CSI: NY

Season 7 Episode 19

Food For Thought

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team must figure out why a food truck suddenly exploded killing its owner. They also must see if the complaints filed against him had anything to do with his murder.

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  • One of the better and more memorable CSI: NY episodes there have been of late...

    9.0
    CSI: NY has undoubtably been on auto-pilot for roughly a year and a half now. Episode after episode there has been unspectacular crimes committed by unspectacular people with unspectacular and downright fishy motives. But "Food For Thought" is a slight break above the mold. Naturally, to catch interest, there is an explosion in the first 4 minutes of the episode which has potentially hurt the ever capable Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. After the explosion, the episode delves into Hawkes's personal life, which is a small welcome after seeing an abundance of Danny, Lindsay and Jo. Hawkes is still somewhat of a mysterious character which makes his personal story line all the more interesting. With some in house workplace drama involving Hawkes and cannabis and some other neat gags, this episode of CSI: NY is one of the better and more memorable of late.moreless
  • An explosion in a food festival kills one of the cooks...

    8.5
    Ok... it wasn't a great chapter, actually it turned out to be quite boring... Maybe it was because I TOTALLY hated Camille... I mean, she's cute and we finally got a love interest for Hawkes, but she makes him call in sick to spend an evening with her, skip work to attend one of her parties and accompany her while she smokes weed? Quite a bad influence and VERY out of Hawkes character, who I always thought that right after Mac was the one with more morals and rules... I guess I didn't like that chapter very much because of that...



    It had it good moments, DL scenes were cute and funny, there was some banter like old times and I loved Linds stealing the burger and leaving Danny behind to work on the evidence, not sure how much 'legal' that was but... But then Danny and Lindsay were barely around, maybe we are getting a big DL chapter before the end of the season?

    Adam was funny and not scared of Mac... that was great!

    And I loved Flack one liners, 'that doesn't sound very appetizing' and the ones he said during the interrogation... Definetely not my favorite but not that bad, but or Camille changes or she has to go...moreless
  • 7x19

    9.0
    definitively one of the best opening scenes at least in the last years, when this episode started I thougth it was going to be exellent, I was wrong because it lost its attractive very soon, however, it wasn´t bad, the only flaw I found here, was who was the real killer. but in general it was very interesting with sheldon scaping from his routine only to spend some time with his girlfriend,



    Carmine(Danny) and Anna(lindsay) also did a good job here, I think they are improving their abillities and this episode probes that P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • gourmet food trucks

    9.5
    Hawks finally gets to have a life outside work but struggles to keep it at a balance with work. In this episode, this is the story line that interests me the most. It showed the reality of what our detectives and police may go through in their private lives. Many times, good police are bundled up with the bad ones when there's a mess up but may not be appreciated when they do a great job. In Hawks' situation, he gets to find love. I also like the scene where Lindsey asked Danny to buy her a lot of food because she did not have time to take her breakfast because she had to go to the crime scene already, though very hungry she chose to do her work and not slack off. We have police who risks their lives for us, we should show our appreciation to them whenever we can.moreless
  • 719

    7.5
    A very enjoyable episode of CSI: NY tonight. A nice, easy to follow plot, a well-done explosion scene and just a fast-moving pace throughout the show. Luckily they did not focus too much on the actual lab scenes today, usually the worst part of the show (and trying to play contemporary music during it does not help, yet they continue with that anyway.)



    Hill Harper in a featured role was nice to see, as was his girlfriend played by the very lovely Lesley-Ann Brandt (someone I predict will be a breakout star in the next few years,) but the majority of the cast got ample time to shine here and that is good to see from an ensemble drama like CSI: NY is.



    We may be down to the last few episodes of this show, but they are going out with a bang. This was a very good episode tonight.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

Lance Irwin

Lance Irwin

Health Service Rep

Guest Star

Alex Meraz

Alex Meraz

Odelin Gonzales Jr.

Guest Star

Daniel Bonjour

Daniel Bonjour

Derby Chasen

Guest Star

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Camille Jordanson

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Danny and a just born Lucy brought Lindsay breakfast to bed on Mother's Day 2 years ago. (Mother's Day on 2009 was May 9th, so Lucy was born shortly before that date matching the timeline in season 5: she was born in episode 5x23 and Angell died in episode 5x25 on May 20th).

    • Sid is a bit of a gourmand, he took a summer course on at the Bavarian Culinary Academy and he makes some good Leberspatzle.

    • Goof: When Derby Chasen is hit with the potato ricer he puts his left hand to his upper right torso but in the next take he is holding his upper left torso with his right hand. He keeps switching hands and torso sides several times all during the scene.

    • Hawkes' apartment door is #505.

  • QUOTES (34)

    • (After they've ordered food from a food truck)
      Camille: Would you try it?
      Hawkes: You first.
      Camille: I promise you won't regret it. Besides, I'm a trained nurse, remember? Anything goes wrong...
      Hawkes: Yeah...
      Camille: I know... mouth-to-mouth.

    • Camille: I'm really happy you played hooky today with me, Sheldon.
      Hawkes: You were always a bad influence, Camille.
      Camille: Really?
      Hawkes: I like that.

    • (At the crime scene of a food truck that has exploded)
      Flack: Maybe we're looking at a truck malfunction, then. I'll pull the vehicle inspection report, see what we get.
      Mac: Don't waste your time. I just found traces of Triacetone Triperoxide.
      Flack: Doesn't sound too appetizing.
      Mac: It's not. TATP is a powerful explosive made from household chemicals.

    • Jo: I thought you called in sick today, didn't you?
      Hawkes: Yeah. About that, I, um...
      Jo: Save all that for Mac. Make sure these gentlemen give you a clean bill of health before you come back to work.

    • Danny: I'll get you something tasty as soon as we're done.
      Lindsay: I want a bowl of grits, two eggs over-medium and sausage, and wheat toast with a lot of butter from that soul food place on Bleecker. And... I want a double cheeseburger with large fries and a Creamsicle float from that place in Madison Square Park.
      Danny: That's it? (Suddenly he has a thought and gives her a look)
      Lindsay: I'm not pregnant. Just hungry.

    • (About Hawkes calling in sick to spend the day with Camille)
      Danny: How you doing, Doc? If it's any consolation, I would have taken the day off for her, too.

    • Hawkes: Order of contents are usually written on the outside of a take-out box, right?
      Danny: Yeah, usually.
      Hawkes: Then tell me this. Why write on the inside?

    • Camille: I'm throwing a party and I want you to come.
      Hawkes: Babe, didn't we just almost die?
      Camille: Why do you think I'm throwing a party?

    • Lindsay: I'm thinking maybe our perp used glue to attach the bomb to the under side of the propane tank. Then lit the fuse...
      Danny: Yeah, and then boom.

    • Camille: I like to see you having fun.
      Hawkes: I like to see you, period.

    • Camille: Have you ever tried it?
      Hawkes: You mean weed?
      Camille: Yeah. At some point you must have at least been curious.
      Hawkes: At some point I did lots of things, not all of which I'm proud of.
      Camille: I'll take that as a yes, then.
      Hawkes: Take it how you want.

    • Camille: Between school, nursing college and work, I pretty much gave up my 20s, and then a few weeks ago I end up with an assassin's gun to my head and then last night you and I nearly get blown to kingdom come. So I guess all of this is kind of making me think that maybe I still have some living to do.
      Hawkes: Babe.
      Camille: Care to join me?

    • Mac: Adam, you get anywhere with that shirt fragment?
      Adam: I got bird spit.
      Mac: Excuse me?
      Adam: I really got something. Collocaliini Apodidae. It's Chinese cave swallow saliva. You know, bird spit.

    • Adam: Mac, do you think if a bird spits on you, it's the same kind of good luck as when a bird sh...
      Mac: Figure it out, Adam.

    • Flack: I'll admit to occasionally grazing at the pastrami truck outside the precinct, but this whole mobile food scene is a hell of a lot bigger than I thought.
      Jo: My son and his college friends swear by them.
      Flack: And where there's that kind of demand, there's some pretty fierce competition. Get this... out of 3,000 street food permits applied for the last year, 1,200 of them were for gourmet trucks.

    • Jo: These are all complaints against Derby Chasen and the World on Wheels truck.
      Flack: That's right. Eight of them in the past 12 months.
      Jo: D.O.T., Bureau of Food Safety, Sanitation, Health Department. Didn't Hawkes say their food was pretty good?
      Flack: (Showing her a picture of Odelin Gonzales) This guy sure didn't think so.

    • (About questioning a street food vendor)
      Flack: Should we go pay him a visit?
      Jo: It is lunchtime.

    • Jo: That's a good-looking dog, Mr. Gonzales.
      Odelin Gonzales: No, the best. All beef, natural casing. Little secret spice.
      Flack: Why don't you tell us about your all-natural beef with Derby Chasen.

    • (Hawkes arrives late at work)
      Hawkes: Hey.
      Danny: If it ain't Dr. Love.
      Hawkes: Anybody ask for me?
      Danny: Don't worry, I covered for you.

    • Danny: (To Hawkes, after NYPD Health Services request them to take a drug test) You heard the man. Let's go pee in a cup.

    • Sid: (Popping in Mac's screen using a direct conference application) Leberspatzle!
      Mac: Excuse me?
      Sid: Forgive me, but I fancy myself a bit of a gourmand and I don't mind telling you that I once took a summer course at the Bavarian Culinary Academy, where my preparation of Leberspatzle received no fewer than two honorable mentions. But I suppose you're wondering why that matters.
      Mac: I am.

    • Adam: Bird nest soup.
      Mac: Bird nest soup?
      Adam: Yeah, it's a Chinese soup that costs 100 bucks a bowl. You want to know why?
      Jo: Because it's made with the rare nest of the Chinese cave swallow.
      Adam: And do you know how they make their nests?
      Mac: Adam.
      Adam: Bird spit. Yeah, when the saliva dries, the nests are imported for like $2,000 a kilo.

    • Jo: All this time we've been looking at food trucks, we should have been focused on fine dining.
      Mac: Let's go see if murder is on the menu.

    • Jo: Turned the heat up a little high, don't you think?
      Broxton Langley: What the hell you talking about?
      Jo: We think you went back for seconds, Mr. Langley.
      Mac: Derby Chasen's truck exploded at that festival. He was killed in the blast. And we have a nice table waiting for you downtown.

    • Mia Wood: You here for the number three special?
      Flack: Am I gonna get everything I paid for?
      Mia Wood: (In sexy underwear) Well, you like what you see, don't you?
      Flack: Oh, yeah.
      Mia Wood: In that case, I'm all yours.
      Jo: (Putting the cuffs on her) On second thought... I'm not that hungry.

    • Jo: Quite a glamorous line of work you've chosen for yourself, Mia.
      Mia Wood: Well, there's worse ways to make a living.
      Jo: Yeah, and I'm sure you tell yourself that every time another strange man leaves your bed unable to look you in the eye.

    • Gus Stilton: Won some money at the track, invested in a truck... rags to riches, bitches.

    • Flack: You're a pimp!
      Gus Stilton: I'm an entrepreneur.
      Flack: Running a food truck as a front for a prostitution ring makes you a criminal.
      Mac: And blowing one of them up? That makes you a murderer.

    • Mia Wood: (About Derby Chasen) He was a good cook. Business was booming.
      Jo: All he had to do was serve you on the side.

    • (After killing a man and turning his shop upside down trying to avoid being arrested)
      Flack: You sure made a mess of things.
      Odelin Gonzales Jr.: I did what I had to do.

    • Mac: You put dozens of people's lives in danger.
      Hawkes: And you killed an innocent man.
      Odelin Gonzales Jr.: He was far from innocent.
      Odelin Gonzales: That's not for you to judge. En nombre de Dios, O.G. What have you done?

    • Mac: I got the results of your latest drug test. They're not high enough to trigger termination but there are trace levels of cannabis in your bloodstream, Hawkes.
      Hawkes: I swear to you I wasn't using. It's nothing but second hand exposure, just bad luck. You got to believe me.
      Mac: Like I believe you when you call in sick? This isn't about bad luck. It's about bad choices.

    • Hawkes: Sometimes I feel like this job dictates every single choice I make. I mean, other people get to leave their work at their office. They cut loose, have fun, but we're different. We do a lot of good, but sometimes it seems like that's all we're allowed to do.
      Mac: That comes with the badge.

    • Hawkes: This is the first time in a long time I've had a relationship that's even worth getting into trouble over, you know?
      Mac: There's no department policy against having a good time, but you need to be careful. And I need you to show up here tomorrow in the right frame of mind to honour your oath and get things done.

  • NOTES (4)

    • According to co-executive producer Zachary Reiter, Trey Callaway (the writer of this episode) is an adventurous food eater and the idea of creating an episode around that industry was certainly in his interest.

    • Music Featured:
      Everybody Eats When They Come To My House by Cab Calloway (playing at the very beginning of the episode).
      Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People (playing as Lindsay is assembling the shrapnel pieces on the digital table).

    • Tyler Kain, who plays Mia Wood, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Nothing to Lose and in the C.S.I. one A La Cart.


      Anthony Azizi, who plays Broxton Langley, also appears in the in the CSI: Miami episode Just Murdered and in the C.S.I. one Strip Maul.


      Lance Irwin, who plays Health Service Rep, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Young Man With A Horn.


      Brandon W Jones, who plays frat boy, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Brain Doe.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 8, 2011 on CTV.
      Turkey: May 9, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: May 14, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Spain: July 5, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: July 6, 2011 on AXN.
      Norway: July 6, 2011 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: January 31, 2012 on JOJ.
      Germany: February 6, 2012 on Vox.
      Finland: August 1, 2012 on MTV3.

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