Season 8 Episode 2

Keep It Real

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2011 on CBS
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The team investigates if the efforts of a young man to get close to a rock star brought about his death.

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  • 8x02

    A very strong episode, first of all, I want to say that at the beginning I thought this episode was going to be boring by the synopsis, I mean, if you read "The team investigates if the efforts of a young man to get close to a rock star brought about his death" you obviously think that the episode is going to boring as hell because it did not say anything interesting in the synopsis, however, after I started watching the episode, I chance of mind instantly, I really loved how the tragic events in this episode were developed, refreshing music, interesting characters and of course a very sad but also strong story, make this episode a very solid one in my opinion even better than the season opener

    P.D: I´m from Venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in English, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • A young man is found shot surrounded by fake bills in his apartment. And also, Mac is back at the lab!!

    I LOVED this chapter!! It was just great! The case was really good, the actors were all amazing!! Some times you can tell from the begining who the killer is gonna be but with this one, until Flack and Jo go back to the guitar shop and we got the close up to the guy's nails I didn't know... for a good while I thought it had something to do with the tattoo artist, who was extremely hot, btw! Nice way to get fake bills! Really smart!

    We got really nice personal moments. Adam and Hawkes betting on when Mac was gonna come back, Jo meeting her son's new roomate, that I knew from the begining it was going to be a pretty girl, Mac going back to the lab, Sid being less creepy than usually... Maybe the one less around was Flack but he looked good in every shot so I enjoyed the little moments! And the DL... I think we could make a competition about how many pet names have they called the other in that little scene at the lab: honey, babe, sweetheart... Really cute. And I loved that at the end since Lindsay couldn't leave, Danny stayed at the lab helping her to spend time together... sweet! But my favorite scenes were at the crime scene. First when Lindsay fakes that he doesn't know Danny and he very sad replyes 'Are you trying to break my heart?' For me that was him saying that he misses spending time with her an awfully lot and he's sorry about it. And another funny when they argued about who said first that Mac was coming back!All in all a great chapter with funny moments and touchy ones (Ally singing that really beautiful song at the end) and of course Mac is back!!moreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

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

Cody Longo

Cody Longo

Tyler Josephson

Guest Star

Alyson Michalka

Alyson Michalka

Miranda Beck

Guest Star

Sean Davis

Sean Davis

Michael Schaefer

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (39)

    • Lindsay: Excuse me, Officer.
      Danny: Sergeant.
      Lindsay: Sorry, Sergeant. I'm looking for Danny Messer. He's my husband. At least I think he is. I haven't seen him in days.
      Danny: You trying to break my heart?

    • Danny: (About Miranda Beck) She found the body. Claims that she and the vic left the club she was playing last night and came back to the apartment. Probably thought it was the luckiest night of his life.
      Lindsay: Unfortunately, it was also his last.

    • Danny: Hey, stranger. So you're back.
      Mac: It's official. I talked to Sinclair yesterday. Retirement papers have already been pulled.
      Danny: Great. That's great news. Welcome back.

    • Lindsay: Oh, hey, Mac. We missed you (To Danny) See? I told you he'd be back.
      Danny: You did? You didn't say that.
      Lindsay: Yeah, I did. I said he'd be back.
      Danny: I said that, but whatever.
      Lindsay: (To Mac) Yeah, no, I said you'd be back.
      Mac: All right, all right. Are you two done? We have a dead body here that needs to be processed.

    • Danny: Obvious signs of forced entry. Probably gonna want to phenol these shards of glass. There's, uh... no usable prints, and, uh...
      Mac: Are you working the crime scene or me?
      Danny: Nah, go ahead. Do your thing. I'll just go check on the canvass.
      Mac: He misses all this.
      Lindsay: Yeah.

    • Jo: Tyler, I'm your mama. I meddle. That's what I do.

    • Adam: (Handing over money) 20... 40... 60.
      Hawkes: Yes. Whoo-hoo! Pleasure doing business with you.
      Adam: Yeah. Anybody ever tell you that money cannot buy you happiness?
      Hawkes: Ah, you want to bet?

    • Jo: What was that all about?
      Adam: What?
      Jo: Sheldon, money.
      Adam: Oh. Hawkes had him pegged coming back November 30 or earlier.
      Jo: Which means you must have had him coming back after November 30.
      Adam: Uh, kind of, yeah.
      Jo: What do you mean, kind of?
      Adam: Uh, kind of, as in... (Clears throat) ... erm, never.
      Jo: You mean you thought Mac Taylor was never coming back to this crime lab? How come you didn't let me in on this bet? I'd have cleaned up on all you fools.

    • Jo: Hey!
      Mac: No 'Good to see you, Mac'? 'Welcome back to the lab'? Nothing?
      Jo: (Chuckles) I never thought you were gone in the first place.

    • Sid: Mac Taylor. Now, there's a sight for sore eyes.
      Mac: It's good to be back, Sid.
      Sid: So, what's it like?
      Mac: What is what like?
      Sid: On the outside. You made it, man... you were free. What did that feel like?
      Mac: It felt good. I'm very happy with what I accomplished.

    • Sid: A piece of skin. Found it attached to the victim's clothing.
      Mac: Is that some kind of reptile or a fish?
      Sid: Yes, you're correct. It's from a reptile.
      Mac: It's good to be back.

    • (Adam is simulating a break-in when Mac walks in)
      Mac: (To himself) Now, this, I missed (Raises voice and calls out) Adam!
      Adam: Hey, boss! Welcome back.

    • Jo: You forgot you broke into your boyfriend's apartment, where he was later murdered while you were conveniently asleep in his back bedroom, is that right?
      Miranda Beck: I was in shock. I... I wasn't thinking straight
      Jo: About the break-in or about the murder?

    • Miranda Beck: I didn't think you'd believe me. I've gotten in trouble before.
      Jo: Shoplifting... fake ID... nothing that forecasts murder. But I could be wrong.

    • Flack: He does have just over 12 grand in a savings account.
      Mac: Where does a college kid like him get money like that?
      Flack: I could think of a few ways, none of which are legal.

    • Hawkes: Hey, Mac... results on the smudge Sid collected from the victim's face.
      Mac: (Reading from the screen) Ink, glass cleaner, mineral oil... auto degreaser.
      Hawkes: Yeah. I'm not sure what it means, either.

    • Mac: You get the name of the tattoo parlor this lotion came from?
      Hawkes: Mac... you haven't been gone so long that we've forgotten how to do this.

    • Flack: (To a girl who is having a yin-yang tattoo done) That's a good choice: yin and yang. Thing is, right now you're thinking yin; when you're 50 years old, you'll probably be thinking yang.

    • Chad Hendricks: (About dolphins) You ever look inside the mouth of one? Insane teeth. Rows of them, razor-sharp. They could rip a person to shreds if they wanted to. Oh, and get this. They're the only animal other than humans to have sex for pleasure.

    • Flack: A dolphin? That's what he wanted on his back permanently?
      Chad Hendricks: (Laughs) I hear you, man. I do my best to steer people's decisions so they won't regret it later, but this kid was determined.

    • Flack: What's a tattoo that size go for?
      Chad Hendricks: Uh, that one ran a little over a grand.
      Flack: A thousand bucks for Flipper?
      Chad Hendricks: 200 bucks an hour. What could I say?

    • Flack: (About a man who got a dolphin tattoo) Listen, if he happens to come back in for a, uh... starfish tattoo, let's say, do me a favour and give me a buzz.

    • Jo: Tyler, before I hear about the new roommate, what happened to the old one?
      Tyler: I had to kill him. I asked him who his favourite player on the Knicks was, he said Woody Allen.
      Jo: See, that's funny. I like him.

    • Tyler: You don't trust my judgment.
      Jo: I trust you. It's just this Alex... Kirkland person. What's his major, anyway?
      Tyler: (Chuckles) Art. I know. Scary, okay?

    • Jo: Adam, how many college roommates did you have?
      Adam: Uh, whew... okay. Let's see, first, there was Todd, but that ended with the whole atomic cat eye incident.
      Jo: Atomic cat eye incident?
      Adam: Yeah, you know, when like, someone drinks too much, and they pass out, and you, like, sneak up and...
      Jo: I don't really want to know. Just ballpark it for me.
      Adam: Uh... 12, I guess.
      Jo: 12 roommates?! Any of them ever get arrested?
      Adam: Todd, and it was for public indecency (Chuckles).

    • Jo: Tyler's moving in with a new roommate.
      Adam: Oh, man! You broke the Mom code and looked him up?
      Jo: Well, I didn't get any specifics. The juvie record's sealed.
      Adam: (Reading from Jo's computer screen) Trespassing and criminal mischief. Hmm. Looks like you guys got something in common (Smiles teasingly).

    • Jo: Snakeskin? No indication our vic or his roommate had snakes for pets.
      Adam: Well, somewhere along the line, our vic had a run-in with a boa constrictor.

    • Adam: The whole Tyler roommate thing... it's gonna be fine. You know, usually people with priors never commit crimes within a five mile radius of where they live.
      Jo: Oh, get out of here!
      (Adam laughs)

    • Lindsay: Mac, what would you say if I told you I could quadruple your money?
      Mac: You trying to talk me back into retirement?
      (Lindsay laughs)
      Mac: I'd say, it sounds too good be true, not to mention illegal.
      Lindsay: Oh, it's definitely illegal. You got five bucks on you?
      Mac: Five bucks? (Retrieving his wallet) This better be good.

    • Mac: The apartment search turn up anything?
      Adam: Yep... auto degreaser, ink jet printer, scanner, glass cleaner, hair dryer... everything you need for printing counterfeit money.
      Mac: Well, the problem is, everything you just listed is also a regular household item, easily explained away.
      Adam: Everything but the scanned image of the $20 bill.

    • (About artwork)
      : Let you in on a little secret?
      Jo: Hmm.
      Hawkes: I used to do this when I was younger.
      Jo: Really?
      Hawkes: Yeah.
      Jo: You, Dr. Sheldon Hawkes?
      Hawkes: Oh, it just feels like a lifetime ago, but, oh, yeah.

    • Danny: (About a perp who is spending counterfeit money) What's he buying?
      Lindsay: You name it... cigars, booze, jewellery, clothing... a lot of Adidas track suits.
      Danny: (Scoffs) Who is he, Run DMC?

    • Lindsay: Look, honey, I can't get out of here. Can lunch wait, like, an hour?
      Danny: Scheduled break, babe. You know that. It's now or never, sweetheart.
      Lindsay: Are you mad?
      Danny: Yeah... I am mad, but not at you. At, uh… Run DMC over here. Felony lunch-jacking.
      Lindsay: I'll make sure they add it to his list of charges.

    • Randy Davis: (After a customer has just tried a guitar) If I hear 'Sweet Home Alabama' one more time, I swear, I'm gonna sell this place.
      Jo: You have a problem with Alabama?
      Flack: She's from the South.

    • Flack: Is this the gun you used for the murder? You know what I'd call this? Proof.

    • Randy Davis: I didn't pull the trigger. It was an accident.
      Flack: Yeah, yeah, yeah. You know? You may want to invest in some nail polish remover before you get where you're going.

    • Jo: I would like you to meet Alex, your new roommate... nice to meet you.
      Alex: Nice to meet you.
      Jo: (To Tyler) You didn't tell me she was a very attractive girl (To Alex) He didn't say you were unattractive... he just didn't say you were a girl.

    • Tyler: (About his new roomate) You found her picture on the Internet, didn't you?
      Jo: No.
      Tyler: Or one of your police databases.
      Jo: It's not like I intentionally went and looked her up. I just happened to stumble across some stuff...

    • Mac: I'm trying to sympathize with you here, Josh. Really, I am... but what I can't get past is that you willingly dragged your best friend into this. You want to act stupid, break the law? Fine, go ahead, do it. Just do us all a favour... leave the innocent people out of it.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music featured:
      Blitzkreig Bop by Ramones (Band playing at the beginning of the episode).
      Packard by Plastikman (Lindsay discovers that the money is fake).
      Michal by Suck Shaft (Lindsay shows Mac how the fake money was made).
      My Shadow by Keane (Michael gives Miranda the Gibson guitar / Miranda singing at the end of the episode).

    • Sean Marquette, who plays Josh Herman, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Internal Combustion.

      Jake Busey, who plays Randy Davis, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Internal Affairs.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 30, 2011 on CTV.
      Norway: December 7, 2011 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: February 4, 2012 on Channel 5.
      Australia: March 8, 2012 on Channel 9.
      Czech Republic: March 21, 2012 on AXN.
      Germany: September 17, 2012 on Vox.
      Turkey: September 17, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      Slovakia: March 12, 2013 on JOJ Plus.
      Finland: March 5, 2014 on MTV3


    • Sid: Yet here you are, back inside. Means you're institutionalized. You realized that don't yah? 'These walls are funny you know? First you hate them, then you get used to them, and pretty soon you start to depend on them.'

      This is a quote from the movie The Shawshank Redemption when Red explains to Andy why an older inmate (Brooks) didn't want to leave the prison where he'd spent most of his life.