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Season 6 Episode 12

Criminal Justice

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac suddenly becomes unwillingly involved in the domestic life of a long-time friend and associate when he is revealed more than he would have wanted to know and gets to find out more than he could have suspected. At the same time, he struggles to honour the promise to bring the killer of a 18-year-old girl to justice.moreless

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  • Great return...

    Stella interrupts a trial for a murder case acusing the DA to plant evidence. After his wife's lover disappears and the DA is no-where to be found they start to investigate the possible murder of the lover. They can't find any solid evidence nor body because the DA erased all the evidence. After a lot of search and Hawkes having to dismantle a huge machine they find some bone tissue and they can blame him for the murder. Meanwhile, the first trial goes on after the murderer, that was released because of the planting eveidence, gets caught again trying to kill the only witness.

    All the team works together and to solve the 2 murders. Great work.moreless
  • Very good episode yet not the best of S6

    Very good episode. I especially liked the dramatic beginning and introduction of the murderer. It gave the viewer a pretty realistic impression. Gary Sinise as a producer is the right way to go. He does such an excellent job, and I always enjoy the episodes he produces. I'd like to see more of A.J. Buckley though. Anyway, I believe the whole CSI team had an equal share of air time although it was more about Stella this episode. As a huge Flack fan, I could have a whole episode just about him, so I'm glad he got a lot of air time in the previous ones of Season 6. I hope there is more to come, because he's really the tip of the iceberg :).moreless
  • A man in prison for a brutal murder of an eighteen year-old girl is released when it's discovered that evidence at the scene was planted. The investigation takes Mac and the team into the personal life of a close friend and associate.moreless

    When this episode first began, I thought viewers were once again going to get the tired formula of a man accused of murder who may be innocent. I was relieved that was not the case. I like the directions this story took which made the episode very entertaining and had me interested in where the story was going. There were some flaws in the storyline concerning the personal life of the DA. I asked myself while watching the episode "How exactly did he get the bodies of a man and the man's dog out of the apartment with nobody noticing?"moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

D.B. Sweeney

D.B. Sweeney

A.D.A. Craig Hansen

Guest Star

John Charles Meyer

John Charles Meyer

Antonio Reyes

Guest Star

Judith Hoag

Judith Hoag

Mrs. Reynolds

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Judge: What you're telling me pertains to evidence that you and your investigators collected and analyzed.
      Stella: I'm well aware of that.
      Judge: And this could not have waited until after the defendant was remanded?
      Stella: With all due respect, your honour... would you prefer to make rulings without prior knowledge of all the facts?
      Judge: If what you just told me goes on record, Antonio Reyes could walk out onto the street, free to do more harm. Are you prepared to live with the potential consequences of that? Are you, detective?

    • Stella: You're still wearing that cheap suit.
      D.A. Hansen: Keeping tabs on me, Bonasera?
      Stella: Well, you wore the same one at the Donnelly scene.
      D.A. Hansen: And how did that case turn out?
      Stella: Full confession.
      Mac: Lucky suit.
      D.A. Hansen: Exactly.
      Mac: Well, congratulations on the promotion, Craig. It's well deserved.

    • Mac: What about a boyfriend?
      Flack: Apparently, she was seeing some guy who goes by the street name 'Demon'.
      (Mac makes a face)
      Flack: Yeah, I know. What's even scarier is that when I run the name through the system, I get hits to about 50 other morons running around with the same name.
      Stella: That's a lot of demons.
      Flack: Yep. My guys are trying to conjure up the one we're looking for.

    • Mac: Every criminal has a first time.

    • Flack: I just finished talking with the vic's boyfriend.
      Stella: Demon?
      Flack: Yup.
      Stella: Does he look anything like this?
      Flack: No, but I had a hell of a time tracking him down.

    • (About the Hansen)
      Stella: I had no idea they were having problems.
      Mac: Now we got one of our own.
      Stella: Her lover's fingerprint was found at the same crime scene Craig was assigned to.

    • D.A. Hansen: Why is a killer being let out on our streets?
      Stella: Because you, sir, are under arrest.

    • Stella: You found Rob's lighter someplace it shouldn't have been, so you planted it at the Christine Reynolds' crime scene.
      D.A. Hansen: This is crazy. Why would I do something like that?
      Stella: Because you suspected Sarah of having an affair, but you had no idea who with, so you planted it at the crime scene knowing that my lab would run it for prints, and possibly I.D. Sarah's lover.

    • D.A. Hansen: You know? This is the problem with people like you and me. We've been working too many crime scenes, investigating too many murders. We're trained to be suspicious, we're constantly throwing out theories and hunches.
      Stella: But you think I would barge into a courtroom, jeopardizing a murder investigation, to arrest you on a hunch or a theory?

    • D.A. Hansen: (After being arrested by Stella) You're making a mistake, a huge mistake. Do you hear me? And if you pursue this any further, I will sue you and your crime lab, you hear me? Stella, you're finished!

    • Stella: I am truly sorry for having to do what I did today.
      Mrs. Reynolds: And now Antonio Reyes is going to go right back out onto the street, where he can do more harm. Where he can murder somebody else's child.
      Stella: I promise you, I will do everything in my power not to let that happen.
      Mrs. Reynolds: Really? Like what?
      Stella: There are things I can do, steps that I can take.
      Mrs. Reynolds: Are any of those steps as good as having him back behind bars where he belongs?

    • (Lindsay walks into the locker room and witnesses Danny putting on a back support strip under his shirt)
      Lindsay: What is that?
      Danny: Nothing. Just precautionary. My back's been acting up. Probably just pulled something.
      Lindsay: When?
      Danny: A few weeks ago, when Flack and I were chasing Hollis Eckhart.
      Lindsay: You know, Danny? Maybe you came back to work too soon.
      Danny: And what are our other options, Linds? I take any more sick days, they'll force a medical leave on me.
      Lindsay: Well, look on the bright side. You'd get to spend more time with Lucy. You are her favourite.
      Danny: (Takes a tablet) It'll be fine (He leans forward and kisses the corner of her mouth) Don't worry about it.

    • Sarah Hansen: I think Craig might have done something horrible.
      Stella: You mean to Rob?
      Sarah Hansen: Stella, you think you know my husband, but you don't. You have no idea what he is capable of.

    • Stella: Craig is so good. He knows exactly how we think.
      Lindsay: 15 years in the D.A.'s office, I guess you learn a thing or two about getting away with murder.

    • Stella: If we don't find the body, we may end up having to drag the river.
      Mac: That's exactly what he wants us to do. Hansen worked with me on the Rosen case. Killer almost got away because we spent two weeks dragging a lake. Body ended up being found five miles away, completely decomposed. The M.E. had a tough time even calling it a homicide.

    • (Over the phone)
      Lindsay: Lindsay Messer.
      Danny: Hey babe, it's me.
      Lindsay: Are you still at the acupuncture studio?
      Danny: Yeah, no, I'm still here and, erm, I think somebody just lifted my wallet.
      Lindsay: Are you sure you had it with you?
      Danny: No, no, I'm sure it was in here. They got everything... I mean, M-my-my-my wallet, my-my cards, my money, even my grandfather's dog tags. My badge.
      Lindsay: Can you talk to the owner? Maybe he saw something.
      Danny: They got my badge, Lindsay, what am I going to do?
      Lindsay: All right, look, we'll find it, Danny, okay? Don't beat yourself up. Just come back here, we'll figure something out.

    • Stella: What are some of the most common motives you've seen in your 15 years as D.A., Mr. Hansen?
      D.A. Hansen: Motives for what?
      Stella: Murder.
      D.A. Hansen: I'm not sure I know where this is going.
      Stella: Just answer the question.
      D.A. Hansen: Money, drugs. Erm...
      Stella: And jealousy. The kind of jealousy that builds into a rage that leads to murder.

    • Stella: You used the information we gave you to kill Rob Meyers. Betraying our trust and making this lab an accessory to murder.
      D.A. Hansen: Are you even listening to yourself? What jury is going to buy that story?
      Stella: When I testify at your trial, I'll be extremely convincing. As will the evidence.

    • D.A. Hansen: Remember the Stuart case? We had all the physical evidence in the world. But the jury refused to convict because they accepted the defense's theory that he was lying on a beach somewhere, sipping umbrella drinks.
      Stella: Well, see? That's where you're wrong. Because we do have the body.

    • Stella: (To D.A. Hansen after proving him guilty of murder) What is it that you used to say in your closing arguments? 'If you're not guilty, then you're the unluckiest guy on the planet.'

    • Stella: D.A. or not, no one commits a perfect crime.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: March 3, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Czech Republic: May 15, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: May 17, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: June 1, 2010 on AXN.
      Sweden: July 26, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      New Zealand: September 11, 2010 on TV3.
      Slovakia: November 22, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: November 29, 2010 on Vox.
      Finland: April 27, 2011 on MTV3.

    • Music featured:
      Wait It Out by Imogen Heap.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Robert Joy does not appear in this episode.

    • D.B. Sweeney, who plays A.D.A. Craigh Hansen, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Early Rollout and in the CSI: Miami one Body Count.

      Joe Manganiello, who plays Rob Meyers, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Daddy's Little Girl and in the CSI: Miami one Target Specific.

      Kristin Richardson, who plays Sarah Hansen, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Room Service and in the CSI: Miami one CSI: My Nanny.

      Judith Hoag, who plays Mrs. Reynolds, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Getting Off.

      Jeff Perry, who plays Judge, also appears in the C.S.I. episodes Last Laugh and Doctor Who.

    • Sophie Sinise, Gary Sinise's daughter, makes her acting debut in this episode.