Season 6 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 2009 on CBS
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Danny and Mac get the unexpected help of a young woman while trying to solve their most recent case involving a cop killing.

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  • Too emotional!

    I was counting down the days until season 6 finally started. I was so excited to see what happened after the shooting in the last episode of season 5. The open end of the final episode was killing me, but I also loved it at the same time. All kinda possibilities were running through my head what would happen in the first episode of season 6, who would die and who would get injured!? I guess my excitement about season 6 was way too strong to be judgmental when I watched "Epilogue." I thought it was a good episode. After I watched it a second time, I realized how boring it actually was. I mean, season 5 was really one of the best ones I have seen so far! The cases were awesome, the characters were brilliant as usual and everything seemed to harmonize with each other. I am very disappointed about the outcome of "Epilogue." There was no thrilling moment, nothing that made you die of curiosity what would happen next. It just seemed way too emotional to me as the first episode seemed to be that much focused on the characters and their personal lives. There's nothing wrong with that, but CSI:NY is that successful because of its imaginary cases. I feel like the healthy balance of the characters and the cases is somewhat lost and it all turned into a big soap opera!moreless
  • Loved it!

    This was a great episode, I have been waiting for this season and I was not dissapointed. Loved seeing Mac frustrated with the case, especially when he looks at Danny's badge, if it wasn't because I knew Danny was alive I would have been crying thinking he died. I am a DL fan so seeing them together was like chocolate to me. I am glad the incident brought them closer together and not ripped them apart. Loved Flack, always so handsome, and in the black sweater even hotter. Stella and Adam, I don't know yet, I'll have to see how it is developed and then I'll have an opinion. I missed Angel but other than that, awesome episode. Especially the end.moreless
  • *** Spoiler-free *** Well designed procedural investigation, captivating chaotic story, some inspiring characters, convincing acting and fascinating teamwork

    I discovered the show with Death House, the 10th episode. In my review I mentionned how impressed I was by the puzzling story, polished investigation and of course Gary Sinise convincing performance as Mac. However it took me a while to decide wether or not its other episodes deserved my attention. Indeed I worried that its episodic format would be as disappointing as in other shows like Castle for example. Moreover in the last what save some episodes are the irresistible protagonists, Kate and Castle, when even if I liked Mac I didn't relate to him nor find the other characters really interesting. Well now that I've seen this pilot I admit that designing a show around procedural investigations is not necessarily a mistake.

    First the story was captivating and I really like how the characters seemed in distress and worried. Sinise was excellent as an obsessed Mac because his after shooting investigation had leaded him nowhere. Moreover it's like if the team had lost faith when people should help each other when chaos takes over. But hopefully his partners were there to remind him that he wasn't alone. In fact a new character triggered a chain of events that motivated them to finally catch the shooters. So the story was intriguing and inspiring. I specially felt for the guy in the wheelchair because the actor did a great job. You could feel how desperate he was and the situation wasn't easy for his girlfriend either. Did they find the strength to go on or things got worse ?

    Beside the story and character development I was really impressed by how the investigation was written and designed. In Death House I noticed the gadgets but this time it was more about the patterns, clues and all these tiny details that could help them solve the case. From bloodstain pattern analysis, that reminded me of Dexter, to crime and shooting reconstructions I kept thinking how cool and smart it was. In fact the tracking was fascinating and I instantly that it would be interesting to work for them. It's amazing and inspiring what their heterogeneous and complementary skills allowed them to achieve. Mac's female partner knife theory was specially creative and the flashbacks were very helpful to better picture what happened because some explanations were technical.

    All these great elements contributed to make this pilot a success. The story itself wasn't spectacular but it was twisted enough and well written. With such a strong foundation it's not surprising the show reached its 6th season. And with more original scripts, apparently delivered in some episodes, it should definitely be a must watch.moreless
  • This is more of a question than a review.

    Could somebody plz tell me the name of the song in this episode, and who sings it? It was a beautiful song, and I would like to try to find it. I thought it very sad that the sister lost her life to save her brother, and then he was not able to be saved in the end. I think maybe if he had've been it may have been just a bit better, showing that a sisters love by giving her life meant something.Such a sad episode, waiting for more. I also almost cried when Dannys feet moved, and it started raining as well, boy that 10% really got to me.moreless
  • The sixth season begins one month after the events of the season five finale. Danny, temporarily confined to a wheelchair due to injuries sustained in the shooting at the bar, gets help in the case from an unlikely source.moreless

    The season did get started on a positive note. I did like this episode. It was well made and acted, but it does have it's problems. Hearing Flak saying that he needed to get back to work so soon after Detective Angel's death has been heard on this show before (Stella said pretty much the same thing after being attacked by her psychotic boyfriend.). Mac's dialogue with Stella in Mac's office seemed too contrived to come off as genuine. The part that revealed Adam and Stella are sleeping together was not really necessary. I guarantee they will do it again.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Sarah Carter

Sarah Carter

Haylen Becall

Guest Star

Gloria Votsis

Gloria Votsis

Risa Calaveras

Guest Star

Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence

Jake Calaveras

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • Carmine Giovinazzo prepared for weeks for his scenes in the wheelchair.

    • At the beginning of the episode when Mac is in his office there are some photos/documents on a box. A strange issue on the roll/editing makes it look as if suddenly a photo appears between the other documents and disappears immediately.

    • Goof: The ID of Danny that Mac keeps on his desk says that his shield is #9104, which is inconsistent with the one Danny has usually worn in the show, #8946.

    • Mac wears a silver cased and silver strapped Kobold watch.

    • Mac's office is #3509, which is consistent with the lab being located at the 35th floor as it's been mentioned in previous seasons.

    • Goof: Both Danny's ID and Flack's badge rest on Mac's desk. Shouldn't Flack's supervisor be the one to retain his badge? Also, despite apparently both being out of duty or on some sort of leave or not working status, both involved themselves in the case when they see more fit, without any kind of administrative process going by.

    • It is the second time that Adam makes a reference to being 'the low man on the totem pole'. He says it to Haylen in this episode and he mentioned it in a conversation with Danny in 5x16 No Good Deed.

    • Towards the end of this episode Flack is put in the uncomfortable situation of witnessing how a man shoots another one dead in vengeance, just like he did in 5x25 Pay Up.

    • A new feature of the lab is shown: a robotized library of samples called EDNA.

    • We learn that Stella and Adam have slept together.

    • Apart from Danny being in a wheelchair, 3 other people were wounded and the bartender died in the shooting.

    • Goof: Hawkes tests the knife wounds and the resulting blood splatter on standing up dummies but when the action is reconstructed, we can see that it happened when the security guard and his attacker were laying and struggling on the ground.

    • As an aftermath to the shooting in the previous season finale, Hawkes is volunteering with the Manhattan Medical Park Unit and dealing with insomnia issues.

    • Flashbacks to 5x25 Pay Up can be seen during this episode. The action is set one month after the shooting.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • Danny: (To Lindsay) You're too cute to threaten.

    • Risa Calaveras: Before I say anything, you have to promise that you're gonna do what you can for my brother.
      Danny: No. We didn't come here to negotiate. Was it your brother that fired that gun? Your brother put me in this wheelchair?
      Risa Calaveras: I need to know that I can trust you.
      Danny: You called me. You said you had something that could possibly lead us to a suspect.
      Mac: Was he in the car that night? Why don't we start with who you are and how you're involved in all this?
      Risa Calaveras: I think the three of them are planning something else. Only Jake doesn't know what he's doing and what he's done. Look, I don't want my brother to die or go to jail. He's just a scared kid caught up in the middle of something bigger than...
      Danny: This is bigger than just your brother, okay? Look at me. You want to see this happen to someone else? Look at me!

    • (Examing Risa Calavera's body)
      Hawkes: Are you smiling?
      Stella: She reminds me of Angell.

    • Stella: It amazes me how just on instinct you know which shot was first.
      Hawkes: Well, this is her bloody handprint, and it appears that she grabbed her shoulder in pain.
      Stella: Mmm. And in order to transfer the blood, she had to already be bleeding.
      Hawkes: Exactly. Now, I'm brilliant, but sometimes I get a little help.
      Stella: Well, let's hope we get a lot of help.

    • (Hawkes yawns)
      Stella: Looks like somebody needs some sleep. You still volunteering with the Manhattan Parks Medical Unit?
      Hawkes: Only on the weekends. It beats wrestling with insomnia.

    • Danny: She said she wanted to meet me. And it had to be last night. And I'm thinking, you know, I want to see her. I want her to see me.
      Stella: Look, did our Jane Doe give you anything that we can run with.
      Danny: Yeah. She said we're looking for a Jake. I'm working this one, Stella. I'm officially on duty here.

    • Mac: Thought you were on a leave of absence.
      Flack: I was, but I heard Mr. Messer was out here acting a superhero, and I can't let him show me up.
      Mac: Don, you've been through a lot. You shouldn't be here.
      Flack: Mac, I'm fine. What? I'm sitting at home. All I'm doing is, I'm thinking about Jess, I'm thinking about the shooting, and I'm think... it's better for me if I'm on duty.

    • (Danny is recalling the moments after the shooting)
      Danny: Linds?
      Lindsay: Danny?
      Danny: I can't... I can't get up.
      Lindsay: What?
      Danny: (Gasps) (Groans) I can't feel my legs. Lindsay, I can't feel my legs. (Raises his hand from behind his back to see it's covered in blood.)
      Lindsay: (Gasps in shock as she grabs his bloody hand) No, it's okay. It's okay.
      Danny: My legs won't move.
      Lindsay: (panting) Okay. Okay.
      Danny: Lindsay, they won't move. They won't move. (Pants)
      Lindsay: Mac!

    • Stella: You used to file unsolved cases in a single folder on the corner of your desk.
      Mac: Yeah, well, none of those cases put someone I know in a wheelchair, or threatened the lives of people I cared about. None of those cases was personal.

    • Lindsay: Now don't get too comfortable in that chair.
      Danny: Well, it's been a month and I haven't felt a thing. Nothing, no movement, no tingling. Nothing.
      Lindsay: Danny, you gotta be patient.
      Danny: We gotta start thinking that this might be the way it is, is what we gotta do.
      Lindsay: Doctor said there's no permanent damage to your spine. Inflammation from the gunshot wound is causing temporary paralysis.
      Danny: Yeah, but how do you forget the words like 'more than likely, best case scenario, 60% chance of recovery'? How do you do that?
      Lindsay: Well, for one, I'm an optimist. For another if you don't recover, I'm going to kick your butt.

    • Stella: Mac, what happened last night? You and Danny, no backup, no heads up. Not to mention, it was dangerous.
      Mac: I've been studying these walls for the past three weeks trying to answer one question. Who had a reason to want one of us or all of us dead? Despite all this evidence, crime reports, possible suspects, witness accounts, I'm no closer to the identity of the shooter than the night it happened.

    • Lindsay: What are you thinking about?
      Danny: I'm thinking that... you know what this wheelchair needs? Sidecar for Lucy.
      Adam: Sounds like you need to pimp your ride, yo. Some spinners, a sound system, hydraulics... (Mimicking whirring)
      Lindsay: Adam.
      Adam: Whoo-whoo!
      Lindsay: Process the scene.
      Adam: Relax, chiquita.

    • Mac: Going to that building seemed like my only option.
      Stella: You keep using words like 'my', 'me', 'I'. You are not in this alone, Mac.

    • (Billboard in Times Square reads: Do we have your attention? Pay us and we'll stop.)
      Mac: These messages showed up in Times Square within an hour of the shooting. They're clearly suggesting a ransom should be paid.

    • Mac: These guys aren't looking to kill, they're looking to scare.
      Danny: Yeah, well, then why don't they use something other than guns?
      Mac: No, think about it. All that gunfire, there's been one fatality. And at both the scene last night and the restaurant, most of the damage was to the awning and the top of the building. Their weapon of choice? Style SPP auto machine pistol, small weapon, high recoil, certainly not known for accuracy.
      Stella: So these thugs are in the business of fear. They want the entire city to be at their mercy.

    • Stella: Well, we clearly know that this is not about targeting cops. Not one of the patrons at last night's club had any affiliation with law enforcement.
      Lindsay: So the night they attacked us, they just happened to pick a bar filled with cops?

    • Mac: Adam, anything from the office building elevator?
      Adam: Uh, no, nothing.
      Danny: Fire him, Mac. This kid's slacking off.
      (Lindsay laughs).

    • Mac: Adam?
      Adam: Hmm?
      Mac: You know the young woman standing out in the hallway?
      Adam: No.
      Mac: Well, you're about to meet her. She claims there was un-recovered evidence in the elevator at the scene.
      Adam: What?
      Haylen: There's an undocumented print on the ceiling of the elevator. More specifically, a bloody print.
      Adam: How do you know that?
      Haylen: I'm a crime scene cleanup technician. So I checked the number identifiers for everything collected and photographed at the scene, and this print is not among them.
      Adam: What'd you say your name was again?
      Haylen: Haylen Becall.

    • Haylen: Hey... look, I didn't mean to embarrass you.
      Adam: Okay.
      Haylen: No, really. I know how this must look.
      Adam: I get it. You're just, uh, trying to show off.
      Haylen: Well, I like to think of it as trying to impress the boss. I want your job.
      (Adam groans)
      Haylen: I mean, not your job, but... to do what you do.
      Adam: Okay.

    • Haylen: I want to work in the lab. So I was just wondering if there are any entry-level positions. Part-time, weekends, night shift? I'll clean test tubes and sweep floors if I have to.
      Adam: Haylen, I'm the low man on the totem pole. So if you think that I have any type of pull or influence... you're wrong. Sorry.
      Haylen: Well, is there any chance you could put a good word in with Detective Taylor?
      Adam: (Laughs) Wow, gutsy. Um... no.
      Haylen: Come on. Why not?
      Adam: Let's just start with the fact that I've only known you for the past two hours. Not to mention, there's a hiring freeze, budget cuts, layoffs. So like you were just saying, the job you're after... it's mine, okay?
      Haylen: I'm not giving up.

    • Mac: This piece of glass came from this window.
      Sid: And depth and placement in the tissue of our victim suggest it flew like shrapnel into her flesh.
      Hawkes: Exactly, the result of the bullets shattering the glass.
      Mac: She was there. Our Jane Doe was in the bar with us, the exact night and time of the shooting.

    • Lindsay: Ten percent chance of walking? You told me it was 60.
      Danny: (Clears his throat) I just didn't want to scare you.
      Lindsay: You know what scares me, Danny? Is that you think you have to lie to me. I want you to know that no matter what happens, I'm here to stay. Nothing is ever going to change the way that I feel about you. And you know what? Ten percent? I'll take it. That's a chance. That's hope. But it seems like you've decided that it isn't enough.
      Danny: No, no, no, I haven't decided anything.

    • Lindsay: I can hear it in your voice, Danny. On that phone call, you're giving up.
      Danny: No, I'm not, Lindsay. I just don't need a cheerleader, you know, babe?
      Lindsay: You're right. You need a kick in the ass. Look, if I have to believe in you all by myself, I will. I've gone with the long shot before, Danny, and I ended up with you. They said there was a ten percent chance of rain today. I brought my umbrella, because ten percent is enough for me to believe that it's possible.

    • Jake Calaveras: It was all just talk, at first. Then Wilson came up with this idea. What if we made the city work for us? You know? He used the word ransom. I thought he was joking. But they kept talking about it. Doing something, again and again and again, and having the city pay us to stop.
      Mac: Why, Jake? To what end?
      Jake Calaveras: Dave said because we could. Just... because we could.
      Mac: Because you could? Is that what I should tell the family of the bartender who died? Or all the people who were injured? Is that what I should tell my detective who's sitting in a wheelchair?

    • (About having slept together)
      Adam: Stella! Hey.
      Stella: Hey.
      Adam: Um, about the other night.
      Stella: Yeah. Adam, it was wonderful.
      Adam: Yeah.
      Stella: And stupid, and spontaneous and memorable.
      Adam: Yeah.
      Stella: And not something we should ever do again.
      Adam: You took the words right out of my mouth.
      Adam: Um...
      Stella: Okay.
      Adam: Okay.

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode marks the start of credits alternating from left to right at the bottom of the screen akin to what the original C.S.I. began doing beginning season 9.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: December 9, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: January 25, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: February 22, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Czech Republic: March 6, 2010 on AXN.
      Spain: March 9, 2010 on AXN.
      New Zealand: June 22, 2010 on TV3.
      Slovakia: September 15, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: September 20, 2010 on Vox.
      Australia: January 13, 2011 on Channel 9.
      Finland: January 19, 2011 on MTV3.

    • According to CSI: NY Special Effects Coordinator Dave Kelsey, the sampling library called Edna contains thirty thousand slides and it is not computer run as it seems; there are actually two human operators controlling it.

    • According to CSI: NY executive producer Peter Lenkov, half way through season 5 they came up with the idea of choosing Danny as the one to get shot. They liked the idea of him learning how to walk again at the same time as his daughter was taking her first steps. There was never any talk about killing the character.

    • This episode features the first appearance of Sarah Carter's recurring role as crime scene clean up technician Haylen Becall. According to CSI: NY executive producer Peter Lenkov, her character is introduced because they like to start off new seasons with something fresh.

    • Some footage of the preview for this episode that CBS released is not included in the aired version.

    • Music Featured:
      See It All by Fink.
      The Double by We Fell to Earth.
      Do You by Freeland.
      Discovery #1 by King Roc.
      Another World by Anthony & The Johnsons.

    • Andrew Lawrence's (Jake Calaveras) brother Joseph Lawrence played Clay Dobson during the show's 3rd season.


    • Mac: What did Shakespeare say? 'Tempt not a desperate man'.

      William Shakespeare (1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, often considered the the greatest writer in English. The quote is from Romeo and Juliet, Act 5, Scene 3.