Season 4 Episode 18


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 30, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a guidance counselor is murdered at a private school, the Mayor orders Mac and his team to drop everything to find out what happened. Mac is frustrated because he can't devote the hours or the personnel to find the "Taxi Cab Killer".

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  • The Team Investigates The Death Of A School Guidance Councelor And It Leads Them To Something Much Bigger And Darker.

    I don't know how to describe this episode. It was amazing, unpredictable and very dark. I liked the opening scene as it was suspenseful. The direction of the case was surprising. The twist about the student aged 32 was really unexpected. Also his assistant was creepy. Like Stella said, there is a place called hell for those kind of people. Natalie's character was excellent and so was his father. The investigation was entertaining and fast-paced. It was also nice to see saga of "The Cabbie Killer" continue. We'll see how that concludes. I liked how this episode ended. It was unexpected and sad. Overall, "Admissions" is one of the best episodes ever made in this show. "CSI: NY" is the best of all CSIs and this one proves it. Don't miss this excellent episode!moreless
  • A respected guidance counselor at a very prominent prep school, where the children of New York City's elite attend, is brutally murdered at a dance that he is chaperoning. The investigation soon takes a very dark and unexpected turn.moreless

    "Admissions" is definitely one of the best episodes of the season. Very well written and exciting. I was certainly hooked on the story from start to finish. I had a little trouble buying how the villain, aged 32, managed to pass himself off as a 17 year-old (Nor did I buy it when Drew Barrymore tried the same thing in Never Been Kissed.), but that is just a small flaw in a killer of an episode. The whole cast, regulars and guests, are in top form here. I hope the winning streak of CSI: NY continues next season and beyond.moreless
  • Wow!!! Great twists!!

    This was a very dark episode of CSI NY. With the topics of Rape and pedophilia being raised, however in a world where these things are unfortuantly present i think CSI NY dealt with them in a realistic yet sensitive way. The twists in this episode where great, and the fact that the investigation into the murder at the beginnig branched out into a much more disturbing case was interesting and i think a real reason why this episode stood out. Mac, Stella and Lindsey were on top form in this episode when questioning suspects. And as for the shock at the end, WOW! although in my opinion he deserved it!moreless
  • One of the best episodes of the season.

    This episode was well written, well acted and just plain cool. :D I loved when they reconstructed the hall using all of the pictures from students' cell phones. It was so funny when Adam kept getting caught "playing". Ha ha ha

    I couldn't believe the two sick perverts that ended up being the suspects. How demented do you have to be to pretend to be a high school student for so long? That was crazy. All for the sake of manipulating and brutalizing teenaged girls...that was just a sick twist that I hadn't expected.

    When Lindsay questioned the rape victim, it was so sad. I felt really bad when her dad began crying. I wasn't surprised to see him snap in the end. I'm kind of glad he did; he's been a major pain to the CSIs. I thought this episode was just great.moreless
  • An excellent case driven episode!

    This was a great episode that centered on two major cases rather than the ongoing personal drama. I have to admit, I am a Danny and Lindsey fan, but I do need a bit of a break. I missed the twisted and more than slightly sick cases that made me a fan of CSI:NY in the first place. At first, the case of a teacher murdered at an elite prep school's prom was more politically charged than it was sick, but as the evidence was gathered the more twists appeared. At first, it looked as though the victim may have played a criminal part in his own death but then the facts showed that even though he was no demure schoolteacher he was trying to do right by a victimized student - and that's what led to his death. The curveball came when we learned more about the killer/rapist/student/30-year old sexual predator. It was frightening the way that he and his "father" had utilized their criminal talents to prey on unsuspecting female students and were not just unapologetic about their crimes, they were proud of their ingenuity. Just when you thought that was it for the surprises, Mac's boss, whose daughter was victimized by the ruthless pair walks into the interrogation room and shoots the younger one between the eyes. Whoa.

    I also liked that they kept the Cabbie Killer thread going. I do like the carryover cases that aren't solved in just one episode and you have to wait to see how it plays out. With a suspect dying in police custody and a Cabbie Serial Killer on the loose, Mac's gonna have his hands full. Can't wait 'til the next one.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Kelen Coleman

Kelen Coleman

Natalie Gerrard

Guest Star

Gideon Emery

Gideon Emery

Christopher Vackner

Guest Star

Arye Gross

Arye Gross


Guest Star

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

Deputy Inspector Stanton Gerrard

Recurring Role

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • The rosary beads in the killer's taxi seem to be important since they are shown in close up several times. There could be a relationship between them and "L2729" that the taxi killer carves at the back of his victims' neck, which might be a passage in the Bible (Leviticus - 27:29) that says: None devoted, which shall be devoted of men, shall be redeemed; but shall surely be put to death. It refers to the sacrifice of human life due to amoral behaviour, and it is ironic that the killer murders where amoral acts occurs.

    • Despite Gerrard's power and knowledge of the criminal word, he can't provide safety for his family. His status as an officer of the law hasn't helped keep his daughter safe so he takes the law into his hands and shoots Natalie's rapist. At first it looked as he wanted to shoot himself, but he ends up choosing differently, which makes him kill himself as a cop, if not as a man.

    • Adam looks more comfortable with the team and so does the team with him; i.e. Mac hits him with a folder to attract his attention.

    • Mac refers to Gerrard as Stan. Until now they weren't on a first name basis.

    • Photo Synth allows anyone to look at photos from any angle and then turn them into 3-D images.

    • Goof: The complete chemical equation Hawkes was writing should have been: SiO2(s) + 4HF(aq) ¨ SiF4(g) + 2H2O(l)

    • Goof: The guidance counselor's watch face always showed 10:21. The loan shark took the watch and reduced the owed amount by $3000 for a broken Rolex Oyster Perpetual watch.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Hawkes: Phosphoric acid, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid... he couldn't have kept the keys in the English room?
      Danny: Which one of those do you think melted this guy's face off?

    • Hank Bedford: Smart enough to maintain a 3.45 GPA in the city's best prep school. Hell, I hadn't given a crap when I was actually in high school. I could have gotten on to be the successful lawyer type.
      Lindsay: Instead you went on to become the successful scumbag rapist type.
      Hank Bedford: To-MAY-To, To-MA-To... still, you have to admire the ingenuity.

    • Lindsay: Nice office for a guidance counsellor. What exactly are we looking for?
      Mac: Reasons for Mr. Gregs to start drinking.
      Lindsay: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Dartmouth... this place is a machine for churning out Ivy-League students.

    • Adam: (imitating the thief with the gun in the pic he's analyzing) I want some Skittles, gimme a pack of menthols and them Ho-Ho's over there. Owww, I'd love me some Ho-Ho's. And I want all your money!
      Stella: Adam, Adam!
      Adam: Oh hi, I was just...

    • Lindsay: I think I'm gonna be sick.
      Mac: Is that Natalie's dress?
      Lindsay: Yep, she kept it in a plastic bag in the back of her closet. We collected semen samples. There were two donors, just like she said.
      Mac: Call the DA, get a warrant for Jessie Carver's DNA.
      Lindsay: We don't need to. He's already in the system. One of the donors is a guy named Frank Moore aka Wallace Carver.
      Mac: He's not Jessie's father.
      Lindsay: He's a convicted sex offender. He was released 4 years ago, never registered, he fell off the map.
      Mac: And the other donor is Jessie Carver.
      Lindsay: Except, he's not Jessie Carver.
      Mac: Hank Bedford. 1999: sexual assault, 2001: sexual assault...
      Lindsay: Check out the date of birth.
      Mac: March 18, 1976.
      Lindsay: He's 32 years old, Mac.
      Mac: He was posing as a 17-year-old student to prey on highschool girls.

    • Cptn. Gerrard: (getting worked up) What do you mean don't get worked up?! My daughter is in the box! You're telling me you have evidence that might link her to a murder! I think I have a right to be worked up!
      Mac: There's nothing conclusive right now inspector, we just need to ask her some questions and then we'll know where we stand.

    • Hawkes: Are you serious? This is peyote!
      Danny: Marijuana seeds, shrooms...
      Hawkes: Looks like someone was growing their own magic garden.
      Danny: Right under the faculty's nose, man.
      Hawkes: Sometimes too much education may be a dangerous thing...

    • (Hawkes is interrogating Jason and Danny is interrogating Laura, the camera shifts between the interrogatories, Jason and Laura aren't in the same room and can't hear what the other is saying.)
      Jason: It wasn't me, you got the wrong guy man, I'm tellin' you.
      Laura: It was Jason's idea.
      Jason: I don't even know what peyote is.
      Laura: He said peyote was used by Native Americans to pray and induces a dream-like drifting sensation.
      Jason: You think I'd be that stupid to do that in one of the classrooms?
      Laura: (imitating Jason) Come on, they'll never know, it'll be hysterical.
      Jason: Laura is way too sweet to be caught up in something like that.
      Laura: What a jackass!

    • Stella & Mac: (In chorus) Who discovered the body?
      Flack: You two have been working together way too long. A student came here looking for his keys and boom.
      Mac: Boom? You and Danny have been working together way too long.

    • Hawkes: (writing on the board) Silicon Dioxide plus four molecules of hydrofluoric acid produces...
      Danny: Oh me, me, me, pick me! (Danny takes the pen and writes the 'answer' on the board).
      Hawkes: That's cold, man.
      (camera shifts and we see Danny has written N(e)R(d)! on the board)

    • Stella: There's a special place in hell for guys like you, Frank.
      Frank: I've always wanted to travel someplace warm.

    • (perusing photos on a monitor)
      Adam: What are we looking for?
      Mac: Not what, who.
      Adam: Okay. Who are we looking for?
      Mac: Someone who might not be there.
      Adam: Is this some sort of Abbott & Costello routine, because if it is, I got dibs on Costello.

    • Mac: Where are we on the prep school homicide?
      Stella: Pulled DNA off the flask we found in Robert Greggs' jacket, turns out it was his.
      Mac: No other prints or profiles?
      Stella: Nope. He was knocking a few back at the dance.
      Mac: Seems like our guidance counselor was a bit misguided.

    • Sid: Do you have any idea how often I've wondered what would happen if you swallowed this stuff (referring to hydrofluoric acid). And there it is sitting on the shelf, perhaps the most corrosive acid known to man. You just get that urge to take a swig, you know what I'm talking about?
      Mac: Absolutely. Like when ever I pick up a scalpel, I wonder if I could perform a live autopsy on myself.
      Sid: You do that too, 'cuz I thought I was... (realizes Mac is joking) Don't play with me like that.

    • Flack: It's Microsoft's world kid. I'm just living in it.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Spanish episode title Falsas Apariencias, meaning False Appearances.
      French episode title: Le Dernier Bal, meaning The Last Ball.

    • Paul Keeley, who plays Robert Greggs, also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Chip/Tuck.

      Paul Hodge, who plays Jesse/Hank, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Freaks And Geeks.

      Arye Gross, who plays Wallace/Frank, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Code Blue Plate Special.

    • Series castmember Carmen Argenziano & guest star Arye Gross worked together on another Jerry Bruckheimer production, the 2000 racing hit Gone In 60 Seconds.

    • Music Featured:
      Don't Sweat the Technique by Eric B. & Rakim.
      Party People by Nelly feat. Fergie.

    • Original International Air dates:
      UK: May 10, 2008 on Ch5.
      Denmark: June 2, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Venezuela: June 12, 2008 on AXN.
      Turkey: June 30, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: July 8, 2008 on AXN.
      Australia: July 27, 2008 on Network 9.
      Sweden: August 18, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      New Zealand: August 19, 2008 on TV3.
      Czech Republic: October 7, 2008 on AXN.
      Norway: Wednesday, October 29, 2008 on TVNorge.
      Finland: Wedneasday, July 15, 2009 on MTV3.

    • Aka The Price of Admission.


    • Natalie Gerrard kept the dress she was wearing when she was raped in a plastic bag in the back of her closet. The idea may have come from the Monica Lewinsky / Bill Clinton affair, which involved an infamous semen-stained blue dress kept by Lewinsky that later was used as evidence.

    • Flack: It's Microsoft's world kid. I'm just living in it.

      Microsoft Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation. It dominates the home computer operating system market with its Windows line of operating systems.

    • Adam: (imitating the thief with the gun in the pic he's analyzing) I want some Skittles...

      This scene is reminiscent of the scene in the movie Bad Boys when, with guns drawn, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's characters demand a pack of Tropical Fruit Bubblicious and some Skittles.

    • Adam: Is this some sort of Abbott & Costello routine, because if it is, I got dibs on Costello.

      William Abbott and Lou Costello performed together as a comedy duo for radio, film and television. The routine alluded to by Adam was the famous baseball comedy sketch of Who's on First?