Season 3 Episode 2

Not What It Looks Like

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Three women who are dressed as Holly Golightly rob a jewelry store and injure other shoppers in the process. The CSI’s must work through the confusing investigation to hunt them down. Meanwhile Mac has to identify a mummified body discovered in an apartment building that was being torn down.moreless

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    Great episode all around but I am not a fan of the condescension utilized. Conflict diamonds were well in the news before this episode was even written and yet we have Lindsay asking what's a blood diamond? We all know about conflict diamonds and how they may have financed 9-11 that including in the script Lindsay uttering that was a real insult my intelligence and I doubt I am alone in that sentiment. It would have been a perfect episode without the condescending aspect of that question.moreless
  • This episode was about jewelry thieves and how the CSI's found them. Danny & Lindsay's relationship evolved. Stella, Mac, Hawkes and Flack also appear.

    Oh my god, I'm not even kidding when I say that this is the best episode I have ever seen from season 3. This is the reason I started watching the show. The way Danny and Lindsay interacted throughout the show was the best part. In the final scenes when the flash bomb exploded and Danny ran in to find Lindsay, and then he held her in his arms I almost cried. Those two belong together and their chemistry is the number 1 reason to watch CSI: NY. Aside from that, performances in this episode were just amazing. I was really impressed. Mac, Stella, Hawkes, Flack...all great.moreless
  • A jewlelry store is robbed by three women disquised as Holly Golightly. During the robbery a store employee is shot and killed. Elsewhere, the mummified body of the wife of a prominent city councilman is found in a building set for demolition.moreless

    I know this is only the second episode of the season but CSI: NY is hitting all of the right notes. This episode is not just one of the best episodes of this particular show but one of the best of all of the CSI shows. Nail biting suspense, terrific, and believeable storyline which works on every level and a fantastic climax. The opening sequence of the robbery was just fantastic. There really is nothing negative to say about this episode. Bullseye!!moreless
  • Murder at Tiffany's OR Where's My Mummy!?

    First of all this is my favorite episode of CSI: NY (not including episodes like Snow Day, Hostage or episodes like that)

    Ok to the Holly Golighty robber girls. I don't know what it is, but that is my favorite thing ever! I thought the girls yelling "get down" seemed a little fake, but other then that I thought that the acting was AMAZING! I thought Montana was terrific in this episode, and I was on the edge of my seat when she went for the diamond trade!

    I thought the story about the mummy was good. I loved how Mac handled himself with the kid from the D.A.'s office. I loved to finale see a politian go down without getting a big check every month.

    Again, this is my favorite episode! :)moreless
  • Great cases and one of the best hugs ever!

    Do I have to say more than I love this epi? :lol: I think not. It was great, one of my favourite episodes!

    The cases: Great! I especially loved the one with the jewelleries. First it was just a robbery, but then everything changed when one of the girls was killed and we find out- there are also this blood diamonds.

    The second case was good, too. It was nice to see Mac and Adam working together and I liked the scene with Sid and Peyton.

    My favourites:

    1. Lindsay:

    I really loved her in this episode! Okay, I always love her in every episode, but here she did a really great job. She risked her life because she so wanted to safe Beth's friend. She was so determined, you could see it in her face while standing there, staring at the guy with his gun. She rescued the girl and that shows it again- Lindsay is very brave!

    2. Danny:

    Aw, wasn't that sweet with the dog? And, I have to say, Hawkes was right, the dog was really looking like Danny, at least a little.

    3. The dog:

    Aw, what a cute little dog! I want such a dog, too!

    And the best scene from the whole episode:

    The hug:

    Wow, the end was just so........wonderful! I watched this scene over and over again. I loved how Danny hold her tight, showing her that he was there. And I also loved that Lindsay showed her vulnerable side, and that she needed him now.

    It was a great scene, and I'll watch it over and over again!

    All in all- a great episodes, for me one of the best of season 3!moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Lisa Jay

Lisa Jay

Holly #3/Dana

Guest Star

Andrea Bogart

Andrea Bogart

Holly #1/Beth

Guest Star

Valerie Azlynn

Valerie Azlynn

Eve Demming

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Claire Forlani

Claire Forlani

Dr. Peyton Driscoll

Recurring Role

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (19)

    • Danny finds out the lack of directional fracture marks in one of the bits of broken glass. He's got observation, logic and science skills. He might be too passionate and he might not always keep a cool head, but he doesn't lack an IQ: if he weren't a smart person there's no way Mac would have hired him. It's good to see that side of him as well.

    • Danny: There's a whole world right below us.

      His comment about the unused tunnels running below the city sounds like a pretty good summary of the episode and the show: there are things that we don't see but they exist and can affect us and could condition us for life.

    • It is weird that Stella didn't get any line about jewellery since we learnt that the loves the blue boxes. Tiffany brand name seems to be avoided all through the episode, while it was used before in 2x07 Manhattan Manhunt.

    • Assumptions that Danny and Lindsay's relationship could turn into fact seems to be stressed by the fact that he freaks out when she is put in danger. Moreover, the hug at the end is shown in slow motion and then frozen. However, Lindsay's reaction seems to be the natural thing to do: reach out and cling to anyone familiar to be feel safe in the middle of the chaos when she couldn't orient herself. But then she first tenses up when he reaches out for her which ties with the preview for next episode where they seem to have an argument.

    • Romantic connotations aside, Danny has other reasons to be terrified about Lindsay being in danger. He's seen his brother fall into a comma (and he could even have been killed, we don't know yet), his best friend and partner Aiden has been murdered, his friend Flack and his boss Mac have been nearly killed and injured in a bombing, his partner Stella has been nearly killed by her crazy boyfriend… all of this in short period of time. We know that Danny doesn't have many close people around he can trust, so the idea of losing yet another one must certainly terrify him.

    • The Holly Golightly disguises are a really bright idea: the look is very much New York and the visual is very nice.

    • It was nice to see how Mac and Peyton's relationship is not getting in the middle of their professional side: Mac is in disagreement about her findings.

    • Mac doesn't share any screen time with any of the main team members (he just has scenes with Adam, Peyton and Angell). It's really odd that he wouldn't stay posted since the case spiraled from a robbery went wrong to diamond smuggling. Even more since one member of his team went into an undercover operation.

    • It is never stated if the dog belongs to Danny or if it's a loaner as he states. He is really affectionate with the dog after the glass shatter experiment is done. Hill Harper seemed to be genuinely laughing at the pair since the dog and its spiked up hair totally resembled Danny.

    • Goof: In 2x03 Zoo York Danny fools Lindsay into calling Mac Sir even though he knows that he doesn't like it.

      Mac: (To Lindsay) Don't call me sir.

      However, in this episode, Mac doesn't react when Adam addresses him the same way:

      Adam: I know we have to process the scene, sir, but unless we have a lot of, um, duct tape, I don't think this place is gonna hold together long enough for us to do it.

    • Goof: The diamond dealer is identified comparing his coat's seam pattern using video surveillance footage. The definion on both the surveillance cameras from the US Customs and the jewellery store must be of really good quality to even allow for the comparison in the fist place.

    • Goof: Depending on its size, shape, hardness, composition and so, each piece of glass has its own natural frequency to what it would break using sound. No single frequency would shatter all the glass in the store at the same time.

    • Goof: When the three thieves shatter the jewelry cases, the one in the middle of the room remains intact.

    • Goof: Danny explains how the glass could have been shattered using a mp3-file and a mp3-player. As mp3-players are designed for the human ear, the upper frequency limit is around 20 khz, far too low to produce a sound capable of shattering glass.

    • Sid has a daughter. It's great to see Robert Joy in a non comic scene. Sid might be socially awkward but he is human and has a very natural reaction when he is affected by the victim's resemblance to his own daughter.

    • When Stella explains the 'Blood Diamond' theory, she says that the situation is in the Congo but it is in fact in Angola and Sierra Leone.

    • The building that serves as air traffic control in the episode is CBS Radford studios.

    • In the opening sequence, when one of the Hollys turns on the sound generator, the windows shatter in all 360 degrees. However, when Danny attempts it in the lab, only the sample shatters and not the window behind him. In a similar case later, when Stella tries it when she is in the dead girl's room. only the glass cup shatters and not the window behind her.

      Note: In the scene in Natalie Lederman's room, when Stella demonstrates on the water glass, they show a flashback scene of the robbery. Natalie (Holly Golightly #2) is shown starting the sound generator, then turning in a full circle to cast the sound beam all around the store.

    • Goof: To prove that Adir and Mosi are the same man, the team compare two video images of his jacket, but they need to flip one image over to match it against the other. Why would one image have been reflected in the first place?

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Adam: (To Mac): It's like you were born to do this job.

    • Stella: They're all dressed as Holly Golightly.
      Lindsay: Breakfast at Tiffany's. Except I don't get it. I don't remember Holly Golightly ever robbing a jewelry store.
      Stella: You're right. It was a love story.
      Lindsay: No love here.

    • (Looking in the air shaft)
      Stella: (Looks at Lindsay) Size two will get you in.
      (Lindsay looks at Danny, Don, and Stella, and smiles)

    • Jeremy Bloomfield: (Assistant district attorney) The district attorney has a press conference in less than an hour. I have to give him something more than "The investigation is ongoing".
      Mac: I'm not in the business of providing sound bytes. And more importantly, I dont rush the science. Tell that to the district attorney.

    • (Stella about the Holly Golightly robbers)
      Stella: Beth was studying Physics and Natalie was studying Engineering.
      Danny: Both minoring in robbery and homicide.

    • (Det. Angell looks uneasy while inspecting a mummified corpse)
      Mac: You okay?
      Angell: It's my first mummy, dehydrated flesh takes time to get used to.

    • (Lindsay stares at a necklace after the robbery)
      Danny: Don't even think about it Montana.
      Lindsay: This necklace is worth more than I make in a year, crazy.
      Danny: I don't see what the big deal is, a diamond is just an allotrope of the element carbon.
      Lindsay: Spoken like a true romantic.

    • (Danny walks in with a scruffy puppy under his arm, Hawkes sees him and laughs)
      Danny: What?
      Hawkes: Well, you know what they say about dogs and, and their owners? (Danny looks over at him) The resemblance is uncanny. (Hawkes cracks up, Danny does not look amused.)
      Danny: Yeah, that's funny, that's funny.
      Hawkes: (still laughing) You know Messer, I always imagined you with something a little…a little meatier.
      Danny: He's a loner!
      Hawkes: I bet he is… (patting Danny on the back and leaving)
      Danny: I'll be in reconstruction, you clown.

    • Danny: What do you think you're doin'?.
      Lindsay: Danny, I'll be fine.
      Danny: We have undercovers who can do this, alright, it's not our job.
      Lindsay: Well it is now. We're out of time. You heard what she said, if we don't get in there in four minutes her friend dies.
      (Lindsay knocks on door, Danny listens from surveillance headphones)
      Danny: C'mon kiddo.
      (after ensuing scene where the gunman figures out Lindsay is not Beth from a picture)
      Danny: She's been made.
      Danny: Lindsay! Lindsay!.
      (frantically looking for her)
      Lindsay: Danny!
      (they share a comforting embrace).
      Danny: (whispers) Thank God! Alright?
      (still holding her in his arms)
      Lindsay: Yeah.
      (lays her head on his shoulder)

    • Hawkes: I'm telling you, these girls were good.
      Stella: We're better.

    • (Adam helps Mac process the demolished building)
      Adam: I know we have to process the scene, sir, but unless we have a lot of, um, duct tape, I don't think this place is gonna hold together long enough for us to do it.

    • Lindsay: Danny, you've been staring at the same piece of glass for five minutes. You want me to bag it for you, or are you waiting for it to turn back to sand?

    • (Sid and Peyton flip a coin over who'll autopsy the mummified body)
      Sid: Heads, it's yours, can I at least watch?... this is one of the best preserved mummies I've ever seen in my many years as a pathologist, the environmental conditions: temperature, humidity and ventilation must have been you know, optimum, I can only compare it to the best sex you've ever had, reaching climax precisely at that...
      Peyton: (With an uneasy look) All right Sid, you can help... but I... get to print her.
      (Peyton starts cutting the mummies fingers off)

  • NOTES (6)

    • Gina St. John, who plays Reporter #1, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode All Fall Down. She also plays Reporter #1 in episode 3x24 Snow Day.

      Andrea Bogart, who plays who plays Holly #1 (Beth), also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Mommie Deadest.

      Erik Aude, who plays Jewelry Store Manager, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Brain Doe.

    • The song being played during the opening scene of this episode is I Love New York by Madonna. The song is taken from her 2005 album Confessions on a Dance Floor. This is the second time a CSI show has used a song from the album. A fourth season episode of CSI: Miami titled Felony Flight used the song Hung Up.

    • Music Featured:
      I love New York by Madonna.
      Sir by Various.
      Kennedy by Ratatat.

    • While filming on location in downtown Los Angeles, an actual dead body was found in an apartment building, several floors down from the film crew's location. The body turned out to be the mummified remains of a long-dead tenant. The main cast was not on set at the time. In an ironic twist, this episode involves a missing woman whose mummified body is found in an abandoned apartment.

    • International Airdates:
      Norway: Wednesday, July 4, 2007 on TVNorge.
      Germany: Monday, September 17, 2007 on VOX (Blutige Diamanten).
      Finland: November 4, 2007 on MTV3.
      Greece: Wednesday, April 19, 2008 on SKAI.
      Portugal: Wednesday, November 5, 2008 on Sic

    • Scenes from this episode were filmed on location in New York.


    • The apartment where the CSI's break in at the end has a In Cold Blood poster hung. It is a 1967 film by Richard Brooks based on Truman Capote's book of the same name.

    • Lindsay: Breakfast at Tiffany's. Except I don't get it. I don't remember Holly Golightly ever robbing a jewelry store. Stella: You're right. It was a love story.

      Breakfast at Tiffany's, the short story by Truman Capote is not precisely a love story. However the movie of the same title based on it had a different outcome.

    • The iPod that Stella found showed the song title Moon River.

      Moon River is the signature song from Breakfast at Tiffany's, which Audrey Hepburn starred in 1961. The song was written specially for her vocal range by composer Henry Mancini. The lyrics were by Johnny Mercer.

    • Holly Golightly: This is the name of the heroine of the 1961 romantic comedy/drama film Breakfast At Tiffany's. Played by Audrey Hepburn, Holly is a high-call girl in search of a sugar daddy who attracts the attention of a young writer (George Peppard) who, himself, is being kept by a wealthy older woman. The film featured the Oscar-winner for original song, Moon River, and, in Holly, created the modern movie stereotype of the "hooker with a heart of gold".

      Breakfast At Tiffany's was based on a novella by Truman Capote and directed by Blake Edwards two years before his best known hit kicked off the Pink Panther series in 1963. Condemned for its "glorification of morally questionable lifestyles", it was praised for its art and style, and has since been hailed as one of the last classics of Hollywood's golden age.