Season 5 Episode 17

Green Piece

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2009 on CBS
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The CSI's will need to pick up the pieces to find a bomber after a pipe bomb goes off. Also Danny has a surprise for Lindsay.

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  • Adam gets caught in a bomb blast and wedding bells are in the air for one of our favourite couples. A tear-jerker for me which triggered tissues being pulled heaps of times.moreless

    I was kind of shocked at the beginning of this episode when Adam was caught in the bomb blast. One part of my brain thought that he's not going to be his normal self ever again while the other half knows that he'll be fine.

    This episode consists on environmental issues that is probably new to the team. But in the end, they got the suspect and send him to a place where he belongs.

    My favourite part of the episode is the last 10 - 15 minutes of it. Danny surprising Lindsay by marrying her anyways was one of the most beautiful scene in a long time. Seeing them getting married (with both Mac and Stella present) made my night more pleasent and the montage of their relationship through the past four seasons (from Seasons 2 to now) brings me to tears. A great episode to watch. ;)moreless
  • AWESOME! Enviromentalist terrorism and sxweet moments!

    The enviromental terrorism was a nice case! For most part of the chapter I thought that the father had something to do with it, but I thought that he was trying to get money for the insurance or whatever. It surprised me that he was one of the bad guys with all that China thing, sending the computers there... Really good case. I loved the 'ECO' bar... I always thought enviromentalists would live more like hippies!! Where was the mom?? Her daughter just died and she doesn't come back?

    Adam was great, I loved seeing him play hockey and make all that speech on the camera! And then safe a live!

    I liked that all the team worked on the case. I love those types of chapters that are not centered on one character and all the team takes part. It was nice to see how everyone cared about Adam so much, I could even see him blush when Stella asked how he was feeling! And Hawkes was really cool with him!

    Now, on the DL part.... The little moments they had given us this chapter were awesome! First Danny already proving that he would be an overprotective daddy, Lindsay and Sid talking about her leaving to Montana, and Mac and Danny moment was really cute. How Mac's voice breaks when he says that Claire is gone... AND the proposal/marriage... I'm the only one that cried with them?? Danny's speech was so intense and true and beautiful...I'm really happy that they kissed and then hugged and he keeps kissing her. Really sweet, and when they get in and found Mac and Stella there, I loved how Lindsay was so surprised. I'm glad they introduced the flashback with a whole lot of DL moments, but I kinda missed seeing them go through it...

    AMAZING chapter!! I'm gonna miss Lindsay for the next chapters...moreless
  • Bombs and Weddings!!

    First of all let me say that the opening scene prior to the intro was perhaps the best opening to a CSI episode ever,the explosion was amazing, so much drama glad Adam was ok though!! The case was great, fast paced and very cool, loved the idea of eco terrorists killing people to prove a point, it could happen. The leader of the group really annoyed me, Mac should have punched him in the face and as for the racist guy, flack should have punched him too, anyway away from police brutality and back to the episode and there still seems to be a spark between Stella nad Adam, Am i the only one that sees this??

    Speaking of sparks Danny decides to spring a sort of wedding on Lindsey before she leaves to visit her mom, great to see their relationship working out. Looking forward to seeing them juggling work and family, should be interesting.

    Another Top Episode from the best CSI show right now!!moreless
  • Adam gets caught up when a bomb explodes, Mac and the team try to figure who and why the bomb was planted.

    Love, love, love this episode. It was worth fighting to see. Adam's such a cool guy, nice to see him bounce back so soon. I like how he got to play the hero bit (second time this season after The Party's Over, just in a different way). I like how Hawkes went directly to Adam, even though he got sent with the other man. And you could tell Mac was affected by Adam's close call too. As for the Danny/Lindsay thing- I accepted it. But I was never a D/L fan, so I can't say I like the attention its getting.moreless
  • I love this show.

    Great episode. Adam is enchanting in his own quirky way. He was even fun to watch just playing hockey with his buddies. It didn't really make sense he would be able to hear after the explosion but what made perfect sense is his willingness to provide assistance both at the scene and in the lab immediately after. The case was also interesting. We hear of environmental terrorism but the humanity of wanting to save ones own family is a twist not often dealt with. The best for last...

    Danny and Lindsey's impromptu wedding was sweet and romantic while not necessarily legal. But who cares? It is TV for crying out loud and fans everywhere for cheering for this darling couple. The DL montage at the end was a perfect cap on a great episode.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

Robert Gant

Robert Gant

Felix Redman

Guest Star

Grant Alan

Grant Alan

Player #1

Guest Star

Asia DeMarcos

Asia DeMarcos

EMS Officer

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (14)

    • A.J. Buckley gets the pre-credit line for the first time. He did all his stunts in this episode.

    • Four and a half billion pounds of electronic waste are produced in the US every year. 130,000 computers are thrown every day and over a million cell phones.

    • Goof: It is not logical that the eco warrior group would blow up a petrol station, which would be a highly contaminating action, as they were planning to.

    • Goof: Theodore Wicks states that Allison Redman rented the van. However, the rental paper is issued to the name of Michael Elgers, whose signature has been faked. No rental company would allow a woman rent a van using a man's name.

    • Goof: Even though several passersby are recording video tapes before the CSIs start processing the scene, none of those tapes are collected even though they could contain relevant footage to help with the investigation.

    • Goof: It is highly unlikely that after a 500 lbs bomb exploded, no other house in the neighborhood had visible damage like broken windows.

    • Danny and Lindsay get married at the end of the episode. This is the first time in the CSI franchise that two members of the same team get married. Their civil wedding ceremony costs $25.

    • Goof: Blood samples of the bride and the groom would have been needed to get a marriage license plus Lindsay should have been present to file for it. Also, there is a 24 hours waiting period after the license is issued.

    • One of Mac's life regrets is not having had children with Claire.

    • Goof: How come Allison didn't just call her father instead of running across the city to let him know he was the target of a bomb? If she wasn't wearing a cell phone herself, she could have used a payphone or asked anyone for help.

    • Goof: It is impossible for Adam to be just metres apart from a 500 pounds bomb and escape almost uninjured. If anything, he would have had severe hearing loss and he wouldn't have been able to hear the man's low cries for help.

    • Adam plays roller hockey as the goalie.

    • Guiyu, located in Eastern Guangdong, People's Republic of China is indeed the world's biggest e-waste deposit location.

    • It is odd that Felix Redman's wife, who supposedly is at her parents, isn't shown at all considering that her daughter Allison dies within the first minutes of the episode and that her husband ends up in big trouble.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Mac: You really believe you can save the planet with bombs?
      Theodore Wicks: I guess we'll find out, huh?

    • Michael Elgers: What do you want, pig?
      Flack: Good talk.

    • Mac: Allison rented the van, that's how we found her print on the rear view mirror. But she didn't know what it was for, did she? Why involve her in her own father's death?
      Theodore Wicks: Every member plays a role. Allison was no exception, even if her father was the target.

    • Stella: (To Felix Redman) Peasant farmers in Guiyu, China are paid eight dollars a day to dismantle your circuit board and burn your cathode ray tubes for the very valuable lead inside of them. Eight dollars a day to breathe in certain death.

    • Stella: (To Felix Redman about his daughter) She's a member of the Purists. It's an environmental terrorist organization. Ironic, huh? The other members of her organization found out what you've been doing, and they told Allison they were going to take you out. Even though she knew the truth, your daughter still tried to save you. She probably made it right through the front door when the bomb went off.

    • Stella: You know, I'm curious. What was going through your mind when that bomb went off?
      Adam: Well, uh, you know how they say your entire life is supposed to flash before your eyes when you think you're gonna die?
      Stella: Yeah, I'm familiar with that one. Yeah.
      Adam: The only thing I could muster up is when Joey Allen beat me in the head during a dodge ball game in third grade.

    • Hawkes: Welcome back. Love you, brother.
      Adam: Thanks. It's good to be back.

    • Adam: (About himself) So, what can I do to help catch the guy that almost killed New York's most eligible bachelor?

    • Adam: FBI, ATF, Homeland Security, our department. I had to recreate this story over a dozen times. And some of the guys were acting like I had something to do with it.
      Hawkes: Did you? (Pause) I'm just messing with you, man. I'm glad you're all right.

    • Michael Elgers: Do I really have to listen to this crap?
      Flack: Indulge me, Mr. Elgers, then I'll let you get back to your beer and your racism.

    • Hawkes: (As they examine the debris) I'm telling you, Linds, this kind of tedious work makes me appreciate Adam just that much more.

    • Sid: I realize this is usually the part where I tell you that I found some strange, unusual, bizarre, aberrant, peculiar, idiosyncratic… that's it, I don't have any more synonyms for strange. Wait… weird, weird piece of evidence. But, alas, there's no Gila monster in her stomach. She simply succumbed to the bomb.

    • Lindsay: You think they need another hand?
      Danny: You kidding me? No, you're not going out there.
      Lindsay: It's my last case before I go home. I just want to be useful.
      Danny: Ah, well, between the fumes from the blast and the dust from the house it's too risky. Besides, you're gonna have plenty to do when we bring half the crime scene back here.

    • Danny: You excited about going to Montana?
      Lindsay: Yeah, yeah, I'm excited to see my mom. I want her to see me pregnant. You know, I mean, it's gotta be really cool to see your daughter pregnant.
      Danny: Mm-hmm.
      Lindsay: If this is a girl, I'm already looking forward to that.
      Danny: Yeah. If this is a girl, no guy's getting close enough to her to get her pregnant.

    • Mac: This fragment is big enough to estimate a radius of 12 inches.
      Flack: You two are gonna talk Chinese now, right?
      Mac: Circumference equals two pi r.
      Stella: Two times 3.14 times 12.
      Mac: Approximately 72 inches.

    • (Standing in front of City Clerk's office)
      Lindsay: Danny...
      Danny: Look, I'm tired of being afraid, alright? You and me? We make sense, ok? You're everything I've always wanted. I wanna be with you. And I can be the guy that you want me to be. I know I can, I am that guy.
      Lindsay: I know you are.
      Danny: Then, let's walk through this door together. C'mon, let's do it. Let's take that leap.
      (Lindsay kisses Danny)
      Lindsay: (Smiling) You got a money order?

    • (Right before the wedding ceremony starts)
      Lindsay: What if I'd said no?
      Stella: Not a chance.

    • Stella: (to Felix) You'll have a lot of time behind bars to think about all of this. So, I'll just leave you with these images. (Hands him over the Guiyu e-waste deposit images of the miserable working conditions of the labourers there)

    • Sid: So, how do you feel? It's your last case, right? Then off to Montana.
      Lindsay: Feels pretty good.
      Sid: I bet it does. No bodies at 3 am. No double shifts with no sleep. A slice of pizza on the run.
      Lindsay: Constipation, swelling in the feet. Help getting up from the chair. Constant urination. Wanna switch?
      Sid: I already have all that. I just want the time off.

    • Danny: I asked her to marry me, Mac. Did you know that? She told me no. Said I was just asking her because she was pregnant.
      Mac: Was she right?
      Danny: No, I mean I... I dunno, Mac... I love her, I do. I know that, but I just know myself and and I don't wanna disappoint her... or the kid.
      Mac: Those fears are normal, Danny. I know that because I felt the same way with Claire. All those doubts about who you are and what you're capable of. I wasn't in a hurry to have children with Claire. I always felt that in the end I might disappoint her or myself. Now she's gone and it's something I'll always regret for the rest of my life. Danny, God brought you and Lindsay together. I believe that. And you have been blessed with a gift. The greatest gift that life has to offer. You can choose to live in a place of fear or you can believe in the best version of yourself.

    • Michael Elgers: Hey! The girl that got killed? She's white or black?
      Flack: She's dead.

    • Lindsay: Danny, what the hell are we doing here? I'm leaving in the morning, I've gotta pack.
      Danny: You don't have to remind me that you're leaving, It's all I've been thinking about.
      Lindsay: Then what are we doing here? Who are these friends I need to meet all of a sudden?
      Danny: I think, ah, it's just around the corner here.
      (They arrive outside door which says Wedding Ceremonies)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Spanish episode title Ecología Agresiva, meaning Aggressive Ecology.

    • The last scene of the Danny and Lindsay montage at the very end of the episode (Danny and Lindsay kissing) was shot for episode 2x24 Charge Of This Post but it was cut in the final editing of the episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: May 11, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Latin America: May 29, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 24, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: September 14, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: October 5, 2009 on RTL4.
      Norway: October 7, 2009 on TVNorge.
      New Zealand: December 15, 2009 on TV3.
      Germany: January 11, 2010 on Vox.
      Australia: January 28, 2010 on Channel 9.
      Slovakia: January 30, 2010 on JOJ.
      Finland: June 2, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Beauty's Running Wild, Scars on 45's song depicted in this episode, granted the unsigned band that still hasn't released their debut album over 25,000 hits in the band's website within two days. Ironically, the song wasn't gonna make it to the album and still it unclear if it will.

    • Actor Robert Gant (character, Felix Redman) was also a guest star on both C.S.I. episode Empty Eyes and Melina Kanakaredes' series Providence, back in 2002.

      Matt McTighe, who plays Michael Elgers, also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Stand Your Ground.

      Sarah Butler, who plays Allison Redman, also appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Bombshell, where she also was the victim of a bomb explosion.

      Grant Alan, who plays player #1, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Time Bomb.

    • Music featured:
      The Kiss by Karmina.
      Beauty's Running Wild by Scars On 45.
      Showdown by Pendulum.


    • Theodore Wicks: Genius is one part inspiration... and 99 parts... devastation.

      This is an allusion to Thomas Edison's famous quote: Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

    • Mac: In 1970 the Weathermen were using a townhouse in the Village as a bomb factory. Bomb went off accidentally, took the whole place down. Two of their members who were inside walked away. Weren't found for ten years.
      Flack: Yeah, well, this Felix Redman's no Weatherman.

      On March 6, 1970 a bomb that was being assembled by members of the Weathermen in the basement of a townhouse at 18 West 11th Street in New York's Greenwich Village exploded killing 3 people, injuring several others and reduced the house to ashes.

    • Stella: Guiyu, China is the e- waste capital of the world. It's like Chernobyl over there.

      This is a reference to the nuclear radiation escape that occurred in 1986 at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine, probably the worse in History, that severely affected the city's 15,000 inhabitants and their following generations up to present time.

    • Danny: They're never willing to blow up their own vehicles. They use rentals.
      Mac: Ramzi Yousef rented a Ryder truck in the '93 Trade Center bombing.

      On February 26, 1993 a car bomb exploded below Tower One of the World Trace Center, loaded with 1,500 lb (680 kg) of urea nitrate-hydrogen gas. It failed to knock Tower One into Tower Two and bringing both down. Still, 6 people died and 1,042 were injured. Ramzi Yousef was behind the attack.

    • Episode title: Green Piece.

      It might be an allusion to the Greenpeace Foundation, which campaigns against abusive environmental issues.

    • Mac: (about ammonium nitrate) McVeigh used it in the Oklahoma City bombing.

      On April 19, 1995, 168 people were killed when Timothy McVeigh set off a truck bomb at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. This was the worst terrorist attack on American soil prior to the 9/11 attacks. McVeigh was sentenced to death in 1997 and executed in 2001.