Season 1 Episode 6

Outside Man

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 10, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Terrell Davenport and Octavia Figueroa are the only survivors of a brutal slaying and robbery at a fast food restaurant that leaves Danny and Aiden scratching their heads when they can't find a suspect until they take a closer look into the life of one of the survivors. Mac and Stella investigate the death of a man who recently had his leg amputated, only to learn that there was no medical reason whatsoever why the limb had to be removed.moreless

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  • Danny gets to plan with the grown ups.

    I loved that Danny got to take point in a big case. Watching him put everything he's been taught and learned together was wonderful to watch. Watching him excell and having him and Aiden put everything together step by step. They make a great team. The case overall was a GREAT script. I liked how they were dealing with a couple of different suspects till the focus turned on the boyfiend. Now on to the people who intentionally amputate a limb, it's just plain weird. Watching Stella & Mac interview this people and the doctors involved, the facial expressions were great. Some of the one liners will be classics.moreless
  • Multiple murders and an unusual case of amputees.

    I liked how this episode began with all we could see was what the victim could see. He couldn't see anything with the bag over his face, and all he could hear was his friends being murdered. I also liked how Mac left the scene with Danny in charge.

    Mac and Stella find a leg near a dumpster, but there's no body in sight. It was really gross to hear that whoever cut off the leg used an electric saw at first and then switched over to a hand saw to finish the job. EKK. It was quite humorous to see the man with his leg bound behind him with a belt. It was very unusual to me how people could actually think that their limbs could cause them stress.

    I liked also how this episode ends with Danny making a comment about the victims just hanging out and never expecting that their life's could be over just like that. It shows that sensitive side of him, and I like that.moreless
  • A startling and sad mass murder, and a funny yet sad amputee story

    I loved this episode from the very beginning: the murder scene, with the head in the bag and the eyes panicking, hearing people dying. From the very beginning you can see fear in his looks. We see the gun at the end and we know he’s a goner, and then he lives. I loved how we can see Danny’s soon to be authority take place here, when he reminds the guys to preserve evidence, and Mac is just looking, and how Mac is not saying anything as of yet. Then Mac gives Danny authority on this scene and we all are very excited. Hopefully he does well! Is all we can think. I thought was brilliant was how heroic this survivor of the shooting was. He pulled up the other survivor, up the stairs and calls the cops. It was so touching to see this. I felt for him when he was questioned. It did beg questions, but you could tell when he heard she died in the hospital, he was visibly upset. He really was hurt about her death. This episode was everything in the range of disturbing. This was most definitely the most upsetting of the cases. It was unbelievable the craziness that the boyfriend went through just to keep her from going to upstate. He didn’t even bother understanding why. He was just unrelenting. Then we see Mac and Stella with the JUST A LEG. Not only was it creepy, but disgusting (all I could think was EW!) When they find the apartment of the leg guy, I knew they’d find the dead body there. But what surprised me was the extra finger. I mean I believe they put it best, “what does a dead guy need with an extra finger?” the clue here, the time on the clock was brilliant. I loved that they just “happened” to take the EMT pictures in front of the clock. Or maybe that’s some protocol I wasn’t aware of. But it helped with the situation. (And Mac’s comment to say if they want to stare at something to go see RENT- was amazing. I love that musical.)

    I loved the humor involved with this case, and of course the sadness that follows. I mean, it’s both sad and funny at the same time, these people who can’t feel whole until they chop off a leg or an arm. Part of you wants to sympathize and the other part wonders …. Why?moreless
  • A multiple murder/robbery is not what it seems. In the B-plot, murder seems to be afoot. Get it? Get it?

    Both plot lines were actually pretty good, though the episode seemed to drag a bit. The case with the murders at the restaurant was good because it wasn't played out as straight and obvious. Also, it was cool to watch the CSI's get stumped and have to use other methods to solve the case, like when Danny kept on going back to the diorama he made of the crime scene.

    The case with Body Dysmorphic Disorder was interesting, though it may have made for a better episode if this case was the only case. I firmly believe that the best episodes of any of the CSI franchises are the ones that delve into worlds that the average person is unaware of, such as, in the original, "Slaves of Lost Vegas" or "Fur and Loathing". These episodes are truly memorable, as are the reactions of the show's characters.moreless
Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Patrick Bauchau

Patrick Bauchau

Dr. Willems

Guest Star

Paul Perri

Paul Perri

Joe Garford

Guest Star

Kristen Shaw

Kristen Shaw

Deirdre Hertzberg

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Danny is second grade in the promotion grid and leads a case.

    • Goof: When Danny is looking in the boot of the car, he does so without wearing any gloves. This would surely compromise any evidence found.

    • Goof: Luminol is only visible under black light yet it appears instantly when Mac sprays it on the carpet in the apartment despite the fact that he is standing in broad daylight.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Danny: (After matching up tear marks on a bag) This case is in the bag.

    • Danny: (After finding a key piece of evidence in the garbage) Next time I say a case is in the garbage, remind me of this moment.

    • (Danny and Aiden enter the restaurant filled with dead bodies)
      Danny: This would be the deep end we've been thrown in.
      Aiden: Copy that.

    • Danny: Criminals are like animals. You leave tracks. We follow them.

    • Stella: Why would a dead man keep a spare finger in his freezer?

    • Aiden: Five auto shops ordered both our duct tape and muffler repair tape, and one of them is owned by Octavia's boyfriend.
      Danny: I've been meaning to take my car into the shop.
      Aiden: Two birds with one stone.
      Danny: Let's do it.

    • Danny: Notice how we always get put on trash detail.
      Aiden: Hey, when you make it to second grade, it'll be a thing of the past, my friend.
      Danny: From your lips to God's ear. Let's just get this stuff together and get it back to the lab, huh?

    • Joe Garford: Frank felt for many years that his left leg was unnecessary to him. He felt oppressed, that he couldn't be whole until he had it removed.
      Stella: He was oppressed by his leg?

    • Stella: What do we have here? A finger?
      (She snaps a couple of photos and picks up the Ziploc bag, and walks over to Mac.)
      Stella: Okay. This place gives a whole new meaning to the term "chop shop."

    • (There are EMTs and officers watching the scene of the amputee. Mac walks over to the officer.)
      Mac: These people wanna see a show, tell 'em to go get tickets to Rent. Okay?

    • Danny: This guy's shot in the head, carries someone else upstairs, and manages to call the cops?
      (flashback with Terrel dragging the body)
      Aiden: I'd say that qualifies for hero status.

    • Mac: The lower leg constitutes 15% of a person's body weight.
      Stella: All we have to do is find the other 85%.

    • Mac: I read your preliminary report. Good job Danny, you're on the promotion grid.
      Danny: I can't wrap my head around it Mac. I mean you get up, you go to work. You see the people you know. You talk, you laugh. You're livin' your life and suddenly boom, it's over. Just like that and you never saw it comin'.

    • Hawkes: Apart from the fact of it not being attached to a person, there's nothing wrong with this finger.

    • Mac: The place was closed?
      Flack: 11 on the dot.
      Danny: Sounds like an inside job.
      Mac: Then that's where we'll start.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music featured:
      Senseless by Kenny Inglis.
      Word Up by Gun.

    • Michael B. Silver guest stars in this episode as an Emergency Medical Technician. He also has a recurring role on C.S.I. Miami as FBI Agent Peter Elliott.

      Jacob Vargas, who plays Luis Torres, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Last Stand.

    • German episode title: Trennungsschmerzen, meaning Pains Of Separation.

      Spanish episode title: Bautismo de fuego, meaning Fire Baptism.

      Brazilian episode title: O Forasteiro, meaning The Stranger.

    • This episode received a Golden Reel nomination for the "Best Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement for the Short Form" category.

    • CBS affiliates on the East Coast cut off the final five minutes of this episode to air a "Breaking News" segment regarding the death of Yasser Arafat. In response to subsequent complaints from viewers and CBS affiliates, the network reran the episode in its entirety two days later.


    • Aiden makes a comment about how she and Danny have enough practice digging through trash. This is an allusion to 1x01 Blink, where they had to shift through the garbage on a barge trying to find evidence.

    • Mac: These people wanna see a show, tell 'em to go get tickets to Rent. Okay?.

      Rent, the incredibly popular Broadway Show, written by the late Jonathan Larson, took place in 1980's New York.