Season 5 Episode 9

The Box

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Nov 26, 2008 on CBS
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The team finds bones of a victim in an unlikely place; Lindsay gives Danny some unexpected news.

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  • Mac and the team investigate a body found in one of the most unlikely of places. Meanwhile, Lindsay's and Danny's lives change with some surprising news.

    Without a doubt the best episode of the season up to this point in time. "The Box" is also, in my opinion, one of the best of the series period. Carmine Giovanazzo has given his best performance of the series here. This episode grabs the viewer's attention right from the beginning and never lets go. Intercutting the episode with Danny's conversation with the parents of the victim was another great way (aside from the case itself) to keep the viewer interested in the episode until the end. "The Box" definitely prooves that "CSI: NY" is one of television's best shows.moreless
  • This episode was exactly why I love this show. It was emotional, griping, had a great storyline, a great case and great chemistry between the characters.

    I love how they caught out attention, having us learn more about Danny. They grabbed us fromt he start and wouldn't let go. The stories with Danny and how he was dealing with the news that Linds was pregnant and how he talked to the victim's parents. i was a little annoyed with them- kicking their teenage daughter out.. what will happen if their grandson gets a girl pregnant, will they do the same? the storyline was great, so sad about the victim. and all around it was a great episode with great moments, and the touch of the sonogram was just perfect. i just wish they had danny gripe linds' hand at the very end, rather than just touch her hand with his.moreless
  • Great character development episode for Danny!

    This was one heck of an episode. And that it showcases Danny, as I think it was time. That they given him an episode of his own for once. Loved the way he talked to the parents. Really hate it that the parents kicked out their daughter. And seeing that, they needed to reconcile with her. While investigating a body, in an unlikely place. That you would ever find a body. Meanwhile, Danny gets dropped a bombshell from Lindsay. Two words, two little words. That will change forever....she's pregnant! This is due to the real-life actress playing her, being pregnant. Now both of them, are caught in a dilema. Wondering, what they need to do. Since she's pregnant!moreless
  • A terrific episode with both a compelling case and some excellent character development

    I thought this was a wonderful episode more for how everything came together and how Danny's work on what he thought was just another case ended up touching him so deeply. For me, this a whole is greater than the sum of its parts episode.

    Danny's conversation with a mysterious couple is beautifully interwoven with the case, which is moved along at time with Danny's narrative. Danny begins by saying that he broke his wrist which ended his baseball aspirations. Interestingly, Carmine Giovinazzo had baseball aspirations which were dashed by a serious back injury. I thought he shone in the spotlight in this episode. I was very touched by the parents' realization of how they messed up with their daughter (the victim) by kicking her out of the house for selfish reasons when she was pregnant. Their regret leads Mr. Harris to tell Danny that no matter what happens between him and Lindsay, Danny must no have any regrets. They are blessed to have another opportunity with their grandson, who survived in her mother's womb when she fell to her death.moreless
  • Lindsay tells Danny that she is pregnant.

    In this episode of CSI New York, the following happens. The CSI team are called in when a body is found in the trunk of a car that has been crushed. From the bones in the trunk they estimate that the female victim was between 17-25 years old. The team trace the car and believe that the Jane Doe in the back is the owner of the car. They head to her house and find that is not the case.

    When the team do a facial reconstruction of the victim, they run it through the database of missing people but get no hits. When Lindsay sees the picture of Jane Doe, she knows who she is and passes on the name. Danny also learns in this episode, that Lindsay is pregnant. The team soon realise that the victim was pregnant with a baby boy when she was killed, and the child was cut from her body. We soon learn that the victims name is Nicole. When her parents learnt that she was pregnant they threw her out. It soon becomes obvious that the doctor who Nicole was seeing was in on her murder. We soon learn that the owners of the car stole the baby and are now passing him off as their own. They soon find the woman and she has the baby. She locks herself inside of a toilet and the police are outside waiting for her to give herself up. We soon learn from the husband that Nicole wanted to get rid of the baby and Nicole agreed to give them her baby. But she changed her mind. She then fell down the stairs and died. And since he knew that the ambulance wouldn't make it until after the baby had died as well, so he cut the baby out. The police and the team manage to talk the woman down and get the baby off of her. We then see that it was the grandparents that Danny has been talking to the whole episode. They are there to pick up their grandson. They are handed their grandson and we see Danny and Lindsay standing together, almost holding hands.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: Elizabeth Barker is identified as 25 years old earlier, but when Flack puts an APB out for her, she is described as 30 years old.

    • Goof: Nicole Harris had been prescribed tetracycline, but this drug is contra-indicated in pregnancy as its absoption into bone (the property that allowed Hawkes to spot it) can interfere with foetal development.

    • The story that Danny tells at the beginning about an injury putting an end to his baseball career, is reminiscent of Carmine Giovinazzo's life, since a back injury forced him to forget about his aspirations to become a professional baseball player.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Danny: Growing up all I wanted to do was play ball. That's all I could think about when I was a kid. One day starting in the majors. Crazy thing, I was actually making it happen. I was playing really well in the minors. Then one game everything changed. Whole day this pitcher is trying to shut me down throwing me inside, throwing me inside. And bottom of the eighth, he finally catches me, right in the head. So i figure I'm gonna put one in his head now. Before I could even get to the mound, the benches clear and I'm caught in a pile-up. Shattered my wrist. Baseball was over and I was having one of those, ya know, what now? moments. But uhh, I guess back then, things were a little easier. All I had to do was change my career.

    • Reggie Dupar: You know what they say, right? Mind's a terrible thing to waste.
      Mac: So is my time.

    • Stella: Yeah, genius is selling fake watches right outside the NYPD Crime Lab.

    • Sid: Your Jack in the box just became a Jane.

    • Danny: Maybe this time they broke in to dump a car.
      Mac: And a few spare body parts.

    • (Reggie hits his head on table, and chuckles)
      Reggie: Now y'all tell the D.A that, I let them know you beat my ass for a confession. My bad I can't help you with the bodies y'all chalked last night, but if you excuse me I got some business take care of.
      Mac: You didn't pay much attention in physics did you Reggie? I'm guessing school wasn't your thing? Now it's my turn play teacher, today's lesson: conservation of energy and first law of thermodynamics. Now pay attention here, it states that energy can be transferred but it cant be created or destroyed
      Reggie: What does this have to do with anything bro?
      Mac: Means you just bought yourself some pain for no reason, because if I or detective Flack slammed your head into the table like you just said, there would be a transfer of energy to the back of your head and a bruise would form in the shape of a hand.
      Flack: True that.
      Mac: So, Reggie you just gave yourself a beat down for nothing, we'll talk again.

    • Danny: A while ago I messed up, alright? I was with another woman. I didn't say anything. But she knew. I think she knew, alright? Couple of months we got back together, things haven't really been the same.

    • Lindsay: Danny, I know you.
      Danny: What's that supposed to mean?
      Lindsay: I just mean that I'm not expecting anything.

    • Lindsay: I'm pregnant.
      Danny: (Sighs) You sure?

    • Danny: I called you last night.
      Lindsay: I went to bed a bit early.

    • Danny: I'm getting hit against... life's changing and I dunno, I'm scared... I'm scared you know?

    • Flack: Hey stupid, the building's surrounded.

    • Sheldon: (on discovering a picture locket) Found a piece of jewellery in pretty good shape.
      Sid: Based on age I'd say they're probably the victim's parents.
      Sheldon: The job never gets easier does it?
      Sid: I can tell you I've been working here 29 years. That's 4846 cases and names I will never forget. What gets me through are people like them. Folks who are going to be looking to me for answers.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Michael Kenneth Williams, who plays Reggie Dupar, also appears in the C.S.I. episodes Hollywood Brass and World's End.

      Kevin Weisman, who plays Mike Hess, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Meltdown and in the C.S.I. one Man Up.

      Erin Cardillo, who plays Tammy Barker, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Caged.

      Joe Egender, who plays Billy Marks, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Trends With Benefits.

    • French episode title: A L'Intérieur..., meaning Inside...

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: February 11, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: March 2, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: March 16, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: March 17, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: April 29, 2009 on AXN.
      Ireland: May 6, 2009 on RTÉ2.
      Greece: May 12, 2009 on SKAI.
      Australia: July 28, 2009 on Channel 9.
      Germany: November 2, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: November 8, 2009 on JOJ.
      Finland: March 31, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Music featured:
      Fade Into You by Mazzy Star, (it plays while Danny is riding his motorcycle).
      Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones.
      I'm Superman by Dean18.


    • Flack: Okay Spartacus, enough with your fantasies.

      According to Roman historians, Spartacus was a slave who rose to become a leader in the Third Servile War, an unsuccessful slave uprising against the Roman Republic.

    • Flack: Mostly fast and furious types.

      The Fast and the Furious are a series of movies about street racing cars.

    • Don mentions that Mike Hess goes LARPing.

      Live Action Role Playing has been around since the 1970's. The Role Playing can involve any genre including American or English Civil War, Video Game Characters, Literature figures, Spy games, Horror scenarios - in fact imagination is the only censor. It is not confined to battle scenarios either, but when there is it is usually foam weapons that are used. There are usually strict rules about how scenarios are allowed to play out and no one is meant to be hurt in any battle scenario.