Season 8 Episode 9

Means To An End

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2011 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Jo's computer screen during the flashbacks to her time in the FBI has several post-it notes randomly attached to it just like her current screen at the CSI crime lab.

    • Goof: Despite Ali Rand falls dead face down, her body is found face up.

    • -The first part of the episode intro consists of previously seen scenes from episode 8x07 Crushed and episode 8x08 Crossroads.
      -The second part of the episode intro has no dialogue whatsoever and the whole episode is a flashback to it
      -The episode starts with the last scene of episode 8x08 Crossroads and has several flashbacks to 3 and 2 years before.

  • Quotes

    • Serena Matthews: That girl Lindsay who works with you... I thought she was on our side.
      Jo: She had to tell the truth.
      Serena Matthews: The truth is that Curtis raped that girl and they just let him go. Again.

    • Senator Matthews: I have seen John Curtis walk out of a courtroom, a free man, twice. Both times you were there.
      Jo: I'm not involved in this case, Senator, as you know.
      Senator Matthews: And yet, somehow it fell apart.
      Serena Matthews: Dad, let's just go.
      Senator Matthews: My daughter already paid her price. Nothing can change that. This is about all the other daughters that had to suffer since you let Curtis go the first time.

    • Senator Matthews: My daughter, erm... was attacked tonight. She came home beaten, half drugged.
      Frank Waters: You take her to the hospital?
      Senator Matthews: Of course not. There can't be any press, no news conferences. My daughter has got to be protected.

    • Mac: You know you can't be doing that. You shouldn't even be within ten feet of that evidence.
      Jo: John Curtis is posting bail as we speak. I can't sit back and watch this case fall apart.
      Mac: The case isn't yours, Jo. It's Lindsay's. She'll be the one to go back over the evidence and you should get some distance.
      Jo: You know John Curtis is not just another bad guy to me. I can't pretend this is business as usual.
      Mac: Yeah, I get that, it's personal. All the more reason why you should step away.

    • Mac: (To Jo) Whatever you find, find it fast. The only thing keeping this case alive is Ali's statement.

    • Ali Rand: You said I was gonna be safe. But that maniac is back out there. Who do you think he's pissed at right now, the crime lab?
      Flack: Look, Ali, you just need to take a breath here.
      Ali Rand: They're calling me a liar in the newspaper, a whore.
      Flack: I told you not to read the papers.

    • Ali Rand: I'm not doing this anymore... I'm dropping the charges.
      Flack: Let's be clear about something. There is no dropping these charges, okay? You can't unring this bell.
      Ali Rand: You cannot force me to testify.
      Flack: No. But the D.A. can, and he will. You're in this, Ali.

    • Serena Matthews: I'm sorry. It's just I'm so embarrassed.
      Jo: There's no reason to be.
      Serena Matthews: If I hadn't been drinking when this whole...
      Jo: Serena, listen to me. This is not your fault.

    • Mac: Ali didn't just lie about the GHB, she lied about when she was beaten, too.
      Lindsay: Mac, she's lying about everything.

    • Jo: I'm truly sorry for what happened to you, Frank.
      Frank Waters: By what happened to me you mean when you fired me from the FBI?
      Jo: Okay, is that why you asked me to breakfast? Because if you think I regret the decision I made, you're mistaken.

    • Jo: I'm not gonna sit here and let you blame me for what you did.
      Frank Waters: I don't, Jo. Look, it took me a long time to figure it out but I messed up and I own it.
      Jo: If that's really the way you feel, I'm glad for you.
      Frank Waters: Yeah, but what I do blame you for is not letting it go.

    • Frank Waters: Why didn't you just ignore my mistake?
      Jo: I had a responsibility, Frank. To Serena, to the other victims.
      Frank Waters: If you'd just put your personal ethics to the side one time, none of this would be happening now.

    • Lindsay: Who called it in?
      Adam: Couple from Iowa, in town to see Spider-Man on Broadway, after a walk in the park. Odds were pretty good they were going to see a dead body either way.

    • Lindsay: (About Ali Rand) She was putting on a pretty good show herself.

    • Adam: (Arriving at a crime scene in Central Park) Wow. This looks like a postcard... I mean, except for the dead body, of course.

    • Adam: It's probably not premeditated, right? I mean, it'd be strange if someone planned to kill her with a rock.
      Flack: You never know. Perp might have been following her. Could have snuck up behind her and, bang, lights out.
      Lindsay: The result of a heated argument.
      Adam: Unsatisfied customer (Lindsay gives him a look) What? She's a call girl.
      Lindsay: Don't make me sorry I brought you out here.

    • Flack: (About Ali Rand) If she really did fabricate the rape story, there's definitely one guy who would want to confront her.
      Lindsay: And John Curtis just got released on bail.

    • Jo: (About John Curtis) Why would he agree to come in and then not be willing to talk?
      Mac: He's willing to talk, just not to me. He specifically requested you.

    • Jo: The camera is here to record the...
      John Curtis: To make sure I don't falsely claim something happened? I mean, I can understand that. I might leave here and go beat the hell out of myself and then come back and claim police brutality.

    • Jo: Where were you last night?
      John Curtis: Where were you last night?
      Jo: I don't find this amusing.
      John Curtis: It's not meant to be. And I'll tell you why I ask: because I'd like to know what your alibi is for Ali's time of death. The way I see it, you have more motive to kill Ali than I do.

    • John Curtis: (To Jo) You were so close, you could taste it. You had a victim who suffered increased violence, who had GHB in her system and just enough memory to remember my name. You were so close to being able to lay your head down on your pillow and forget me forever but your star witness turned out to be a fraud.

    • Lindsay: Hey, Sid, have you ever seen someone punch herself in the face?
      Sid: Uh, no. Are you going to punch yourself in the face?

    • Sid: I've pretty much seen it all, but no, I have not come across anyone who has successfully punched herself to death.

    • Danny: Our buddy Frankie... he never met a piece of paper he didn't like.
      Hawkes: I guess they didn't teach organization at Quantico, huh?
      Mac: This isn't just sloppiness. It's obsession.

    • Frank Waters: I made a mistake.
      Jo: It's not just a mistake, Frank. You know I have to alert the defense.
      Frank Waters: Oh, you do that, this whole case could blow up.
      Jo: You've given me no choice.

    • Jo: (About Frank Waters) How is it possible to misjudge a person so? I trusted this man.
      Sid: And now he's suspected of murder.

    • Ali Rand: What are you, a cop or something?
      Frank Waters: Yeah, I used to be, sort of. I worked on the John Curtis case in DC.
      Ali Rand: You did a hell of a job.
      Frank Waters: Yeah, well, so did you. I was in court today. If you're gonna dose yourself with GHB, you better figure out the right levels.

    • Lindsay: It's pink ivory. It's one of the three rarest varieties on the planet. It's grown almost entirely in Southern Africa and it's the sovereign tree of the Zulu Nation.
      Mac: Should I put a BOLO out on the Zulu royal family?

    • Lindsay: The traditional weapon from Southern Africa is called a knob kerrie. It's a cross between a club and a walking stick.
      Mac: Similar to the Shillelagh in Ireland, considered a gentleman's weapon.

    • Mac: How much did you pay her?
      Senator Matthews: I'm a United States Senator!
      Mac: How much did you pay her to frame John Curtis for rape?
      Senator Matthews: Yes, add that to my... my list of felonies. I'm going to ask you to leave now.
      Mac: And I'll come back with a warrant.

    • Senator Matthews: What would you do, Detective? If your daughter was violated the way mine was. He was gonna rape again, unless someone took the initiative.
      Mac: And so you hired Ali to trap him.
      Senator Matthews: Oh, God, I should've just gunned him down myself.

    • John Curtis: Beg me not to kill you. Come on, I want to hear you say it.
      Jo: Never! (Spits)
      John Curtis: Attagirl. You never did know when to give up, did you?

    • John Curtis: (To Jo) You know how some experts say that sick people... people like me, you know, that ultimately, we want to be caught? That the mistakes we make are intentional. Or that we stray from some particular course of action because we like the risk? Those experts are morons. I have no intention of being caught.

    • Jo: You know how most gun accidents happen and people end up shooting themselves?
      John Curtis: Bang. You got me. You finally got me.
      Jo: They always forget the one in the chamber (She shoots him dead)

  • Notes

    • Filming Locations:
      Central Park, NYC (Ali Rand's crime scene).

    • Music featured:
      Never Let Me Go by Florence and The Machine (Ending scene).
      Move Like A Sinner by What Now (When John Curtis leaves the interrogation room and the forensics starts).

    • Michael Weston, who plays Frank Waters, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Kill Me If You Can.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 2, 2011 on CTV.
      Norway: January 25, 2012 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: March 24, 2012 on Channel 5
      Czech Republic: May 9, 2012 on AXN.
      Germany: November 5, 2012 on Vox.
      Turkey: November 5, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      Slovakia: March 28, 2013 on JOJ Plus.
      Finland: April 30, 2014 on MTV3.

  • Allusions

    • Adam: Couple from Iowa, in town to see Spider-Man on Broadway, after a walk in the park.

      Spider-Man is a fictional superhero created by writer-editor Stan Lee and writer-artist Steve Ditko. He has been featured in many forms of media: comic book, journal strips, animated and live-action television shows and movies, films and Broadway musicals.

    • Frank Waters: Tiger Woods, look out. Got my own clubs.

      Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (1975-) is an American professional golf player.

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