Season 8 Episode 4

Officer Involved

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2011 on CBS
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A night out for some drinks among friends will turn out all but a friendly outing when Danny and his rookie cops find themselves caught up in a shooting.

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  • 8x04

    Typical csi ny slow episode, I used to love csi ny but nowadays they are making too many boring episodes and honestly, at this point, I think they are going to be cancelled if they continue doing episodes like this one, I have to admit that I liked the first three episodes in this season but this one remembers me why the show is dying

    Maybe the only scene that saves the episode is the shooting at the end but despite of that, this episode does not deserve to be consider as a good, at least not for me

    P.D: I´m from Venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in English, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Dean Norris

Dean Norris

IAB Lieutenant Mitchell Adler

Guest Star

Michael Alperin

Michael Alperin

Pete Miller

Guest Star

Jeff Leaf

Jeff Leaf

Travis Moss

Guest Star

Jeananne Goossen

Jeananne Goossen

Officer Lauren Cooper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (44)

    • Mac: Run me through it, Danny.
      Danny: All right, so, uh, we... came here for a drink after shift, just to blow off some steam. The guy in the white shirt, he's a sloppy drunk.
      Mac: This was the victim?
      Danny: Yeah. He got aggressive with Cooper. She said, you know, she told him to back off. He was reluctant to leave. So I showed him the door.
      Mac: You identify yourself as a policeman?
      Danny: No, Mac, I mean, the guy was wasted... I show him my shield, it makes things worse. The guy was a jerk. And I didn't give it a second thought... till a few hours later. Next thing I know, I'm looking up into the sky, my off-duty piece is in Cooper's hand and this guy is dead.

    • Mac: Why did Officer Cooper have your weapon?
      Danny: I was the only one carrying.
      Mac: It was three men that jumped you?
      Danny: That's right, three of them. Foley and Cates, they start fighting with them. Vic pulls out a nickel-plated revolver.
      Mac: Well, you didn't see that, Danny... you were unconscious.
      Danny: That's what my people are saying.

    • Danny: I see what this is. It's an officer-involved shooting, talking three-ring circus... those cops are the main attraction, right?
      Mac: Not just them. You're their supervisor. You were in the bar. Somebody got shot. The gun is missing. Bosses will want someone to answer. You're the one with the stripes, Danny. Get ready.

    • Hawkes: GSR field test came back positive.
      Adam: Means the victim had a gun.
      Hawkes: Maybe. Officer Cooper told Danny that she checked the victim's vitals after shooting him.
      Adam: Maybe the GSR transferred from her hands to his.
      Hawkes: There's no other evidence here that backs up those cops' story.

    • Jo: They all had their stories straight. Just like they rehearsed it.
      Flack: Makes sense. They'll be under so much scrutiny, one little detail's off and they're all screwed.

    • Mac: So we got no witnesses, no gun. There's four off-duty cops and a dead civilian.

    • Lindsay: Let me take you to the hospital.
      Danny:I'm fine, babe. I got to stay here for them.
      Lindsa y: There's nothing you can do for them now, honey, except maybe bleed all over them.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: She's right, Sergeant Messer. Can't mess around with a head injury. I'm Lieutenant Adler, Internal Affairs.
      How you doing?
      Danny: It's not… it's not a head injury.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Great. Then you won't mind answering a few questions.
      Lindsay: Actually, he does mind. We're on our way to the E.R.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: You're not going to make me pull rank here, are you? You know you got to talk to me.
      Lindsay: Look, Lieutenant. According to regulations, he has 24 hours before he can be compelled to make a statement. So he can talk to you then.

    • Mac: Shoot to stop.
      Sid: Hmm?
      Mac: What you're taught at the academy. Fire in bursts of twos and threes.
      Sid:Yet here we have a single gunshot wound to the chest, almost perfectly placed. Bullet lodged in the heart.
      Mac: Could mean Officer Cooper kept cool. Took an opportunity. Lucky shot in an unlucky situation.
      Sid: Of course, he may not have had a gun at all, Mac. In which case, she fired by mistake and killed an unarmed man.

    • Adam: You ever dance with the green fairy?
      Lindsay: I can't help you, Adam.
      Adam: I'm talking about absinthe. It's the 19th century version of magic mushrooms.

    • (Adam asks Lindsay for advice onsome unknow trace)
      Lindsay: Adam, what do you get when you have a sergeant involved in a shooting, his wife who works in the crime lab and an IAB investigation? Conflict of interest.
      Adam: Oh, oh. I'm... Oh, I'm sorry. I... Is he okay?
      Lindsay: Oh, yeah, he's fine. He's got a couple stitches in his head. He's gonna give a statement to Internal Affairs.
      Adam: All right, well, you tell him that we're all thinking about him.
      Lindsay: I will. Thanks, Adam. Tell EDNA I said hello.

    • Mac: So, there were two guns. Pete Miller used one of them. Friends must have taken it when they fled.
      Hawkes: Flack's trying to track 'em down, but all he has is the cops' descriptions to go by. No luck so far.
      Mac: There's one thing I bet the friends didn't take when they ran.
      Hawkes: Hmm?
      Mac: The bullet Pete fired.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: (To Danny) You may have been better coming in here with your wife. She was more on the ball than any Union Rep. I've ever dealt with.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Why did Officer Cooper use your weapon?
      Danny: I tell my guys to keep their off-duty pieces at home when they go to the bar.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: But you were armed.
      Danny: Yeah, I wasn't drinking. And thank God I had my gun. Otherwise, we might be investigating a cop murder.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: (About Danny) What do you think about him?
      Lauren Cooper: As a boss? He's excellent.

    • Danny: Officer Cooper, she's smart, she's got instincts. I think she'll be a good cop.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Well, she speaks highly of you, as well. Says you're a great boss.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Let's review your choices last night. You went out drinking with your patrolmen, you brought a loaded weapon into a crowded bar, got into an altercation with a patron. Ended up the night half-unconscious on the pavement as one of your officers shot the patron to death with your own weapon. You seem capable, Sergeant Messer. Things you did in that lab... way over my head. But as a boss, you're way over yours.

    • Thomas Hurtz: Yo, googly eyes, come on! You got to have decent aim with saucers like those!

    • Thomas Hurtz: Hey, how about you, big mama? Waddle on over here for me. Oh, I'm kidding, baby. I come from love.

    • Thomas Hurtz: Oh, Mr. Doom and Gloom. You look confused. What, I'm talking too fast for you? Yeah, let me slow it down. I can see right through you, and it's depressing me. Oh, don't get angry, get even. Five dollars... that's all it takes. Let it all out. Hey, even a sad sack like you can get lucky once.
      (Travis Moss takes out his gun and shoots Hurtz dead)

    • Flack: Meet Thomas Hurtz. Star and proprietor of 'Get the Geek'. This guy insults you, you pay him five bucks, get a chance to shoot him with a paintball gun.
      Jo: Well, clearly, the shooter didn't understand the rules of the game. He shot him with a real gun.

    • Jo: Get the Geek, huh?
      Flack: I bet he told his mother he was in show business.

    • Lindsay: If you find the gun, it will clear Officer Cooper.
      Hawkes: Clears them all.
      Lindsay: Well, not necessarily. I mean, even if you close this case today, it's still an embarrassment for the department. They're still gonna want to point the finger at somebody.
      Hawkes: For what?
      Lindsay: You have any idea how many administrative regulations there are, Sheldon? I do, 'cause I stayed up all night reading about them.
      Hawkes: Look, Lindsay, I know you're worried, okay? But we're scientists, and there's no empirical evidence to suggest Internal Affairs is on a witch hunt.
      Lindsay: Well, I hope you're right.

    • Lindsay: I got good news and bad news, Sheldon. Good news is, this fiber looks like something Adam pulled off Pete Miller's clothing.
      Hawkes: What's the bad news?
      Lindsay: It means I can't work this case anymore.

    • Jo: Maybe our suspect is still running around with the green fairy.
      Mac: We're talking about a suspect who walked up to a random stranger and blew him away.
      Jo: Well, guy's not playing with a full deck.
      Mac: But he's got a loaded gun.

    • Lauren Cooper: I'm okay. Don't feel anything, really.
      Danny: Yeah. Well, you're gonna.
      Lauren Cooper: I did the right thing. The guy had a gun. I shouldn't feel bad.
      Danny: Well, how you should feel doesn't really play into it. When you, uh, take a life, no matter how justified, it messes you up. You're gonna want to talk to someone about it. You want to talk to someone who's been there.

    • Mac: Is there any question this was a good shoot?
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: You think I'm wasting my time?
      Mac: I think you're focused on Sergeant Messer and I'm wondering who's whispering in your ear about him.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Look, I approach my investigations the same way you do, Detective. I look at the facts and the evidence. There's no grand conspiracy here.
      Mac: I'm not one of those cops who's down on Internal Affairs, but I'd be naive not to see that politics are behind this investigation.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Well, should I just ignore the part Sergeant Messer played in last night's incident?
      Mac: No, but you also shouldn't hang him out to dry.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: You've known him a long time. What do you think about him?
      Mac: Danny's a good cop.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: You haven't always felt that way. Subway shooting Messer was involved in a few years back? A cop was killed. Yeah, just one highlight from his personnel file. Just say he's had an interesting career.
      Mac: It wasn't Danny who fired his weapon last night.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Look, I got 20 witnesses from that bar who saw Sergeant Messer get in a fight with Pete Miller. I got no evidence of the victim's friends and no gun.
      Mac: I told you I would find the gun.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Yeah, you want to help those cops and your friend? You got to do better. You got to put that gun in Pete Miller's hand.

    • Jo: Nymph flies were designed to sink in the water and attract the fish that all the other fish want to eat for lunch.
      Adam: They're also made with saddle hackle, otherwise known as...
      Mac: Rooster feathers.
      Adam: What, am I the only one that doesn't know about this?

    • Mac: Pete Miller didn't fire the gun. He was standing next to the guy who did.
      Lauren Cooper: It was an accident. I was aiming for the shooter. It was a good shoot.
      Leo Banks: Don't say anything else.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: If it was a good shoot, you wouldn't have lied about how it went down.
      Lauren Cooper: I wanted to tell the truth.
      Mac: Then why didn't you?
      Lauren Cooper: I was told not to.
      Mac: By who?
      Lauren Cooper: It wasn't his fault. He was trying to protect me.
      Mac:Who told you to lie?
      Lauren Cooper: Sergeant Messer.

    • Danny: Why do you have me back here?
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: To talk about your relationship with Officer Cooper.
      Danny: She's my driver.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: According to your other officers, you've taken her under your wing. Spending a little extra time getting to know her...
      Danny: I mean, I'm married.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Yet at the end of your shift, you don't go home. You go out with Officer Cooper.

    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Are you having an affair with Officer Cooper?
      Danny: Why don't you take a walk?
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: That's not a no.
      Danny: Well, I'm done answering your questions. Thank you.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Sit down, Sergeant. This isn't a criminal investigation. This is an Internal Affairs investigation. I'm your superior, and you're compelled to answer all my questions, even the ones you don't like.

    • Danny: Pete Miller... that kid... he was inappropriate in that bar, okay? Here, I'll sit down. And my relationship with Officer Cooper is not.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Yet later that night you get in a fight and this man... this unarmed man... is killed.
      Danny: She saw a gun.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: But she shot the wrong man, and then she lied about it.
      Danny: I don't know why she did that.
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Because you told her to. You came to that night, realized this dead man on the ground was unarmed, shot by an officer that you may or may not be sleeping with. It looked bad, it had to look better, so you told her to lie about it.
      Danny: It's not true!
      IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: I'm done with the personal questions. The ones I'm about to ask, I can't compel you to answer. In fact, I'm gonna inform you of your rights.

    • Ray James: On my way to the subway this morning, out of nowhere, someone shoots me. Must have been a stray.
      Mac: Didn't call 911?
      Ray James: I only live a couple blocks away.
      Flack: So what, you hopped here?

    • Mac: You weren't shot this morning. You were shot two nights ago. After your involvement in a brawl outside Rattigans. A cop was shot at that night.
      Flack: You can talk to us now, or we can have you transferred to the medical ward at Rikers. Where I guarantee you the nurses are not as cute.

    • Ray James: Pete and I grew up together. He always had my back.
      Flack: Blah, blah, blah. What were you doing at that bar?

    • Lindsay: I just found out they're putting Danny on modified assignment.
      Mac: It's part of procedure, Lindsay. It doesn't mean anything.
      Lindsay: But there's going to be a hearing, and maybe even criminal charges. This is like a natural disaster, Mac. You see it coming, and you can't do anything to stop it.
      Mac: Yeah, I know it feels like that now, but there's a long road to go before anything's decided here.
      Lindsay: Danny's career is on the line, and I don't even know why. He didn't do anything wrong.
      Mac: I know.

    • Lindsay: It's hard to pull a weapon on someone, right? Squeeze that trigger?
      Lauren Cooper: I'm sorry. If you're a reporter, I got nothing to say.
      Lindsay: You know what else is hard? Sharing a squad car with somebody every day and stabbing him in the back when he had yours.

    • Lauren Cooper: Who are you?
      Lindsay: I'm Lindsay Messer.
      Lauren Cooper: I can't talk to you.
      Lindsay: No, it can't be easy actually facing me.
      Lauren Cooper: No, I'm telling you that we can't speak.
      Lindsay: I mean, you know what you're doing affects my family, but it's much easier when we're out of sight.
      Lauren Cooper: I'm not supposed to have any interaction...
      Lindsay: Like saying you're in a relationship with my husband.
      Lauren Cooper: Hey, that's not true!
      Lindsay: I know it's not true.
      Lauren Cooper: I don't even know why they're suggesting that.
      Lindsay: So you're only comfortable with some of the lies?

    • Lauren Cooper: I'm not lying.
      Lindsay: So Danny told you to say that Pete Miller was holding the gun?
      Lauren Cooper: Not in so many words.
      Lindsay: How many words does it take?
      Lauren Cooper: He suggested...It... it was how he put things.
      Lindsay: What things?
      Lauren Cooper: I don't have to explain myself to you.
      Lindsay: No, you don't. You know why? I get this. This is self-preservation, plain and simple.

    • Lindsay: Think about this, Lauren. If the roles were reversed and Danny was in your shoes, you really think that he'd be looking out for number one?
      Lauren Cooper: None of this was my choice. From the moment that I pulled that trigger, it was all out of my hands. I always wanted to tell the truth.
      Lindsay: So look me in the eye, Lauren. Right now. It's just the two of us. Tell me that Danny Messer told you to lie.

    • Danny: Can't believe this, Mac. You know, I figured I could be a good boss, to guide these cops, help them avoid the mistakes I made.
      Mac: The last time you dealt with Internal Affairs, I called you into my office. You remember?
      Danny:(Sighs) Yeah, I remember. They decided not to investigate me on the shooting in the subway, thanks to you. You brought me into your office, you ripped me a new one for my recklessness... which I deserved.
      Mac: You're not the same cop as then. You've grown. You're an excellent boss, Danny. If you were my sergeant, I'd follow you anywhere, and that's what I intend to tell Adler when he walks in here.

    • Danny: Wow. I can, uh... return to normal duty.
      Mac: You're not relieved.
      Danny: Of... I mean, of course I am. I am. But I can't stop thinking, Mac, how I treated these cops like they were my family, and they didn't think twice about throwing me to the wolves. I've been doing this job way too long (Sighs) I got to work with people I can trust.

    • Danny: No more Sergeant Messer. Just a... plain old detective.
      Lindsay: Does that mean I don't have to salute you in the morning anymore?
      Danny: I still need you to do that.
      Lindsay: You feel all right?
      Danny: I mean, it wasn't easy giving up the stripes, you know.
      Lindsay: It's the right move, Danny.
      Danny: This is where I belong.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music featured:
      Sleepwalking by Photek feat. Linche (Crystal's dance).

    • Dean Norris, who plays IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler, also appears in several episodes of C.S.I. during season 11.

      Michael Alperin, who plays Pete Miller, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Death Pool 100.

      Jeff Leaf, who plays Travis Moss, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Stand Your Ground.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 14, 2011 on CTV.
      Norway: December 21, 2011 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: February 18, 2012 on Channel 5.
      Czech Republic: April 4, 2012 on AXN.
      Germany: October 1, 2012 on Vox.
      Turkey: October 1, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      Slovakia: March 18, 2013 on JOJ Plus.
      Finland: March 19, 2014 on MTV3.


    • IAB Lt. Mitchell Adler: Subway shooting Messer was involved in a few years back? A cop was killed. Yeah, just one highlight from his personnel file.

      Mac: The last time you dealt with Internal Affairs I called you into my office. You remember?
      Danny: Yeah, I remember. They decided not to investigate me on the shooting in the subway, thanks to you.

      These are allusions to episode 1x21 On The Job.