Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team finds three young women, all of whom appear to have been brutalized in the same way. With a possible serial killer on hand, the only witness they have is the one of the three who survived, but she can only communicate through blinking. Photographs found at one of the crime scenes lead the team to a couple that had sponsored one of the victims, the boyfriend who claims he hasn't spoken to her in weeks, and the owner of one of the buildings a photo was taken from.moreless

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Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Michael Hagerty (II)

Michael Hagerty (II)

Tim Goodman

Guest Star

Conor Dubin

Conor Dubin

Jason Parnell

Guest Star

Andy Comeau

Andy Comeau

Carson Silo

Guest Star

Grant Albrecht

Grant Albrecht

Dr. Leonard Giles

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • 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.

    • In the backdoor pilot, MIA/NYC - NonStop, Danny Messer is seen always wearing a tie and never wearing glasses. However, in almost every following episode of CSI: NY, the opposite is true.

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (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: What?
      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.)
      Danny: Sir!
      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.
      Stella: Better.

  • NOTES (13)


    • 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.