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Season 5 Episode 24

Grounds for Deception

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 13, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stella gets in big trouble when Mac finds out she didn't follow an order.

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  • From NY to Greece

    This was an episode written by Melina Kanakeredes{Stella}and was a different episode when Mac and Stella go to Greece and Melina did another good episode to add to the season.The episode follows the storyline from when Sebastian Diakos was killed and the man Stella sent to Cyprus is found dead in NY with Stella's address.This takes her to Greece to catch the killer and the man she thought she trusted betrays her and it also leads her to find out about her life.moreless
  • Stella goes to..Greece?

    As a native Greek, I found the episode very entertaining, despite the fact that the actors never set foot in my country! The village they walk on probably is a small town somewhere in Czech republic (You can see the license plates!) Supposedly our heroes are in Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city, with 1.2M inhabitants, which does not look like a village at all! They show however nice frames from Athens, Santorini island, Tinos island, and some other islands. I had a huge laugh when they had a close up of Stella's phone, where she reads the article about the asvestis pesticide. They probably used an electronic translator, because no sentence makes any sense in Greek!

    Nonetheless, I was happy that they showed a piece of Greece! Too bad they didn't shoot the episode in Greece as well!moreless
  • Before writing about Alexander the Great, please do your homework ...

    Sorry to rant, but even if we don't know much about Alexander's tomb, we DO know it's not located in Greece, but in Alexandria, Egypt ( one of his generals "stole" the body, so to speak ). Now, I'm not asking Mrs Kanakaredes to be an ancient history expert ( I don't pretend to be one myself ), but at least she could have remembered a scene from "Cleopatra" with Liz Taylor where the tomb is shown. So, no way the murder weapon could have come from Alexander's tomb ! ( Although I admit the episode was cautious enough to never confirm the fact. )Anyway, end of rant. This distracting problem aside, it was a nice character piece for Stella : always interesting to see a character go rogue, and it don't remember the fact that she knew nothing about her parents being mentioned before ( I only regret she plays her own mom on the photo, a trick that worked in The Pretender doesn't quite work here ). And the interaction between her and Mac is well done, as always.moreless
  • A poor outing from an otherwise brilliant show.

    I love CSI:NY, but to say this episode was out-of-character for the show would be a gross understatement. Here's a good hint for the producers - don't let the actors write their own episodes, especially if they make their own character centric to that episode.

    Melina Kanakaredes is arguably the least-talented actor on the show, and while she does have her good moments, it's always been hard for me to forget that she's acting and just see Stella. She's had some good episodes, no doubt, but I think she overplays her character into melodrama far too often (perhaps a result of her soap opera experience?).

    Allowing her to write an episode that makes Stella central and pivotal was just foolish. The plotline jumped around like a just-landed trout and the story was both predictable and weak. From the bad guys finding Alexander the Great's long-lost tomb to Stella turning in her badge and getting it back at the end of the episode with a grin and an "aw shucks" moment, the entire episode was a serious departure from the usual quality of the show.

    In the future, I hope she just sticks to portaying Stella, not trying to write her - the character is poorly written for the most part as it is, and letting a sub-par actress and amateur writer expand on the worst aspects of the character doesn't do Stella Bonasera any favors.moreless
  • awesome episode!

    This episode was just too good to be true! I actually wish it would have been longer.

    I loved all the Stella and Mac scenes, they are so adorable together and they should just stop dancing around each other and start dating.

    Danny was so cute when he said that he was the only man in Lucy's life!

    I hate to see Stella cry and it was just horrible that the old man, I don't remember his name, was a thief and then died. Deep inside himself he was a kind man and he just didn't deserve to die. I wish we would be able to see more of Stella's background and especially her father.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Goof: When Stella spots the professor in Greece she follows him into a building called Lefkos Oikos, meaning White House, which does not exist in Thessaloniki. It refers to Lefkos Pyrgos, the White Tower of Thessaloniki, a famous landmark, monument and museum on the waterfront of the city. It has similar architecture to the one depicted but it is not surrounded by any other buildings.

    • Goof: When Stella walks away from the professor's house in Thessaloniki she passes by a car. It's license plate can be seen and it reads 'DAZ 3405' which is an impossible combination for a Greek plate since D can not be used: only letters that are found both in the Greek and Latin alphabet can be used. The format used is correct though, three letters followed by four numbers. Furtheremore, the stars of the european flag are missing, they should be above the "GR", Greece's country code.

    • Goof: Stella's badge (the one she hands over to Mac) is the same one Danny has been seen wearing in many episodes and in some of his promotional pics. The badge is #8946.

    • Goof: Stella suspects the Medusa paint could be ancient and still she smashes its glass and rips the canvas off its frame to the risk of severely damaging it. Then, Areti Moungri (from the museum) carelessly rolls and unrolls it with her bare hands, which certainly is not the way a professional would treat an antique piece of art. Also, the paint looks like a poster when Areti checks it out and not a canvas: the painted side shines.

    • Stella can be seen wearing flat shoes during the orchard scene. It makes a surprising change from her "trademark" high heels in which she is depicted in all kinds of situations.

    • Goof: Stella is a fluent Greek speaker. It doesn't make sense (other than audience-wise) that she asks Tasso Papakota to speak in English.

    • Stella and Danny have the same apartment number, 3G.

    • Goof: Stella mentions the Agra Maria National Park, that is non existent in Greece.

    • Stella: You don't ever turn over a Greek coffee cup unless you're going to read the grounds. It's a type of fortune-telling, and... and you never read your own.

      Greek coffee reading tradition is a method of fortune telling known as tasseography or tasseomancy and it has been practiced for centuries in Greece and many other countries. When the coffee is finished, the cup is turned three times clock-wise, and then the remains are poured away from the side where the handle is. Then, the cup is turned over and let stay like that for a while. When it's held back upright again, the reading begins.

    • Goof: Stella mentions that she is staying at the Hotel Drakos, but there is no such hotel in Thessaloniki.

    • Goof: Even though the action takes place in Thessaloniki, the city views footage belongs to Athens and the Greek Islands.

    • Stella's mother was a restoration artist from Naoussa, Greece. She was instantly killed in a traffic accident.

    • Stella's home address is 241 Chambers, apt 3G.

    • According to this episode, Stella is 34 years old. It is mentioned that her mother arrived to the US in 1977 with her 2 year-old daughter, who was born in Greece.

    • Danny and Lindsay's baby is named Lucy, which was Danny's pick as we learnt at the end of the previous episode (coincidentally, the woman who shot and killed Ruben Sandoval in episode 4x11 Child's Play was called Lucy Burke).
      Lindsay is back at the lab working part-time on account of her recent maternity.

    • Professor P. got Stella out of foster care.

    • Stella's badge number is 8946.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Mac: (To Stella) You know the victim. Let me rephrase that, how do you know this guy?

    • Flack: Kosta Papakota is a suspect in Kolovos' murder.
      Stella: What? That's insane.
      Flack: If you know something, Stella, you should tell us.

    • Professor Papakota: (To Stella as he dies) I loved your mother.

    • Mac: A man you claim is the partner of Diakos is found dead with your home address in his pocket. You owe me an explanation. And something better than what you're giving me here.
      Stella: Look, Mac, I am just as confused as you are. This is not easy to explain.
      Mac: Try.

    • Stella: In my attempt to prove that Sebastian Diakos was the one who attacked me, I learned that both he and Kolovos were running an antiquities smuggling ring. The Cypriot government was on the hunt for Kolovos, so I... I delivered him. I was told that he would be arrested and detained. How and when he got back to New York, I don't know. Why did he come back?
      Mac: Revenge. And the guy who killed him just might have saved your life.

    • (About the bruise left by the force of the fatal stabbing)
      Hawkes: That made a deadly first impression.

    • Flack: Is there anything else I should know? Anything I should do?
      Stella: Tell Jess that Kolovos is dead and she should step back.

    • Professor Papakota: I thought you were no longer working on the smuggling case.
      Stella: It's a murder case now.

    • Stella: I'll never forget the first time you came to St. Basil's Academy.
      Professor Papakota: It was your birthday.
      Stella: Yes. Ever since then, you've always been my guardian angel.
      Professor Papakota: Yes I am. And don't you forget that.

    • (About the painting that Professor Papakota gave to Stella as a graduation gift)
      Mac: After I deciphered the stamp of authenticity from the matte behind the painting, I ran an Internet search. Found out the painting was stolen from an exhibit at the Metropolitan Art Museum; an exhibit put together... by Professor Papakota in 1977.

    • Stella: Diakos, Kolovos and the professor may have discovered the lost tomb of Alexander somewhere here in Thessaloniki.
      Mac: That's where the evidence points.

    • Stella: Mac, I know I was wrong to keep investigating the case after you told me to step down. I'm sorry that I made it difficult for you and for the department.
      Mac: This isn't about my job or the department. It was difficult because I care about you.
      Stella: (Smiles) Thank you.

    • Stella: Who's the woman in this photo?
      Mac: I think it might be your mother.

    • Stella: Professor said he didn't knew my mother. I mean... if this is her, why didn't he ever tell me?
      Mac: It's tough for me to tell you now. Can't imagine telling a young girl.

    • Mac: Professor P must have a brother.
      Stella: He's the one who was drinking coffee.
      Mac: Yes, and the one who killed Kolovos. He knew you were closing in on him. This is why he came after you.

    • Stella: (To Professor Papakota) You didn't just steal artefacts from your country. You stole from me. You knew my mother. You knew her. You knew who she was. And you never told me.

    • Professor Papakota: (About Stella's mother) She was so beautiful, so talented. The painting I gave you was the last thing she worked on. I wanted you to have a part of her with you always.

    • (Stella is reading Mac's coffee grounds)
      Mac: So I have a problem?
      Stella: Well, it involves a woman. See, this woman... seems as though you have something that belongs to her. This item is gold and is worth far more in honor than fortune.
      (Mac returns her badge to Stella)
      Stella: You know, I don't need coffee grounds to see how lucky I am to have you in my life, Mac.
      Mac: Okay, okay, what do you... what do you got in here?
      Stella: See, there you go. See that right there? That's an 'S'. That would be 'Stella', the woman in your life who sometimes you adore, and sometimes she drives you crazy.

    • Flack: Jess didn't tell me any of the details, just that the two of you were working on something, but if this involves her, I'd like you to tell me what it is because I care about her.
      Stella: I know you do.

    • Danny: How's Lucy?
      Lindsay: She's great. Her first visit to the lab is a big hit.
      Danny: What, uh... what's Blake doing right now?
      Lindsay: Oh, he's so good with babies. She adores him.
      Danny: No, she doesn't adore him. The only man in her life is me. (To Blake) Hey, buddy! Don't you have some DNA to look at?
      (Lindsay chuckles)
      Adam: Watch out, Blake, here comes daddy!

    • Adam: Priapus. The male God of Virility?
      Lindsay: (Referring to Danny) Oh, that's what I call him.
      Danny: That's right, huh? All right, well, my personal weapon aside...

    • Mac: I gave you a direct order to leave the Diakos investigation to me. You chose to ignore it.
      Stella: I made a decision, Mac, and frankly, I would make the same decision again. I got a tip that he was on the move, so I took action.
      Mac: What you did was make it personal.
      Stella: It is personal. He tried to kill me.
      Mac: You stepped way out of bounds on this one and you know it. You're a detective and you make an anonymous call alerting the police to Diakos's apparent murder. That's grounds for suspension! Or at least a desk assignment! You have any idea of the position you've put me in?
      Stella: Oh, yes, I do. You know what? I'm gonna make this easier for you.
      (She leaves her badge on his table and leaves)

    • (Mac is staring at Lindsay)
      Lindsay: What?
      Mac: What are you doing here? Where is Lucy?
      Lindsay: She is in ballistics, analysing stria.(They both smile) Look, I have been here exactly 2 hours, I'm leaving in 40 minutes, I just wanted to fill in a few blanks in the case. You are paying me to work part time, besides this lab would fall apart without me. (They laugh again)

  • NOTES (4)


    • Areti Moungri: Detective Taylor mentioned you were in possession of the Medusa.

      Medusa is a Greek mythology female creature who would turn its onlookers into stone. Her most famous portrait was made by Italian painter Caravaggio in 1597.

    • Lindsay: The bruising on our vic and the ornate hilt of the dagger combine to form the golden star of Vergina. It was the symbol for the ancient kingdom of Macedon.

      Vergina, is a small town located in Central Macedonia, about 80 km from Thessaloniki. In 1977, the Greek archaeologist Manolis Andronikos discovered what he claimed to be burial site of the old kings of Macedon, including the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

    • Adam: Whoa, easy there, Priapus. You wouldn't want to hurt a mere mortal.

      According to the Greek mythology, Priapus was a minor fertility God, often depicted with a huge and always erect penis The medical term priapism derives from him.

    • Mac: The location of Alexander's tomb is one of the most famous archaeological mysteries of all time.

      Alexander the Great (356 BC-323 BC) or Alexander III of Macedon was a Greek king of Macedon from 336 BC to 323 BC. As one of the most brilliant military commanders in History, he conquered most of the world as it was known by the ancient Greeks.