Season 3 Episode 21

Past Imperfect

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 25, 2007 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Goof: The victim report for Emma Pierce that Mac shows to Stella appears to contain irrelevant information about compensation for victims of crime in Pittsburgh.

    • Goof: When the team first discover the woman with the packing tape on her face there is no lock visible on her necklace. However when they start taking pictures the lock is front and center.

    • Goof: When Adam is taking blood from Stella for her HIV test, the tourniquet on her left arm moves from it to the table and back to the arm as she gets up to leave.

    • Adam's uncle worked at The Weddington Hotel.

  • Quotes

    • Rene: Don't be shy. Everybody's a bit nervous their first time out.
      Stella: Actually we're not here to participate.
      Rene: (looking suggestively at Stella) That's our loss.
      Flack: We're NYPD.
      Rene: I'm so sorry! That's right, you called earlier. I was expecting big burly men with guns.
      Flack: If you'd focused your attention in my direction, you might see one.

    • Mac: You used a modelling knife to cut off your victim's eyelids?
      Dobson: Ooh. That's just plain ghoulish.

    • Mac: The way I feel has never affected the way I do my job.
      Flack: My weakness, I guess. Every hood Truby ever collared is going to be angling for a get-out-of-jail-free pass. Clay Dobson was just the first in line.
      Mac: You having a good time, saying I told you so?
      Flack: No.

    • Danny: I'm gonna head out to Brighton Beach, 'cause one of the guys who got busted with Scott Colson owns a Russian food joint, called Sokov's.
      Lindsay: If the guy took his chances running with the Russian mob, maybe his past finally caught up with him.
      Danny: Da!
      (Lindsay laughs)

    • Stella: Thought lock and key parties went out in the seventies?
      Flack: Apparently they've had a resurgence. Who knew?

    • Hawkes: What's his status?
      Dr. Bergstrom: His white blood cell count's off the charts, he's got internal bleeding in his GI tract and his organs are showing signs of failure. Other than that, he's fine.

    • (Scott staggers up to Mac)
      Scott: I need to report a murder.
      Mac: Do you know something about the victim?
      Scott: I am the victim. Somebody's trying to kill me. (Scott collapses)

    • Mac: Nice place, Dobson, looks like your father's doing quite well for himself.
      Dobson: Detective Taylor, I was just about to send you a fruit basket. You're the reason I'm out of jail, indirectly, of course. If you're looking for an architect, I think we might be a little out of your price range.

    • Adam: How do you feel? Now that you know?
      Stella: Relieved, elated, numb. It's like I can dream again.

    • Adam: Whatever the result is --
      Stella: I'll live with it.
      Adam: Okay.

    • Mac: (about Clay Dobson) He's been out of prison three months and we already have two victims, one missing, one dead.

    • Flack: So, what are we going to do about Clay Dobson?
      Mac: Put him away for good this time.

    • Stella: You let a lady walk home drunk? What a gentleman you are.

    • Yuri Sokov: I'm an American citizen.
      Danny: With a rap sheet as long as the Constitution.

    • Lindsay: They're too thick to be head hair.
      Danny: (Takes a look at the hairs) Too long to be pubes.
      Lindsay: (Gives him a look) They're beard hairs.

    • Mac: I'm watching you Dobson, next time we talk, it won't be about books.

  • Notes

    • French episode title: Passé Imparfait, meaning Past Imperfect.

    • Jos Viramontes, who plays Dr. Marc Bergstrom, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Lover's Lanes.

      Amy Davidson, who plays Carolyn Clark, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Tell Tale Hearts.

    • International Airdates:
      New Zealand: June 20, 2007 on TV3.
      Turkey: July 16, 2007 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: July 31, 2007 on AXN Spain.
      Greece: November 7, 2007 on SKAI.
      Norway: November 14, 2007 on TVNorge.
      Australia: November 25, 2007 on Network 9.
      Germany: February 11, 2008 on Vox.
      Finland: October 1, 2008 on MTV3.

    • Music Featured:
      Tambourine by Eve feat Sean Paul.

  • Allusions

    • The umbrella gun and ricin pellet murder is based on a real life event.

      On September 7, 1978, Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov was shot in the leg on Waterloo Bridge in London with a ricin pellet shot from a modified umbrella by a man. Markov died three days later.

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