Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor
Detective Stella Bonasera
Dr. Sid Hammerback (Episodes 93+, Recurring Previously)
Adam Ross (Episodes 93+, Recurring Previously)
Chief of Detectives Brigham Sinclair
It is the first time that Danny can be seen standing on his feet ever since the shooting in 5x25 Pay Up.
By taking a close look at the pictures taken at the crime scene, Haylen makes a discovery: plates and silverware at the scene were untouched and the food was not consumed, so the vic dined somewhere else. It is highly unlikely that such an obvious detail would have escaped Mac's attention.
Lindsay finds traces of cocaine inside the World Send packages that have passed inadvertent before to other labs. However, it is not 'traces' that she finds but a full teaspoon in some cases which makes it highly unlikely for it not to have been noticed before.
Flashbacks to 5x25 Pay Up can be seen during this episode.
Goof: Flack's badge number in this episode (8620) is not consistent with the one that appeared in his ID card (8571) as shown on Mac's desk in 6x02 Blacklist Featuring Grave Digger.
It looks like this case was based off a real life case in Germany where cotton swabs were contaminated by a female employee at the factory. Her DNA was found on over 40 crime scenes in Germany including the homicide of a female police officer. The 'phantom female serial killer' baffled the investigators for two years.
Deborah Carter: (After turning herself in for killing her husband) I imagine that this is every detective's dream.
Flack: Every detective's dream is have people stop killing each other.
Deborah Carter: (After finding out that her husband was cheating on her when she had set up a special night together) Do you know how stupid that made me feel?
Mac: Stupid enough to commit murder.
Deborah Carter: He was warned. I told him that if ever caught him cheating, that I would kill him. And I will never forget the look on his face. And then I got on top of him and I started stabbing (Recalls how the events happened)
Mac: 17 times.
Deborah Carter: It was that many? I only stopped because I got tired.
Flack: Maybe you can explain to us how another woman's DNA wound up on a piece of bread that came out of your oven.
Deborah Carter: Maybe your staff was hungry.
Flack: If you could go back to that moment, just you and him in that apartment, would you do it again? Would you stick the knife in his chest?
(Sound of stabbing and the victim's yells can be heard)
Deborah Carter: All 17 times. Regret's a waste of time, Detective.
Flack: Right. You can't change the past. Stand up. Turn around. No matter how okay you think you are, when you close your eyes at night, it's gonna haunt you.
Sid: I've always been fascinated at the way corn is able to withstand the acids of the stomach and travel through the whole digestive...
Stella: Sid, please?
Sid: Of course (Gets on topic again).
Danny: Doc, what are you doing here? Where's Lindsay?
Hawkes: She's working. I volunteered to come by and get you.
Hawkes: So what was that?
Hawkes: Danny, you gotta try way harder if you're gonna get up out of this chair.
Danny: Doc, you know what? I got a policy, buddy. I don't take advice unless I ask for it.
Hawkes: I got a policy, too. I'm always up front with my friends. And with an injury like yours, you should have been up out of that chair weeks ago. You're not pushing yourself.
Danny: Are you kidding me?! I'd like to give you five minutes of the pain I feel every time I take a step.
Hawkes: Danny, I treated hundreds of trauma patients that would trade places with you in a minute.
Danny: Look... you came here to take me to work, right? Let's go.
Hawkes: There's a fireman that came in to Emergency one day, big strong guy, huh? Just hit a walk-off home run at the department softball game. Rounded the bases, crossed home plate his whole team piled on top of him in celebration, broke his back. I never met anybody with a heart like this guy. It took a lot of sweat and pain and perseverance, but eventually, yeah, he walked again.
Danny: Is that the end of that story?
Hawkes: He said: 'Pain is the payment for each precious thing'. Try harder, Danny.
Danny: Let's go. Come on. Let's go!
Lindsay: (Observing closely the bloody shirt of a man who has been stabbed 17 times by his wife) How does eight years of marriage end like that?
(Lindsay lets out a wry laugh)
Stella: How do you do it? Crime scene cleanup by night, lab tech by day...
Haylen: It's student loans. It's the great motivator.
Hawkes: According to the young lady on the other end of the phone in Albany, I'm persistent and charming.
Lindsay: Oh. And modest. (Giggles)
Hawkes: Hey, guys. Our case just got complicated.
Stella: As if it wasn't already?
Hawkes: We now have case-to-case hits linking DNA from the Carter case to 21 major felonies across three states and seven different jurisdictions. Eleven homicides, eight burglaries, two robberies.
Lindsay: And there's plenty of forensic evidence in all these cases, including several different DNA profiles. But the only profile in common in all the cases belongs to our mystery woman.
Sinclair: But what about the press? I have to tell them something.
Mac: Come on, Chief. I've seen you do that 'No comment. I'm not at liberty to discuss this' dance before.
Sinclair: (Sighs) Another body turns up, they will have a field day. They'll scream 'cover up', say that we should have warned people.
Mac: I just need some time.
Sinclair: Well, I'll see what I can do. No promises, Mac.
Stella: (As Flack and her knock on doors trying to get statements) I swear, if I see one more hairy guy in a wife-beater and boxers, I'm going to lose my mind.
Flack: This guy covered his tracks really well. Both of Kevin's parents are deceased. His brother was killed in a car accident back in Seattle ten years ago. He used the same name, but his brother's social to create a second identity.
Mac: Married to two women in the same apartment complex. It's hard to believe they never bumped into each other.
Flack: And if she is lying, she's the second best one we've had in here in the last 24 hours.
Danny: (To his rehab therapist) I'm done whining. I came here so you can help me get out of this wheelchair and I'm going to do whatever it takes to make that happen. I've got a few precious things I need to pay for.
Hawkes: In several cases it appears that our suspect was working with one or more accomplices. But one thing is certain, her crime spree is increasing in violence and frequency.
Haylen: Isn't it unusual for a woman to commit so many violent crimes?
Mac: It is.
Flack: Don't move! Drop it now! You don't want to do this! Put the knife down!
Marcia Vasquez: Shoot me! Shoot me or I'll kill you!
Flack: Don't move! Drop it, now! Put it down!
Marcia Vasquez: Stay back!
Flack: Drop it!
Marcia Vasquez: Shoot me or I'll kill you!
(Flack recalls Angell's death and his shooting of her killer.) Do it now!
Flack: Do it now! Drop it
Marcia Vasquez: Shoot me or I'll kill you!
(Lindsay tackles Marcia to the ground and handcuffs her)
Marcia Vasquez: Why didn't you just pull the damn trigger?
(About the incident at the restaurant)
Mac: What the hell happened out there?
Lindsay: Nobody got hurt.
Mac: That's not the answer I was looking for.
Lindsay: He froze, Mac. He couldn't pull the trigger. She could have easily killed him.
Mac: Don. Everything okay with you?
Flack: Yeah, I'm fine.
Mac: I'm not convinced.
Flack: Why do you need to be? Did I do something wrong?
Macc: It's what you didn't do. It could have got you killed.
Flack: Am I being second-guessed for not killing someone? I thought that was a good thing.
Mac: It is, if it was a choice. People are concerned about you, Don.
Flack: Tell people I said thanks, but I can take care of myself.
Mac: I wish that was true. If it wasn't for Lindsay saving your ass today, we might be having this conversation in an emergency room, or maybe not at all.
Flack: Unless you want to make that official, I got nothing else to say.
Hawkes: (To Haylen) Hey, newbie. What you working on?
Mac: Somewhere along the way, we got it wrong. We messed up.
Mac: Stella. Chief Sinclair is giving a press conference announcing the arrest of the Phantom Killer in time for the 6:00 news. I need you to stop him from doing that.
Stella: Not a problem.
Stella: Chief, you can't move forward with this press conference.
Sinclair: Detective, this department and city need a bit of good news. We have the person responsible for countless crimes in custody.
Stella: Well, this arrest isn't what it appears to be. Marcia Vasquez is not the Phantom Killer. She is responsible for three of the murders, but not the rest.
Sinclair: I was told the DNA is a match in all the cases.
Stella: Chief, you have never questioned my judgment before.
Sinclair: That's right.
Stella: Don't do it now. Please trust me.
Mac: Do you touch all of the cotton that comes out of these boxes?
Girl: Most of it, I guess.
Mac: Do you ever wear gloves?
Girl: We're supposed to, but they make my hands all sweaty. Am I in trouble? I hope you're not an inspector or something.
Mac: No. I'm just a detective with the New York Crime Lab.
Sinclair: White Tip Cotton won a city contract to provide evidence swabs for the NYPD Crime Lab and several other departments. Earlier today, a DNA sample was taken from a female employee of the company, confirming what our investigators suspected.
Sinclair: The cotton swabs provided to our department were inadvertently contaminated by this female employee during the packing process. And although these swabs were sterilized at the end of that process, sterilization is only effective in eliminating bacteria, not human DNA. There is no phantom murderer running loose in the streets of the city.
Haylen: I'm sorry. This is a crime scene cleanup. You're not allowed to be here.
Zoya Carter: He was my husband. He cheated on me with another woman.
Haylen: I'm sorry. Um...
Zoya Carter: I thought I had the perfect man, perfect life. They look like a happy couple, huh? I don't know what I'll do. How I'll move on from this. He was my life. I'm glad she killed him. So I didn't have to.
Nadine Velazquez, who plays Marcia Vasquez, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Sudden Death.
Original International Air Dates:
The Netherlands: January 4, 2010 on RTL4.
Norway: January 13, 2010 on TVNorge.
Sweden: February 15, 2010 on Kanal 5.
Turkey: March 22, 2010 on CNBC-e.
Czech Republic: March 27, 2010 on AXN.
Spain: March 30, 2010 on AXN.
Slovakia: October 6, 2010 on JOJ.
Germany: October 11, 2010 on Vox.
Finland: February 9, 2011 on MTV3.
Lunar People by King Roc.
Despite featured in the opening credits, A.J. Buckley does not appear in this episode.
Episode Title: Dead Reckoning.
There's a 1947 John Cromwell movie that goes by the same title.
Sinclair: This Carter homicide just turned into Son of Sam times five.
David Richard Berkowitz 'Son of Sam' is an American serial killer whose murders terrorized New York City from July 1976 until his arrest in August 1977.
Spike Lee directed a crime-drama movie entitled Summer of Sam in 1999 based around the aforementioned murders.
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