Season 6 Episode 14

Sanguine Love

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSIs team found themselves involved into the obscure world of modern vampirism cult in which blood sharing is at the core of an eccentric but allegedly spiritual brand of religion as a young woman is found dead by exanguination in the Central park snow, with her earlobe chopped and a puncture wound in her neck.moreless

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  • Predictable...left me irritated that I knew who the murderer was going to be in the first 10 minutes.

    I am so sick in tired of it always being the boyfriend, girlfriend, wife, husband, mother, father, etc. When Mac had the boyfriend in interigation I said, "it better not be the boyfriend...I'm so sick of it always being the significant other or parent...," and sure enough it was. I am so irritated! These shows are so predictable and Id like to think there are times when people can actually love somebody without killing them. Can't these writers come up with something new? It is this way on all the "cop" shows. I say enough is enough. Make it interesting...get a new murderer!!moreless
  • Highly Discriminatory

    So very typical. Because something is outside the "norm", it is viewed as "bad","evil", or "wrong". And when they accused the Haven master of the murder and the scene afterwards, I couldn't believe that they would let themselves be blinded by such prejudices. First of all, portraying the Ankh in this manner - as a device to cause harm - should of been handled just like any other improvised weapon. The Ankh is a spiritual symbol for many, many people on this planet. It can represent life, death, trancendences, rebirth, and fertility. It is also closely related to the Christian cross, being viewed by many as a perfected version of the cross. The loop at the top representing the "halo" or positive aura of the enlightened. Second, how they addressed the set of beliefs that these people had as being part of an "occult" is offensive. Many people do not understand that occult could just simply mean outside the norm, and only see it as something to be feared and hated. The way I see this, the CSI producers and writers had an excelent chance to help entertain and educate about or highly unknown culture. Instead, they chose to continue to spread the fear and prejudice associated with things involving the Pagan and non-mainstream cultures.

    The placing the boyfriend as the ultimate killer is also disapointing aswell. As another reviewer commented, it has become highly predictable. What would of been much more believable and shown an insight to what people like this really deal with would be to have someone of standing commit the crime. A priest of a mainstream religion or other highly religious person of the more common faiths. THAT would of actually have been believeable. It would of also have shown the fear and hate people who different deal with on a everyday basis.

    In general, I love CSI NY. Normally they do a good job of educating and entertaining at the same time. This time however, they severly dropped the ball. Good job spreading more fear and misunderstanding!!moreless
  • A catchy and intense storyline!

    I personally enjoyed the episode very much. Carmine did a very good job, so kudos to him! In fact, for me it is one of the best episodes of season 6 so far. A very interesting & compelling storyline as well as beautifully chosen filming locations. The Flack/Danny scene was my favorite one, they always throw such cool lines between each other. My favorite Flack line was definitely, "You are not gonna bite me, are you?" ;). Carmine's well-written "Sanguine Love" helps me quite a bit to warm up with season 6. I hope CSI: NY finds its way back to its roots with exhilarating and extra ordinary cases!moreless
  • Sanguine Love

    Vampires! Tonight's episode of CSI: NY tackled the idea of a cult that worshipped blood coming under fire after one of their members was found dead in the park.

    I thoroughly enjoyed tonight's episode. Nice, quick murder in the opening scene to kick things off, and the plot was actually really easy to follow, something that is not always the case with this show.

    The payoff, with the killer being revealed, was not what I had anticipated, but still a fine way to end an episode that was quite intriguing to say the least. After this show fell out of favor with me recently, this episode brought me back in as a loyal viewer.moreless
  • Beautiful....

    No continuity at all and no Adam and no LINDSAY!! What the...?:evil::evil:

    As Barb said it was a really visually beautiful chapter, very quiet and original, but I missed some action...:roll: Carmine did a good work in the writting but it was definitely not my favorite chapter of the season... I have to confess that it bored me a little at some points but one of the strong points were the Danny and Flack moments!:) Just one question.... since when Flack collects evidence, too?? First the camera and then the lipbalm...:roll: I think that they used him to save on a CSI?? Lindsay could have been the one to find all that...:roll::roll:

    I liked it but I didn't love it...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

Melinda Dahl

Melinda Dahl

Estelle Christensen

Guest Star

Michael Graziadei

Michael Graziadei

Keith Borgese

Guest Star

Ken Garito

Ken Garito

Jimmy Duncan

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: The paper Danny uses to develop the pictures is actually HP inkjet photo paper, as can be seen by the special markings on the back of the paper that are used to select the optimal printer settings and prevent wasted prints, and not photo paper.

    • Goof: Danny couldn't have turned the lights on after just putting the developed film in the film washer. It would need to sit in the washer for 10 minutes before it could even be taken out let alone exposed to lighting.

    • Goof: The camera that the dead girl had was found at her feet but we are looking through that camera after she is killed and its up near her head and facing her face.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo (of Italian descent) gives one of the main characters in the episode he pens and Italian last name: Borgese.

    • Some of the vampire themed books that are found at Estelle Christensen's house are The Penguin Book of Vampire Stories edited by Alan Ryan, The Awakening, Confessions of a Vampire by B. Daniels (two different editions) and Bite Marks by Terence Taylor.

  • QUOTES (22)

    • Mac: What about this injury to her ear? We found her in the park. Tell me it's from animal activity.
      Sid: Unfortunately, I can't do that.

    • Stella: How's it going?
      Danny: Feeling old.
      Stella: I'd say it was the cold weather, but you're too young for aches and pains like that.
      Danny: Well, Mac asked Adam to develop our vic's roll of film. Kid had no idea what he was talking about. Digital generation.
      Stella: I hope you hit him.
      Danny: Oh, I did.

    • (About some pictures of the victim after being attacked)
      Danny: Found these at the end of the roll.
      Stella: Imagine recording the last moments of your life on film.
      Danny: Talk about a self-portrait.

    • Flack: She was British?
      Jimmy Duncan: Oh, yeah, right down to the afternoon tea.
      Stella: Any other visitors?
      Jimmy Duncan: Nah, just the boyfriend... pretty much.
      Flack: What do you mean, 'pretty much?'
      Jimmy Duncan: Pretty much, pretty much.

    • Mac: I understand you two walked in the park every day at sunset.
      Keith Borgese: Yeah.
      Mac: Why was last night different?
      Keith Borgese: We had an argument a few days ago.
      Mac: Was the argument about another man?
      Keith Borgese: No. Why would you say that?
      Mac: A witness described an older gentleman Estelle may have had a relationship with.
      Keith Borgese: I have no idea what you're talking about. My girlfriend just died and you ask me that?

    • Flack: Billy James?
      Billy James: I take it you guys don't want 'NYPD' tattooed on your forearms?

    • Sid: This particular scar is the result of a cutting ceremony shared by... a certain cult.
      Mac: Cult?
      Sid: Look, I'll just say it straight. I think our vic may have been killed by a vampire.

    • Sid: I believe they're called Sanguine Vampires, or, simply, Real Vampires, as opposed to Lifestyle Vampires, which are more about the Gothic style and so on. But Real or Sanguine Vampires can get very philosophical and see it basically as their religion. And one way they discover that higher place is through blood exchange. Which, apparently, is a consensual act.
      Mac: All right. And, erm... you know this how?
      Sid: (Giggling) Oh, don't give me that look. I mean, you know, my eccentricities only go so far. I promise you, I'm no vampire.

    • Sid: You said the father was from Europe?
      Mac: England.
      Sid: Perhaps the family has Romanian roots. Maybe they're descendants of Vlad the Impaler.

    • Sid: It's just fascinating to me, from a purely scientific perspective, of course. With everything that's out there right now, the idea of ingesting another person's unscreened blood is... you know, quite frightening.
      Mac: Well, this whole theory, Sid, is a bit frightening.

    • Sid: It appears Estelle Christensen had a dark side.
      Mac: Which I intend to shed some light on.

    • Flack: Well, that's a relief.
      Danny: What?
      Flack: She's got a bed.
      Danny: What'd you think? She'd have a coffin?

    • Danny: How does one get involved in this? I mean, when do you have that moment of deciding, 'I want to suck someone else's blood'?
      Flack: I don't know. Whatever happened to kids playing Stickball or Manhunt?

    • Joseph Vance: (While performing the vampire scar ritual) Test everything. Believe nothing.

    • Joseph Vance: You have no right to be in here!
      Flack: Not gonna bite me, are you?

    • Mac: Take a seat, Mr. Vance. You own a cord blood bank and in your spare time, you slit people's wrists. You a bloodthirsty man?
      Joseph Vance: Despite what you think, I have never harmed a human being.
      Mac: Then what do you call that party my men broke up in your living room?
      Joseph Vance: Such a sad world you live in. Fear of what you don't know.

    • Joseph Vance: I am deeply disturbed by Estelle's death.
      Mac: You are deeply disturbed. I'll give you that much.

    • Stella: We might just have enough to put Mr. Vance away.
      Hawkes: That wouldn't suck.

    • Hawkes: Even though DNA results found all their blood on the blade, doesn't definitively put any of them at the scene.
      Stella: How about Dracula? Can we put him on there, too?
      Danny: Should I add him to the list of our suspects?

    • Mac: I won't pretend to understand what these people believe in, but from everything we've seen and heard, this sect, haven, whatever you want to call it, is nonviolent.
      Hawkes: Mac's right. Just because we're not followers of Joseph Vance doesn't mean the evidence supports him killing our vic.
      Mac: And biting an ear or a neck, for that matter, isn't a part of their ritual.

    • (About Keith Borgese)
      Stella: If he wasn't involved in the ceremony, his blood shouldn't have been on that blade.
      Danny: No.
      Mac: Which means this kid could have spilled more blood than anyone else.

    • Keith Borgese: I swear to god I'm not like those other people.
      Mac: No, you're not. However disgusted you are with them, they didn't kill anyone.
      Keith Borgese: I just didn't understand it.
      Mac: There are a lot of things in this world we don't understand, but it's never a reason to take a life.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Carmine Giovinazzo holds the distinction of having played the first character killed on Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Christopher Boal in the series premiere episode Welcome to the Hellmouth, a Sunnydale High School student killed by Darla (played by Julie Benz). So this episode is in keeping with the vampire theme of Giovinazzo's early television work.

    • Michael Graziadei, who plays Keith Borgese, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Blood Moon.

    • Music featured:
      Fallen Souls by Ours.
      How Do You Feel by Ceesau.
      Tear to Spare by Ceesau.
      Fliers by Leaves.

    • Carmine Giovinazzo is the third main cast member to pen an episode after Gary Sinise's script for episode 5x03 Turbulence and Melina Kanakaredes' script for episode 5x24 Grounds for Deception.

      The rough idea for this episode came from Carmine's cop brother inspired on the case of a disturbed man who vandalized and killed people in Brooklyn dress up as a vampire.

      This episode is Carmine's favourite because having written it, he learned about and was involved in all aspects of the show. He spent two months writing and then prepping pre-production aspects such as the set designs, wardrobe, props and cast. He also was required to be every day on set for every scene, discussing the filming with the director.

      Also, Carmine's band Ceesau can be heard during the episode.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Anna Belknap and A.J. Buckley do not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 3, 2010 on CTV.
      Czech Republic: May 29, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: May 31, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: June 15, 2010 on AXN.
      Sweden: August 9, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Norway: September 8, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: December 6, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: December 13, 2010 on Vox.
      Finland: May 11, 2011 on MTV3.


    • Sid: Perhaps the family has Romanian roots. Maybe they're descendants of Vlad the Impaler.

      Stella: How about Dracula? Can we put him on there, too?

      Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia (1431-1476), commonly known as the Impaler or Dracula was a Romanian figure who fought against the Ottoman Empire and imposed cruel punishments on his enemies. He inspired the name of the vampire in Bram Stoker's Dracula novel, published in 1897.