CSI: NY

Season 7 Episode 4

Sangre Por Sangre

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 15, 2010 on CBS
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In the delicate balance between gangs in the Spanish Harlem those who see but don't speak are the ones to survive.

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  • Another excellent episode.

    9.5
    I really believe that CSI: NY is becoming the best shows among the three CSIs. The only problem is that it has moved to Friday nights, which is a ratings graveyard for most shows. Still, this hasn't stop the writers from pulling out all the stops. In this episode, after a leader of a Spanish gang is killed in a hotel room, Mac tries to desparately stop a potential gang war in Spanish Harlem. Adding fuel to the fire is that one of the leaders of the gang, Luther, is a person Mac locked up 20 years ago, played brillantly by Edward James Olmos. This episode had lots of action and violence in it. The shootout scene with a pinned-down Flack and Lisa Brigosa was excellent as well as the hospital scene where Lisa holds the guard at gunpoint as Josephine is trying to reason with her. However, the end of the episode where Mac is shot and we find out that Luther is offing his leaders off one by one. The reasoning for him doing it is radical, but excellent. All in all, another excellent episode!moreless
  • 7x04 !SPOILERS!

    10
    this was a very good and intense chapter, full of action and suspense, another proof that season seven is bringing back the old good CSI NY.



    I didn´t like the idea of a gang war in the midlle of new york streets but I think they did a good job here turning a not very interesting plot into one of the most billiant chapters in the last times.



    the only thing I didn´t like here was the final scene when Mac decided to confront Luther and his brother totally alone, it was very unreallistic, but in general this was a very interesting chapter.



    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in English, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • A fairly strong episode given more strength by it's fantastic final minutes. (Major Spoilers)

    9.5
    Over the years that I have been watching this show, I've often found that the Mac centered episodes tend to be the best. "Sangre Por Sangre" (translated Blood for Blood for those of you who don't know spanish!) features the heads of a spanish gang being knocked off. It turns out that the leader of the gang, brilliantly played by Edward James Olmos, is killing off his fellow gang members. His reasoning (that he didn't start the gang as a crime syndicate) is actually quite deep, and a very refreshing motive. The final few minutes where Gary Sinise, wounded and frightened, mistakenly drops Olmos (who has just saved Sinise's life) is truly a powerful moment. Moving to Fridays may spell "the end" for the NY team, but the quality of the show remains high!moreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine 'Jo' Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

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

Edward James Olmos

Edward James Olmos

Luther Devarro

Guest Star

Mario Ardila Jr.

Mario Ardila Jr.

Fernando Flores

Guest Star

Yara Martinez

Yara Martinez

Lisa Brigosa

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Flack: (At the sight of a messed up hotel room) This is why they take your credit card when you check in.

    • Flack: (About Panthro Torres) Guy wakes up a big shot, ends up a shish kabob.
      Mac: A lot can change in one day.

    • Flack: Torres was the leader of El Puño so this was likely a hit by a rival gang.
      Mac: That means El Puño's gonna want blood.
      Jo: From what I've heard, these aren't two-bit, three-block dope dealers.
      Mac: Far from it. They control East Harlem.
      Flack: Drug trafficking, extortion, murder for hire, name it. El Puño's a one-stop shop for all bad things.
      Jo: Whoever killed Torres is gonna have a mark on their head.
      Mac: Well, we got to find them before the streets do, or it's going to be war.

    • Hawkes: Torres was a big time gangster, but I guess it's true what they say: you live by the gun...
      Sid: You get gunshot wounds.

    • Danny: (About a lipstick mark in the mirror of the vic's hotel room) Somebody's got to kiss and tell.

    • Sid: They say there are six million ways to die. Panthro Torres chose three. Official C.O.D. is cerebral haemorrhaging from a cracked skull due to his head hitting the awning. Had he survived that, he certainly would have succumbed to exsanguination from impalement. Not a bad way to go, considering option number three... a ruptured vena cava, courtesy of a fragmented 45.
      Hawkes: Somehow, ouch doesn't quite cover it.

    • (Jo is working on the case and putting some pictures of possible perps together)
      Mac: Hey. You solve this thing yet?
      Jo: Can you give me till lunch? (Laughs)

    • Jo: Torres' death leaves a void at the top of his crew, so I thought I'd look at his replacements might be able to avoid a street war if we can talk to them. So I'm gathering this as I go. Seems, Torres was the face of this crew, but Lisa Brigosa... she's the brains and Rick Devarro is the street muscle. Although, given his penchant for getting arrested, Rick's not too bright.
      Mac: There's one other. Luther Devarro.
      Jo: Any relation to Rick?
      Mac: His older brother. Founder of El Puño, but more of an advisor at this stage of his career. I helped put him away 15 years ago. He was released last week.
      Jo: Gasoline on the fire.
      Mac: It's one thing to be a street guy, another to be smart. But it's dangerous when both those qualities are embodied in one person.

    • Adam: I've seen everything in these bottles: worms, spiders, live scorpions... whose venom, by the way, okay, makes this drink an hallucinogenic.
      (Hawkes put a face)
      Adam: Uh, well, I... I... I don't know anything about that.

    • Mac: Last I saw you, you were in Catholic school.
      Lisa Brigosa: Back when I robbed nuns for fun.

    • Luther Devarro: (About Mac) Fernando. Take a look at this man. If you're ever stupid enough to get arrested, this is the guy you want to put the handcuffs on. He's a fair man.

    • Luther Devarro: Next generation. Teach them a little respect.
      Mac: You've been away for a while. Things have changed.
      Luther Devarro: Question is: for better or worse? In our time, it wasn't about guns. It was the knuckle game, remember? I had snap in my shoulder. I hit you, you were hurting.
      Mac: What I remember is you beating a rival gang member to a pulp. That's what put you away.
      Luther Devarro: Defending the neighbourhood. This place has always welcomed me with open arms.
      Mac: So did El Puño. What you started only got stronger when you went away.
      Luther Devarro: Yeah, no thanks to you. Every couple of months, I'd find one of my men in the mess hall.
      Mac: Didn't want you to get lonely.

    • Mac: I want to know if I'm gonna have a problem with your crew.
      Luther Devarro: This your way of paying condolences? Last time I checked, it was one of my men who had holes burned into him.
      Mac: And killing more people is going to make it right?
      Luther Devarro: What's the alternative, turn it over to the NYPD? Cops like to see us as defendants or, better yet, deceased.
      Mac: Doesn't have to be that way.
      Luther Devarro: I didn't make the rules.

    • Mac: You want to teach the next generation? You tell them revenge lands them in prison or a grave. You're a man of intelligence. Reason with them.
      Luther Devarro: Men can reason all they want. Machines got minds of their own.
      Mac: I want your assurance that this is not the beginning of a war.
      Luther Devarro: I hear your concern but I can't make that assurance.

    • Danny: (After lifting DNA from a lipstick mark) Hazel Ortega, betrayed with a kiss... her own.

    • Flack: (Preventing Hazel Ortega from drawing her gun) Put a leash on that thing, Hazel.

    • Hazel Ortega: I didn't kill him.
      Flack: You know, these talks would go a lot better if you weren't packing a 45, which is the same calibre used to kill Torres, by the way.

    • Flack: I'm good. I'm pissed. Hazel Ortega got shot in my custody.
      Mac: And they would have killed her if you didn't get off some shots. There was nothing you could do. This was an organized hit and she was the target.

    • Hawkes: The body of these ammo shells were inscribed with a letter... 'P' for El Puño.
      Flack: They carve those PS into their bullets as a method of ownership. It's a kind of intimidation.
      Lindsay: Well, it's working. All the witnesses I spoke to who saw the shooters are not cooperating.

    • Adam: Hey, what do you know about Fishzilla?
      Hawkes: Sounds like a bad name for a monster movie.
      Adam: Close... it's the nickname of that weird little thing I found at the bottom of the mezcal bottle. Yeah, its real name is snakehead fish, all right, and it's illegal in all 50 States.
      Hawkes: Then it couldn't have been that easy to get. How did it end up at our crime scene?
      Adam: Uh, I don't know, maybe it was left as a message. You know, these things are pretty vicious. They eat everything, even their own kind.
      Hawkes: The message could be in the name. Snakehead... reference to the Mambas?
      Adam: I'm trying to track down where you can buy these things and then maybe I can figure out who purchased it.
      Hawkes: How are you going to track it down if it's illegal and off the books?
      Adam: I... I know a guy that knows a guy that... knows a guy that knows another guy.

    • Hazel Ortega: Where I grew up, there's a saying: people who see but keep their mouths shut are the ones who live.

    • Fernando Flores: Why would I want to go anywhere else when I can learn from Mr. Devarro?
      Luther Devarro: Learn from me? Learn from my mistakes. Fact is, you want to start out like me, you might end up like Panthro. Muerto.

    • Mac: (To Luther Devarro) A handshake used to mean something. An officer was shot today, and a civilian wounded. The ammo we found had your crew's signature on it. When a guy like you gets released from prison a week before people start getting shot, I don't believe it's coincidence.

    • Hawkes: Two shootings. Same signature.
      Flack: One gang, El Puño.
      Jo: So Torres' murder wasn't a rival hit by the Mambas; it was an inside job.
      Hawkes: So, just like a snakehead, someone in El Puño's eating their own.
      Mac: I want to talk to each one of their power players. Lisa Brigosa, the Devarro brothers, Rick and Luther and Fernando Flores. Each one of them is either a potential suspect, or a potential victim.

    • Adam: Our fish smuggler remembers a tough-looking Puerto Rican guy buying from him.
      Hawkes: He get a name?
      Adam: No, but he did specifically ask for three snakeheads.
      Hawkes: So our killer asked for three, and only two have been used. That's pretty simple math.
      Adam: Which leaves one more victim yet to be determined.

    • (Rick Devarro is pointing his gun at Mac)
      Mac: You have the gun pointed at the wrong guy, Rick.
      Rick Devarro: What you talking about?
      Mac: Luther, tell him. Tell him he's next.

    • Rick Devarro: You killed Panthro? And Lisa?
      Luther Devarro: There was a time when crimes against the people in the neighbourhood were not allowed.
      Rick Devarro: You still preaching that neighbourhood garbage? You were gonna kill me for that? I'm your brother.

    • Mac: You're a man of reason, Luther. Come out, give yourself up.
      Luther Devarro: It's too late for me, Detective. I never intended to create something violent. It was never about drugs and guns, money and power. When they put me away, all that changed. Torres, Lisa and my brother! Took what I created, just a group of guys trying to watch each other's back, taking care of their neighbourhood and they turned it into some criminal enterprise.

    • Luther Devarro: Sitting in my cell, hearing about how El Puño was the most feared and violent gang. Inmates coming up to me and paying respect. I wanted to tear it down!
      Mac: Did you honestly think you could do that by killing the heads of the gang? They'll all be replaced by others.

    • Luther Devarro: I never intended to save the world but somebody had to be held accountable. Those that made the same promise I did. Promise to protect the neighbourhood, not to eat it alive. To defend it, not to become the worst threat it had ever known.
      Mac: Now you've caused even more bloodshed. Killing people won't solve it. We're fighting the same fight. Why didn't you come to me? We could have taken them down together.
      Luther Devarro: Because old habits die hard, and we're different kind of people. I gain closure here, Detective, in the spirit of what I created. I have no other choice. It all ends here. Tonight.

    • Luther Devarro: (Stops Mac from asking for medical help over the radio) Don't make... I started it. I end it. That includes me.

    • Luther Devarro: The rules of the street. This wasn't about taking over... (Coughs not to choke on his blood) This was about making things right.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Yancey Arias, who plays Rick Devarro, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Snakes and in the CSI: Miami one Blood Brothers.

    • Music featured:
      In The Air Tonight by Ben Liebrand (Extended Version).
      Valley Of The Calm Trees by Klaxons.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 15, 2010 on CTV.
      Norway: December 8, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Turkey: January 24, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: January 29, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Sweden: February 7, 2011 on Kanal 5.
      Spain: March 22, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: March 23, 2011 on AXN.
      Slovakia: September 27, 2011 on JOJ.
      Germany: October 17, 2011 on Vox.
      Finland: April 11, 2012 on MTV3.

    • The title of this episode Sangre Por Sangre is Spanish for 'Blood For Blood'.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Jo: Whoever killed Torres is gonna have a mark on their head.

      This is originally a reference to the mark of Cain when he killed his brother Abel, as stated in the book of Genesis 4:15: 'Then the Lord put a mark on Cain'.

    • Adam: Hey, what do you know about Fishzilla?
      Hawkes: Sounds like a bad name for a monster movie.

      Allusion to the 1998 Roland Emmerich's movie Godzilla, where as a result of a nuclear test in the French Polynesia a massive reptilian creature is created. It will eventually migrate to New York City and break havoc.

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