Season 4 Episode 14

Playing with Matches

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When the team uses the velocity of the street luge victim to calculate where he came from, the mathematical expressions that are seen on the computer they're using are real physics formulae -- but they have nothing to do with trajectories, speed, friction, or impacts, as is stated. In fact, they are actually (parts of) Maxwell's equations, which describe the properties and behaviour of electromagnetic fields.

    • Goof: When we first see the girl on the autopsy table, the cut near her elbow is perpendicular to the two on her forearm. But when we see her inflicting the wounds in flashback, all cuts are parallel.

    • Kendall bores easily.

    • Going out on a Public Toilet is pretty low on Flack's list.

  • Quotes

    • Kendall: Usually you drive with the knuckle draggers. Makeshift board, skull cap, denim pants.
      Lindsay: Steel balls. (Looks at Danny and smiles)

    • (At the crime scene)
      Danny: What are you finding?
      Lindsay: Mostly charred wood and plastic.
      Danny: Flimsy ride for a guy that came from another galaxy. (Looks at Lindsay and she smiles)

    • (During the experiment with the motorcycle)
      Lindsay: Danny!
      Danny: Wa... wait. Just keep spraying. Trust me.

    • Angell: Fire department was on route to a structure fire on 49th when this thing...
      Danny: 'Thing'?
      Angell: That's what they called it. Came flying at them like some flaming meteorite. Slammed right into the wind shield.
      Danny: Fire came to the firemen. That's gotta be a first.

    • Sid: ...And based on the degree of trauma to the bones, I'd say your human comet's rate of speed was at least 80mph at the time of impact.
      Danny: 80?! What was he doing to be moving that fast? (shakes head in disbelief)
      Sid: Now keep in mind that I'm simply a pathologist, but the injuries to this victim, well frankly, they appear consistent . . . with him re-entering the Earth's atmosphere. Now, until you come up with some evidence that says otherwise, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    • Mac: Maybe the killer flooded the bathroom hoping to get rid of any evidence.
      Stella: Let's hope he was wrong.

    • (After interrogating suspect and "solving" the case)
      Flack: No one's going to believe the paperwork on this one. Woman dies trying to spring one dirtbag from prison...
      Mac: ...and instead puts another one in.

    • Mr. Szabo: Come on, do you really think I'm going to kill someone over a city contract?
      Flack: Worth close to five million dollars? Yeah, I do.
      Mac: So will a jury.
      Mr. Szabo: I've been a dedicated city employee for twelve years. You'd think when I try to branch out a little, start my own company, those years would count for something. You know what? It didn't count for squat. City went with low bid like they always do... is that fair?
      Mac: A woman lost her life inside that bathroom because of your reckless abandon and your greed. You want to talk about fair? Go talk to her family.

    • Flack: Let me put it to you this way: if a dishwasher and a port-a-potty ever mixed it up, this would be it's offspring.

    • Vinnie: I wish I hadn't met Vanessa. She cost me my job.
      Flack: You tellin' us she made you steal a bottle of Port?

    • Mercury: ...Then he was screaming towards uncharted waters.
      Angell: On fire.
      Mercury: Excuse me?
      Danny: How "hot" did it get between you two?

    • (Speaking of Seth Riggin's case)
      Stella: Are you sure you got the right guy?
      Mac: (Scowls) Of course.

    • Danny: Meat thermometer? Who stabs somebody with a meat thermometer?
      Sid: Cannibal?

  • Notes

    • Aaron Behr, who plays Vinnie Parson, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Wolfe in Sheep's Clothing.

      Christopher Bello, who plays John Szabo, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Caged.

    • Spanish episode title Jugando con Fuego, meaning Playing with fire.
      French episode title: Toilettes Funèbres, meaning Gloomy Toilets.

    • Music Featured:
      Burn My Shadow by U.N.K.L.E. feat. Ian Astbury.
      Sugar (playgroup mix) by Ladytron.
      Milk Lizard by The Dillinger Escape Plan.

    • Original International Air dates:
      UK: April 12, 2008 on Ch5.
      Denmark: May 5, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Venezuela: May 15, 2008 on AXN.
      Turkey: June 2, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: June 3, 2008 on AXN.
      Australia: June 16, 2008 on Network 9.
      Sweden: July 14, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      New Zealand: July 22, 2008 on TV3.
      Norway: Wednesday, October 1, 2008 on TVNorge.
      Greece: December 17, 2008 on SKAI.
      Finland: June 17, 2009 on MTV3.

    • This was the last episode completed before the WGA strike that started on November 5, 2007.

      Non union writers had to finish the episode.

  • Allusions

    • Sid: That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

      There is a song out called That's my story and I'm stickin' to it done by Collin Raye.

    • Danny: He's become the human torch.

      This is an allusion to the marvel comic, Fantastic Four super hero, Johnny Storm, who can turn into The Human Torch at will.

    • Mac: Houston, we have a problem.

      This is the famous tagline from the 1995 movie Apollo 13. Astronaut Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks) says it to Mission Control after an oxygen tank explosion on the Apollo 13 spacecraft. Gary Sinise also starred in this film as astronaut Ken Mattingly.

      This is actually a misquote of the words used on the actual mission. The actual NASA transcript shows the following dialogue:

      SWIGERT (LMP): Okay, Houston--
      LOVELL (CDR): I believe we've had a problem here.
      CAPCOM (CC): This is Houston. Say again, please.
      LOVELL: Houston, we've had a problem.

      However, the version of the quote used in the movie and this episode has appeared so often that few people are aware of what the original words were.

    • The mission patch the first victim has in his hand is from Alan Shepard's Mercury 3 flight, named Freedom 7. This was a 15-minute sub-orbital flight that took place on May 5, 1961. Shepard was the first American in space. He was also the only Mercury astronaut to walk on the moon (as commander of Apollo 14).

      However, the Project Mercury missions did not have official mission patches at the time they were flown. The astronauts' suits had only simple square black patches embroidered with the name of the space capsule. In Shepard's case, it read "Freedom 7" in simple block lettering. Unlike on the rectangular patch shown in this episode, Shepard's name was not included.

      Multicolored patches with designs representing each mission's objective became the norm for the Gemini flights, which began in 1965. Similar retrospective designs for the Mercury missions were then created as souvenirs.