Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor
Detective Stella Bonasera
Dr. Sid Hammerback
At dinner, when Mac is making his toast, everyone has a glass of wine (or in Flack's case, a beer) except Danny, who only has water. This could be explained by the fact that he's probably still taking some pain medication for his back which can't be mixed with alcohol.
When Hawkes announces he's found a new place to live, Mac responds: 'Does that mean I can have my couch back?'. However, in episode 6x06 It Happened To Me he said that he had an extra room when as he offered Hawkes to stay with him.
Stella brings Lindsay some coffee and allows her to drink it in the lab, which is not normally allowed, seeing as they had been up for a long time chasing the Compass Killer.
As a bit of continuity with episode 6x06 It Happened To Me, it is stated that Hawkes has gotten his own apartment, a rent control studio off Bleeker and he is moving out of Mac's place.
Carmine Giovinazzo, who is of Italian descent, speaks a bit of it at the end of the episode in his 'grazie, grazie' line, meaning: 'thanks, thanks'.
The NYPD surveillance system has over 3,000 cameras around the city.
Hollis Eckhart has made 'The Underground Home', a 20 feet below the ground pavilion in the 1964 New York World's Fair his home. It depicts a concrete Cold War bunker.
Goof: As they run inside the sewer trying to give chase to the suspect, Flack is just some seconds behind Danny but when Danny comes out into the street, Flack needs a while longer to reach the exit. It is really unusual for Flack not to be able to catch up with Danny, especially since Danny has been on his feet again just recently.
The dates of Manhattanhenge (see allusions for more information) sunset are usually around the end of May and mid July (around summer solstice) and the two corresponding mornings of sunrise aligned with the center lines of the Manhattan grid are usually around the beginning of December and the beginning of January (around Winter Solstice), which is consistent with the time line of the episode which action is set on December 4th and 5th.
This episode is the culmination of the Compass Killer story arc, which has been developed in the episodes 6x03 Lat 40 Degrees 47 Minutes N Long 73 Degrees 58 Minutes W and 6x08 Cuckoo's Nest. Flashbacks to both episodes can be seen during this one.
Man (over speaker): Detective Taylor, we are ready for infrared capability.
Mac: Thank you.
Flack: Time to go high-tech, huh?
Mac: Hollis Eckhart has over 1,200 acres in this park to hide in. Maybe the infrared camera in that chopper can finally help us flush him out of Flushing Meadows.
Mac: Hollis Eckhart knows we're closing in. Which means he's out there somewhere, hunting his next victim.
(Before departing in chase of Eckhart inside the sewer tunnels)
Mac: Hey. You watch yourself.
Danny: I'm good. I got my sea legs.
Mac: Where is he now?
Stella: Well, his first three vics were north, south, and east, so he's definitely headed west.
(Danny gives his jacket to a homeless after taking his as evidence)
Flack: That was nice of you.
Danny: Thanks. I'm back.
Hawkes: Land surveyors often use the sun's positioning for their calculations.
Stella: That's true. But it feels to me like Eckhart's using all this stuff to calculate something much darker.
Stella: None of Eckhart's victims are connected to the jobs he accused them of doing, or connected to each other.
Mac: And, from everything we've gathered, they're not even remotely related to the original act of violence that left Eckhart's wife dead.
Stella: This might sound crazy, but then again, so is he. Eckhart's medical records cite him as a delusional schizophrenic. He frequently accused doctors, staff, other patients of doing things that they didn't.
Mac: Assigning blame to strangers to explain how something happened.
Stella: Right. I believe Hollis Eckhart is incapable of separating tragedy from reality.
Stella: In Hollis Eckhart's fractured mind, he draws pictures of people he holds responsible for killing Calliope, and then punishes them one by one.
Mac: And they're not even the real people who might have had a hand in her death.
Stella: No, they're just figments of his imagination that he draws on a piece of paper. And the first innocent victim that looks like one of his sketches becomes Eckhart's target.
Mac: Which means anyone in this city could be next.
Flack: Mr. Birnbaum? How you doing? NYPD. Somebody rough you up a little bit?
Mr. Birnbaum: You guys are about 20 minutes too late.
Danny: Yeah, right.
Mr. Birnbaum: I got a full register and a safe just waiting for a deposit. This assface decides to pistol-whip me over three bucks' worth of lousy rope.
Flack: Can you give us a description?
Mr. Birnbaum: Trust me, this is a fruitcake you don't forget. Scarred-up face, switched-off look behind the eyes. This guy was messed up inside and out.
Danny: Got any idea which way he went?
Mr. Birnbaum: I was trying pretty hard to play dead at that moment.
Mr. Birnbaum: Do me a favor. If you catch the guy, keep the rope, string him up with it, would ya?
Danny: Yeah, we will.
Stella: He's a killer obsessed with the past.
Hawkes: Or trapped there. Eckhart suffers from acute PTSD. And according to his medical records, he has bullet fragments lodged in the temporal lobe of his brain. Nothing in this world is real to him.
(About the drawing that will reveal being of Eckhart himself)
Lindsay: You can practically feel Eckhart's rage in the way he scratched this drawing out. If you ask me... he hated this victim more than everybody else.
Stella: I just finished my third cup of coffee. Figured you could probably use one.
Lindsay: Oh thanks, Stella. Thought we weren't supposed to drink in the lab?
Stella: We aren't but at some point, the human body either requires sleep or massive quantities of caffeine.
Lindsay: God bless you.
Stella: How's it going here?
Lindsay: Mmm, great if you like playing 'Guess Who?' one pixel at a time.
Lindsay: He didn't have it very easy. Imagine losing somebody you loved like that. His wife came to see him at work, then somebody else's boyfriend showed up and started shooting.
Stella: All that bloodshed, all that fear. The attack at the surveyor's office literally shattered his mind.
Lindsay: And worse than that, it broke his heart. That's a rage you can't control.
Stella: No. But it's one we've gotta stop.
Mac: So what are we looking at?
Stella: Manhattan what?
Hawkes: It's a biannual phenomenon in which the rising or setting sun aligns perfectly with the east-west grid of Manhattan's streets. Sort of a Stonehenge-meets-concrete-and-hot-dog-carts kind of thing.
Stella: His birthday, the anniversary of his wife's death, and Manhattanhenge all on the same day.
Mac: And that day begins again at sunrise.
Stella: What time is it?
Mac: It's almost 4:00 A.M. We've only got two hours.
Mac: We don't have time for guarantees. We gotta go with our guts.
Stella: You realize this is like looking for some kind of crazy twisted needle in a haystack?
Mac: Yeah, I know, Stella.
(Running against the clock to find Eckhart before sunrise)
Stella: They say it's always darkest before dawn.
Mac: Let's just hope they're right.
Mac: Listen to your wife, Hollis. We can help you.
Calliope: Yes! You can trust him!
Mac: I lost my wife, too. But she never really left me. And I promise you, Calliope won't leave you, either.
Mac: Eckhart was supposed to meet his wife at Lincoln Center after work.
Stella: But when he was running late, he told her to go to the surveyor's office instead.
Mac: Figured if they were going to miss the show, they might as well be together.
Danny: So, he blamed himself as much as everyone else.
Lindsay: Maybe more.
Hawkes: Each man is the architect of his own fate.
Stella: And sometimes the fate of others.
Mac: Here's to a great team and to getting Hollis Eckhart off the streets.
Stella: Yes. And to reminding us that life is fleeting and we should hold on to the people we love while we can.
Hawkes: Starting tomorrow, I will be sleeping in my own apartment.
Adam: Score a new pad?
Lindsay: Please tell me it's not underground.
Hawkes: Well, actually, it's just a rent control studio off Bleeker.
Flack: Good for you.
Mac: This mean I get my couch back?
(Flack laughs heartily)
Hawkes: Well, actually, it's unfurnished.
Original International Air Dates:
Norway: February 10, 2010 on TVNorge.
Czech Republic: April 24, 2010 on AXN.
Turkey: April 26, 2010 on CNBC-e.
Spain: May 4, 2010 on AXN.
Sweden: July 5, 2010 on Kanal 5.
Slovakia: November 8, 2010 on JOJ.
Germany: November 8, 2010 on Vox.
Finland: March 23, 2011 on MTV3.
Marc Menchaca, who plays Leonard, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Better Off Dead.
Despite featured in the opening credits, Robert Joy does not appear in this episode.
Gary Sinise received a 4 am. call time at Lincoln Center for the scene where he chases Eckhart in the Manhattanhenge.
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers.
Sundown by Elwood.
Highway Star by Type O Negative.
Several scenes from this episode were shot at the New York State Pavilion in Queens. For the action that takes place out of the rotunda, a gate that is otherwise kept padlocked was opened. No other production had filmed at the interior of the pavilion since the 1978 movie The Wiz. The New York State Pavilion has been recently included to the New York State Register of Historic Places.
Mac: Hey. You watch yourself.
Danny: I'm good. I got my sea legs.
Gary Sinise, who plays Lt. Dan in the movie Forrest Gump had the line: 'I thought I would test out my sea legs' when Forrest responds: 'But you ain't got no legs Lt. Dan.'
Episode title: Manhattanhenge.
Manhattanhenge (also referred to as Manhattan Solstice) alludes to the real life biannual phenomenon in which the setting sun lines up with the east-west streets of Manhattan's main street grid. The term derives from the United Kingdom's prehistoric monument Stonehenge, at which the sun sets in alignment with the stones during the summer solstice. It was coined in 2002 by Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist at the American Museum of Natural History.
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