Season 4 Episode 1

Can You Hear Me Now?

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 26, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The man inside the timpani should have been able to easily take its head off after it was modified since it must be hard to stuff a person in one and then artfully put the head back on.

    • Even though enough time has gone by for the lab to be rebuilt after last season's finale, there's no continuity to Danny's severe hand injury and Adam's physical and psychological torture from 3x24 Snow Day. Even though there has been enough time for their injuries to clear up, Adam would most likely have some trauma and Danny would suffer from his fingers having been badly broken since as he revealed himself in 1x22 The Closer a hand injury was what ended his baseball career after he broke his wrist. His career depends a big deal in his ability to use his hands to do detailed job.

    • Adam can be seen wearing one dog tag.

    • Even though Mac has gone to London on vacation to spend time with Peyton, he appears to be alone in his hotel room every time he gets the 333 calls and flashbacks can be seen to at least three of them. He doesn't make any reference to how Peyton reacted to them or if she knows about them.

    • Goof: The coroner finds a ticket stub in the throat of the victim whose tongue was cut out, but since this man died in the ER, wouldn't ER staff have found it while trying to stop the bleeding and save his life?

    • The flight number for Mac's flight home from London is 401 which also happens to be the episode reference number.

    • Goof: The 3 major London airports (Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick) require photo check-in as part of their security protocol. This involves having your picture taken at check-in, then when boarding the plane the boarding pass is scanned and the picture double checked (the picture is displayed on a screen behind the desk and is visible to anyone waiting to board). This is standard procedure for all flights but this does not happen when Mac is boarding the plane.

    • Wardrobe malfunction: In the first part of the show, we see Mac wearing a long sleeved dark grey tee and black pants. Mid episode, everybody changes clothes, and Mac is wearing a black short-sleeved tee and black sweatpants, with a grey stripe on the sides. Towards the end of the episode, we see Mac wearing the grey tee again, while everybody else is wearing the second set of clothes.

    • The new 3-D equipment in the autopsy lab is made by Actuality Systems and is called the Perspecta Display 1.9. It is designed to create a hologram-like image that gives a 360 degree view that can be viewed by multiple users simultaneously. The website actually features the following blurb: as seen in the autopsy lab of the hit series CSI: NY.

    • Statue of Liberty Access: The upper regions of the Statue of Liberty have been closed to visitors for various reasons throughout its history. Most often, the torch and crown have been the restricted areas due to structural safety concerns. However, the entire interior of the hollow statue has been off limits to the public since 11 September 2001. A bill to reopen the statue was introduced in the US Senate in 2006, but the National Park Service, which runs the monument, maintains that it will be closed indefinitely.

    • Stella can speak Italian.

  • Quotes

    • Adam: She gets a piano wire and I get a bronze, metal thing with bumps.

    • Stella: (coming in holding a box) Mac, if I told you to go home and get some rest, you would say...
      Mac: What's in the box?
      Stella: Of course you would.

    • Nova Kent: I lost that music box about a year ago.
      Danny: Are you kidding me? You can't come up with a better lie than that?
      Nova Kent: I move a lot, four different places in the past year. I've given up junk, throw things away.
      Stella: You specifically requested that the music box played Mozart's first menuet. It seems strange that something with that kind of sentimental value would be thrown away.
      Nova Kent: Yeah well, I cried for three days when I realized it was gone.
      Danny: You're killing me right now...

    • Adam: Kendall! Hey..uh..wake up..uh, we're late for work. We gotta, we gotta get up, we're late for work.
      Kendall: (waking up and seeing that they are both in their underwear) Did we?...We didn't...?
      Adam: Oh! No, no, no. I mean, I...uh..I wish it was yes, yes, yes but sadly, no.
      Kendall: (lays back down)...Hmmmm, ten more minutes.
      Adam: No, no, no, no. No more minutes! Come on! Get up, get up! Come on, let's go! Up, up, up, yes, let's go! (helps Kendall up from the couch) Must...fight....crime...

    • Hawkes: What about the trace I collected from her arm?
      Lindsay: Latex. More specifically, condom spray.
      Danny: (Amused) 'Scuse me? What? I didn't catch that.
      (Sheldon looks baffled.)
      Lindsay: Liquid rubber (Holds the spray can, smiling). German engineering at its finest.
      Hawkes: I'm not sure I understand.
      Lindsay: Well, allow me to demonstrate (Grabs a big test-tube). Contrarily to what you might have heard, science definitely does matter (Starts spraying the content of the can on the test-tube). Simply, apply like so. Allow a few moments for maximum drying time and... boom! Instant condom.
      Hawkes: Are you serious? A spray-on condom?
      Danny: What... where does the... the... (Points at the top of the test-tube) Now how... never mind.

    • Stella: Does that smell like ammonia?
      Flack: And death. (after a while) Something definitely happened in this apartment.

    • Hawkes: (to Lindsay and Danny) I don't know guys, it doesn't make sense. Sex and murder I get, vandalism ... (he shrugs) incompatible.

    • Mac: (after hearing that the two Security Guards had sex on the Statue of Liberty) Nothing's sacred anymore.

    • Flight Attendant: (shows Mac that he has a lipstick kiss on his cheek and Mac wipes it off) Looks like someone's going to miss you!

    • Stella: After everything he did, he didn't go after Anthony Colton.
      Mac: For some, the greatest sin is to do nothing.

    • Adam: That's how I roll. (high pitch) What up?!

    • Stella: (Referring to sight viewer) There's blood on the coin slot.
      Flack: Yeah, I like to do a little sight seeing after I commit murder.

    • Adam: (answering phone) Adam Ross.
      Lindsay: Hi. I'm calling from the office of unemployment.
      Adam: Oh, Lindsay, hey.
      Lindsay: Word is that Denny's is looking to hire some socially awkward scientists.
      Adam: I'm...I'm halfway there already, okay?
      Lindsay: It's a big case Adam, it's the Statue of Liberty, it's all over the news.(Adam turns his TV on, Lindsay continues over the phone.) We've got a lot of work to do; it's top priority and Mac is back in town. Get your little ass to work. (Lindsay hangs up the phone)

    • Stella: Who would do something like this?
      Mac: Someone desperate to get his message across.

    • Flack: (shakes hands with Mac) Welcome back to the land of the free and the home of the depraved.

  • Notes

    • French episode title: Du Sang pour la Liberté, meaning Blood for Liberty.

    • Chase Kim, who plays Lee Nakashima, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode In Plane sight.

      Charlie Koznick, who plays Anthony Colton, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Dude, Where's My Groom?.

    • Season 4 has a title page, both in the visual and in the audio, since the theme song Baba O'Reilly has been remixed.

    • The Statue of Liberty was built on stage. In order to shoot in the head the statue it was made to be 16 feet instead of 10 feet.

      The size of Lady Liberty's head is 10 feet.

    • The promotional cast photo for season 4 is based on a photo called Lunch Atop a Skyscraper photographed in 1932 by Charles C. Ebbets.

      You can look at the cast photo on CBS official CSI:NY website.

    • This is the first appearance of Kendall Novak (Bess Wohl) in the show. However, Bess Wohl played the maid of honor, Audrey Davis, in Season 1 Episode 15 Til Death Do We Part.

    • International Airdates:
      The Netherlands: December 5, 2007 on RTL4.
      Norway: December 12, 2007 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: January 21, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Denmark: February 4, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Latin America: February 14, 2008 on AXN.
      Australia: March 3, 2008 on Network 9.
      Turkey: March 3, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: March 4, 2008 on AXN Spain.
      New Zealand: April 22, 2008 on TV3.
      Slovenia: August 28, 2008 on POP TV.
      Germany: September 1, 2008 on VOX.
      Austria: September 3, 2008 on ORF1.
      Greece: September 17, 2008 on SKAI.
      Finland: March 18, 2009 on MTV3.
      Slovakia: July 2, 2009 on JOJ.

    • Music Featured:
      Like This by MIMS feat. Rasheeda.
      Computer Says No by Hyper vs JHz.
      Restless by U.N.K.L.E. feat. Josh Homme.
      Almost Lover by A Fine Frenzy.
      Last of Days by A Fine Frenzy.

  • Allusions

    • The timpani storyline is reminiscent of Takashi Mike's horror movie Audition.

    • Stella: You specifically requested that the music box played Mozart's first menuet.

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a prolific and influential Austrian composer of the Classical era.

    • Lindsay: I hear Denny's is looking to hire some socially awkward scientists.

      Denny's is the largest family restaurant chain in the United States.

    • Episode Title: Can you hear me now?

      The title refers to the Verizon Wireless advertising campaign where they show a Verizon technician traveling to remote and strange places, carrying his cell phone and asking "Can you hear me now? Good."

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