Season 5 Episode 20


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 08, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stella remembers something about the latest crime scene when the clues start to appear oddly familiar after a man is shot dead in an empty theater.

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  • Dana never should of gone to jail

    This was a really good episode but very harsh when Dana a woman who was been stalked by a serial stalker who made another woman commit suicide found herself in danger by him that she has to kill him using Stella's class to get away with murder and it nearly worked until they found her.Mac knew the situation she was in but still had to arrest her but Hawkes would try and make sure she doesn't go to jail.It is not known what happens to her after that but I don't think that she should be arrested.moreless
  • CSI:NY has a new fan.

    I will admit that I tuned into this episode solely because of the guest appearance by Katharine McPhee. What I was treated to was one of television's best procedurals; a fast-moving, well-written display of how a cop show is done right.

    Gary Sinise does an excellent job as Detective Mac Taylor, playing a role that is as realistic and believable as it is entertaining. No outrageous puns, no peculiar behavior, just the type of straight down-to-business officer you would expect to find on the streets of the city.

    Katharine McPhee looked quite fetching and her voice is still as beautiful as we all remember it from American Idol. She did fine in the three or so minutes she was actually on camera, but she should not bank on the idea of a major acting career because of it.

    Overall, a fine episode and the third installment of the CSI series has just garnered yet another viewer.moreless
  • While investigating a murder, Stella begins to notice that many facts in the murder are remarkably similar to a recent lecture she gave at a local university. Can the killer have attended the lecture?moreless

    There have been better episodes of "CSI: NY" but I still found myself liking what I saw though not as much as previous episodes. The stalker element of the story is handeled very well here. I like how a familiar storyline has been given a new twist. That makes the episode entertaining and makes it more than just average. One thing I believe this episode could have done without is the story of Flak's up and coming romance. It has been done already in this series between Danny and Lindsay and I think one work romance is enough for now.moreless
  • I am a normally big fan of CSI:NY but, I was actually disappointed in the episode and how it felt as a filler.

    I was actually disappointed in the episode and how it felt as a filler. This episode felt loose in the writing as well as the acting. It has seemed that way for the past couple of episodes since Anna Belknap had left temporally for maternity leave. The writers have written a strong character of Lindsey. Perhaps when the actress is gone they can work on the other characters. I am a normally big fan of CSI:NY and I hope the rest of the season gets better when Lindsey Monroe aka Montana gets back. She was the glue to the show.moreless
  • kill ort die....

    liked this chapter but it's not the best they did this season...Ok, my points:

    - The case: Really good one. As Hawkes said it: Murder or Suicide, those were the two options she had and she decided to survive...Does it really exist the rejection line?? - Flack and Angell scene was cute, sweet and hot! PERFECT!

    - Stella teaching was a great idea.

    - Very little of Adam and Danny! Although the few minutes they were there, they were really funny

    - Mac and Hawkes. I don't think that Mac was very mad at Hawkes for what Doc said at the end. Hawkes was very in the case, I really liked him so passionate. -The American idol girl? Meh... She wasn't so bad...

    All in all, good one but not the best....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

Eddie Mills

Eddie Mills

Phillip Langdon

Guest Star

Tim Fields

Tim Fields

Marshall Baxter

Guest Star

Samuel Ball

Samuel Ball

James Copeland

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • (As they are making out)
      Angell: Don't make me cuff your other hand.
      Flack: That's good work, Detective.

    • Mac: What kind of killer photographs his crime and then e-mails it to the cops?
      Flack: A showoff. Someone who thinks he's smarter than us.
      Mac: We're about to prove him wrong.

    • James Copeland: Baxter parked in my spot every single day. My spot. With my name on it. I tried to be reasonable with the guy. It just got a little out of hand.
      Flack: Well, who could blame you? A parking spot in this city's worth killing for.
      James Copeland: True, but I didn't kill him.

    • Mac: The killer e-mailed the photo from a public place.
      Adam: That's smart, right?
      (Mac gives him a look)
      Adam: Oh, I-I... I'm sorry. I didn't mean, like-like he's smart smart. I mean, like, he's...

    • (Over the phone): Welcome to the Rejection Call Line. The reason you're hearing this recorded greeting is because the person who gave you this phone number wants nothing to do with you.
      (Danny laughs)
      (Over the phone): To speak with a specialist who will guide you through this hard time of heartache and pain, press 1.
      Stella: Okay. The Rejection Call Line?
      Danny: Hell of a way to give somebody the slip, huh?
      Stella: Yeah.

    • Sid: One of science's many ironies. Ice can burn.

    • Stella: I think I know the connection. It's me.

    • Stella: I used examples from past cases to show what it is
      we do.
      Mac: And those examples have been duplicated in the Baxter murder.
      Stella: Every single one of them.

    • Mac: Where were you at 5:00
      in the morning?
      James Copeland: Nursing a hangover from that party.
      Angell: Can anyone verify that?
      James Copeland: Yeah, my cat.

    • Angell: (To James Copeland, who claimed his cat was his alibi) I hope you have someone changing Fluffy's litter box, 'cause if you're lying, you'll be going away for a while.

    • Stella: I keep trying to remember the faces, and I just can't. It's all such a blur.
      Professor: Well, if it's any consolation, I have been doing this... for over 30 years. You never remember the faces. Well... maybe a few.
      Stella: It's just so disturbing to think that someone would attend one of my lectures just to learn how to get away with murder.
      Professor: What students take away from a class is up to them, Stella. You cannot blame yourself.

    • Hawkes: Looks like Baxter was a real packrat.
      Flack: You think this is bad, you should see Adam's place.

    • Hawkes: All these photos are the same two women.
      Flack: Looks of things, I don't think they knew they were being photographed.
      Hawkes: More like surveillance photos. Like they were being watched.
      Flack: You thinking what I'm thinking?
      Hawkes: Could be Marshall Baxter's a stalker.

    • Hawkes: (About Baxter) He must have violated the restraining order.
      Flack: And for that, the judge gave him eight days in jail.
      Hawkes: Eight days. Hell of a deterrent.

    • Flack: Although stalking may be a crime, the things stalkers do are perfectly legal. You know, there's no laws against taking pictures, sending e- mails, or using the phone.
      Hawkes: Yeah, but it's just wrong. People have the right to walk down the street and feel safe.

    • Hawkes: We put away the bad guys, but what about the victims? Who fixes them? My ex-girlfriend, Kara, perfect example. She was raped. And afterwards, everything changed. She was afraid, cautious. She lost a part of herself. And then I lost her.

    • Hawkes: Carrie committed suicide about six months ago. It's not a total wash, though. According to Rhode Island police, her brother recently filed a lawsuit against them.
      Mac: For failure to protect. He blames them for his sister's suicide.
      Hawkes: Maybe he decided to finish what the law couldn't.

    • Philip Langdon: The cops claimed they couldn't arrest Baxter until he committed an act of violence. An act of violence? What do you call destroying someone's soul?
      Flack: Some would call it motive.

    • Flack: Mr. Langdon... I am truly sorry for your loss. I have a sister, too.
      Philip Langdon: Don't ever take that for granted.

    • Mac: Follow the hunter, find the prey.

    • Hawkes: (Reads Baxter's note) 'You are mine, btch, and that's final.' Nobody has the right to do this to another person, nobody.

    • Mac: Dana Melton changed her name to Odessa and moved from Boston to Manhattan to start a new life. Baxter followed her here, started stalking her again, but this time, instead of turning to law enforcement for help, she took matters into her own hands.
      Stella: She killed him. And I taught her how.

    • Hawkes: She was smart enough to move out of her apartment
      before she killed Baxter. Probably smart enough to leave town as well. Part of me hopes so.
      Mac: Sheldon, sometimes the line isn't as clear as we'd like it to be, but it's still there and Odessa crossed it. She had a choice.
      Hawkes: Yeah. Suicide or murder.

    • Dana Melton: You don't know what I've been through. I was so scared. I tried to start over to change everything. I know you don't understand, not really.
      Mac: I do understand, Dana. I understand it all, but I have to arrest you anyway. It's the toughest part of my job.

    • Dana Melton: I thought I did everything right.
      Mac: You came very close. You had a good teacher. You left no prints, no DNA, no witnesses. Just circumstantial evidence.
      Hawkes: In fact, without a formal confession, it will be very hard to win a conviction.

    • Flack: (Upon entering Dana Melton's vacated apartment): Well, I can't say I like what she's done with the place.

    • Stella: This will only take a second.
      Gavin: Last time you guys said that, it cost me my girlfriend.
      Hawkes: This is a homicide investigation, not a dating service.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 1, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: June 2, 2009 on AXN.
      Brazil: June 18, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: July 15, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: October 5, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: October 26, 2009 on RTL4.
      Norway: October 28, 2009 on TVNorge.
      New Zealand: January 5, 2010 on TV3.
      Germany: February 1, 2010 on Vox.
      Slovakia: February 20, 2010 on JOJ.
      Australia: March 4, 2010 on Channel 9.
      Finland: June 23, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Katharine McPhee is the second American Idol contestant to guest star in CSI: NY after Chris Daughtry, who guest starred in My Name is Mac Taylor.

    • Sam Ball, who plays James Copeland, has appeared in the C.S.I. episode Lady Heather's Box and in the CSI: Miami one Lost Son.

      Michael Trevino, who plays Gavin Skidmore, has appeared in the C.S.I. episode Turn, Turn, Turn and in the CSI: Miami one Come as You Are.

      Wayne Lopez, who plays "Manager" has appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Wet Foot/Dry Foot.

    • Music featured:
      Electric Feel by MGMT.
      Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy.
      Say Goodbye by Katharine McPhee.
      Sorry by Gram Rabbit.
      Until We Bleed by Kleerup featuring Lykke Li.
      Who Are You? by The Who.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Anna Belknap does not appear in the episode.


    • James Copeland: We did a rehearsal of Don Giovanni. Theater was empty by 11:00.

      Don Giovanni is an opera with music by Mozart and libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte. It premiered on October 29, 1787.

    • Danny: All right, Romeo. If you see her, you tell her we're looking for her.

      Romeo is the male lead character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet play.

    • James Copeland: Nobody here did this, who's gonna shoot somebody in a theater.
      Flack: You ever heard of a guy named John Wilkes Booth?

      John Wilkes Booth was an actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theater on April 14, 1865.