Season 5 Episode 18

Point of No Return

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 18, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After the wife of a former member of the ME's team is found dead in a motel room, the team has to find the source of the heroin she was covered in.

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  • A former medical examiner in the CSI is a serial killer

    A medical examiner called Marty Pino who helped the CSI's in some cases in season 2 wasn't seen on the show again because Sid had fired him and from then to now has become a serial killer and cut his victims organs to make drugs.Sid is in shock that he has become like this because he used to be his friend and Marty had a bright future but was disgusted with what he did in the end and didn't want to see him again.It was very hard to believe that he had turned into a serial killer.moreless
  • Awesome, and very intense. Stellar performances by the entire cast.

    A truly terrific episode, indeed. And I find the title very appropriate. It seems many characters reached their "Point of No Return". Sid discovered there was a line he could not cross in separating the personal from the professional when he was unable to autopsy Pino's wife. The whole case, of course, affected him deeply. I have to wonder how it will affect his future relationships with the people who work with and under him. Stella has crossed a line as well. She is premeditatively defying Mac and lying to him, and she's bringing Angell in on it with her. Danny has gotten a taste of how much his life truly has changed. His big issues in "The Box" and "Triangle" were dealing with the life-changing experience of becoming a father. Up until now, it seems it's been an abstract concept. This case brought it home to him, and not just because of his recklessness in storming into the shootout, and his realization that he could have lost his life, his wife and his child. I think he also came face-to-face with the pain of losing a spouse. Of course, he's seen that hundreds of times before, but it's got to hit closer to home when it's someone you know. We're used to seeing Robert Joy (Sid) as the goofy, slightly off-base, socially inept comic relief (in the morgue, of all places!). This ep proved that Robert Joy brings serious talent to a very intense, dramatic role as well. Bravo!

    And Carmine can tell an entire story with his facial expressions alone. He truly seems to put his entire self into his role - body language, expressions, even tiny hand gestures. Truly stellar.moreless
  • Nice!

    It was a really good episode. The storyline was interesting, the acting was very good (as always) and I enjoyed the flashbacks of the team with the previous member of their team, concerning their relationship in the past.

    I would like to point out something. They really should stop making Stella speak Greek. To anyone who actually speaks the language, often what comes out of her mouth jibberish. Most Greeks have to listen twice to find out what she's saying. Since the character is supposed to be Greek the way she speaks should be believable. And, trust me, it isn't!moreless
  • Pino!

    I just saw the ep today (stupid i know!) and i was intense!

    I was soo shocked Pino would do such a horrible thing!

    Because he seemed like such a nice guy, i really loved him.

    I really felt sorry for Sid, he was really having trouble dealing with it!

    And now DL: I loved it when Danny was talking to Mac about lindsay wanting to investigate the death of a beaver xD

    And I als loved how Danny was trying soo hard to clean his ring..it shows he really cares and i also liked how he answered the phone with 'Hey Babe'moreless
  • The team is called in to investigate a dead woman in a hotel. Soon they realize that several of the team knew her and her husband. Dr. Marty Pino, a former M E with the crime lab....And the team is off.moreless

    Great twist and turns. It kept me on the front of my seat. The guest stars were just that guest as they did not take up a whole lot of time and screen space. So we were missing two team members as Linds is home in Montana and Adam??? No sign of Adam.

    Sid: Great emotion. I felt for him when he tried to do the autosopy and then again when he ran into the warehouse, even though he knew he should not be there.

    Hawks: Always sticking up for his friends. Even though this time, his gut instinct was wrong.

    Danny: W H A T W A S H E T H I N K I N G. Oh, yeah, he was thinking like Danny. But it was great that he saw what could have happened if things did not go his way.

    Stella/Angel: Ok, so it looks like I could actually be right about the person who will die. My guess is that this Greek Case will lead to Angels death, therefor, pissing Flack off cause Stella got his girl killed. Mac will be pissed becuase not only did Stella disobey him, but she outright lied to him. Third, as emotional as she gets she will feel guilty (as she should) for a very long, long time.

    But I loved the shipping container scene. It is one paperless way to extradict someone. Maybe we should use that more often.

    Mac: The backbone of the show. He felt for Marty, but still did his job. And of course he knows something is up with Stella. And it was nice to see him kind of protect Danny when Danny left his vest. The way he asked about Linds was in a fatherly manner. Wonder if he will be the Goddaddy to baby Messer. Can't wait to have Linds back. And they need to include Adam more and more. He brings the Comic relief. Hope we get to see more Flack and Angel before she dies.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

Ashlee Simpson

Ashlee Simpson

Lila Wickfield

Guest Star

Holly Lynch

Holly Lynch

Anabel Pino

Guest Star

Tony Amendola

Tony Amendola

Prof Papakota

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (12)

    • Goof: When Danny is washing his hands, there are two close-up shots in which he has blood all over his hands. Between those shots, there's another one in which he has (almost) no blood on them.

    • Goof: Stella is not wearing gloves when she is into Diakos' apartment, and she is seen opening a door. It is highly unlikely that there was no evidence whatsoever of Stella's and Angell's presence in the room when the police showed up later and processed the scene.

    • Goof: How does Sid get to the warehouse and how come is he allowed in without a vest?

    • Even though Stella gave up to her vacation days to save Adam's job, she fakes it and calls in sick to enjoy a day off and pursue a case on her own which sounds fraudulent.

    • Goof: Stella uses a heart beating meter as a lie detector, which isn't a reliable method, let alone considering the stressful situation the man was put into.

    • Goof: Danny takes his cell phone out of his jeans pocket before washing his hands. It doesn't make much sense for him to do that only than to conveniently have quick access to it to reply to Lindsay's call. Moreover, even though his hands are covered in blood, the cell phone is not stained at all.

    • Goof: Danny throws the blood stained shirt he is wearing to the wastebasket in the locker room. However, it is a piece of evidence that will help into the investigation of why he shot the guy.

    • Scripps Florida developed the touch screen protein analyser depicted in this episode, the one which determines that traces of heroin contained a human-specific protein. Professor Jennifer Busby and software engineer Bruce Pascal set up the real piece of equipment at the set for filming.

    • Marty Pino and Anabel used to go over Sid's place every Sunday for dinner.

      Anabel Pino was a grade school teacher.

    • Hawkes: The prion that causes Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, a degenerative neurological condition.

      Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease is which develops the human form of mad cow disease.

    • Goof: When Pino escapes from Lila Wickfield's apartment, Flack hurries towards the window and Marty can be seen running down in the alley. He turns his head to the side for a second, only moment when his sunglasses are visible. Danny reaches the window seconds after and states that he is wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses, even though he didn't have the chance to see them.

    • Goof: When Lila Wickfield notices the condom wrapping on the floor she is not wearing gloves; the second after, when she picks it up, she is wearing a yellow glove on her right hand.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Mac: Bikini wax party.
      Flack: Apparently not all their customers are women.
      Hawkes: Ouch.

    • Danny: Put the gun down, Marty.
      Marty Pino: Come on, Danny. I don't wanna hurt anybody. I just wanna get out of here.
      Hawkes: You know that can't happen, man. Come on.
      Mac: It's over, Marty!

    • (As she puts him in the cargo container to be shipped away)
      George Kolovos: We had a deal!
      Stella: I lied.

    • Mac: All right, playtime's over.
      Receptionist: What do I tell my customers?
      Mac: Credit card's declined. Fire drill. I don't care. Just get everybody out of here as quickly and as quietly as possible.
      Receptionist: Get out. Carmen, that's it. Get Mr. Jones out of his harness.

    • Anabel Pino: (To Sid) Marty finally asked me to marry him. You're the closest thing I have to a father. Would you give me away?

    • Prof. Papakota: (who is near sighted, to Stella) It was your hair. I didn't need my glasses to know it was you.

    • Mac: What's wrong?
      Danny: Vest is in my locker.
      Mac: You're staying here.
      Danny: Mac...
      Mac: This is not open to debate.

    • Sid: Marty, look at me. After you left the ME's Office, how many people did you kill to make your drugs? I... I... get him out of my face.

    • Hawkes: Then our heroin wasn't just made by a human. It was made out of a human.

    • Mac: You all right?
      Danny: I don't know. I mean, this is crazy. I mean, Marty was one of us, and now we're questioning him for murder?

    • Sid: (After trying to perform the autopsy on Anabel Pino) I can't cut her open, Sheldon. I'm sorry I'll have to get someone else to do the post.

    • Danny: (To Lindsay after the shooting) Hey, babe. How you feeling?... That's good... Same old, same old over here.

    • Sid: The last 15 overdose cases Pino worked. I had them exhumed.
      Mac: You're the doctor, but isn't this one a few organs short?
      Sid: Two kidneys, one bladder, and a liver to be exact.
      Mac: All the organs where narcotics naturally accumulate.
      Sid: And each of these bodies is missing the same ones.
      Mac: It appears as if Marty Pino was able to produce heroin by cutting out and processing key organs from his assigned overdose cases. He used his training and this place as his own personal heroin pipeline. Only after he lost his job and access to dead junkies, he resorted to murder.

    • Stella: Let me take it.
      Mac: I'm sorry, Stella. What I said before still stands. I can't have you investigating this. You're too emotionally involved. Diakos tried to kill you. I'm going to handle this one personally.
      Stella: You already have so much on your plate, Mac.
      Mac: I know how much this means to you.

    • Mac: Little Stevie?
      Receptionist: Who's asking?
      Flack: Members of his fan club.

    • Angell: Even if Kolovos takes the bait, we make a deal for the coins and catch him in the act, the man has diplomatic immunity in this country and no reason to cooperate.
      Stella: You're right. But what if I told you we weren't gonna arrest him in the United States?

    • Angell: Stella, before we go forward with this, I have two things that I have to ask you.
      Stella: Mac doesn't know. He can't. He already asked me to stand down.

    • Mac: How's Lindsay doing?
      Danny: Uh, she said she looks like a whale, and she's bored. And she also said she found a dead beaver on her parents' property, and that she was tempted to rope it off with crime scene tape and start processing.
      Mac: Well, next time you talk to her, you tell her we miss her.

    • Hawkes: (Interrupts Flack as he is interrogating Pino) Come on. What are you doing? The man just lost his wife.
      Flack: He's lying about something.
      Hawkes: He's scared, confused.
      Flack: And he's your friend, Sheldon, so I understand why you're hearing something different.
      Hawkes: There's no doubt Marty's made some mistakes. But I know he loved his wife. He couldn't have killed her.
      Flack: Okay, then prove it.

    • Flack: I know a lot of my colleagues worked cases with you, and they all say that you're a good man. And, Marty, I know you know how this works, so I'm just going to come out and ask you: did you shoot your wife?
      Marty Pino: Of course not.

    • Hawkes: Now I know why she looked so familiar. It's Anabel Pino.
      Flack: Wasn't there a Dr. Pino at the ME's office?
      Mac: Marty Pino.
      Hawkes: Marty liked to gamble. He dug himself into a deep hole. Sid caught him falsifying his overtime slips. He had no choice but to let him go. He got into some financial trouble, but murder? There's no way he's capable of this.
      Mac: I think a guy who's hit bottom is capable of anything.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Jonah Lotan (Marty Pino) last appeared in the episode Run Silent, Run Deep.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: May 18, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: May 19, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: July 1, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: September 21, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: October 12, 2009 on RTL4.
      Norway: October 14, 2009 on TVNorge.
      New Zealand: December 22, 2009 on TV3.
      Germany: January 18, 2010 on Vox.
      Slovakia: February 6, 2010 on JOJ.
      Finland: June 9, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Although they are in the credits, A.J. Buckley and Anna Belknap do not appear in this episode.

    • Music Featured:
      That's Not My Name by The Ting Tings.
      The Numbers Game by Thievery Corporation.

    • Emilio Rivera, who plays Little Stevie, also appeared in the C.S.I. episode Inside the Box and Tony Amendola, who plays Professor Papakota, also appeared in the C.S.I. episode Pirates of the Third Reich.

      Holly Lynch, who plays Anabel Pino, also appeared in theCSI: Miami episode After the Fall.

      Shawn Woods, who plays Jamal Tucker, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Spring Breakdown.


    • Episode Title: The Point of No Return is a song from Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical, Phantom of the Opera.

    • Stella: The ancient Greeks would put coins on the eyes of their deceased to pay the passage from the land of the living to the land of the dead.

      According to Greek mythology, the deceased had to cross the Estigya river in their passage from the land of the living to the land of the dead. Caronte, the boat man who crossed the souls, would take a coin to be paid for the passage. The coins on the eyes were used so the eyes would stay closed (rigor mortis would keep them open otherwise) because they believed that if the deceased kept them open, a relative will soon pass away as well. So another coin was usually placed under the tongue to pay to Caronte, because otherwise he would use the ones on the eyes.

    • Prof. Papakota: I heard that several tombs had been discovered in Cyprus believed to have dated back to King Philip II.

      Philip II of Macedon (382–336 BC) was the father of Alexander the Great, Philip III and possibly Ptolemy I, the founder of the Ptolemaic dynasty in Egypt.

    • Angell: You said he called Diakos your Moby Dick.

      Moby Dick is an 1851 novel by Herman Melville.