Season 4 Episode 7

Commuted Sentences

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 07, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team has two cases tonight and two great tourist locations: Madison Square Park where a man is stabbed to death, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where a woman is shot dead on the steps.

What is even more perplexing about these cases is that the team soon realizes that these two victims hold something criminal in common.moreless

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  • Two separate crime scenes are investigated here. A man found stabbed to death in Madison Square Park and a woman shot and killed on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The cases look unrelated on the surface, but Mac soon finds out otherwise.moreless

    When I watched this very good episode of CSI: NY I was reminded of the classic Hitchcock movie Strangers on a Train. A movie that CSI alluded to in a past episode. I was also reminded of a past episode of CSI: NY titled "And Here's to You Mrs. Azreal" which had a theme similiar to this episode. However, despite this flaw I found this episode to be one of the best of the season (Which looks to be a little shorter due to the Writers Guild strike) so far. Four seasons and CSI: NY is still going strong. Fantastic.moreless
  • I didn't like this one...

    The team investigates two murders at two different locations and find out that they are connected. Wow, I've definately seen that before a hundred times of CSI. Anyways, it turned out that two friends were rape victums and one of the friends killed the other's raper. The only thing I liked about this episode was how the two characters coped. I liked their characterization and their vulnerability as well and their perserverance. Still, neither of the cases interested me at all. I felt that it was easy to catch both killers. Overall, not a good episode because of it's common story.moreless
  • The team investigates two cases and learn they are connected

    Okay if I'm Juliet, this episode can be my Romeo!! I loved it!!! Since the beginning of the season was crappy, we were due for some good episodes. DANNY/LINDSEY INTERACTION!!! That sceane was adorable!! I nearly died laughing when I saw Danny's face when Lindsey said he couldn't shoot the sling shot thing:) Flack and Angell, who would of thought?? I like it. I will call them Doniffer!! There was not that much Mac in this episode which is good because basically the whole season so far has revolved around him. Loved the Stella hair sticks sceane!! I hope the strike was worth it and we get better episodes!!:)moreless
  • Loved it

    I just saw this episode on channel 5 (british) ande loved it. I really like the whole Angell/Flack thing. I am a huge fan of Flack and he just looked cute when he was flirting with her. I could feel the chemistry between Danny and Lindsay when he was holdong her at the crime scene, for scientific reasons of course, but still cute. The look on Adams face when Kendall was eating and Mac was trying to talk to him was hilarious. The whole plot line and the acting in this episode was spectacularly amazing. I hope that there are more episodes like this one to come.moreless
  • squee worthy

    this episode is definitely my favorite of this season. ship wise it's one of the best. the scene between danny and lindsay on the steps of the museum is great, funny and totally squeeworthy!!!

    and new prospect of a ship, flack and angell, so cute, i think we won't forget flack 'busting his move on' jess now will we? definitely the beginning of something.

    the cases were interesting too, the link between them, vengeance, seeking justice, really well written. the only thing that was a bit out of place (for lack of better words) was mac's description of bullfighting like it was some kind of art. which it is not. but anyway, great episode that i rewatch with delight.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

Jenny J. Wade

Jenny J. Wade

Fern Lazlow

Guest Star

Chris Gann

Chris Gann

Mitchell Bentley

Guest Star

Suzanne Reed

Suzanne Reed

Joanna Morgan

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Det. Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Bess Wohl

Bess Wohl

Kendall Novak

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Goof: When Flack arrives at Fern's apartment he is wearing a brown shirt in the squad car but in the next shot, outside Fern's apartment door, he is wearing a blue shirt.

    • Stella confesses to Mac that she has run down a check on Drew that hasn't turned up with any match.

    • Vigilantism is a back story in this episode and it is not condoned.

    • Goof: When Messer is handcuffing Amber, Mac changes places between shots, and Amber's handcuffs change from silver to blue.

    • Goof: Kendall is wearing a badge (in the break room scene when she teases Adam with chocolate). Why would a lab tech have one?

    • Goof: Amber Stanton and Joanna Morgan met while riding the Long Island Railroad (Hence the ticket chad that was recovered at the scene of Mitchell Bentley's murder). Yet the train the two women are seen riding on is a subway train not a Long Island Railroad train.

    • Dect. Angell has four older brothers.

    • Goof: The scene outside the museum between Danny & Lindsay is staged for the bullet to go through the left shoulder. But later, Lindsay points to her right shoulder and during Angell and Danny's interview of Steve, Angell grabs his right shoulder as well.

    • Goof: Lindsay's hair is shorter when she and Danny talk to Mac in the aisle than in the rest of the chapter.

    • Goof: When Hawkes is telling Mac about the food bacteria, his glasses go from on his face to on the top of his head without him moving them. They then switch back to his face in the next shot.

    • When Lindsay was a kid, she'd use her slingshot on boys.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Mac: She surrendered to anger instead of fighting to go on with her life.

    • Mac: (To Adam, throwing him a muffin after learning that he is on a diet) Eat something.

    • Flack: Four older brothers and a Detective Sergeant for a father. Your old man dust you for prints when you got home from a date?
      Angell: If it was up to them I wouldn't have known boys existed until I was 21.
      Flack: I'm sure the boys knew you existed.
      Angell: (turns to him smiling) Is that a line Flack? (He grins at her) Did you just bust out your game on me? (He turns away smiling, then looks back at her blushing) It was, wasn't it? Look at you, you're blushing.
      Flack: Come on, game. Game? I have no game. If I did, that's probably as good as it gets.
      Angell: I think it's pretty good.

    • Danny: Quite impressive, I can't believe that contraption actually worked.
      Lindsay: And that all three of my shots were perfect. (taps him on the arm with the sling shot and smiles)

    • Stella: (to waiter) Was he with anyone?
      Waiter: A smoking hot brunette in a red dress, she made the reservation... (checks reservation book) ...under Florence Nightingale, I'm thinking fake name.
      Flack: Real sharp, Larry!

    • Lindsay: (to Amber Stanton) You just don't get it, do you? It doesn't matter who the victim is. It's the killer we're after.

    • Amber Stanton: (during questioning) Whenever I see a useless piece of human trash walk away without consequence, I feel violated again... Bentley was smiling... Kaplan was going about his life as if nothing had happened...
      Mac: So you became a predator, a killer?
      Amber Stanton: I think of myself as an arbiter of justice...
      (Mac looks at Messer who walks toward Amber)
      Danny: Stand up.
      (Amber stands up, Messer cuffs her wrists)
      Mac: Killing out of vengeance is not justice, Ms. Stanton. Justice is conscience. When you lose that, you have nothing.

    • (Doing a reconstruction of the shooting).
      Lindsay: Definitely, could have gone through the love handles.(Smiles and pinches his stomach)
      Danny: That's too low, wise ass.

    • Danny: What you, uh, shot pebbles at squirrels back in Montana?
      Lindsay: No, I used to shoot boys. Now stand back and try to keep up.

    • Danny: I can't believe you aren't going to let me shoot.
      Lindsay: We'd be here all day.

    • Mac: (After Stella tells him the chemical substance found on one of the blades) You can just call it hair spray.
      Stella: Sorry, chemical compounds just sort of roll off my tongue.

    • Flack: Looks like a good clean case for revenge.
      Stella: She certainly made her point.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Spanish title: Commutación de Sentencias, meaning Commutation of Senteces.

    • International Air Dates:
      Norway: January 30, 2008 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: February 23, 2008 on Channel 5.
      Sweden: March 3, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Denmark: March 17, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: April 14, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 15, 2008 on AXN Spain.
      The Netherlands: April 16, 2008 on RTL4.
      Australia: April 28, 2008 on Channel 9.
      Greece: October 29, 2008 on SKAI.
      Finland: April 29, 2009 on MTV3.
      Slovakia: July 23, 2009 on JOJ.

    • Music Featured:
      Cool It Vixen (version) by Depth Charge.
      New Path by Gabriel & Dresden.
      Second Guessing by Tussle.
      Train by Zagar.


    • Waiter: A smoking hot brunette in a red dress, she made the reservation... (checks reservation book) ...under Florence Nightingale, I'm thinking fake name.

      Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) who came to be known as The Lady with the Lamp, was a pioneering nurse, writer, and noted statistician.

    • Danny: Hey, yo, Dennis the Menace, wait up!

      Dennis the Menace centered around the misadventures of Dennis Mitchell.