Season 5 Episode 11

Forbidden Fruit

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 17, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac runs into Ella McBride who could cost him time in figuring out if Isabelle Vaughn died by eating the miracle fruit. Stella gets in trouble with Mac while investigating another murder linked to the Greek diplomat that attacked her.

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  • A fashion designer is found dead and Mac gets a stalker

    In this episode of CSI: New York, the following happens. Police spots a man trying to dump a body from his car, he runs, but ends up killing himself as he lands on top of a pole, which goes through him. The team are called in to investigate. We soon learn that the female victims name is Isabelle Vaughn. During the autopsy we see that some of her organs have liquefied. This was due to a deadly liquid which she drank. They soon learn from the evidence that she ate the fruit known as "Miracle Fruit", before she died. It alters the taste buds and makes bitter foods, taste sweet. We soon learn that Isabelle was a fashion designer and was about to make the big time, with her designs. We soon learn through the evidence that Isabelle's own partner killed her. Throughout the episode, Ella, from a previous episode this season, seems to be following Mac. At the end of the episode, she attempts suicide and calls Mac; he gets there and saves her life.moreless
  • Amazing episode, amazing season

    So the 5.11 episode was the best epi of the 5. season I think.

    The story was great, exiting case, I loved the Mac and Linds trying different fruits.Anyway I love them 2 working together as well.

    Then D/L .Well I must say that Danny is really enthusiastic about having a baby, I loved the scene when they go somwhere quiet and he puts his hand on Linds to feel the baby kicking.So sweet.

    I was really impressed by the Mac/Stell argue. They do it pretty much in this season. Anyway love them 2 together and I cant wait for 5.12.Smacked 4eva. Whats gonna happen with the stolen flash drive and those scary FBI agents? Whats gonna happen with the coins, cause Stell broke Macs order? But most of all whats gonna happen with that crazy Ellie?

    Omg I really cant wait for "Help".

    CSI NY just rocks. No more words needed.moreless
  • good episode.. but yet could have been stronger.

    revenge- screw over a business partner and die. how many times has this type of motive been used? i mean honestly. ella- the cards was weird in the first place, but to use one to spend more time with mac, and then go crazy.. anyone have a straightjacket?

    stella- i hope she finds the jerk and gets even. such passion, i adore her.

    d/l- the baby kick, "i'm pregnant.. help me out here"... such an excuse to get mac to do anything she wants.. and she will totally use that again. is it just me or did linds in one week, get 2 monthes bigger? i did notice in the last episode, she was wearing a scarf, covering her belly, but i honestly did not think she was that big. kudos to the food experiment.. she is always doing experiments. she's a lot of fun.

    flack- king of the one liners. angell- thank goodness shes so tough.

    adam- so much fun.. poor high five.. ick.

    doc- doc always saves the day.

    mac- oh my gosh i hope he doesn't get involved with ella, can we say, whack job?moreless
  • Good acting with some interesting props, but sloppy on the science.

    I enjoy the actors in the show, but the plot line needs some serious work.

    The good looking, successful Thai business woman gets to take the fall...as if we didn't see THAT coming.

    I know some "liberties" get taken with the science, but this one was ridiculous. The pH of the green mystery cocktail should have been about 13, not 14. Doesn't seem like a big difference until one realizes that it represents a difference of a factor of 10. In the real world, 90% inaccuracy would get them shut down.

    There is no way possible to match the sodium hydroxide back to the source, unless it had a radioactive marker or something. DNA links DNA, not chemical to chemical. The concentration in the body would have changed it as well, so the "purity" factor is moot.moreless
  • While on patrol late one night, two police officers spot a man attempting to dump the body of a young woman. The police pursue the man and in the process of attempting to escape, the man dies. Meanwhile, Stella takes drastic measures to crack a case.moreless

    This season of "CSI: NY" has seen a few cast members gives their best performances of the series. Previously Carmine Giovinazzo was in top form, in this episode, it's Gary Sinise who takes the spotlight. Giving a terrific performance from start to finish. The third installment of the "CSI" franchise is really beginiing to show that it is as good as its counterparts. This episode is a fine example of that with a well written script that hooks the viewer right away and compelling (as well as plausible) plot twists. I will definitely be tuning in next year and beyond.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

Alvin Zalamea

Alvin Zalamea


Guest Star

Jack McGee

Jack McGee


Guest Star

Casey LaBow

Casey LaBow

Ella McBride

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • Looping: When Sid shows Mac the test tube with the splinter inside, Mac comments: "Looks metallic". However, he is being shot frontally and his mouth doesn't move.

    • There is continuation on Adam's backstory about his bully father when he casually tells Danny about how he was told every day of his childhood he was expensive to raise.

    • Wouldn't it be more appropriate for Hawkes to call in the techs instead of trying to fix himself a really expensive machine that he suspects isn't working properly?

    • It sounds out of character for Mac to show up alone at Ella's apartment after knowing she is not emotionally stable. Apart from encouraging Ella in her fixation, he puts himself in the situation of having no witnesses and no back up in case she accuses him of anything and tries to attempt something against either of their lives.

    • Stella, in her active seeking of revenge against Diagos is progressing from hiding things from Mac to actively lying to him. She is proceeding outside the bounds of the NYPD and dragging other people along. This should certainly have both professional and personal consequences.

    • Any other party attendant could have drunk from the remaining mixture in the blender and died. Sounds a bit reckless of the murderer not to get rid of the rest.

    • Goof: When the velvet is scanned the resulting image is facing in the wrong direction. The coin was lying face down on the material so the face would have pointed to the left, not the right.

    • Goof: In the first scene after the credits, they are removing the guy who ran from the cops off of the rebar. The cop cuts the rebar with bolt cutters. That is impossible. You would need grinder to cut that. I have used bolt cutters that size on a padlock and it was semi-tough.

    • This is the second time Louis Lombardi has guest starred in a CSI franchise. The other was in the original C.S.I.'s Season 4 episode Grissom Versus The Volcano.

    • Goof: The murder method is impossible. The victim's taste and smell were affected, not her pain receptors. The lye would have burned her mouth and throat long before she could have been able to swallow any substantial amount, and Ted would have seen it. She would have coughed it out, no matter how it tasted. (Credit to my wife for spotting it.)

    • Mac's text says: Code 1225 Riverside & 146th.

    • Ella's apartment is #222. The room where Bill Bedford was killed because Mac didn't gather the courage to shoot Bobby Toole was #333.

    • Sid listens to music while performing autopsies.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Marina Morton: Isabel Vaughn was a ungrateful little bitch. After all I did for her she though she could just walk away? We had a contract and it was legally binding.
      Mac: So is a murder conviction.

    • Stella: C'mon, I can get this guy, I just need... give me a couple of days.
      Mac: As your friend I would love to but this is me being your boss; I'm not asking, that's a direct order.
      Stella: Fine! (Storms out)

    • Stella: The man is taunting me, Mac. He sent me a dead rat as a message. Put yourself in my shoes.
      Mac: Try stepping into mine. I'm in charge of this lab, responsible for everyone and everything that happens here. I admire your passion Stella but what you did is reckless. And more importantly, it could compromise any future criminal prosecution.
      Stella: What I'm doing is perfectly legal!
      Mac: And contrary to the policies of this lab and this department.

    • Flack: (To Colby Duncan) My friend here (Danny), he is all about science, I'm all about facts. So let me lay a few on you.

    • Mac: What is this? Some twisted revenge to embarrass me for locking up your mother, is that what this is about?
      Ella: No, I would never do that!
      Mac: A woman is dead! Instead of getting closer to her killer I waste valuable time chasing down a lie. What were you thinking?!

    • Ella: I just needed someone to talk to.
      Mac: We barely know each other Ella, why me?
      Ella: I thought you cared about me. They way you treated me when my father was murdered…that didn't mean anything?

    • Ella: I just wanted to see you again I didn't actually think that you would take that stupid card so seriously!
      Mac: I take everything seriously, that's my job.
      Ella: Ok, I get it. What I did was misguided and stupid. Can you forgive me?
      Mac: You are lucky I don't arrest you.

    • Adam: (Wearing some gloves and after having dug in elephant dung) High five.
      (Danny leaves)
      Adam: You left me hanging.

    • (Stella promises Stan Trovato that she can move her brother to a closer prison)
      Stella: I can move Christmas.

    • (About the Greek man who attacked her)
      Stella: I'm fine, Mac. I just wanna get this guy.
      Mac: We all do.

    • Flack: (To Marina Morton) I guess that's what happens when you decide to treat a human being like a piece of trash. Fate catches up.

    • Flack: This is wrong. This is so wrong. Cod liver oil. What the heck kind of a sick party was this?

    • Mac: How long my taste buds are gonna be altered?
      Lindsay: For the rest of your life. I'm kidding. Just for a few hours.

    • Mac: Tell me this is not one of your weird cravings.
      Lindsay: Only for science.
      Mac: You were looking for me?
      Lindsay: I was hoping to offer you a little a snack.
      Mac: Well let me guess. This is another one of your famous reconstructions.
      Lindsay: Just put one of these berries in your mouth and swab it around for a couple of seconds.
      Mac: Lindsay I'm your boss not a guinea pig.
      Lindsay: Mac, I'm pregnant. Just humour me.

    • Danny: How are we feeling?
      Lindsay: Good. I think I felt a kick this morning.
      Danny: (Enthusiastically) Really?
      (She giggles)
      Danny: Come here (They grab hands and move a bit apart. Danny places his hand on Lindsay's womb and she places her hand on top of his)
      Lindsay: It stopped.
      Danny: Next time it happens you find me.

    • Adam: (To Danny, about how much it costs to raise a kid) My father used to remind me every day about it.

    • Danny: You find the connection and I'm buying you a beer.
      Adam: Beer's on me. There's a big expense coming.
      Danny: Oh yeah? What, diapers? How much can diapers cost?

    • Danny: (To Adam after knowing he identified a trace as elephant dung)
      You know, you've getting a lot of crappy case work lately.

    • Mac: That is a $200,000 piece of equipment. Any particular reason you are taking it apart?
      Hawkes: It needed to be recalibrated. I was running DNA elimination from the party guests and… pssh, no results. Nothing.

    • Hawkes: All that liquid came out of her stomach?
      Sid: That is her stomach and her liver and her pancreas. Her organs were liquefied and continued melting well after the death.

    • Flack: How crowded this city's got. Can't even dump a body in private anymore.

    • Ella: I thought cops were specifically adventurous.
      Mac: We are. I got a half a gallon of milk here that expires in two days.

  • NOTES (5)

    • French episode title: Le Fruit Défendu.

    • Tahyna Tozzi, who plays Quinci Feeney, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Family Affair.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: March 30, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 7, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: May 13, 2009 on AXN.
      Greece: May 26, 2009 on SKAI.
      Ireland: May 27, 2009 on RTÉ2.
      Norway: August 26, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Germany: November 16, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: November 22, 2009 on JOJ.
      Australia: December 3, 2009 on Channel 9.
      Finland: April 14, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Music featured:
      Magick by Ryan Adams & The Cardinals (Immediately after the opening credits).
      Baby by LL Cool J feat. Richie Sambora.
      Beautiful Day by U2.
      Man Up by The Blue Van.
      We Won't Break (Boris Dlugosch Les Visiteurs Remix) by Zoot Woman.
      What Goes Around Comes Around by Giggles.

    • The episode was called Berried Alive.


    • Stella: (About the engraving on the Greek coin) King Philip II, 352 BC.

      Philip II of Macedon (382–336 BC) was the father of Alexander the Great, Philip III and possibly Ptolemy I, the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt.

    • Danny: (To Adam after being advised on combined incomes to raise his kid) Thank you, Suze Orman.

      Suze Orman is the host of CNBC's The Suze Orman Show where she offers financial advice.