Season 3 Episode 23

Comes Around

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 09, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Can the team clear a tennis legend of murder? Also Mac believes that the continuing investigation into what happened with Clay Dobson is nothing but media pressure. Can friends and colleagues help save Mac Taylor’s career before it’s too late?

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  • A man is found impaled on a condom dispenser in a men's room. Evidence at the scene suggests that the killer is tennis legend John McEnroe. Elsewhere Mac is thrown to the wolves over the case of Clay Dobson as his court hearing begins.moreless

    The whole story around whether or not John McEnroe is a murderer is a bit silly, but what is making me give this episode a high rating is the great performances by the cast as they step up to the plate for Mac. Eddie Cahill, Carmine Giovanazzo and Melina Kanakeredes are all terrific. CSI: NY once again shows the best of the talented actors who make up its cast. The episode's resolution is great as well. The current season of CSI: NY has been great. I certainly hope the next season is just as good!moreless
  • This is what I'm talking about. This is the Mac I know and Love. I truly loved this episode. It brought so many things in Mac that he trys and fights for every day of life. I hated the fact that Gerard and the department made Mac the scapegoat.moreless

    I never been so mad at the police department before until I watched this eppie. Gerard should have had his badge takin away from him and his police pention revoked. He dindn't have to make Mac his scapegoat. But he did anyway. Mac had to smoething that he truly hated to do. He had to use politics in order to break the charges against him. Mac over came the odds and fought with fire that Sinclair and Gerard hated. All they cared about was the public image they got when they were on tv. Mac took them to the back back door and put the cops trust back in his hands.moreless
  • Lots of hype, very little delivery.

    I'm going to say this now... I wasn't that impressed with this episode. There were bits and pieces that I liked, but on the whole, this episode was highly disappointing.

    *The scene at the beginning was awesome. I actually laughed at the thought of Mac threatening anybody. As much as I don't like the character they've turned him into, he would never do that.

    *Why must they always make the lawyers such witches? It just reinforces the belief that this was all a political stunt to get Mac. When in reality, it's just common sense. Mac was the only person on the roof when a handcuffed suspect fell to his death. Even though the DA decided not to prosecute, I should hope that the NYPD would want to investigate it. This is what happened to Greg on CSI - he went through the coroner's inquest, and then the family sued. I would think that they would investigate any suspicious death at the hands of the police.

    However, the way that they portrayed it, with that lawyer who was such a wenchbag, just made it look like they were turning Mac into a martyr. Made me want to throw something.

    *I knew, from the promos and ep summaries, that John McEnroe was a suspect in this week's case. However, telling us that right from the beginning, before he'd even been on screen, was overkill.

    Do a shot every time someone says "John McEnroe". You'll be drunk in five minutes.

    *Danny had some great lines in this episode. However, when he said Mac's decision to walk out of his own hearing was "ballsy, like something I would do", I didn't entirely agree. Now, it is very true that S1 Danny would have done that without a second thought, but I don't know if he would do it as quickly now. He'd probably still do it, though. It's just the way Danny is.

    *Danny, by the way, looks HOT. And I love when he flashes his badge. I wish he'd flash something else.

    *Well... John McEnroe is a better actor than Sasha Cohen, at least. But he's playing himself, and that's not much of a stretch.

    *Lindsay looks good. For, you know, the four minutes that she's in.

    *Aw, the story of Mac's first collar. *bangs head against wall*

    *Reactions to everyone being on the stand:

    Flack: I felt terrible for Flack. The witch wouldn't let him talk. When he was trying to explain Mac's side, she was like, "You weren't there, you don't know for sure that he jumped," I wanted to say, "Witch, you weren't there either!" Honestly.

    Danny: Ha ha ha ha. Danny being a smartass. I miss smartass Danny. I loved when she wanted him to read the autopsy, and he started reading, and she goes, "Out loud." I so bet he did that just to piss her off. "Is that an actual question?" Oh, Danny. You slay me.

    Stella: Um... I don't remember. XD

    *Selling people's blood? Sick! And a very random explanation for how McEnroe's blood ended up at the crime scene. But I have to ask... Does this stuff happen? I mean, people were selling Britney Spears' hair on eBay, so I guess anything is possible.

    *The scene at the bar with Danny and Flack was very cute, and I like that they reminded us that they are, indeed, friends - or were, once upon a time. For a show that focuses a lot more on the characters' personal lives, they don't show them out much. So I did like that we got to see them outside the lab.

    I wish it had been Danny and Lindsay, though. It could have been a great scene. That one tiny scene of them together held nothing cute. They just talked about the case. These two are supposed to be dating! Come on!

    *Can't go wrong when Danny and Flack chase a suspect. "You should have told us you were hungry. We could've gotten you a pretzel."

    *Okay... What was up with the Truby scene? "Sinclair's using you as a department scapegoat." Excuse me, Mac was the only other person on the roof when a handcuffed suspect fell to his death! You have to realize how that looks! Even if they did believe him, they owed it to the city to investigate it.

    *Is he allowed to just walk in there and take that evidence?

    *The D/L scene was disappointing. Though I guess I should be happy that they at least saw and spoke to each other. However, I rather enjoyed talking to Bo and coming up with all the things Danny should have said after Lindsay said, "You look happy."


    "Well, that's because you just walked in the room."

    "That's because we just had sex in the supply closet."

    "Well, your hand is down my pants isn't it?"

    "Well, you're not wearing any underwear."

    "I was thinking about teh mad secks we're going to have when we get home."

    "Because your cat is in my garden." (That was Alex.)

    And so on.

    *And Mac gets off scot-free. Excuse me while I vomit. Of course, I knew nothing was going to happen to the freaking star of the show, but still.

    *And Stella ends the show with another cheesy line. "Let's go make a difference." Blargh.moreless
  • Opening scene alone is better than all of CSI: Miami combined.

    This episode opens with a very sadistic Gary Sinise savagely dropping Clay Dobson off the rooftop, but when the viewer is brought back to reality it is revealed that it is a lawyer's interpretation of the incident. What a great opening!!!!!! This episode revolves around tennis star John McEnroe possibly killing some poor guy, but the episode really shines during everything else. The court room scenes with Danny, Flack and Stella, Flack and Danny's bar conversation, Peyton and Mac at the diner and so on. McEnroe does his job fine and is nowhere near as bad as some of the non actor guest stars CSI: NY has brought on their set. (Suicide Girls? Ick.) Excellent episode.moreless
  • Behind the scenes of the New York Police Department...

    This episode was really great.

    The viewer finally gets to know what really happens behind the scenes in the NYPD. "It's all about the politics," Mac states and he is correct. Gerrard and Sinclair are the corrupt cops,only interested in their careers, but neglecting the little man... Actually not their job and we need Mac to tell them.

    We get to see what happens in a disciplinary hearing and at the end, the release: Mac is proven innocent!!!

    My favourite scene in the whole episode: Flack and Danny playing pool together at their favorite bar. They really seem to have a great friendship and I like it that we can see them outside of work. Makes the show more realistic to show their private life, too.

    All in all, a great installment!!!!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

Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence

Clay Dobson

Guest Star

Michael King

Michael King

Dean Truby

Guest Star

Heather Mazur

Heather Mazur

Natalie Greer

Guest Star

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Chief of Detectives Brigham Sinclair

Recurring Role

Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani

Dr. Peyton Driscoll

Recurring Role

Carmen Argenziano

Carmen Argenziano

eputy Inspector Stanton Gerrard

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Clay Dobson was sent to prison 5 years ago, which would suggest 2002 from the date of this episode, but the newspaper article Mac is reading at the end states that Dobson was locked up in 1997. The article also turns into an unrelated story about a missing woman halfway through.

    • When Flack meets Danny in the bar after Danny's testimony, he orders "one of the good stuff". The pint glass he is given holds what looks like a pulled pint of Guinness..."real beer" according to every Irishman I have ever met and also "the good stuff". Just find that amusing since it seems Flack is supposed to be an Irish cop.

    • Some of the celebrity blood samples Sam Friar has sold are of director Spike Lee, New York City Major Michael Bloomberg, and John McEnroe.

    • Danny has known Mac for five years.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Clay Dobson: I cut off their eyelids, so they had to look at me while they died, ok?
      Mac: Now you are gonna look at me... when you die.

    • Peyton: No apparent cause of death and the tox report didn't indicate anything helpful but I knew something was wrong... so, I... (notices that Mac is distracted) ...so I decided to just cut the poor bastard's liver up and make a lovely pate and everybody in the lab just adored it...

    • Lindsay: (talking to Danny) You look happy.

    • Danny: Why do we do what we do, huh?
      Flack: What do you mean?
      Danny: Why do we wake up in the morning at three o'clock, stand at a crime scene in the freezing cold, living paycheck to paycheck, for what? To protect and serve? Serve who, the public? Sometimes it seems like they hate us, and then here we got the brass ready to throw us to the lions.
      Flack: (shrugs) We do it cause we're good at it. Maybe we'd be lousy at anything else. I don't know. Maybe we do it for the one or two times somebody actually thanks us for finding their son's murderer.

    • Hawkes: The gravitational blood drops that Danny found in the bathroom match reference samples you collected from McEnroe. It's his blood.
      Lindsay: Wait, he was in the bar and at home?
      Stella: So the question is: how was John McEnroe in two places at one time?

    • Mac: (Smirk) You know, I think I'm getting the hang of this politics stuff.

    • Stella: Must have been incredibly satisfying to get Sinclair.
      Mac: I don't take pleasure in someone else's discomfort (Pause) Yes, it was incredibly satisfying. (Grins)

    • Mac: Want you to tell him or should I?
      Sinclair: Tell me what Stan?
      Mac: Let me tell him, I like this story.

    • John McEnroe: What, is he crazy?! Look at his nose!

    • Danny: You shoulda... you shoulda just told us you wanted a snack, we coulda got you a pretzel.

    • Flack: The ultimate fan.
      Danny: Sounds like we're looking for the ultimate fanatic.

    • Danny: (about Mac) It's a no-win. Because if he hadn't caught Dobson, they'd have been all over his ass for that too.

    • Danny: It's nice, ain't it though? Bein' cooperative?
      John McEnroe: (shrugs) It ain't bad.

    • Peyton: Impaled on a condom machine, that's a first.
      Danny: So much for safe sex.

    • Flack: The Department can't afford to lose you.
      Mac: This isn't about the Department, it's about me. They're calling me a murderer. I'm not sticking around to hear that.

    • (Mac storms out of his disciplinary hearing)
      Flack: Did you just walk out?
      Mac: Apparently I'm the kind of person who just does whatever he wants, why disappoint them?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Heather Mazur, who plays Natalie Greer, also appears in episode 5x06 Enough and in the CSI: Miami episode Caged.

      Michael King, who plays Detective Dean Truby, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Cello and Goodbye.

    • Spanish episode title: Todo lo que Sube, meaning What goes around.

    • International Airdates:
      Tuesday August 14, 2007 on AXN Spain.
      Greece Wednesday November 21st, 2007 on SKAI.
      Norway Wednesday, November 28, 2007 on TVNorge.
      France Wednesday, December 12, 2007 on TF1.
      Hungary Monday April 22, 2008.
      Finland: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 on MTV3.
      The Netherlands: October 10, 2007 on RTL4.
      Turkey: July 30, 2007 on CNBC-e.

    • Music Featured:
      The Bomb (original) by New Young Pony Club.
      Love Is Here to Stay by Chungking.


    • Episode title: Comes Around.

      The episode title is an allusion to the saying: What goes around comes around.

    • Jimmy Nelson: I've never been married to a rock star.

      This is a reference to John McEnroe's 1997 marriage to Patty Smyth. They have two daughters, Ava and Anna.

    • Stella: Dead man standing.

      This is a slight variation on the phrase, Dead man walking, which refers to a condemned prisoner on death row.

      It is also the title of a movie about capital punishment starring Sean Penn as a man sentenced to die and Susan Sarandon as his spiritual adviser.

      There is a CSI: NY episode, Past Imperfect, where a man reported his own murder to Mac. There is also a CSI: Miami episode (Dead Woman Walking) and a NCIS episode (Dead Man Walking) that allude to the same saying.