. Finland: June 16, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Sam Page, who plays I.T. Guy/Liam Connover, also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Prey. Kavi Ladnier, who plays Leila Vara, also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Smoke Gets in Your CSIs.

    • Music featured: Bohemian Mud Strut by Munk. Beauty's running wild by Scars on 45. Ghost Dance by Robbie Robertson.

    • Although credited, Anna Belknap (Lindsay Monroe) does not appear in this episode.

    • Eddie Cahill does not speak Irish even though Flack can be seen speaking some in this episode. The actor was assisted by several Irish speakers while shooting those scenes. In order to audition for this episode, Ben Morrison had to learn the basics of Gaelic pronunciation overnight. According to the actor: "I hopped on Twitter and sent a message asking if anyone out there could pronounce Gaelic. An hour later I had more incoming Gaelic than the Dublin airport. I was floored." As a result of this unexpected collaboration, Ben Morrison got the role and posted a thankful comment to those who had helped him together with a picture of himself with Eddie Cahill on the set.

    Trivia (21)

    • The French spoken in the train at the beginning of the episode by a man over the phone says: Tu rigoles! Avec cette économie, la voiture. Non, la voiture, non, non. Même mon patron... which means You kidding! With this saving, the car. No, the car, no, no. Even my boss...

    • The Bulgarian spoken in this episode says: -Гледай какво правиш бе -Не съм го направил аз -Човекът седеше там и след това го намерихме мъртъв на пода Meaning: -Watch your step man! -I didn't do it! -The man was sitting there and then we found him dead on the floor. However, the language that comes on Flac's device is not Bulgarian, but Russian.

    • Ceart go leor which is said by Don Flack when he arrests Wexford actually means Alright or Okay. In the episode, it's been translated as My pleasure.

    • Several cast members get to speak a language different than English in this episode. Eddie Cahill speaks Irish, Emmanuelle Vaugier speaks French, Robert Joy speaks Lithuanian and Melina Kanakaredes speaks Greek. It is shocking that Carmine Giovinazzo doesn't get any line in Italian.

    • Emmanuelle Vaugier's French bits say: Qu'avez-vous vu dans le train? and Passez à mon appartement plus tard et je vous montrerai le sens véritable des relations internationales, meaning What have you seen at the train? and Stop by my place later and I'll show you the true meaning of international relations.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Danny:: What's wrong with Cosmo? Adam:: I mean, it's great if you are a superhero. Captain Cosmo is a Marvel comics superhero.

    • Flack:: What you need is a tough tv cop name. How about Crockett? Sony Crockett is one of the leading characters in the late 80's NBC show Miami Vice.

    • Danny: What our little bearded friend from the Tech Republic is trying to say... Tech Republic is a CNET Networks online community for IT professionals which provides with advice on how to make technology work in business.

    • Stella: Come on. You're trying to tell me something. It's just lost in translation. Lost in Translation is a 2003 movie directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson.

    • Stella: I ran a Lexis/Nexis search on the address from those blueprints that we found at Delaware's place. LexisNexis is global searchable database providing with products and services for academic, legal, business, and government professionals.

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