Season 6 Episode 7

Hammer Down

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

What seemed to be a traffic accident, leads to homicide and illegal organ harvesting. The chase of those involved in the slaughter chain make the NY, Vegas and Miami CSI teams put their efforts together to put an end to the crimes. Hawkes, in particular, is very upset about the case.moreless

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  • In part two of the "CSI Trilogy" a case which began in Miami has found its way to New York when evidence of a missing woman is found at the scene of a crash (along with the body of another woman). Dr. Ray Langston comes to the Big Apple to help Mac.moreless

    The much hyped trilogy seems to be living up to its hype. This is no doubt the best episode of the season up to this point. The dialogue between Laurence Fisburne and Gary Sinise at the World War II memorial was very effective. It's nice to see for once a dialogue that does not come off as corny or contrived. Mac and Ray make a good team. I hope this is not the last time they are teamed up during the run of their respective shows. The trilogy has been great so far. I hope the conclusion will deliver also.moreless
  • What seems to be a traffic accident turns out to be a young women trafficking ring and a illegal body parts supplier. The discovery of DNA from one young girl brings Dr. Raymond Langston from CSI: Las Vegas into the investigation to work with Mac.moreless

    In part two of the three part crossover between CSI; Miami, CSI: NY, and CSI we find signs Madeline Briggs again. This time being transported in a tractor trailer with another young dead women who had been harvested for her liver. We also discover that she is pregnant which may mean they are keeping her alive for a reason.

    On the transplant front, it amazes one to think that the doctor performing these operations has never considered or asked where the transplanted organs come from. So here he is saving the life of an older man who needs a liver for one reason or another, but a vibrant young woman's life was sacrificed for the very liver that will save the patient.

    We still see how the organization involved keeps its pieces separate. No one seems to know who anyone else is. Overall it is a brilliant way of keeping the pieces safe from any one getting caught. An elaborate scheme to produce millions of dollars in illegal profits at the expense of many women. It goes to show you how cheap life is to some supposed human beings.

    Mac and Langston not only track Madeline, but they find the man who transported her and in the end detain him. From that info they manage to find out the girls next destination.

    CSI: NY currently has the single strongest character next to Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows left in the CSI set of shows. Gary Sinise as Detective Mac Taylor is a great character and Sinise himself is an excellent performer.

    The second part and probably the best of the three, CSI: NY leads us to the conclusion of the story with the final piece on CSI. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • Part two..

    So, the story continues. Even thought I have watched very few episodes of CSI:NY, it felt quite new for me and I most say I liked the trick of making us watch every CSI show that week. It was much more tv watching than I had liked (I mean.. time consuming), but it was great way to make people who watch only one or two of those series to watch all.

    When I saw very distinct "signature" or "style" in Miami show, then NY was not so standing out in some way but the story was little better here. I mean, we are now knowing what it is all about. We know the players, we know how it works and that leads to some great scenes. I mean, I loved the moment they went to arrest the doctor and the scene where Langston drove motorcycle.moreless
  • The middle episode of the CSI Trilogy.

    I haven't seen Thursday CSI episode, which will conclude this trilogy, but I have to say that they really have to have a great storyline to top this episode. Other than a couple of unbelievable scenes, (Such as the available motorcycle in a junkyard for Dr. Raymond Langston)this episode was superb. This episode picks up from CSI: Miami, which involves the case of a pregnant missing girl who we find out is a victim of a black market business involving prostitution, black market organ donations, sex slaves, etc. This illegal operating uses truck drivers as a cover-up for the business. After hearing that the girl was abducted and is now kidnapped to New York, Dr. Raymond Langston joins forces with Mac and his team to catch her abductor. They do catch him eventually, but the girl is handed off to another truck driver who is headed for Las Vegas. There were some great character development in this episode. I think out of all of the CSIs, New York has the best character development of all of them. The scene with Danny and Lindsey early in the episode where he regretted that they haven't had a decent honeymoon was great. I also loved the scene with Mac and Raymond at the War War II memorial. You could see that Ray really wants to find this girl, if all possible so her mother can be at peace. I also like the interrogation scene when Dr Sheldon Hawkes blasted the surgeon in custody for not following the Hippocratic Oath for surgeons. (I guess money changes everything, doesn't it?) The only scene that wasn't believable was the motorcycle secene at the junkyard. What are the odds of having a motorcycle with the keys in the ignition at a junkyard? Was it the kidnapper's motorcycle? If so, how was he able to hand off a girl using a motorcycle? This was never answered, but it also shows Langston's love for motorcycle. I saw that in a previous CSI epidose where he was on a motorcycle. All in all, a great episode and I will be watching CSI from my DVR!moreless
  • Awesome!

    The trilogy continues strongly! CSI Ny brings the action and suspense in this part in full swing, and with it's witty charm they were able to create an episode that blended well with the crossover AND as a stand alone episode.

    Motorcycle chase, hard evidence, suspense, attempt takedowns= a very good CSI NY episode. It also raised my respect for Langston just a bit... I mean... him grabbing a motorcycle to chase after Steele either means is was awesome... or he was lazy. Because I like to think the better of people, I'll say awesome. One of my favourite scenes was the scene between Ray and Mac when Mac was telling Ray about the hard task of calling a victim's family. That and it was shot at the WWII memorial site was good (especially for the date it aired). Another one of my favourites was when Hawkes was yelling at the Doctor, nice to play to that story line.

    Honestly, very awesome episode and I loved every second of it. Definitely my favourite of 3 episodesmoreless
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

Michael Massee

Michael Massee

Casey Steele

Guest Star

Amanda MacDonald

Amanda MacDonald

Madeline Briggs

Guest Star

Jeffrey D. Sams

Jeffrey D. Sams

Joseph Winston

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Stella: So this is a traffic accident. And we're here because...?
      Flack: Not gonna call you all the way out here for a 10-99. I got my Mac on this morning.
      Stella: Oh, is that anything like spidey senses?
      Flack: Way more powerful.

    • (After having found a girl's body inside a drum being transported in a truck)
      Stella: Looks like this is the end of the road for her.
      Mac: And the beginning for us.

    • Lindsay: What are you thinking?
      Danny: (Looking at a stained Hawaiian shaped doll on the dashboard) Besides the fact that you and I have never had a honeymoon, I'm thinking that might be blood.

    • Lindsay: There's nothing to indicate that she didn't survive the crash.
      Danny: I'd call that lucky.
      Mac: Not if she's still with the driver.

    • Sid: Turns out, I wasn't the first person to cut into this girl.
      Mac: You found evidence of sharp force trauma?
      Sid: That's your C.O.D. Exsanguination due to surgical transection of all major blood vessels supplying the liver.
      Stella: You're saying someone removed her liver?
      Sid: That's right.

    • Joseph Winston: (About Casey Steele) He's an animal. God help the woman that's with him.

    • Adam: I found evidence of more than one woman in that sleeper.
      Mac: How many?
      Adam: A lot.

    • Stella: What else do we know about these perps?
      Ray: Targets are always young women between the ages of 19 and 25. They're highly organized, they're well financed. They lure these women into... prostitution, black-market surrogacy, use them as human-trafficking pawns, you name it.
      Stella: And now harvesting bodies for organs.

    • Ray: I have chased one victim from Vegas to Miami, only to find her dead. When Madeline Briggs's mother reported her missing, she asked for my help, so I'm not going home until I find her daughter.
      Mac: And when can I expect you?
      Ray: I'm on the first thing smokin'.

    • Mac: Our informant is a cell mate of a suspect we convicted six months ago in connection with a human trafficking ring here in New York city.
      Ray: A little cell mate chitchat, and a convict looking to make a deal... that's hard to trust.
      Mac: True, but right now, we're standing here with nothing. And I kind of got the impression you weren't here to sightsee.

    • Dora Lawson: 'Human cargo', that's how Carolyn described it. Young women get moved from one state to another, truck stop to truck stop. Different drivers, different destinations. A 24/7 operation, mostly travelling at night. Pretty impressive enterprise, if you ask me. I always thought an 18-wheeler advertising fresh produce was really carrying vegetables.
      Mac: How many do they transport? One, two, more?
      Dora Lawson: Doesn't matter. These guys make more money transporting one girl than they do hauling apples across the interstate in a year.

    • Ray: What happens to them?
      Dora Lawson: Everything. Sex slaves, surrogates, organ donors... and if they survive the surgery, it starts all over. And it's the truck driver's job to keep the payload... the girls alive and healthy. They don't get paid if the cargo arrives dead.
      Ray: The more use you get out of one girl, the more money you make.
      Mac: That means Madeline could still be alive.
      Dora Lawson: Unless she's trouble. That's when they become body parts, scattered from coast to coast.

    • Ray: I have to make a very difficult phone call to Madeline Briggs' mother who's probably pacing up and down and checking voice messages, wondering what the hell I've discovered, if I've found her daughter.
      Mac: A case when 'no news is good news' is no consolation.
      Ray: You have kids?
      Mac: No.
      Ray: Me neither. I suppose we both spared ourselves the stress of this nightmare.
      Mac: I don't know you well Ray, but you don't look so stress-free to me.

    • Ray: It never gets easier, does it?
      Mac: No. I've told parents about their dead or missing kids more times than I can count. Hell, the first time, was one time too many. One day, a woman whispers 'thank you' to me through her tears. And I realized that she just needed to know that there was somebody doing everything they could for her child. And that's what you're doing, Ray. And that's worth a phone call.

    • (About the way he gets the organs)
      Dr. Fuller: I make a phone call.
      Flack: Every time to the same number?
      Dr. Fuller: Yes. Again. Same number every time. I tell them what I need. I don't know how or who does it. A cooler is left for me at the clinic.

    • Flack: Okay so what's the going rate for a liver, Dr. Fuller?
      Dr. Fuller: Depends.
      Hawkes: Depends on whether your patients are desperate or not? The closer they are to death the more they'll pay, or is it the more you'll charge?
      Dr. Fuller: I don't set the price.
      Hawkes: No, only for yourself, right? So tell me, doctor, how much do you get paid for turning a blind eye to the Hippocratic Oath?

    • Hawkes: (To Dr. Fuller) The liver you transplanted today belonged to a healthy young woman who died to fill your pockets. Her name... Debbie Menzel. And there are dozens more just like her. Their organs are being harvested in motel bathrooms and makeshift operating rooms. Young girls who are butchered and dumped on the side of the road. And you agreed to the oath, doctor, the covenant. 'I will keep them from harm and injustice'. Do you remember saying those words? You stupid, greedy son of a bitch.

    • Lindsay: Unfortunately, the demand is there. If it's not forced surrogacy, it's prostitution, body parts, blood, eggs, hair, even bone marrow has a price. A lung or a kidney can sell for $100,000 on the black market.

    • Ray: Did you know that the oldest projectile fired from a weapon was recorded in the IV century in Japan? It was fired from a very crude handheld cannon that you lit with a wick. Its sole purpose was for taking life. Seems that after 1,700 years of evolution... we haven't come very far, have we?

    • Ray: Remember, we have an innocent in the mix. (Holds picture up) One female, Madeline Briggs.
      Flack: If this goes bad, she's a hostage. If it goes worse, she's collateral. That means everyone stays hot, unless he decides to use her.

    • Ray: Where's Madeline? Where is she?
      Casey Steele: She's gone.
      Ray: What do you mean, she's gone?
      Casey Steele: Poof.

    • Ray: It's still not too late to make a deal.
      Casey Steele: Oh, is that right?
      Ray: That's right. I give you my word I'll do everything in my power to make sure everyone involved in this knows that you cooperated with us.
      Casey Steele: That kind of advertisement will put me in the morgue.

    • Casey Steele: If you two gentlemen don't have any more questions for me, I think I'd like to go to jail now.
      Ray: (Slamming file down) Take a look. Where are they?
      Casey Steele: You don't seriously expect me to remember them all, do you?
      Ray: I said, take another look!
      Casey Steele: I think that one's in Salt Lake City. And Denver.

  • NOTES (5)

    • The episodes of the trilogy, Bone Voyage of CSI: Miami, Hammer Down of CSI: NY and The Lost Girls of C.S.I. aired on the same night in Slovakia, all of them out of the production and network schedule. The episode of CSI: Miami was postponed for half a year, the episode of CSI:NY was aired before the official premiere of season 6 and the one of the C.S.I. was also aired before the official premiere of season 10.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: November 19, 2009 on Channel 9.
      The Netherlands: March 1, 2010 on RTL4.
      Czech Republic: April 10, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: April 12, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 20, 2010 on AXN.
      New Zealand: July 3, 2010 on TV3.
      Norway: August 24, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: September 1, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: November 23, 2010 on RTL.
      Finland: March 2, 2011 on MTV3.

    • Music Featured:
      Highway Star by Deep Purple.
      Keep the Streets Empty for Me by Fever Ray.
      Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig Van Beethoven.

    • As of this episode, Laurence Fishburne is the second actor to play the same character on all 3 CSI shows. The first was David Caruso who achieved that feat in the CSI: NY episode, Felony Night. Amanda MacDonald, in her role of Madeline Briggs, appears in all three episodes of the crossover, making her the first actress to play the same character on all 3 CSI shows.

      Wes Ramsey, who plays Dave Benton, is a recurrent role in CSI: Miami. Jeffrey D Sams, who plays Joseph Winston, was a recurrent role in C.S.I. as Detective Cyrus Lockwood, who was last seen in the episode Inside the Box.

      Michael Reilly Burke, who plays Dr. Harvey Fuller, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Death Eminent and in the C.S.I. one Bloodlines.

      Michael Massee, who plays Casey Steele, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Crime After Crime.

    • This episode is a crossover of all 3 CSI franchises. It is a continuation of the CSI: Miami episode Bone Voyage and it concludes with the CSI: episode The Lost Girls.

      To acknowledge that fact, it starts with a 'Previously on CSI: Miami' and ends with a 'To be continued on C.S.I.'.