Season 6 Episode 11

Second Chances

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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)

  • Allusions