CSI: NY

Season 2 Episode 13

Risk

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2006 on CBS
8.6
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Danny is on his way home after a long shift and finds Randy Williams subway surfing. Mac and Lindsay arrive on the scene and begin to wonder if Randy Williams died from riding on top of the subway. His death is even more suspicious after they examine the body more closely.moreless

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  • This was a really good episode. I liked the whole Subway driver being a bit of a pisser, and I also liked the crazy ass second in command. The book... Man. crazy brokers. spoilers. most definitely.moreless

    9.3
    The beginning:

    We see Danny going home and a guy on the tracks. I totally saw it coming, did anyone else? I loved Danny trying to save the guy on the tracks- but he’s already dead. SUPER!



    The cases:

    Question: Why did the guy have a shark’s tooth in his hand and seafood in his guts? Okay well we find out why. But goldfish? Ew. Definitely this was some sort of initiation. What did this man swallow a goldfish? I mean, really. What's even better is that they were alive when he swallowed them. We think it was the bouncer that bounced him out, but it was the subway driver? I only find that unbelievable as at any time a subway driver can call in assault- assault on a subway driver is the same as assaulting a police officer in NY.



    Then there was the guy hung at the NYSE. I figured he had been strangled before he was hung, it just seemed a bit weird. I mean do people still do that? I guess so... I thought that was an interesting case, what with the craaaazy guy below him.



    Favorite scene:

    The doot da doot with the subway driver and Lindsay. I loved that bit. And then when she repeats it back to him, and he's all "she used it in a sentence and everything!"



    Overall: This was a really good episode. I liked the whole Subway driver being a bit of a pisser, and I also liked the crazy ass second in command. The book... Man. crazy brokers.moreless
  • Subway surfers do live dangerous!

    9.4
    I love Risk...



    We have Danny Messer on the train, flirting with girls (though we all know that he should be focusing on his Montana) and stumbling over a dead body. We have an ME and Mac fishing for seafood inside a dead body's stomach ... yummy ... We have Flack, Stella and Hawkes discussing a broker's death. We have Lindsay learning New York slang. We have Mac and Lindsay really dressed up. We have Sid going to his creepy place when he necks the bodies. We have a Wild Wild Wet Club. Can there be more in a perfect episode????moreless
  • Not my favourite stories, but offers some great scenes. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable episode.

    9.0
    I've already watched this episode a few times, and the conclusion I always arrive at is that although I don't specially like the stories in it, there are some scenes that make it up as a good episode. The first storyline, the college kid dead after a night of being stupid, is somewhat overused, I think, in every series, and this kid was just too stupid. As for the second storyline, the broker hanging out of the window, it's funny but I always forget about it. Perhaps there are too many references about making and losing fortunes in a matter of hours, all the comments about how risky and gamble like the whole thing was, and it makes me uncomfortable. But surely the suspects are quite overdone – I mean, in all series we have actors overdoing, but these ones all sound too much off.

    Among the scenes that I love, we have Danny flirting with the girl on the train, right at the beginning. It's the kind of scene we rarely see, what the CSIs do and how they behave when they are not working. At that moment, he's just being a normal guy. Then enter Mac in a smoking and Lindsay dressed for opera: so out of the ordinary!

    Lindsay's face when the silly college girl looks at Danny and starts drooling (hard to blame the girl, but still) is priceless, as is the whole scene inside the college kid's room, overflowing with sarcastic dialogue. Also priceless is the scene when Mac identifies the place where the kid ate the live tropical fish, much to Adam's surprise. We can almost hear Adam thinking "He went there as a customer. Or not? Did he? Did he not?" There are other bits and pieces I like about this episode, but it's mostly a matter of details, facial expressions, reactions. Unfortunately, it's a fine episode with ordinary storylines.moreless
  • Great Episode.

    9.0
    I know they tend to have a play on words in titling the episodes but this one fit classicly and perfectly. Both cases had different risks involved but unfortunately it ends in death for both. From the subway surfer to free trader. QT did forget how he started but it shouldn't mean his death. I loved how Hawkes found that chloriform changes fabric color, that was a great twist. I also thought it was real creative how Stella figured out how Bobby snuck the chloriform into his office. Great puzzle pieces. As for our subway surfer Randy, it was his ultimate risk of pissing people off rather than his surfing that lead to his unnecessary death. I loved how Lindsay took Perry down. Adam linking the snarks tooth was pretty neat and Mac determining that anti-freeze was the the final link of Chuck White to Randy's death.moreless
  • I liked the crazy Cecil guy. He was pretty hilarious! Especially when he throws the birdseed at Det. Flack and says "EAT!"

    8.7
    This was an overall average episode. It was nothing on the special side, but was just as good as any other episode. I liked that they used a real-life current problem (subway surfing) as their storyline, instead of something totally made up that would have no connection to the real world. It was definitely interesting and had no major flaws. The writers did a great job and the acting was phenomonal! I would definitely recommend this episode as a good one to watch on a cold, snowy night. But, not necessarily a good way to spend your Saturday afternoon. Great camerawork!moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Trevor Wright

Trevor Wright

Perry Lohmann

Guest Star

John Enos III

John Enos III

Mr. White

Guest Star

Mark Famiglietti

Mark Famiglietti

Bobby Martin

Guest Star

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Robbert Joy

Robbert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • This episode was the second time that guest stars Sandra McCoy & Rick Pasqualone had appeared on a C.S.I. They were reunited after guest starring on the original C.S.I, in the third season's episode Lady Heather's Box.

    • Goof: At the very end of the episode as we see the train moving and Danny inside talking to some girl, we see the number on the train is an 8. There are no 8 trains. Also, Danny is seen talking on his phone to Mac. There is no cell phone service on the underground trains (all trains in Manhattan- some in the outer boroughs go above ground). While there is the rare occasion your phone will go in service on the train, it is never for an extended period of time as seen in the scene.

    • Goof: During the reconstruction of Randy Williams' death, the dialogue indicates that the MTA employee is the motorman (operator) of the train ("Get back in your little cab and drive your choo-choo",). The train is also shown as being in motion during the event. In the New York Subway, trains are equipped with deadman's switches, typically the speed lever which must be held in place for the train to run. If the lever is released, the train slows to a stop. Since Williams is shown falling from the end car, the employee must have been a conductor and not a motorman, who whould have been unable to leave the controls at the front car of the train.

    • Goof: The readout from the mass spectrometer that identified Chloroform from the fiber of Q.T. Jammer's throat, shows the right common name Chloroform, but the wrong chemical name and the wrong formula. Chloroform is Trichloromethane and not Trichloroethane as on the readout. The readout itself matches neither the MS readout from Chloroform nor the one from Trichloroethane.

    • Goof: Right after Lindsay and Danny discover that they need to find a secondary surfer, there is a clip shown of people using tokens to enter the transit system. However the MTA stopped the sale (and a few months after, the use) of tokens in the year 2003, 3 years before the date of this episode.

    • Goof: Sid explains that the trader's cause of death is asphyxia "But not from hanging out a 40 story window" In the scene just before this we see the corpse hanging outside the building and the view of the ground shows us that he's at most 9 or ten stories up.

    • Goof: Mac bends down and runs his torch up Randy Williams' body and as the beam of light reaches the body's face, it blinks ever so slightly. You can see it in the left hand eye (his right) just as the background music reaches a loud crescendo-burst.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Conductor White: Who cares about me, the working man.
      Mac: I did. Until you broke the law.

    • Mac: Axe handle! Who's this belong to?
      Bartender: Paul Bunyan was in last night. He must have left it.
      Mac: Well you won't mind if I hang on to it until Mr. Bunyan comes back.
      Bartender: I don't care if you stand in the corner and spit wooden nickles. I've got nothing to hide.

    • Lindsay: Looks like we may have found our primary crime scene.
      Danny: Alright, now all we gotta do is find our secondary surfer.

    • Flack: Trades commodities for a living. You think betting the NFL is tough, try betting on pork bellies, coffee, or grain. How do you bet on grain?

    • Lindsay: So where were you and Randy partying?
      Perry Lohmann: I don't know. Lots of places I guess. I was trashed, I only remember bits and pieces.
      Danny: Start with the bits.

    • Mac: Wild Wild Wet.
      Adam: (laughing) Oh.. It's a very hip, very salacious Manhattan club. It just kinda popped in your head like that?
      Mac: (not smiling) And your point?
      Adam: Well I just.. you know, I.. I didn't think you would get into..
      Mac: The bar is over on Broadway near Chelsea University, fighting fish on every table. It's a short train ride to where Randy Williams was found.
      Adam: Ah, you're the man, you can hang anywhere you want, huh.
      Mac: I was at the scene of a crime, Adam. Bouncers went a little overboard, ended up killing some kid from Staten Island.
      (Adam stops smiling)
      Mac: Shrimp cocktails are fantastic!

    • Danny: (to suspect) You like being punished, Perry? Cause that's what we do. Except we don't tie you to the bed and spank you with some pledge paddle. We throw you in jail! So you won't mind if I borrow this, right? To see if Randy Williams got a punishment he didn't deserve?

    • Mac: This kid was subway surfing. And he never made it out of the tube.

    • Stockbroker: All that's in the market today is oil, and that's only because Bush wants 22-inch rims on his golf cart.

    • Mac: (to Danny) An 18-hour shift isn't enough? Now you're catching bodies on the way home?

    • Stella: What makes a hotshot like this jump out his window? Bad day in the market?
      Flack: Hurricane Katrina, terrorism, nuclear threat, North Korea, bird viruses... commodities is a risky business. Anything at any time can make the market tank.

    • Sid: There is something green in his throat.
      Stella: Do I really wanna look?
      Sid: Evidence knows no bounds!

    • Danny: (on the phone with Mac) I'm gonna go straight home without finding any bodies.

    • Sheldon: Whatcha got there?
      Stella: Results on the handkerchief. Negative for chloroform, positive for bird crap.

    • Flack: Cecil Arthur?
      Cecil: Yup. (feeding pigeons through the sunroof of his limo) This is how we feed the world!
      Stella: Why don't you stop feeding the world for a minute and come over and talk to us.
      Cecil: (still throwing out bread crumbs) I'm giving back to the Earth what it's given back to me.
      Stella: NYPD. The pigeons can go hungry for a minute, okay?
      Cecil: (continues feeding pigeons)
      Flack: Hey buddy, you've got three seconds to stop doing that before I come in there and get you.
      Cecil: Yeah for the love of Ceasar. (throws crumbs at Flack) EAT!
      Flack: (opens limo door) Out of the limo now I says!

    • (Fighting fish were found in the victim's stomach)
      Mac: Males in the same tank will kill each other.
      Adam: Ironic.

    • Danny: Well, hello, Miss Monroe. Wow! You look nice. You go to the mayor's party also?
      Lindsay: I was at the opera.
      Danny: I am hangin' out with all the wrong people you know that?

    • Conductor White: We still get these dootatues every once in a while.
      Lindsay: Doota-whats?
      Conductor White: Dootatues, you know, idiot, moron, knucklehead? Where're you from, Jersey?
      Danny: Forget about that.

    • Flack: What's that bulge in your pocket? And don't get cute..

    • Mac: Keeping score on how many heads you bash in?
      Bartender: Put it this way: there ain't a notch on the bat with that kid's name on it.
      Mac: You better hope not, or you'll be living in a 8 by 10 cell with your name on it!

    • Sid: Sorry for the delay...QT and I were busy necking.
      Stella: Come again?
      Sid: Necking! Looking at his neck! You don't think I'd kiss a corpse, do you?
      Stella: No, no, of course not!
      Sid: That's disgusting!
      Stella: I agree!

    • Sid: I pulled this from his hand.
      Mac: Shark's tooth? Coney Island trinket or real?
      Sid: I'm not sure, but it took a whole lot of force to drive it through his hand. That's just the first course of our seafood buffet. Take a look at this.
      (Sid shows Mac scan films of victim with fish in his stomach)
      Sid: Wanna go fishing?

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Stockbroker: All that's in the market today is oil, and that's only because Bush wants 22-inch rims on his golf cart.

      George Walker Bush (1946-) is the forty-third President of the United States. He is accused by many as having started the 2003 Iraq war to enrich himself with the country's oil.

    • Stockbroker: The market's going to DEFCON 2!

      The stockbroker uses the term DEFCON during a flashback scene. DEFCON stands for Defense Readiness Condition and refers to the activation and readiness level of the US Armed Forces. The DEFCON levels range from 1 to 5. 5 is standard peacetime readiness, 1 refers to an imminent or ongoing attack by foreign forces and it means that use of nuclear weapons is authorized. The DEFCON level is controlled by the President and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    • Hawkes: How was business around here yesterday?
      Stockbroker: Chernobyl.

      In 1986, there was a reactor explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine (part of the USSR at the time). The explosion killed two people and more than 20 other people died afterwards from radiation exposure. The accident caused widespread radioactive contamination and many people had to be evacuated. The long-term effects are still being studied but people who lived near Chernobyl are widely considered to be at high risk for cancer and other illnesses linked to radiation.

    • Mac: Wild Wild Wet.

      The name of the club Mac is referring to is a play on words of the title The Wild Wild West, which was a James Bond-Western TV series starring Robert Conrad as Secret Service agent James West and Ross Martin as his sidekick Agent Artemus Gordon, which aired on CBS from 1965 to 1969. It was made into a 1999 movie with Will Smith and Kevin Kline as West and Gordon.

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