Like Water for Murder

Season 4, Ep 17, Aired 4/16/08
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  • Episode Description
  • The team must figure out how a young woman and a shark end up dead on the beach at the same time. This case gets even more interesting when a second body washes up on the beach. Quinn Shelby observes the team at work to determine if the lab should get their annual accreditation.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kyle Gallner

    Reed Garrett

  • Kristen Dalton

    Quinn Shelby

  • Theodore Zoumpoulidis

    Charles Kohl

  • Breanne Racano

    Jessica Hughes

  • Sigmund Watkins

    Tim Campbell

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • The start of the Taxi cab killer

    By 7dixob, Aug 18, 2012

  • How can an episode that featured sharks, chocolate, and murderous cabbies be boring?

    By seikhoqueen, Apr 19, 2008

  • This epi was brilliant. I loved this cabbie killer storyline. Can't wait to see the rest of the story unfold.

    By lilmzhappy, Apr 18, 2009

  • Overrated

    By rasonexile, Oct 05, 2008

  • Overall a very good episode and very gripping. I loved the twist at the end of it.

    By vicky24c, Apr 28, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (17)

    • Mac: Our killer's a cab driver. Any New Yorker could be his next victim.

    • (About the kiss they shared in the past) Mac: Quinn, no matter how good they are, some memories need to be forgotten. Quinn Shelby: I get it.

    • Quinn Shelby: I still have a thing for you. Why didn't you ever call me? Mac: Quinn, I was married. Quinn Shelby: It was just a kiss, Mac. I know... a moment of weakness. Mac: It was a mistake. I loved my wife. Quinn Shelby: Don't I know it? Every day I worked alongside you, you never let me forget that. Mac: It wasn't my intention to make things difficult. Quinn Shelby: You know, I've thought about this moment so many times, about what I would say to you when I finally got the chance. And here I am, and all I keep thinking is... does he ever wonder "what if?"

    • (Mac confronts Lindsay about having left evidence unattended) Mac: You were in the lab with Danny. Inspector Shelby... Lindsay: Oh, but Danny was right there. I mean, I'm sure that he put it away. (She makes a brief pause) Oh, that's a bad excuse. Mac, I... I'm sorry. I know it's my responsibility. I know we're talking about evidence that could convict somebody of murder... Mac: Lindsay, to tell you the truth I'm more concerned about you. Lindsay: I'm okay, Mac. Mac: You put up a good front, but whatever is or is not going on between you and Danny, you cannot let it affect your job. Lindsay: I should never have gotten involved with somebody I work with. It was stupid, really stupid.

    • Quinn Shelby: I'd say you've got a tough job ahead of you, Mac. You're hunting a land shark.

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    Notes (2)

    • Original International Air dates: UK: May 3, 2008 on Ch5. Denmark: May 26, 2008 on Kanal 5. Australia: July 20, 2008 on Network 9. Turkey: June 23, 2008 on CNBC-e. Spain: June 24, 2008 on AXN. Sweden: August 11, 2008 on Kanal 5. New Zealand: August 12, 2008 on TV3. Czech Republic: September 30, 2008 on AXN. Norway: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 on TVNorge. Germany: Monday, January 12, 2009 on VOX. Finland: Wednesday, July 8, 2009 on MTV3.

    • Music Featured: Down By The Water by PJ Harvey. Fashion by Airship Rocketship.

    Trivia (13)

    • Why would the killer's fourth victim be a customer of the real estate agent, rather than the agent herself? Not only is this very coincidental, it is a serious change of M.O.

    • It sounds highly unlikely for the girl and the boy who are running in the beach at the beginning not to have seen the shark and the vic laying on the shore a few metres away from them. They've been facing them for a while but only realize about them after he trips.

    • Goof: Mac pushes barehanded the door of the house that is for sale. He should have tried to avoid removing prints even more when suspecting that someone might have broken in.

    • Stella likes Margaritas like Quinn, and she has been looking for a new condo to buy, which she seems to have done by now.

    • Goof: The actress who performs Louise Perry, victim #2, keeps blinking all the time while laying on the beach.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Hawkes: I identified the additional trace in Chrissy Watson's lacerations: sycamore and ash, rich in copper, zinc and silicon. Those last components were major players in the ash from September 11. And there was a story in the paper a couple days later about a sycamore tree that fell on some church. The branches actually protected the structure from the debris. It is later stated that the church is St. Angelo's Church. However, it was St. Paul's Chapel the one saved by the sycamore tree.

    • The method of the Taxi Murderer is similar to that of the killer in The Bone Collector (1999). In that movie, the killer kidnaps some of his victims by pretending to be a taxicab driver and powerlocking the back doors, trapping them inside.

    • In addition to the other quotes mentioned, there were several other name references to Jaws (1975): Chrissy Watson, one of the Taxi Murderer's victims, is similar in name to Chrissy Watkins, the first victim in the movie. The evaluator's name Quinn Shelby is a variation on the Quint character in Jaws. Lastly, Matt Cooper is a play on the Matt Hooper character.

    • Hawkes: I was never that good at Wheel Of Fortune. Danny: It's real easy, doc, you just got to keep buying the vowels. Wheel of Fortune is a game show based on hangman where letters are put in the right place to form a word.

    • Flack: Hey Project Runway, who did your dress? This is a reference to the reality show, Project Runway, which airs on the Bravo network. This show is a fashion design competition hosted by Heidi Klum.

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