Season 2 Episode 4

Corporate Warriors

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac Taylor and his team investigate a double murder at an oil company. Dr. Hawkes and Det. Flack team up to investigate a case about a teenager who loved to spend his time behind the computer a little too much.

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  • Ninja killers and a chess genius at the age of 12. or was it 10.

    The Beginning:

    Ah, San Gennaro. Actually this wasn't a good depiction of how CRAZY it is. You actually can't walk through it. EVERYONE stumbles through it, so you would have been hard pressed to find the bleeding guy. The Cases:

    The first is the double murder at American Pacific Worldwide with the head completely off. This case was wonderful. I loved the crazy ninja people, and also the CEO with that horrid accent. And best of all was the bar lady who was drunk and Danny thought was lying about the whole thing. But she was actually telling the truth! I hated Paul Martin because he was so full of himself. Although he did believe in the use of the sword not for killing but for discipline.

    Then there was Hawkes' case with the poor kid who died because he couldn’t stop playing his chess game. And what's worse he died because his mom's boyfriend wanted the two to move in together. I mean I loved this case as well, if only because it was so incredibly heartbreaking. (it sounds weird, but trust me on this one). Favorite Scene:

    Definitely has to be with Lindsay and the whole tea kettle incident with Paul Martin. It was brilliant the way she turned it around on him. I love Lindsay

    Overall: It's a great episode, that you wouldn't want to miss.moreless
  • Excellent script !

    The Oriental touch to these cases was really interesting from several angles. I loved how the murdered executives were ultimately linked. Also appreciated was NYC's San Gennaro Festival. Lori Petty, classic guest spot. Hawkes on his first solo case. Excellently presented with both his personal touches as well as oversteps. I loved watching Stella go toe to toe with Lisa Kay over the gender card. Lindsay also holding her ground with Paul Martin was great to watch. Mac ultimate link of the murder to Paul Martin was beautifully executed.moreless
  • Two Puns in one week!

    I have to admit I really enjoyed this episode of CSI: NY as the corporate warriors shows the combination of fighter and business man in a beliveable form rather than those mock ups you see in cartoons. The merging of the east and west here also seems a likelehood on a global scale as the asian markets continue to expand.

    The other case brought Doctor hawkes to the fore something that happened very little this season which is s shame, he got more screen time last season when he was the coroner. The child playing chess home alone is a tragic side effect of modern life where parents have to go to work yet cannot afford childcare. The death was pointless and the fire wass done with dubious intentions. Still the conclusion was a clever one with hawkes giving the man a chance to turn himself in something that I cannot see Stella or Mac doing.moreless
  • Being There Makes The Difference!!!

    I had never watched an episode of "CSI-NY" before this one, but then I had never appeared on "CSI-NY" before either.

    I am an actor here in The Los Angeles area and I have been for many years. In late August, 2005 I landed an UNCREDITED Role on "CSI-NY's Corporate Warriors" episode. I appear in the scenes at "The San Gennaro Festival" and I happen to have been one of the men in the opening scenes that smacked the character Greg Thompson around as he stumbled through the crowd.

    Our motivation for this scene was that we were out having fun at this VERY Itallian Festival and this "non-Itallian looking dude" seems to be drunk and stumbles through the crowd bumping into people and crashing into vendor's stands. Then it looks as though he was trying to rob The San Gennaro Statue during the parade, and that's the last straw! He had to get beat down! (Unbeknownst to us in the opening scenes that this offending individual was in reality already dying from a wood splinter embedded in his' heart, so being bashed and pushed around all of the way down the street, his' body winds up in a bloody heap in a food court.)

    I do Television Series and Movies all of the time, this is my job, my career, and I can tell you that usually they either have fake food or real food that's totally inedible on these sets. But for this episode, the studio brought in REAL Itallian Vendors and Restuaranteurs, meaning that not only was this food real, but edible, and we were encouraged not only to use it as props but to eat as much of it as we wanted. It was delicious too,,,most of us involved in these scenes probably gained 20 pounds during this shooting.

    Despite the fact that this was SUPPOSED to be New York City, we actually shot these scenes here in L.A. at CBS Studios. Yet, I once lived in Brooklyn NY and I have to say that with aroma of all of those canolis, pizzas, sausages and others things cooking on that set that it truly "felt like" an Autumn Itallian Festival in NYC.

    We shot on the same set that "Seinfeld" sometimes used in that series. It's actually more or less and alley between the indoor sound stage buildings, but that alley is constructed to look like a street in New York City, and ironically it's called "New York Street." (Who would have "thunk it?") Nevertheless, on that set all of the west coast flavor of L.A. County seemed to disipate and I felt as if I was back in New York, thus the character that I had to portray came extremely easy.

    I hope that I'm not giving away any behind the scenes information that will blow anyone's illusions about this show not being filmed in it's entirety in New York, but actually this revelation should make the production quality of this series all the more exceptional and impressive to CSI-NY fans! Great care is given to blend actual New York shots with shots that are done in L.A. to make the scenes indistinguishable. It's really a feather in the caps of all of the Production Crew, The Director, The Producers, The Editors and The Actors.

    However, seeing this series for the first time, I was more than impressed by this show's continuity, the storyline in this series is strong and I have been equally impressed by all of the subsequent episodes that I've had the opportunity to see.

    I understand that some subtle changes were made to this series at the beginning of the 2005-2006 season in order to set it apart from the other "CSI Series," i.e., "CSI" and "CSI-Miami." As far as I'm concerned it worked! CSI-New York is an awesome, and is set apart from the other "CSI's!"

    In the show, the combination of good old fashioned police investigations combined with modern technology makes this show an amazingly interesting dramatic series. I like the melting of science into the mix, being that I'm a "closet science geek" anyway, it makes it all the better! I love it when the lead characters formulate a hypothesis, then experiment and test their theories and prove their hunches; it entertains me!

    I don't always make it a point to watch every show or every motion picture that I do,,,there are so many of them. But in this case, I HAD to see this show. It's not everyday that a 43 year old arthritic, balding actor is booked to play a part that borders on "stunt work," so I was very interested in seeing my appearances on this show. I hoped that I looked good doing this sort of part and I was pleased. The camera people and editors did an amazing job to make me look good!

    As for the storyline of this episode,,,who could imagine that Corporate Heads who were experts in various Martial Arts and Eastern Practises would turn these skills in on one another for personal gain?

    Who would've thought of putting a foil chip bag into a wall eletrical outlet to cause a housefire?

    This is a sign of seriously creative and imaginative story developement by this show's writers as well as great research!

    I'm glad that I was casted on this episode, had I not been I might have never known what a great series "CSI-NY" is and what a fantastic addition this show has been to CBS's Prime-Time line up. It's a bold move by any network to have three running series with the same premis at the same time,,,but in my opinion, the simularities stop with the name of "CSI." It's too bad that I've heard buzz that CBS has cancelled or may cancel CSI-NY. As if my opinion counted, I have to say that that would be a serious mistake!!!

    David Cubero

  • Co-workers killing each other brings Mac, Danny, Stella and Lindsay to the exciting world of business and martial arts, while Flack and Hawkes try to solve the death of a boy by asphyxiation when his apartment is set on fire.moreless

    Note: This is a late review. I wrote this a long time ago but only got the chance to post it now. ^_^

    I like this episode because of the martial arts. I would\'ve loved to see one of the cast to do some ass-kicking.

    Anyway, the fight scene at the billiard place was pretty cool. Paul Martin, the CEO, was also cool and calm like a true master of martial arts. Mac was really convincing when handling all those weapons. He must\'ve had training before shooting this episode.

    Lindsay Monroe is turning out to be one great character. Aside from adding color to the NY team (somehow her personality can lighten the mood and I can\'t help but smile whenever I see her eagerness), she\'s showing some promise as a great addition to the team. I think that conversation she had with Mac about the clothes on the beheaded victim is proof of that, and I hope she shows more of her brilliance on upcoming episodes.

    As for Flack and Hawkes\' case, it was pretty boring for me. I kinda knew right away that the fire was the boyfriend\'s doing.moreless
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

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Tony Schiena

Tony Schiena

Paul Martin

Guest Star

Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick

Lisa Kay

Guest Star

Paul Schulze

Paul Schulze

Luke Robertson

Guest Star

Ron Yuan

Ron Yuan

Dr. Evan Zao

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Watch very carefully during the first scene of this episode with Flack and Hawkes. The "corpse" they are investigating moves, just before a camera cut. The move occurs just after the names Karen Gregan and Javier Picayo leave the on-screen credits.

    • Goof: When Martin shows Mac his martial arts weaponry collection, Macs claims that it makes his job easier to know his weapons.
      Later on, he used all of them trying to replicate the cut on the victim. When Lindsay comes in, he explains to her that to use the katana properly you need years or practice in order not to butch the perfection of the cut. And then proceeds to do it, marking him as somewhat of an expert.

      Plus, we get to see him wearing something other than a suit.

    • When the CEO Paul Martin, expert in martial arts and therefore oriental manners, serves tea he points the spout of the teapot at Lindsay Monroe. Lindsay pointed out to him that it's an insult to point the spout at your guest. This shows that the so-called expert in oriental ways is either somewhat ignorant of the oriental manners that he is supposed to be so fluent with, or he's actually insulting her. Lindsay then pulls off a coup de grace by turning the teapot to point it directly at Martin. Now either Martin has to acknowledge that he is an expert at martial arts and knew the oriental manners, and was deliberately insulting Lindsay. As such he accepts the insult against himself in return as valid and apologizes. Alternatively he says nothing in return and looks the prime jerk that he really is. He choses the latter.

    • The crime lab is now on the 35th floor.They show it when Mac and Stella walk out of the office.

    • Goof: Lindsay didn't know that 78th St & Park Ave is pronounced "78th & Park" in New York, but she did know what the victim's cross street was based on his address?

      This isn't really a goof. Lindsay had access to a map search. Putting in his address, she would have been able to see what the cross streets were. Any map engine would have told her 73rd Street and Park Ave.

  • QUOTES (17)

  • NOTES (3)


    • Danny: So we're looking for a combination of Spiderman and Minnesota Fats.

      Spider-Man is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics.

      Minnesota Fats is the name of the pool player in Walter Tevis' book The Hustler . The book was made into a movie in 1961 in which Jackie Gleason portrayed Minnesota Fats. He was nominated for both and Oscar and a Golden Globe Award for this role.

    • Danny: Our San Gennaro vic, looks like he was on a Star Trek diet.

      Star Trek is an American science fiction entertainment series.

    • Mac: Know what I love about the San Gennaro festival?

      The Feast of San Gennaro was first held in New York city in 1926 by newly arrived immigrants from Italy.
      This annual religious street festival celebrates the Patron Saint of Naples, San Gennaro, and attracts over one million people every year.

      The festivities include parades, carnival rides, food stands, cannoli eating contests, live entertainment and a religious Procession, where the Statue of San Gennaro is carried through the streets of Little Italy (this is the Procession we see in the beginning of this episode).

    • Mac: Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

      This expression refers to the Biblical verse Matthew 26:52, "Jesus said to him, 'Put your sword back in its place, for all those who take up the sword perish by the sword.'"

    • The fight scene in the bar brings memories of the Matrix Reloaded fight scenes. In martial arts walking on the ceiling actually started with the real Ninja, which is something that no-one ever volunteered for (according to Keisuke Hoashi.)

      There appears to be very little record of skilled fights involving ceiling walking outside of movies and the Ninja, though I imagine with enough momentum and push off the floor and wall it is possible. From what I see the advantage seems minimal because any skilled opponent would use the time taken to achieve that position against the ceiling walker. BUT ... it looks real cool!