Season 3 Episode 22

Cold Reveal

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 02, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac believes he can fight the Internal Affairs investigation that is about to be started against him because of what happened to Clay Dobson. Can Mac explain what happened to the suspect he was chasing and will it be good enough for him to keep his job? Also Stella could lose her job as a CSI after a cold case is somehow connected to her.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • More Stella drama. Why am I not surprised?

    *I would have enjoyed the B case with the Cold Case crossover more if we hadn't just wrapped an entire two months of Stella!Drama. As such, I felt that it would have made better sense for it to be someone else who had ties to the 10-year-old murder. Not Danny, of course, because we already did that storyline with him (oh, yeah, NY already did that storyline - way to be original, TPTB - although bringing in the guy from Cold Case was a nice touch). Not Lindsay, because that would have made no sense. Not Mac, for the same reasons as Stella. You know what would have been nice? Flack. Flack's DNA found at a 10-year-old crime scene. Why? Because sometimes I forget Flack is even on the show, as little as they have him.

    *Speaking of the cold case, it's nice to see that the employees at the NY Crime Lab aren't held to the same standards as each other. In 220, when Danny was the only suspect in a 15-year-old murder, he had to turn in his badge and his gun and was placed on modified duty. He couldn't even help on the case he was working on, which had absolutely nothing to do with the case in which he was a suspect. However, last night Stella was the only suspect in a 10-year-old possible homicide, and she not only didn't have to be placed on modified duty, she got to help investigate the crime she was suspected for! How the hell does that make any sort of sense?

    *I totally didn't buy Mac's anger. That isn't to say I didn't believe it - Gary's a phenomenal actor, and he's really good at being pissed off - I just mean that Mac being angry was stupid. He's supposed to be smart and have common sense. He has to look at this objectively: he was the only other person on a rooftop when a handcuffed suspect fell 20 stories to his death. The NYPD would be stupid not to investigate. Instead, he rants about how it's all a political thing, with them caving to media pressure. Um, Mac, are you feeling okay? Are you the same Mac who fired Aiden last season because she broke the seal on evidence but didn't actually do anything?

    Let's take a look at Greg on CSI, shall we? He had to face a coroner's inquest because of what happened, and the department still supported him - he had a lawyer and everything. So just because they're investigating Mac doesn't mean they don't believe him, although they're certainly making it seem that way, thereby turning Mac into a martyr. Excuse me while I vomit.

    *Did anyone else catch the blatant product placement with Adam and his new Sprint phone last night? Is Sprint sponsoring the walk-on role contest or something? Because that was just tacky. Also, why did it have to be Adam? Last time I checked, he wasn't a CSI. Why couldn't Hawkes call Lindsay and ask for the still photos?

    *On the subject of Adam, why is he still getting so much screen time? And why is he contributing so much to the cases? He is a lab tech. NY already did their "character changes careers" when Hawkes moved from the morgue to the lab. In fact, they've now done it on every CSI. They don't need to do it again, although they certainly seem to be heading towards that. Adam annoys me, as most of you know, but I would be able to tolerate - even like - him if he weren't in the episodes so much. I liked him fine in S2. Although if they did put him in the credits, he probably would get his screen time reduced. I mean, look at Lindsay, Hawkes, and Flack.

    *Although I will say that Adam looked cute jamming to his headphones.

    *It was nice to see Lindsay back this week. (Next week must be the other on-location shoot, which means we'll see very little of her.) Anna looked amazing. You would never guess that she just had a baby a few months ago. Seriously, she looks phenomenal. And I'm glad to see that Lindsay has returned to her pre-303 self. I didn't like moody, angsty Lindsay (mostly because for much of the season, we didn't have an excuse for it). I like this Lindsay, who's witty and perky, making breaks in the case like the sharp cookie she is.

    *Not as much Danny as I would have liked (the whole episode could be nothing but Danny, and I'd still say "More Danny!") but he did look very yummy last night. I think he gets hotter every week. I also enjoyed his loyalty to Stella (even though it was Stella) when Valenz was firing questions at her. Danny is a fiercely loyal character, and Stella is a friend, so naturally he would rush to her defense.

    I also liked that when he found that piece of information, he called Valenz, and not Stella. If he had called Stella, I would have been like, "Whoa, HOLD it!" But he didn't. And those two actually worked well together.

    *The angel case was...interesting...although I was kind of like, "WTF?" at the end. Was the guy so drunk he actually thought he could fly, or is that whole updrafts thing possible? I was an English major, so I have no idea.


    *What is it with TPTB and 10 years? Lindsay survived a crime 10 years ago... Stella graduated from police academy 10 years ago... And is Stella having graduated 10 years ago believable? Because Danny's been at the lab at least 6 years, and I always imagine Stella being quite a bit older than him (okay, maybe 5 or 6 years older, because Danny's at least 30). I just always imagined that Stella had been a cop for longer than that.

    *I have to say something on the lack of D/L. Given what we know about the finale, there has to be something before then. You can't go for weeks with absolutely no interaction and then toss something like that at us. It's not believable. It's also not believable that these two dating coworkers never see each other. The NY Crime Lab can apparently only afford one lab tech, so wouldn't it be plausible for, say, Danny to be leaving with his results while Lindsay is coming for hers, and they say hi in passing?

    I say this every week, but I don't need for there to be much. A little scene, just to acknowledge that, yes, they do know each other, fancy that. They don't even have to be onscreen together. One of them mentioning the other's name will be plenty for my little shipper brain to overanalyze. I just don't think it's smart to have two people quite obviously dating, but only acknowledge it every so often. We often go weeks without them seeing each other and then BOOM! Huge episodes like 318. It doesn't make sense.

    Overall, I would have to give this episode an 8. Maybe an 8.5. It wasn't the best episode, but it was certainly entertaining, and it showed lots and lots of Mac in trouble, which I must admit I love. TPTB seem to want to make up for the snooze-a-thons they had during the rest of the season.moreless
  • What were they thinking of with this episode, possibly the worst episode of CSI NY I have ever seen...

    ust got to say this somewhere and this seems as good a place as any - Cold Reveal was on last night in the UK - has to be one of the worst CSI NY episodes ever! Really disappointed, poorly written sloppy storylining (Adam now remembers he misplaced a vial of Stella blood and it might have accidentally have been put in CODIS! What? I have faith in the lab work now, whose blood is this by the way...!), rubbish dialogue "What is haunting you Stella? I don't know Danny I really don't." Casting was awful, how was that woman old enough to be Stellas foster mother and how was the angel guy 18? please and I am Cameron Diaz in Shrek 3!

    And if you don't watch the other show (Cold Case?) which I don't it just seems bizzarre that the Philly detective guy gets so much screen time like you are supposed to know what is going on and who he is...why let a suspect in the case deal with the evidence as well and what were Danny and Lindsay in the episode shop mannequins? Ohhh we better give them a line so that people don't forget they are around. What was going on?

    It is something when about the only scene I enjoyed was the trigonometry (I can't spell it and and I don't understand it) scene with Hawkes and Adam, AJ looked seriously cute and Hill had great glasses in this episode but really that was the highlight of the episode, heck it ws the only bit that didn't really tick me off or leave me feeling like I wanted to switch over...

    I know a lot of this might have been said at the time when it was shown in the US but this was the first time I have seen it and I was really fed up afterwards, the whole thing just seemed lazy like they couldn't be bothered, some bits of both storys seemed to have huge chunks missing so you couldn't follow it and everything was bunched in together. I hope we don't get anymore like this Mr AZ! Not one of the best efforts...moreless
  • "Stella, look at me. What's haunting you?" GUH, that is soooo sweet.

    Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! It was fantabulous. 10 reasons why:

    1. Flack's one-liners at the begining. I was laughing so hard.

    2. I always like to get to know more about Stella! She's an interesting woman, that's for sure.

    3. Danny = sweetest guy ever. I need more friends like him. Friends with benefits.

    4. Adam grooving to his iPod. Very cute.

    5. Mac told Gerrard off!! Woo-hoo! I'd give my right arm to do the same.

    6. No Peyton! I miss the old, sad, angsty Mac that we know and love.

    7. The look on Lindsay's face when she saw those wings. 0.o

    8. Scotty Valens is hot.

    9. The ending scene had me on the edge of my seat!

    10. Danny wore green!!!!moreless
  • Crossovers do rule!

    I loved the Cold Case and NY crossover as they

    Really shine. Mac is trying to fight IAB as they

    Are portrayed as overzealous people who get big heads in the

    Position that they are at. I thought that Valents was way

    Too hard on Stella. If Mac was there, which he wasn't

    As he was fighting his own mess, then he wouldn't allow

    Valens to be pushy! At least Scotty offered a "peace offering!"
  • Cold Case and crossovers rule.

    I've never seen a single episode of Cold Case, just heard of it. If it weren't a crossover but a spinoff, I'd sure as hell start watching it, but maybe it's not too late. You know what would be cool? Battlestar Galactica fleet finding Earth and landing on the Lost island, or Dr. House trying to cure Medium Allison's psychic dreams, or Eurekans building a Stargate. Anyway, Mac was right, stupidity is not a crime, but that's no problem, because it solves itself, angel guy really got punished, even in his death when Flack was making those awesome jokes about him. Hope Stella won't get into trouble because of letting her sister run, altough it's not likely.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Scotty Valens

Guest Star

Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence

Clay Dobson

Guest Star

Baelyn Neff

Baelyn Neff

Jessica Simms

Guest Star

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Chief of Detectives Brigham Sinclair

Recurring Role

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Lindsay walks into the lab and finds Sheldon and Adam writing some stuff on the glass board.)
      Lindsay: Aw, yuck. Trigonometry.

    • Flack: Y'know Mac... the uh, the Department decides to go through with their internal investigation, I'm gonna have to answer questions. All I know is what you told me when I got up to the top.
      Mac: Like I told the DA, I did not toss Clay Dobson off that roof. This investigation is nothing but a big, political show.
      Flack: Yeah, regardless, the media's soaking the story up, and by the time they're done with it your word may not be good enough, Mac.

    • Mac: I was just wondering. When you were making all those arrests, locking up bad guys, were you imagining a day when you'd be so busy kissing the Chief of Detectives' ass you wouldn't remember what it was like to be a cop?
      Capt. Gerrard: You son of a bitch. I don't deserve that. You know I'm here because
      Mac: You don't have to explain it, Inspector, I get it. You're just a puppet. I'll take my case to the badge that pulls the strings.

    • Flack: No ID on the vic. Could be a Michael or Gabriel. They say it's tough to make it in Manhattan; heaven must be brutal.
      Mac: Yeah.
      Flack: Still checking missing persons... and Nostradamus.

    • Stella: (to Victoria Page/Erin Yates) Sometimes you don't choose your own hell. It's chosen for you. And you do what you need to survive.

    • Stella: Today, I'm here because you're the only sister I've ever had. Blood sisters, forever and ever.

    • Mac: The only crime here was Toby Finch's misguided ambition.

    • Danny: But what did you say?
      Marilyn: I got rid of every trace of him.
      Danny: You weren't kidding.

    • Scotty Valens: Ok Stella, you're driving. The way you like it (Chuckles), so lead on.

    • Dobson: (to Mac) If I'm going, I'm taking you with me.

    • Mac: Good thing you saved me for last, because I'll give you a fight you'll never forget.

    • Danny: Stella, look at me. What's haunting you?
      Stella: I don't know, Danny. That's the problem.

    • Lindsay: What about this website? It's encouraging kids to hurt themselves. That can't be legal.
      Mac: Contests aren't against the law. Neither is stupidity or bad judgement.

    • Altar Boy #1: Where are you going? We're supposed to be practicing for communion.
      Altar Boy #2: Who cares about communion? I know where Father Sinclair keeps the wine!

    • (Looking at the "fallen angel")
      Mac: If he didn't fall from some sort of parachute or aircraft . . .
      Flack: There's always heaven.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Flack: We're still checking missing persons... and Nostradamus.

      Michel de Nostredame (1503 – 1566), was a reputed seer who published a collection of prophecies that have since become famous world-wide for -supposedly- predicting numerous major world events.

    • Flack: No ID on the vic... could be a Michael or Gabriel.

      These are angels mentioned several times in The Bible, (for example, Jude 1.9 or Thessalonians 4:16).

    • Mac: Who called it in?
      Flack: Father Brooks...a little shaken up...fallen angel thing.

      In Christianity, fallen angels are angels that have been banished from Heaven because they disobeyed God in some way. Thus Father Brooks being shaken up over a fallen angel in his church.

      Also, Gary Sinise starred in the 2003 Hallmark movie Fallen Angel.

    • Sid: It seems young Icarus flew too close to tech heaven.

      Sid repeatedly refers to the victim as Icarus. In Greek mythology, Daedalus and his son, Icarus , were imprisoned in Crete by King Minos, for whom he built the Labyrinth. Daedalus built wings for them out of wax and feathers so they could fly away. He warned Icarus not to fly too high because the wax would melt, and not to fly too low because the feathers would get wet and heavy. Icarus, however, got carried by the exhilaration of flight; he flew too close to the sun, his wings melted, and he fell into the ocean and drowned.