Season 6 Episode 15

The Formula

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSIs get immersed in the world of F1 racing to investigate the death of a racing legend pilot in a car explosion two days before a Grand Prix Race. Soon they'll discover that speed, adrenaline and sponsors aren't always all that comes into play in the the professional racing community in general and the Seraphim Racing Team in particular.moreless

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  • Street racing

    After a strong episode last week involving a blood-worshipping group we had another gimmicky, though enjoyable episode about racing, and featured the biggest star in indy racing Danica Patrick. While the show has been victim of a little bit of stuntcasting as of late you can't go wrong with Danica being involved. I mean, this isn't Kim Kardashian we're talking about.

    CSI: NY has been very good the past few weeks. They haven't overloaded us with forensics jargon and they haven't ried too hard to be funny. Just straight up cases, a few twists thrown in and a good explanation in the end. That's all you can ask for from a show like this.moreless
  • Cars and competition...

    Ok... It was a good one but again no continuity... there is no mention to Danny's badge nor his back, no mention of Shane Casey... but at least this week we had Adam and Lindsay back... No Sid, though..

    The case was a little bit boring but maybe it's because I don't like cars that much... I liked a lot the bits with Adam, Lindsay and Danny putting back together the car. Hawkes did all the lab work and ME work too and Flack seems more fond of casual clothes now... and I'm not complaining! Some little DL moments with Danny calling Lindsay his girl, darling and sweetie... Adam was funny as always, specially when he ruined Danny's 'Boom' moment!

    Good Stella and Mac moment at the end. Danica did a good job... but after all she was playing herself more or less...

    Am I the only one that found Danny incredibly hot all dirty, fixing the car, showing a little of armporn?? I drooled a little bit!

    All in all a good chapter but not my favorite, and definitely not enough to keep me happy for the next weeks break!moreless
  • While running a two car exhibition race, legendary driver Davi Santos' car bursts into flames. Santos' racing gear protects him from the fire, but inhaling the flames causes serious damage to his lungs which ultimately kills him. Mac investigates.moreless

    This episode was not the best the season had to offer, but it is entertaining and worth your time despite its flaws. I think it was a good idea to keep Danica Patrick's screen time to a minimum because it's obvious that acting is not her specialty. Danica should definitely not quit her day job. The character of Davi Santos came across as too contrived for me. His dialogue right before he went up in flames seemed a bit silly. The biggest flaw had to be when Mac and Stella decide to race. Nobody can just drive a race car.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Flack mentions the town of 'Charlottesville, North Carolina', when he actually should be referencing the city of 'Charlotte, North Carolina', home of the Charlotte Motor Speedway of NASCAR fame. Charlottesville is a city in the Virginia mountains and home to the beautiful Univ. of Virginia flagship campus.

    • A clipping that features the events that occur in episode 3x24 Snow Day can be seen pinned to Mac's office cork board.

    • Goof: Davi Santos can be seen breathing on the autopsy table right after he is turned back to laying on his back position.

    • Mac used to race in he soapbox derby as a child and came third in the Illinois state finals one year. He used to go to the speedway with his father and got Mario Andretti's autograph.

  • QUOTES (38)

    • Dwight Bernard: Hey, cool it out there with Gray. This is supposed to be fun, not a competition.
      Davi Santos: It's all the same to me.
      Connor Wells: Easy for you to say, you don't own the car.
      Davi Santos: But I own the spotlight.

    • Mac: Formula fbz cars are not only built for speed, but safety. They don't explode like this unless somebody makes them.

    • Mac: Santos received death threats, decided to race anyway?
      Flack: Guy's a showman. Didn't want to upset his fans. It's the hottest ticket in the city.
      Mac: Hotter than anyone expected.

    • Dwight Bernard: Davi and Liza Gray, they're both competitors. You put them in anything with wheels, they're gonna drive hard. That's what makes them champions.

    • Stella: Can you think of anyone who might have been responsible for this?
      Dwight Bernard: Davi was the definition of hell on wheels. He'd drive around you, over you or through you to get a win, so he left a lot of enemies in his wake.

    • Mac: We need a closer look at this car.
      Lindsay: That's not going to be easy. Team Cietro is claiming proprietary rights on the car. These racing teams, they pay millions to make sure their competitors never find out what's under the hood.
      Mac: Well, that's unfortunate because this car is our crime scene.

    • Lindsay: Somebody did a bad thing to a good fin cooler.
      Adam: You a racing fan?
      Lindsay: Anything that rips it up at 200 miles an hour, you gotta respect.
      Danny: That's my girl. You grow up in Montana, you love race cars.
      Lindsay: Maybe stock car. But open wheel, that's a whole different thing.

    • Lindsay: You race?
      Adam: Playstation.
      (Lindsay laughs)
      Adam: But... those games are very realistic.

    • Lindsay: There was no bomb added to this car. The car itself was a bomb.

    • Mac: I know what the stakes are. New York's been trying to land a racing event for 50 years. There's money and jobs on the line.
      Stella: And in this economy, it would be a shot in the arm for the city.

    • Hawkes: I'm running a textual analysis through the fbi database, from word usage to punctuation to misspellings.
      Stella: Well, all comes down to how you cross your t's and dot your i's.

    • Rick Peters: I can barely change my own tires, much less blow up a car.
      Flack: Don't play absent-minded professor with me, okay? I've read your rap sheet.
      Rick Peters: I write letters. I don't act on them.

    • Rick Peters: You ever see a family of four mowed down by a drunk driver? I mean, can you even comprehend that level of tragedy?
      Flack: I know about your brother and his family and I know that the driver walked away with a clean bill of health and an open bottle on the passenger seat.
      Rick Peters: But what you don't know is that bastard was on his way home from the track, having just attended a race that was sponsored by cietro spirits. What kind of message is that, huh? Fast cars and... and... and hard drinks?

    • Rick Peters: I'll be honest with you. The idea of blowing up their prized car sky high is lovely, but I don't want to add to their death count.

    • Flack: What I don't understand is, if you weren't going to do anything to Santos, why send threats?
      Rick Peters: Look, I am one individual, okay? If the most that I can do is keep their mascot off the road, that's a victory in my book.

    • Reece Turnball: I grew up idolizing Davi Santos. He's the reason I drive. I take my role very seriously.
      Flack: Well, that's good, 'cause your role just got a lot bigger. With Santos out of the way you're the new face of team Cietro.
      Reece Turnball: I've always wanted to race but not like this. Davi's the last of a dying breed. Most of us are scared as hell when we're behind the wheel. Not him. That's what makes him the best there is.

    • Flack: Maybe it's me, but I don't get it. You got 80 laps jammed into that tiny car, ten-second pit stops. Where do you go to the bathroom?
      Mac: You don't want to know.
      Flack: Gotta be nuts. My father calls these things coffins on wheels.
      Mac: These drivers push their limits, always on the edge of danger, always chasing a faster time.
      Flack: Not me.

    • Flack: Racing coalition's threatening lawsuits against everybody: NYPD, City Hall.
      Mac: It's more about making a profit than making things safe.
      Flack: The show must go on.

    • Stella: Some race teams add compound enhancers to their oil to improve lap times.
      Hawkes: And knowing the exact mixture of the additives is where things get interesting. Each team has its own blend. Just like a fingerprint.

    • Mac: I saw your race in Monaco. Hell of a wreck. Five surgeries. Looks like you've recovered nicely.
      Liza Gray: I've worked hard for everything I have and this is no different.

    • Liza Gray: I send my best to him and his wife.
      Flack: That's certainly a different attitude than what you were saying on the rehab trail.
      Liza Gray: Don't believe everything you hear. It's just the business of motor sports.
      Mac: Yeah, it used to be about the car and the driver and now it's about the brand. Is that right?
      Liza Gray: A strong brand is just one more way to stay ahead of the competition.
      Mac: I can think of a few other ways.

    • Liza Gray: Santos has his fair share of enemies both on and off the track.
      Flack: Sure, but you're the only one who publicly vowed to go after him.
      Liza Gray: It's just racing. It's like Yankees versus Red Sox, Ferrari versus McLaren, Gray versus Santos. It sells tickets.

    • Mac: Oil trace linked to your team, and a flame-retardant fiber that matches your racing uniform.
      Liza Gray: You got all that off a fiber from my uniform?
      Mac: It's the business of forensics.

    • Liza Gray: There's a set of rules and regulations that every team agrees to follow.
      Flack: Including the ones who break and enter?
      Liza Gray: I just wanted to see his car.

    • Liza Gray: Davi Santos is a racing icon but ever since the accident, he hasn't won a championship. His times have been getting slower and maybe he lost his edge. But a driver like that, desperation sets in. I heard he started tweaking his engine. So I took some photos. I just wanted to see what I was up against.

    • Mac: Used to go to the speedway with my father. I got Mario Andretti's autograph one year.
      Stella: It's every boy's dream, isn't it? To get behind the wheel of a race car.
      Mac: Well, it was my dream, yeah.
      Stella: Really?
      Mac: Mm-hmm. I raced in the soapbox derby. We came in third in the Illinois state finals one year.
      Stella: Little Mac Taylor, the soapbox derby champ.

    • Mac: It was never about the vehicle. It was a love for speed, pushing a car as far as it could go. That's what it was about. Back then, we all wanted to be Steve McQueen.
      Stella: To be young and naive again.
      Mac: Yeah.
      Stella: But looking at what happened to Santos, it doesn't seem as innocent anymore.

    • Stella: Mrs. Santos, I'm truly sorry for your loss.
      Tania Santos: Yeah. The idea of loss implies that Davi belonged to me in the first place. In a way, his murder is poetic justice.
      Stella: Why would you say that?
      Tania Santos: Dying was the only way he would have retired.

    • Davi Santos: Have you heard what they're saying about me? That I lost my edge? How can I retire with that?
      Tania Santos: Who cares about them? You made a promise to me.
      Davi Santos: Honey... I always come home safely. Haven't I?

    • Tania Santos: After that crash in Monaco, he wasn't the same.
      Stella: In what way?
      Tania Santos: His behavior became erratic. I asked him if he was on anything, but he didn't tell me. My husband wasn't great at keeping promises, but it was unusual for him to keep secrets.

    • Tania Santos: Always knew that Davi's last day on the track would be his last day on earth. But I never thought he'd get taken away from me like this.

    • Hawkes: Being on painkillers couldn't have made driving a car any easier for Santos.
      Mac: I'm guessing that was the reason for his diminished performances. Santos raced with an edge his entire career. Looks like he lost everything trying to keep it.

    • Danny: Instant turbo boost at your fingertips. Press the button and...
      Adam: Boom!
      (Danny, Adam, Mac and Lindsay look at each other)
      Adam: Sorry. That was... that was your moment. I thought you were gonna... boom... nothing.

    • Dwight Bernard: Davi's erratic behaviour and his refusal to stop driving not only endangered himself but everyone around him. Something had to be done.
      Mac: And you decided that something was sabotaging his engine.
      Dwight Bernard: Guys like Davi understand and respect one thing, and that's losing their edge. I wasn't trying to kill him, Just throw him off his game.

    • Dwight Bernard: I'm not trying to make excuses; I deserve whatever punishment that I get. But I've been around cars my whole life and I'm here to tell you there is no way that what I did caused that car to explode.

    • Tania Santos: We both loved Davi so much, and we were angry with him for so long, for being selfish with his life. It just seems like a cruel joke that our attempt to save him led to his death.

    • Connor Wells: I recognized an opportunity and as a businessman, I acted on it.
      Mac: Opportunity? That's what you call murder?
      Connor Wells: I thought I was looking out for the best interests of my company. Life without racing is worse than death for guys like us.

    • Stella: You are so loving this. A little wish fulfillment?
      Mac: Yup. I just thought maybe you'd like to see what it's like behind the wheel.
      Stella: Oh, me, huh? Not you?
      Mac: You just better bring your A-game, Bonasera.
      Stella: I always do, Taylor.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Music Featured:
      Trouble Comes Running by Spoon.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Robert Joy does not appear in this episode.

    • Danica Patrick, who plays Liza Gray, is actually a professional race car driver who makes her acting debut in this episode. Liza is the only woman who has won an IndyCar race.
      Antonio Sabato Jr, who plays Davi Santos, has a lot of experience behind the wheel as well.

    • Rick Peters, who plays Josh Weaver, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Killer Date and in the C.S.I. one Scuba Doobie Doo.

      Kevin Kilner, who plays Dwight Bernard, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Just One Kiss.

      Marisa Ramirez, who plays Tania Santos, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Hurricane Anthony.

      Erik Eidem, who plays Reece Turnball, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Backstabbers.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 10, 2010 on CTV.
      United Kingdom: April 17, 2010 on Five.
      Czech Republic: June 5, 2010 on AXN.
      Spain: June 22, 2010 on AXN.
      Turkey: July 11, 2010 on CNBC-e.
      Sweden: August 16, 2010 on Kanal 5.
      Norway: September 15, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: December 13, 2010 on JOJ.
      Germany: December 20, 2010 on Vox.
      Finland: June 1, 2011 on MTV3.


    • Mac: I got Mario Andretti's autograph one year.

      Mario Gabriele Andretti (1940-) is one of the most sucessful American racing drivers of all times. He won races in Formula One, IndyCar, World Sportscar Championship, NASCAR and also in midget cars, sprint cars, and drag racing.

    • Mac: Back then we all wanted to be Steve McQueen.

      Terrence Steven McQueen (March 24th, 1930 – November 7th, 1980) was an American actor and racer. Before becoming well known on the big screen, he supported himself by competing in both motorcycle races. He loved to do most of his driving stunts and even got to design and patent several pieces for race cars.

    • Flack: The show must go on.

      The Show Must Go On is a song by Queen, featured on their 1991 album Innuendo.

    • Lindsay: We are putting Humpty Dumpty back together again but not everything fits.

      Humpty Dumpty is a character from a well-known nursery rhyme that traditionally goes as follows:

      Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
      Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
      All the king's horses and all the king's men
      couldn't put Humpty together again

    • Danny: Alright Speed Racer, calm down.

      Speed Racer is the English adaptated name for the Japanese manga and anime character Mach Go Go Go. He is a young boy who aspires to become a professional racer despite his father's opposition.

    • Lindsay: You race?
      Adam: Playstation.

      The PlayStation or PS is a 32-bit fifth-generation video game console which was first released by Sony Computer Entertainment in Japan on December 3rd, 1994. It was the first console and handheld game device in the PlayStation series.

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