Season 5 Episode 17

Green Piece

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.