Dr. Sheldon Hawkes
Detective Stella Bonasera
Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.
Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor
Dr. Leonard Giles
Goof: When analyzing the photograph, Mac starts by inputing the victim's height as a reference point. However, she is bending over to blow the kiss, which would make her several inches shorter, and throw their location distance analysis off significantly.
Goof: When Mac shows the picture of a suspect to the paralyzed woman, she freaks out and her fingers move, even though she was supposed to only be able to blink.
Note: She was having a stroke at the moment, which causes involuntary movements all across the body.
Goof: When the team enter the basement of the house in Queens, the record player lifts off its needle to move, silencing the sound briefly. However, the music starts again slightly before the needle hits the record.
Mac's wife, Claire, died in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11th, 2001.
Goof: Zoya's address is listed as Weyburn Street. There is no Weyburn Street in New York City.
But there is a Weyburn Road in Brooklyn. The file Stella is reviewing just says 'Weyburn" and gives no indications of whether this means 'street' 'avenue' etc. The file also states Brooklyn, NY.
Goof: Bonasera mentions that the first victim's body was found near The River Café. At the beginning of the episode, when the body is found, it is shown to have been found under the Manhattan Bridge. However, The River Café is located under the Brooklyn Bridge, not the Manhattan Bridge.
However, The River Café lies between the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge. So even though it lies right next to the Brooklyn one, the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge are close enough to each other in Brooklyn that saying it was near The River Café isn't that strange since it's a huge landmark.
Goof: Cab fares in New York City begin at $2.50 when the meter is started, not $2.00 as seen in the episode.
However, when this episode was filmed, the cab fare was $2.00. The fare hike happened a few months before it aired, which would explain the discrepancy.
(Mac discovers a wedding ring on a dead girl)
Mac: Someone out there is missing a wife.
Danny: You hear about that body?
Stella: The one by the River Cafe? Yeah, I caught it on the police portable when I was in the shower.
Danny: (smiling) Why doesn't that surprise me?
Stella: The job never stops, Danny.
Aiden: Dr. Hawkes was dead on, the wife inhaled something she shouldn't have… "fry sticks".
Mac: Laced cigarettes.
(Mac, Danny and Aiden board a garbage barge in search of evidence)
Mac: It's our job to sift and isolate the garbage from the evidence.
Danny: What's the dimensions on the barge.
Mac: About 140 by 38 feet.
Danny: About half the size of a football field.
Aiden: My kit's fully stocked, bring it!
Mac: (to Ivanov) I guess when Zoya asked you to take care of her, paralyzing her from the eyes down wasn't what she had in mind… was it doctor?
Mac: (sitting next to the comatosed woman) I'm so tired. I used to sit like this with my wife. Her name was Claire. She died on 9/11. Nobody saw it coming. I was cleaning out the closet the other day, and I... I found this beach ball. And I remembered it was my wife who blew it up. I never told anybody this, but I got rid of everything that reminded me of Claire. Too painful. The one thing I couldn't throw away was that beach ball. Her breath is still in there.
Mac: Why, Stella, why does he do it? What's the connection? Why does he lock women inside their own bodies?
Mac: (to Bogdhan Ivanov) You're not a doctor. You're a murderer with a medical degree.
Mac: You know what they say about men who study too much data.
Dr. Giles: They become a statistic?
Mac: Something like that.
Danny: Hey, mind if I swab him, Flack?
Flack: Be my guest. You won't have any problem gettin' his mouth open. He won't shut up.
Danny: I'd like to take a buccal swab for a DNA sample. It'll only take a second. Open up.
(Carson Silo – the homeowner shakes his head)
Danny: Sir, open up your mouth, please.
(Silo continues to shake his head.)
Flack: Open your mouth, Mr. Silo. You like things with soft tips in your mouth, am I right?
Silo: Hey, that's harassment ... oh!
(Danny grabs Mr. Silo's chin and takes the swab. Detective Flack stands up.)
Danny: Thank you.
(Danny caps the swab and heads to leave.)
Danny: Hoops on Saturday, Flack. Don't forget. (exits)
(Danny and Aiden go through a suspect's apartment)
Danny: No pictures, no personal effects, not a partial, nothing. What's this guy live in, gloves?
Aiden: (shining blacklight on a sheet with semen traces) I'm gettin' all kinds of love over here.
Danny: I think he got tipped off.
Aiden: I think he got off.
(Flack is talking to the second vic's boyfriend.)
Jason Parnell: I never saw that house in my life. I swear on my grandmother.
Flack: Alright, let me arrest him for swearing on his grandmother.
Stella: What time did you get in?
Mac: I never went home.
Stella: Can't sleep?
Mac: What's sleep?
Danny: Good morning, dear.
Stella: Do I have a tail back there?
Danny: Sorry. Good morning, Stella.
Ajay Mehta, who plays Dr. Smythe, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Bad Seed.
Carmine Giovinazzo is the only actor in the main cast to have performed in all three CSI franchises. His character on CSI: NY Danny Messer was first introduced in CSI: Miami's the episode MIA/NYC Nonstop" together with a few other cast members. He also played Thumpy-G on C.S.I..
The cell phones used during the first season are Palm Treo 650.
Andy García was offered the main role, who would have been called "Rick Calucci". However, he turned it down and so did Ray Liotta, so the role ended up being taken by Gary Sinise and named "Mac Taylor".
This episode appears on the CBS DVD and Paramount Home Entertainment Special DVD Collection TV Sets: Crime and Punishment to be released on August 25th, 2009.
Melina Kanakaredes was spoofed by Gary Sinise and the crew while filming the scene at the basement of the house. She was told that there was a rat in one corner, Melina jumped and hit her head against the ceiling.
According to Melina Kanakaredes, the atmosphere at the basement of the house where the alive victim is found was creepy and awful.
Duettino: Sull' Aria by Deutsch Oper Berlin, Edith Mathis, & Gundula Janowitz.
Stella's name was derived from Stella Kowalski from A Streetcar Named Desire and Salvatore Corsitto's character, Amerigo Bonasera, from The Godfather.
According to Anthony E. Zuiker, Eddie Cahill was not the first choice for NYPD Detective Don Flack, Jr. They already had someone else set in mind but Cahill came in, wowed them, and so the producers told the other actor that they gave the part to Cahill.
German episode title: Im Augenblick des Todes, meaning At The Moment Of Death.
Spanish episode title: Parpadeos, meaning Blinks.
Brazilian episode title: Num piscar de olhos, meaning In the blink of an eye.
In the first crossover with CSI: Miami, MIA/NYC - NonStop, Mac Taylor didn't wear a suit. After producers received a phone call from an NYPD cop who noted that detectives always wear suits, Gary Sinise took the comment to heart and it was included in the series.
Creator Anthony E. Zuiker wanted this show's theme song to be Behind Blue Eyes by The Who (because of the association that is often made 'blue' and cops); however, Leslie Moonves, the head of CBS, wanted Baba O'Riley also by The Who, and that's what ended up being used.
Danny: Fry sticks are the new date-rape drug. Three puffs, down goes Frazier.
When Foreman knocked Frazier to the mat in their boxing match on January 22, 1973, ABC's sports journalist Howard Cosell yelled out "Down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier, down goes Frazier". This became one of the most famous lines in sports history.
The plot for this episode is almost identical to the Mark Billingham's novel, Sleepyhead.
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