Season 6 Episode 17

Pot of Gold

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 10, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

On St. Patrick's Day Eve, while all the city turns green with celebration, the team faces two corpses of two young journalists drenched in red. They'll lead them to discover a big secret about the gold making operation fraud that could prove deadly for Reed's friend who saw the crime and was about to expose the secret.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • CSI NY

    Os episodios so maravilhosos... =)
  • Pot of mediocrity

    Maybe it is because I paired this with episodes of NCIS and The Mentalist on my DVR, but all of these CBS shows are starting to seem very similar. They follow the same basic formula and the idea of the true bad guy coming out of left field is just so played out at this point.

    While the episode was not horrible, it certainly was not great. I also have to plead with CSI: NY to not introduce a female romantic interest for Mac Taylor. NCIS is doing thing with Gibbs and the awful Rena Sofer, and I don't approve of that either. While I stand by my assertion that this was a formulaic episode, this is not the way to change things.moreless
  • The Luck of the Irish!

    As an Irish by heart, I really enjoyed the St. Patrick's Day theme. My personal highlight was when Flack spoke Irish again. I especially loved Flack's quote about the Irish temper, and that he'd have his under control. His sarcastic tone and facial expression was priceless, and cracked me up so much. Eddie's great & passionate performances light up the whole show, and it really never gets boring with him. He's the reason why I still watch CSI:NY and always look forward to it like a little girl on Christmas Day :). I also liked the scenes between Mac and his new love interest. I think she was brought in a very tasteful and classy way, and I'm curious how things will develop between them.moreless
  • Nothing too different from the usual.

    Apart from there being the presence of 'gold' in this episode, "Pot of Gold" offers nothing new to CSI: NY. The best parts of the episode, I thought, were the scenes between Mac and his new love interest, Aubry Hunter which should not be the case on a show that is based around crime solving. That being said, getting some Mac character development was nice. I thought that this very bland sixth season of CSI: NY was going to really start up after the impressive "Uncertainty Rules" episode that aired last week, but this episode returns to the very mechanical and unmemorable functions this season has had to offer. I sure hope the season finale is the best episode of CSI: NY I've ever seen...moreless
  • Gold, 4 leaved clovers and Saint Pattricks day! YAY!!:D

    I liked the chapter a lot!! Not my favorite ever but a good one!

    We had ALL the team + Reed! That means all the main characters and a recurring, that's a first this season!! YAY!!

    The case was good, lots of science and not totally previsible but I suspected that Ian Ziering had something to do with it

    Flack's lines were funny as always, and we even got him to speak a little bit of Irish...hot! Danny and Lindsay working together all the time in their old dynamic, joking around and making the great team they used to be... I kinda missed that... I mean, I LOVE the DL moments but I like to see them working together too!

    Reed was ok. I like that he was always wearing scarves to hide the scar from when the cab killer tried to kill him (CONTINUITY!!), he usually annoys me, but not this time and in the end it was him who asked Mac to go have a beer, that was nice.

    I liked how Aubrey Hunter was introduced and I loved the sweet messages between them and how they ended meeting... quite un-Mac like but cute.

    As someone already said, Stella seems to not do much around but supervise, when HAwkes and her discover the huge ammount of gold to annalyse suddenly she's not there and it's Adam the one processing!

    One of my favorite moments of the chapter is when Mac teaches Adam, Danny and Lindsay how to get the serial numbers.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

Kieran Hutchinson

Kieran Hutchinson

Finnegan Hansard

Guest Star

Ian Ziering

Ian Ziering

Thom Weir

Guest Star

Aaron Ashmore

Aaron Ashmore

Cam Vandemann

Guest Star

Kyle Gallner

Kyle Gallner

Reed Garrett

Recurring Role

Mädchen Amick

Mädchen Amick

Aubrey Hunter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Being a St. Patrick themed episode, there are plenty of references to Ireland, its people and folklore:

      Mac: (About the vics) Neither one of these guys had the luck of the Irish.

      The luck of the Irish is a catch phrase that is used to explain the good luck that makes a person of Irish descent beat some odds. Since Irish people have historically suffered many misfortunes, there seems to be some inexplicable and inherited form of good luck that makes things come out right for them.

      Episode title: Pot of Gold.

      Flack: Hang on a second. Gold? Four-leaf clover right before St. Patrick's Day? Where the hell are we, at the end of the rainbow?

      According to Irish folklore, every leprechaun has a pot of gold which secret hiding place is usually said to be at the end of the rainbow where it's impossible to reach.

      The four-leaf clover is an uncommon natural mutation of the common, three-leaf one. Approximately, there are 10,000 three-leaf clovers for every four-leaf clover. Tradition has it that finding a four-leaf clover, especially if accidentally, brings good luck to its finder.

      Danny: It's not just any clover. It's hop clover which is indigenous to Ireland.

      Finnegan Hansard: They're part of a citywide St. Paddy's Pub Crawl.

      Danny: The Irish Hunger Memorial, a small site in Battery Park devoted to raising public awareness about the Great Irish Famine.

      Flack: (After chasing and cornering Finnegan) Erin Go Bragh.

      Flack: You know the old stereotype about Irish temper? It's not really a problem for me but those bagpiping cops out in the bullpen having to file reports instead of knocking a few back at the Knights of Columbus... they're ready to boil you like cabbage.

      Flack: And hell hath no fury like an Irishman scorned.

    • Mac has been a regular at Birabaum's deli for ten years.

    • Goof: Despite it is stated that the fake tungsten bar is as heavy as a real gold bar, Stella handles it at the last scene with Thom Weir as if it is really light.

    • Reed's neck wound from episode 4x20 Taxi is still visible.

    • Despite Eddie Cahill does not speak Gaelic, it is the second time that Flack can be seen speaking it (first time being episode 5x19 Communication Breakdown). He says 'Erin go bragh' which is an expression that pledges allegiance to Ireland and translates as 'Ireland forever'.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Stella: Hey, Mac. Take a look at this.
      Mac: It's pure gold.
      Danny: I can top that. Just found this in a shoeprint.
      Stella: A four-leaf clover?
      Mac: It's a natural genetic mutation. There's only one for every 10,000 three-leaf clovers.
      Flack: Hang on a second. Gold? Four-leaf clover right before St. Patrick's Day? Where the hell are we, at the end of the rainbow?
      (Stella giggles)
      Mac: (About the vics) Well, I'll tell you this much: neither one of these guys had the luck of the Irish.

    • Mac: Reed, do you really want to put yourself in the position of possibly aiding and abetting a suspect in a double homicide?
      Reed: No, I don't. But you know what? I don't have any other choice.

    • Mac: You know, you're asking me to take a little bit of a chance here.
      Reed: Yes, I know. But you know, sometimes you got to take chances, Mac. If only so you can give one to somebody else.

    • Phil: Hey, Mac. I got something for you.
      Mac: I memorized the takeout menu ten years ago, Phil.
      Phil: Read the back. The pretty brunette you were talking to in here last night, she asked me if I'd give it to you next time you were in.
      (Mac reads Aubrey's message)
      (Aubrey's voiceover): 'Dear Number 39... I just wanted to say thank you. I had a really long day. Actually, I've had a few months worth of them, to be honest. So when I came into the deli, I was thinking hard about leaving Manhattan. But then I told myself if at least one stranger could show me some tiny shred of kindness, it would mean I should stay. And suddenly, there you were, talking with me, looking me in the eye, smiling at me like you meant it. Anyway, I just wanted you to know that it felt really good. And thanks to you, I'm staying right where I am. Yours... Number 40.'

    • Stella: Hawkes, this looks like the markings on gold bullion.
      Hawkes: A ten thousand gram gold delivery bar, to be exact. Current value, half a million dollars.
      Stella: And we found a pure gold impact mark on the warehouse floor right next to the second vic's head.
      Hawkes: And get this: according to the treasury agent I just spoke to, a gold bar matching those exact numbers was deposited at the Federal Reserve just this morning.
      Stella: Okay, what kind of killer goes from the crime scene to the bank?

    • Agent Pangle: Detectives, this is a secure vault, closed to the public, with over $200 billion worth of gold in storage. What exactly is it you're looking for?
      Stella: A very expensive murder weapon.

    • (Inside the Federal Treasure vault)
      Adam: So this is what all the money in the world looks like, huh? (Giggles) So pretty.

    • Lindsay: I found out where that stain on our John Doe's shirt came from.
      Danny: Blue green algae, right?
      Lindsay: Arthrospira maxima. But I ran it through GCMS and I found three other ingredients: barley, hops and yeast.
      Danny: Ah. Are we talking about what I think we're talking about?
      Lindsay: Turns out there's one pub in New York that uses algae to microbrew its own green organic beer.
      Danny: Ah. Bottoms up.

    • Lindsay: Always this crazy in the middle of the day?
      Finnegan Hansard: They're part of a citywide St. Paddy's Pub Crawl. Trying to set a world record.
      Drunk girl: Three days, a hundred bars and 5,000 people!
      (Crowd cheers)
      Finnegan Hansard: Care to join in the fun?
      Danny: No, actually. We're on the clock, pal.

    • Finnegan Hansard: The only thing Cooper liked more than the sound of his own voice was making a fast buck. So if he found someone who let him get away with both, hey, two for one.

    • Stella: Elemental Precious Metals.
      Mac: That's the firm that made our gold bar.
      Stella: They made a mint on reclaimed gold.
      Flaack: Reclaimed?
      Stella: We're talking jewellery, dental fillings, circuit boards... you name it. They melt it then turn it into bars for sale on the open market.
      Flack: Or to use as murder weapons.
      Stella: The firm is owned by a third-generation broker. His name is Thom Weir.
      Flack: So, if he could tell us who wanted Paley and Cooper dead...
      Mac: We're golden.

    • Real Estate Agent: Oh. It's you.
      Aubrey: I'm sorry. Have we met before?
      Real Estate Agent: No, but I'm guessing you're the beautiful brunette woman in the green coat.
      (The Real Estate hands Aubrey Mac's message that she reads)
      (Mac's voiceover): 'Dear Number 40, I hope this note reaches you and you won't find me too forward in sending it. But someone I know recently reminded me that sometimes you have to take chances, if only to give one to someone else. So, if you'd like to discuss your decision to stay in Manhattan in a little more detail, I know a great deli. Tomorrow at 8:00? Number 39.'

    • Thom Weir: Detectives, are you aware there's now more gold being produced by reclamation firms like mine than there is coming out of the world's mines?
      Mac: The point being?
      Thom Weir: I just think you're digging in the wrong place. My firm didn't have a hand in Charlie Cooper's death.
      Flack: Except for the fact that he was beaten to death with one of your gold bars.

    • (About Thom Weir)
      Flack: You believe him?
      Mac: No. He's involved in this somehow. But his hands are way too soft for murder.

    • Mac: So, what do we have?
      Hawkes: A little bit of gold and a whole lot of something else.
      Mac: It's counterfeit. This bar is only cheap, dirty tungsten. Same density as gold but only ten bucks a pound.

    • Danny: This is Kilkenny limestone. 300 million years old and it's made of fossils from the ancient Irish seabed.
      Stella: Oh, come on. How is all this stuff making it across the Atlantic?

    • Flack: (After chasing and cornering Finnegan) Erin Go Bragh.

    • Flack: (To Finnegan Hansard) You know the old stereotype about Irish temper? It's not really a problem for me but those bagpiping cops out in the bullpen having to file reports instead of knocking a few back at the Knights of Columbus... they're ready to boil you like cabbage.

    • Stella: It's called salted gold. Turns out when you plate tungsten with gold you can fool pretty much any X-ray or scale and a whole lot of investors... but not our lab.
      Mac: And not a pair of bloggers who heard about salted gold showing up in China, then followed the story all the way back to its source, Elemental Precious Metals.

    • Flack: And hell hath no fury like an Irishman scorned.

    • Mac: Two counts of conspiracy to commit murder. You really have nothing to say?
      Stella: Probably thinks he can pay a lawyer to clean up this mess, too.
      Thom Weir: What can I say, detectives? Silence is golden.

    • Reed: I'm sorry if I played this one wrong. I really was trying to do right.
      Mac: I know. And, Reed... believe it or not I appreciate you convincing me to take a chance.

    • Reed: So, you, uh... you done for the day?
      Mac: Yeah.
      Reed: Hey, do you want to go grab, like, a green beer or something?
      Mac: Uh, can we take a rain check on that? Somewhere I gotta be.
      Reed: Yeah. Yeah, man.
      Mac: We'll do it next time. All right.
      Reed: Cool.
      Mac: I look okay? Yeah.
      Reed: You look good, man.

    • Aubrey: So, how exactly did you find me?
      Mac: I'm a police detective. I was duty bound to investigate.
      Aubrey: Mind if I join you?
      Mac: I was kind of hoping you would.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music Featured:
      Man With No Country by Flogging Molly *
      Neil Ormandy by Blue Velvet Skies (End of episode, at the deli).
      Parting Patterns by The Ambience Affair (During Sid's autopsy and when Danny and Lindsay go through evidence).
      Trafik by Precog (As the CSIs process the gold in the vault).

      *Song played in the previews for this episode.

    • Kanin Howell, who plays Charlie Cooper, also appears in the episodes 1x09 Officer Blue and 2x13 Risk, in the C.S.I. one Sounds of Silence and in the CSI: Miami ones Urban Hellraisers and Blood Sugar.

      Erin Cahill, who plays Agent Pangle, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Miami Confidential.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 10, 2010 on CTV.
      United Kingdom: May 1, 2010 on Five.
      Czech Republic: June 19, 2010 on AXN.
      Spain: July 6, 2010 on AXN
      Turkey: July 25, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Sweden: August 30, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Norway: September 29, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Germany: January 17, 2011 on Vox.
      Slovakia: May 10, 2011 on JOJ.
      Finland: June 15, 2011 on MTV3.


    • Adam: I got a golden ticket.

      It is an allusion to Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory where candy maker Willy Wonka holds a contest to win a tour of his chocolate factory by hiding five Golden Tickets under the wrappers of his candy bars.