Season 1 Episode 10

Night, Mother

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A game of one-on-one is interrupted by the discovery of a woman covered in blood leaning over the body of another woman who has had a stake driven through her heart. Mac soon realises the woman was sleepwalking and tried to save the victim's life, but the case stalls because she is the closest thing they have to a witness, and she has no memory of the event. Danny and Aiden investigate the brutal murder of a pickpocket whose identity they track down using information on an experimental medical trial. Money found in the victim's underwear leads the two to another pickpocket, but there is no obvious motive for Lenny Cook's death.moreless

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  • Caught it on re-run, turned it off when I saw the dumbest 'computer' enhancement ever

    I was bored and there were no regular CSI episodes on one night so I tuned into this one, figuring it couldn't be that bad. It wasn't too bad, until I saw them reviewing footage from what I think was a subway camera. It was black and white and grainy and poor quality. The woman's eye was maybe 6 pixels wide, but yet they were able to zoom in to a crystal clear picture of her eye, AND the reflection of the real murderer.

    Do the writers think that the general public is full of morons? I mean there are lots of people who find reality TV really cool - but still, give us a tad bit of credit. I promptly turned the show off and now I refuse to ever watch any episode of CSI NY ever again. The very few episodes I Have seen have been poorly acted (by the guest stars) and extremely predictable.moreless
  • Excellent script.

    I loved the twists with the Rachel Camden murder. As Mac states to Flack the open & shut cases are usually the ones that are the most complex. I love how this case got divided. Stella taking the actual murder and the evidence while Mac took the sleep walker. Needing to know why she did what she did and why. Then we have our pickpockets and the murder of Lenny Cook. I loved how Danny had some inside information on how pickpockets work. Watching Aiden & Danny following the evidence was like watching a chess match. From the lense implant to the money to the stuff from the rug, but that's the job. Great Episode.moreless
  • A decent episode. Not as steller as I would have hoped, but a good Mac centered ep.

    This episode was good. I liked the whole Shakespearean aspect to it. The woman’s name is Ophelia, she was deeply affected by a death in the family, and so it caused some sort of change in her mental state and peace of mind. This was an interesting two cases, the woman who was sleepwalking and attempted to save the life of an already dead woman, and the pickpocket killed by his pickpocket leader. It wasn’t as exciting as the rest seemed to be, however it was very interesting to see how the pickpockets practiced. I also enjoyed the science they displayed in this episode (and this is coming from an English major who has a natural aversion to science, this means a lot). Well, I take back the non-exciting part back. I did rather enjoy the scene where they were catching the pickpockets. And it was interesting to see them find out where the kid got on and off, and where his pick pocket route was. The lover of the woman who died was a bit creepy. He killed her because she was ending it. I was just a little shock. You normally see a crazy woman and I thought it was cool to see that it was a crazy male lover who was jealous she was going back to her spouse. Normally it’s depicted as the female mistress. I see this episode more about the woman who was a sleepwalker, and also more about Mac. I felt like Mac had some very endearing moments, especially when he was trying to solve why she was there with the dead woman. It was nice to see the Marine barking down at the sniper in the previous episode turn into a sweet guy who is trying to do right. It was refreshing to know there isn’t just one side to Mac.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Corin Nemec

Corin Nemec

Todd Camden

Guest Star

Heath Castor

Heath Castor


Guest Star

Nicholas Pratley

Nicholas Pratley

Ryan Mallone

Guest Star

Grant Albrecht

Grant Albrecht

Dr. Leonard Giles

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The first book that Stella examines from Ophelia Dichiara's bookshelf is Oh, the places you'll go! by Dr. Seuss.

    • Goof: When Ophelia is being processed by Stella at the hospital, she takes a drink of water from a glass on the hospital tray. When she puts it down, there is very little water left in it. Yet when Stella picks it up a couple of seconds later to get more water, the glass is half full.

    • Goof: The Australian $100 notes were obvious fakes. They were missing the see-though window in the corner.

    • Goof: The NYC Pass shown 29 minutes into the episode looks nothing like a New York City MetroCard.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Stella: You know what they say about keeping condoms in your wallet?
      Jason: They get holes.
      Stella: Just like your story.

    • Stella: You're never going to get any sleep in this lifetime, are you, Mac?

    • Dr. Rydell: (about sleepwalking) I've had patients drive cars, prepare meals, tend to gardens . . .

    • Ophelia: I'm sorry to keep you up so late.
      Mac: You're not keeping me up.
      Ophelia: You look tired. I can see it in your eyes. You should try to get some sleep.

    • Stella: That splinter I pulled out of your hand is a perfect match to the
      murder weapon.
      Jason: I fell in love with her ...
      Stella: Trust me. You're going to get plenty of love where you're going.

    • (Flack notices Eduardo's stained knuckles.)
      Flack: Looks like that drew blood. Just like the blood we found on one of Lenny's mannequins. Eduardo, I'll tell you one thing. For a guy with light fingers, you must have some heavy fists. We're gonna need to process your hands.

    • Stella: Uh-oh.
      Mac: What?
      (They stop walking.)
      Stella: You hear that?
      Mac: Hear what?
      Stella: It's your mind racing again.

    • Flack: I'm telling you, Mac, she killed Rachel Camden.
      Mac: What's your rush to put this woman away?
      Flack: You saw her. What's your rush not to?
      Mac: In all my years of doing this, there's one thing I've learned ... sometimes the slam dunks are the most deceiving.

    • Stella: Looks like the victim died instantly -- degree of violence, amount of blood, the wounds ...
      Mac: Crime of passion ...
      (Ophelia continues to look at Mac as the officer car backs away.)
      Mac: ... between two apparent strangers.

    • (Aiden tries to pick the pocket of a training dummy without ringing the bell, but she can't)
      Danny: You're such a girl.
      Aiden: (smacking him in the head) Shut up.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Episode Title: Night, Mother.

      Night, Mother is a play by Marsha Norman that was adapted for a 1986 movie of the same name starring Sissy Spacek and Anne Bancroft. The story is about a suicidal woman who decides to spend one last night talking to her mother before she shoots herself.

    • Name: Ophelia.

      Ophelia's name alludes to that of Shakespeare's Ophelia in the play Hamlet. It is not just her name that the allusion portends to but also her story. In Hamlet, Ophelia goes insane when her love interest (and some claim lover) kills her father (this was not the only thing to drive her insane eventually, but it is what sent her over the edge). And in this episode, it is slightly implied that this Ophelia starts to sleepwalk (something some mistakenly consider a habit of the insane, but is actually a quite normal occurrence of many people) because of her son's tragic death (as one thing she mimicked in her sleepwalk excursion was the attempt to save her son's life).

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