Season 1 Episode 4

Grand Master

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 27, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

On the very night that he wins a D.J. competition, DJ Banner is found dead in an alleyway outside the club where the contest is being run. Mac and Flack investigate not only the club but also Banner's primary competition. Meanwhile, Stella and Danny investigate the death of fashion designer Deborah Gayle, found face-down in the pool in her apartment by her unconcerned assistant. Surprisingly, she drowned because she couldn't swim, due to blowfish poisoning.moreless

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  • Interesting twists but an okay script.

    Ok I liked the teaming of Aiden with Mac and Danny with Stella. Aiden and Mac just seemed to keep each other on their toes and thinking the same thoughts. Danny and Stella worked well together. But Stella still seems to be keeping Danny on track. I thought the aspect of the "turn tabliest" was kinda different. I like the perspectives from both Mac & Aiden. The script and case were predictable but they were okay. Now the blow fish poisening murder was really different. I liked how they made the murder be the previous personal assistant. A definite interesting twist.moreless
  • A crime of a stabbed turn-tablist and a drowning victim.

    This was a good episode in my opinion. I've rewatched it about 3 times in the past week and it still interests me. There is funny dialogue used in this episode that cracked me up, mainly from Mac and Danny. The crime story was unpredictable and kept my eyes glued to the TV.

    Case #1-Mac and Aiden investigate the stabbing of a grand master outside of the club. When I saw who the killer was of DJ Banner I was surprised and I didn't expect it to be him. I thought for sure it was DJ Francais after the incident on stage.

    Case #2-Meanwhile, Stella and Danny are investigating what looks to be an ordinary victim of drowning, which later reveals otherwise. They find she was exposed to Blowfish poisoning, but there was no trace of it found in her home. They expand their searches and it leads back to the sushi resturaunt.moreless
  • Disco Placid from Vegas and Master P. Can the guest stars get any better?

    A true CSI connection. The fact that CSI has brought the character Disco Placid (into another CSI and remembered his connection to Las Vegas) was brilliant. I loved Disco Placid in the CSI episode Anonymous. It was brilliant.

    The Case A, The DJ competition was great. It was cool to see some of the underlife of NY before bad things happen. It was just a normal thing, and it’s interesting to see how the “grand masters” come to be. It was very sad to see that the man who ended up killing DJ Banner was his own friend. Because he was angry and jealous that Banner signed with someone else. He didn’t even wait to hear an explanation. He killed him. In the end, it turned him into the man he tried to protect Banner from. What I loved about this case was that you immediately think its DJ Francais who did it. Because of what happened with his girlfriend at the battle. Then the evidence seems to point that way, because of the blood on the shoe. But in fact, we are wrong, as more evidence proves.

    Of course I loved seeing Master P as Vick, the man who forced DJ Banner to sign a contract with him. It was funny to see him holding a man upside down to sign a contract. It was a bit amusing to see the man from Romeo do something like that. (maybe the only unbelievable part of the story).

    I loved seeing Mac come up with empty hands so what does he do? He goes back to the crime scene. He went back to the scene a multiple amount of times, and it was wonderful to see his dedication to a crime.

    The Case B with the woman sushi tables freaked me out. I understand that in Japan they view this as art, and I am sure it is considered art by many people. The human form is a beautiful thing, but we all know here in a situation where it is at a restaurant, in NYC, it isn’t meant to be considered art. We can tell this especially when we see Gayle licking the toes of her table. It’s not about appreciating art there, it’s about objectifying women, literally. The woman is turned into an object (a table). (And of course her objectification was not only at the sushi restaurant but life, as we find out Ms. Gayle fired the waitress when she used to be her assistant, because she wouldn’t sleep with Ms. Gayle).moreless
  • Danny and Stella look into the apparent drowning of a woman, while Aiden and Mac check out the fatal stabbing of an up and coming young DJ.

    This episode, while not horrible, was not great. The cases should have been more interesting as the deaths themselves were creative. However, I found it hard to really get into this episode. There was no witty dialogue, no superb acting. This episode could have been really good but somehow, altogether, it just didn't work properly.

    Some of the ideas and concepts in this episode were good, such as the novelle form of sushi restaurant shown, though the concept of paying $500, more than my rent, for a single meal is astounding, though that truly speaks to the character of the victim. The DJ case just didn't seem that fascinating. It might have been better if they had developed the victim's character a bit more so that there was some emotion being felt by the viewers at his deah.moreless
Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Master P

Master P

Kevin Vick

Guest Star

Dorian Missick

Dorian Missick

MC Jayden Prince

Guest Star

Billy Aaron Brown

Billy Aaron Brown

George Thomas

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Mac: What are you making?
      Hawkes: Ribs.

    • (Danny and Stella are looking at the vic's fashion design sketches)
      Stella: Plenty of people would like to get their hands on these sketches.
      Danny: So, she's working on sketches, she takes a swim, dies, and then goes back to work on her computer?

    • Flack: Typical club death: 200 people inside, none of them saw anything.

    • Aiden: I used to climb over the velvet ropes at this place; now I'm ducking under crime scene tape.

    • (Aiden is explaining the term 'Grand Master' to Mac)
      Aiden: Yeah, like a DJ legend: Grand Master Flash or a Jam Master Jay. They paved the way for guys like Dre' and Cube, Eminem and Jermaine Dupri. You like music like that?
      Mac: I prefer Crunk myself.

    • (Mac is examining the dead DJ who won the contest)
      Mac: Looks like someone turned the tables on this guy. Ends up the winner and ends up dead. What do you get for second place?

    • (They just arrested a young woman at the sushi bar)
      Danny: Here we are, looking for the murderer at the table...
      Stella: And here, the murderer is the table.

    • Stella: Are you going to be able to focus?
      Danny: (watching a half naked woman walking by) I'm all over it.

    • (They arrive at a Japanese restaurant known for serving food on half naked women.)
      Stella: Now that can't be sanitary.
      Danny: Who cares if it's sanitary? I wanna see the menu.

    • Flack: Last time I checked, the murder weapon we confiscated didn't have cute little legs, walking around from toolbox to toolbox.

    • Flack: George Thomas. Assault in the first degree. Aggravated assault in the second degree. Criminal possession of a weapon. I can go on, but I already read 'War and Peace'.

    • DJ Francais: (after Mac checked his shoes for blood traces) What, am I under arrest?
      Mac: Oui.

    • Mac: It's my job to know a little something about everything.

    • Aiden: Mac, I'm on the toilet, come in here.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Disco Placid who is helping Aiden and Mac with the phone recording also helped Grissom in the CSI episode Anonymous.

      Symba Smith, who plays Deborah Gayle, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode In the Wind.

    • German episode title: Todesgrüße auf Vinyl, meaning Death Greetings on Vinyl. Todesgrüße could also translate as Mortal Greetings.

    • Music Featured:
      An Open Letter to NYC by Beastie Boys.
      Break the Grip of Shame (the final call) by Paris.
      Headsprung by LL Cool J.
      50ft Mole Man by Ming & FS.
      Acetone by The Crystal Method.
      Cool Change by Tonal.
      Pay Close Attention by Brother El.

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air on Wednesday, October 20, but was pre-empted by a repeat of CSI because CBS didn't want a new episode of CSI: NY going up against Major League Baseball's ALCS on FOX.


    • Mac: You should hear Aiden talk about this hip-hop world. Close your eyes, she sounds like Queen Latifah.
      Hawkes: How do you know about Queen Latifah?

      Queen Latifah is a Grammy-winning hip-hop artist from Newark, New Jersey. She's also an actress who has appeared in movies like Set It Off and Chicago. Her birth name is Dana Owens; Latifah is an Arabic name meaning "kind" or "gentle."