Season 7 Episode 10

Shop Till You Drop

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

When a winter wonderland window display is unveiled, it turns out to be a crime scene.

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  • CSI: NY Marks Its 150th Episode With Mac And Jo Discovering A Crime Scene At A Mall, Where The Store Manager Is Found Dead.

    Let me start off this review by saying that I was expecting a little more from this episode since it was the show's 150th episode. But this is a great episode. Jo and Mac share a memorable opening scene and it was also funny. The case was interesting, but not the best the show could offer. I liked Jo a lot here, this episode showed me why I love her character. Damn she makes me laugh! The conclusion was great but the character of Alena was very odd to me. She was more annoying than interesting. But when everything concluded I was pleasantly surprised. The cast was at top form here, especially Sela Ward. Overall, a very good episode and I can't wait to see what will the 200th episode offer us this fall (2012). Do not miss this great milestone episode.moreless
  • 7x10

    this was the last csi ny episode for this year, for me, this episode was very entertaining to watch even when it did not have any action scene or something that makes you say "oh my god", for me it was very interesting and this time i liked the crime scene, also, jo was great here, the only bad thing here, is that the motive why alena killed that man is not very original, I have seen a lot of crime dramas where a man is killed exactly in that way so this chapter lose some points for that, but in general this worked for me

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in English, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • 12/3

    I have missed a few episodes of CSI: NY this season, but I am glad that I was able to catch this one as it was definitely an enjoyable episode of the long-running and possibly soon-ending, police drama. The storyline with the dead shopper was interesting, a lot of cool characters were introduced as workers or owners of the store, and it was a nice feel good story before Christmas, something this show needed.

    I did not like Sela Ward at the start, but she is finding her niche on the show as the lady-like, but also very clever complement to Mac Taylor.moreless
  • It was a 150th episode of CSI:NY so I expected something more. Still it was a nice one.

    This episode was definitely supposed to be in a holiday spirit. Unfortunately I have a feeling that they overdid it a little. At some moments there was simply too much talking (and moralizing) and too little action and that made some scenes boring. I found myself wishing for an unexpected twist but there came nothing.

    I also missed some members of the cast. I like Jo but this time the whole story was a little too much Jo-centered for me. A 150th episode should feature everyone from the cast. Maybe I don't remember correctly but Lindsey for example showed up somewhere in the second half of the episode. And I want more of Adam! I fell in love with this character at the beginning of this season – he was so funny.

    One thing that totally surprised me – there is someone that can persuade Mac to go shopping! When Jo and Mac became such good friends?

    Overall the story was nice, acting was really good and viewers certainly can draw the moral from this episode but for me it wasn't a memorable one.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine 'Jo' Danville

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

Lisa Brenner

Lisa Brenner

Alena Maybrook

Guest Star

Jeff Roop

Jeff Roop

Richard Grossman

Guest Star

Patrick Fabian

Patrick Fabian

Charles Richmore

Guest Star

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Jo says that Alena would have stolen over a quarter of a million dollars providing that she oversaw 112 registers twice a day for six months, pocketing an average of seven dollars per register. Her calculations are off though, unless Alena was working 7 days a week.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • Mac: (To Jo) I can't believe you talked me into shopping.

    • (About the winter wonderland display)
      Jo: Wow, isn't it amazing?
      Howie: It's pretty impressive.
      Jo: I wasn't talking to you.
      (A dead body appears in one of the turn-around windows)
      Howie: Whoa.
      Mac: You see why I hate shopping?

    • Flack: So, it turns out our victim was the store's general manager, guy named Richard Grossman. But from what I'm hearing, his employees like to call him other names.
      Danny: Why?
      Flack: Lot of belt-tightening going on around here lately. Apparently, he liked to crack a whip along with it.
      Jo: Makes our boss look pretty good.
      Danny: (Quietly) I wouldn't go that far.
      Mac: Hey, I heard that.
      (Danny and Flack chuckle)

    • Jo: Ready to go shopping?
      Danny: For what?
      Jo: Our killer.

    • Jo: Did you see anyone or anything suspicious at your counter this evening?
      Danny: Maybe somebody in a hurry, maybe hurt.
      Tracy Parker: (Laughs) Are you kidding? Everyone's in a hurry this time of year. And as for hurt, Mr. Grossman probably could have died right in front of me and I wouldn't have noticed.
      Jo: Why is that?
      Tracy Parker: We were giving away free body beauty kits.
      Danny: Body whatties?
      Tracy Parker: These. Each one contains ultra gel, uv moisturizer and a pore-cleansing astringent.
      Jo: For free?
      Tracy Parker: It was all part of our big winter windows promotion, and we got totally mobbed.

    • Tracy Parker: Everyone loves to get something for nothing.

    • Tracy Parker: (To Jo) And... you can have one of these, too, if you want.
      Jo: Ah.
      (Tracy hands to beauty kit to Jo but Danny grabs it faster)
      Danny: That's cool. Thank you.
      (Jo gives him a look)
      Danny: I mean, it's free. I can take it home to the girls.

    • Flack: Took at look at your résumé, Howie. You did three bids for theft. Is that right?
      Mac: Getting caught that much makes me think you're in the wrong line of work.

    • Howie: You got no right to hold me.
      Flack: What, are you some kind of lawyer?
      Howie: Hmm, I know enough. I mean, you got no stolen items, no evidence I committed a crime.
      Mac: Well, that's where you're wrong. I witnessed you stealing that woman's wallet. That's evidence enough for grand larceny.
      Howie: Well, I guess it's your word against mine, then, huh?
      Mac: Well, those are odds I'm willing to take.

    • Flack: (To Howie) Come on, you know so much about the law. You never heard about felony murder?
      Mac: It means if there is a homicide during the commission of another crime, everyone involved in that crime can be charged with murder.

    • (About Alena Maybrook)
      Flack: According to her background, she's a regular girl scout... model employee, pays her bills on time, never jaywalks.
      Jo: I'm sensing a "but" here.
      Flack: Well, she may not have seemed to be in too much of a hurry to skip town when you found her in that park, but, two weeks ago she emptied her bank account, cashed out her 401k, and bought a one-way ticket to Aruba... departure date: tomorrow. In my book that's no vacation. It's an escape plan.

    • Adam: You know what they say. Sticks and stones may break your bones.
      Hawkes: Looks like this one was used as our murder weapon.

    • Danny: Yo, Mac.
      Mac: Let me guess. She gave you a full confession and our job is done.
      Flack: Wouldn't that be nice? No, she still won't say a word.
      Danny: But something I found at the crime scene is speaking volumes.

    • Pascal Denton: I didn't do anything.
      Flack: $2.5. (Clashes his knuckles with Danny's) Pow. My partner and I... we give each other a hundred imaginary bucks every time a crook says he didn't do anything. Thanks to you, $2.5 million.

    • Pascal Denton: I don't like cops.
      Danny: Oh, yeah? That why you broke an officer's collarbone ten years ago?

    • Pascal Denton: I was heavy into the street art scene.
      Flack: Commonly known as vandalism.

    • Sid: That victim you're standing over was also an attacker.
      Jo: How so?
      Sid: Take a look at these wounds. First we have the scratches on the face and neck. Then there's the bite marks on his left hand. Not to mention contusions and inflammation in the groin area. And put all that together with the defensive wounds you found on Alena, and I don't have to tell you how this looks.
      Mac: He had 60 pounds and four inches on her. So maybe she didn't have a choice.
      Jo: Meaning Alena Maybrook is guilty of nothing but self-defense.

    • Jo: You know, Alena, I was always taught to respect the dead, but I got to tell you. Guys like Richard Grossman make it tough.

    • Jo: (To Alena) Tell me what is going on. Talk to me. I really can feel your pain. I just wish I could read your mind.

    • Mac: Given the science supporting self-defense and the lack of evidence for any premeditation, he's unwilling to press charges.
      Flack: Did you explain to him that he's a dumb-ass?
      Mac: You know the game, Don. She's been in custody for 24 hours.
      Flack: Yeah, I know. I'll process her and get her out of here. But, Mac, let me ask you this. What if we crack this puzzle and she's already used that ticket to Aruba?
      Mac: We'll cross that bridge if we have to.

    • Mac: Did Alena file one of the harassment reports against him?
      Lindsay: No, but she was a documented witness to some of his sexual misconduct with a sales clerk named Tracy Parker.
      Danny: That's our girl from behind the makeup counter.
      Jo: Looks like she fought to have him fired and brought up on charges. But the complaint was ultimately dismissed, and Grossman got to keep his job.
      Lindsay: Store manager... one, assistant manager... zero. Makes your blood boil.

    • Tracy Parker: (About Richard Grossman) He said if I didn't go out with him, he would cut back my hours. I was barely putting food on the table as it was.
      Jo: So you agreed to date him?
      Tracy Parker: I'm a single mom with two young children. What choice did I have?
      Jo: Well, I certainly wasn't judging you, Tracy. I think what that man did was inexcusable.
      Tracy Paker: No, I was judging myself. I should have been stronger. I should have stood up for myself, but I was too scared, too embarrassed.

    • Jo: So, did you get the video camera working?
      Adam: God himself couldn't get this video camera to work. Sewage water and electronics just don't mix.
      Jo: So we're not able to see what was recorded on it?
      Adam: I didn't say that.

    • Mac: As an assistant manager, Alena would have overseen a lot of those registers.
      Jo: Yes. 112, to be exact.
      Mac: So if she pocketed an average of seven dollars per register, twice a day for six months...
      Jo: ... she would have stolen over a quarter of a million dollars right out from under their noses.

    • Jo: You still had a fighting chance.
      Alena Maybrook: A chance at what? Languishing in some hospital bed? Torturing my body day in and day out just to prolong the inevitable? No, thanks.
      Jo: If it was me, I would want to live as long as I possibly could.
      Alena Maybrook: That's what I thought at first. But in the end, I decided that, for me, quality was much more important than quantity.

    • (After Alena tells her she was blackmailed into a sexual intercourse)
      Jo: That's enough to give you motive. Honestly, that's enough to give anyone motive.

    • Alena Maybrook: I thought it would be a one-time thing. But not for him. After that, I couldn't live with myself. Day by day, I was losing my life, and he was trying to rob me of my humanity. Enough was enough.

    • Alena Maybrook: Gotta love the irony. I'm in the middle of dying and I wind up killing a guy.

    • Alena Maybrook: There's something so poetic about snowfall. Snowflakes don't have a long life span, but... they leave such an unforgettable mark.

    • Alena Maybrook: When you realize you're going to die soon... a part of you wants to make sure there was a reason why you lived.

    • Jo: This is why I so love window shopping. She stole from the store, which was wrong, but she was trying to help people, which was right. And it just shows you, you just don't have to buy everything you see. Sometimes you can stop and take a minute and look, and try to find something to admire. And then move on.
      Mac: I'll buy that.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This the 150th episode of CSI: NY.

    • Music featured:
      Baby It's Cold Outside by Martina McBride feat. Dean Martin (Winter Wonderland).
      All Fall Down by Quivver (Danny processing the spotlight).

    • Lisa Brenner, who plays Alena Maybrook, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Bully For You and in the CSI: Miami one Killer Date.

      Patrick Fabian, who plays Charles Richmore, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Forever and in the CSI: Miami one Blood In The Water.

      Hayley Marie Norman, who plays Tracy Parker, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Wheels Up.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: December 3, 2010 on CTV.
      Norway: January 19, 2011 on TVNorge.
      Turkey: March 7, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: March 12, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Sweden: March 21, 2011 on Kanal 5.
      Spain: May 3, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: May 4, 2011 on AXN.
      The Netherlands: June 13, 2011 on RTL 4.
      Germany: November 28, 2011 on Vox.
      Slovakia: December 20, 2011 on JOJ.
      Finland: May 30, 2012 on MTV3.