Season 3 Episode 4

Hung Out To Dry

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The body of a beheaded woman found in a fraternity house is a mystery to the CSIs. Now they must sort through twisted clues and crime scene after crime scene to find the killer that has them trapped in his own little game.

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  • The start of Shane Casey

    This episode is the first of many Shane Casey thrillers but in this episode you don't really know him and he is killing people in many brutal ways and leaving a t-shirt which is a clue to Shane Casey's victims and about his brother how he was arrested on one eye witness.It was a real shock at the end when Lindsay tells Mac he has escaped which means Shane Casey is on the loose in NY.What an episode that's going to take some beating.moreless
  • Eye for an Eye

    Now, I have to say that this was one of the greatest serial killer in CSI history. Up there among the Living Doll Killer, The Taxi Driver Killer, Squweegl, and Nate Haskel.

    The only part of this episode that I didn't like was that it was such a good idea, it was smart and enertaining, and kept me on the edge of my seat, but it was only one episode, when I feel they could have done so much more with it! I would have loved for him to be a recurring killer. Thar was something I would have tuned into for several more weeks!moreless
  • OMG!!! Suspect gets away, Hawkes is in danger, what will they come up with next?!?!?!

    Holy crap, I was so not prepared for this episode! The t-shirt idea was incredibly original. When we found out who the killer was was a little obvious. And his motive was unoriginal, though, I think his brother's case should have been thrown out due to lack of evidence because that was a pretty medieval court case.

    I know some Greek mythology, but I don't think I've ever heard of Hera taking Zeus' eyes out and sewing them to her favorite bird. It was definitely a good idea. When Stella and Mac find out who the cornor was that did the autopsy in Shane's brother's case, I first thought Hammerback. But when it was Hawkes, I was all like, "WOW!! For once it's not a CSI in trouble!"

    When Danny and Flack were chasing Shane down the fire escape that ws truely an old New York moment. A personal classic. I winced and "oooooooooo!!" when Flack tackled Shane to the ground and they slid a couple feet. Then I laughed when Danny joined in. Dog pile!! lol, this was definitely a good episode.moreless
  • 3x04

    OMG!!!, this episode was really great, since I stared watching I could´n stop.

    Definitively, when CSI NY try to be the best, they do it and this episode proves that, I don´t have any doubt about why this is a top ten episode, It was brilliant.

    I think CSI NY touched the sky with this one, Shane Casey is one of the most exellent assesins not only in Csi NY but also in the entire franchise.

    also, I´m a graphic designer and I was very glad with one episode with a plot related with teacher´´s designs and things like that, I really loved that. P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • This was an excellent episode. It was absolutely pristine. Shane Casey, his acting was impeccable. So far, best of the season! Spoilers throughout.


    I love the shock factor of this beginning. I mean really. It starts off with a frat party, a bikini one, and then what do we get? A girl hanging with her head decapitate off from a ceiling, her shirt bloody. And how do we find it? Kids making out of course. They don’t notice because the lights are off. But then she feels something dripping. And up she turns on the lights and they look up.


    Since this is an intense case, I'm going to do it by victims. Hahah. Well kind of by them:

    What’s great of the case is the originality of it. I actually saw this guy selling these shirts, by the way. The real guy that is. I have to say I loved this case from the beginning, with the chick who had her head decapitated. I also loved the killer’s logic. And who doesn’t like Greek mythology? Hee hee. I have to say, how much, I love these shirts. I love the concept. Well okay, not Shane Casey's, but the actual ones. Love the concept. Though I do have to say when the voices spoke during the words on the shirts that freaked me out. So much.

    Of course a case this gruesome needed everyone. I love how the first we see of Shane Casey is with Danny, and how he, the killer, REMAINED there the entire time after the murderer. And he got interviewed by Danny first and said "who would do such a thing?" Man Shane Casey, though absolutely insane, was brilliant. OOOO though he was creepy. I love the first shirt we find and how these shirts are the clues to solving the crime. I bet Shane doesn't think they'd be smart enough to figure him out. Though I'm sure he wants to get caught so people know he's on a vengeance crusade. And of course, being me, I felt bad for their first suspect who couldn't remember a thing because he was so drunk. He is a genuinely sweet guy and seemed so distraught of the thought he might have killed the girl when he was drunk, after all there is evidence from their night together ON her. But poor guy is saved from another call. They found the head! And of course- another twist- date rape drug well the stuff from the drug was produced naturally in her system, as sometimes it can happen. Weee. And I love the second time Danny interviews him about the shirt. Stupid idiot wore a similar shirt to the crime scene. Dummy. And then he was all o the guy makes these shirts, but this isn't from his batch. He was definitely leading them on a chase. I bet he probably hoped they'd catch him, just not so soon. I mean, he basically showed them how to work the other website, basically saying, this is how you work mine too. And Stella and Hawkes work it. Indeed they do.

    Danny is just such a good detective. When he and Stella found out where he was from, I kept squeeing. I was like yay there goes my boy finding out where the pictures on the website are from! And when they get there? They find stuff for the shirts. And two more shirts, ready made for two more victims. Who we find out, are a lawyer, and Hawkes! OH NO!

    And then as it ends, Lindsay rushes in, "Shane escaped." Sent shivers down my spine, it did. Absolutely brilliant- YAY we're going to have a serial for this series! I mean Pratt kinda counted as one, but his cases weren't high profile, though they were realllllly bad.

    I have to say I loved Stella's work in this case as well. She did an amazing job with figuring out the crime and what his message was by lining up all the information on that giant window board they use. It was so great watching her piece the giant puzzle. And Melina is such a great actress because she portrayed Stella's joy in piecing out the puzzle so well. I also loved how Danny figured out Hypnos, and I also loved how Mac was slowly figuring things out as he was going around and around. And then the hair left at the scene was great for them, and also, they got the information that YAY it was a court case. Good job Mac. And I love how they figured out how great they were at figuring the next victims by comparing them to the mythological figures. Ooo and when they closed out and they had the face from the shirt glowing on his face, sooo creepy.

    Victim 1- Hydra

    I mean she had .26 BAC, and she was so unconscious, and had a date rape case, and basically so she wouldn't scream while he TORCHED her HEAD OFF. Nice. I mean can we get any more gruesome than that? Yes people have said CSI is very bloody and gruesome. But guess what. It's a show. About. Murders. You really think murder is all that clean? No. It wouldn't be truthful if they downplayed the gore. And as humans, no matter how much we want to deny it or be holier than though, we are attracted to the gruesome and the morbid. Why do you think when there is an accident or something, people slow down as the go past? Anyways, she was killed because she was in the jury. And I guess easier to get to? What a jerk.

    Victim 2- Argus the watchdog

    But really, what is up with this guy. EYES in the kid's POCKETS? Poor guy. I loved the story with that one though. So this guy was killed because he was the bouncer. Shane believed he gave a false eye witness report of his brother's crime. And of course when they lifted up his shirt, his chest is all covered with eyes, just like Hera's watchdog. NICE!


    First was Flack saying how if anyone would call him bro, he would give em one. Man I love it when he interviews people. He is brilliant :D

    Also loved the scene in Shane Casey's room with all the laundry everywhere, and one of the shirts in a pizza box! Hilarious.

    I also loved when they interviewed the guy who made the shirts, and he was all you belong in Barney's. And then, HAHAHA when Danny asks how much they are and gets the quote of 29 bucks, Danny shakes his head and says, "Think I'll stick to Barney's."

    Another Sid scene when Sid was saying how the guy was not pecked to death with a peacock. Actually all of Sid's scenes with the victims. Wonderful bits of insight into Sid himself. Lastly, chase scene with Flack, Danny, and Shane. Brilliant stuff. SO GREAT! And then finally the scene with all three of them in the cop car. I love Danny for being so great with him


    This was an excellent episode. It was absolutely pristine. I loved the connections with the shirt, and Shane Casey, his acting was impeccable. I loved the connections with mythology, and the entire way everything was plotted out. It was so sad at the end with Shane looking out and everything with his brother playing out in his head. And the looks of my boys, Flack and Danny, as Shane is being led away in cuffs. Oh, it was just such a great episode. It fills a person with so much shock and kept me on the edge of my seat. There was also everything with the passion of Shane and you felt for him, you did. Because the way it seemed, it did seem as if his brother may have been innocent. Superb. Really. So far, best of the season!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

Jonathan Tchaikovsky

Jonathan Tchaikovsky

Ethan Tierney

Guest Star

Justin Brannock

Justin Brannock

Blake Zahn

Guest Star

Kit Paquin

Kit Paquin

Alyssa Ryan

Guest Star

Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong

Shane Casey

Recurring Role

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • When the CSI's are researching Ian Casey's arrest and trial, the words 'Found hanged in cell' pop-up on the screen when they first access the information. However, it is not completely mentioned until 3 or 4 points later, towards the end.

    • Apparently, Shane Casey is supposedly gonna be brought back later in the season or a further season.

    • So far, it's been made clear that no one is safe: Stella, Danny, Aiden, Flack, Mac... now it seems that Hawkes' connection to this case might bring him the damage he has been escaping. Mac's fear for him is nicely depicted despite Hawkes' attempt of contemptment.

    • John Hayes: (To Mac and Danny) You two look like you should be shopping at Barneys.

      Mac looks like he could actually buy at Barneys but Danny clearly doesn't. He is surprised at the price of the t-shirts, but he'd have it hard to get a better deal than a $29 t-shirt there.

    • This episode is probably the most cinematic one so far. There are a lot of special effects and some very nice camerawork. The clues circling around Mac as we get a closer zoom of his eye is a really impressive one.

    • Louie is mentioned again but we don't get continuity on whether he is dead or alive or what the relationship between both Messer brothers is.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo's stuntman doesn't really look like him. Neither does Eddie Cahill's, as it can be clearly appreciated when he tackles Shane Casey to the ground. The white socks he is wearing are pretty revealing as well.

    • Danny has turned from business casual to absolutely casual wear this season. It is obvious that the show disregards realism in copwear for fashion: Danny is made look like a rebel same as Stella is made look hot.

    • Sid has been divorced.

    • When they calculate the position of the young boy in the video using triangulation references, they do the same as they did in Season 1 Episode 1 Blink to determine the location of one of the victims as shown in a picture.

    • Goof: When Hawkes examines the "Hydra t-shirt" he has the "immortal head" piece with him. Yet the "immortal head" is only found later by Stella, Mac and Flack at the park, wrapped around the beheaded victim's head.

    • Goof: When Hawkes is explaining numerology, he refers to the Greek Philosopher Aristotle attributing consciousness and nothingness to zero; the graphics during this exposition resolve a line of text into an image of the modern numeral "0".

      The Greek numerals in use during Aristotle's time (384 – 322 BCE) were, like Roman numerals, based on letters, in this case of the Greek alphabet, using the following scheme: É = 1, Ð = 5, Ä = 10, ÐÄ = 50, Ç = 100, ÐÇ = 500, × = 1000, Ð× = 5000, Ì = 10000 and ÐÌ = 50000. The first known use of zero did not occur until around 140 BCE, 180 years after Aristotle's death, so there would have been no zero for him to associate with any human attributes or numerological significance.

    • www.edoclaundry.com is an actual website where you can buy clothes with hidden messages. The company is based in Bellevue, WA and it sells the same shirts as shown in this episode.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Danny: (To Mac, after identifying the god of sleep) Didn't think I knew my Greek mythology, did you?

    • Danny: Trump Tower? You got a thing for the Donald or what?
      Stella: It's the hair.

    • (Flack questions a fraternity guy with alcohol bottles taped to his hands)
      Fraternity Guy: It's called Edward 40 hands, you know like Edward Scissor Hands, but with 40s.
      Flack: Get out of here.
      Fraternity Guy: No serious, that's what they call it.
      Flack: No I mean get out of my face, I never want to see you again, go!
      Fraternity Guy: Whatever bro.

    • Flack: (about a beheaded body found on a ceiling ventilator) Britney and Kevin came to do the nasty, instead they found the nasty… decapitated, no sign of the head.

    • (The lab investigates a murder at a college fraternity party)
      Stella: Witnesses?... Sober ones anyway?
      Flack: Nah!, I waited for you to get here before I started my interviews, looking forward to that by the way, I swear to you if one of them calls me bro

    • Mac: (examining the headless body hanging from the ventilator) So this is what they mean by higher education.

    • Stella: Why don't you start telling me what you do remember.
      Ethan: Well mmm… the most vivid memory I have has something to do with jello and a Tweety bird Fez dispenser.
      Stella: Ethan you're dangerously close to studying abroad next semester… in Rikers.

    • Stella: Evidence without context.
      Mac: Lets hope we don't have to find another body to make context.

    • Sid: This guy never heard of a gun, or a knife? Perhaps a simple poisoning?
      Mac: Well there's nothing simple about this killer. He's very deliberate. He's trying to tell us something.
      Sid: If I had to guess, your victim saw something he shouldn't have. Thus the concentration on the eyes. (Sid points to the shirt which has a peacock and loads of eyes)
      Mac: After he kills, he places a t-shirt on the victim. The first one related to mode of death.
      Sid: Well… as a certified medical examiner, I can tell you with a degree of certainty, that this guy was definitely not pecked to death by a peacock.

    • Stella: College tuition: $40,000. Room and Board: $10,000. Puking and passing out on your parents' dime? Priceless.

    • Stella: Did some research on the Hydra.
      Mac: Woah, research - you're Greek, don't you know all that stuff?
      Stella: Even we Greeks have to brush up on our mythology once in a while.

    • John Hayes: (to Mac and Danny) Alright, so you two are the smart cops.
      Danny: Yeah, somewhere along the way we learned to read.

    • Sid: (to Mac and Sheldon) The rawness of the flesh indicates she was alive during the beheading, but I bet she didn't feel a thing. Her blood alcohol level was 0.26 - blotto. The highest I've ever registered was 0.23, but that was in celebration of my first divorce, and I fell down a flight of stairs, didn't feel a thing.

    • Lindsay: Prints were a bust. CODIS was about as helpful as FEMA.

    • Mac: (To Hawkes) Shane Casey, he's coming after you.

    • Mac: No one goes home until this killer is caught.

    • Stella: Everything he does has a message.
      Flack: How about "I'm wacked out of my gourd" as his message.

    • Lindsay: (Found a body spiked to a tree by the eyes) He's not subtle is he.

    • Stella: Looks like someone's missing a party.
      Mac: (Uncovers the body) Party is just getting started.

    • Danny: Is this guy goin' all "Da Vinci Code" on us?

  • NOTES (5)


    • Danny: Trump Tower? You got a thing for the Donald or what?

      This is a reference to real estate developer billionaire Donald Trump who is the owner of Trump Tower. He is also famous for his unusual style of his air.

    • Shane: The truth will set you free.

      Shane misquotes The Bible John 8:31-32 "and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." The truth came too late for his brother who due to his death in custody could never be set free.

    • Sid: Off with her head!

      This exclamation is frequently made by the Queen of Hearts in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll.

    • Flack: Richard Simmons back there took a break from Jazzercising.

      Richard Simmons is a fitness expert who promotes weight-loss programs, most famously through a line of aerobics videos and television programs. He is known for his flamboyant personality and bizarre dress sense.

    • Fraternity Guy: It's called Edward 40 hands, you know like Edward Scissor Hands, but with 40s.

      Edward Scissorhands is a 1990 film directed by Tim Burton. The film centers on Peg Boggs who meets a young, shy, quirky and bizarre looking man named Edward - with hands made of scissors - and adopts him into her own 'typical American' family.

    • Flack: Britney and Kevin came to do the nasty.

      Alludes to the on-going train-wreck that was Britney Jean Spears & Kevin Earl Federline who were married in 2004, and the following year saw the birth of their first son, Sean Preston. Their second son, Jayden James, was born in 2006. Spears filed for divorce from Federline on November 7, 2006 citing irreconcilable differences.

    • Stella: College tuition: $40,000. Room and Board: $10,000. Puking and passing out on your parents' dime? Priceless.

      MasterCard's current advertising campaign follows this pattern: tangible item/service: price, tangible item/service: price, intangible item/concept: priceless.
      There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard.

      The first of these Priceless ads was run during the World Series in 1997 and there are numerous different TV, radio and print ads, created by McCann-Erickson. MasterCard actually registered Priceless as a trademark.

    • Danny: What? Is this guys going all Da Vinci Code on us or what?

      Danny makes a reference to The Da Vinci Code, a bestselling novel by Dan Brown, about a professor and a female Detective, who follow a series of symbolic clues after a murder at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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