Season 4 Episode 12

Happily Never After

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac and the team feel they’re headed back to Kansas when they find the victim’s body with red shoes on her feet crushed to death under an unusual object. The team learns about pop up parties after finding a body.

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  • ok episode...

    The CSIs investigated two deaths. One was a wealthy woman that everyone hated, and the other was a young woman that was killed by a hook. The whole drug thing with the Peter Pan theme was interesting and I thought it was intersting who the killer was. I thought that the killer knowing the victum's brother was just ironic and added more irony. I didn't really like the story with the lady that everyone hated. She was murdered by a poor vendor. At least her property went to the workers. Overall, this episode was just ok. It had some good stories and some good developments, but nothing special.moreless
  • The Wendy Sub-plot saved this

    Well disappointed a little by this episode. The momentum of good shows definitely takes a dive as the main plot didnt excite me one bit. The ending was lucklustre and flat.

    For the Wendy sub-plot pulled this epsidoe from out of the gutter. It had all the elements that makes CSI:NY my send favourite CSI show and third favourite cops show on TV after CSI and NCIS. Maybe if theyd changed focus this would have been a 9+.

    More of the Wendy type plots less of the hotel owner plots. At least with regards to the elements of it. The only good part of it was the irony of the sacked assistant, get to share in the other employees good forture, though she should have been looking for another job.moreless
  • The Wicked Witch of the West meets Peter Pan in a clever episode

    I keep threatening to give this show up... everyone is just too damn smart for their own good... especially Hawkes, he just knows too much about too many things to be believable... But I love CSI so I keep going and every now and again they impress me as they did with this episode. Smartly written, a clever plot, lots of potential suspects... I love that the hated hotel owner was found in red shoes under a house made of ice... the young girl, Wendy, in a nightgown killed with a hook... all in all a really good episode in this faultering CSI franchise.moreless
  • Another good filler episode

    This episode was good but nothing much happened with the main characters. The two cases were odd, lets say unique, just to be nice. The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan? Two of my favorite movies but a little strange, even for CSI NY.

    The case of the evil hotel magnate was the better of the two, in my opinion. I really thought that her assistant was the one who'd killed her. I was pleasantly surprised when I was wrong. The Peter Pan case was good also. The idea of the guy killing that woman with a hook is just...like something out of a horror movie. It was good though. I'm glad to see that Danny is still focusing well on work even after the death of Ruben. I feel so bad for him. I can't wait to see the next new episode, which will focus a bit on Danny.

    This was a good episode, a filler, but good nonetheless.moreless
  • Wierd but ok it came off!

    The show had a fairytale existance as it was a pretty wierd show. With the Wizard Of Oz and the Peter Pan stories tied in. Thought that it would be a wierd one. But then, it turned out all right. Thanks to the acting and characters saving the show. We all find out that this woman was mean and rich just like Leona Helmsley as well as very much dead. As "kindergarden party" for adults? Wow! These people are very much in a fairytale world. As they seem like they never want to grow up. You can see that Danny still hasn't gotten over the death of his friend Reuben. Wanted to hug him over that.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Ryan Adams (I)

Ryan Adams (I)


Guest Star

Ahna O' Reilly

Ahna O' Reilly


Guest Star

Hannah Sussman

Hannah Sussman

Fiona Chisolm

Guest Star

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Det. Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Mac looks way more relaxed and noticeably well rested ever since the 333 mystery is over.

    • Mac assigns Danny to work the case with him. Sounds like a subtle way for Mac to keep an eye on him and make sure he's holding together just fine after Ruben's dead.

    • It is funny how when Hawkes and Lindsay are petting Otto, the dog won't stop kissing both of them.

    • Goof: Danny tells a suspect that no one dies in Neverland; however, Captain Hook does.

    • Goof: When the CSIs examine Fiona Chisolm's wound, it is mentioned that there is no blood coming from it. Later, it is determined that she was dead for about 6 hours, and there's a blood drip pattern in the chest wound.

    • Goof: When Stella sprays the chestnut cart with luminol, she stops although the sound of the spraying continues.

    • Goof: The girl that was stuck between the bus and the cab was facing the bus. Mac's theory shows her lying on her back and sliding off the bus during the crash. If that happened she would've ended up with her back to the bus.

    • Goof: Regarding the height of FALL. I don't think this is valid. Because while showing the experimental analysis for determining the fall and impact, they throw the setup on to a material that resembles the top of a truck. It should suggest the calibration for the height of the experimental truck should be accounted?

    • Fiona's dog is named Otto and in The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's dog name was Toto. If you play around with the letters in Otto, it spells Toto.

    • Goof: When Lindsay is reaching for a swab to swab the blood on the victim's chest, the victim blinks.

  • QUOTES (17)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Spanish episode title Infelices para siempre, meaning Unhappy forever.

    • Original International Airdates:
      UK: March 29, 2008 on Ch5.
      Denmark: April 21, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: May 19, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: May 20, 2008 on AXN Spain.
      Australia: June 2, 2008 on Network 9.
      Sweden: June 30, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      New Zealand: July 8, 2008 on TV3.
      Norway: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 on TVNorge.
      Greece: December 3, 2008 on SKAI.
      Finland: June 3, 2009 on MTV3.

    • Music Featured:
      The Black Ghosts by The Repetition Kills You.
      Silversun Pickups (Jason Bentley Remix) by Lazy Eye.
      Santogold by Say Aha.

    • Happily Never After was pulled from the schedule on 12/19/07 due to the WGA strike.

  • ALLUSIONS (14)

    • Resembling this episode's plot, some readings of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan see the story as a metaphor for death where Neverland is a land of the dead with its children who never grow up and with its antihero falling out of his carriage and ending up there.

    • Fiona dies out of a frozen heart.

      This is an allusion to the fairy tale The Snow Queen who is killed by her own cold heart.

    • Man: The Foxy, man, makes the game real. It turns Manhattan into Neverland.
      Danny: Except nobody dies in Neverland.

      Allusion to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Peter Pan takes the Darling Kids to Neverland.

    • The character Fiona is based off real life billionaire hotel operator and real estate investor Leona Helmsley who was known for her eccentric behavior and ruthless personality. Leona was also a dog lover.

    • Lindsay: Wicked.

      This is a reference to the popular play Wicked that focuses on the life of the Wicked Witch of the West.

    • Danny: But who the hell is Alice?

      This is an allusion to the song Who the F... is Alice? by Smokie.

    • The suspects in Fiona's murder match up with Dorothy's companions in The Wizard of Oz: one "has a heart", another "has a brain" while the last "had the courage" to stand up to Fiona. These were the qualities that (respectively) the Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion felt they lacked.

    • Michael Wright: Nurse Ratchet is waiting.

      This is an allusion to the book One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest written by Ken Kesey, published in 1962. Nurse Ratchet was the cruel nurse that ruled over the mental asylum where the patients lived.

    • Mean, rich hotel owner Fiona Chisolm shares allusions with several sources:

      Her character bears alot of resemblence to the late "Queen of Mean" New York hotel owner Leona Helmsley.

      Her character also shares references with the wicked witches of The Wizard of Oz, including being crushed by the (ice) house, using a broom and having a "wicked" looking office and she died with red shoes, an allusion to the ruby slippers in the movie.

      Stella refers to her as the "Wicked Witch of the Upper East Side", an obvious reference to the characters "Wicked Witch of the East/West" in The Wizard of Oz.

      Lastly, her birth name is revealed to be Lorraine Gale, just like Dorothy's in The Wizard of Oz. Like Dorothy, she is from Kansas and has "a little dog too". (Actually, that's a reference to the threat the Wicked Witch of the West issues on Dorothy: "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!") Fiona's dog is named Otto and in The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy's dog name was Toto. If you play around with the letters in Otto, it spells Toto. Her hotel is also called the Dorothea - another reference to The Wizard of Oz's heroine Dorothy Gale.

    • Danny: Pockets full of posies, ashes, ashes, we all fall down.

      Danny was saying part of a kids rhyme and game. According to tradition, the rhyme began with those who buried people who died from the bubonic plague, citing the futility of the measures people used to try and avoid becoming infected.

    • Sid: Makes one wonder if you shouldn't be looking for Captain Hook?

      Allusion to J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Peter Pan takes the Darling Kids to Neverland. Captain Hook is Peter Pan's nemesis.

    • Mac: That's nice, what is this, Dancing with the Scientist?

      This is an allusion to Dancing with the Stars, a show where stars are paired with professional dancers in a competition to be the best dancers.

    • Angell: Danny, I heard about the Sandoval Case. The kid lived in your apartment?

      This is an allusion to the previous episode Child's Play (4x10), when Ruben, the boy from Danny's apartment was accidentally shot at a robbery.

    • Stella: The Wicked Witch of the Upper East Side.

      This is an allusion to the The Wizard of Oz, where Dorothy is sucked into another world by a tornado.