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Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor
Detective Stella Bonasera
Dr. Sid Hammerback
Goof: At the end of the episode in Stella's office, her digital clock reads 10:36 and a moment later it changes to 10:37; however when the clock is shown again as Mac covers her with the blanket, the time is again 10:36 and changes once more to 10:37 once Mac leaves the office.
This episode takes place on April 7th, 2010 which sets the action in real time with its corresponding air date.
Marina addresses her letter to Stella to the following address:
5885 Broadway 35th floor - Room 3509
New York, NY 10008.
However, in episode 6x03 Lat 40 Degrees 47 Minutes N/Long 73 Degrees 58 Minutes W it is stated that the lab's address is:
1 Police Plaza.
New York, NY 10038.
Also, the envelope is sent to 'room 3509' which is Mac's office and not Stella's (as can be seen at the beginning of the episode and also during episode 6x01 Epilogue).
Aubrey has worked in Afghanistan as a doctor in the Air Force Reserves.
Goof: Stella's office phone number is 555 0135 (ext 5040). However, in episode 6x02 Blacklist Featuring Grave Digger it is stated that Mac's office number is 555 0131.
In Stella's dream, when she arrives to the apartment where Luke Garito is hiding, she pushes the building door open, tries to turn on the lights and opens the closet door ungloved. Even if it's just a dream, it's interesting that Stella acts unlike a CSI.
Mac: We pick up a case I don't know about? (Stella shows him the case file) Marina Garito.
Stella: How many business cards do you hand out a week to friends and family of victims and say: 'if you need anything, give me a call?'
Stella: Marina Garito called me every Monday at 8:00 sharp, without fail, for three years. Always asking the same question. Wanting to know if there were any new leads in her brother's case.
Stella: Luke Garito was 8 years old when he went missing 15 years ago. He was presumed dead. Marina was relentless in her search for answers. Calling with potential leads, names of possible suspects. Last Monday, she left me a message. Said she was close to the biggest break in the case yet. I have no idea what she meant, 'cause I was, erm... I was too busy to get back to her. Last night, she was rushed to Trinity General Hospital. Gunshot wound, dead on arrival.
Stella: This young woman had reason to live. She would not have done this.
Sid: I've seen hundreds of cases with the very same set of circumstances, and I've arrived at the exact same result.
Stella: Maybe this time you're wrong.
Mac: All right...
Stella: No, I'm sorry. If there is one thing I am sure of, it's that Marina Garito did not kill herself. This was murder. (She walks away. Sid exhales slowly)
Mac: Don't take it personally, Sid. Stella worked through the night. She's tired.
Sid: We're both disappointed, I suppose.
Sid: That we didn't get any answers for Marina about her brother. It's been three years since Stella entered Luke Garito's DNA sample into the Missing Persons database. Our hope was that it would match a John Doe that came in somewhere, but time after time, nothing, we never got a hit. Then last night, Marina's body was brought in.
Marina: It's been almost 15 years since Luke disappeared. But each morning I wake up, I don't think about it being another day that I haven't seen my brother. For me, it's another day closer to him coming home. Of course sometimes, it's hard to remain optimistic. Reality sets in, and I could see the possibility that he's actually dead. It makes it easier, because it helps me erase the image that Luke is... sitting somewhere, alone, waiting, wondering: 'Why haven't they come to get me? Where are they?' It's strange. When I do let myself imagine that we find him, I have my arms around him, but, uh, he's still an eight-year-old boy. I hope he's okay.
Lindsay: Stella, I'm all for women's intuition and gut instinct, but what is it, exactly, that makes you think Marina Garito didn't take her own life?
Stella: She wasn't finished, Lindsay. She hadn't found her brother yet.
Aubrey: I've never seen a crime lab before.
Adam: You know, I could give you a tour, uh, show you some epithelials under the microscope.
Aubrey: Seen plenty of epithelials, but thank you.
Adam: Ah. Biologist?
Aubrey: Emergency room.
Aubrey: Cute. (Mac walks over) Mac.
Adam: (Disappointed) Boss.
Mac: Hey, Aubrey.
Adam: I've got some work to do here.
Stella: More evidence supports suicide than murder. You think I'm trying too hard?
Flack: We all have a Marina Garito, Stella. John Brennan calls the station house once a month, and anyone who answers the phone gets a story about how his wife was murdered, and the man who's responsible is still out there. And it breaks your heart, because you don't have any answers for him. But what can you do?
Flack: Tell me. On those Mondays when you got those calls, after you hung up the phone, what did you do? You can't do much. Because you're chasing bad guys who are out there right now, and the evidence on those old cases gets cold and the witnesses don't remember half of what they used to, and...
Stella: You're right. But I just can't stop thinking that I should have done more to help her find her brother.
Flack: You took her calls every Monday. That's a lot!
Marina: My mother was crying. There was so much noise, so many people. My stepfather was talking to the police. He remembered the sound of an ice cream truck. My brother's bike was on the stoop, but he wasn't. And the hardest part of it all... that I looked exactly like him. Twins. I was a constant reminder of what had happened, of who was missing. And I hated my face. My mother died, a year later.
Stella: Before you even think about it, I am not going on sick leave.
Mac: Didn't cross my mind. I do want you to take it easy, though. The man who attacked you, you're sure it was Tony Dirisa?
Stella: Absolutely. It was Marina's stepfather.
Mac: We still don't have proof that Marina's death was murder and not suicide.
Stella: She was murdered because she found the answer. That's what she meant when she said she was getting close. She found her brother's killer, and her brother's killer found her.
Sid: I'm a little cautious after this morning, Sheldon. I feel better with a second opinion.
Hawkes: I would've concluded suicide same as you.
Sid: You don't know that for sure. Experience is a curse sometimes. Things start to get routine, and at the first sign of an answer, you leap in a familiar direction without asking: 'Is there another possibility?'
Hawkes: The forensic clues at a scene and on the victim's body tells us what path to take in an autopsy. That's something we don't dictate. If a victim's found with ligature marks on the neck, we're not considering poisoning as cause of death. You taught me that!
Sid: I know. I just feel bad.
Hawkes: Sid... we're not always right, but it's not always because we're wrong.
Mac: We've just proven Marina's suicide was murder.
Adam: Really? I... I don't get it. How did we do that?
Mac: The French fry... the foam slice found in Marina's living room is proof that a pillow was used as a silencer. Anyone who's committing suicide isn't concerned with muffling the sound of a gun.
Stella: Which proves that Marina did not kill herself.
Lindsay: Tony Dirisa shot Marina and used a pillow as a silencer.
Adam: The whole French fry thing.
Lindsay: Right. And then he took that pillow with him when he fled the scene.
Adam: Okay, makes sense; he doesn't want to leave the evidence.
Lindsay: But then he started to overthink things.
Hawkes: A guilty conscience needs no accuser.
Lindsay: Tony Dirisa went back to the apartment to get this pillow, not because it had a bullet hole in it; because it didn't. He thought it would seem weird that the sofa had one pillow, and somehow we'd be on to him.
Mac: His biggest mistake was going back.
Stella: Marina clenched this fabric in her fist because she knew she held the clue to her killer's identity.
Marina: Tony married my mom when we were five. He loved her a lot. But you could tell that kids were a big adjustment. He tried really hard. He took care of me. He and Luke... it was tough for them. I... I don't think he meant to do it.
(Tony kills Luke unintentionally when the boy falls to the ground and hits his head as he scolds him)
Marina: (Crying) I stayed in there for a while, hoping this-this isn't real, and I was wondering who's going to take care of me. What will happen to me if I tell the truth? And would my mom love me anymore if they both went away? No one asked me what happened. So I just forgot.
Danny: One of Flack's CI's just got an emergency request for some forged documents, passport and ID.
Stella: Sounds like Tony Dirisa's getting out of town.
Danny: Yep. And Flack and I are going to go help him through security.
Marina: (Voiceover as Stella reads her letter) 'Detective Bonasera, I want to thank you for all that you've done in trying to help me find my brother. Finally, I can put this all to rest now. I know what happened. I know who did it. >I knew all along. Repressed memory, that's what they call it. I was in college and someone asked me about my missing brother. And he said why had nothing been done. So I got angry, and I started to ask my own questions. Talked to investigators, looked for answers. Two weeks ago... I went back there. Back to the house where we lived. And I remembered it all.'
Flack: Is this where you pointed the gun right before you shot her, huh? Or was it here?
Tony Dirisa: Hey, let go of me.
Danny: Take it easy, Mr. Dirisa, all right? You've got the right to remain silent.
Tony Dirisa: It was an accident. You got to believe me.
Flack: What happened? Pillow got in the way and the gun accidentally went off?
Stella: All by herself, she figured it out. The timeline, the conflicting witness accounts, the... the ice cream truck thatt never existed. She confided in you. Told you everything she knew every step of the way.
Tony Dirisa: We both wanted answers!
Stella: Oh, sure you did! Only you wanted to know what she knew! How close Marina was getting to learning the truth.
Tony Dirisa: I didn't kill her!
Stella: Yes, you did. Only what you didn't know, what we all didn't know, was that Marina had ended her commitment to search for Luke. She was finally letting it all go. She was letting you go.
Stella: (To Tony Dirisa, about Marina) She knew it was you. You panicked for nothing. You killed her for nothing. She was letting you go.
Stella: Hey, Sid.
Stella: I'm sorry.
Sid: No, you were right. And I got defensive because I thought: 'what if she's right?' (He laughs) It reminds me that I may be a little off my game. I'm getting old.
Stella: Uh-uh. You are wise, my friend.
Sid: (Laughs) If only.
Flack: Mr. Brennan?
Mr. Brennan: Yeah. Who is this?
Flack: Hey, it's Detective Don Flack. How you doing?
Mr. Brennan: I'm fine. What... what can I help you with?
Flack: Well, I was hoping that you and I could get together.
Mr. Brennan: You know something about my wife?
Flack: No, sir, I don't have any answers, but I'm sure as hell hoping that you and I can find some.
Mr. Brennan: Really? Wow, Detective, it has been a really long time.
Flack: Yeah, it has been a long time.
Marina: Three years after the day it all happened, I was 11... and I remember coming home thinking that he's here. He's back. He's here. Luke. I was sure he was hiding in our secret place. But he wasn't. And I remembered him telling me that one day he's going to hide in a place that I would never find him. But I did. I did find him.
Moran Atias, who plays Marina Garito, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode G.O..
According to Melina Kanakaredes, she did all her stunts in this episode. The underwater scenes weren't a problem since she was a synchronized swimmer; however, hanging upside down in a harness inside a car that has flipped over made her genuinely nervous because she has a bit of claustrophobia.
Brian Goodman, who plays Tony Dirisa, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Living Legend.
Original International Air Dates:
Canada: April 7, 2010 on CTV.
United Kingdom: May 8, 2010 on Five.
Czech Republic: June 26, 2010 on AXN.
Spain: July 13, 2010 on AXN.
Turkey: August 1, 2010 on CNBC-e.
Sweden: September 6, 2010 on Kanal 5.
Norway: October 6, 2010 on TVNorge.
Germany: January 24, 2011 on Vox.
Slovakia: May 17, 2011 on JOJ.
Finland: June 22, 2011 on MTV3.
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