Season 6 Episode 5

Battle Scars

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac and his team have to help a dancer remember the events that lead to the death of her boyfriend in their hotel room after winning a large sum in a street dance battle. They also have to find answers to why the hotel manager didn't bother to assist the woman when she rang the bell and why the money was left untouched.moreless

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  • Interesting concept, poor execution.

    Underground angry dancing? Now I've seen everything. I guess every show is doing or has done underground fighting so they wanted to try something different.

    Despite the unique and entertaining premise, and a plethora of twists throughout the hour, this episode just felt a little boring. Gary Sinise seemed to phone in his performance, as for a minute I thought I was watching Laurence Fishburne on CSI with the way he was emotionally checked out. The rest of the cast did very little to help matters too.

    If you are looking for an episode of CSI: NY to pass on, skip this.moreless
  • Mac and the team investigate a botched robbery which left an accomplished street dancer (who had just won $10,000 cash in a competition) dead and his girlfriend seriously injured. The team wonders why the prize money was left behind by the robber.moreless

    This episode is not a memorable one. It was good in the fact that it took a familiar formula and tried to go in a different direction which made it a little less predictable. However, it still was predictable. I knew who the gunman was from the second he appeared on camera. The robber who stole Jesse's $3,000 prize was too much of a contrivance for me. One of the saving graces of the episode was seeing how Mac and the team cracked the case. Another highpoint was Flak (at least for once) being Flak again and not mourning Jessica.moreless
  • No Lindsay.... No Sid....:(

    No Lindsay??? Really??:evil: What were they thinking?? :evil:

    the chapter was not a brilliant one, the case ended up being quite original but throughout it it was rather boring... they had no evidence to analyse and they spend too much time talking for my taste.... again, no Sid...:roll: Danny is walking again almost like nothing happened... he uses the cane and sits down as soon as he can but then when they are interrogating the mugger he is standing up and moving like normal...

    Flack is still in casual mood... he looks good though!:P And he said some good lines.

    Adam is back, I just love him... he was so hilarious adamross.edu?:lol: I'm the only one that though about Adam/Stella relationship when Mac said something about that quiz in facebook she says that he already told her?? There's something there still... like when he makes the joke and Stella is the first to roll her eyes he looks totally disappointed...

    All in all... I missed Lindsay... They didn't even mention her...:(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

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Hawkes: So, Mac. Luxury suite, champagne, cash, ski mask. Which item doesn't belong?

    • Mac: This guy's all banged up.
      Hawkes: It's consistent with defensive injuries, but the coloration suggests they were sustained over a period of time. Could be he's just clumsy.
      Mac: Or he's got a painful job.

    • (Danny progresses along the hallway with the help of a cane)
      Adam: Race you to the end of the hallway. Oh, hey! Just a little humor there.
      Danny: Yeah, well, uh, where are we at on this hotel room murder?
      Adam: Well, behind door number one, we have a silver vase, champagne bottle and all the matching stemware. Behind door number two, we have a wool ski mask, presumably worn by the killer. So, what's it going to be, Messer?
      Danny: It's going to be door number one.
      Adam: Ah. Feeling lucky about getting some prints, huh?
      Danny: No, it's just a little closer.

    • Hawkes: When I worked as a medical intern, we'd get these kids coming in with injuries like you wouldn't believe. Hyperextended vertebrae, cranial contusions, spiral fractures.
      Stella: Football players?
      Hawkes: You'd think so, but believe it or not, they were dancers.

    • Hawkes: It wasn't a through and through.
      Stella: That's odd.
      Hawkes: Yeah. But you can see the round only penetrated a few inches into the body, then stopped dead.
      Hawkes: So, we have no exit wound and no bullet. Where did it go?

    • Mac: Did you see the paper today?
      Stella: Yeah.
      Mac: Adam said he saw a quiz on Facebook called: 'If you were the Compass Killer, where would you strike next?'
      Stella: He told me. We're going to get this guy, Mac.

    • Stella: Jesse performed under the stage name 'Mechanicx'. This particular competition is known as Battle Step.
      Mac: I thought this type of dancing went out with Ms. Pac-Man and the Rubik's Cube.
      Stella: Definitely went underground and advanced, only to resurface with a new name. It's now called street dancing, and it's gone pro.

    • Stella: Our vic won first place in the singles event. Ten grand. All cash.
      Mac: Everyone in that audience saw him win. Our suspect could have been there, followed Brooke and Lewis back to their hotel room.
      Stella: Strange thing is, if the prize money was the motive, then why was it still there?
      Mac: Why don't we ask the guy who came in second?

    • Dot Com: Why you asking me about Jesse? He do something wrong?
      Flack: Yeah. He stepped in front of a gun while someone else was pulling the trigger.
      Mac: We're thinking that someone might be you.

    • Dot Com: If I'm gonna kill somebody, I'll do it in the ring.
      Flack: We'll see about that.

    • Stella: Hi, Brooke. I'm Detective Stella Bonasera with the NYPD. We believe we found the man who killed Jesse.
      Brooke Hallworth: Nick?
      Stella: It's very important that we get an I.D. from you.
      Nick Emerson: Is this something you normally do? I mean, she just regained consciousness. Her memory's not all there yet.
      Stella: Recollections from traumatic events are often most vivid just after regaining consciousness. So, yes, this is standard procedure.

    • Stella: The attending physician diagnosed it as a grade five concussion.
      Mac: That would explain the loss of consciousness and amnesia. Even if she was staring Dot Com in the face, that memory would be wiped out of her brain.
      Hawkes: She's lucky her entire life wasn't wiped away. If this had been a grade six concussion, we'd be investigating a double homicide.

    • Mac: Any insight from the doctors regarding her memory loss?
      Stella: Yeah. Only time will tell.
      Mac: Helpful.

    • Stella: (About Brooke Hallworth) She'll be released within 24 hours.
      Mac: I know it's the last place she'd want to go, but a trip back to the crime scene might spark a memory or two.

    • Adam: From now on I want to be called Adam Ross Dot E-D-U (Sings) 'Cause all day long I'm giving people education. Ooh!'

    • Flack: This was not the first time our vic was robbed.
      Danny: Yeah, I don't think you can claim New York residency unless you've been robbed twice, no?

    • Al Santiago: Me... me no speaky English.
      Flack: Yeah, all right, you know what? Knock it off, Alice.
      Al Santiago: It's Al. It's Al, scumbag.
      Danny: Al Scumbag? I thought you said his name was Santiago. Yeah, right here on your rap sheet. It says your name is Alice Adrienne Santiago.
      Flack: With a name like that, you probably had to mail your milk money to the school bully.
      Al Santiago: It's of German descent. It means 'noble'.
      Danny: Yeah, you're obviously living up to your name.
      Al Santiago: Yeah, yeah. You guys are funny.

    • Al Santiago: So, what'd I do now?
      Dannny: You know what you did: robbery, with a homicidal twist.
      Al Santiago: Yeah. Yeah, that-that sounds like me.
      Flack: Tell us about Jesse Lewis.
      Al Santiago: You gotta give me more specifics, man. I don't know the name of every dude that I rob.

    • Al Santiago: First I'm gonna go on record right now and say I don't know what the hell you two idiots are talking about. And second, anybody that wears a ski mask is a punk.

    • Mac: Something's off, though. Based on the complaint of the first robbery, Jesse stared right at the guy. Why'd the I.D. go south?
      Stella: Well, you know how unreliable eyewitnesses can be, especially when they're staring down the barrel of a gun.

    • Mac: SafeFire rounds. They're frangible. Designed to disintegrate on impact with hard targets.
      Hawkes: So this must've cut through our vic's flesh and then broke up on impact with the underlying dense tissue, resulting in the metallic powder.

    • Mac: Craig Roberts?
      Craig Roberts: Classes are a hundred dollars a person, no more than seven people per group. All instructors are licensed and trained in various firearms. Kill House. Nothing can touch it in terms of reality.
      Mac: (Flashes his badge) Except maybe reality.
      Craig Roberts: Sorry. I thought you were auditing the last class.

    • Stella: You think our vic was shot by his own gun?
      Mac: The problem is, I don't know anyone who carries a gun for protection and loads it with practice rounds.

    • Hawkes: Jesse would do the dancing. Nick provided the hype. Seems that he also goes by the name of Nick 'Cool'.
      (Stella chuckles)
      Mac: Well, it looks like it's time to talk to Nick, see how cool he really is.

    • Nick Emerson: You never heard of a day gig? Means I don't have time for this.
      Flack: You got a lot more time than Jesse Lewis does.

    • Nick Emerson: You serious, man? You want an alibi? Jesse was my best friend.
      Flack: I'll also need hair and a DNA sample.

    • Mac: (To Nick Emerson) Sometimes the absence of evidence is the best evidence of all. We found nothing in that room indicating you were partying with Brooke and Jesse. We did find one of your hairs on the ski mask. The DNA matched back to your fingerprint.
      Flack: No way to dance around that.

    • Nick Emerson: I killed him.
      Mac: Why?
      Nick Emerson: Because... Jesse asked me to do it. It's crazy. I mean, you know... (nervous laughter) ...nobody's gonna believe me. I wouldn't believe me.

    • Brooke Hallworth: You're telling me he planned the whole thing? You're wrong. He would never do anything like that.
      Stella: He wanted there to be another robbery, another chance to protect you, to be your hero.

    • Nick Emerson: He told me that the ammunition was safe. Simulated rounds. That's what he called them.
      Mac: And that was Jesse's fatal mistake. He gave you those rounds without realizing they could be lethal.

    • Brooke Hallworth: I just can't believe it was Nick under that mask. He was our friend. He came to visit me in the hospital.
      Stella: He was going to go to the police to confess, but before he did, he wanted to see you to try to explain, to apologize as best he could. But when he walked into your hospital room
      Brooke Hallworth: He realized I didn't remember anything.
      Stella: He thought the whole thing would just go away.
      Brooke Hallworth: (Sighs) Jesse didn't need to do any of this. I loved him for who he was. God... he could make me smile.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Jonathan 'Legacy' Perez, one of the dancers in the dance battle, was a contestant in So You Think You Can Dance Season 6. He made it into Top 8 before being eliminated.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: January 11, 2010 on RTL4.
      Norway: January 20, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: February 22, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Czech Republic: March 27, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: March 29, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 6, 2010 on AXN.
      Slovakia: October 13, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: October 18, 2010 on Vox.
      Finland: February 16, 2011 on MTV3.

    • Vincent Laresca, who plays Al Santiago, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Rio and in the C.S.I. one Lying Down With Dogs.

      ryce Johnson, who plays Nick 'Cool' Emerson, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Death and the Maiden.

      Nathan Anderson, who plays Craig Roberts, also appears in the CSI episode 73 Seconds.

    • Music featured:
      Disastro by Sonny J.
      Beggin' by Madcon.
      Back In Time by VV Brown.
      Moonlight Serenade by Frank Sinatra.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Anna Belknap and Robert Joy do not appear in this episode.


    • Al Santiago: Eyes straight ahead, Romeo.

      Romeo is the male protagonist of William Shakespeare's early tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Nowadays, the title characters have become a simile for young lovers.

    • Mac: I thought this type of dancing went out with Ms. Pac-Man and the Rubik's Cube.

      Ms. Pac-Man is a maze based arcade video game that was released in 1981 and became one of the most popular video games of all time.

    • Episode title: Battle Scars.

      It is an allusion to the song of the same title by The Chemical Brothers, included in the album We Are The Night.

    • Mac: Adam says he saw a quiz on Facebook.

      Facebook is social networking website founded by Mark Zuckerberg and his college roommates Eduardo Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes, as the four of them were computer science students at Harvard University. Users can create and join a net of friends with whom they can exchange messages. Initially limited to Harvard students, it was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area and gradually to any university, high school to finally anyone over 13 years of age. As of 2009, it has over 300 million active users worldwide.

    • Adam: Behind door #1... behind door #2...

      It's an allusion to the television game show Let's Make a Deal, where the host offered several deals to be uncovered behind doors to the audience, who had to choose between the possibility of the deal being of a valuable prize or an undesirable item, known as a "zonk".