Season 1 Episode 22

The Closer

Aired Friday 9:00 PM May 11, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team examines the murder of an avid Boston Red Sox fan found dead with a ruptured spleen following a tough loss against New York. Danny must put his baseball skills to the test to piece together the evidence as the CSIs try to find out how and why he was murdered. Meanwhile, after testifying in a murder trial, Mac is confronted by the defendant, Quinn Sullivan, who questions the validity of the evidence. Mac is torn between trusting science or his desire to help a man facing jail time who swears he's innocent. Also, when a truck kills a barely clad woman early one morning, the team investigates why she was running through the streets and from whom.moreless

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  • As a Bo Sox Fan I love this episode.

    Danny admitting Boston's a tough team the the evil empire needs to get their act together (I'm not allowed to say the "Y" word) but a huge smile on my face. The woman in the lace getting hit by the truck, was classic. What wasn't classic is she was running from a psycho pitcher who had a hand in killing both the woman hit by the bus and the dead Red Sox Fan. Great storyline, everything, at least here , is connected. Mac trying to make things right is classic Mac. Confronted with the possibility that the evidence or at least the interpretation of the evidence is wrong, has Mac's head spinning. But being the guy that he is, he goes against the norm and works at making it right.moreless
  • Basebag Tag & Is Sullivan inoccent?

    It starts off with a girl running, and when you think she is going to get away, BAM. She gets hit by a truck. This was no longer a homocide, but it ties back into the case that Stella and Danny are working.

    I liked the banter with Stella and Hawkes about switching jobs. Very cute. Okay, so Stella and Danny's case is about a man who is found dead in his car. The murder weapon turns out to be a baseball. Wow that would hurt so bad! Great episode because we got to see Danny work up a sweat and throw baseballs at a door, and run and snatch one away from the kids in the stands. I thought that was pretty funny. The killer shocked me when it turned out to be the guy sitting next to the vic. He killed him because he kissed him on the lips. Haha.

    Mac was re-working a case where they found the guy guilty, but know he has found evidence to help prove his inoccence. It was sad when Mac started to talk about Claire with Stella. Mac got all happy when he did the test that changed their conclusions.=) It was absolutely adorable when Mac said he just didn't want to take it off, when Stella asked why he keeps his wedding ring on. I didn't like that guy that wouldn't recall Mac to the stand. What a jerk! But at the end of the episode Mac gets recalled, so I was a bit confused there.moreless
  • Great for what it's worth, but a bit redundant with the whole "we need to prove this convict's innocence because he really didn't do the crime...."

    The Beginning:

    A girl is running from danger and seemingly escapes only to get run over? Sucks for her. What sucks even more is that it happens while she is in a lace teddy. And what sucks even more is the driver wasn't even going that fast. It was just well, it was a truck. I'm sure had it been a smaller car she would have been fine.

    The Cases:

    Again we have two cases that turn into one. Brilliant. What's brilliant is you don't think about what actually killed them till the end. I guess the baseball star didn't realize how strong his throw really was. It also plays into the dumb jock motif. Well if you know you throw fast, you are a major league pitcher, and what do you think a ball going 90 mph is going to do to a person's body. Though the bit with the convict who claims he didn't kill a girl didn’t take up much of the episode, it does seem it was a bit more important. It shows how Mac really just cares about the evidence. True he hates real criminals but he is very interested in seeing the truth. Yet he had to follow his gut in order to figure out what happened, and he always criticized Danny for doing that.

    Favorite Scene:

    The scene between Stella and Mac where Mac informs him why he felt he had to find the truth behind Sullivan's trial. I do think this has been done before, just in another CSI. And I wish they would stop that. Really.

    Favorite Science Bit:

    Favorite science bit had to be the part where Mac is in the truck and figures out how fast he was going when he crashed without even using any mechanical equipment. He could tell because on the speedometer there is a little white mark where it happened. Overall:

    A good episode. The murder weapon was definitely interesting, but the motive was kinda silly.moreless
  • The team examines the murder of an avid Boston Red Sox fan found dead after a tough loss against New York. Meanwhile, after testifying in a murder trial, Mac is confronted by the defendant.moreless

    Well, the episoide was actually quite intresting, i will start with Mac being wrong about that guy who was in prison, well i don't get why he lied, he said it would make him look guilty but in fact it would save him, i'm kinda of surpirsed he left this late to tell them. it's strange how one fact that can change the conclusion but i think it was mac words in court-room that made it clear he should of told him.

    The baseball case, yes it was intresting but that guy had a temper, i would done the samething but the baseball wasn't meant to kill him but it's an intresting way to kill someone by accident. 93mph was quite fast, almost as fast as a tennis ball being hit by a racket. That was bad luck but i hate it when women make fun of guys, even though that was joke i know i would hate it. i'm not saying that other guy deserved to die to kissing him but i would of been angry about it. Most normal people would wave their hands in their air not kiss another guy.

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Vanessa Ferlito

Vanessa Ferlito

Aiden Burn

Michael Clarke Duncan

Michael Clarke Duncan

Quinn Sullivan

Guest Star

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

District Attorney Latham

Guest Star

Kathryn Harrold

Kathryn Harrold

Judge Beverly Fulton

Guest Star

Sonya Walger

Sonya Walger

Jane Parsons

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: On more than one occasion throughout the show, Gilbert Novotny is incorrectly referred to as George Novotny. Two specific examples include the conversation between Bonasera, Hawkes and Parsons in the morgue, and also the scene where Messer and Taylor are preparing to test their theory on a crime scene.

    • Danny Messer's story of playing in the minors and then leaving due to an injury parallels actor Carmine Giovinazzo's own life. However, in real life, Carmine Giovinazzo was forced to leave the game due to a back injury, not an injured wrist.

    • The baseball stadium shown in this episode is not Yankee Stadium. It is actually San Fransico's 3Com Park (formerly Candlestick Park), the football stadium where the 49ers play. Interestingly, the last time baseball was played there was 1999.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Stella: Why haven't you taken your wedding ring off?
      Mac: Because, uh, I don't know. I don't want to.

    • Mac: When the towers fell, and Claire died, it was the clearest definition of what is unjust, and unfair, in this world, and I was powerless.

    • (Examining the female who was hit by a car)
      Mac: No clothes, no shoes, no handbag, just lace.
      Stella: If this is the new look for spring, you can count me out.

    • (Danny just had a chase scene with Tony Reanetti. Tony climbed a fence and Danny lept up and caught him.)
      Danny: Alright, easy, easy! If there's one thing I hate more than running… leaping. You're not my favorite person today, come on.

    • Aiden: How does a potential short stop become a crime scene investigator?
      Danny: That's real easy, get into a fight, break your wrist, and then graduate from the police academy top of my class.
      Aiden: Dangerous, Danny Messer.
      Danny: Very dangerous.

    • Stella: (Stella is speaking in Greek) Pou eisai esi vre file? Skeftesei kati kai ksero pou thelis na me to pis.
      Mac: And in English?
      Stella: What the hell's buggin' ya, Mac?
      Mac: Fwoo… Sounds so much better in Greek.
      Stella: Yeah, most things do. (she smiles)

    • Stella: A Boston fan in the Bronx, very brave.
      Danny: He's stupid, very stupid. Boston's tough, New York better get it together.

    • (Stella gets a buzz while she's with Hawkes in the examination room.)
      Stella: Oh dispatch! Oh I get a feeling it's going to be a very busy day.
      Hawkes: Mmmhmmm.
      Stella: Wanna switch jobs?
      Hawkes: Oh! Yeah, sure. (he picks up a handsaw) You'll be cutting off that guy's right arm. And left leg. (he smiles at her)
      Stella: Hmm (she smiles and pats his cheek) I'm leaving now.

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