Season 7 Episode 14

Smooth Criminal

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A shooting in a lounge leads the team to investigate the whereabouts of a nurse linked to one of them who has gone missing.

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  • A Professional Killer Kills Three People At A Night Club And The Investigation Leads The Team On The Trail Of Counterfeit Medicines.

    Up to this point, this is probably my favorite episode of this season. It was exciting, action-filled and it had some great comedy from Jo. The opening scene was suspenseful and it caught my attention. "Smooth Criminal" also features a special guest star and he is Ne-Yo. It has been said that he was the biggest problem here, but in my opinion he was actually quite good (For the record, I don't listen to his music.). The investigation was fast-paced and very entertaining. I liked the scenes with Ne-Yo and the kidnapped woman. I also liked how this episode had lots of action. Like many others, I was surprised by the fact that who were the real bad guys. The ending scene was emotional and the side-story about Sheldon was amusing. My advice is to watch this episode. It was very good!moreless
  • 7x14

    Well, this episode was not as good as I thought it could be, actually this is maybe my least favorite episode for the current season so far, I think the reason why I did not like this episode is by Ne-yo´s acting, I don´t have anything against him or his music but I really disliked his caracter, it was like trying to be interesting but the only thing it was,was an annoying killer, maybe it was even worse than justin bieber´s acting in csi las vegas, however, I have to admit that the scene where the real bad guys were revealed was something that I did not expected, but in general, this episode was kinda boring for me.

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • Mac and the team investigate a triple homicide and kidnapping at a posh night club. It is soon discovered that the case will be a lot more complicated than anticipated.

    "Smooth Criminal" is one of the stronger episodes of the season, but that does not mean it is without its flaws. The high points are the very well written script and the great performances (Well, there is one exception.). Veteran actress Adrienne Barbeau is fantastic as the doctor who may not have her patients' best interestes at heart. The climax of the story works as well. The scenes of the wearhouse raid are well done and have just the right amount of action to make it work. The biggest liability is Ne-Yo. His character was very hard to take seriously.moreless
  • Where did the back stories go?

    Now, I still enjoy watching CSI NY. It still seems to be the most reasonable of the three and I like the characters. Even so, a lot about it troubles me from time to time.

    First, where do all of Mac's amours disappear to? Also, did he not have a female stalker at one point (or did I miss a resolution to that)?

    Second. why did Stella leave?

    Third, did not Danny seem to be developing a troubled back story a few seasons past (when he was standing in the rain at the end of an episode or season)?

    Four, did not Sheldon have something like that going on as well (even more than what has been resolved)?

    Fifth, and probably mostly; what happened with the shenanigans going on in the back rooms and also all of the disappearing evidence from storage. Included there is Mykelti Williamson's character of Chief Brigham Sinclair who seemed intend in bringing the department down.

    It would be nice to have some of that addressed and resolved before the department is shut down by CBS.


    This episode was a typical one but quite well done. I am just getting so over having completely innocent characters become victims just for the sake of it (but that still is not quite in the league of the Miami version). I also ponder the reasoning behind the use of famous names in the guest cast. It was certainly not an effort to figure out right away that Adrienne Barbeau was not quite what she seemed at first. But I do always enjoy when the main suspect turns out to be not as expected. Maybe Sheldon will now have a new viable love interest.

    Hopefully we will have some even more exciting episodes which will also extend character development and histories soon.moreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

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



The Handsome Man

Guest Star

Adrienne Barbeau

Adrienne Barbeau

Dr. Theola Kumi

Guest Star

Brandon Scott

Brandon Scott

William Dowd

Guest Star

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Lesley-Ann Brandt

Sexy Woman/Camille Jordanson

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Contract killer: Classical is all about fate... structure... an inevitable build to an inevitable end.
      Camille Jordanson: But isn't all music structured like that?
      Contract killer: No. Not R&B. See R&B is about how it makes you feel. Take you anywhere you want to go... all at the drop of a nice bass line.

    • Flack: Welcome to the Y & Dot Lounge. Grand opening was last week.
      Mac: Three dead bodies isn't the kind of buzz you want.

    • Flack: So far, all we have are loose descriptions. African-American male, medium height, medium build.
      Mac: Add one more detail to that... cold-blooded professional killer.

    • Flack: Waiter I was just talking to remembers a woman at the bar. Shooter held the gun to her head. She could be another victim.
      Mac: Then we don't have much time. We got to find her. Put this professional killer out of work.

    • Jo: Sounds like the punch line to a bad joke. Professional killer, ex-con walk into a bar...
      Flack: Guess who walks out?

    • Jo: When we first arrived, this pizza oven was set at 700 degrees but it sure didn't smell like pepperoni.
      Flack: Well, I've never seen anybody order a gun on their pizza.

    • Flack: Our mystery woman saw his face. Why not shoot her, too?
      Mac: Our killer must have a reason for keeping her alive. Whatever it is... he's not finished yet.

    • Sid: Julian Grace's demise was timely, if bittersweet. His liver shows damage from hepatocarcinoma, an aggressive form of cancer that, for him, was far beyond any stage of successful treatment. He most likely would have succumbed to the disease within a few months.
      Jo: Sad.

    • Jo: Why would you target both a sinner and a saint?

    • Contract killer: Smart decision. You chose to cooperate.
      Camille Jordanson: I wasn't cooperating with you, I just... didn't want to see him get killed.
      Contract killer: Why would I kill him? There's no money in that.

    • Flack: You've spent more of your life in jail then you have out of it. Some guys can't cope.
      Danny: We've seen your body of work: assault with a deadly weapon, attempted murder. And that was all before you got out of prison.
      William Dowd: You do what you gotta do to survive.
      Flack: Well, murdering three people ought to be enough to send you back to your comfort zone. That's prison for life.

    • Jo: I may have found the name and address of our mystery woman. Turns out, ten minutes before the shootout at the Y & Dot Lounge, someone used their credit card to order a martini at the bar (Shows Hawkes a picture)
      Hawkes: Camille Jordanson?
      Jo: You know her?
      Hawkes: I grew up with her.

    • (About Camille Jordanson)
      Jo: She an old flame of yours?
      Hawkes: No, we were just friends. I never got up the nerve to make a move.

    • Flack: Camille Jordanson wasn't just stealing meds. She was actually giving patients fake meds in return. Pun intended... that's pretty sick.

    • Lindsay: I took a closer look at the pills from Camille's apartment. Turns out they were all diluted with magnesium stearate.
      Mac: (Laughs) Same ingredient as the ring around your tub after a bath.

    • Jo: You have your research cut out for you, Adam. What does a decorative pin have to do with galvanized steel?
      Adam: You're more than welcome to join me.
      Jo: Sorry. I wish I could.

    • Jo: Both Parker and Grace had low levels of uranium in their bloodstreams.
      Adam: Mushroom cloud? Atomic bomb uranium?
      Jo: Boom.
      Adam: Well, h... how does someone get radioactive blood?
      Jo: Can't wait to find out. Let me know.

    • Hawkes: If it's okay, I'd like to be a part of this. If Camille's guilty, I'll be the first to admit that I'm wrong. But for now, we still have to find her. And if this woman knows where she is, I'd like to be the one that talks to her.
      Mac: All right.

    • Contract killer: Your friend Janice Scott... is dead.

      Camille Jordanson: Why are you telling me this?

      Contract killer: Because she was already dead when I arrived.

      Camille Jordanson: Well, don't you get paid whether you kill them or not?

    • Jo: Most doctors I know don't give referrals to professional killers.

    • Theola Kumi: (To the Contract killer) I want Camille taken care of. I sense hesitation. You're not getting sweet on her, are you?

    • Hawkes: She wasn't stealing drugs, Mac, she was stealing proof.

    • Mac: Where is Camille Jordanson?
      Theola Kumi: If she's all you have on me, this is gonna be a short conversation.

    • Mac: (To Theola Kumi) You were selling fake meds to sick people to make money. You put greed ahead of people who thought they were your patients. Too many of those people lost the race before it even began. You're gonna do time for what happened to them.

    • (Watching Hawkes and Camille)
      Jo: Wonder what he's saying to her.
      Mac: That's none of our concern.
      Jo: Oh, come on, Mac. You're a detective. You mean to tell me you never people-watch?

    • (Watching Hawkes and Camille)
      Jo: I think she wants to go out with him.
      Mac: What gives you that impression?
      Jo: Can't you see it? She's totally into him. Evaluate the evidence. Look at the signs: she's throwing at him. She arches her back a little when she talks, nervously touching her neckline, shifting her hair behind her ear...
      Mac: Somebody's been doing a little too much people-watching. It could be the rekindling of a beautiful friendship.
      Jo: Or just some hot steamy sex.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music Featured:
      Beautiful Monster by Ne-Yo (Opening song).
      Cause I Said So by Ne-Yo (The cops arrive at the club where Janice Scott is found dead).

    • Jeffrey Barnett, who plays Bartender / Ken Marion, has done stunts for several other episodes like 4x20 Taxi.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 11, 2011 on CTV.
      Turkey: April 4, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: April 9, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Spain: May 31, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 1, 2011 on AXN.
      Norway: June 1, 2011 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: December 6, 2011 on JOJ.
      Germany: January 2, 2011 on Vox.

      Finland: June 27, 2012 on MTV3.