CSI: NY

Season 2 Episode 10

Jamalot

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 30, 2005 on CBS
8.4
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Jamalot
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Mac and Stella work on the case of a female roller derby player. Danny and Hawkes look into the murder of one of New York's upcoming crop of writers.

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  • A really good episode. Loved the cases, and the creepiness of the people. Also how disturbing some women can be. I mean really.

    9.4
    The beginning:

    This episode had a well executed beginning. We have the girl seductively getting dressed. We clearly know what sold this team's tickets. Then we see the roller derby going on and she dies. It looks like she's stomped to death or beaten to death.



    The cases:

    The roller derby case with the victim, known as She Hate Me was an interesting one. It's completely original and there was tons of humor with it. As well as disturbing moments, but lots of humor. This case had a bunch of crazy people involved in it. I mean there was the owners of the Manhattan Minx' talking about a tipping point and how they were creating a crazy interborough rivalry. Then we find out the girl cooks to death. The derby girl died from being cooked on the inside out because of a weight loss drug. It's knowingly illegal because it cooks people. But the girl wasn't doing it, someone was slipping it to her. We find out it’s the crazy owner chick. She accidentally killed her. She wanted them to lose weight so she slipped her husband's old weight loss drug into the shower gel. What a crazy woman. I did feel sorry for the one girl who just anted to be a part of the cool team. Very sad indeed.



    Then Danny and Hawkes' case with the writer who died. You would never believe this one. The husband of his publisher kills him because he stole his book. Not really because of the banging of his wife, but because of the book. Apparently the husband has a problem called Hypographia. It's a compulsion to write. That was a brilliant twist. And he wrote everything in ink that required a black light to see. The kid found the story when hiding in the closet. Brilliant. And everything was on the walls, and yes the last chapter was on the kids body, with the pinky being the end. I loved Danny shamelessly plugging himself. Hey if I was as beautiful as him I would too. A great asset to this case is the breathing whenever studying the body. It adds a creepy tone to everything.



    Favorite Scenes:

    All my favorite scenes involved the team trainer, the one who flirted with Mac.

    I love Polly, the trainer. And when she was talking to anyone she mentioned Mac. What also got me giggling was all the boyfriend talk from Lindsay. I loved how she got Stella to join in too. I man ho much better do you get?



    Overall:

    A really good episode. Loved the cases, and the creepiness of the people. Also how disturbing some women can be. I mean really.



    Something else I noticed:

    Everyone seemed to be hooking up? Stella talking on the phone with a bf, Danny has a gf (boo!), and maybe Mac has a girlfriend?moreless
  • Mac and Stella investigate the case of an up and coming star of a roller derby squad who died during a competition. Elsewhere, Danny and Hawkes investigate the murder of a struggling writer who seemed to have finally gotten his big break.moreless

    8.0
    This is one of the better episodes of this particular season. It was well written and it did the job of keeping the viewer hooked until the end. In some cases one storyline in a particular episode work better than the other, but here I think both storylines are on an equal scale. Both are well done and acted and I had equal interest in both of them. What was an extra treat to this episode was seeing the various members of the Manhattan Minx in their lives outside of the rink. It added to this episode's appeal. Good episode.moreless
  • The things people do.

    9.0
    Just as I've come to expect from NY, Great writing. I love the whole idea of Mac at a roller derby. But what was interesting to watch was Mac being caught off guard by Polly's blatent advances. He was actually really cute. But ultimately Mac follows the evidence to lead him to the killer, Layla Vonner, who didn't think the girls were working hard enough. Guess her idea of success is jail. Now the really interesting case was the writer, Simon who was obsessed with writing. After killing his wife Cala lover, he writes the final chapter of his book all over the body of the man who plagerized him. Never dull.moreless
  • Conclusion of my watching CSI:NY

    4.0
    Ring Tone Product Placement to Promote Coldplay in the middle of the script was one more reason why I probably won't watch CSI:NY anymore. I kept waiting for some character developement. All the CSI\'s are weak on it but so far only CSI Las Vegas, the original, has been getting better. It seems that I don't really care about the NY crew which is sad. What a waste of Gary Sinese. The procedurals for this week were boring boring and predictable. Yawnmoreless
  • The episode was average.

    8.5
    Okie, someone gets murdered at a roller darby. A girl with a nickname "She hates me". Not really amusing i have to say. So jealousy's everywhere among the rollers. And one tried flirting with Mac? Lol! Someone poisoned the shampoo with a certain chemical. At first, they suspected one of the rollers but it was actually the manager's wife of the roller darby team. And the other case with writings over the dead guy's body was freaky. But then again, it was his fault for stealing other ppl's ideas. And was he making up with the editor? Gah, i think so. How disappointing.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

Shawn Christian

Shawn Christian

Coach Ryan Chisholm

Guest Star

Noa Tishby

Noa Tishby

Polly Part'em

Guest Star

Tony Pasqualini

Tony Pasqualini

Dr. Brandon Hardy

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • It's never explained how the rug of the victim's brother ended up in the lover's house.

    • Goof: When looking at a flyer with the picture of Rose Wilson's (She Hate Me) profile it states that she is 20 years old but when Sid tells Stella that she died of hyperthermia, Stella says she was 22.

    • In the last scene with Simon Winger, Danny refers to Winger's condition as hypographia, when earlier in the episode it was referred to as hypergraphia. Both terms describe the same condition, the uncontrollable urge to write.

    • Goof: When Detective Mac is drawing 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) on the board, instead of drawing the bonding line from the benzene ring to the centre of the oxygen of the hydroxide group (which is convention), Mac draws the line to between the oxygen and hydrogen.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Manhattan Minx members are lined up in shower room wrapped only in towels)
      Polly: I can think of better things to give you than my arm.
      Mac: Just give me your arm, Polly.
      Polly: You sure you don't want to swab me?
      Mac: I need a blood sample.
      Birdy: You really think that we're all poisoned?
      Mac: I'll let you know when I do.

    • Hallie: Do you know how a four-year-old understands frustration? They don't. I deal with ten little people for eight hours a day and not one of them understands the concept.
      Lindsay: That sounds...
      Hallie: Frustrating. It was, till I started skating with the Brooklyn Clobbers.

    • Hallie: (to a little girl in daycare) Briana, we don't hit. You ask nicely, alright?
      Lindsay: I guess you're one of those, Do as I say, not as I do, daycare providers.

    • Hawkes: Not a very creative body dump.
      Danny: Does the job, right?

    • Stella: You can take the girl out of high school, but you can't take the scars of high school out of the girl.

    • Stella: Someone's trying to kill the whole starting team?
      Mac: That's one way to get more playing time.

    • (Talking to the vic's publisher)
      Cala Winger: I was the one who filed the missing person's report.
      Danny: Because you couldn't find the final chapter of his book. The one you knew you could sell. The irony, which is a literary term by the way, is that it was written all over his dead body.
      (She looks shocked at Hawkes)
      Hawkes: Yeah.

    • (Mac is in the lab with Lindsay, and they are testing products from the Manhattan Minx' shower room)
      Mac: Do you really need all these?
      Lindsay: Oh I thought you said you wanted me to collect everything.
      Mac: No, I mean …women. Do you need all these products?
      Lindsay: You're asking me? I work in a lab.

    • Lindsay: Did Flack get anything from your girlfriend?
      Stella: (joining in on the joke) Yeah the one that took ya to the roller derby?
      Mac: (smiling, embarrassed?) There is no girlfriend.

    • (Mac just got hit on by the Manhattan Minx' trainer)
      Lindsay: I think she liked you.
      Mac: It's the uniform.

    • (Mac states the rules of roller derby)
      Stella: You cannot know this.
      Mac: Someone took me to a game.
      Stella: Nobody would ever take you to a roller derby game. Oh unless…you were on a date?
      Mac: It was fun.
      Stella: The game or the date?
      (He doesn't answer and she smirks and shakes her head.)

    • Polly: My first time as a murder suspect and I don't even get the cop of my choice to bust my chops.
      Flack: I'll send Detective Taylor your regards.
      Polly: I'd like to send him a lot more than just my regards.
      Flack: You focus on what you're doing, and in the mean time, fill me in on how you got the DNP in the muscle cream.
      Polly: I didn't put anything in there.
      Flack: Maybe it just came in the jar? Like you didn't realize you were getting the kind with bonus poisons in it when you were at the drug store?

    • Mac: There's something rotten in the kingdom Jamalot.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • Hawkes: Coldplay?
      Danny: Yeah, Talk. Something my girlfriend's really good at.

      Danny's cell ringtone for when his girlfriend calls him is Talk, a hit single from Coldplay's 2005 album X & Y.

    • The episode title Jamalot is similar to Spamalot, a musical based on the Monty Python film about King Arthur's search for the Holy Grail. Of course, that title refers to King Arthur being from the Kingdom of Camelot.

    • Stella: A woman can never be too rich, or too thin.

      Allusion to the statement made by Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor: "A woman can't be too rich or too thin."

    • Mac: There's something rotten in the Kingdom of Jamalot.

      A reference to Shakespeare's Hamlet: "Something is rotten in the state of Denmark." Act 1 Scene IV - Marcellus.

    • The roller derby victim went by the name "She Hate Me" which is a reference to the Carolina Panthers's Rod Smart. Rod Smart went by the moniker "He Hate Me" in the XFL.

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