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Season 5 Episode 25

Pay Up

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 14, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

In the season finale the team comes together for one of their own.

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  • The 5th Season Comes To A Shocking End When One Of Their Own Is Gunned Down. Mac Sets Forth Determined Looking Justice For Their Fallen Comrade.

    "Pay Up" is an explosive, dramatic and one of the best episodes ever made in the history of CSI. There is absolutely nothing negative to say about this episode. The reason why it worked out so well, is that there were sad and happy moments, gunfights, and emotional scenes. The opening scene is fantastic and I felt for Flack in the beginning when he screamed: "Where's the ambulance?!". Flack's fear brought tears in my eyes. Eddie Cahill was excellent in this episode. The most heart breaking moment was when Flack told Danny that she's dead. The shootout at the airport was very well done and so was the hostage rescue scene. A truly excellent season finale which you won't forget soon.moreless
  • Lots of action and touchy moments...A good finale

    The moment I saw Angell flirting with Flack on the phone my eyes started tearing up. I knew it was her who died but I couldn't believe it until I saw it. Flack hears everything through his phone and drives there from the other side of the city and manages to arrive before the ambulance and even has to take her to the hospital himself. I really liked that the one saying that she was dead was Flack. And when he did told that to Danny my tears started to fall...

    For once I thought that everything was planned by Dunbrooks son to get his father's money and off from jail, and that is still possible since we don't know who pay those guys to kidnap Connor, right???

    The case was great. Lots of action and touchy moments. I really suffered when the guys where outside the hangar and they were shooting at them or at the end when they got in the warehouse to get the bad guys.

    Nice moment the one between Flack and Angell's dad. My crying got worse when ANgell Sr. tells Flack that in the last months she was happier, and it was because of Flack although they didn't say it!

    I didn't like one thing. That Flack killed the guy that killed Angell. The guy was already dying but I don't believe in the eye for eye thing...

    And the end?? We don't know if or who gets shot!!! We have to wait 4 months to get an answer to that! Eddie Cahill did an amazing job. Congratulations!

    Is is season 6 premiere yet???moreless
  • This is how finales should be, amazing and jaw dropping

    Wow, this episode started so well, When Angell got shot i felt for Flack and the whole team. The storyline had a perfect balance of action and emotional scenes. One of the most emotional scenes was when Danny told Flack Angell was dead and then he started crying. I loved the shootout at the airport with the sniper and how Mac, Danny and Flack reacted, my heart was racing through that scene. Another one of my favourite scenes was shootout when Swat and the team found craig Dunbrook. I felt for Flack so much in this episode and i was glad when he killed the guy that killed Angell you could really see his anger and that was put across really well. In CSI NY the shootout scenes are limited compared to CSI Miami, but this episode was full of them which was the part of the reason my heart couldn't stop racing when i watched this. My favourite scene was in the bar, once again poses a cliffhanger which is bound to torture viewers throughtout the summer. Who gets shot? I don't want anybody to die. This episode was truely amazing and was a great ending to a stunning season of great episodes. The story itself was action packed and was perfect. Bring on Season 6 and long live CSI NYmoreless
  • What a cliffhanger! Can't wait for season six to premiere – I think I have to take a little sneak peek in the episode guide here at tv.com.

    The team must come together for one of their own. While transporting Connor Dunbrook to court Jess is lethally wounded and Connor Dunbrook gets kidnapped. Mac Taylor and his team has now two concerns wrapped in one - they must find the kidnappers in order to find the person that fired the deadly shots at Jess. This was one of the most dramatic episodes in the history of the show. I was very sad to see Jess die, just as she and Don Flack were getting closer to each other. And I'm sure I'm not the only one left hanging in total suspense with the final scene.moreless
  • omg soooo sad

    omg this epidod is such a tear jurker.. i cried the whole time. it sounds kinda lame but i still cry because angell died. and there getting a new actress after killing of angell how could they! poor flack he has to suffer because the writters decided to kill of one of the best charecters ever. i miss angell and i hope that because angell died stella and mac dont get together... i miss angell =( =( i cried the whole episiod its so sad i cant belevve this! !! ! !! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

Robert Dunbrook

Guest Star

Thad Luckinbill

Thad Luckinbill

Connor Dunbrook

Guest Star



Terrence Davis

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: As Flack & Sid are talking over Angell's body, the sheet covering her keeps moving. When they show Flack & Sid the sheet is up around her neck but when they show a close up of her face the sheet is pulled down to her chest revealing her white t-shirt. Why would she still have her t-shirt on? In an earlier scene showing them removing the bullet she has no shirt on, it would have needed to be cut off in order to extract it.

    • Goof: If you look closely you'll see Emmanuelle Vaugier's eyes tear up as Angell is on the autopsy table.

    • The armored Hummer depicted in this episode was designed and built by Utah-based company International Armoring Corporation exclusively for CSI: NY. It is a Armormax® Hummer H2 limited edition.

    • Quick shots of Mac, Danny, Angell, Hawkes, Stella and Flack from scenes corresponding to the episode can be seen at the beginning of it. It's been an editing option that has never been used before.

    • Terrence Davis: I was just about to put you in my Fave Five, too.

      Which Terrence ironically points to Flack is an option that most mobile companies offer which consists in unlimited calling to 5 favourite numbers.

    • Jessica Angell (Emmanuelle Vaugier) dies in this episode as she is killed in the line of duty.

    • Jessica Angell was born on September 2nd, 1981. Since this episode takes action on May 20th, 2009 (which was the original airdate for the finale), that makes her 27 years old.

    • Angell's badge number was 9521. The badge previously belonged to her father and grandfather.

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (Mac looks worried as he checks out the blood puddle Angell has left behind. Stella notices that)
      Stella: She's tough, Mac. She'll pull through.

    • Lindsay: The guy who shot Jess was using this type of gun, a 50 caliber Desert Eagle.
      Hawkes: (Checking the gun) Gun like that, she never had a chance.

    • Dunbrook: Why the hell Connor? I mean, why not some billionaire hedge fund kid on his way home from school? Why a man surrounded by police directly across the street from a courthouse?
      Mac: Because they knew you had the money and a motive to keep him from testifying.
      Dunbrook: You think I paid the ransom for my own freedom? That I was gonna, what? Rescue Connor and then make him disappear?
      Mac: It doesn't matter what I think.

    • Dunbrook: I have got a murderer's row of very talented attorneys lined up to represent me. There's not one count of fraud or embezzlement that's gonna stick. But if I go down, it's gonna be swinging with both fists. Hope you're ready for 12 rounds.
      Mac: I train for 15.

    • Mac: Angell tagged one of'em before he got in the car. Looks like he was bleeding badly.
      Danny: Atta girl.

    • Mac: Your son was minutes away from testifying against you in the grand jury. I swear to God, if you had something to do with this, you better hope that somebody other than me comes to arrest your ass.
      Dunbrook: You're a piece of work, Taylor. My son was abducted at gunpoint and now you're threatening me. It's nice to know the NYPD has a victim's best interest at heart.

    • Mac: Sheldon, I expect casualties today. I know you want to be in there with us but you're a doctor; you being out here with the paramedics could be the difference between one of us living or dying. This is where I need you.
      Hawkes: Okay, then that's where I'll be.

    • Terrence Davis: You can't keep coming around here like this, Flack. You trying to get me killed?
      Flack: You kidding me? Why would I want to make more work for myself?
      Terrence Davis: Yo, I'm not playing, yo.
      Flack: Well, move to the Upper East Side and we won't have this problem.

    • (Over the phone)
      Angell: Tonight... you, me, a bottle of wine. I'll wear that black negligee I know you like.
      Flack: (To make her realize he is not alone and can't talk privately) Mom?

    • Flack: (Running towards her) Jess! Jess! Jess! (Kneels by her side) Hey, babe. Hey, hey, will you look at me? Hey, I'm here. (Over his shoulder) Where's the ambulance?! (Back to Jess) You're going to be all right, okay? You're going to be all right. (Realizing she's badly wounded) Everything's going to be all right. (Carrying her in his arms) I got you. I got you.

    • Danny: Don.
      Flack: She's gone.
      (Danny sighs and punches the wall)
      (Flack cries)

    • Mac: A short while ago, Jessica Angell passed away from injuries suffered in the line of duty. She was a damn good cop who displayed exceptional bravery, honor and devotion while keeping the people of this city safe. She fought hard. What's important now is that we fight equally as hard to find the cowards who did this.

    • Mac: We have a proud history in the NYPD. When one of our own is taken from us... we always get our man. Always. Now go out and do what you do best. Her family's counting on us.

    • Sid: We have any idea who did this?
      Flack: Not yet. But trust me, we will. And God help him.(Between tears) Sid, I can't bear the thought of her being autopsied.
      Sid: Hey, I'll be with her the whole way.

    • Danny: What are we dealing with here, Mac?
      Mac: If they're military, better get ready for war.

    • Cliff Angell: (To Flack) Four sons and none of them wanted any part of being a cop. But Jess? It was in her blood. I wanted her to be a Girl Scout. But she wound up a shortstop. There was nothing I could have done to keep her from being a cop.

    • Flack: I wish I knew what to say.
      Cliff Angell: You can tell me she didn't die protecting that scumbag murderer.
      Flack: No, I can't. But I can tell you that she did the job the best she could no matter what the assignment and, uh... that's who she was.
      Cliff Angell: She was too damn brave for her own good.
      Flack: From what I hear, she took after her old man.

    • Cliff Angell: Don, Jess always had a smile on her face. The last few months, it was different. It was a smile I never seen before.
      Flack: I promise you that I won't stop...
      Cliff Angell: I know.

    • Flack: (To Crazy Tony Tardalla) When a cop's murdered in this city, resources we don't normally have suddenly become available. We get whatever we need.

    • Mac: If these guys are in there, they're about to get a little taste of the NYPD.

    • Stella: It's hard to believe today actually happened.
      Mac: I wish there was a way to make it so it hadn't.
      Stella: I think the next couple of days are gonna be the hardest.

    • (About getting Angell's killer)
      Stella: You did her proud.
      Mac: We all did.

    • Dunbrook: I'll see you in court, Detective.
      Mac: I look forward to it.
      Dunbrook: You be safe, all right?

    • Sid: Her first autopsy, we had a tech play dead on a table next to our vic. Two minutes into the post, he sits up from under the sheet and moans. Jess nearly had a heart attack. I thought she'd never speak to me again. Now she never will.

    • Stella: Jessica Angell was one of those rare people who touched each of our lives, the kind who reaffirms your faith in humanity.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Turkey: June 29, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: July 14, 2009 on AXN.
      Brazil: July 23, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: August 19, 2009 on AXN.
      Norway: December 2, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: January 18, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Germany: March 8, 2010 on Vox.
      Slovakia: June 28, 2010 on JOJ.
      Finland: July 28, 2010 on MTV3.

    • According to Emmanuelle Vaugier, her shooting to death scene was filmed at 4 in the morning and was the last one for the day.

    • Music featured:
      Jigsaw Falling Into Place by Radiohead.
      Like This by Mac 10 feat. Nate Dogg.
      Show Me How to Live by Audioslave.
      They Know My Name by Papa Don.

    • Andy Davoli, who plays Crazy Tony Tardalla, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Identity.

      Thad Luckinbill, who plays Connor Dunbrook, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Miami, We Have A Problem and in the C.S.I. ones Bang Bang and Blood Moon.

    • Due to the writers' strike of 2007/08, all 3 shows of the CSI franchise have 25 episodes in their 2008/2009 season instead of the regular 24 to make up for the short fall.


    • Terrence Davis: All right, now I don't think Tony's running with those Rambo dudes but he damn sure should knows who they are.

      Rambo is a series of action movies starring Sylverster Stallone as John Rambo, a Vietnam veteran with high survival skills.

    • Sid: (To Flack about Angell's death) How weak and fruitless must be any word of mine.

      This is a quote from a letter attributed to Abraham Lincoln and addressed to a woman who had several of her sons die during the American Civil War. The whole quote reads: "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the republic they died to save.