Season 5 Episode 23

Greater Good

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 06, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team re-opens a two year old case to clear someone of wrong doing. Lindsay returns from Montana and has her big moment.

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  • A man comes out of prison to now find that Mac thinks he is innocent

    This episode was very entertaining when a man called Talmadge Neville came out of prison after serving his time for running over a cyclist and Mac believes he is innocent.Mac was right when he finds out he was covering for his daughter and he wanted to do the time for her but the shocking part was if they would have told the truth none of them would have gone to jail and that Neville served time for nothing.Mac also lets the mother of the victim off when she ordered a hitman to kill Neville but the Hitman went to Mac instead.So the victim ended with no one going to prison and ended well for everyone.moreless
  • A Father's Love and a CSI baby!!

    I just loved this show. It's one of those feel good shows that just makes you glad to be alive. And, no one died in this show! I wonder if this might be the only CSI: NY episode in which no one dies. I haven't seen them all yet, but it's the first one I've seen that is sans a death.

    I thought the story of a father's love for his daughter was deeply touching. I'm a believer is doing the right thing, but one can certainly understand why Talmadge Neville took the actions he took on that tragic night.

    The story of the hit man was woven into the story very well and it turned out to be someone I would not have suspected. I actaully had a completely different plot line in mind.

    This was an episode that shows how things really are not black and white in our society. Mac's compassion, Mr. Neville's actions and DAs with common sense who would not prosecute the case are examples of the types of choices many people face each day. It's also a good reminder that we shouldn't judge.

    More than anything, it was a show that really lifted my spirits on a day when I needed it. :)moreless
  • I loved it simply because I'm a fan.

    I was intrigued by the idea of investigating not only an older case but one that the wrong person was convicted. The scene with Flack and Mac, explaining why he was looking into a case that was supposedly cut and dry, it was typical Mac. I kinda reminded me of his digging in the Melissa Danville case in The Closer from the first season. I actually like seeing the evidence being presented to the viewers. The fact that Katherine Donovan put a hit out on the Nevilles was no surprise. Mac's reflection on Claire was poignant and fitting. Karita Neville coming forward was predictable just as her father taking the blame in order for his daughter to succeed. I really loved the idea of the "ghosts bikes" I thought it was a nice memorial. Okay the comic relief was the hospital scenes. Both Danny and Lindsay going through their own insecurities, normal as they were, were great.moreless
  • OK despite the big moment!

    This has not been the greatest season of NY this year. And that this episode, was ok. As Charles Dutton played a man who spent eighteen months in Riker's. For a crime that he felt guilty of doing. But really didn't and Mac admits that there was a mistake being made. Really felt bad as Dutton was trying to protect his family from harm. Meanwhile, the moment has arrived. As Lindsay and Danny had their baby. Wonder how they are going to take care of the baby. Maybe do baby duty with one in the morning or one at night. Or Lindsay staying home for awhile before, going back to work?!moreless
  • The greater good.

    This episode started off really well, it looked like it had the potential for a classic. We all were tricked into thinking the wrongly convicted man was attached to the hitman (or contract killer) but it turned out it was the mother of the deceased that was responsible for hiring her.

    I think where CSI: NY went wrong tonight was by bringing in the man's daughter into the equation. It was an unpleasant turn and really killed the momentum of the climax when the big reveal turned out to be her behind the wheel. While the episode was still enjoyable for the most part it certainly was not the first time this show gave us a sub-par ending.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

Geoff Meed

Geoff Meed

Ronny Desoto

Guest Star

Charles S. Dutton

Charles S. Dutton

Talmadge Neville

Guest Star

Mare Winningham

Mare Winningham

Katharine Donovan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • It's a surprise that Mac and Stella allowed Talmadge to be convicted just on his confession alone. In Wasted, despite Paul Richmond's confession and turning in of the murder weapon, Stella refused to close the case without looking at the evidence first. And in Til Death Do We Part, Connor Mulcahy also claimed he killed someone but Stella didn't believe him until checking out the evidence.

    • The Ghost Riders depicted in the episode are actually called Ghost Bikes. New York City Street Memorial Project is the group that builds and maintains them. Currently, there are 35 among all 5 boroughs.

    • Goof: Danny and Lindsay's baby girl is clearly not a newborn but a baby or around 1-2 months old.

    • Goof: Even though Maris Donovan death occurred two years ago, Stella shows Mac a photo of the dead girl on a digital camera in one of the flashbacks, and the screen reads 2009/3/25, which would make it two years into the future.

    • Goof: Danny is not wearing his glasses in the flashbacks seen in this episode that took place 2 years ago. He started wearing contacts at the begining of season 5, until then he always wore glasses.

    • Everyone insists that Mac never takes a day off; however he actually took 10 days off at the end of Season three final 3x24 Snow Day when he went to London with Peyton, as Adam points out.

    • This episode features the first child born in the CSI franchise history since Danny and Lindsay's baby girl is welcome to the world. Her name is still not revealed yet (Danny's choice is Lucy, Lindsay's is Lydia) and Mac accepts to be her godfather.

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Mac: I was wondering if we could talk.
      Talmadge Neville: Why?
      Mac: Because you just spent 18 months in prison for a crime you didn't commit.

    • Lindsay: Go get a set of keys to a car, any car. Meet me in the garage in five minutes. My water just broke.
      (Adam's jaw drops)
      Lindsay: I'm about to go into labor and you are taking me to the hospital. Go!
      Adam: Okay.
      Lindsay: Adam...
      Adam: Yeah, wrong way, sorry, j... just relax. Everything's going to be okay.

    • Danny: (Leaving a message in Lindsay's voicemail as he heads to the hospital) Baby, it's me. We're close, okay? Hold on till I get there, okay? I don't want to miss this. I love you. I love you, okay?

    • Flack: Here you are digging up a closed case.
      Mac: Our lab didn't analyze the evidence collected at the scene because at the time Neville took full responsibility.
      Flack: Well, makes sense. He was driving the car.
      Mac: Maybe not.

    • Flack: (To Mac) You were that kid in school who did all the extra credit projects, weren't you? You made all the rest of us look bad.

    • Talmadge Neville: Why would I lie? What would I gain? I am now and forever an ex-con. Unemployable, unreliable, unworthy. It doesn't sound like something a man chooses if he's got an ounce of common sense.

    • Lindsay: Do they really think that I'm just going to walk this baby right out of me? Why can't I be one of those women who just sneezes and before you can say, 'God bless you', she's had the baby?
      Stella: Think of what you'd miss out on. Reminding your child of all those long, painful hours of labor that you endured to bring them into this world.
      Lindsay: I guess I could get some mileage out of that.

    • Lindsay: (About her daughter) She'll come home, she'll scream that she hates me, then in rebellion she'll get some part of her body pierced that's inappropriate. And she'll get an infection, and she'll wind up on antibiotics which we find out 12 years later they cause an eating disorder and pretty soon I'm in therapy trying to save my whole family.

    • Lindsay: What if some people just aren't cut out to be parents?
      Stella: Well, the fact that you already thought about all this, tells me that you're gonna do just fine, Linds.
      Lindsay: I'm losing it, huh?
      Stella: Yeah.

    • Katharine Donovan: Everybody keeps saying it was an accident. Just doesn't feel like that on this side of the glass. Oh, that man was stupid and reckless. In one split second, he took my daughter's life. And he has to live with that. Unfortunately, so do I.

    • Sid: You working on your day off?
      Mac: Why is it that everyone is so concerned with what I do on my day off?
      Sid: Are you kidding? I mean, come on, you never take a day off.

    • (About Maris Donovan's autopsy report)
      Sid: Strange. Yours is the second request for this particular case this week. That rarely happens for one this old.
      Mac: Who made the first request?
      Sid: Usually, it includes a name, but this says: Confidential.

    • Stella: (To Dr. Karita Neville) I'm in awe of your unwavering commitment to the lie. Can't imagine what it was like to watch your father cuffed and later locked up, knowing the whole time that it should have been you.

    • Stella: Was there a moment that you ever felt guilty?
      Dr. Karita Neville: The debt has been paid.
      Stella: No, Dr. Neville. No debt is paid when the wrong person is convicted.

    • Adam: Hey, how's Lindsay?
      Hawkes: 7 hours counting.
      Adam: She dilated past one centimeter yet?
      Hawkes: That's kind of a personal question, Adam.
      Adam: Oh, sorry. I... I just have 18 hours and 15 minutes in the
      hours of labor office pool. 600 bucks on the line, yo.

    • Hawkes: Those bikes are all over the city. They're in memory of people who lost their lives in bike accidents. They're called ghost riders.

    • Ronny Desoto: Let's just say I'm a guy with a specific skill set. And I got the constitution to commit acts that other people don't have the courage to.
      Stella: You're a hit man.
      Ronny Desoto: I'm not familiar with that term.
      Flack: Sorry, contract killer. Is that what you prefer to put on your business cards?

    • Ronny Desoto: No women, no children.
      Flack: A hit man with a code of ethics how noble.

    • Ronny Desoto: (About Katharine Donovan) Hey, look, I didn't come in here for a pat on the back, Detective. This woman's desperate. I get the feeling, with or without me, she's gonna get this done.

    • Mac: (To Katharine Donovan I lost my wife on 9/11. Some days... it seems like it
      was so long ago. Others... like it was just yesterday. I wish I could promise that you'd stop missing Maris, hearing her voice or imagining she'll be there when you get home, but... I can't.

    • Flack: Dano, Dano, how's Lindsay doing? (..) You gotta be kidding me. Is that her I hear screaming in the background? (...) Yeah, yeah, all right. All right, daddy. I'll talk to you later. Take care, bud, bye.

    • Hawkes: Do you guys have a name?
      Lindsay: Lydia.
      Danny: Lucy.
      Flack: Guess that's a no.

    • Danny: Mac, we did agree on one thing.
      Lindsay: We were hoping that you would consider being the godfather.
      Mac: Absolutely. Yes.
      Adam: Made him an offer that he can't refuse!
      Flack: That ain't no godfather, that's code word for diaper change.
      (All laugh)
      Mac: (Holding the baby) Wow, wow... do I get to spoil her?
      Hawkes: I think Danny's got that covered.
      (More laughing)

    • Mac: (To Lindsay after she gives birth) How are you holding up?
      Lindsay: I'm great, but she is gonna be an only child because I'm never doing that again.

    • Stella: (Holding the baby) Oh Danny, I hate to admit it but she looks just like you.
      Danny: Yes, that's right. She is a knockout.

    • Danny: What if she has twins, Adam? I mean, I've heard stories about people being completely surprised, and you've seen Lindsay, right? I mean she's huge.
      Adam: Wow!
      Danny: She knows it.
      Adam: Relax. You got the ultrasound, it's not twins, alright? You are gonna be ok?
      Danny: No, no I'm not. I'm like... going into cardiac arrest while she is giving birth.

    • (Stella and Lindsay are walking down the hall to help the labor).
      Lindsay: I'm kinda scared, Stella.
      Stella: That's normal Lindsay. Just remember you're healthy and strong. You and Danny went through all the courses.
      (Stella thinks Lindsay is talking about the birth of the baby).
      Lindsay: No I don't mean about having a baby, I mean being a mom. What if I stink at it?

  • NOTES (4)


    • Talmadge Neville: I just spent 18 months in Rikers.

      Rikers is New York City's jail and takes its name from the island on which it is settled between Queens and Bronx boroughs.

    • Dr. Karita Neville: He lost that Super Bowl bet.

      The Super Bowl is the NFL (National Football League) final and it gets the highest television ratings of the year.