Season 2 Episode 16

Cool Hunter

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After the body of a dead woman is found in a water tower the team, Mac, Flack and Lindsay, suddenly realize that the building may hold a bigger mystery than they expected.

Meanwhile Stella and Hawkes are on the case of a dead field consultant in Washington Heights (by Harlem) who was found beaten and strangled by a swingset (with the chain of a swing).moreless

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  • In this episode when the sea and Mack most trying and the figure out why several deaths have been happening over a period of time. They find Stacey buried in a water tower making her death number seven.moreless

    I found this episode interesting because it made me and wonder why someone would take the time to bury somebody in a water tower. I also like the way Stella and Sheldon solve their case. Their case involved something called cool hunting.

    I found the term cool hunting interesting because of what it meant.

  • Very good storyline and plot; it's only towards the end the culprit's obvious.

    There's a dead body in the water tank in an apartment building notorious for its history of death. Mac and Lindsay found several evidences that points to a doctor (which looked scary with red watery eyes). But some things don't add up.

    Although, Danny and Lindsay are not working this case together. He was ask to assist (fans would like this scene). From the data of thickness of the boot depression onto the sand, Lindsay determines the weight of the killer. The killer couldn't have carried the victim although the shoes belong to the man they've taken into custody. I think this is a simple but smart way in solving the case.

    The other case is also just as good, but in a secondary sort of way.moreless
  • This was a really great episode. It was not only an interesting case but they also had good acting, and the cases definitely made you think and feel for the people.moreless


    A creepy building with a disturbing past? A woman dead in a water tower of a building, and the shower and faucets seeping blood. Sounds like something out of a Stephen King book. Wait, this isn't set in Maine. Great beginning, even though the whole blood and the faucet thing wouldn't happen, it's still a great thrilling aspect to it. THE CASES:

    I loved this case and loved the whole chick with the blood. She committed suicide only to frame the guy, and she made it seem like a murder. He was an addict to morphine. What I loved most about this case was that mystery upon mystery kept piling up. There was science behind it, but still. I wish we knew what really happened with the nanny. I mean we know what really happened with the girl who choked, but what about the nanny? I totally felt for the poor super who was in love with her, and she totally just ditched him. I mean she just used him to get his keys. What a creepy lady. Then again it was very depressing. She lost all hope after her daughter died. She lost her life when she lost her kid. I definitely loved the Shakespeare bit.

    Then there was the case of the dead field consultant who died from the owner of another company. I mean we assume it's the other field consultant competing with him, but it ends up being the owner of the company who was angry that the kid couldn’t kill him. It was so crazy too. I love that he thought he was "doing good for his people," but Stella points out how he sold out his people. *sigh* guys suck.


    The bit with Lindsay and Danny carrying her, I mean I'm sorry. I am a DL lover. Who doesn't love that scene though? It was way too funny!

    Also a touching scene was when Lindsay was going through the steps the victim did as sh was committing suicide, checking out the prints then stepping around with socks, and everything. She did an amazing job. Then when she looked down and then she is in the tower and looks up. Also Danny with the handball. That was brilliant. He was so cute. And then him gloating about it later.


    This was a really great episode. It was not only an interesting case but they also had good acting, and the cases definitely made you think and feel for the people.moreless
  • Interesting cases, great characters

    The openning of the chapter with people using their bathrooms and the water turning red was impressive. The case of Mac and Lindsay of the woman who planned her suicide to blame the doctor that wasn't able to save her daughter because he was drunk was really smart and well written. Danny, Stella and Hawkes investigate a case of a guy found dead in a swing in Washington heights. He was a cool hunter and gets in two fights and in the second one the guy gets hang with the swing chain. Best parts of the chapter: Danny playing ball with only the wife beater...and the roof scenne when Danny carries Lindsay...

    Great episode!moreless
  • Loved the scripts & teaming in this episode.

    I thought the idea of a trend forecaster was GREAT! The whole idea of people being paid to come up with the "next hot thing" was really creative. I love when AZ teams Stella & Danny. It obviously she is a leader but how she leads is great. I liked how it was resolved and how it came full circle of Rico wanting to "protect" his people but he's no different from Hatfield. They both wanting to take advantage of the culture and make a buck. Now for the lady in a the water tower. This was really cool. I loved the teaming of Mac & Lindsay. She very much absorbs whatever investigative skills Mac wants to teach her but she's also willing to go with her own instincts. Which in this case played a keep role in solving the crime. The twist that Stacy in her suicide, attempted to frame Zimmerman in revenge for her daughter's death was a great twist.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

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Yan Ruiz

Yan Ruiz

Elliott Stanton

Guest Star

Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman

Joe Green

Guest Star

Michael DeLorenzo

Michael DeLorenzo

Rico "Ricky" Cerda

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Stella shows the picture of Ben Hatfield to Elliot Stanton, the first picture you see is of Ben in the playground with the swing around his neck but when the shot turns to Elliot you can clearly see that the picture Stella is showing him is of a body on a table at the morgue.

    • Goof: While Mac is taking pictures of the woman in the water tower she is shown to be face down. However when he gets to her feet they are pointing up (as they would if she were face up) Then as the camera changes she is face down again.

    • The view in the microscope when Hawkes is examining a suspect's DNA sample will be used later in episode 4x10 The thing about heroes as the anthrax view.

    • Goof: Danny does an experiment where he grabs a dummy's shirt while wearing handball gloves. After he grabs the shirt, he tugs on it, smoothing it out, and there's no dirt on it. When he picks up a picture of the victim to compare it, there's dirt all over the shirt.

    • Goof: In the camera phone pictures, Elliot Stanton's car is a GMC Denali. When Stella and Danny find him on the street, it's a Cadillac Escalade.

    • Goof: The episode opened with people washing or showering & suddenly the water turned blood red. We find that it came from a dead woman in the water tower.

      An adult human body contains roughly 6 quarts of blood (a gallon & a half) & she was in a tank that had to 1 or 2 thousand gallons minimum. The blood in the water by the time it got down to the outlet feeding the building would have been so diluted as to be barely noticeable.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Lindsay: But I was taught that instincts point you in a direction. Science confirms the theory.

    • Lindsay: (about Dr. Zimmer) He's everywhere something bad happens. Maybe HE'S cursed, not the building.

    • Hawkes: (about Hatfield) I'd say this started as a good old-fashioned playground fight.

    • Lindsay: There have been six unexplained deaths in this building. People say it's cursed. I took the Grave Line tour. You visit places where famous people have died or mysterious deaths have occurred. This was stop number eight.
      Mac: Now it's death number seven.

    • Dr. Zimmer: This is not a good time. I've been in surgery for eleven hours and on my feet for thirty-six.
      Mac: Doctor, if you keep impeding my investigation I'll be glad to take you somewhere you can put your feet up for quite awhile.

    • Stella: What we see and what we can prove are two different things. We need to connect Elliot Stanton with our victim. Prove that it was his gloves that made the pattern on the shirt, and his fist that knocked our victim's tooth out, and ultimately that it as Elliot Stanton's gloves we found in the sandbox.
      Hawkes: Safe to say that we're skipping lunch.

    • Sid: I've collected trace from the implant post that remained in his mouth.
      Hawkes: And?
      Sid: And as soon as you analyze it, it could lead you somewhere. Hey I was elbow deep in his stomach and I walked it up here! Can't do everything.

    • Mac: Murder and romance. It's always about the little things.

    • Stella: Any witnesses?
      Hawkes: No, they're all suffering from the same thing: temporary blindness.

    • (Danny is holding Lindsay in his arms for an experiment)
      Danny: Look, you promised me drinks for this, but I think I'm gonna need some dinner too.
      Lindsay: I'm not gonna give you anything if you don't get going. Make tracks, cowboy.

    • Mac: Betrayal is oldest motive for murder in the book.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Spanish episode title: Cazador de Tendencias, meaning Trends Hunter.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 12, 2006 on CNBC-e.
      Germany: November 20, 2006 on VOX.
      Finland: June 13, 2007 on MTV3.
      The Czech Republic: June 5, 2008 on TV Nova.

    • Music Featured:
      Do It Alright by Tigerskin.
      Fashion Kills (re-rub dub) by Dylan Rhymes.
      Rompe (Remix) by Daddy Yankee.
      Roller Daddy by The Emperor Machine.
      The Quest by Donovan Leitch.


    • Name: Hatfield and Stanton.

      This is a reference to the infamous story of the Hatfield and the McCoy's, two feuding families. The Hatfield in this case is in a similar type of feud: he works for a company and there is a competing company that the prime suspect, Stanton, works for. Also, Stanton, is similar to the last name of a Bill Stanton, a relative of both the Hatfield and McCoy's who testified in court over a land dispute which was ruled in the Hatfield's favor. We find out that Stanton, the prime suspect, didn't actually kill Hatfield; it was his boss.

    • Sid: There's the smell of the blood still... all the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand.

      This line is a reference to Shakespeare's Macbeth.