Season 7 Episode 17

Do Or Die

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2011 on CBS
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The team has to figure out why a young woman was killed and if she knew about some nasty videos being made at Archford Academy.

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  • A By the Book Episode, NY is fading away

    CSI: NY is nearing the end, and these recent episodes have only proved it. "Do Or Die" is a fine episode, it is serviceable in every way. But there is nothing particularly unique about it...CSI: NY has dealt with high school drama plenty of times before, and the motive ends up being one that has been overused in all the CSIs by now. The problem with NY these last two seasons is that it is too plain and too pedestrian for its own good. The show has become a rip-off of itself, now just going through the motions as it takes one last breath. I loved CSI: NY two or three years ago during its 5th Season, but now I just pray it will get a proper ending.moreless
  • 7x17

    well, after three abysmal episodes, I mean "7x14 Smooth criminal"; "7x15 Vigilante" and the worst one, "7x16 the untouchable", I think we finally recive a very good one, here, the entery development was amazing, a lot of twist and of course, a well acted episode, specially by danny and lindsay, I´m not a D/L fan, I actually dislike carmine jovanaso´s character but in this one, they were great. I think this episode had that old csi ny feeling from previous seasons and maybe that´s the reason why I loved it

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • A girl dies in a posh high school and the whole team has to figure out what happened.

    A girl dies in the middle of a crowded aisle in a posh high school from a head trauma against the girl's bathroom's sink. After a lot of science stuff they found out that she whitnessed a couple having sex on the library, she signed up for sex in the library and got help from another student to cheat on a History test, quite the busy day, huh? Well, after all that, it turned out to be a case of jealousy... There was this girl, called Emy that liked the boy that helped the victim cheat and she killed her deffending the guy's honour? That girl was quite stupid for such a prestigious school...

    As I said, lots of science. We get to see all the team working at the lab. Adam has a few of his high voice moments and seems really scared of Mac... Hawkes and Flack are maybe the 2 that are around less in this whole cast chapter. We got some nice Jo moments, one with Danny, one with Lindsay and a few with Mac. Sid is quite affected, as usually, with a young girl in his table (it happened in a season 3 chapter that too, right??) And of course I'm leaving the best for the end. Danny and Lindsay working together!! Talking about Lucy and her future, teasing each other, Danny calling her Sweetheart (and touching her back) and Honey, and scenifying sex on a library table... great! Just to write something bad, the table scene could have been way better. I mean, they were barely touching each other, just that their faces and bodies ended closer when they assumed the position it would have been enough...

    And the cherry on top... CONTINUITY!! We got a flashback from Lindsay whitnessing her friends get killed! I can't believe it!!

    Just a few comments from me the geek... Bacterial and fungal growings, even in an incubator take at least 2 days to show something significant...moreless
  • Highschool student from an exclusive school found dead

    Episode tonight reflects the situation of our high schools nowadays. Students being bullied, sexual immorality issues, cheating and worst is the the principal seems to be ignorant about it. Or maybe it is intended so that the authorities do not need to deal with these issues. I think school authorities should take more proactive approach in protecting our kids inside school premises. Protecting them by teaching them the right values and standing on what's right and not be afraid to fight for what's right. At the same time parents should spend more time with high school kids, help them choose their the right group of people bec this is the time when kids are so easily swayed by their peers.moreless
  • Mac and the team investigate the death of a female student at an upscale private school where the children of the rich and powerful roam.

    My opinion of "Do or Die" is a positive one. The episode's sharp dialogue and compelling story do halp make "Do or Die" entertaining. My problem with the episode is it's too bogged down by cliches and recycled plot devices. The school itself is one of those cliches. I knew from the second the dean was telling potential students how clean cut and proper the students were, that the opposite was true. It was no surprise at all to see the students cheat on exams, use drugs, have sex at the drop of a hat, etc. A cliched ridden episode.moreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

  • QUOTES (38)

    • Flack: (About the kids snapping shots of the victim with their cell phones) The digital grapevine is in full effect.

    • Mac: (About the kids gathered around the vic with their cell phones in hand) Any of them catch anything besides a postmortem snapshot?

    • Mac: She was murdered right here on the school grounds.
      Flack: Usually, you tell your kids to be safe walking home from school, not through it.

    • Mac: (Reading the Archford Academy's motto) Ad Vitam Paramus. Means 'we are preparing for life'.
      Flack: Well, someone at Archford had a different idea.

    • Lindsay: Did you see the looks on those kids' faces? They're never going to forget this day. I still remember every detail of the night my friends were murdered.
      Mac: Let's hope one of them remembers every detail of what happened here.

    • Danny: This is her backpack right here. Seems like she was a smart girl. Calculus C.
      Jo: Lord. I never knew there was an A or a B.

    • Jo: Oh, we've got shoe tread marks on the toilet seat.
      Danny: That's kind of a weird way to do your business, no?

    • Mrs. Prescott: Is there any way this could be an accident? I mean, maybe she fell and hit her head, right?
      Jo: I'm sorry, but everything seems to indicate that this was a homicide.
      Mrs. Prescott: It just... it doesn't make any sense.
      Jo: Never does.

    • (Sid is lost in thought by the vic's body)
      Mac: Sid?
      Sid: Uh, I was just thinking about my niece. She's not much older than our victim here.

    • Sid: It's not a tattoo, and it's the only one on her body but I just find it odd (Shows an 'F' imprinted on the victim's right thumb)
      Mac: How does the smartest girl in school get an F?

    • Lindsay: Can you imagine Lucy at a school like this?
      Danny: Girl was just murdered here, so I'll try not to.
      Lindsay: It's a five-star education. Courses built around the specific developmental needs of your child, an equal emphasis on Arts and Science and a college acceptance rate that's in, like, the 95th percentile.
      Danny: You memorize the brochure?
      Lindsay: I'm just trying to be prepared. It's our daughter's future.
      Danny: All right, well, I got news for you, sweetheart. Lucy's gonna go to an old-fashioned, nice public school like I went to, okay? That's her future. Not with these kids.
      Lindsay: Okay.

    • Danny: I found a book of Greek tragedies in her backpack
      that had one of those Dewey magic codes on the binding, like a library book.
      Lindsay: The Dewey Decimal System?
      Danny: Yeah. I could never figure that out.
      Lindsay: Well, maybe if you'd gone to Archford.

    • Lindsay: Is that an ass print?
      Danny: Honey, what?

    • Danny: (After reaching the conclusion that some kids were having sex at the library) Looks like there was a little extracurricular activity going on back here, huh?

    • Lindsay: That was a quick print search. Think I'm gonna throw away that Archford brochure. It's a student with a record.

    • Lindsay: (After finding porn movies in Benjamin Gold's locker) Someone's getting detention.
      Danny: Whoa. What are you teaching these kids here?

    • Benjamin Gold: (In one of his movies) How do you like Principal Andrews' BIG exam?
      Mac: (Stops the movie) Principal Andrews' BIG exam? That's clever.
      Benjamin Gold: What can I say? I'm a professional.
      Mac: Seems a little cocky for a kid who's looking at jail time.

    • Flack: Were you in the library today?
      Becky: Yeah. But I'm... I'm there every day.
      Flack: Got a lot of work done then?
      Becky: Yeah.
      Flack: Yeah. I didn't realize having sex was considered homework.

    • Becky: Ben told me to meet him in the library. He had his camera all ready to go. Hit record, dropped his pants and I...
      Flack: Okay. Just fast forward to the part where Olivia Prescott caught him with his pants down.

    • Jo: Dog ate your homework? What's up?
      Adam: Okay, check this out. I was processing Olivia Prescott's clothing and I found this weird gray dirt on her blazer, so I ran it through GCMS and I found a high concentration of sodium, potassium, magnesium and chloride, which is, erm... well, it's, eh... it has the same chemical consistency as, uh, Martian soil.
      Jo: What?
      Adam: Soil found on Mars.
      Jo: Okay, so I should have Flack send out an APB on what? 5"2', big head, almond-shaped piercing black eyes, last seen leaving Archford Academy in a flying saucer?

    • Mr. Booker: Emmy Thomas. She's an incredibly bright girl, but... frequent target of her fellow classmates.
      Hawkes: Why's that?
      Mr. Booker: Well, the blazers aren't the only form of unification amongst these students, detectives. From what I can tell, Archford breeds a specific type of teen.
      Mac: We're well aware of the students' academic achievements.
      Mr. Booker: No, I'm talking about outside the classroom. Socially, these kids can be pretty brutal.

    • Emmy Thomas: They were obviously talking about me so I stood on the seat. Pretty good at being invisible when I need to. When they were finished ripping me apart, I left.
      Hawkes: We're gonna need those girls' names.
      Emmy Thomas: Cynthia Evans and Rachel Halstoy. When they're not puking in the toilet, they're usually at cheer practice. Is there anything else that I can do for you, detectives, or are you done unpacking my personal life?

    • Jo: Flack interviewed the two cheerleaders and they both admitted, without remorse, that they made fun of Emmy in the bathroom, knowing the whole time she was there. That is so cruel. If they were on my squad, I'd kick'em to the D team.
      Lindsay: You were a cheerleader?
      Jo: Don't act like you weren't.

    • Jo: All the answers to the test. It's a cheat sheet.
      Hawkes: It's impressive. I mean, not like I ever cheated or anything.

    • Hawkes: Running a search through AFIS now. Chances are it's another student.
      Mac: Well, they might not be in our database. They can't all be as enterprising as Benjamin Gold.

    • Adam: It's not impossible, just ballsy.
      Danny: What? What is it? What are you talking about?
      Adam: It's called Remote Desktop Access. It's a program that can be installed on pretty much any computer. You indicate the host computer... then the client computer. Then you have direct access to their desktop. Wait for it to sync and...
      Danny: Is that Mac's?
      Adam: Yeah.
      Danny: That's pretty impressive.

    • Lindsay: Just got off the phone with Archford. They've never suspected any of their students of cheating.
      Jo: They never suspected any of their students of murder, either. Every school has cheaters.
      Lindsay: I guess they're just trying to preserve their reputation. They've got to do something to justify those $80,000 tuition checks.

    • Allen Wilson: The lava lizard's color-changing abilities are not unique to its environment... its environment being the Atacama Desert in Chile.
      Flack: You know, Allen, I'm not a biologist or anything but I'm pretty sure chameleons change colour just the same.

    • Flack: (To Allen Wilson) You seem like a smart kid. Not smart enough to remove one important thing from your water bottle cheat sheet. You forgot to remove the original bar code. Because of that, we were able to track the bottle back to its manufacturer, check their shipping logs, find out which supermarket it was sold in. Good thing Mommy uses credit cards.

    • Allen Wilson: The teachers are smart, but technologically illiterate.

    • Flack: You got into Georgetown. Why help her cheat?
      Allen Wilson: Because even an Archford education can't teach you how to win five minutes with a girl like Olivia.

    • Jo: People commit murder for one of three reasons: money, revenge and... jealousy.

    • Jo: When I was your age, I had a big old mouth full of braces. Kids made fun of me all the time but I had a backbone like yours and I never let it get to me.
      Emmy Thomas: Good for you.

    • (About Allen Wilson)
      Emmy Thomas: He's not my boyfriend.
      Olivia Prescott: But I see the way you look at him, Emmy. It's the same way he looks at me.

    • Emmy Thomas: For years, I've had people make fun of me. And that's okay. At least I was aware. It made me sick to my stomach seeing Olivia batting her eyes at Allen in exchange for his hard work. He risked everything for her, and she... he didn't deserve it.

    • Emmy Thomas: I regret killing Olivia. I really do. But what I don't regret is standing up for my best friend.

    • Jo: You think Allen Wilson had any idea?
      Mac: That his best friend was capable of murder?
      Jo: That his best friend was in love with him. It's funny the things we choose not to see.
      Ma: Yeah, well, wouldn't hurt for parents to open their eyes, either.

    • Jo: You just wish someone would have told Emmy that high school isn't the end of the world. It's just the beginning.
      Mac: Guess that's the kind of lesson you can't learn in school.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music featured:
      You Live, You Learn by The Blue Van (Intro to the episode).
      02.20 Boy by Suicide Sports Club.
      20 Girl by Suicide Sports Club (Adam, Sid, Danny, and Lindsay are working on the cultives taken from the victim's knees).

    • Cassandra Jean, who plays Olivia Prescott, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Born To Kill and in the C.S.I. one The Chick Chop Flick Shop.

      Scout Taylor-Compton, who plays Emmy Thomas, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Internal Combustion.

      Timi Prulhiere, who plays Nora Prescott, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Fallen Idolsand in the CSI: Miami one Long Gone.

      Paul Schackman, who plays Wendell Andrews, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Anatomy Of A Lye.

      Austin Butler, who plays Benjamin Gold, CSI: Miami episode Happy Birthday.

      Matt Angel, who plays Allen Wilson, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode No Good Deed.

      Jeremy Glazer, who plays Mr. Booker, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Homecoming.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 11, 2011 on CTV.
      Turkey: April 25, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: April 30, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Spain: June 21, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 22, 2011 on AXN.
      Norway: June 22, 2011 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: January 17, 2012 on JOJ.
      Germany: January 23, 2012 on Vox.
      Finland: July 18, 2012 on MTV3.