Season 8 Episode 14

Flash Pop

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 30, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSIs discover secrets about the lab after seeing connections to a case in the 1950's that may help them figure out why a lab tech was killed.

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  • CSI:NY Not So Cold

    The show delves into yet another cold case (there was one from Stella's past in which Danny Pino from Cold Case guest starred, in Cold Reveal. This time the CSIs are goaded into opening it, which didn't really show Kim to being smarter - if she was, she wouldn't have tried to frame Harlan, not to mention keeping the original murder weapon. She had all this time to dispose of it. Adam's first episode back after two week's missing (no one sent out a search party) and he had a chance to be personally involved. With yet another berating from Mac. As for Lindsay's comment and not so original idea about the snow, Mac and Stella did something similar in 1.13 Tanglewood. That was like saying Danny and Hawkes don't live in a city with snow and only Montana has snow.

    At least this episode had some mystery and the cold case still went unsolved. Either to feature again because the killer still wasn't found and was probably someone closer to home. here the victim was a lab tech, but who would have a motive to kill Lana? The method of her murder suggests crime of passion. Anyway thought it was creepy the way Burton sat at the desk and had a flash. Maybe his arrival meant he wanted to ingratiate himself into the investigation for reasons other than being helpful.

    Flack had pause for thought when Harlan says he didn't have a chance to tell her how he felt. Again another reminder of his losing Angell.

    As for Kim, she didn't have nay gloves on so why no prints on the shoe or wallet for starters. Those items weren't processed.

    Oh and I liked the title too, Flash Pop a reference to the past or to the flash/pop of the old fashioned camera when the bulb pops out after a photo has been taken.moreless
  • Love this show

    When this episode began I was at first worried it was going to be one of those flash back/flash forward one's but was pleasantly surprised when it didn't flash back except to establish what had happened in the '50s. The original Detective on the case that was never solved grabbed my attention when he came to advise Mack on the '50s case. He was stunningly handsome, if somewhat aged (in his 70's) and trying to put a name to his still ruggedly handsome face and voice, was driving me nuts. After this excellent episode finished I looked up the Guest Cast members and saw the name Lee Majors! This month, April 2012, he will celebrate his 73rd birthday.

    This episode was up to the usual standard of CSI NY for me, which I cannot fault. The entire cast make this CSI enjoyable to watch, week after week.moreless
  • Mac and the team investigate the murder of a young lab tech whose case closely resembles an unsolved murder from the late 1950s.

    It was certainly nice to have "CSI: NY" back after such an unusually long absence. "Flash Pop" was not the best episode I have ever seen, but it was very clever and entertaining. I was hooked from beginning to end. One problem I had with the episode was that it looked too much like an episode of "Cold Case". Lee Majors' cameo was a highlight of this episode. His scenes with Gary Sinise worked very well. One other thing I liked was that the 1950's case went unsolved (at least for now). I would have felt that to be too much of a contrivance if both cases were solved in the episode. In the end, while not a great episode, "Flash Pop" is certainly worth your time. A good chapter in an excellent crime drama.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

Lee Majors

Lee Majors

Paul Burton

Guest Star

Cory Blair

Cory Blair

Young Detective Paul Burton

Guest Star

Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill

Harlan Porter

Guest Star

Megan Dodds

Megan Dodds

Christine Whitney

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The rare combination of different colour irises is called heterochromia iridum.

    • Goof: Kim Barnett can be seen touching multiple things at the crime scene wearing no gloves. As a lab tech, she should be aware that she was leaving her fingerprints behind.

    • Goof: In the scene where Lindsay and Danny are analyzing the footprints on the landing, Danny switches from keeping his arms crossed to having them laced behind his back several times.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Mac: (Over the phone) Jo, Mac. I received an odd photo on my phone tonight... What? Describe it... Yeah. It's the same one. I think I know why the photo was sent to us. The victim is one of our lab techs.

    • Flack: It's a pretty ballsy move to send that photo to your private phones.
      Mac: Well, they got what they wanted... our attention.

    • Mac: There's a big difference between the original crime and this one. The first went unsolved; this time... we're gonna find the killer.

    • Hawkes: Mother Nature as an accomplice.
      Danny: Yeah, we don't got diddly.

    • Jo: Both victims with a rare condition of different shades of eye color. What an oddly impossible coincidence.
      Sid: Which makes it no longer a coincidence.

    • Brenda: (About Jessica Drake) Only person I know who could make washing test tubes and cleaning the lab not boring.

    • Flack: Did she have a boyfriend?
      Kim Barnett: No. N... not really.
      Flack: You're gonna have to elaborate on that one.

    • (About Harlan Porter being Jessica's killer)
      Jo: Doesn't fit the profile.
      Flack: Are you giving me a textbook answer?

    • Christine Whitney: I'm really sorry to hear about the murder of that young woman. You mentioned that she worked in your lab?
      Mac: She was a tech. Didn't really know her. I'm sure she's dashed between DNA and Autopsy maybe a thousand times at my request. She was a white lab coat in my peripheral vision, handing me a note, or a result, and I probably mumbled 'thank you' and didn't pay much attention. Feels like a missed opportunity.
      Christine Whitney: Well, a lot of people work in the lab... and you're a very busy man, Mac.
      Mac: True, but today... it just sounds like an excuse.

    • Christine Whitney: Oh, um, that anniversary party for my parents tomorrow night, uh, you agreed to endure...don't worry about it.
      Mac: Whoa, you're dumping me?
      Christine Whitney: No. I just don't want you to feel obligated with all that's going on. I mean, my whole family would love to see you, but, well, you know how they can be.
      Mac: I'm sure I can handle it. I'll be here.
      Christine Whitney: Okay. I gave you an out. You've been warned.
      Mac: You make it sound dangerous (Both smile).

    • Jo: Mac Taylor, I adore you. I value our friendship more than words can express. And you don't need to feel any obligation to... (Sighs) ...share any mushiness. Your smile is adequate enough. I just... I just needed to get that out. We just work so hard, day in and day out, and we never really turn to those around us and tell them how we feel.

    • Mac: I keep thinking if I'd just taken the time to ask a few more questions, been more observant, I...
      Jo: Oh, Mac, you can't possibly think you could have changed the outcome.
      Mac: No, no, I just wish... I knew more about her.

    • Mac: Who do you see in this picture?
      Jo: You, me, Sheldon, Danny, Lindsay.
      Mac: How many lab techs?
      Jo: Three. They were assigned to the scene.
      Mac: The only people taking crime scene photos were Danny and Hawkes. We're all in the picture, including the techs... so who took that picture?
      Jo: You're thinking the killer, and this photo was a message.
      Mac: Someone who could get access to our cell phones and send us that photo, someone who wouldn't look out of place at the crime scene, who could gain entry to the evidence, someone who's playing 'catch me if you can'. Not only was our victim
      part of the crime lab, I'm thinking so was our killer.

    • Mac: This is our investigative team on the Jessica Drake murder. All the evidence will be processed by the people in this room and only by the people in this room. We start over on everything. Chain of custody of evidence stays within this group. If something needs to go to DNA, one of us drops it off, oversees the analysis, and then retrieves the results. If the killer had access to trace evidence we collected from the scene, it could already be compromised. So pay attention and triple-check all your results.

    • Adam: Are the other lab techs still being questioned? It just seems, you know, we've decided guilt by job description, and Harlan seems like our primary suspect.
      Mac: You think he did it, Adam?
      Adam: Uh, no.
      Mac: Do you know who did?
      Adam: No.
      Mac: We have a responsibility to Jessica Drake. Someone in this lab thinks they have the advantage. If it's Harlan, we'll prove it; if it's not... then we continue to do our job. There's an unspoken rule of trust within these walls. That gets broken... it's inexcusable.

    • Jo: This is personal for Mac, Adam. He's not gonna treat anyone with kid gloves.
      Adam: Well, it's personal for me, too. More than anybody in this room, I spend the most time with the lab techs. I-I started where they did. They don't want to be
      treated with kid gloves. They just want to be treated with respect. Look, Jessica, um... she's not just another girl in a white lab coat. Okay? She was a friend.

    • Hawkes: Is that an eye?
      Adam: As in an eyeball, right? Yeah, okay, good, I thought I was going crazy.

    • Danny: I'm coming to the rescue, 'cause it looks like you have wrinkles all over your forehead...
      Lindsay: It's not a wrinkle. It's a frown.

    • Lindsay: (To Danny) I hate it when you're right.

    • Flack: You work night shift in the crime lab, right?
      Harlan Porter: Ballistics. I'm the robot that updates IBIS with the bullets you guys recover from scenes.

    • Adam: Phasmatodea.
      Mac: An insect that looks like a stick.
      Adam: It's the trace that Hawkes recovered from Jessica Drake's clothing. Now, this particular species that he found can't survive in New York at this time of year. Then I realized you said you were looking for someone who works in the lab, and, well... EDNA's the answer.
      Mac: Well, I'm assuming, Adam, you're not suggesting EDNA is a suspect.

    • Paul Burton: I had to do fingerprint searches by hand when I began as an investigator. DNA... that stood for Do Not Analyze.

    • Mac: Well, despite all this spectacular technology, Paul, I'm still looking for my killer.
      Paul Burton: You know, I do get some satisfaction in knowing that sometimes the old-fashioned way still works.

    • Adam: We could build a profile, you know... a woman, size seven shoe, six one.
      Danny: We're off to a really bad start there, buddy. Not one of our suspects fits that profile. None are that tall.
      Jo and Lindsay: (Looking at each other) High heels.

    • Kim Barnett: It was so easy after that.
      Mac: Easy? Taking Jessica's life may have been easy for you, but living with it... that's gonna be hell, I promise you.

    • Mac: You're really gonna try to solve it? The cold case guys have exhausted every clue.
      Jo: Then whoever did this will never see me coming.

    • Jo: You really wearing that?
      Mac: What?
      Jo: I thought you said you were seeing Christine.
      Mac: I said I was seeing an old friend and her family... what's wrong with my suit?
      Jo: It's a suit. Oh, Mac, you just got to jazz it up a little. Like, get rid of this whole coat-and-tie thing. You need to wear something that says... well, I don't know what it should say, but that ain't it.
      Mac: Don't you have a murder to solve?
      Jo: I'm just trying to help you with your love life.
      Mac: Well, good night, Jo.
      Jo: At least lose the tie.

    • Christine Whitney: I don't know how to thank you for putting up with all this.
      Mac: Oh, it wasn't bad. Your family's great. It's nice to see them again.
      Christine Whitney: Come on, it was a nightmare.
      Mac: Okay, it was a challenge.

    • Christine Whitney: I have to confess something, you know... it was all part of my own selfish plan. I mean, I thought if I brought you, then I wouldn't have to hear about the perfect guy that they have in mind for me and how terrible it is that I'm alone and that they'd be so interested in talking to you, they'd forget about the perils of my life for one evening.
      Mac: Did it work?
      Christine Whitney: No
      (Mac laughs)

    • Mac: (About Christine's family) Why don't we give them something to talk about? (He kisses her on the cheek, she kisses him on the lips)
      Christine Whitney: I'm... sorry. That was me. I... I didn't mean to do that. I mean, I didn't mind doing that...

  • NOTES (4)

    • Spencer Grammer, who plays Kim Barnett, is the daughter of Kelsey Grammer, the star of the television comedy Frasier. On the second season of Frasier, Gary Sinise, prior of his starring role on CSI:NY, played Sid, who called into Frasier's radio show for advice on how to deal with his problem of being incapable of talking on the phone with strangers unless he writes out everything he wants to say in advance.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 30, 2012 on CTV.
      United Kingdom: April 28, 2012 on Channel 5.
      Czech Republic: June 13, 2012 on AXN.
      Germany: December 10, 2012 on Vox.
      Turkey: December 10, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      Norway: December 12, 2012 on TVNorge.
      Finland: September 10, 2014 on MTV3.

    • Aaron Hill, who who plays Harlan Porter, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Unleashed and in the CSI: Miami one Raging Cannibal.

      Spencer Grammer, who plays Kim Barnett, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Dead Air.

    • Music Featured:
      Lay Me Down by Shannon Curtis by Cold Specks (Mac observes the candle memorial by the lab techs for Jessica).
      Trials of the Past (feat. Sampha) by SBTRKT (Sheldon, Danny and Lindsay look for shoeprints under the snow around Jessica's body & Sid and 1957 coroner examine the dead bodies of the girls).