Season 8 Episode 5

Air Apparent

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Despite having been stabbed to death in a gruesome way, a young woman seems to have found a last moment of strength to leave a clue pointing to her assassin. The team must determine how much truth there is in the victim's last act.

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  • 8x05

    Ummm, not so bad but not so good either, I enjoyed this episode but I don´t think this one deserves to be consider one of the greatest episodes in the csi ny story, maybe the interaction between flack and his sister make it shine slightly but the case was a little slow for me and maybe that is the reason why I´m not giving it an excellent score

    If you have brothers or sisters, you definitively are going to find this episode kind of touching, that is a good point, but if you don´t have, you maybe will find it boring because I think that the secret strategy in this one is being touching about siblings stuff

    P.D: I´m from Venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in English, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • It's all about siblings

    It needs a lot of creativity to keep the episodes week after week fresh and interesting, and to some degree a reflection of life. Definitely this is a challenging job which I believe CSI NY writers have been doing quite well.

    It is sad how much drugs and alcohol have destroyed so many people and relationships with that. We try our best to help those who we love and are related too but at the end of the day, they have to make the decision to choose to change and get out of the addiction. I like what Mac said - we don't give up on them... and Flack - we look out for each other, in good and bad times.

    It's a good reminder that no matter what, family is family.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: In the scene where Flack shows Mac the writing "Hank" in blood on the inside of the door, we can see that the word "Hank" was written differently when the victim did the writing.

    • Flack's sister Sam was first introduced in episode 5x07Dead Inside.

      By calling in a favour, he gets her a job with the NYPD in the Executive Office of Media Relations.

  • QUOTES (43)

    • Riley Frazier: That game was for you... a welcome home present.
      Hank Frazier: Ah, thanks. Uh... consider this my gift. I'm clean. No more drugs, and this time, I'm staying out. And only two things kept me sane in that cell. Listening to your games on the radio, and the, uh, thought of seeing this pretty face again (Shows a picture of Angela Kelly)

    • Flack: (Arresting Hank Frazier as he is about to have dinner with his family) You know, some guys wait till after family dinner before they go out and stab their girlfriends to death. I'm just saying.

    • Hank Frazier: You really expect me to believe what you're saying?
      Flack: (Showing him a picture taken at the crime scene) Who do you suppose Hank is? She wrote your name on the door in her own blood.

    • Hank Frazier: Hey, you don't know anything about me, man.
      Flack: Right. What I do know... there was no forced entry at the crime scene. That means she either knew her killer, or her killer had a key. Or in your case, both.

    • Hank Frazier: Yeah, well, I couldn't have done that because I wasn't there. I was in a dope house getting high.
      Flack: That's your alibi... you were in a crack house getting high?
      Hank Frazier: Yeah.
      Flack: Your Honor, I'd like to call my next witnesses... Two Tooth Willy and Crackhead Pooky. You think that's gonna fly in front of a judge and a jury?

    • Sid: They say death by 1,000 paper cuts is torture. Death by ten stab wounds isn't much better.

    • Sid: I found this interesting. While three of the victim's wounds show hilt marks, the other seven do not.
      Hawkes: Well, maybe they were delivered with less force. Maybe the killer got fatigued.
      Sid: A sobering thought, to say the least.However, using dissection I discovered that the deepest wound tracts belong to the wounds without hilt marks.
      Hawkes: Well, how could that be if they were delivered with less force?

    • Hank Frazier: Riley, you know I'm innocent. No matter what, you can't...
      Riley Frazier: (Throwing the table on top of his brother) No!
      Flack: Or maybe not.

    • Mac: (Reading a letter) 'Consider this an agreement between brothers, that I, Riley Frazier, promise to not allow anyone or anything to distract me from my goal of playing professional basketball.' Signed by you with your brother as witness.
      Riley Frazier: We made that contract when I was seven. Makes me sick to hear it now.

    • Riley Frazier: (About his brother Hank) He tore his Achilles. That meant rehab, drugs. But no college wanted to recruit him. He got depressed. Was never the same. Soon enough, it was less rehab, more drugs.

    • Flack: Addiction's a pain in the ass. Can make someone a threat to anyone or anything in his way.
      Mac: So, how is your sister?
      Flack: That obvious? I used to live in fear of this. Getting a call after she did something stupid while she was all boozed up. There was a time not too long ago she very easily could've wound up in that chair.
      Mac: You speak with her regularly?
      Flack: Depends on how you define regularly.

    • Jo: Hey, Sid. I believe our killer gave us the finger.

    • Hawkes: What I discovered is that when the knife is pressed into soft tissue, instead of being stabbed with force and retracted, it may not leave a bruise on the skin but it does push the soft tissue out of the way.
      Mac: So, pressing into tissue creates a deeper wound tract. That means the seven wounds without hilt marks on our victim were pressed, not stabbed with force.
      Hawkes: Exactly. Someone stabbed our vic three times and then pressed another seven wounds into her body.
      Mac: To increase the number of wounds and make it seem like a crime of passion.

    • Lindsay: Satellite spatter; it's blood in blood.

    • Flack: NYPD, open up!
      Sam Flack: Just a second! (Opening the door) You've been knocking on my door like that since what, the Academy? You're not careful, you're gonna scare my boyfriends away.
      Flack: Exactly what a brother should do.

    • Sam Flack: You cut your hair. You did. It looks nice.
      Flack: Thank you.

    • Flack: (To Sam Flack) I could tell you that I just happened to be in the neighbourhood but honestly, since four of my last five calls to your phone went straight to voicemail and the fifth one told me your number was changed, I don't feel like justifying myself.

    • Sam Flack: (To Flack) What's the real reason for this visit? Let me take a guess... you caught a homicide. Maybe a sibling thing. I don't know, an addict? Alcohol? You got to thinking: you know who I haven't spoken to in a stretch?

    • Sam Flack: I've been sober as a church mouse, Don.

    • Sam Flack: That's why all I do all day is stay inside watching The Young and the Restless.
      Flack: That's the worst part about working the day tour... missing my stories.

    • Adam: It's a holistic company in California. They sell energy supplements, vitamins, promote a healthy lifestyle. Their logo was found on trace from our victim's body.
      Jo: Not so healthy.

    • Hawkes: (About Nick Blount) He graduated to being Priors for a street pharmacist.
      Mac: (Reading from Blount's file) Meth, coke, heroin.

    • Adam: I'm taking my talent to South Beach, bitch! What up?
      Jo: Really? When you leaving?
      Adam: Oh. I... I... I'm... I'm actually not... not going anywhere. Unless I keep doing stupid stuff like this.

    • Adam: They're making bracelets for athletes, okay? And these holograms are suppossed to give you stamina and keep up your energy during the game. They're super exclusive and super expensive.
      Jo: And super ridiculous.

    • Nick Blount: You come in here, and you don't talk to the barbers and whatnot but you want to pick on the ex-con that's sweeping up everybody's hair.
      Lindsay: Makes it a little easier when the ex-con leaves evidence at a murder scene.
      Flack: How about you spare us the pity party and answer the question?

    • Nick Blount: What you got? Epithelials under her nails or something? Oh. Five of my cell mates got put away off that stuff.

    • Flack: (To Nick Blount) How well do you know Hank Frazier? You guys like BFFs?

    • Flack: Back away! Drop that razor now!
      Nick Blount: Back away, or I'll slice her open! (Woman cries) Think I'm playing?
      Lindsay: No, but right now, I'm aiming at your head. And I can put a pretty nice hole in your brain before you have time to even think about hurting her. You think I'm playing?

    • Flack: (After arresting Nick Blount, who was threating a woman with a razor blade to get away from the cops) That's what happens when you bring a knife to a gunfight.

    • Danny: Nick Blount suffered a severe concussion. He's got a knot on his head the size of New Jersey.

    • Sam Flack: (To Flack) What, no NYPD announcement? I barely recognized the knock.

    • Flack: Why didn't you just tell me you were looking for a job?
      Sam Flack: Don, you have got to stop following me, okay? I am out of AA. I am sober. I am a grown woman.
      Flack: Really? You're giving me attitude after you lied on your application?
      Sam Flack: What'd you do, walk in there and flash a badge and they just hand it to you? What was I supposed to say?
      Flack: You're supposed to tell the truth, Sam.
      Sam Flack: Lying about your prior arrests and your substance abuse problem is not the way to turn your life around.

    • Flack: I feel like you have a second lease on life. You have a chance to do whatever you want.
      Sam Flack: Says who? You and Dad? You always knew what you were gonna do. You Flack men... you have NYPD in your blood. But me? I was always the one...
      Flack: Don't give me the 'I was always a screw-up' crap, okay?

    • Sam Flack: Nobody wants to hire a girl with priors.
      Flack: I don't want to see you give up on your dreams.
      Sam Flack: Look, no offense, but can this rah-rah pep talk! You want to be honest... half the reason why you're here is because you care about me, and I do appreciate that. But the other half is you feeling guilty for not coming around more often.
      Just save yourself the trouble.

    • Mac: (To Coach Dwight Gavin) Five city championships, 24 All-Americans, seven NBA All-Stars... three felonies.

    • Coach Dwight Gavin: (To Mac) All due respect, Detective, I think you're full of crap.

    • Mac: (To Coach Dwight Gavin) Kids like Riley... they're not just basketball players, they're future millionaires. Meal tickets for leeches like you.

    • Coach Dwight Gavin: Finding Riley was, for once, like winning the lottery.
      Mac: Except in this case, you lose.

    • Hank Frazier: I start rehab tomorrow. Detective Taylor said that he's going to be checking in on me. There's something about that guy makes me think he's serious.

    • Hank Frazier: People always said I was the better brother. Better-looking, better at basketball, better-looking...
      Riley Frazier: Now, if I remember correctly, last time we played, I won.
      Hank Frazier: The last time we played? What's the overall record? I got like, what, 953 wins to... I'm sorry, how many do you have again?

    • Flack: (Handing her over a present) I got you something.
      Sam Flack: I don't take things from strangers.

    • Sam Flack: You got me a job with the NYPD?
      Flack: Well, slow down. I don't want you in my precinct any more than you want me in your hair. It's with the Executive Office of Media Relations for the NYPD. They need people with journalism backgrounds. They had an opening, I called in a favour.

    • Sam Flack: Why are you doing this for me?
      Flack: This is what siblings do. They look out... good times and bad.
      Sam Flack: Look, I... I don't know, I mean, what if I screw up? Won't that reflect bad on you?
      Flack: Just take the job. Sometimes nepotism is a good thing. It's not a handout. Just an opportunity for you to get back on track with some of those dreams of yours. Become the next Lesley Stahl like you always talked about.
      Sam Flack: That would make you Andy Rooney.
      Flack: I'll take it. And if you happen to do an exposé on the most interesting people in the world... your brother's not above doing interviews.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music Featured:
      Fame by Santigold. (When they are first photographing the scene).
      We Back by T.Shirt & Maker (Hank and Riley Frazier rejoin at the end of the episode and play basketball together).

    • Justin Bruening, who plays Hank Frazier, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode CSI: My Nanny.

      Bonnie Burroughsm, who plays Linda Frazier, also appears in the C.S.I. episode The Hunger Artist.

      Scott Lowell, who plays Coach Dwight Gavin, also appears in the C.S.I. episode CSI On Fire.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 21, 2011 on CTV.
      Norway: December 28, 2011 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: February 25, 2012 on Channel 5.
      Czech Republic: April 11, 2012 on AXN.
      Germany: October 8, 2012 on Vox.
      Turkey: October 8, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      Slovakia: March 19, 2013 on JOJ Plus.
      Finland: April 2, 2014 on MTV3.


    • Flack: An opportunity for you to get back on track with some of those dreams of yours. Become the next Lesley Stahl like you always talked about.
      Sam Flack: That would make you Andy Rooney.

      Lesley Rene Stahl (1941-) is an American television journalist who has been reporting for the CBS on 60 Minutes since 1991.

      Andrew Aitken 'Andy' Rooney (1919-2011) is an American radio and television writer who had a weekly broadcast on CBS's 60 Minutes from 1978 to 2011. His final appearance was made on October 2, 2011.

    • Sam Flack: That's why all I do all day is stay inside watching The Young and the Restless.

      The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera which was first broadcast on March 26, 1973.