Season 1 Episode 14

Blood, Sweat & Tears

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 09, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The body of a young contortionist is found folded into a box in Coney Island, leading Mac and Stella to the circus where they find themselves embroiled in a real-life Romeo and Juliet story between the dead contortionist, Lukas, and a trapeze artist, Anasuya. Danny and Flack find a woman's body in a laundry chute and learn that she was actually the former sorority sister of the woman who lived in that building, and turn their suspicion to the abusive husband the woman was hiding from.moreless

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  • The ultimate Romeo & Juliet. The delivery boy, getting delivered the wrong message.

    I really like the two different cases. The implications of Romeo & Juliet. The suicidal pact between two teenagers wanting to escape their lives. The aspect of the case that I loved is that Anasuya realized before it was to late, that suicide wasn't the answer. I loved watching the passion to find answers in Danny's eyes. In the murder of Lita Cartey, Danny had lots of big pieces of evidence. But ultimately it was one of the smallest that was the true key. I like how they questioned Lita's husband. Yes he was indeed guilty of a crime, just not murder. That proved to be committed at the hands of a delivery boy, who misinterpreted signals from Lita, leading to her murder.moreless
  • Romeo and Juliet

    I love the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. By far my favorite Shakspearean play, I found the modern adaptation to be riviting. They took the story and drama of the modern-day circus actors and spun it to match a murder investigation set in a real-life Romeo and Juliet story meant for tv. This episode put me off of clowns for life, but I still found that to be realistic as well. I loved how they gave everyone in the world a better reason to trust their children when they say that they don't like clowns. I also love the idea of having Juliet survive. Maybe it's my realist cynicism, or maybe just me wanting to quetion one of the greatest novels/plays of all time, but I always questioned the love that it takes to kill yourself simply because the love of your life did. It kept in the story the lesson of not having to kill yourself, and that no matter what, you can change your life for the better. This episode was amazing.moreless
  • Danny and Flack investigate a mystery woman's murder, Mac, Stella and Aiden's investigation take a closer look behind the scenes of the circus.

    While not one of the best episodes, this one was well done. The case storylines moved at a good pace and gave clues along the way as to what really happened. The circus case was quite sad. The circus act mirroring real life, and other than the two main players no one knew. The girl's father seemed genuinely upset to realize that he was pushing his daughter into a life she didn't want, and crushed that he drove her to the point of considering suicide. The boy's father seemed annoyed that his son was more interested in the outside world than in performing. I felt bad for the two teenagers, to be at the age where they should be going out and having fun but instead are bowing to their parents' desires. I'm glad the girl realized death was not her only escape, unfortunately that realization came too late to save her Romeo. And how the heck did the box that was thrown in the ocean that night become so buried in the sand? I know the tide came in and brought sand with it, but that much sand that high on the shoreline? Stella was funny, vounteering Mac to help Hawkes untwist the dead kid. The B case was good, too. Right from the start they showed key evidence, the spice spilled on the floor. Not sure how I feel about the husband, he seemed very sincere but often abusers are also accomplished liars. The real killer, I don't think he was all there mentally. His sense of what is right and wrong and ability to interpret things was all messed up. I'm thinking he was somehow mentally disabled, it didn't dawn on him in the slightest that he should have called for help. I thought it was hilarious when Danny was looking down the garbage chute and an upstairs tenant almost hit him in the head. His face when he pulled back was great.moreless
  • Circus Act Vs. Romeo and Juliet, and a pool of blood with a missing body.

    This was one of my favorite episodes from season one because it was sad yet comical.

    Mac and Stella work on a case where a contortionist is found dead inside a crate at Coney Island. They trace the victim back to a circus where a deeper story is discovered. I loved how Anasuya and Lucas were re-living Romeo and Juliet backstage. It was funny when Mac was interrogating the clown and he tells Mac that they had taken Lucas to clown court. Mac's facial expression was priceless. It was heartbreaking when Anasuya was telling the story about sticking to the packed her and Lucas made. When she was explaining how she had found him already dead inside the box and how she was going to follow through and be Juliet almost made me cry.

    Meanwhile, Danny works on a case in an apartment where a pool of blood is discovered, but no body. Danny finds the body in the chute, but it turns out it isn't the tennet. It was the tennet's friend who had been staying with her for a while. It was weird to find out that it was the delivery guy. He was just creepy, because he thought the vic liked him, so he tried to make a move on her. Danny and Flack were disgusted in him when he told them he watched her bleed to death and then just dumped her body.moreless
  • Children that let life imitate art, and a mysterious bloody cieling

    I think this episode is wonderful from the very beginning with the body in a box being discovered by the crazy winter swimmers. The scene where Hawkes is straightening him out is one of the best ever. It was obvious from the very beginning he was a contortionist. I loved the bit at the circus with the small feud. It was amazing to see circus life like that. While it clearly didn’t depict circus life 100% accurately, it gave the viewer a feeling they understood what life was like there.

    Another great bit of this is all of the Shakespeare references. The quotes of Shakespeare were what made me love the regular CSI. It helped add to the drama, most definitely. This entire episode was heartbreaking!!! It was so sad to see the two children not learn a lesson from the story of Romeo and Juliet, or at least one of the children. Nevertheless it was a touching story. The crime Danny covers is perplexing from the beginning. The twists and turns in the story led for a surprising ending. One was sure the victim was the tenant, but then they found out the victim was someone completely else. Then one was sure it was the victim’s abusive husband who killed her. It was also a sad story where a woman hiding from her abusive husband, not wanting to get killed by his hands, gets killed by the hands of a delivery man who mistakenly thinks she’s attracted to him.moreless
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

Jim Pirri

Jim Pirri

Bernardo Espargosa

Guest Star

Katie Chonacas

Katie Chonacas

Anasuya Espargosa

Guest Star

Mark Ivanir

Mark Ivanir

Maxwell Neiman

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Mac and Stella are inspecting the body in the trunk the trunk is open. However when the scene changes and they start digging the trunk is closed without either one of them closing it.

    • Goof: When the boy is found in the box on the beach, his left arm is tucked in by his chest. However, when he is removed from the box at the ME's office, his left arm is behind his back.

    • Goof: While Mac and Sheldon were inspecting Lukas's body, you can see him breathing.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Mac: In the play, both Romeo and Juliet end up dead. Makes me wonder why our Juliet is still alive.
      Stella: I don't know, but there has to be more of a connection between Romeo and Juliet than a hickey.

    • Danny: A battered spouse.
      Hawkes: You ever know a woman with a broken nose and capped teeth who wasn't?

    • Stella: Come on, Mac, you've got to admit this is kind of cool. I have never been this close to an elephant before!

    • Mac: The stereotype is that kids run away from home to join the circus. Where do kids already in the circus go?

    • Flack: You got to be one lucky son-of-a-bitch to get a body out of a fifth-floor apartment without anyone noticing.
      Danny: Yeah, but it takes a lot more than luck to pull off a murder.

    • Stella: Until now, I never really believed people were double-jointed.
      Mac: They're not. There's no such thing as double-jointed, it's just people with very loose tendons and muscles.

    • Jason Cartey: I am not a criminal.
      Flack: Yes. You are. We're just trying to figure out what kind.

    • Flack: Both the super and the downstairs neighbour say they haven't seen her in over a week.
      Danny: Yeah, well, that don't mean anything. I've lived in my apartment over three years now, my neighbors don't recognize me.
      Flack: Better hope you don't go missing, pal.

    • (They lift out what they thought was a trunk from the sand)
      Stella: That's not a trunk. It's a box!
      Mac: It's not a box. It's a coffin.

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Stella is questioning the elephant trainer about the cities the circus has previously been in, the first one she mentions is Providence.

      Melina Kanakaredes, was the star of the NBC's show Providence for several years.

    • Stella: Who in the circus layers it on like Tammy Faye?

      Stella is referring to Tammy Faye Messner, the well-known evangelist who was once married to Jim Bakker. Tammy Faye is known for wearing false eyelashes and dark, heavy mascara.

    • Ringmaster: Parting is such sweet sorrow!

      This is a quote from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Juliet says it to Romeo during the second scene of Act Two.

    • Episode Title: Blood, Sweat & Tears.

      Blood Sweat & Tears was a band that formed in the late 1960s and had hit songs such as Spinning Wheel and And When I Die.

      The origin of the phrase, however, is a misquotation from Sir Winston Churchill's famous speech during WWII, where he said "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat". This somehow morphed into "blood, sweat and tears" - a description of someone putting their all into a project or task.