Season 3 Episode 6

Open and Shut

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSIs are investigating the murder of a hotel concierge, but while doing this they hear gun shots fired across the street and find a woman next to a gun and two dead bodies.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • While at an upscale New York hotel investigating the bizzare murder of a concierge, Mac and his team hear gun shots coming from a next door apartment building. They arrive at the scene to find two men dead and a shaken woman with a handgun.moreless

    Melina Kanekeredes gives one her best performances as Stella Bonasera in this episode of CSI: NY. From her agument with Anna Belknap to her final confrontation with DeeDee Pfeiffer, Kanakeredes has never been better. There are other things that make this episode very enjoyable. The great performances but the top notch cast for example and the well written script are contributing factors as well. I very much liked how the plot concerning the therapist panned out. DeeDee Pfeiffer was terrific as the supposedly traumatized woman. If you haven't seen it yet, by all means do so.moreless
  • Model Behavior OR Liar, Liar

    I thought that the acting in the model story line was brilliant. They were believable and intresting. The story was good, and it was oviously based on Naomi Cambell. The only part I didn't like was that the way she was being held over the balcony she would have fallen straight down to backwards onto the spike, but I'm not sure.

    The "self-defence" killing next door was good. I loved the story, and how the women really played on Stella emotions from what happened to her last season. It was well writtedn and well acted.

    All in all this was a good episode of CSI: NY!moreless
  • Great

    This episode written by Wendy Battles .While investigating the death of a hotel employee at a swimsuit modeling shoot, the CSI team hears shots across the street and wanders onto another crime scene where a shocked woman has just shot an intruder. Stella understand Grace's feeling, turning her to be emotional involved with the case. As more evidence shows up, Lindsay Monroe, Sheldon Hawkes and Stella Bonasera finally discover the real killer--Grace!! So shocking. Mac and Danny investigate the death of the hotel employee-Sarah Jackson. Although this is not the best episode in this season, but I still love this episode.moreless
  • One address - three dead people. Contains spoilers for the episode.

    This really was a well written episode. Even though I knew there was something fishy about the apartment murders, and I did suspect the wife, I didn't immediately think she'd actually done it. I guess it was only luck for the wife that Stella was the one who got her case, as out of all the CSI's, Stella at that time would be the one who'd be less likely to suspect her. The wife set out to commit a crime, that was quite perfectly planned. And had it not been for the model's publicity plot, she would've gotten away with it. I think it would've been fun if she had gotten away with it. If Stella realised that the wife really was the murderer, but been unable to prove it. I think it would've added a nice twist, but as it is, the ending worked quite well.moreless
  • A crime scene haunts Stella!

    When Flack, Mac and Stella are called to a crime scene of a woman who has fallen from a terace onto a large spike they hear gunshots. Flack calls it into dispatch and the three of them race to the scene of the crime leaving Danny at the first.

    Mac, Danny and Flack investigate the first crime scene and discover that a models attitude problem was staged for video and her publicist doesn't know. She demands the video and the victim ends up falling from the terrace. the vic is holding on but she is too heavy to be pulled back up.

    Stella, Lindsey and Hawkes investigate the shooting of a man who had previously beaten a man to death with a hammer. The wife of the woman had shot the vic in self defense. Stella has flashbacks of when she had to shoot Frankie. They follow the evidence and realize that the grieving wife staged the whole thing. She beat her husband to death with a hammer. She had a shower and waited for a guy to arrive. She then shot the guy twice and went to change her top. She only had a couple of minutes to stash her top unaware that the detectives where close by at another crime scene.

    Grace tells Stella that she read about what she did to her boyfriend last year. Stella replies "I was a victim, you're just a cold blooded murderer"

    No D/L moments and Lindsey and Stella have a little dispute.

    Great ep.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

Dedee Pfeiffer

Dedee Pfeiffer

Grace Thomason

Guest Star

Jill Latiano

Jill Latiano

Mandi Foster

Guest Star

Hal Ozsan

Hal Ozsan

Tony DeLuca

Guest Star

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Flack likes cinnamon twists.

    • Some could argue whether it was appropriate or not for Stella to handle such case. On the one hand, she was far too emotionally touched to focus as she is still far to be recovered herself, but on the other, coping with such a case proves her professionality and her ability to deal with whatever might come her way just right. Actually, she eventually realizes that she was taking a wrong approach, steps back and re-evaluates. Mac is close to see her struggling and yet he keeps her on the case, reassuring his faith in her.

    • Lindsay and Stella's argument is not easy to read. Lindsay could have been more touchy knowing that Stella would be affected by this particular case. It didn't seem too sympathetic of her to challenge Stella and prove her right that way. She deals with victims and she was really supportive in 2x21 All Access so she should have been more understanding of the emotions that Stella was going through. However, Lindsay's task is to make sure things are done right, although she could have provided with more evidence to support her theory and disarm Stella with facts rather than with words. It wasn't the challenging but the attitude which didn't seem fitting.

    • Even though the case looked like domestic abuse, it ended up having some nice continuity with 2x21mAll Access as it turned up being home invasion.

    • Flack: We have a 10-13.
      In the scene where Mac, Stella and Flack hear the gunshots, Flack calls in a 10-13 code. 10-13 code refers to 'advise weather and road conditions' by the standard 10-codes; however, for NYPD it means 'officer needs immediate assistance'.

      The 10-13 is used by NYPD also when an officer get injured, replacing the less common and more descriptive 10-00 (Ten-Double Zero): "Officer Down, All Patrols Respond".

    • Goof: Location.
      It's stated that the modeling shoot is at the Soho Regency, there is no Regency in Soho (there is one on the UES). Also the shooting that happened across the street is supposedly at 257 Morton. But there is no Morton St. in Soho; it's in the West Village.

    • Goof: Mac Taylor thinks that the dead concierge had something taken out of her hand after she died. He reaches this conclusion because her hand is not "stiff": ie. after rigor mortis set in, someone broke her fingers to remove an object. The problem with this reasoning is that there was not enough time for rigor mortis to settle. The first murder took place after 9:30, CSI arrived at the scene and examined the body before 9:50 when the shooting was heard.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sid: (about the impaled hotel concierge) When I was an intern they brought in a guy who had fallen off a loading dock onto a container of steel reinforcement rods- talk about a thousand points of light.
      Mac: Ehmm, Sid, I'm sure that's all fascinating, but I'm kind of jammed up with this today.

    • Mac: (looking at the impaled hotel concierge) Based on the trajectory... I'd say it wasn't an accident.

    • (Stella finds an address on a victim's hand)
      Stella: 257 Morton, 10AM.
      Hawkes: That's this address.
      Lindsay: Why would any one write the time and the address if he was coming here to kill? It sounds more like an appointment.
      Stella: An appointment for murder.

    • Stella: (to Grace) Framing a man with known mental problems, very imaginative. But then, you're a therapist, you'd know who to pick.

    • Adam: Your blue markers all mark your biologicals: baby spit up, semen, ecoli bacteria, saliva.
      Mac: Not all from the same person I hope.
      Adam: According to the DNA results: ding ding ding, you are correct!

    • Mandi: Why do you guys keep harassing me?
      Flack: We tend to do that when we think someone's guilty of murder.

    • Mandi: I tried to help her. End of story.
      Flack: (obvious disbelief in his voice) And you did all of this out of the goodness of your heart?
      Mandi: (smugly) Yeah! That's right. Models have hearts too, you know.

    • Tony: The only reason I was with that girl was because I was doing Mandi a favor.
      Flack: Having sex with the hotel concierge was a favor?

    • (Tess makes comments twice after Mandi Foster speaks)
      Flack: You're the stylist right? Tess Larsen, yeah? We don't need to talk to you right now. Could you leave us alone please?

    • Grace Thomason: You know, I read somewhere that you shot your boyfriend. Three times in the chest, point blank.
      Stella: That was self defense.
      Grace Thomason: Oh yeah?
      Stella: I was a victim, you are a cold blood murderer.

    • Suspect: I just wanted to get the camera from her, I didn't want to kill her.

    • Mac: We want a reference sample.
      Tony DeLuca: What, so you can put it on some government database? Nooo way, I know my rights.
      Flack: We have rights too: they're called warrants.

    • Flack: We're gonna need your fingerprints to go with that DNA sample.

    • Stella: This case is different. Hell, I'm different. I know what it's like to be trapped in your home. And I have a vivid memory of that horrible moment when you realize the only way out is a bullet. I have no choice but to be emotionally involved.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Spanish episode title: Un caso evidente, meaning An Evident Case.
      French episode title: Publicité Macabre, meaning Gruesome Publicity.

    • Although this episode has already been aired in New Zealand, it will screen again on September 10, 2008 on TV3.

    • Music Featured:
      Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? (DJ Halou Remix) by Rod Stewart.
      Daved & Confused by Tipper.

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: Monday, April 2, 2007 on CNBC-e.
      Norway: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 on TVNorge.
      Germany: Monday, October 15, 2007 on Vox (Mord im Hotel).
      Finland: Sunday, December 2, 2007 on MTV3.
      Greece: Wednesday, April 16, 2008 on SKAI.


    • The part of this episode where the model mentions throwing an iPod at her assistant's head could be a reference to real-life model Naomi Campbell, who apparently threw her cellphone at her assistant's head.

    • When asked why he left the female victim's bracelet on her wrist, Sid explains that it's a bracelet Cartier created in the 70s- where the only way to take it off was with a special screwdriver from the giver. The bracelet is from The Love Collection, and newer more modern bracelets are around. The Love Collection is perhaps one of the most famous of Cartier's creations.