Season 6 Episode 2

Blacklist Featuring Grave Digger

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac has to figure out why a mysterious caller keeps asking questions about his father and how he knows everyone's name.

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  • Something is missing!

    To be honest, I expected more of an episode in season 6. Cases that blow your mind, action that doesn't hold you in your chair and characters that cause pure amazement. However, this episode belongs more into the category of "boring" and "not well thought through." The whole big brother theme isn't something new that people aren't aware of. Unfortunately, it has become part of everyone's daily life. Especially because of that, I assumed if you use the big brother theme in an episode make it unpredictable and unforgettable. Well, it wasn't! In the end, you have the feeling this episode was more about Mac's past than the case itself. The whole scenarios were pretty lame and unspectacular. The beginning was interesting and kinda scary, but somehow they didn't finish this thought and ended it abruptly. There was definitely something missing! I feel like they have left out the special highlight of this episode. They began with an interesting introduction of the story and before you even realized it, it was already the end. There was no: "Wow, I didn't see that coming!" moment at all, and to me it was just plain boring.moreless
  • scary....

    Case: Really good and scary! Just thinking that this thing could be possible!!:? being observed all the time...Creepy! And the guy trying to put people on his place is kinda understandable although irrational... He actually didn't kill anyone...:roll:

    Mac centric chapter... we almost don't see the other characters... Did Sid actually appear? And the apart from maybe Hawkes and Adam the other were almost not there... Danny, Lindsay, Flack and even Stella had very little on screen time...

    I liked the little moment with Stella and Lindsay about Danny's progress. And Hawkes asking for Lindsay's shirt... She seems stressed and tired...

    And did anyone else noticed Stella touching Adam's shoulder?? Cute!!:P

    The flashback was good and making Gary look younger really worked!!

    All in all a good chapter, scary but really well done and thought... although I missed the other characters that weren't Mac...:)moreless
  • Very good episode.

    Sometimes CSI: NY is borderline mediocre, but other times it really can be the best procedural on television; this is one of those times. An eery, yet intriguing storyline that played out nicely and had a very good twist at the end.

    The opening scene was about as intense as I have ever seen from the show and the moment the caller mentioned Mac's father....that was good television.

    CSI: NY really hooks you for 60 minutes and keeps you glued to the TV while other procedurals have their boring points where there is a downplay on action and an upswing of yacking.moreless
  • Mac and the team investigate a killer who is targeting health care workers. The case soon becomes personal for Mac when the killer keeps talking about Mac's father.

    This episode sadly fell flat for me. Yes, we all know hacking is real and can be done. I just had a lot of trouble buying how well the character of Victor Benton was able to hack into EVERYTHING which such ease. Also, how exactly did Benton know what car the health care CEO was going to rent? How was Benton tracking him? Plus, the Victor Benton character is an old and tired plot device. Somebody who is lashing out at a system he believes has betrayed him. We have seen this before. Mac's closing dialogue does help the episode.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

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

Greg Germann

Greg Germann

Voice/Grave Digger/Benton

Guest Star

Dameon Clarke

Dameon Clarke

Aaron Dexter

Guest Star

Boo Arnold

Boo Arnold

Dr. Jeff Evans

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • In his flashbacks, Mac is wearing the uniform of a Marine major (O-4). Above his ribbons, he's wearing the Scuba Diver and Naval Parachutist skill badges.

      Mac's ribbons are (in order of precedence, which was correctly represented):
      Bronze Star (with repeat cluster).
      Purple Heart.
      Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Award.
      Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Award.
      Combat Action Ribbon (aka the CAR).
      Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.
      Marine Corps Expeditionary Force.
      National Defense Medal.
      Southwest Asia Service (with repeat cluster).
      Navy Sea Deployment.
      Saudi Arabian Liberation of Kuwait Medal.
      Kuwaiti Liberation of Kuwait medal.

    • Goof: From the moment Benton gives the order until it drops the elevator stops for some very convenient 5 to 10 seconds, enough for Mac to get Lisa Kim and himself out of it.

    • Goof: Even though Mac and Hawkes go 20 floors up on the run, they show no external sign of exhaustion, like heavy breathing, a red face or sweat.

    • We are introduced to Mac's parents, as he recalls the last days of the life of his father, who served in the army during World War II and then worked as a machinist on the South Side of Chicago. He spent eight months on a feeding tube due to a small-cell lung cancer and it was him who encouraged Mac to accept his current job after he retired from the military service having been awarded The Silver Star* distinction for serving during the Gulf War. We also learn that at that time he had recently married Claire and that she was from New York where she had family.

      *The Silver Star is the third-highest award given by the USA military for bravery in combat, honouring displays of exceptional valour while engaged in military combat operations against an enemy force.

    • Mac's office phone number is 555 01 31.

    • A flashback to 5x25 Pay Up can be seen during this episode as Flack recalls the moments right after Angell was shot.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Benton: On-Board Safety. Can I help you?
      Aaron Dexter: Yeah, erm... I think I'm lost. I could use some directions to midtown Manhattan, please.
      Benton: Where are you?
      Aaron Dexter: I don't know. I saw a sign earlier that said 183 Street and, um, there is a place here called Jack & Sam's Storage.
      Benton: You're on South Clover. That's a very bad neighborhood. You shouldn't be there.
      Aaron Dexter: Yeah, I know. That's why I'm calling you. So if you could please just get me the hell out of here, that would be great.
      Benton: No need to get angry, Mr. Dexter.
      Aaron Dexter: How did you know my name?
      Benton: Thank you for calling On-Board Safety.
      Aaron Dexter: Wait! Wait! Aren't you going to help me?
      Benton: No.

    • Mac: Don.
      Flack: Hey, Mac. I didn't hear you pull up.
      Mac: You okay?
      Flack: Yeah, I'm fine.
      Mac: When was the last time you slept?
      Flack: I'm fine.

    • Flack: Trash collector making rounds spotted the body and called it in. Looks like a robbery gone south.
      Mac: What makes you think robbery?
      Flack: (Points to stripped car) Just a hunch. At least they left us the body.

    • Hawkes: Whoever jacked this guy had to have worked fast.
      Flack: And had a crew to handle the ghetto pit stop.

    • Flack: He is the CEO of GMI Health Network, which is a Medicare company out of Philly.
      Hawkes: City of Brotherly Love.
      Mac: So, let's see who in New York didn't offer Mr. Dexter any love.

    • Adam: Unfortunately, the surveillance cameras located near the crime scene are low quality analog. Pretty craptastic.

    • Danny: Who do you have?
      Adam: A new species of Dermestidae beetles. Only these guys are a lot bigger and they walk around on two legs.
      Danny: It's unbelievable. You got... what? 20 dirtbags running through this crime scene and not one of them calls in a dead body?
      Adam: Just like the Dermestidae beetle, they're too preoccupied with gorging themselves.
      Mac: And now their greed is going to put them in jail. Run their faces. I want to squash some of these bugs.

    • Willie Brown: I know what a GPS is, thin man. It's an 'aconym' for Global Positioning Satellite.
      Flack: 'Aconym'?
      Willie Brown: Oh, you like that, huh?
      Flack: I do.
      Willie Brown: Yeah, Big Willie's, uh... smart like that. Abbreviations and whatnot. Like SONAR. Stands for Sound Navigation and Ranging. Or PIN, Personal Identification Number.
      Flack: That's very impressive. How about this one? TYAIJ. That stands for Throw Your Ass In Jail. Which is exactly what I'm going to do if you don't tell me what went down last night.
      Willie Brown: Afraid I don't have an answer for you on that FAQ, my brother. But if I hear anything on your gunslinger, I'll give you a holler.
      Flack: Yeah, I'm sure you will.
      Willie Brown: Now, if you don't mind, IMOH. I'm Out Of Here.

    • Flack: That's you, my brother, at my crime scene with a GPS between your sticky little fingers.
      Willie Brown: All right. Let's get something straight. That car was just sitting there.
      Flack: Like low hanging fruit.
      Willie Brown: All I'm saying is the white boy was chalk ready when I got there.
      Flack: Right. And you could have called it in, done your civic duty, but you opted for the cash and prizes, which makes you a candidate for some jail time, Willie, my man.
      Willie Brown: Oh, this is such BS, man. How do you steal from a dead guy?

    • Lindsay: Sorry I'm late. The sitter was stuck in traffic.
      Hawkes: (Pointing to Lindsay's shirt) Whitesnake, huh?
      Lindsay: Baby threw up on everything else.

    • Flack: NYPD! Mosley, get down on the ground! Hold it right there!
      Junior Mosley: (Steps barefoot on a syringe an cries in pain) Let me take it out first!
      Flack: I'm afraid I can't let you do that.
      Junior Mosley: Why not?
      Mac: This syringe is evidence of drug use. We're going to have to document it where we found it.
      Flack: (Takes a picture of the syringe. Then focuses on Junior's face) Now one for the Jackass of the Year Award.

    • Flack: How's the foot?
      Junior Mosley: I had to get a tetanus shot because of you.
      Flack: When you get out of jail, you should file a complaint.

    • Junior Mosley: That fool had no business being on that corner. And then he starts calling attention to himself.
      Flack: You got worried he'd draw the attention of the cops and put an end to your profitable evening.
      Mac: The wallet also tells me you saw a crime of opportunity. A way to subsidize a slow night. When Aaron didn't roll over and play dead, you decided to make it happen for real.
      Junior Mosley: The street's a jungle. Got to do what you got to do to survive.
      Mac: The man you killed had a wife, two kids.
      Junior Mosley: Yeah? Well, so do I.
      Mac: Now both of you will never see them again.

    • Mac: Someone hacked Aaron Dexter's GPS and sent him into a dangerous neighbourhood. Now someone tampers with Dr. Evan's order, which triggers a life-threatening allergy.
      Flack: So our two cyber attacks are connected.
      Mac: Our suspect's using technology as a murder weapon.

    • Stella: Hey, erm... I heard that Danny's making improvement?
      Lindsay: Yeah, he's got limited movement in his toes. It's not much, but the doctors say it's a really good sign.
      Stella: Good. Well, I've got my fingers crossed.
      Lindsay: Thanks, Stell.

    • Stella: Did you order the installation of surveillance cameras in the lab?
      Mac: No.
      Stella: Well, according to this e-mail memo you did. It's got your electronic signature. So if you didn't order them, who did?
      Mac: Our suspect.
      Stella: Why?
      Mac: He wants to see how our investigation is progressing.

    • Mac: You know a lot about me, but I don't know anything about you.
      Benton: That's the point, Detective.
      Mac: So what do I call you?
      Benton: Grave Digger.
      Mac: You think that's funny? You killed one man, put another on life support today.
      Benton: Well, how unfortunate for them.
      Mac: And for you.
      Benton: Why is that?
      Mac: Because when I catch you, you're going to spend the rest of your life in jail.

    • Lindsay: Aaron Dexter shut down the oncology department because of budget cuts. Until then, patients who didn't have insurance were being treated for free.
      Stella: So in Benton's eyes, when they cut that treatment, they signed his death warrant.
      Mac: Now Benton wants to make them pay.

    • Benton: If your father hadn't been given chemotherapy, he would have died a lot earlier than he did.
      Mac: My father wasn't a rich man. So the help he got in his final days, it wasn't much. But unlike you... he didn't blame everyone for his fate. He knew he was dying, and he took comfort in the fact that it was his time. My father died courageously, with his family around him, looking up to him.

    • Benton: But I'm certain, Detective... if he hadn't gotten the treatment... he needed... you... would've done whatever had to be done... in order to see him live... another day, even it meant breaking the law. You would have done that to honor your father.
      Mac: You think you know me because you read a few stories? You have no idea who I am. But I know who you are. You're a coward. I put guys like you away every day. That's how I honor my father.

    • McCanna Boyd Taylor: New York City Police Department's the best in the country. You've had your war, son. Take the job.
      Mac: Dad...
      McCanna Boyd Taylor: Claire's from New York, huh? She has family there. You're gonna need their help when... babies start coming.
      Mac: Whoa, Dad. We just got married. And I was thinking that maybe I'd... if I do retire, maybe I'd move back to Chicago for a while.
      McCanna Boyd Taylor: No, son. There's no need for you to be here. I've had a good life. You need to live yours.
      Mac: Dad...
      McCanna Boyd Taylor: You've served... your country, Mac. Pick up the phone. Make the call. Take the job. Promise me... you'll make the call.
      Mac: I promise.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: December 16, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: February 1, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: March 1, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Czech Republic: March 13, 2010 on AXN.
      Spain: March 16, 2010 on AXN.
      Slovakia: September 22, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: September 27, 2010 on Vox.
      Finland: January 26, 2011 on MTV3.

    • John Terry, who plays McCanna Taylor (Mac's father) is actually only eleven years older than Gary Sinise.

    • Greg Germann, who plays Voice/Grave Digger/Benton, also appears in the C.S.I. episode The Descent of Man.

      Dameon Clarke, who plays Aaron Dexter, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Deep Fried and Minty Fresh and in the CSI: Miami episode The Score.

      Boo Arnold, who plays Dr. Jeff Evans, also appears in the CSI: Miami episodes Dead Air and Blood Lust.

      Andre Royo, who plays Big Willie Brown, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Vengeance.

      Gail O'Grady, who plays Millie Taylor, also guest-starred in the CSI: Miami episode And How Does That Make You Kill? and the C.S.I. episode The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp.

      John Terry, who plays McCanna Taylor, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Bolt Action.

      Michelle Krusiec, who plays Lisa Kim, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Die By the Sword.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Robert Joy appears only briefly through a flashback in this episode.

    • Music Featured:
      Boom Boom Boom by Juster.


    • Hawkes: (Pointing to Lindsay's shirt) Whitesnake, huh?

      Whitesnake are a 1977 English hard rock band founded by formerly Deep Purple member David Coverdale.

    • Willie Brown: You need a little help with your Twittering?

      Twitter is a free social network created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey which offers micro-blogging service enabling its users to share 140 characters text based post messages known as 'tweets'.

    • Flack: (Taking a picture of Junior Mosley, who has stepped barefoot on a syringe) Now one for the 'Jackass of the Year' Award.

      Jackass is one of MTV's most popular shows, featuring people who willingly perform dangerous and self injuring pranks.

    • Willie Brown: You got your own personal Youtube channel?

      YouTube is a California based video sharing website which content is uploaded and shared by both individual users and media corporations. It was created in 2005 and bought by Google Inc. in 2006.

    • Flack: That's Big Brother, Mac.

      Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people are secluded in a house and forced to live together without news from the outside world while being continuously watched by television cameras. It was first broadcasted in The Netherlands in 1999 and has become a prime-time hit in some 70 countries. The name of the show was taken from George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty Four.