Season 1 Episode 17

The Fall

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Mar 02, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When young gang members murder the owner of an upscale Bronx wine store, the CSI's must work to find evidence that ultimately ties someone to the crime. Before dying, the storeowner makes a statement to the police identifying his attackers as young gang members. Tempers flare when the murder investigation reunites Detective Flack with his long-time mentor and friend Sergeant Gavin Moran, who was the first to arrive at the crime scene. Meanwhile, Danny and Aiden investigate the death of an influential movie producer found dead on the canopy of his Chelsea apartment building.moreless

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  • Death by chocolate? spoilers inside

    The Beginning:

    The shooting at the store was so shocking; it was just a disappointment that they felt the need to shoot the store owner after they got the money. I didn’t understand why that happens. This made for a wonderful beginning. The Cases:

    Then there was the bit with the cop sneering about science. It was very annoying, but it helped bring to light the same wall between cops and scientists like the wall that exists in Las Vegas’ CSI. What I found funny was that moments later we see him and Flack finding out where the perp dropped the gun, and that in itself is science as well. It seems the cops are always running into problems with the PD- but Flack gets the book, it was nice to see him standing up for the CSIs. Then when he was going through the book- and then there was a scribble, Moran messed up with the books. The notes Moran removed were vital information and it’s shocking that he changed them. Of course we find out why. I loved how Flack feels he has to be up to the task of it. How he knows Moran so well he was able to figure out where he put the soda can. And he finds it. Jane’s bit with how Moran’s son was Hector the one who was being initiated into the gang. And despite it all, Moran won’t give up his son.

    Then there is the case with the body on the canopy- a Mr. Actman (don’t you love the names? It’s great)- a producer dead. It was amusing to see all the people who talked to him before he died, possible suspects that in moments finish the end. And all of them were stupid people with their dung that they felt they needed to confront the producer on. It was cute to see how the wife kicked the husband in the ass because she was angry about his eating. And everything everyone is saying checks out. So ironic that the wife was right, chocolate was the bit that killed him because he fell trying to get his secret stash, a stash he had because of his wife, and yet she was the only one that loved him, and cared for him. She didn’t stop him from eating chocolate because she wanted to torture him, but because she knew it wasn’t good for him.

    Favorite Scene:

    It was so sad and touching when a good cop goes down. Yes, he did the wrong thing, but he did it because of his son. It was just sad to see that he lost his badge because he was trying to protect his son.moreless
  • Wonderfully written.

    Ok the two case were great. I like the meeting up of Flack and his training officer. Guess we all have to grow up sometime. I loved the interaction between them. I also was impressed as touchy as the case got, Flack stood his ground not only to Gavin but to Mac. Maybe proving something to everyone, including himself. The the case for Danny & Aiden. It turning out to be death but sugar tooth was just classic for Danny & Aiden. I like how they worked through the evidence, got a few leads but ultimately it was the victims on undoing.moreless
  • This is like Miami episode Grave young Men

    This is very much like the Csi Miami episode Grave Young Men wherein a father is trying to help his son. Only difference is that he is not working with the CSI team. In the end it would cost them. In Miami, the father who is a convict on parole was sent back to prison because of a parole violation, in New York, the father who is cop would lose his badge. Also both sons don't think to highly of their fathers. The difference here again is that in Miami, the son was told that his father sacrificed himself to help his son, while in New York not only did the son not want to see his father but was not told that he tried to help him.moreless
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

Brad Grunberg

Brad Grunberg

Melvin Heckman

Guest Star

Stacey Travis

Stacey Travis

Chandra Heckman

Guest Star

Patrick Fischler

Patrick Fischler


Guest Star

Sonya Walger

Sonya Walger

Jane Parsons

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: After reviewing the security footage of a robbery and realizing there's a missing can at the scene, the team assume one of the cops on the scene removed it. However, the murderers shot out the security camera before the actual shooting occurred, so anything could have happened during the off-camera, including the killers having taken the can with them, a possibility that was never considered.

    • Danny's uncle manufactures building canopies in Queens.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Flack: I really wish I wasn't part of this.
      Stella: Well Mac wants to make sure you are.
      Flack: He obviously enjoys seeing me nail a friend.

    • Flack: Mac?
      Mac: What?
      Flack: If it was his son....
      Mac: Flack, I need your head on straight.
      Flack: It is.

    • Flack: (about Moran) Why don't we wait until we see what he has to say?
      Mac: Don, we have a hot homicide and we already know where Moran stands on our efforts to solve it.

    • Mac: (pointing to Perez) You, stand up.
      Tomas Perez: It's not polite to point. Ha ha.

    • Stella: (about training officers) I ran into mine a month ago. I swear if I were Chief of Police, he'd still call me Toots.

    • Mac: What brings a prosecutor to a crime lab?
      Allen McShane: We need an arrest on this one.
      Mac: That's always the goal with a homicide.

    • Aiden: Melvin Heckman. His grandfather owns a movie studio. They're like film royalty.
      Danny: Well, no more red carpet treatment for him.

    • Sgt. Moran: Most old-time residents see gentrification as a threat. Gang members? They see fresh meat.

    • Police Officer: You can't tell where the blood ends and the wine begins.
      Stella: You can. Viscosity and color are different.
      Police Officer: Scientists . . .

    • (Mac just tested kids' hands for gunpowder but came up empty handed)
      Mac: You murdered a man tonight Perez. There is one speck of dust out there that proves it, I will find it, and you will answer for what you did.

    • (investigating the scene above the canopy)
      Aiden: Well too bad bird's can't talk, because there's a robin's nest like 12 feet away.
      Danny: Bird's eye view.
      Aiden: (laughing) You had to say it right?
      Danny: What are ya gonna do?

    • Sgt. Moran: Locals know better than to go on record against the gangs.
      Mac: (picking up a bullet) Unfortunately for gangs, they can't intimidate the evidence.

    • Danny: Most feared man in New York dies from fear of his own wife.
      Aiden: And she was the only one that loved him.

  • NOTES (2)


    • (Aiden identifies the type of high heel that made a footprint)
      Danny: Good, the footprint database finally came through.
      Aiden: Yeah, 'cause Carrie Bradshaw's always knocking off savings and loans.

      Carrie Bradshaw was Sarah Jessica Parker's character on Sex and the City. She was a stylish dresser with a huge collection of expensive shoes.

    • Stella: It's Nagasaki in there.

      Nagasaki is a city in Japan. During World War II, it was the site of the world's second atomic bombing on August 9, 1945. The first atomic bombing was only days before in Hiroshima. Thousands of civilians were killed in these attacks and countless others were injured or developed illnesses from radiation exposure.