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Season 2 Episode 15

Fare Game

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 01, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Lindsay, Stella, and Mac are on the case of a dead ADA, who they discover, is involved in a "kill war" with water guns. Meanwhile, Danny and Hawkes investigate the murder of a young lady who had a penchant for suing restaurants and taking them for all they are worth.moreless

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  • This was an excellent episode. Need I say superb? Definitely a must see.


    Loved the great bit with the dead ADA in the cemetery in front of a tombstone with a man talking about life and living to the fullest. I loved the tear dropping in the blood before he keels over. That was brilliant. THE CASES:

    I loved the case of the dead ADA. I mean we think it's a con that is after him. It has to be right? But not really. It happens to be an accident- by someone who was just trying to scare him with a BLANK GUN- no real shots were fired. It was insane!! And why? Because of a water gun war. The poor actor with his child. That was an adorable scene. I felt so bad for the actor I mean the actor playing the actor (hehehe yes that's funny) was excellent. He delivered his lines very well. Anyways, I felt that the case was superb. I mean it was such a silly deal- a street war with water guns!! How fun! But then it's so sad, the poor actor was gypped. He clearly doesn’t get a lot of jobs, and so you mess with his mind and make him think he has a chance? Not nice. And it was a blank, who would've thought he woulda died?

    Then there was the case with the lady who liked to sue restaurants. I also enjoyed this case, if it wasn't for Danny and his eating the centipede. But it was also great to see a crazy chef, who wanted to stop a woman from suing before he got to her. I mean Danny and Hawkes had a point; he didn’t have to kill her. She clearly had a thing for him; had he just left it at that and flirted with her, she probably wouldn't have sued him. That's why the lawyer tried to stop them from talking. And it was cruel to just watch her. The jerk. FAVORITE SCENES:

    Danny eating the centipede and the whole, "tastes like chicken doesn't it." And Danny's response of "not really." EXCELLENT! I love Danny so much!

    I also loved the very end with Danny and Lindsay's little bug dinner. The start with the bet and the whole even though Mac got pizza, he stays with her to watch her eat the bug, and also join her? Very cute. Loved it. Whoever says they don't have chemistry is blind.


    This was an excellent episode. Need I say superb? Definitely a must see.moreless
  • Like watching Fear Factor, CSI style.

    Whoa, I feel like I just watched an episode of Fear Factor, Danny ate that centipede with no problems, and the chef says takes just like chicken right, and Danny responds with a no not exactly. Then when Hawkes says he can't believe he just ate that, danny says like drinking worms in tequila. That is defintely one mixed drink I am never gonna try. But when that chef ate that octopus I about threw up that was probably the grossist thing I've ever seen. The smile on Lindsay's face when she was eating the spider was priceless. Lindsay is defintely my favorite character on this series, followed closely by Danny.moreless
  • Fare Game I think was a perfect title.

    One of the things I loved about this episode was the pun on words. Fare & Game. Dealing with what's fare/fair and "game". The Watergun wars to the game of suing for money. I really enjoyed how this episode played out the Watergun wars. From tracking down intended "victims" to find a possbile murder, but as it happens the murder was accidental, not intentional. Then with Paula Dunley's murder, granted her cons needed to be stopped but not the way Tony Collins' did it. I thought the whole exotic cuisine is just gross, but to each their own. But leave it to Danny & Lindsay to try anything once.moreless
  • Water guns fight. Live exotic food. Welcome to NYC, people.

    Okay, so we have an episode with a dead Assistant District Attorney(ADA). Det. Mac, Stella and Lindsay followed up this case. I am amazed to see that the water guns fight is not only participated by the youngsters but also middle-aged ppl. The participants must find a creative way to "shoot" their targets. And let's say one of the participants didn't turn out happy over the way the ADA "shot" him. So he killed the ADA.

    The other case was followed up by Danny and Hawkes. A lady victim was found on the bed with uh, octopus in her throat. Well, it's all exotic food in the episode. Not only exotic, but exoctic food which is ALIVE. And yay, yay, yay! D/L moments! Lindsay and Danny ate live, exotic food together! Excuse my yay-ness. =Pmoreless
  • An dead ADA leads Stella, Mac and Lindsay to the world of water wars, while Danny and Hawkes check out the murder of a woman who made a living out of filing charges against restaurants.moreless

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

    Mac's case was pretty interesting. The water wars game is perfect for all those adventurous paranoids out there (and that includes me, haha). This is a perfect example of "a person can only take so much." A mixture of disappointment, anger and frustration can cloud a man's judgement.

    Danny's case was cool, although I'm not one to eat live octupi in my lifetime. And don't get me started on spiders. Anyway, they say revenge is a dish best served cold. In this case, the suspect served it live. I didn't think the CSI could match the octupus' tentacles to the marks on the woman's throat, but they did. Good for them.

    I gotta hand it to Anna Belknap and Carmine Giovinazzo for having the guts to eat those overly exotic foods.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

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

Kevin Rahm

Kevin Rahm

Tony Collins

Guest Star

William Abadie

William Abadie

Michael Hetu

Guest Star

Rance Howard

Rance Howard

Samuel Cooper

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The ring tone of Hawkes' cellphone is the same one that will be heard once and again during the first half of season 4 when the mysterious stalker keeps calling Mac.

    • At the end of the episode Chris is rehearsing lines from Of Mice and Men. He is auditioning for George, the same character that Gary Sinise played in the movie.

    • Goof: The aerial camera shots of the cemetery in the beginning of the episode are of a cemetery on Long Island just outside of New York City. However, the cemetery Mac and Stella are seen in is actually in Hollywood, California. Silent movie star Rudolph Valentino is one of the many movie stars buried there.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Danny: You handing out cigars, Papa?
      Hawkes: Not yet. The eggs are still incubating.

    • (Danny has brought in all sorts of exotic cuisine and everyone is making faces)
      Danny: Who's going first?
      Stella: You gotta be kidding.
      Flack: Pass!
      Hawkes: Uh-uh.
      Lindsay: It's just protein.
      (Lindsay bites into a fried tarantula and everyone stares at her)
      Mac: (smiling and holding out hand to Danny) Told you she'd do it.
      Danny: (passing a five dollar bill to Mac) Alright, alright, here you go.
      Mac: Okay! Pizza in my office.
      (Everyone but Lindsay and Danny leaves)
      Lindsay: You bet Mac I wouldn't do it?
      Danny: Yeah, what was I thinking? Never bet against a country girl.
      Lindsay: You know, actually it's not that bad.

    • Adam: The penal code is his personal to-do list. Pick a section and he's violated it.

    • Mac: Some people celebrate life, others celebrate death.

    • (The eggs they found in the victim's ear hatch into millipedes)
      Danny: Aren't those ... uhh ...
      Hawkes: Your afternoon snack.

    • Hawkes: (waiting for the eggs to incubate) Like watching paint dry.

    • (Flack finds a gun in Jennifer Cooper's pocket which turns out to be a water gun)
      Flack: Are you kiddin' me?!

    • (The victim died after trying to swallow a live octopus)
      Hawkes: Death by cistopus indicus.

    • Hawkes: I can't believe you just ate that.
      Danny: Like swallowing a worm in a bottle of tequila.

    • Danny: Exotic cuisine. I'm talking about this thing that's going on at the Grand View Region this week. Black-tie affair and with the super rich get together and they eat crazy stuff. I saw an ad for it yesterday.
      Hawkes: Well that would explain the bow-tie, fancy dress by the bed.
      Danny: What do you think? You hungry?
      Hawkes: Let's go.

    • Mac: No more get-out-of-jail-free cards for you.

    • (Paper fragments were found in the bullet wound)
      Stella: When are these guys gonna learn.
      Sid: (looks at Stella blankly)
      Stella: You never leave a paper trail.

    • Stella: Kyle Vance, what were you doing at Samuel Cooper's grave?

    • (Danny eats one of the millipedes.)
      Tony Collins: Tastes just like chicken, right?
      Danny: Not really.

    • Flack: You don't call, you don't write, I was starting to think you were seeing other detectives.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 5, 2006 on CNBC-e.

    • Kevin Rahm, who plays Tony Collins, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Chip/Tuck and in the C.S.I. ones Built to Kill, Part 1 and Built to Kill, Part 2.

      Sprague Grayden, who plays Jennifer Cooper, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Collateral Damage.

      Wayne Knight, who plays Truman Bosch, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Working Stiffs.

      Kelly Hu, who plays Det. Kaile Maka as a regular character (this episode being her last), also appears in the C.S.I. episode Bittersweet.

      Tim Guinee, who plays Chris Matthews, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Double Cross, in the CSI: Miami one Sex & Taxes and in the CSI:NY one Caballino Rampante.

    • Music Featured:
      Last Night by Eliot Lipp.
      Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 - Spring: I. Allegro by Itzhak Perlman & Vladimir Ashkenazy.


    • This episode mimics the 2002 movie Big Trouble starring Tim Allen in which one of the plotlines features a high school game called 'Killer' where teenagers have to shoot each other with squirt guns while another parallel plotline features real killers with real guns.

    • The episode title, Fare Game, is a slight variation on Fair Game, a 1995 action movie starring William Baldwin and Cindy Crawford.

    • Of Mice And Men: At the end of the episode, Mac pretends to be trying out for the play Of Mice and Men to fool a suspect.

      The choice of the play is likely a sly reference to Gary Sinise's role in 1992's filmed version of the Steinbeck play. Mac even asks if the suspect is trying for the part of George, the part Gary Sinise played in the film.