Season 3 Episode 15

Some Buried Bones

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Reed Garret gives Mac some interesting information regarding the death of a college student. Also the rest of the team will need to be a step ahead of Ava Brandt to figure out why a security guard was murdered.

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  • A department store security guard is shot dead while on patrol. Examination of surveillance camera footage suggests that the guard may have been killed by a shoplifter. Elsewhere, the body of a college student is found in a hedge maze.moreless

    CSI: NY continues its terrific season with another fantastic episode. A very strong point of all of the CSI shows is the writing and that certainly shows here. Twists and turns which are very plausible add to the enjoyment of this episode. However I do have one negative thing to say. I think it's time to stop using the secret campus organization (obviously modeled after Yale's Skull & Bones) thing. It has been done before in televison and movies (The absolutely horrible The Skulls.) and is starting to get a little tiresome. Despite that, I believe this is a terrific episode.moreless
  • What about some kind of reality check?

    Well, maybe its me, but I thought that the cases should have some kind of connection to reality. Like someone already have posted under allusions, there is no such thing as automatically receive a 4.0 grade point average when a roommate dies a violent death.

    And who on this earth gets some kind of strange visions from sipping some absinthe? Has the writer even tasted absinthe? Absinthe is nothing else then ordinary alcohol (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absinthe)

    But this episode does get a 1.0 score for the nice performance by Nelly Furtado, not that she was in the episode for many minutes(I think the absinthe spoon had more camera time).

    I hope I dont have see another episode like this one or I will stop watch this CSI despite I like Mac Taylor more then Gil Grissom.moreless
  • One storyline has Mac and Hawkes looking into the death of a college student found in hedge maze while the other has Danny and Stella looking into the shooting death of a security guard in a high end store that was just victimized by a shoplifter.moreless

    Although it wasn't my favorite episode, I rated it high b/c I did enjoy it. I like Nelly Furtado's music, but I didn't think much of her acting in this episode. The scene between her Ava and Stella was awkward and not really believable. Ms. Furtado was definitely not up to being opposite Melina.

    The secret society arc was enjoyable, but felt a little off. The interaction between Mac and Reed made the storyline for me while being subtle and natural.

    My favorite part of the episode- Adam. This episode showed that there's more to Adam than just being a quirky lab rat, and I'm hoping TPTB explore that more.moreless
  • Once again, NY is using guest stars to cover up a lackluster episode.

    I was a little upset that they didn't even mention Lindsay. Someone asking someone else if they had heard from her would have been enough for me, just so that everyone knows that yes, she still does work in the lab.

    When Danny's phone rang as they were interviewing the store clerk, I totally thought it was Lindsay. Imagine my disappointment when it turned out to be Angell.

    Adam reminiscing about how his dad was a bit of a bully did nothing for me. I like Adam, I really do, but you start giving him a backstory like that, and he's going to turn into another Greg. Adam's a lab tech - he doesn't need a backstory. At least not one as serious as that. Something like that, that's a huge backstory, requiring more than just a little snippet that's never mentioned again. I don't want Adam getting much more screen time than he has now. In my opinion, he already has too much.

    Glad that Stella figured out which one was Ava by her shoes. I saw those pictures, and I was like, "No way a woman that pregnant could wear those shoes." Sure enough, that's what tipped Stella off.

    I hate CSI: Q! The question was, "Who will be the final criminal? The maintenace worker? Ava Brandt? The store clerk?" As the maintenance man was the only one who hadn't yet been introduced, he must have been the guy who shot the security guard. And sure enough...

    By the way... 9:51. Is that a record for the latest the killer has been introduced?

    Secret society... *eyeroll* When Mac was talking about the branding, the beatdown, and the absenthe spoon as a fraternity hazing ritual gone bad, I was so upset. I know a lot of fraternity guys, and none of them have brands. (FYI, I said that to my sister, and she says, "That you know of." Well, I've seen most of those guys in nothing but their skivvies - don't ask - so unless their brands are internal, they're not there.) I'm glad it ended up being a secret society rather than a fraternity, because Greeks get enough bad press without adding to the stereotypes.

    Kings and Shadows... Skull and Bones, anyone?

    The montage at the end, with Ava... Did anyone else not care? I mean, that was a good minute and a half that could have been used to, I don't know, mention Lindsay? Plus, it was the same montage that was at the beginning! Talk about pointless! Although I did like the continuity of Stella talking to her about abuse. What happened to Stella last season isn't something that she would just get over, and I always enjoy when they bring in some continuity.

    Granted, Nelly Furtado was better than I was expecting, but she really didn't need to 'act' until the last scene. (Acting pretty and swiping clothes doesn't require that much talent.)

    Danny looked hot. HOT. Possibly burned the fever right out of me. Or not. God, that man is fine. He's so fine, it should be illegal.

    Reed was excellent in this episode. I liked how he hugged Mac at the end, and Mac was just kind of like stunned for a minute before he hugged him back. Later on, when they were interrogating Brian, I went, "You want to really piss Mac off? Beat up his stepson."

    All in all, this episode was okay. Not my favorite, but not terrible. Better than 'Obsession', definitely. And so not the same without Lindsay there.moreless
  • overall a good episode. I liked the cases, and I liked the stuff with Reed. Poor kid. But I have to say I appreciated Stella being all sweet to her. Of course they made Nelly turn out a victim. Spoilers inside. I had better paragraphs. I swearmoreless


    HAHAHAH . Okay, I definitely loved the beginning. Not because it was intelligently and well put together. I guess you could say it was, because it was so hilarious. I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Why was it so funny? The song on the background was Nelly Furtado’s, one of her new singles, and as we hear it, we see Nelly stealing clothes. Cause that’s what she does. Hahahahahaha. Well okay she doesn’t do that in real life obviously. But I love that they tied her in that way. Hee hee. It’s one of my favorite songs of hers too. Good choice :D THE CASES:

    Nelly Furtado’s case started off pretty girl. I mean really, I was like “MWAAHAHHA” when we found out the outfit she has is to interrupt the infrared signal. I was WONDERING why she went in all shiny. SHE IS GENIUS! Well okay, the writers are. And the poor security guard dies as he goes in to chick on her. Not suspicious at all. So what do they do? Find out what she is stealing. MWAHAH the chick was a personal shoplifter? I want! Aww she might have had a bully in her life, and awwww, we find out Adam had a bully in his life!!! Ooo stupid girl left behind DNA.

    She pulled bait and switches. One went in her mouth and took off a real one, interesting, I gotta try that. Hahh just kidding. And she is taking blood pressure pills? What is WRONG with this chick? Oooo she takes it to forget a traumatic event? Poor chica. And she didn’t do it? NICE flip. It ended up being the store clerk. HAHAHAHA. Oooo and Chris, her partner killed him. NICE. Stella says the larceny charges have not been dropped, but the murder has been fixed. She asks what she was taking the drugs for. She used to be a dental hygienist. Awww bless. Hmm, not sure if I like her acting very much. Aww and Stella gives her her card? Bless Stella. Second case was with the hedge maze. Ooooo creepy. And a statue had the blood? Hahah I love Flack. Ooooo the victim was lured there? Who would do that? He was attacked in the very center. Have to say, I loved the moving up from the maze back to the lab. And in the neck of his vic is a piece of a key thingy with a maze thingy. Guy killed was tripping in the maze, he was drugged up. The sword on a statue is what stabbed him in the back. Stupid Fraternity pranks. Ooo and the thing found in his neck was a map out of the maze, and the pen on him was filled with his blood? EW.

    Again, have to say, I love how it twists again. The names found on the vic, don’t belong to him. So who the hell is he? Ooo I love the kid who wanted to call the governor, who was good friends with one of the names’ father, and they were all we can call him for you.

    Oooo Reed came to see him. He knew the dead kid. He comes with some information- the kid was working on some intense stuff- he was writing about a secret society. It’s like a cult, not a fraternity. Interesting. When they found the entry I got shivers up my spine. “And when you join, you’re a brother till death,” and he was going to leave… and that was his last entry. So one of the kids Brian took a test for is a King and Shadow dude? WTF they brand each other?? And he claims he had no idea. An exit ceremony is just a beat down? Hah right. It’s an ABSINTHE spoon, that’s what they had in his neck. And he says he had to get out of the maze alone, so the brothers aren’t there to take care of them anymore…weirdos.

    OH NO! Mac’s son got beat up by a Shadow dude. Why are they freaks? Oooo he was writing on people who wrote on people who bought exam takers…And he promised he wouldn’t tell on Brian if Brian quit. Awww Reed is a good kid. Ooo the stuff that caused him to hallucinate was from a med student, his roommate. He killed him to get a straight 4.0 . Stupid attacked a cop’s son. FAVORITE SCENE:

    Between Mac and his son near the end, where poor Reed thinks it’s HIS fault. Bless his heart. And Mac says she wasn’t buried, her body wasn’t found. Aww bless. And he hugs him. Awww Reed. Please say you’re staying in touch!


    A good episode. I liked the cases, and I liked the stuff with Reed. Poor kid. Nelly was okay… I guess. But I have to say I appreciated Stella being all sweet to her. Of course they made Nelly turn out a victim.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Matt Barr

Matt Barr

Thomas Brighton

Guest Star

Scott Kinworthy

Scott Kinworthy

Eddie Williams

Guest Star

Sarah Christine Smith

Sarah Christine Smith

Marisa Richardson

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • The reason why Marisa Richardson never moved her hands in questioning, its because she was handcuffed behind her back.

    • Goof: When Reed gives Mac a hug at the end, Reed's arms go from being low across Mac's arms to around his shoulders between shots.

    • When Adam uses the RFID credit card scanner, it picks up on some of Danny's identification. Danny's Discerna credit card number is 3400 6776 411 38 and expires on 02/10. His Fidelity Mutual Bank card is 0234 1883 172 11 and expires 04/2011. His driver's license number is J65 385 969 issued by the DMV in New York and expires 10/21/11. His social security number is 934-182-909. All four are issued in the name of Danny Messer.

    • It is revealed that Adam's dad was a bully and he may have been abused as a child.

    • Nitpick: Despite what is claimed in this episode, there is no evidence to support absinthe causing hallucinations.

      Edit: Many years ago absinthe used to contain wormwood, which DID cause hallucinations (sometimes death). This is why absinth with wormwood is no longer legal.

      Edit: Wormwood is the key ingredient(and namesake) of absinthe and it is still used to make modern day absinthe (for example Bohemian style Absinth from the Czech Republic which closely resembles the tradition form). Wormwood in a pure form is poisonous causing kidney failure, however in proper dosage it is not harmful and is most commonly used as stomach medicine not to mention its use in vermouth and some wines. There is no evidence that absinthe or even wormwood cause hallucinations.

    • Goof: When reviewing the list of stolen items, Danny says that all the items are worth four figures or more, but one item is only worth $950.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (6)


    • This episode, including the news story plot line, is identical to the movie The Skulls, which followed the death of a college journalist who was trying to expose the society. Hill Harper played the role of the murdered journalist.

    • Mac: What is a fraternity hazing gone bad?

      A popular reference to Jeopardy in which contestants have to answer questions in question form.

    • Reed: I got my first 'Geraldo'.

      A reference to talk-show host Geraldo Rivera who had his nose broken in a well-publicized brawl during a 1988 show.

    • It's mentioned that the motive for Brian's murder is a standard college regulation that specifies that a student whose roommate commits suicide or otherwise dies out of a violent death automatically receives a 4.0 grade point average for the current school term.

      This is an urban legend (which has a number of variations) that was part of the plot of two 1998 movies, Dead Man on Campus and Dead Man's Curve, along with episode 252/12-4 of The Simpsons, Lisa the Tree-Hugger, episode 2/1-2 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Art and C.S.I.'s episode Up In Smoke.

    • Danny: Shopgirl's got it down to a science.

      Shopgirl is the title of a 2005 movie starring Claire Danes and Steve Martin. Martin also wrote the screenplay.

    • Episode title: Some Buried Bones.

      The title of the episode and the plot of a secret society on the campus of a college make a refrence to the "Skull and Bones" society, a secret organization that exists at Yale University, which has supposedly had such members as George H.W. Bush. Also "Skull and Bones" meets in a building known as "The Tomb" and the society in this episode meets in "The Crypt."