Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 12, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac, Aiden and Flack investigate when Elaine Curtis is found dead at a dog competition, a knitting needle sticking out of her chest, and no shortage of suspects ranging from judges to trainers to contestants. Stella and Danny investigate the death of bicycle messenger Michael Starling, but the crime scene may have been anywhere along his route.moreless

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  • A knitting needle killer and a bicyclist stabbed.

    One woman is dead at a dog show. The murder weapon of choice? A knitting needle. I must say I loved this case, as I am a young knitter, and often on the subway when people are rude, I often feel like shoving a needle into them. Of course by the end of the episode, we found out, they didn’t. I had to say I loved the scenes of the dog show, and I loved it when Mac showed up and did a mini dog show to find the dog with the bloody paws. I also have to admit, I loved that Mac at the end said he wanted a dog. (Can anyone say the best scene ever was when Mac had to hold that little terrier? SO CUTE!) I thought it was crazy everyone kept saying that the victim at the dog show was trying to work the judges by dressing nicely. Maybe she just liked dressing that way. Why should she cover up? She is a young girl; she should be allowed to dress however she wants, as long as it’s not like a hooker. I have to say her suit wasn’t that low cut either.

    And I love the seedy undertone to the world of dog shows: the gambling going on and the like. The vet was absolutely hilarious. Also another great scene was the doggy sex role-play scene with the vic and her lover.

    The other case involved a biker who got stabbed. I loved how that ended up being the magazine vendor. And I loved the humor after they cuff him where she’s like pedestrian rage. I am disgusted. And a biker almost runs her over and she cusses. He kind of had his point proven but also not. Where as Stella felt like smacking the bicyclist, she didn’t stab him. It makes a subtle observation that there is a choice when you get annoyed with something, and the right choice is never killing. I loved the scenes with Danny and Stella. Where Danny got all fed up with the child molester. It was interesting to see how angry Danny was with him. Stella didn’t like him either, and she was disgusted with him as well, but Danny was vicious. He was like a pent up dog. It was a fine example of acting right there. Speaking of Danny, anyone else notice he had an exorbitant amount of scenes with puns in them? I loved them. And the ending was so nice to see. It was refreshing to see Stella and Mac out of work (and Mac without a tie!) it was good to see them just hanging out like buddies.moreless
  • Script was okay. More comical than I'm used to, but ok.

    Mac at the dog show or should I say freak show. The dog owner's and handlers were hysterical. Almost as funny as Mac and Aiden being "judges". I thought that scene was great. Elaine having a bizarre affair with another handler was humorous. But I like the twists of involved in her death. Now the bike messenger case was really interesting. I loved the high tech graphics used to track the messengers route. I loved Stella calling Danny's bluff on the possible suspect being female. It's shows he still has lots to learn. I thought Danny's make up lesson was classic. Ultimately the messenger just pissed off a vendor one too many times.moreless
  • One of the best episodes so far

    I have to say that this is one of the best episodes so far (i have to say i haven't seen the rest of the season).

    I especially like Mac's storyline with the dog-show.

    Really shows how different people can look on the same subject such as their dogs.

    What stood out the most was Bill Brown's excellent scoring for this episode. His score in the scene where the dogs line up is great and this theme was stuck in my head all day long.

    Character-wise this story showed how close Stella and Mac really are (they are not involved or anything, just good friends)

    So far i'd have to say it's the best episode so far but let's see what the rest of the season bringsmoreless
Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Hira Ambrosino

Hira Ambrosino

Angie Soon

Guest Star

Desi Lydic

Desi Lydic

Elaine Curtis

Guest Star

Paul Carafotes

Paul Carafotes

Detective Charlie Thacker

Guest Star

Sonya Walger

Sonya Walger

Jane Parsons

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Before Danny and Stella walk into the cafe to talk to Theodore Gates, the little boy takes the straw. However when the scene changes after Danny and Stella walk in Gates has the straw again.

    • Goof: The owner of the knitting needle stated that she knitted for her dog the blanket the animal is sitting on. However, that blanket is crocheted and not knitted.

    • Goof: When Mac gives Aiden the dog's water bottle to test, she unscrews and removes the cap. A few seconds later she removes it again.

    • Goof: When Stella finds the murder weapon – a Swiss army knife – the scissor blade still attached to the knife is clean. When Danny looks at the knife in the lab, the blade is still clean. Once he puts it under the microscope to compare it with the other blade found in the victim's wound, the blade is bloody. When he next inspects the knife for other traces, the blood is gone again.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Stella: (Accepting a hotdog from Mac) Boy, you really know how to treat a girl.

    • Stella: He wasn't stabbed here, so this is our secondary crime scene.
      Cop: Who knows where this guy was stabbed.
      Danny: Somewhere between Wall Street and right here.
      Cop: What?
      Danny: Delivery manifest. Last drop 200 Wall Street, next stop 33 and 8th.
      Stella: He's gonna be a little late.

    • (Stella comes in, sees Danny browsing a women's magazine)
      Stella: If you wanted beauty tips, all you had to do was ask.
      Danny: Did you know that waterproof mascara dries out your lashes? That's amazing.

    • Danny: Usually when you stab somebody, you know the guy's name. It's just common courtesy.

    • Hawkes: At first I thought this might have been a post-mortem dog bite.
      Mac: Those are no canine's canines.

    • (The Magazine Vendor, Mark Stutz, just explained he stabbed the messenger because he was sick and tired of bikers acting like they own the area)
      Stella: (disgusted) Pedestrian rage. Why do I even ask?
      (At that moment, a bike messenger speeds by giving little warning, almost running over Stella)
      Stella: Son of a bitch!
      Mark Stutz: Makes you want to murder 'em, don't it?
      Stella:(Not commenting on it) Get in the car.

    • (Mr. Howell claims he was at the Charlton when the vic died, that's why he lied and said he didn't hear her.)
      Flack: You don't want me to check this out and find out that you're lying, now.
      Ross Howell: Oh, do whatever you want. I became a vet because I wanted to
      alleviate some suffering, and I end up dealing drugs to manic-depressive

    • Brett Stokes: Hmm. Pretty smart sending a woman - figured I'd warm up to you? We'd have a little Oprah Winfrey heart-to-heart, I'd tell you who killed Mikey?
      Stella: Don't expect me to buy you a car, but since you're in the chatty mood, let's start with that.
      (Stella points to the guaze on Brett's leg)

    • (Mac has been checking dogs' paws for blood. When he shoos one woman away when hers has none, she gets angry.)
      Woman: Do you realize my dog feels this as a rejection? It's appalling. Have you no shame, sir?

    • (Mac just got the dog owners in a line, and one complains as he walks up to him)
      Alvin Marbert: Can't you see the effect this is having? Look at my dog. He's almost in tears.
      (The dog looks idly around, Mac gives both a look.)

    • Frank Meadows: Hey, look, I don't know nothing about no stabbing, all right? I gotta hire a new guy now, and-and you're looking to take down one more?
      Danny: I'm looking for the truth. You don't seem so eager to deliver.
      Frank Meadows: Funny. Good pun.
      Danny: Thanks for nothing, eh?

    • (Danny and Stella are investigating the death of a bike messenger)
      Stella: Alright, Danny. How does the DNA from the fingernail scrappings on the knife not match Brett Stokes? I mean, she's got 'motive' tattooed on her forehead.
      Danny: Hey, don't kill the messenger.
      Danny: See what I just did there?
      Stella: Yeah, it was cute.

    • Stella: Some days you're the dog, some days you're the hydrant.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Brad Greenquist, who plays Theodore Gates, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Look Who's Taunting and in the C.S.I. one Bang Bang.

    • German episode title: Stichwunden, meaning Stab Wounds.

      Brazilian episode title: Pedalando, meaning Pedaling.

    • Music Featured:
      Give It Away by Red Hot Chili Peppers.
      Water From a Vine Leaf by William Orbit & Beth Orton.
      Alpha Beta Gaga by Air.
      Change Down by Bonobo.
      Diplo Rhythm by Diplo, Pantera Os Danadinhos, Sandra Melody & Vybz Cartel.


    • Hawkes: Mike Tyson.

      Champion boxer Mike Tyson is notorious for his violent behavior and resulting legal problems. Among other offenses, he has served prison time for rape and he bit off Evander Holyfield's ear during a match.

    • Brett Stokes: We'd have a little Oprah Winfrey heart-to-heart...
      Stella: Don't expect me to buy you a car.

      This is an obvious allusion the The Oprah Winfrey Show and how she once gave everyone in the audience cars, (even though the writers in the commentary failed to remember where "don't expect me to buy you a car" came from).