Season 3 Episode 16

Heart of Glass

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 14, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac may have a difficult time solving the murder of a music mogul; the sister cleverly uses a lie detector test to cover up the crime. Stella wonders if she has HIV due to an accident.

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  • What a poor episode!

    What a poor episode! I don’t know if I’m the only one who thinks that but please, the stalker girl who died preparing a romantic night for her ‘lover’ and taking a bath while she waited! Common if she was a stalker then she knew that he was away, right? And ending up dying electrocuted because of a missed bullet…Lame!!!!

    And the glass that injured Stella. It’s just me or anyone thinks that a glass that teak is a little hard to brake just by handling it. Maybe I’m wrong. But this looked like a lame excuse to introduce the dilemma of a Stella HIV storyline.

    The only interesting parts of this episode was the look on Danny’s face when he realized Mac and Peyton where dating. That was hilarious and very Danny like. And the husband who tried to kill his wife at point blank range and misses, what a loser but lucky for the wife! I liked the sister that had the brain injury and end up being the killer but it was predictable, I saw that coming miles away!

    Overall it was an average episode with to little imagination!moreless
  • How the chick in the tub died totally caught me off guard.

    Yet again, another great installment. The beginning of the episode was cool, seeing what everyone was doing in their apartment. The flashing lights totally tippd me off that someone was firing their gun. The bathtub vic was really skinny, in my opinion, I think she needs to have a steak or something. Put some more muscle onto that body of hers, but she's dead so it really doesn't matter! :P

    Peyton's back! Wow, Mac is so hot with that leather jacket. It's probably for the best that he doesn't wear that kind of outfit to crime scenes otherwise strange girls would come trampling over and then nothing would get processed! When Danny took that lady down to the morgue, I had no idea what he was doing (mostly because I was babysitting while watching CSI NY, so I was distracted). Then to find out she had a bulet in her head, really shocked me. I'm amazed she missed that. Stupid husband.

    Crime #2: I feel honestly bad for Kennedy. Being afraid of her own refection and in the process accidentally killing her own brother. This crime, or rather, accident is very creative in a sad way. I hope Stella's blood work comes back negative. Man, that's very original to potentially give a CSI AIDS.moreless
  • Two deaths, two murders. Neither is what it appears to be.

    Woah! Did not see that one coming... Both mysteries were interestingly laid out, both in terms of victims, evidence and suspects. The woman dead in the bathtub, with the romantic evening and no apparent cause of death, while having a bullet that never went into her... That was a good one, and the way the guilty husband was acting was so suspicious. The entire mistaken identity thing was just great. It was really a good mystery, and Danny bringing the man's wife to the morgue was funny. On the second murder, the polygraph thing was a nice touch, and again the story was played out in an interesting way, and in the end, you just didn't really see that specific explanation coming... Oh, and Stella might have gotten HIV. She should've told someone though. Great episode!moreless
  • Any time Danny runs, it's a good episode.

    "I love you, DL!" I love that Danny said it first, because when I saw the mirror, that did not look like an "L" to me. But as soon as Danny said that, I made a noise of surprise. I also giggled. It was cute.

    So apparently Lindsay is nonexistent, because we can't think to mention her at all. I'll reiterate what I said last week - someone, I don't even care who at this point, telling someone else that they heard from Lindsay is enough for me. So long as they acknowledge the fact that, yes, Lindsay is alive and yes, she is coming back. After that conversation with her, Mac, and Stella, you would think that one of those two would want to know how the trial is going! Sheesh!

    Here is what I have learned from watching this episode:

    a) Double glove. I love how they made a big deal of showing how Adam double-gloved when he was working with the glass. Even Adam knew to do that. (Mia on CSI always did that, too, but it's because she was a germ-o-phobe.)

    b) Never pick up a big honking shard of glass and just hold it upright, staring at it.

    When Stella went to get her blood tested, the lady said that it would take at least three months to determine whether or not she was HIV+. How much do you want to bet that next week's reference, when Stella tells Mac, is all we get I've heard that this storyline is supposed to last 11 weeks (to the end of the season, I'm guessing). Let's hope it does, and that they do it well, rather than just half-assing it or making it look like a soap opera. Because right now, it seems like the sort of thing that should be on General Hospital. Only they already did it, and they did it better.

    Boy... That guy was a terrible shot. He shoots his wife at point blank range and not only misses, but hits and doesn't even manage to kill her!

    Danny was so adorable in this episode, all upset because he was the last person to find out. His stunned face after Mac's 'confession'? Priceless. And he seemed a little relieved to find out that Mac was dating a coworker. If the boss can do it, so can he!

    "Flack knows?" He's probably pissed that Flack didn't tell him! And later on, when he was teasing Peyton about it, and she gave him that death glare, and he kind of just shut up and looked all sheepish. So cute.

    Danny tackling a suspect. Dear me. I think I had a heart attack. Any episode where Danny runs is a good episode.

    The whole case where the sister accidentally killed the brother because she thought her reflection was real? I actually liked that. She didn't intend to do it, she didn't plan on it. Makes it less cliche than 'the sister killed the brother for the insurance money'. I liked how they kept referring to the car accident, so you knew it was important.

    Whoever said that Danny and Angell have chemistry is not watching the same show that I am. There is absolutely nothing between the two of them. Just air.

    Where the hell was Hawkes? He had, like, 5 minutes of screen time. Hawkes must be the new Lindsay, so we can make room for Adam. Heaven forbid we not have enough Adam. Adam got more screen time than both Hawkes and Flack, who are contract cast members!

    Overall, this episode was okay. Of course, it isn't one of my favorites, but I liked it better than 315. I thought the cases were more interesting.moreless
  • An amazing episode; great cases and of course, the beginning of Stella's HIV storyline.

    I'd been looking forward to "Heart of Glass" for ages, and it definitely lived up to my expectations. The first case, with the girl in the bathtub, kept me guessing right up until the end. It was really cleverly done, and it was certainly an original way for the girl to die. I also loved (as did many) the whole "DL" thing on the mirror. If they're not even going to bother to mention Lindsay (which is really annoying) then minor allusions are the next best thing. With the second case, I loved how the sister was at first believable as a sane person; she did just seem shaken up about her brother's death. I must admit, the first time I started mentally implicating her was after the passed the lie detector test. Something about that made me think she was guilty, the way the questions were phrased and answered could have been truthful but not really turthful, if that makes sense (which it doesn't.)

    Being a Mac/Stella shipper, I didn't like all the Mac/Peyton moments. It's good that they finally showed the relationship to the others, because I think it's more relaistic (and I laughed at the expression on Danny's face!) but I still think the chemistry between them is off.

    I really hope Stella is not HIV+! I think it was done quite well, showing Stella's panic and her determination not to let Sheldon touch her, but I really hope we get some continuity in the months util we get the results. And she should tell Mac, for sure. Actually she should have told him in the first place.

    All in all, great episode!moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Justin Hartley

Justin Hartley

Elliott Bevins

Guest Star

Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones

Kennedy Gable

Guest Star

Brian Hallisay

Brian Hallisay

Emery Gable

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: As Peyton is examining the body and reporting her findings to Danny at the beginning of the episode, Mac picks up a credit card he deducts was used to open the door, but he isn't wearing gloves; this would compromise the evidence even if by holding it by the edges he preserved the prints.

    • It is implied that everyone (except, most likely, Lindsay) knows about Mac's relationship with Peyton now. Danny finds out in this episode, and Mac tells him that he's the last one to find out.

    • Capgras Syndrome got it's name after Joseph Capgras (1873-1950).

      The disorder causes people who suffer from it not to remember who they are.

    • Goof: When Hawkes is working with the CD fragment, he identifies it as being from the 3rd track. CDs are written from the center out, so a fragment from the edge would be from the final track.

    • When Danny is testing the ventilation duct to see if it is electrically live, he touches it twice with the front of his fingers, and then once with the back of his fingers. If an object is suspected to be live, you should always touch it with the back of your fingers so that they pull away if it is. Danny must have known this based on his last touch, but didn't do this initially.

    • The chances are that Stella does not have HIV, as the virus dies a couple of seconds after death.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Angell: So she break into the apartment, sets up a romantic evening...
      Danny: ...dies

    • Flack: Suspect is five foot five, blonde hair, medium build.
      Mac: That's not a very threatening description. Was she carrying a sledgehammer?

    • Mac: A victim in financial ruin, health failing . . . people take their own lives over less than that all the time.

    • Danny: (trying to get Peyton to scan a woman to see if she was shot) Just trust me, okay? You and Mac will be telling your grandchildren about this some day.
      (Peyton gives him a look.)

    • Flack: Music mogul, signs every hot young artist with half a voice.

    • Angell: Did it sound like it came from the apartment across the hall?
      Neighbor: I assumed it didn't.
      Danny: Why would you assume that?
      Neighbor: Because I knew my neighbor is out of town. He's in Boston.
      Danny: So you know D.J. Melvoy?
      Neighbor: No.
      Angell: But you just said you knew he was in Boston.
      Neighbor: No. I said my neighbor is in Boston.
      Danny: Yeah, D.J. Melvoy.
      Neighbor: No.
      Danny: Whoa, whoa, who's on first here, huh?

    • Mac: So how does Diane Langston get electrocuted? Does that make it an accident?
      (Peyton Driscoll gives him a look)
      Mac: That's my job, not yours. Got it.

    • Peyton: She died of a broken heart.
      Mac: Are you going to write that in the autopsy report?
      Peyton: It's called cardiomyopathy.

    • Mac: My dinner date dumped me for a dead body.

    • Danny: So she comes in, drinks some champagne and takes a bath.
      Peyton: Just like the fairy tale.
      Mac: Only this Goldilocks isn't sleeping; she's dead.

    • Hawkes: (Looking at Stella's hands) Stella, you're bleeding!
      Stella: Don't touch me! Hawkes, don't touch me.

  • NOTES (7)


    • Mac: Only this Goldilocks isn't sleeping; she's dead.

      Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a notable children's bedtime story.

    • Danny: Whoa, who's on first here, huh?

      Danny and Det. Angell are inquiring a neighbor about the tenant of the apartment where the woman died, and there's a confusion about that person's identity. Each answer the neighbor gives gets the detectives more confused, until Danny alludes to "Who's on first?", a comedy routine around baseball players with double-meaning names that was made famous by Abbott and Costello, and has been mentioned in a number of shows and movies, like Rainman, in which Dustin Hoffman's autistic character repeats it everytime he gets nervous.

    • Episode title: Heart of Glass.

      The title alludes to the saying: heart of gold. A person with a heart of gold is one that gives, forgives, and loves.

    • Flack: You're gonna have to explain this to me like I'm a five-year-old, because I don't get it.

      Denzel Washington's lawyer character says the same thing -- repeatedly -- in the 1993 movie Philadelphia. Also the movie and this episode both have storylines involving AIDS.

    • Episode Title: Heart of Glass.

      Heart of Glass was a hit song of Blondie in 1979.