Season 5 Episode 5

The Cost of Living

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 29, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Sutton: That was my life.
      Mac: That wasn't your life, this is. And for the next twenty five years, that life is the property of the New York State Department of Corrections.

    • Sutton: I saw the magazine articles on those ruins in Peru. Brilliant discovery, a career maker. It was me, I got you there. I sold you my life, I sold you my reputation, I sold you my career, I sold you my existence!
      (Henson shoves Sutton up against the wall)
      Henson: No! It was my hard work that got me there. You gave up on your life, and I took it, and turned it into something you couldn't. I don't owe you anything.

    • Flack: Okay that means Henson was shot both times well after he'd already assumed Sutton's identity.
      (Mac looks like he's thought of something.)
      Flack: What're you thinking?
      Mac: If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.

    • (Mac just gave a brief history on Roosevelt)
      Flack: You're the guy I'd want to sit next to in History class on the day of the test.
      Danny: Good luck trying to cheat off of this guy.

    • Mac: So why is half the lab out in the hall watching you fly paper airplanes?
      Adam: Um, uh, you know, that's a good point. And um, I'm gonna walk away, and work, and hopefully save my job.

    • Stella: Looks like James Sutton fashioned himself a real Indiana Jones.
      Mac: Until someone made this his last crusade.

    • Hawkes: (sing song voice) Who's better than me?
      Mac: Depends who you ask.

    • Mac: Our James Sutton just became James Doe.

  • Notes

    • Chad Faust, who plays James Sutton, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Backstabbers and in the CSI one 73 Seconds.

    • Spanish title: El Precio de Una Vida, meaning The Cost of a Life.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: January 14, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: February 2, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: February 16, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: February 17, 2009 on AXN.
      Ireland: March 25, 2009 on RTÉ 2.
      Czech Republic: April 1, 2009 on AXN.
      Greece: April 14, 2009 on SKAI.
      Australia: May 17, 2009 on Channel 9.
      Germany: October 5, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: October 11, 2009 on JOJ.
      Finland: March 3, 2010 on MTV3.

    • This episode didn't air in the Philadelphia area market due to the local news programs coverage of the Philadelphia Phillies World Series Victory.

  • Allusions

    • Danny: Looks like homicide gave him a Get Out of Jail Free card.

      A Get Out of Jail Free card refers to the one in the Monopoly game. Possession of the card allows a player to stay out of Jail and resume normal play on the next turn if he/she lands on the Jail space.

    • Stella: Seems James fashioned himself a real Indiana Jones.
      Mac: Until someone made this his last crusade.

      This, along with James Sutton's attire, are a reference to the 1989 George Lucas/Steven Spielberg film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), the third entry in the popular Indiana Jones franchise starring Harrison Ford as the eponymous character.

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