Season 6 Episode 11

Second Chances

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 16, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team learns that a man, who had been clean for two years, has been hit by a car and it seems that a 2 million dollar life insurance policy was behind his death. On the other hand, they have a hard time figuring out how a second victim died because of identity theft and if the two deaths are linked.moreless

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  • Quit bringing in all those wanna-be starlets that don't know anything about acting!

    Another great episode. I love having Gary Sinise as the producer. He is doing such an awesome job! Christmas has come early for me when I saw Don Flack all dressed up as an elf. It doesn't get any better than that :). I couldn't enjoy myself more, but I was disappointed about not seeing Adam in the whole episode. At the end they mentioned that Adam was the one who collected money for the gifts, so why wasn't he with the other ones giving the presents to the kids!? This just didn't make sense at all, and I'd rather have less air time for horrible wanna-be actors/actresses in guest roles than leaving out one of the CSI team that is a regular on the show! Other than that, it was enjoyable and the storyline was very entertaining!moreless
  • Kim Kardashian and Vanessa Manillo gust star as two suspects in a murder investigation.

    Ok, I must be honest right away, when I heard Kim Kardashian was guest starring I doomed this episode to fail. I still watched it however because I am a fan of the series. I thought maybe a 6/10 if they were lucky. Why did I assume this? Well Kardashian is not a good actress and her performance in this show just confirmed that fact. However, it was not her performance that really caught me off guard. I was sort of struck by the plot and how ruthless people can be at certain times. This inside look into the lives of homeless people really hit me. The way they showed these high class girls just using poor defenceless homeless men in order to get more money was sickening. I guess with the whole Christmas cheer going around recently it really just resonated with me how lucky I am. Kardashian did not do anything overly exciting, but still just the presence of her character and the story she was involved in was enough to damper anyone's holiday cheer.

    I found the emotion was running high, which is something that has really been lacking in all three CSI franchises lately. With Christmas right around the corner it was a good idea to jack up the emotion and show people what Christmas spirit should really be about. I liked the addition of the homeless people and helping them only to kill them. What bothers me and probably most people that watched this was why didn't these girls just help them and let them live happy? I guess we will never know what drives some people. However the high powered emotions really helped draw attention away from the mediocre performance of Kardashian. Probably the best of episode of the season, and one of the best simple episodes in the CSI franchises I have seen for a while.moreless
  • It's Xmas in CSI:NY, with 3 guest stars...

    Ok... I've just seent the chapter and I'm alittle bit disappointed... The case was great, I mean really original with the women taking homeless out of the streets and giving them 2 years of a 'new' life and then killing them for their insurance money. But the actresses were not very good nor convincing, I especially disliked Kim... Although I have to say that Pat Monahan did a great job!:)

    We had lots of Lindsay, that I guess it's to compensate for the lack of her in the last chapter. But no Sid nor Adam...:( It's Xmas! It would have been great that they all been there!!:( The last 2 minutes are really cute and touchy... I like Stella and supervising as the others dressed up to give the presents. And for the shippers we got 2 nice hugs one DL and one Smacked!:) I love the wink Danny gives Lindsay and the moment when he mentions that he promised Lindsay not to say Boom anymore because she's afraid it's gonna be Lucy's first word!!:lol:

    I loved Train's music in the chapter too!:)

    All in all, a good chapter with a good story and a nice ending but that I think it could have been a lot better...:)moreless
  • Mac and the team investigate the death of a man who was apparently run over by a car in an alley. The investigation reveals that the victim was a former homeless drug addict who was insured for over $2 million.moreless

    This is not a bad episode of "CSI: NY" by any means. It had a good story and Pat Monahan's cameo is a highlight. The very good music he performs is another such highlight. Unfortunately I can't give this episode a higher score than I have because it is hurt by a very bad performance. In this episode Detective Flak warns Kim Kardashian's character not to make an ass (no pun intended) of herself. Too late. Her dialogue is lame ("They are a cancer.") and acting is terrible. She fails miserably in her performace. I hope she doesn't try again.moreless
  • Last episode of the year.

    CSI: New York aired its last original episode of 2009, and you guessed it, like every other CBS show did, they aired a Christmas special. The episode featured random studio sessions with Train and three guest "actresses" Kim Kardashian, LaLa Vasquez and Vanessa Minnillo. I won't complain as all three are quite gorgeous, but were they really necessary. Their clearly scripted dialogue made it difficult to truly get behind the murder storyline in this episode.

    This was a nice way to end the year with the CSI team handing out Christmas gifts to all the kids, but not exactly as exciting as you would have hoped for. Let's hope 2010 takes care of that.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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: Danny says that he IDed the tires on the car as being from a compact car, and Lindsay was able to narrow it down to a Ford Taurus. However, a Ford Taurus is a full-size car, not a compact.

    • Goof: It is highly unlikely for rehabilitated drug addicts to get over 2 million-dollar life insurances.

    • Picking the biggest Christmas tree was a Taylor family tradition. No neighbour could beat them for 17 Christmases in a row.

    • Stella used to live in the Bronx when she was in College.

    • The team volunteers with Children and Families Benefit, a charity that works for children who have lost a parent in the line of duty. Mac and Stella pick up a big Christmas tree and team up to get Danny, Lindsay, Flack and Hawkes dress up as elves and deliver presents to the kids. Adam has also been collecting money for the organization.

    • Goof: Grace Chandler can be seen working at the restaurant on her street clothes without wearing any kind of protective hat or taking any other hygienic measure as required.

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Stella: So you had to pick the biggest one, huh?
      Mac: It's a Taylor family tradition. Every Christmas we visit all the tree lots looking for that one. And then the day after New Year's, when everybody puts their trees out by the curb, my dad would drive us around the neighbourhood to see if we could find a bigger one than ours.
      Stella: And?
      Mac: 17 Taylor Christmases, never once did we find a tree that beat us.

    • Stella: He's not exactly dressed for the weather.
      Mac: Looks like somebody tried to help him stay warm with a few third-degree burns.

    • Flack: I'm thinking our vic's wallet and jewelry were on someone's Christmas list.
      Mac: Along with his life.

    • Joe Ross: I wasn't in no alley and I didn't torch nobody, man.
      Danny: Your DNA was on a cigarette butt that ignited the fire.
      Joe Ross: I ain't capable of that kind of violence.
      Flack: Robbery. Burglary. Assault. You got a resume for that kind of violence.
      Danny: This is a step up for you.

    • Flack: Ooh, so, some mysterious car comes out of an alley, runs over your foot, and you go ahead and finish the robbery anyway?
      Joe Ross: Nothing got broke.
      Danny: Gee, a criminal with perseverance. I love that.
      (Flack laughs)

    • Hawkes: There's nothing to suggest that the car was going more than five miles per hour.
      Stella: Right. So whoever ran him over did it slowly and deliberately. That car is our murder weapon.

    • Mac: That's the victim, but who's the other guy?
      Stella: They're both James Manning. The moment I saw him, I knew there was something familiar about him. And then when I saw that scar on his hand... I ran him through CARS for past collars and came up with this booking photo.
      Mac: It's hard to believe they're the same person.
      Stella: Put some meat on his bones and a shave and he looks like a completely different guy.
      Mac: It's never a good thing when you look better in the autopsy photo than you do when you're alive.

    • James Manning: You're wasting your time worrying about me, lady. I'm a lost cause.
      Stella: There's no such thing. You just need to get off the street, get sober, and start taking care of yourself.
      James Manning: No, this life beat the care out of me a long time ago.

    • Stella: Manning fights his way back from the streets and seems to have a great life ahead of him.
      Mac: So, how does he end up in that alley right back where she found him?

    • Stella: I'm Detective Bonasera. This is Detective Messer.
      Sam Baker: Hey, well, that wasn't our best performance ever, but not something to get arrested for, right?
      Stella: We have a few questions to ask you.
      Sam Baker: Yeah, all right. Sounds serious.

    • Stella: (To Sam Baker) So somebody broke into your apartment, took the key, borrowed your car, committed a homicide, dumped the car, and then put the key back. I mean, does that sound like anything a sane person would believe?

    • Flack: Well, let's hope that Eli can spin a better story than Sam. 'Cause the one he's telling in there just isn't holding water.
      Debbie Fallon: You're so wrong. He isn't capable of murder.
      Flack: Anyone's capable of murder, Miss Fallon.

    • Grace Chandler: I know you think I had something to do with this.
      Mac: Most of the people who sit in this chair... they lie. Each time that happens we get a little bit better at knowing who's telling the truth and who's not.
      Grace Chandler: And how about me, Detective. Am I a liar?
      Mac: I'll let you know.

    • Lindsay: (About Matt Davis's case) The case detective exhausted all leads. Figured that Matt started using again, stumbled out into the alley, and then was run over by a passing car.
      Mac: Which is exactly what somebody wanted James Manning's death to look like.
      Danny: Except the killer didn't count on us finding the car.

    • Mac: I'm going to go get Grace Chandler. Stella, you go get Sam Baker, get him out of lockup, and bring him down to Interrogation. You two pick up Debbie Fallon, get her over to the precinct.
      Stella: What's going on?
      Mac: We got ourselves a triangle. Except it doesn't involve love. It involves murder.

    • Flack: Debbie, before you make a complete ass of yourself, do me a favor: take a look right here.

    • Stella: Sam, you were next.
      Sam Baker: What?
      Stella: Your life was insured for over $5 million dollars. In order to become a legitimate beneficiary, Debbie called herself your fiance in all of the paperwork.
      Sam Baker: I can't believe this is happening. I was living on the streets. She helped me get a place.
      Stella: This was all part of the plan. Debbie and Grace waited two years, enough time for the policies to mature and pay out at maximum benefits no matter what the manner of death. Most likely, Sam, in a week, you'd have been dead.

    • Mac: You chose people who were vulnerable and broken. People you knew had nobody to question your motives. What's it like to live without a conscience?
      Grace Chandler: It's like being rich. Something you probably know nothing about.
      Mac: Putting people like you away for the rest of your life, doing good... that makes me rich. Something you probably know nothing about.

    • Flack: I have to ask. Two years nurturing someone back to health, getting to know them, watching them grow. How do you rationalize killing them?
      Debbie Fallon: They're a cancer. Living in the street like dogs. Begging for change.
      Grace Chandler: Leaving their feces, and stench in boxes in doorways.
      Debbie Fallon: How long do you think they would have lasted before you or some other cop found them dead? We took them off the street. We gave them two more good years.
      Grace Chandler: Two years living in a Park Avenue apartment building. Wearing the best designer clothes and expensive jewelry. We gave them things, things they never could have imagined. Having a life they were never supposed to live. We gave them two more years. Two years they would have never had.
      Flack: And the payment for that was their lives?

    • Stella: I've been guilty of it myself. Put a couple of coins or a dollar in a cup and move on. Never looking at them in the eyes, never thinking you can do more to help.
      Sam Baker: Those couple of coins in the cup, that's more than most.

    • Stella: When I was a little girl, there was a sign hanging above the desk where I did my homework. And it said that 'Temptation will lean on the doorbell, but opportunity may knock only once.'
      Sam Baker: As ironic as it might seem, Debbie provided me with a second chance, and I plan to make the most of it.
      Stella: Good.

    • (Stella and Danny are examining a car to determine if it's the one they are looking for)
      Stella: Hey Danny, I'm waiting for your 'boom'.
      Danny: Ah, no more 'booms'. Lindsay made me promise. She's afraid it's gonna be Lucy's first word.(Keeps checking the car) Boom! This is our car.

    • Lisa Williams: Is this the part where I look at the bloody crime scene photo, break down in tears and confess to murder?
      Flack: Only if you did it.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: February 24, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Czech Republic: May 8, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: May 10, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: May 11, 2010 on AXN.
      Sweden: July 19, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Germany: November 22, 2010 on Vox.
      Slovakia: December 20, 2010 on JOJ.
      Finland: April 20, 2011 on MTV3.

    • Pat Monahan, together with James Woodrow Stafford and Scott Michael Underwood are the members of the rock band Train.

    • David Sullivan, who plays James Manning, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Family Affair.

      Chris Coy, who plays Joe Ross, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Field Mice.

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

    • Music Featured:
      Calling All Angels by Train.
      Hey Soul Sister by Train.
      The Crystal Method by Blunts & Robots feat. Peter Hook.
      The Christmas Song (Saxophone sound)