Season 5 Episode 16

No Good Deed

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2009 on CBS
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After an eyeball falls from the sky, the team must find who the eyeball belongs to and get to the rest of the evidence before the bird does.

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  • Its Raining Eyeballs!!

    I loved this episode, it was funny, interesting and quite disgusting at the same time!

    So basically an eyeball is dropped by a vulture out of the sky and into Stellas coffee, so cool, who ever thought of that idea deserves some serious credit. It was nice to see Adam out in the field again this time with Danny, his impression of a vulture was histerical, Adam is definitley the best comic charcter in any of the CSI shows, now that the writers have removed Gregs personality in CSI LV. The body was absolutely disgusting, and when the guys found the stomach in the nest, wow, really upped the gross level there. I kind of knew from the start who the evidence would point too but that took nothing away from this episode. Overall a very funny and cool case for the NY team, this show just gets better and better!!moreless
  • Good one, really funny

    Ok...I loved that chapter!! I agree that there were a couple of lines that were too childish, like the horns thing, but I liked it!

    I shouted at the tv that the brother did it and I even suspected that he wasn't her brother.. He was too tense...I dunno...

    I absolutely loved the DL moment! it was SOOOO cute!! It really seemed like he does that a lot...

    Adam making the bird was hilarious and all that scene with Danny was really good.

    Flack interrogating Stella about the bird was funny too...

    I really don't like Ella's storyline, but the end seems quite odd... Why does he care so much???

    I'm the only one intrigued by how they put those horns on a head???moreless
  • Distgusting….. and hysterical all at the same time.

    This was the most disgusting corpse since the dead scuba diver in The Deep. I loved the underlying laugh track from the whole gang, even Mac. I really appreciated Stella playing devil's advocate offering Mac advice regarding the situation with Ella. I loved Adam finding a nanny cam in the clock, an ingenious way of finding a possible suspect. I don't believe tonight's episode was about the actual case but about our team and the dynamics within the team. I agree with Stella that Mac getting involved with Ella is a really bad idea. Overall, I found the case mediocre but the episode one of my favorites.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

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

Casey LaBow

Casey LaBow

Ella McBride

Guest Star

Mark Casimir Dyniewicz

Mark Casimir Dyniewicz

Lieutenant (uncredited)

Guest Star

Nick Grosvenor

Nick Grosvenor

Visitor / Fight Fan

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Goof: Just after the opening credits, when Mac starts processing the eye, the same blonde woman walks past twice behind him.

    • Spoof: At the end of the scene when Danny and Adam are deciding how to get into the vulture's nests to collect evidence, Danny (Carmine Giovinazzo) looks directly into the camera.

    • Lindsay: Sorry gotta pull rank, Adam.

      Unless CSIs are considered of higher rank than scientists, Lindsay is not of higher rank than Adam. Adam is the only one with a post graduate science degree (as learnt in relation with Stella's HIV storyline), making him a way higher qualified scientist than any of the CSIs, who have basic science training besides their police academy degree.

      However, Lindsay has been a CSI longer, which would give her seniority over Adam.

    • Goof: In the scene where Stella and Mac talk about Ella at his office, Stella's sleeves shifted places between shots.

    • This episode makes a lot of allusions to comic superheroes (Flash, Green Lantern, Robin and the Batcave). The use of frozen frames during the chase sequence seem to be a comic vignettes themselves.

    • Mac: You've known me too long.
      Stella: Don't you forget it.

      This is the second time Stella uses the same remark to Mac this season. First time was in 5x06 Enough after she orchestrated the team saving Adam's job.

    • Danny mentions that he is two months away from fatherhood, making Lindsay 7 months along. 5x01 Veritas occurred in spring, being a continuation of season 4 finale 4x21 Hostage. Then 5x13 Rush to Judgement hinted at Christmas time, making several months go by in few episodes. The current episode caught up with Anna's real pregnancy.

    • Dr. Catherine Rydell, by means of her "happiness surrogate" business, is trading having sex with men for money. Would that equal prostitution and be illegal even though hidden behind a psychology degree?

    • Mac is the third character to borrow Danny's "Boom" after Flack and Lindsay.

    • Goof: Turkey vultures are only found in northern USA during the summer, even though this episode is set in winter/early spring.

    • Goof: Vultures eat as much as they can on the spot, and they hardly ever bring anything to their nests, let alone big pieces as entire human organs.

    • The translation of the Greek bit that Stella speaks at the beginning of the episode would be: "That damn thing ruined my coffee".

    • Goof: Mac checks out the Nanny cam with bare hands. In the next take of the same scene, he has latex gloves on.

    • Goof: Adam is watching a video that shows and describes turkey buzzard's heads as being bald and red like a turkey's head and he tells Danny they are protected which explains them being tagged. All the live "vultures" seen during the episode have black feathered heads with short necks and don't look anything like the turkey vulture seen on Adam's computer. The vultures on the roof are black vultures.

    • While it is true that the vultures in the video Adam is watching are *not* the birds they are seeking, it is true that the birds on the rooftop are turkey vultures. Immature turkey vultures do indeed have the feathering all the way up their necks to their head (they lose these feathers later), and do not display a red head as the adults do; that coloration comes in later. You can also see the lower sections of their wings, when spread, are lighter than the upper section (a good sign of a turkey vulture) and the tail is longer than the Black Vulture's tail, and tapered. If you Google Image search for 'young turkey vulture' you will see that the birds on the rooftop really are what Adam said they were.

      That said, the last bird seen on the rooftop near Danny could very well be a Greater Yellow-Headed Vulture, as he does display the yellow sides on his face; the others, however, do not.

    • Goof: None of the vultures shown in this episode are Turkey Vultures. The 'live' ones are Greater Yellow-headed Vultures. The ones in the video, Adam is watching, are African White-backed Vultures.

    • Goof: It is not likely that the vultures would have quietly observe Danny processing their nests from the distance while they were being "raided", instead they would have attacked him, being the pretty territorial birds they are.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • (About Quentin Oswego's horns)
      Flack: I say back to those buzzard vultures. You seen those things? I'm telling you, Mac.
      Mac: Well, find me one who can throw a punch and bury a body. Case closed.

    • (While looking for evidence in the vulture's nests)
      Danny: You are having as much fun as I am, now, buddy?
      Adam: Welcome to my world, Messer. The low man on the totem pole gets all the exciting stuff.
      Danny: Yeah! And what does that make me?
      Adam: Low-man-on-totem's-pole friend!

    • Stella: You can't save the world.
      Mac: Yeah... I said that once too many time... I guess I just, uh, need to hear it from you.
      (Stella smiles and walks out)

    • Danny: The ointment itself is the same as the samples we took from the broken frame and the victim's... (Whistles).

    • Flack: How does a low grade scumbag like you come down to a place like that anyway?
      Quentin Oswego: I inherited it from my low grade scumbag parents.

    • (About the eye in the coffee).
      Flack: That's appetizing. I prefer cream myself.

    • Danny: Kiddo I'll be back (Kisses Lindsay's belly).

    • (About the happiness surrogate therapy)
      Catherine Rydell: Like I said, it was strictly business.
      Danny: Doctor, I really would like to believe you but it sounds more like funny business to me.

    • Stella: (To Mac about helping Ella) We've done our job. Move on. If you open that door, what next?

    • (About Ella).
      Mac: I've always said case closed but I can't shake this one.

    • (After Hawkes helps him out finding a match to a print).
      Danny: I do love you Doc but I often wanna smack you.

    • (About the vultures).
      Danny: How are we gonna distract these guys?
      Adam: I guess we are gonna have to wing it.

    • Sid: A vulture can smell the gases produced by the beginning of the process of decay. He knew that something dead was under that dirt.

    • Flack: Is there any chance that this guy is still alive just missing an eye? So not ready for that.
      Stella: Well, you'd better be ready.

    • Ella McBride: Hey, have you heard the latest urban legend? A woman goes to take a sip of her coffee and an eyeball falls right into the cup.
      Mac: That's impossible.

    • Quentin Oswego: You guys are messed up.
      Danny: You got horns on your head, buddy. We are messed up?

    • Quentin Oswego: What's this about?
      Flack: Why don't we start with public ugly and then we move on to murder?

    • (Talking about Ella McBride)
      Stella: You sound like me. This conversation is always reversed, I am the one who is driven by my emotions and you are the guy who goes by the book. I'm a little confused here, Mac. (Mac remains silent) You really care about her.

    • Stella: You never finished your story.
      Mac: My story?
      Stella: Ella? Before the evil eye dropped into my latte, I had this feeling you were fishing for some advice.
      Mac: You've known me too long.
      Stella: Don't you forget that.

    • Stella: Why bury someone in the roof top garden if he died of natural causes? It doesn't make any sense.
      Sid: It does if natural causes weren't caused naturally.

    • Mac: You are a very attractive woman and your husband was just an average guy would it be fair to say that you were more interested in a Green Card than a marriage certificate?
      Flora Pollock: It would be offensive to say that.

    • (About the topical ointment)
      Danny: I'm two months away from fatherhood. I won't get any use from it, why don't you take it?
      Mac: Bag it.

    • Flack: What the hell kind of a bird is that?
      Stella: The kind that ruin a good cup of coffee and eat our vic for lunch.

    • Flack: Can you give a description of the bird?
      Stella: Yes, Flack. It was black, had a beak… oh and if flew with a limp.
      Flack: I'm just trying to do my job (Smiles)
      Stella: I mean, what are the odds? I was standing there and the eye went plop.
      Flack: I am gonna get a cup of coffee. You want? (Smiles)
      Stella: No, thank you. (Smiles)

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: May 4, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: May 5, 2009 on AXN.
      Latin America: May 21, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 17, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: September 7, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: September 28, 2009 on RTL4.
      Norway: September 30, 2009 on TVNorge.
      New Zealand: December 8, 2009 on TV3.
      Germany: January 4, 2010 on Vox.
      Australia: January 21, 2010 on Channel 9.
      Czech Republic: January 23, 2010 on JOJ.
      Finland: May 26, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Music featured:
      Careful What You Wish For by We Fell to Earth.
      Let Me Think About Itby Ida Corr vs. Fedde Le Grand.

    • The name on the letterhead of the letter that Lindsay found in the victim's pocket read Cundieff, Cochran and Byars. Cundieff and Byars are the writers of this episode.

    • Rusty Cundieff and Floyd Byars, the writers of this episode, collaborate with CSI: NY for the first time.

    • Daphnee Duplaix, who plays Dr. Catherine Rydell, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Grissom Versus the Vulcano.

      Danay Garcia, who plays Flora Pollock, also appears in theCSI: Miami episode No Man's Land.

      Luis Jose Lopez, who plays, Enrico Palmero, also appears in theC.S.I. episode The List.

      Graham Shiels, who plays, Quentin Oswego, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Dead Ringer.


    • Mac: And here I thought the only vultures in the city were down Wall Street.

      Wall Street is the financial district of the city, where the stock market is located.

    • Flack: (To Quentin Oswego) What we do know Mr. Trump is that you were in mr. Pollock's apartment?

      Allusion to Donald Trump, an American successful business man who owns several buildings in Manhattan.

    • Mac: Sometimes that's enough to see the beauty behind the beast.

      Beauty and the Beast is a classic fairytale in which a beautiful woman falls in love with a beast, turning him human by means of this affection.

    • Sid: To the Batcave, Robin.

      Batcave is the headquarters of comic superheroe Batman. Robin is another character from the same comic.

    • Danny tells his unborn baby a story involving Green Lantern and the Flash.

      Green Lantern and Flash are superheroes that appear in DC comics.

    • Episode title: No good deed.

      No good deed is a song from the musical Wicked.