Season 2 Episode 1

Summer in the City

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Stella and Danny investigate when a jewellery designer is found dead, wearing the eight million dollar bra he created, and investigate the model he had shot and her bodyguard. Aiden begins to take the rape case she has been working on a little too personally, and is determined to stop the man before he can rape again. Hawkes gets to go into the field for the first time as he assists Mac in investigating the death of a man who liked to climb skyscrapers.moreless

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  • a man climbing a skyscraper, and Aiden dealing with her friend.

    The beginning:

    A crazy climber in Manhattan? Who climbs skyscrapers really? When he falls you can tell he let go for some reason. But what was that reason? And then you see him fall and his brain goes everywhere. EWWW.

    The Cases: YAY! It’s Hawkes’ first day on the field! I loved the way Mac and Hawkes play off each other. And how nervous Hawkes was the entire time. Hawkes is so cute. I love how he is considered the braniac of everyone, and how Stella teases him with the horrible brain pun.

    Danny and Stella’s diamond case that Aiden worked for the beginning part. It was so crazy. I couldn’t believe it, especially when we find out he swallowed the diamond thinking it was real, and then turning out it was SYNTHETIC!

    Then there was Aiden’s mini case, and when she left, everyone looked so worried. It’s so sweet to see her helping out a friend. Yet in the end when we see her with the hair, we freak out because OH NO she can’t dupe the evidence!!

    Favorite Scene:

    One of my favorite scenes in this bit was Danny chasing the bodyguard. Danny, though a cop, is probably not as good as the bodyguard. It seems the bodyguard has him beat, but Danny heads him off, and coughs him. Then tells him to shut up, he doesn’t want to hear people being stupid. Brilliant.

    Best Science Bit:

    Mosquito autopsy most definitely. I mean watching them take out the blood from the mosquito?moreless
  • Victims caught in the cross fire.

    I really enjoyed watching this cases play out. From the owner of a very expensive bra dying from choking on a fake diamond to the climber falling to his death for witnessing a murder. Watching Hawkes in the field was almost as much fun as watching Mac haze him. The model stealing the real diamond and hiding it as a Christmas ornament was pretty ingenious. The ex-wife being the ultimate conspiritor in Bishop's death and her using his assistant to facilite was pretty underhanded, creative but underhanded. I saw Aiden becoming too personally involved in the DJ Pratt case coming a mile away.moreless
  • The skycraper climber ends in tradgedy!

    The CSI's offices have relocated to a Manhattan high rise which includes new labs, a staff break room and new office equipment with state-of-the-art technology. Also, after expressing his interest in moving out of the coroner's office, Dr. Hawkes joins the team in the field and his first case has him working with Mac on the death of a skyscraper climber. Although hundreds of witnesses were on hand to see the climber fall, the team suspects foul play and believes someone may have caused his death. Meanwhile, Stella and Danny investigate the murder of a New York fashion designer killed while wearing an eight million dollar diamond bra from his own collection.moreless
  • Great season opener; gotta love CSI:NY in colour.

    Mosquito autopsy? Wow.

    They definitely made a good choice in using this episode as the season opener. Great effects, great actors, practically great everything. Having the Empire State building in this episode was great as it symbolises New York in a way. Really interesting to see Hawkes finally out from the morgue; it was funny how Stella liked picking on him.

    The stolen diamond case was great too; Who would have thought that guy could have swallowed the diamond just to protect it, not realising the stone was fake.

    The last part of the episode where Aiden thinks of faking the evidence would probably make the audience tune in to the next episode out of curiosity.

    And of course, who doesn\'t like the show in colour?moreless
  • Great episode *but* they had to have a plot twist that just didn't work

    Liked the episode but to the writers - stop with the impossible plot twists.

    The human spiderman falls because he witnesses a murder in progress and the murderer shoots at him so he falls.

    For that to work the murderer in a pre-meditated crime would have to be oblivious to the police, crowd, etc outside the very building where the crime was planned to take place on the very day, at the very time.

    Now I've never actually planned a murder but it seems to me the one place I'd never commit that crime (or any crime for that matter); would be where there are POLICE and lots of them wanting to arrest another guy at the same time I want to off (from the plot) my boss'[separated but not divorced so she gets the moola] blushing bride.

    Guess the murder decided the cops would be more interested in ticketing the trespasser than felony murder or so the CSI: New York writers would have us believe.moreless
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

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Mark Aiken

Mark Aiken

Whitman Price

Guest Star

Elizabeth Bennett

Elizabeth Bennett

Regina Bowen

Guest Star

Peter Dobson

Peter Dobson

Fred Becker

Guest Star

Ron Yuan

Ron Yuan

Dr. Evan Zao

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Mac looks at the climber's face, you can see his eyelashes move and it is not the wind.

    • Goof: In Season 1, Episode 21 On The Job, Danny tells Mac that he swears on his dead mother's grave; however, in this episode, he tells Stella that his mother still dresses him.

    • In the second season of CSI: NY, the CSIs do not have their side arms. As they do in the first season, this could be part of the new look CBS was talking about.

      In addition to this, the CSIs have moved to a new lab, in a new building. As referenced by Stella's comments that she is almost completely moved.

    • Goof: The mosquito caught by Hawkes was a male mosquito so they should not have been able to extract blood from it since male mosquitoes don't bite.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Danny: And they say models are all body and no brains. This is a perfect example of how wrong they are.

    • Mac: Withholding information! You've been chatting with Stella.

    • Mac: Did you know that Hawkes is a walking encyclopedia of tid-bit information?
      Stella: That's good. You can go to him instead of Google. So you started torturing him yet?
      Mac: It's testing, Stella. Just testing. All the rookies get the same treatment.
      Stella: So where is he?
      Mac: Right now, he's performing a little mosquito-topsy.

    • Stella: Hello Hawkes, how's it going?
      Hawkes: Job's great. Mac is...(dropping his voice) I feel like he's always looking over my shoulder.
      Stella: He is. Just don't look back. And know the answers to his questions before he asks them, which means you're also gonna have to know his questions.
      Hawkes: In about a week and a half, what you just said is going to make sense to me, right?
      Stella: You know, if you keep playing defense, you're never gonna get the ball.

    • Stella: (looking at a large diamond taken from the trachea of a corpse) Diamond in the rough.

    • (Stella is examining a diamond)
      Aiden: I've been processing dirt all day, and you've been shopping at Tiffany's.

    • Hawkes: You just told the man his partner was murdered, and he didn't even ask what happened.
      Mac: Overwhelmed by the news, I guess. Or maybe he already knows the answer.

    • Danny: (out of breath from running) You know what? Do me a favor, shut up. I'm too tired to listen to someone play stupid. Shut up.

    • (Danny and Aiden are on the scene of a man dead in a bra)
      Danny: What a way for a guy to go, huh? Dressed up in a fancy bra? What's that called, eh, when a guy, uh, is more comfortable wearing women's undergarments? It's like a syndrome or something.
      Aiden: Danny. Do you mind? Can we just process the scene please?
      Danny: Alright. Snapper. I'm just trying to have a little educated conversation, alright?
      Aiden: I've got traces of mud here and it's not from this guy's shoe.
      Stella: Hey guys, what d'ya got?
      Danny: A dead guy in a rhinestone bra.
      Stella: Stunning.
      Danny: In a 36 B. Just a guess. (both girls laugh)

    • (about mosquitoes)
      Mac: Only the female of the species bite.
      Stella: Good for her!

    • Danny: It's hot a little bit, eh?
      Stella: What the hell are you wearing that jacket for?
      Danny: Ah, my mother still dresses me.

    • (Hawkes explains something about brains out of the head being fried)
      Stella: Guess this'll be a no-brainer for you.
      Hawkes: She did not just say that.
      Flack and Mac: She did.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Summer in the City was a hit single by the pop-rock band Lovin' Spoonful.

    • Mac: Did you know that Hawkes is a walking encyclopedia of tid-bit information?
      Stella: That's good. You can go to him instead of Google.

      Google search is a Web search engine owned by Google, Inc., and it is the most used search engine on the Web.

    • Aiden: I've been processing dirt all day, and you've been shopping at Tiffany's.

      Tiffany's is a famous jewelry and silverware company in New York City known for its unique diamond rings and its trademark color, Tiffany blue.