Season 5 Episode 14

She's Not There

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Two separate cases turn into one when one father turns up dead and his daughter is missing. It all turns out to be due to a slave trafficking ring running in the city. Also Detective Flack is back on duty after having recently being cleared.

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  • Another excellent installment from the fifth season of CSI NY proving that CSI NY is different from any other CSI show.

    This episode follows the journey of a father in search for his lost little girl who once had great hopes and ambitions for her future in "the big apple" but is lost and trapped by the sex trafficing business where she is drugged and rented out as a sex slave. The whole team are understandably moved by the father's long journey and desperate search for his missing daughter along with many other father's who daughters have lost their way. It takes a while for the team to track down where the girls are and they are forced to risk their only leads in a bust on a drug dealer apparently supplying the traficers with the drugs which forces the petrified girls so stay trapped in the circle of violence. Tensions run high throughout this episode and certain characters seem more involved and affected than others. Stella takes a personal interest in another father who is desperately hunting down his daughter after finding out she is alive. She seems hardest hit by the gritty business and ruthlessness of the young girls traficer.moreless
  • Another Great Installment. A very sad story about a robbery that leads to a sex slavery ring.

    This episode opens up with what appears to be a robbery. The man that was killed had come from the Ukraine searching for his daughter. After finding his wallet, Mac finds another police officers name with a meeting place written on a piece of paper. The police officers name is Deputy Inspector Gillian Whitford. The team finds evidence on the sweatshirt of the man killed that leads them to a building where they find evidence of a sex slavery ring. There is evidence that the girls aged 14-21 are being drugged with heroin to be kept under control. They find a symbol on the drug packets that will later lead to another suspect with information. They find one girl there and she goes to the bathroom and escapes. This girl is significant later in the episode. They also find a familial DNA match to a father looking for his daughter. The letter written to the dead man in the beginning has the DNA of a club owner who is reluctant to get involved. Mac and Flack talk the man who's DNA was found under the stamp into going undercover and helping arrest the man (Nemo) who was selling the heroin. After arresting Nemo, they get the information needed and raid the sex slavery ring, rescuing all of the girls. When one of the girls comes into where her father is, they are identifying one of the girls and she is identified as the girl who kidnaps them and pulls them into the sex ring. It was the girl that escaped from the building earlier. They initially thought she was a victim.

    When Adrik Fedoruk was talking to her dead fathers body, it was a pretty powerful scene. I usually don't cry over this kind of stuff; well ok I lied I always do; this was no exception.moreless
  • Mac and the team investigate what appears to be a robbery gone wrong when a man is found stabbed to death on the streets of New York. As the investigation progresses it's soon revealed that the murder could have ties to a human trafficing ring.moreless

    All of the elements that make "CSI: NY" the great show that it is are all present here. A well written script, top notch suspense and very good performances. Once again I found myself being hooked on this story until the end. The opening scenes of this episode are also well done. I assume, that since the young woman who works for the trafficers was still on the job after the ring was busted, that this episode is not the last we have seen of this story. After all, we have not learned who exactly runs the sex slave ring.moreless
  • *CSI: NY* attempts a case focused on the horrid crime of human trafficking and produces a well written episode.

    I saw this episode of *CSI: NY* when it aired three days ago. Now, *CSI: NY* isn't the first CSI in the group to do an episode that focused on the horrid and disgusting crime that is known as "human trafficking"--the act of kidnapping women and selling them as slaves for the pleasure of others (to be explained in a PG-13 manner). In fact, it is third of the three to make such an episode.

    However, unlike the other episodes from *CSI: Crime Scene Investigation* and *CSI: Miami* (which actually had two episodes on the subject), *CSI: NY* managed to produce an episode which focused more on the victims than on the human trafficking portion being some big plot twist three-quarters of the way into the episode and the ending being the big, brawny men from the CSI department rescuing the women.

    I like the fact that this episode focuses on the victim and actually makes it a point to show viewers that the episode deals with human trafficking in about the first twenty minutes. That also gives room for characters like Inspector Gillian Whitford (Julia Ormound) to have some character development. The episode was good and, while it featured a dark side to it, writers still were able to incorporate some comic relief into the episode. This is namely accomplished through the formula that Hawkes (Harper) claims to have created to prove that there is a direct relation between how far one travels to get to New York and how likely they are to get a "The Big, Big Apple" shirt. Consequently, Danny's thinking he's funnier than he really is is a quirk that actually lifts some of the darkness of this episode.

    All in all, I liked it. And I would highly recommend it as it shows how strong the bond between parents and their children can be--for Adrik Federuk who was trying to find his daughter who got kidnapped by the traffickers, it was fatal, but he did not die in vain. In fact his death helped safe the lives of many young women.moreless
  • Great installment and everyong was involved and tied the pieces together.

    Ok, here is the reason I gave it a 9 instead of a 10. I was promised (we all were) that there would be a valentines day surprise in this episode. AA said so, Pam Veasy said so, and I was all excited. Well the episode came and went with nothing. It was just another case and there was not that much personal involvement. At least not with D/L or F/A. Nothing. Now to the case.

    Mac: Does not like it when other people tell him how to do is job. Good thing the new Chief realized it and let Mac do what Mac does best.

    Stella: Perfect ending. You can fool her once, but that is the only chance you get.

    Danny: Loved the chance scene. It was classic when he locked the girl in the locker.

    Flack: Great chance scene to. Love how he seems so attached to his suits.

    Linds/Hawks: Great additions

    Sid: Never seen him so emotional until the girl was talking to her father.

    Adam: No Adam, where did he go.

    Still waiting for three story lines to wrap up though. Crazy Girl in love with Mac, Greek Bad Guy and the famous thumb drive with secrets. Looking forward to all three being wrapped up.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

Julia Ormond

Julia Ormond

Deputy Inspector Gillian Whitford

Guest Star

Shantel VanSanten

Shantel VanSanten

Tara Habis

Guest Star

Tamara Feldman

Tamara Feldman

Carolyn Williams

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • At the end of the episode, when Rani Fedoruk talks to her dad in the morgue, she speaks in English. As she is from Ukraine, it does not really make sense, except for the audience to understand what she is saying.

    • Hawkes is probably correct when he says that the chances of someone wearing a tourist NY shirt voluntarily are inversely proportional to how far away from New York that person lives.

    • The "It's the big apple" tourist NY shirt that the victim is wearing is supposed to stand for the "I heart NY" logo that is trademarked and way more popular.

    • Goof: Towards the end of the episode, a billboard for The Incredibles can be seen. However, the movie is 5 years old so that billboard wouldn't still be in display after that long.

    • Danny bugged his mother about buying him that NY tourist several times before she broke down and bought it for him. After getting into two fights in one day, and being disciplined for it Danny decided that the shirt was nothing but trouble.

    • At the party scene where the girls are sipping on their cocktails, they feel uneasy and faint at the same time. That is a strange coincidence that the drug will affect them at the very same time.

    • Tara Habis' father gave the FBI a baby tooth of her daughter with some blood on it that finally led to identify her and find her alive.

    • After the CSIs have broke into the sex trafficking location, it doesn't sound smart to let Katie go to the bathroom unwatched when there were two women in the room (Stella and Det. Gillian) who could have checked on her.

    • The new CSI labs comes with a drying facility.

    • The episode takes place during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year, year of the ox, which sets the action around the end of January 2009.

    • Danny doesn't fly in first class. He flies coach.

    • Once again and same as in the previous episode, the writers include a new reference to Flack and the Rangers as a wink to Eddie Cahill who is a big fan of them.

    • Det Gillian worked in narcotics for 7 years. Her 14-year-old niece Rachel went missing three years ago and she hasn't been found yet.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Sid: (Says Happy New Year in Chinese) Xin Nian Kuai Le!

    • Mac: You two are quite the tag team.
      Sid: Oh yeah.
      (Lindsay laughs )

    • Drug dealer: Willy was selling to me. And I said no.
      Flack: Is that how you wire cash in your pocket?
      Drug dealer: I don't trust banks.

    • Rani Fedoruk: (To her father in the morgue) Dad I'm ok. You found me. I knew you'd come. You knew I could count on you. So many other girls are safe too because of you. Dad I'm ok, I am here. I love you.

    • Det. Gillian: (To Rani Fedoruk about her father) He got your letter, and he came to find you. I want you to know that.

    • Mac: (To sex slaver trafficking guy) Don't move! Or I'll shoot you.

    • Danny: (While he and Flack are interrogating a suspect) I wouldn't mess with him, he wants to make it to the Ranger's game tonight.

    • Mac: They get them high, then later depress them, make them passive so they can't fight back, suppress their appetites so they don't have to feed them much. The ecstasy makes them thirsty they want more water which probably laced with yet another drug.

    • Stella: What kind of heartache is that? All those people wondering where their children are.

    • Lindsay: Most of the girls held captive in that room were between the ages of 14 and 21.

    • Stella: Do we still think Rani is alive.
      Det. Gillian: Rani is a commodity. She is alive.

    • Willy Burton: I trade a kiss for a favour.
      Stella: And you don't remember her face?
      Willy Burton: I'm lucky like that. I kiss a lot of women.
      Stella: I bet you do.

    • Det. Gillian: (About Adrik Fedoruk) He was gonna come for as long as necessary and do whatever it took to find his daughter.
      Mac: Looks like it took his life.

    • Jody Sun: Murder?
      Danny: Yeah, unless he made a miraculous recovery at the morgue, he looks pretty dead to me.

    • Flack: You messed up my favourite suit.
      Sammy Chen: So I'll give you the 49 bucks to go buy another one.
      (Mac laughs).

    • Flack: (To Danny over the phone after chasing down a suspect) Just so you know, I stink.

    • (After chasing a suspect and finding out she hid in a closet, Danny pulls it with its doors to the ground and sits on it)
      Jody Sun: Let me out I can't breathe in here. Hello?
      Danny: (Calling Flack) I'm on the phone here.

    • Mac: Be honest here Gillian. What's going on?
      Det. Gillian: 3 years ago my niece Rachel, went missing. Beautiful young girl, 14.

    • Flack: Somebody brought a group of underage girls into your club, drugged them, forced them to have sex with I dunno how many men, I dunno how many times!
      Willy Burton: It didn't happen in my establishment. I don't provide women for sexual services! And I definitely don't treat them that way! You're disrespecting me, and you're disrespecting my mother cause she taught me better than that.
      Flack: My apologies to your mother.

    • Stella: She is not telling the truth.
      Mac: She is terrified.
      Det. Gillian: She should be. You know about an hour ago this place was probably filled with at least 30 young girls just like her from all over: Eastern Europe, Latin America. They took their big dreams and now they're living a very real nightmare: they're sex slaves. Being beaten, drugged… who knows what else.

    • Mac: Deputy Inspector Whitford?
      Det. Gillian: Hey, what a pleasant coincidence.
      Mac: I'm not sure it is. Are you waiting for a man named Adrik Fedoruk?
      Det. Gillian: Yeah, you sure you have your exceptional detective skills
      Mac: He won't be coming.
      Det. Gillian: How do you know that?
      Mac: He was murdered last night.

    • Stella: Have him start with all flights that arrived from Eastern Europe within the last 24 hours. If our vic went through customs, he had to go by security cameras. And see if anybody's reported a relative missing. Also check any hotel that didn't get a cancellation.
      Danny: Is that it?
      Stella: Yeah.
      Danny: You sure?
      Stella: I got it (Smiles).

    • (At a crime scene of a dead man with a "It's the big apple" tourist NY shirt)
      Mac: I don't think this is the welcome to New York he had in mind.

    • Hawkes: You look like you are on to something but not quite.
      Stella: Not a bad deduction, Doc.

  • NOTES (8)

    • French episode title: La Cité des Rêves, meaning The City of Dreams.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 20, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 28, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 3, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: August 24, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: September 14, 2009 on RTL4.
      Greece: September 15, 2009 on SKAI.
      Norway: September 16, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Germany: December 7, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: December 13, 2009 on JOJ.
      New Zealand: November 24, 2009 on TV3. *
      Australia: January 7, 2010 on Channel 9.
      Finland: May 5, 2010 on MTV3.

      *It aired as the second part of a special double episode including 5x13 and 5x14, hence its opening credits didn't show.

    • Some local stations postponed this episode to late night time to push the UNC/Duke at 9pm.

    • Michael Papajohn, who plays Adrik Fedoruk, has appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Deviant.

      Mykel Shannon Jenkins, who plays Willie Burton, has appeared in the CSI: Miami episode No Man's Land and in the C.S.I. one Empty Eyes.

      Stunt man Bryan Friday, who plays Handsome Young Man, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Going Under and in the C.S.I. one Blood Lust.

      Alyssa Diaz, who plays Tracy James, has appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Hell Night.

      Michelle Charlene Lee, who plays Jody Sun, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Pool Shark.

      Bryan Friday, who plays Handsome Young Man, also C.S.I. episodes Blood Lust and The List and in the CSI: Miami one In The Wind.

    • Footage from previous episodes was reused as introduction to several action scenes.

    • Julia Ormond started the ASSET website: Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking.

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

    • Music featured:
      Prince of Peace by School of Seven Bells.
      Too Cool for School by Don Diablo.


    • Hawkes: It's a good chance our vic is from the Ukraine.
      Stella: Eastern Europe. Chernobyl 1986.
      Mac: Explains the radiation.

      This is a reference to the nuclear radiation escape that occurred in 1986 at Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine, probably the worse in History, that severely affected the city's 15,000 inhabitants and their following generations up to present time.