Season 4 Episode 8


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

New York City has everything: Times Square, billboards, parties, and a dead model in a giant martini glass. Now the team must find a party crasher who crashed one party too many.

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  • The team once again investigates two crimes. First, a model who dies while dancing around in a giant martini glass that is part of a Times Square billboard. Second, robbery at a high class restaurant which left one person dead and another badly wounded.moreless

    As other reviews have pointed out, "Buzzkill" is not the best episode of the season but it is very entertaining to watch. This episode does have a well written script and the actors, as usual, give very good performances (Carmine Giovanazzo is once again terrific), but this episode lacks the excitement that is present in many other episodes of the series. When the story focusing on the model came full circle, I didn't feel it was a big payoff as is usually the case in other episodes (The episode "Commuted Sentences" is a good example). Flawed, but still quite good.moreless
  • For a filler episode, it was quite good.

    I liked this episode, although it was basically a filler episode. The case of the girl in the martini glass was interesting. It seemed too straightforward and sure enough, it was. Neither case were the main things that caught my attention.

    I was most interested in the romance between Stella and Drew. I am desperate to see Stella hook up with someone because all of these shippers I know keep "pairing" her and Mac together. That would be an awful idea, in my opinion. Anyway, I really don't like Drew. There is something kind of sleezy about him. Stella is resisting him, which I totally understand. My romantic history is not as bad as hers and I'm gun shy. I think it's realistic of TPTB to show Stella be hesitant about a guy, even though she's obviously intrigued or attracted. It may just be me, but I think Drew is up to no good.

    Yes, a filler episode, but they have so few, I can't be mad. It was well done anyway.moreless
  • seen better seen a lot worse

    I just watched this episode for the first time today and there are some episodes of all programmes where you watch it once but never again as it was so boring, and there are others where you don't want it to end and you're wanting to catch every repeat, well this was an in between episode. I enjoyed it and if I happen to see it again that would be ok but I'm not gonna go out of my way to make it happen. Flack looked hot just like he always does. I love it when Messer says "Boom" when he finds something from evidence that tips the balance in their favour. Hilarious.moreless
  • So..

    Well this episode had so many twists and turns. then the bit with the doctor!!

    i agree with mac tho, they were seriously not professionals, so messy and it was so obvious they'd get caught. more so than any other csi i have saw before.

    although i must admit it was interesting.

    it was a good story, good ending. i was actually surprised the woman done it and not the man. i always expected it would of been the man advertiser but it was a very very good ending.

    impressed by the acting, but danny scared me how very into he was. it seemed it needed more explanation why he stayed there the whole night, maybe something about how it was so close to him, like another case.moreless
  • Even filler episodes prove that this show is anything but dull.

    Tiny saltwater jellyfish, heroin lollipops, and the kidnapping of a doctor's brother add up to an hours worth of entertainment.

    While the episode didn't provide us with any new character developments or romance, it did give us the change to see why the New York team manages to outshine the other CSI teams. Stella and Lindsay try and figure out what killed a young woman in a lifesize martini glass while Mac and Danny try to find out who shot a waitress during a robbery as well as who is responsible for the kidnapping of the brother who is treating the young woman. I liked the fact that the storyline gave us a twist regarding the actual cause of death of the woman who apparently ended up being electrocted in the martini glass. Sid's acute observation skills led Stella to discover that the real cause of death was being stung by a jellyfish. Mac and Danny's storyline had a nice ending when the doctor's brother was found unharmed. It's hard to find fault with writing that remains solid even during a filler episode. When it comes to good writing, the New York writer's never miss a beat.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Tracey Ruggiero

Tracey Ruggiero

Jenna Donovan

Guest Star

Scottie Thompson

Scottie Thompson

Lia Ramsey

Guest Star

Marc Manard

Marc Manard

Damien Barnes

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Kerr Smith

Kerr Smith

Drew Bedford

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Because Kanji is essentially Chinese characters used in written Japanese, the Kanji characters on the rice grain and the tattoo mean the same thing in both Japanese and Chinese. The only way the CSIs could have concluded that they were meant to be Japanese characters and not Chinese characters is because that particular store specialized in Kanji (Japanese character) rice grain rings.

    • Goof: We know from past episodes that Flack is severely allergic to cats. He only needs to be in the same room to sneeze. However when Flack and Lindsay are interviewing the store owner about the Kanji ring a cat walks right by him and he doesn't even flinch.

    • Drew Bedford mentions that he is a Cubs fan which could mean that he is probably from Chicago. Mac is also from Chicago.

    • Mac tells Danny to go home and get some sleep even though he hasn't done the same since he's wearing the same clothes as he was the night before.

    • In Buzzkill you will see an add for Dexter.

    • Sid has a great-uncle Andy.

    • Goof: When in the hospital, during the Code Blue on Brandi, someone states that she is in VFib (Ventricular Fibrillation) however the rhythm shown on the monitor is Asystole.

      The correct treatment for VFib is defibrillation (it does have to be on bare skin). However with Asystole (what is shown on the monitor) you DO NOT defibrillate.

    • Goof: EMTs usually only allow family members in ambulances with victims. It is very unlikely that they would allow a man to hitch a ride just by rushing over and claiming to be the victim's boyfriend.

    • Goof: Hospitals have policies about no cell phone use in ICUs due to the signals interferring with the equipment. Yet no one seems bothered that Dr. Moore uses his cell phone several times in the ICU.

    • Goof: When Dr. Moore uses the defibrillator on Brandi, he simply places the pads on her chest, over her hospital gown. That would not work in reality, since the pads need to be placed on bare skin to deliver the electric shock properly so the heart would jump start.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Mac: (Worried about Danny) If you're not going to go home, why don't you go get something to eat?

    • Sid: He was in freakishly superior shape for an octogenarian.

    • Danny: So these guys are mailing the money somewhere.
      Sheldon: Smart move. Not keeping the cash on them or in the apartment.
      Angell: If you raise the ink from the pouch, maybe we can get an address.
      Danny: Oh what? You doing science now?

    • Stella: You know, Lindsay, I don't think these lollipops are lollipops.
      (Stella tests one lollipop)
      Stella: Heroin.
      Lindsay: Well, that changes everything.

    • Hawkes: Crime of passion?
      Mac: That's one possibility. Or... she's the inside guy? They planned this robbery together, but before she got her cut... her partner double-crossed her.

    • Flack: (to a suspect) Nick, I've had guys in here blame their criminal behavior on wives, bosses, even the devil. But I gotta tell ya, this is a new one. You're telling me you were driven to this by a shiny red light?

    • (After heating a plastic packing slip pouch to reveal the ink.)
      Danny: (holding the pouch) Mac! I bet when you hired me you didn't know about my baking skills.
      Mac: Doesn't look too appetizing.

    • (Hawkes hands Danny a bill to compare the fibers.)
      Danny: You tipping me for my zooming skills?

    • (Flack to a suspect)
      Flack: I'd get rid of that cat if I were you!

    • (Flack in interrogation to a suspect.)
      Flack: For your information: I'm very good.

    • (Danny looks down on a piece of evidence. Suddenly he jumps up and pats Hawkes on the back, leaving his gloves behind.)
      Danny: Thanks for the help, Doc!
      Hawkes: (smiling) I'm not even gonna ask.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Spanish episode title Aguafiestas, meaning Wet Blanket.

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: February 6, 2008 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: March 1, 2008 on Channel 5.
      Denmark: March 24, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Venezuela: April 3, 2008 on AXN.
      Turkey: April 21, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 22, 2008 on AXN Spain.
      Portugal: April 22, 2008 on AXN.
      The Netherlands: April 23, 2008 on RTL4.
      Australia: May 5, 2008 on Network 9.
      Sweden: June 2, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Greece: November 5, 2008 on SKAI.
      Finland: May 6, 2009 on MTV3.
      Slovakia: July 28, 2009 on JOJ.

    • Music Featured:
      Get It Now by Amanda Blank.
      Hunting for Witches by Bloc Party.
      Nashira by Bumps.

    • A.J. Buckley is credited as Special Guest Star; however he does not appear in the televised version.