Season 6 Episode 19


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 14, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Hawkes is called to witness an execution and he ends up learning a secret about his family. Before he gets out of the penitentiary, he finds himself hostage of a riot. The team has to break in and get him out before the inmates discover he is a cop. However, Hawkes has plans of his own during his involuntary stay inside the prison.moreless

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  • What this 6th season needed.

    It only took 19 episodes, but after months and months of watching this lackluster 6th season we've finally been given a great episode of CSI: NY. In reality, this episode is just what this sixth season needed. Admittedly, there wasn't really too much crime scene investigating, but that can be forgiven in this episode. It was truly a Hawkes centered story, with the rest of the team literally sitting on the sidelines, quite helpless as to what unfolded in the prison Hawkes is trapped in. Hill Harper is remarkable as Dr. Sheldon while he gets help from the very talented Harold Perrineau, the man who murdered Hawkes's sister. The premise sounds slightly cliched, yet the way it is all explained makes it not just so. Without giving too much away, Shane Casey, who looks like he's been eating well in prison, should be in the next few episodes. I was scared as to how the episode was going to end, but it ended perfectly, with Perrineau getting his just desserts and Hawkes visiting his late sister's grave. It's not the usual CSI: NY formula, but that is exactly what this sixth season needed! Bravo!moreless
  • Series classic

    I tuned into CSI: NY not expecting much, and what I got was one of the best episodes in series history. This was just an hour-long adrenaline rush and I played along and legitimately thought Sheldon was in serious trouble at some points. That is a sign of a good show when they can suck you in and erase your rational thought.

    Everytime I think this show is on the rocks, they prove me wrong. Great story here from start to finish, and a tremendous ending that sets up another potential clash down the line.

    My hats off to CSI: NY for the best episode of television this month so far.moreless
  • High Tech Riot.

    The strongest episode this season - not a hard title to win as this season has been messy.

    I am not a fan of Hawkes usually, he kinda irritates me ... but this episode helped me warm to him. The story was fantastic and so original. I always love the episodes that stray away from the usual setting (crime committed, evidence collected, criminal interrogated, the end.) I hope the final few episodes of season 6 can keep the standard of season 5 and this episode.

    Finally, all the gadgets the CSI's use make me laugh with how high-tech they are, when they had the blueprints of the prison on the table that was touch screen it looked like something from the far future. Just a small thing that makes me laugh!

    Keep up the good work for the final few episodes!moreless
  • Great idea... not so great chapter

    Hawkes story was great and all Hill did an amazing job playing it as well as the guy playing Reggie and of course the one playing Casey. The riot as some of you have already commented was kinda lame. I loved the little moment of the battery and Hawkes and Reggie getting outside the cell. And when Flack, Danny, Adam and Lindsay remembered about their past stories it was good that we had some continuity there... I can believe that 4 years after we got a mention of LOUIE!!! Although it is not very clear if he's still alive or not....

    About the parts... DL questioning HAwkes about why he hadn't told them about having a sister was just plain stupid. It wasn't the time to talk about that... Danny confessing that his badge was stolen to Stella and her saying nothing was totally worthy and for all we know Mac could not knew yet...

    And Shane just walking out of prison and no-one telling him anything was ridiculous...

    It was a good idea that had to many parts to became what it should have been one of the greatest chapters of the season...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

Harold Perrineau

Harold Perrineau

Reggie Tifford

Guest Star

Robert Curtis Brown

Robert Curtis Brown

Davis Ollenstein

Guest Star

Tyler Francavilla

Tyler Francavilla

Officer Miller

Guest Star

Edward Furlong

Edward Furlong

Shane Casey

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

  • QUOTES (28)

    • Hawkes: Did Mr. Tifford say why he wanted to speak with me?
      Warden Ollenstein: No. All he said was that he requested your presence as a witness to his execution.
      Hawkes: I don't even know him.
      Warden Ollenstein: Apparently he knows you.

    • Reggie Tifford: You got her eyes.
      Hawkes: Do I know you?
      Reggie Tifford: I spent the last ten years thinking about this. Wondering when this day was gonna come, and thinking, when it did... I'd want you to be here.
      Hawkes: To witness your execution? Why?
      Reggie Tifford: I want you to know something.
      (They are interrupted to proceed with the execution preliminars)

    • Hawkes: Reggie, what is it? What did you want me to know?
      Reggie Tifford: Hey... hey. I'm the man who killed your sister.
      Guard: Let's go.
      Hawkes: Maya?
      Reggie Tifford: I'm sorry, man. I wanted you to know that.

    • Hawkes: Hey, Mac, it's Hawkes.
      Mac: You on your way back?
      Hawkes: Not exactly. I got one dead in the execution room. Problem is it's not the inmate.

    • Mac: Your victim is a prison guard?
      Hawkes: Yeah. He collapsed seconds before Reggie Tifford was about to be executed.
      Mac: And a murder on death row gives him a stay of execution for the length of the investigation.
      Hawkes: Yeah.
      Mac: If Reggie Tifford is responsible, he just bought himself some more time on this earth.

    • Warden Ollenstein: We got a situation red. Full security breach. This is not a drill! I need a lockdown now!

    • Flack: I just heard on the news rioting broke out. Shots were fired. There's no reports of casualties yet. Did Hawkes get out?
      Mac: He's still in there.
      Flack: They find out who he is, he's as good as dead.

    • Reggie Tifford: Look, man, we gotta get you out of here before these cats change they mind, all right?
      Hawkes: Get away from me, dude!
      Reggie Tifford: Hey, listen to me! I could have took a shot at you tonight, but I didn't! I know what you thinking, right? I didn't kill that guard tonight!
      Hawkes: Why should I believe you?
      Reggie Tifford: Because, man, I was prepared to die tonight. It was a wrap, son! It was a wrap! You was the last part of it. I swear I had nothing to do with that guard! Now, you want to live, you come with me, now!

    • Mac: Look, look, Captain, I understand your situation, but you need to understand mine. I have a man in there who will not survive the night unless you and your team come up with a plan to extract him now.
      Danny: What do we know?
      Stella: One confirmed dead: a guard.
      Flack: Rest of the personnel is unaccounted for.
      Lindsay: So we can assume they're hostages.
      Stella: Everyone, including Hawkes.
      Adam: Pennsylvania State Correctional, isn't that where Shane Casey was transferred to?

    • Mac: SWAT's on the scene. They got a first stage tac plan in the works. Shut down the power, then open a line of communication.
      Adam: That could take hours.
      Lindsay: What about getting Hawkes out?
      Mac: Right now, that's low on their priority list.

    • (Hawkes tries to kill Reggie Tifford by choking him to death)
      Reggie Tifford: What you doing, man?! What's the matter?
      Hawkes: You killed her. You killed Maya.
      (Hawkes regrets it in the last moment and releases Reggie)

    • Hawkes: I don't know how much longer I can be in here without someone knowing I'm here.
      Mac: Is there anybody in there you can trust?
      Hawkes: (Looks at Reggie) No.
      Mac: All right, just keep your head down; conserve your battery. We'll be in touch.

    • Mac: We're gonna need blueprints of that prison. Everything you can get your hands on. Electrical systems, service corridors, every single access point.
      Stella: You really think we can do this?
      Lindsay: What? What are you thinking?
      Mac: We're gonna have to break Hawkes out of prison.

    • Hawkes: You may save my life in here, but you killed my sister. And there's no redemption for that. Not in my book, no matter how hard you try.
      Reggie Tifford: Don't you want to know what happened?
      Hawkes: My sister never had it easy. She got mixed up with drugs, met people like you. I can fill in the blanks, all right? Trust me, I see it all the time.
      Reggie Tifford: You're wrong, man. Maya was a good woman.
      Hawkes: Yeah. A good drug addict.
      Reggie Tifford: No, man, she...she beat that. Maya was already clean when I met her. I wasn't. She made the mistake of trying to help me.
      Hawkes: She got clean?
      Reggie Tifford: Yeah. Listen, man... I was high at the time, right? And we got into a fight, you know... I had no idea what was happening until it was over, man. I swear, I had no idea. And then I lied to the cops. I told them she got killed by some dealer she was trying to buy drugs from. After that, I was out of control. Took two more lives, ended up here. Man, not a day goes by I don't think about what I did, man.

    • Reggie Tifford: Maya said she had a smart brother. Man, she was proud of you. Look, let me help you. Not for you and not for me, but for her.

    • Mac: SWAT won't move in until they've done a full evaluation of the situation. The potential for casualties is too great if they try to go in blind.
      Stella: Just lay low and wait for us to figure out an escape plan.
      Hawkes: We can't do that. We got to keep moving. Plus I got a guard's murder to investigate.
      Danny: Are you kidding me, pal? Just duck and cover, okay? Wait for us to find a back door.
      Hawkes: The longer I wait, the colder the evidence gets. Remember who said that?
      Mac: Yeah, me. But I wasn't factoring in a prison riot.

    • Hawkes: Shane Casey. Know him?
      Guard: Of course.
      Hawkes: I need to know where his cell is.
      Guard: Who are you? I never seen you before.
      Hawkes: I'm not an inmate. My name is Dr. Sheldon Hawkes. I'm from the New York Crime Lab. I was here to witness the execution of Reggie Tifford when all hell broke loose.
      Guard: You picked the wrong time to pay us a visit.
      Hawkes: Yeah, you're telling me.
      Guard: (Giving it to Hawkes) A digital inmate tracking device. Shows us where any inmate is at any time. Also contains every inmate's prison file, including cell info.

    • Hawkes: So how's my escape plan coming along?
      Mac: It's going to take some time, Hawkes.
      Danny: Looking at everything, Doc: sewage pipes, air ducts, even the laundry chutes.
      Hawkes: Okay, in the meantime, can you find me a way to cell block G without going through B?
      Mac: Why? What's there?
      Hawkes: Shane Casey's cell.
      Mac: I think we can do that.

    • Hawkes: This is how he poisoned the guard.
      Reggie Tifford: With peaches?
      Hawkes: With the pit. Peach pits contain close to 100 milligrams of cyanide.

    • Hawkes: I found our killer. It's Casey.
      Danny: That's no surprise.
      Mac: We'd like to know the details, but let's get you out of there first.

    • Shane Casey: Good to see you again, Dr. Hawkes (Laughs) Well, at long last, you get to see what life is like on the other side of the bars.
      Hawkes: Your brother was guilty, Shane; we proved that. There's nothing left between you and me.
      Shane Casey: (Laughs) This has nothing to do with you, man.
      Hawkes: So let me out of here. What do you want?
      Shane Casey: Well, you know, basically, you know, what every American wants: life, liberty, and, uh, my freedom.

    • Shane Casey: (About the guard he's killed) I mean, the guy... he took, he took more lives than God, man!
      Hawkes: That was his job. And the people he executed were sentenced to death by a jury, not the twisted imagination of a madman.
      Shane Casey: You know what? That really hurt my feelings.
      Hawkes: You let me out of here, I'll do more than that, you coward.
      Shane Casey: Oh. Oh, wow, wow. Tough talk, Mr. Science Guy! You know what, unfortunately, I can't engage you any longer. I do have an appointment to keep. But, uh, have fun.

    • Danny: I'm getting worried. What if this plan doesn't work?
      Lindsay: It's gonna work. That's his reflection in the photo. He looks okay.
      Danny: This picture was taken two hours ago, Linds.

    • Danny: Hawkes, you have a sister?
      Hawkes: Her name was Maya. She was murdered in Pennsylvania about ten years ago.
      Lindsay: Why didn't you ever tell us?
      Hawkes: I don't know. She got in some trouble years ago. Just as I was graduating medical school, she... moved to Pennsylvania; we lost touch. And sometime there later, I found out she was murdered.
      Danny: They never found who killed her, did they?
      Hawkes: Police never made an arrest. We were just so different, you know? I was... pulled away from her. She pulled away from me. And I guess it was... You know, I don't know. I was thankful for that. I was... maybe I was just embarrassed by her.

    • Flack: I can't believe Dr. Hawkes had a sister this whole time and never told any of us.
      Lindsay: Well, we all know Sheldon. We know how hard he had to work to get where he is. Maybe he felt like there were people from his past that would undo that.
      Danny: Well I had Louie. I was always upfront about him.
      Flack: And my sister's no picnic.
      Adam: And my dad... I don't like talking about him.
      Lindsay: I know what it's like to want to bury something from your past.

    • Officer Miller: I had no choice. Casey has someone helping him.
      Hawkes: Who's helping him?
      Officer Miller: His former cell mate. He has my wife, my kids. He said he'd kill them if I didn't cooperate.
      Hawkes: I won't let that happen, I promise.
      (Officer Miller dies)
      Hawkes: (Closing Miller's eyes) Promise I won't let that happen.

    • Mac: Officer Miller's family is all safe. SWAT moved on the house an hour ago, arrested Casey's ex-cellmate and rescued the family.
      Stella: What about the warden?
      Mac: He was just released from the hospital.
      Danny: And, uh, Shane Casey?
      Mac: We've got alarms out all across Pennsylvania and New York. They're running a profile on the evening news. But as of right now, he's still in the wind.

    • Hawkes: (Visiting her sister's grave) Maya, I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Okay, so, uh, where do I begin? Um... I.. I've become a Crime Scene Investigator. And I'm happy. Yeah.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Robert Joy does not appear in this episode.

    • Edward Furlong, who plays Shane Casey, is back this season reprising the role he played during season 3.

      Harold Perrineau, who plays Reggie Tifford, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Go To Hell.

      Robert Curtis Brown, who plays Davis Ollenstein, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Swap Meet and in the CSI: Miami one Innocent.

      Jonathan Strait, who plays Hostage Negotiator, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode One Of Our Own.

      Jon Collin Barclay, who plays Beaten guard, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Dune And Gloom.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 14, 2010 on CTV.
      United Kingdom: May 15, 2010 on Five.
      Czech Republic: July 3, 2010 on AXN.
      Spain: July 20, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: August 8, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Sweden: September 13, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Norway: October 13, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Germany: January 31, 2011 on Vox.
      Slovakia: May 24, 2011 on JOJ.
      Finland: June 29, 2011 on MTV3.

    • Music Featured:
      Let Me Hear You Scream by Ozzy Osbourne. *
      Like A Star by Corinne Bailey Rae.
      Stop & Panic by Cirrus.

      *This song has its world premiere during this episode.


    • Reggie Tifford: Yeah, baby, that's some bad-ass MacGyver stuff you just pulled there, son.

      MacGyver is an American action adventure television series that aired on ABC for 7 seasons. Its lead character, Angus MacGyver, is a resourceful secret agent of the Phoenix Foundation whose main asset is applying the combination of scientific knowledge and the inventive use of common items to solve a range of problems.