Season 6 Episode 13

Flag on the Play

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 20, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After the beautiful young star quarterback on a Lingerie Football team is found dead in the locker room whirlpool with traces of lidocaine, the team realizes that competition is not all that clean. From a trainer with a shady past involving steroid violations, to the rivalry between the team members to the world of plastic surgery, the team has to tread lightly to discover the truth behind a complex scenario of mixed interests and alliances.moreless

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  • Not the best chapter ever but it had some good and exciting moments!:D

    OK... It wasn't the best chapter ever but I liked it!! The janitor posing as a Doctor and injecting industrial silicon to the players storyline was good although I think they could have taken more profit out of it. The lingerie Football was kind of stupid... and I expected more funny lines from our guys... There were lots of Sid which I really liked and I enjoyed too seeing him out of the morgue. And the last scene with Mac is really cute!

    We know that is Danny the one that doesn't want to report that he lost his badge and for his reaction when Lindsay tells him that he should I extract that is not the first time she said he should inform of the situation. I liked that Flack knows about the situation and that he doesn't approve either... And the final DL scene were they kiss, again!! I can't believe how many kisses we are getting this season!! SQUEEE!! Best part of it, Shane Casey is back??? I didn't expect that at all but I love the idea!!moreless
  • We visit the Lingerie Football League and get an example of the games for what is basically a distraction for a standard murder plot. First one and then it turns out two model/players turn up dead as a result of some shady dealings.moreless

    Great idea with poor execution. The story really had the possibility of being a top flight episode, but they turned it into a tease episode with little concern for the results of the investigation.

    In a very by rote story we go from one suspect to another discarding each as the real killer until a fleck of paint leads the team to a medical facility. Unfortunately it doesn't build a lot of suspense overall. The story just seems to move along. There is little sentiment except with the girls mother and the ME Sid (Robert Joy) who gives us a really good performance.

    The acting was fine, it really was the story that unfortunately was not really that intriguing. Somehow you feel that they should have done a little better job starting the story with this subject matter. Maybe a little more intrigue or an interesting twist. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • It's Victoria's Secret meets the (now defunct) Arena Football League in this episode of "CSI: NY." Eddie and Mac investigate the death of a Lingere Football League team's star quarterback who was found dead in a whirlpool bath in the team locker room.moreless

    When I started watching this episode I I was reminded of a season two episode of "CSI: NY" titled "Jamalot." Like "Flag on the Play", "Jamalot" was primarily about a the death of the star player on a female sports team. When this episode began, while I liked what I saw on the field, I was a little concerned that "Flag on the Play" would be a rehash of "Jamalot". It was not fortunately, though there were some similarities (Infighting between team members. Coaches with skeletons in their closets.). That aside, this episode worked well. It's ending is plausible also.moreless
  • Flag on the Play

    Think CSI: NY has already tackled every possible topic? Not yet as tonight's episode revolved around the quarterback of a team in the Lingerie Football League (yes, you read that correctly) being killed. This episode had a unique plot, but also had all the great, signature things that make this program so fun to watch. You had a chase scene, a compelling mystery, and the CSI shows also go out of their wsy to show you as much footage from the labs as possible, which shows that they stay true to their name.

    Outside of the bizarre game of catch between Mac and an old friend at the end, this was still a solid episode.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Mac: Sid, what are you doing here? Short-staffed tonight?
      Flack: (About lingerie football) Admit it, Sid. You're a fan.

    • Mac: She was murdered somewhere else then put in the whirlpool bath to destroy prints and DNA.
      Sid: If that's the case, we're looking for a killer with some degree of intelligence.
      Mac: Then we'll just have to be smarter than he is.

    • Sid: I'm thinking she had an allergic reaction to something. Question is: was it intentional or accidental?
      Mac: Well, even if it was accidental, we're still dealing with someone who dumped her body into a hot tub rather than call 911.

    • Sid: I'm thinking maybe I missed something.
      Mac: Sid, Natalie was pronounced dead in Michigan. Why are you blaming yourself?
      Sid: Because I dismissed her mother's suspicion as that of a grieving parent. Perhaps if I'd looked more closely, I might have been able to prevent the death of her teammate.

    • Lindsay: Any luck finding your badge?
      Danny: No. Acupuncture joint hasn't found it anywhere. They looked through the place a bunch of times.
      Lindsay: Danny, you could get a command discipline if you don't report it. It's been a week.
      Danny: I know how long it's been. Trust me.

    • Hawkes: Everything we discover in this case just leads to more questions.

    • Mac: According to Meredith Muir, Natalie Baldwin was having an affair with her boyfriend.
      Stella: Talk about motive.

    • Flack: (To Danny, as they show up at a lingerie football team training session) Guess this job has its perks.

    • Trainer: You think I gave her that injection?
      Flack: Old habits die hard.

    • Danny: New York [lingerie football] team's official web site.
      Hawkes: So how come I end up processing locker room trash and you get this?
      Danny: Because I'm married.

    • Hawkes: Okay, so Melvoy was taking credit for someone else's accomplishment.
      Danny: Yeah. Sounds like half the people in this city, right?
      Hawkes: Yeah.

    • Flack: This is certainly a step up from the place my uncle Teddie used to pawn his cuff links when he needed a drink.
      Danny: (Giggles) Yeah. Bars and pawnshops: recession-proof.
      Flack: Guess so.

    • Danny: Last week, my dog tags were stolen, obviously. My wallet and my badge.
      Flack: What? Where did this happen?
      Danny: My back's been bothering me so I go to this acupuncture joint. I come out of the treatment, go back to my locker. Everything's gone, except my clothes.
      Flack: Did you report your shield stolen?
      Danny: No. I mean, I don't want to make a big deal about it... yet.
      Flack: It's a big deal.
      Danny: I know.
      Flack: Now some nut job's running around the city with your shield. Damn it.

    • Stella: Scott Coleman?
      Scott Coleman: Yeah. How's it going?
      Stella: We need to ask you a few questions.
      Scott Coleman: I'll be right with you.
      Stella: Let me rephrase that (Showing her badge) We need to ask you a few questions now.

    • Scott Coleman: I didn't kill Kristin if that's what you're asking.
      Stella: She pawned the engagement ring you gave her. We've seen people kill for a lot less.

    • Scott Coleman: (About Kristen Melvoy) After we moved here, she... started dieting, got hair extensions, fixed her teeth, wanted her breasts enlarged. When she got into that lingerie football league, she thought that was her ticket to fame and fortune. Next thing you know, that girl from Seattle was ancient history. So was our engagement.

    • Mac: How is Mrs. Baldwin holding up?
      Sid: Well, she's strong. She just wants some answers. Being a parent myself, I... man, I don't know how she gets through the day.
      Mac: Just does what the rest of us do, she keeps moving forward.

    • Sid: The city Health Department says illegal use of silicone is on the rise as an alternative to plastic surgery, especially among the transgender population and the poor, who are unable to afford conventional surgery. Buttock and breast enhancements are the most common uses.

    • Stella: Industrial grade silicone. The kind you can buy at any hardware store. These fly-by-night doctors, they inject it directly into people's bodies.
      Danny: You're kidding me, right? I just used this stuff to fix a leak in our shower.

    • Stella: (About silicone pumping parties) Instant results, long-term consequences.

    • Sid: (To Leanne Baldwin) People always think my job is so difficult. But... being a parent is the toughest job of all.

    • (Danny is running the prints he's lifted from his stolen dog tags on the database)
      Danny: We got a hit here.
      (Shane Casey's criminal record appears on screen)
      Lindsay: How did his print get on your dog tag?
      Danny: I have no idea. This guy's supposed to be serving a life sentence.

    • Sid: (Holding a football ball in his hands) Mac!
      Mac: (Teasingly, about the lingerie football team) You really are a fan, huh?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: May 22, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: May 24, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: June 8, 2010 on AXN.
      Sweden: August 2, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Norway: September 1, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: November 29, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: December 6, 2010 on Vox.
      Finland: May 4, 2011 on MTV3.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, A.J. Buckley does not appear in this episode.

    • Music featured:
      Like a G6 by Far East Movement feat The Cataracs.
      Koro Koro by Anjelique Kidjo.
      Stadium Love by Metric.

    • Tom Parker, who plays Allen Greenway, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Flight Risk and in the C.S.I. one Dead Ringer. Nicole Taylor, who plays Kristen Melvoy, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Sudden Death. Brittany Perry-Russell, who plays Lisa, also appears in the C.S.I. episode All That Cremains.


    • Meredith Muir: She threw a 30-yard touchdown at a game last week. Afterwards, she's parading around the locker room like she's Eli Manning.

      Eli Manning (Elisha Nelson, 1981-) is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League.

    • Stella: The invitations are usually by word of mouth or on twitter.

      Hawkes: I did find a tweet from this guy.

      Mac: Can we trace the twitter account?

      Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that was created in 2006 by Jack Dorsey. It enables its users to send and read text based messages up to 140 characters known as tweets, that can be sent and received via the Twitter website, SMS and other external applications.