Season 5 Episode 13

Rush to Judgment

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 21, 2009 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Angell checks for a pulse while Flack is doing chest compressions & then tells Flack that the guy is dead. If Flack was doing chest compressions at the proper depth of compression he would be creating a pulse that Angell should have felt.

    • Mac tells Flack that he never doubted him and Flack replies that for a minute he thought everyone else did. However, way earlier in the episode, he had received a visit from Stella where she told him that the whole team were on his side looking out for him.

    • We never get to know when or where the torso appeared. It is first seen in Sid's autopsy table.

    • The boy incriminated his coach to get him fired so he could get a wrestling scholarship because his parents were short on money and couldn't afford to send him to college. However, when the CSIs get into the house to search for evidence, it does look like quite a wealthy house.

    • The abrasion at the side of the victim's head is never explained. One can assume it happened when the kid slipped and fell from the chair, but since it was the biggest evidence against Flack, it should have been mentioned how it occurred.

    • Lindsay borrows for the second time (the first being in 4x01 Can you hear me now?) Danny's expression "Boom". In 4x18 Admissions, Flack used it too.

    • Flack is a Rangers fan but Mac doesn't like hockey.

    • Sid liked to play with Mr. Potato Head and Lindsay's Mom smoked.

    • Birds, reptiles, like the alligator they mention, and camels have red blood cells with a nucleus. Humans and the rest of the mammals have red blood cells without a nucleus.

    • We get continuation of the fact that Flack's badge number is 8571, as it could previously be seen in 4x13 All in the Family.

    • We get confirmation in this episode that Flack and Angell are in a relationship even though they've tried to keep it quiet.

    • We get some continuation of the fact that Det. Angell has 4 older brothers. It was mentioned back in 4x07 Commuted Sentences.

  • Quotes

    • Danny: Mr. Potato Head. The live version.
      Lindsay: More like the bloody dead version.

    • Flack: (Interrupts a dance lesson to interrogate a suspect) Do you mind if I cut in?

    • Mac: (About pedophilia) This whole thing makes me sick.

    • Hawkes: But if coach Nelson was a pedophile, why would he incriminate himself by sending it out to members of his own team?

    • (Mac invites Flack to watch a Rangers match together)
      Flack: I didn't know you like hockey.
      Mac: I don't.

    • Flack: (After hearing the cause of Todd Fleming's death) What a waste.
      Mac: Seems to be a lot of that in this case.

    • Mac: (About Vince Nelson's death) This whole thing was just a tragic misunderstanding.

    • Mac: I never doubted you.
      Flack: Thanks. Though for a long minute I felt like everybody else did.

    • Mr. Sheridan: (After confessing having killed Vince Nelson, whom he thought to be a pedophile) What was I gonna do? Get 25 to life for killing that son of a bitch? I see these perverts everyday. They waltz into my court, they get slapped on the wrist and then they go off and reoffend. The only treatment for them is death.

    • (After Angell slides over a car and tackles a suspect to the ground)
      Danny: High school wrestling team?
      Angell: Four older brothers.

    • Danny: I got good news and I got good news. Which one do you want first?
      Mac: Whatever is faster.

    • Mrs. Nelson: Vince was a normal guy, ok? A normal, boring, regular guy. He watched football in his underwear. He never took out the garbage unless I told him to. He forgot our anniversary year after year and tried to make up for it two days later with a bouquet of white roses. But I didn't care because he loved me.

    • Johnny Holt: You implying I'm into kids? Because I sure like hell don't fly that way.
      Stella: Right. You prefer to rape grown women, I forgot.

    • Stella: We are all rooting for you. I want you to know that.
      Flack: Thank you. I appreciate that.

    • Mac: They just found the head.
      Danny: He's coming together!

    • Mac: Det. Angell is working this case until IA is finished with their enquiry.
      Danny: Enquiry? Is that what they're calling it?
      Stella: They can't possibly think that Flack's responsible for Todd Fleming's death. I mean, he is so by the book. He doesn't even swear.

    • (After she confesses him her concern about everyone knowing of their relationship)
      Flack: Look Jess, I'm sorry. I have bigger things to worry about right now than squad room gossip.

    • Flack: I have been officially removed from active duty.
      Angell: How do they know we are seeing each other, Don?
      Flack: Who?
      Angell: Internal Affairs.

    • Sid: What about this abrasion? Based on the lack of subdermal bruising, it occurred moments before death.
      Mac: You saying Flack hit him?

    • Angell: What were you doing up there, Todd?
      Todd Fleming: I wasn't up there. Look. Even if I was up there, what does it matter?
      Flack: This is a murder investigation, smart guy. Everything matters.

    • Mac: Private salsa lessons. Is that what they call it these days?

    • Miss Love: That's Vince. Vince Nelson. Why are you looking for him?
      Flack: Because he was killed. When was the last time you saw him?
      Miss Love: Last night. He comes here every Thursday night for a lesson.
      Flack: Exactly what do you teach?

    • Miss Love: (After being pointed out her possible connections with prostitution) This isn't what you think, detective.
      Flack: This isn't what you think either, Miss Love. I'm not on vice I'm on homicide.

    • Danny: (To Sid) You? Obsessed? Nah!

    • Stella: Here we go. This is the blood the neighbour was talking about.
      Lindsay: Boom.

    • Stella: Mrs. Nelson, can you think of anyone who might have wanted to hurt your husband?
      Mrs. Nelson: No. Vince was a great guy. Everyone admired him.
      Lindsay: Did he owe anybody money…or have a drug problem or a gambling habit?
      Mrs. Nelson: I'm sorry but if you knew him, you'd know how ridiculous your questions are.

    • Danny: Kill a man, and then chop him up into pieces.
      Sid: Maybe the killer thought little pieces will be easier to dispose of. There is a certain logic.

    • Danny: (After finding a body part wrapped in Christmas wrapping paper) I'm thinking Christmas with the in-laws.

    • Lt. John Malley: What was the suspect's physical condition when you first saw him?
      Flack: Nothing unusual, maybe he was a little nervous. Cops make some people nervous.
      Lt. John Malley: But basically he was fine?
      Flack: Yes.
      Lt. John Malley: No cuts, no bruises. Scrapes?
      Flack: No.
      Lt. John Malley: What about the abrasion on the side of his head? He walked in with that?
      Flack: During the interview he grew agitated, started flailing around, I had to restrain him, when I let go he slipped and fell off the chair.
      Lt. John Malley: 17-year-old boys don't just slip and fall and then drop dead. And they also don't require a guardian to be present during questioning. So maybe you gave him a little push.
      Flack: You know what? (Tears the statement report he was filling in) I changed my mind. You want my statement? GO-15 me. I want my Union attorney.

    • Flack: (About Todd Fleming's death) I was questioning him, he was getting agitated, then he started talking crazy, then… he started shaking, foam was coming out of his mouth, and he hit the ground.

    • Flack: Get me an ambulance! C'mon Todd, c'mon!
      Angell: What happened?
      Flack: (Performing CPR on the boy) I dunno. One minute he was fine, next he started convulsing and he fell over. C'mon kid, c'mon!
      Angell: He's dead. Don! He's dead.

    • Angell: Look, Detective Flack did everything by the book. The guy's a total professional.
      Lt Bruce Jackson: Unlike your relationship with him, which I understand is less than professional.
      Angell: Not only is that none of your business but it has nothing to do with Todd Fleming's death.

    • Lt. John Malley: I'm placing you on modified assignment. Since we are done here, you can submit your gun and surrender your shield to the lieutenant downstairs.
      Flack: What ever happened to giving a guy the benefit of the doubt? Take a look at my personal folder, not one civilian complaint, not one allegation of excessive force! Nothing! Now come on, that's gotta count for something!
      Lt. John Malley: The only thing that counts for something is what happened inside this room.

    • Mac: (To Sid) Don Flack did not kill this boy. Find out what did.

    • Lindsay: Maybe I can give you a hand. (Hands Sid a bag with a severed hand).

    • Stella: I've heard of regifting but this is pushing it.

  • Notes

    • French episode title: Jugement Hâtif, meaning Hasty Judgement. It is a logical translation for the English title, hard to translate literally.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 13, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 21, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: May 27, 2009 on AXN.
      Ireland: June 3, 2009 on RTÉ2.
      Sweden: August 17, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: September 7, 2009 on RTL4.
      Greece: September 8, 2009 on SKAI.
      Norway: September 9, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Germany: November 30, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: December 6, 2009 on JOJ.
      New Zealand: November 24, 2009 on TV3 *
      Australia: December 17, 2009 on Channel 9.
      Finland: April 28, 2010 on MTV3.

      *It aired as the first part of a special double episode including 5x13 and 5x14.

    • Eddie Cahill is a big fan of the Rangers, so the writers added the reference to them as a wink to the actor. It is not the first time that it happens, and according to Cahill himself, it was born out of ad-libs as well.

    • George Newbern, who plays Mitchell Sheridan in this episode, co starred with Melina Kanakaredes in the show Providence and they got married in the last episode. They don't have interaction in this episode though.

      He also appears in the CSI: Miami episode To Kill a Predator and in the C.S.I. one Bloodlines. It is interesting to notice that the CSI: Miami episode is also about a paedophile, and the CSI episode is about a rape.

    • Mayte Garcia, who plays Amalia Nelson, is Prince's ex wife.

    • Although he appears in the credits, A.J. Buckley is not in the episode.

    • Music featured:
      I need to know by Marc Anthony.
      The Sound of White by Missy Higgins.
      Indestructible by Trafik.
      Oceans & Streams by The Black Keys.
      Where I Stood by Missy Higgins.

  • Allusions

    • Danny: (Singing) Mr. Potato Head...

      Mr. Potato is a traditional toy for kids which consists of a potato shaped head to which body parts and features are attached to create multiple characters.
      Danny makes a parallelism with the victim's body that has been chopped into pieces and which Sid was able to put back together.

    • Sid: If the glove fits.

      Allusion to the classic fairy tale Cinderella, where a prince determines who the girl he wants to marry is, using a glass shoe that she previously lost when leaving a dance in a hurry. If the shoe fits, then that's her.

    • (While examining a severed hand)
      Sid: If the glove fits... This is reference to the famous: "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit" phrase associated with the 1995 O.J. Simpson criminal murder trial.

      It's a pun with the expression If the shoe fits... wear it or If the cap fits... wear it, used to tell people you were not talking about them, but if they feel affected by what you are saying, then they should acknowledge the criticism.

    • Flack: The Flying Tomato over here took a dip in the garbage while snow boarding and landed right next to the foot.

      Detective Flack calls one of the snowboarders Flying Tomato. This is professional snowboarder Shaun White's nickname because he has long red hair.