Season 5 Episode 15

The Party's Over

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2009 on CBS
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Stella attends a fund raising event and a crime scene at the same time. Mac meets a new foe.

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  • Another Great Episode.

    The Deputy Mayor is killed and it is up to the CSI team to figure out who did it. Their first suspect is a cop who looses the electronic chip out of his badge during an altercation with the Deputy Mayor. The next suspect is Robert Dunbrook, a sensationalist news editor. The surprising twist to is all is the Deputy Mayor was killed by his 15 year old son.

    There was character development on a major level with the Blu Flu plot of the story. We find which of the Cops are dedicated to job.

    Robert Deunbrook is going to prove to be a thorn in the side of Mac Taylor.moreless
  • OMG great twist!!

    Ok so spoiler alert.

    This episode was really good, interesting and there was no danny/lindsey Drama which is a nice change!! So they kid did it, wow, i think thats a first with this show, his father deserved it though, he was mean!! I loved Adams involvement in this case, he really seemes to connect with the kid and relate to his problems, very sad!! I really hated that Danny left Hawkes to the court case, i know he was standing up for what he believed in but a criminal got away because of it!! Totally on Hawkes side here, sorry lindsey!! The ending was cool, I was screaming for Stella to go ask adam to go have a drink with her or something I think he needed 1!! They should b together!! Cool case, alot of Stella and Adam!!moreless
  • Character Development on multiple levels. This episode gave us a deeper insight into the life experiences that form and affect the motivations of several characters.

    This is my first written review of an episode, so please bear with me. In reading other reviews and the trivia section, I have noted certain comments pertaining to the actions of certain individuals that I feel need clarifying. As I am the newby on the block, I can't edit or add to the trivia section so I will try for some clarification in my review.

    First, to the base case. Any incident involving a member of the local government's executive branch is automatically a high priority and high profile incident, mandating a maximum effort on the part of the local law enforcement agency. This was well portrayed in the episode, without being overly dramatic. It also showed how priorities can shift, from investigating a suspected murder to actively searching for a missing child.

    The processing of the evidence eventually led to two suspects, one of which was more preferred than the other. Unfortunately, as is often the case in the real world, the preferred outcome was not realized. As here, the people that need help the most are the ones who frequently do not receive it as those around them are too engrossed in their own lives to stop, look, listen, and recognize their calls for help. Now, to the other items.

    Work actions, such as the Blue Flu depicted here, have a serious impact on the operations of any government agency. It was stated that just over 40% of NYPD officers had called in sick. In a department with approximately 37,000 officers, that is about 14,800 officers off the street. This is significant. One of the trivia comments was about Jake sitting in the precinct house for several hours without anyone assisting him. Earlier in that same scene, the officer covering the desk had stated to Flack that he was covering the entire precinct with just three uniforms. This would me that life safety incidents, such as active shootings, active domestics, etc. would take priority. A 13 year old boy sitting quietly on a bench would be a very low priority.

    I stated that there was character development in this episode. I will start with the most evident.

    Danny. Danny stated to Stella that he came from a family of cops. This could be a reference to Carmine's real family. His father and a sister served with NYPD. It has been stated that this is inconsistent with the previous background given for Danny, but not really. You can choose your friends, but not your family. The only two real mentions of family are Louie and an uncle who manufactures and installs awnings and canopies. There is no mention about the rest of his family, and this adds an interesting new dynamic to his character. Louie was a member of the Tanglewood Gang, and we don't know what other relatives are or were involved in criminal activity. As coming from a family of cops, this is quite plausible. His father or other relatives could easily have been police officers, and this would explain a great deal about Danny's motivations. It would explain why he works more on instinct and intuition than Mac does, as both of these are primary tools used by line officers such as myself while working the street. It would also explain the antagonism displayed toward Danny by certain members of the force, as having relatives tied to criminal groups, by association, taints the perception of other officers and administrators. This is has great story potential, and I hope the writers make good use of it in the future.

    Lindsay. This episode showed how devoted she is to Danny. She stood by him, even defending him when Hawks voiced his disdain for his actions. She contacted him regularly to check on him, and probably to keep him updated on the latest information concerning the work action and commands response to it. A small note: it was noted in the trivia section that Danny coughed when he answered the phone in case it wasn't Lindsay, and someone commented about the caller ID. Most if not all police officers have unlisted/unregistered telephone numbers, which means that the caller ID would show any incoming calls as being unknown or restricted. Danny wouldn't know if it was Lindsay, Mac, or Sinclair calling. Hence the caution.

    Adam. This is a character that has developed considerably thru season 4 and into this season. His back story is all too familiar and prevalent today. His ability to bond with Jake came from empathy, not sympathy. This made it all the more difficult for him, as he knew that in getting the truth from Jake he would be forcing him into the criminal justice system. But at the same time, Jake finally had the chance to get the help that he really needed. These were the most significant character development items that I observed. There are other items I would like to comment on, but they really belong in the trivia section.

    I have found that CSI:NY seems to have hit its stride this season, with major character development (which is a primary drawing card for me) without becoming a soap opera.moreless
  • Many members of the NYPD have staged a walk-out in protest of the Deputy Mayor's decision to delay their paychecks in order to deal with the city's budget crisis. Things escalate when the Deputy Mayor turns up dead at one of his fundraisers.moreless

    This episode opens with a vengance as Mac pursues and takes down a criminal. As well staged as that scene was, what really makes this episode work is the human aspect of it. Seeing how the team deals with the case while at the same time dealing with the tough economic situation make this episode worth seeing. It can be said with 100% certainty that AJ Buckley gives his best performace to date here. Again Carmine Giovanazzo is at the top of his game. I hope Giovanazzo is not forgotten when the Emmys are handed out. A very good episode.moreless
  • Mac may have met his match!

    Adam gets great screen time. And that hopefully he can get in more screen time. As he is really a good character. Here, he helps a kid, that has OCD. As he and the kind bond. Danny joins a Bird Flu strike team. As Lindsay gets little screen time. This could also be due to the actress's real life pregnancy. Over having little screen time. Mac and his team, have to work against a police strike. In order to get the job done. Don is trying to get back at work, after he was the subject of an IA investigation. And nearly lost his job. Stella also goes out, on a date. She seems so involved in her job, that it was good to see her, find a life. For once!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

Julia Ormond

Julia Ormond

Deputy Inspector Gillian Whitmore

Guest Star

Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson

Robert Dunbrook

Guest Star

Ethan Erickson

Ethan Erickson

Brendon Walsh

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (23)

    • Goof: The newspaper headline about the deceased deputy mayor says "just desserts" but it should read "just deserts".

    • This is the second time that a dead body is found when Stella attends a party. First time was in 2x14 Stuck on You.

    • The show does a good job at depicting "blue flu" in a smart, reasonable and rational way, risky topic as it is, and neither of both sides is blamed. However, even though everyone respects that Danny decides to take action, he should have been up-front about it preventing that a criminal was put back on the street.

    • Adam has some kind of OCD which fits with the few hints of his past we've known so far. It is praise worthy the way such disorder has been treated, showing one can live with it without being pointed at.

    • Goof: When Stella picks up Hawkes' phone call, Stella's cell phone screen is displaying the main menu as she puts it to her ear, meaning she isn't really talking on it.

    • Goof: The news page that Dunbrook and Mac are shown reads: "NY's finest take a break" in 3 lines. However, in the next take when Mac takes the page in his hand it displays just 2 lines.

    • Goof: When Lindsay tells Adam that he can use the lab's equipment to run a test on the unidentified trace on his iPod, Hawkes is not in the room. However, as Adam's results show up, Hawkes arrives and mentions that those results belong to Adam's iPod.

    • Goof: Mac never picked up the perp's gun in the opening scene.

    • Jake Kaplan shows up at the precinct asking for Adam, but Flack fails to realize he was looking for Adam Ross. Later on, he shows up at his house with Stella, and sees a pic of the kid, rushing back to the precinct where the boy keeps waiting. Isn't it odd that he would have been left sitting there and waiting for hours, being just a seemingly lost kid?

    • We learn at the beginning of the episode that 40% of the cops have joined the strike. However, later on, Danny shows up at the crime scene to work only to leave and join the stand up when he gets a phone call. How come he hadn't joined it at an earlier stage?

    • If the Deputy Mayor was already dead when he landed on the ground, why would Brendon Walsh put his jacket under his head?

    • It is never explained how the tile got on the crime scene and how the blood got on it.

    • Dunbrook gets Mac black coffee with one sugar, and we don't see Mac try it. Dunbrook had no way to know, but as revealed in 2x24 Charge of this Post Mac likes his coffee black with two sugars.

    • Goof: Stella's cell phone screen light is off when she takes it out from Brendan's pocket to attend the incoming call. Then the light is on as she speaks to Mac and half way through the conversation the light turns off, indicating the cell phone is not really in use.

    • Lindsay reminds Hawkes that he is not a sworn NYPD officer as opposed to Danny, since he was transferred from the ME's office. It is out of character of her to do so since she transferred from Montana which makes her a sworn Montana PD officer and not a sworn NYPD one, even if she is an NYPD cop right now.

    • Stella leaves the crime scene and is still wearing her party dress when she goes to the FDNY to ask Brendon for his party clothes. However, he's got time to change clothes and attend a fire call. Stella would have had more than enough time to get changed as well before Brendon was available.

    • Using the lab's equipment for personal issues like Adam processing trace on his iPod sounds against the rules.

    • Goof: If Jake strangled his father using his tie holding its ends with his hands, how did the clip leave that mark at the side of the victim's neck?

    • Stella went to Danny's apartment with the intention of yelling at him, but even if she finally did otherwise, she is not maybe the most appropriate person to face Danny when she is breaking rules herself and disobeying her direct superior in the Diagos case.

    • Why would Lindsay call Danny every few hours if he wasn't really sick? And according to Danny, he coughed every time he answered the phone just in case it wasn't Lindsay. Was she calling his earth line? Wouldn't it have been more logical to call him to his cell phone so he can see the ID on screen?

    • Danny's apartment is #3G.

    • Danny can be seen wearing a Cessau shirt when Stella goes to see him at his apartment. Cessau is the band Carmine Giovinazzo plays in.

    • Danny came from a family of cops. That is striking information that seems to contradict the background given to the character in past seasons. We know his brother Louie was a Tanglewood gang member, apparently his family had family connections and was under surveillance all of what was balanced out by Mac before hiring him. Other members of his family that had been mentioned were never cops (i.e he had an uncle working in construction).

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Radio host: No traffic cops anywhere, no cops anywhere.

    • Hawkes: New case came in this morning.
      Danny: Can I give you some help?
      Hawkes: (Smiles) Sure!

    • Stella: You did the unpopular thing.
      Danny: (Ironically) Me? That's my MO, right?

    • Jake Kaplan: I... I thought I was...
      Adam: That you're a freak? Yeah, it's not your fault, Jake. Ok? It's your brain and it's just playing tricks on you. Its called OCD and a lot of people have it.
      Jake Kaplan: How do you know so much?

    • Stella: I'm old school, Danny. You know? I took an oath and I take it literally. My responsibility is first and foremost to the people of this city and the job that I do.
      Danny: That's exactly what I'm holding out for a little respect.

    • Mac: (To Dunbrook) If you are guilty of murdering Kaplan or any other crime even spitting on the sidewalk you are gonna have to answer me.

    • Mac: Every single police officer in this city devotes their life to the protection of the people who live here.
      Dunbrook: Really? Besides the ones that are sitting in their asses right now?
      Mac: I respect everyone who stands behind their convictions but I can not stand men who are motivated purely by greed and the destruction of others.

    • Adam: He is a small 13 year old boy. There is no way that he is strong enough to strangle and adult.
      Stella: Closing off the two carotid arteries stops blood off of the the brain that takes a matter of seconds, and very little pressure Adam. It's about the position of the ligature, not the force behind it.

    • Hawkes: Honestly I think what Danny's doing is selfish.
      Lindsay: Really? Well, I see it as committed.
      Hawkes: Seems to me he has a lot of other things to commit to right now, not to mention it's irresponsible to risk suspension when you are expecting a baby.
      Lindsay: Hawkes! You transferred over from the ME's office which means you are not a sworn NYPD. There was no decision for you to make. You can not say for sure what would you do.
      Hawkes: Yes I can. If I earned a distinction of being a detective I'd be here whether or not the city can afford pay me.

    • Stella: A member of the FDNY put his clothes to his back. I thought we might find something.
      Sid: A Brendon Walsh you took him to the charity event tonight? You know news travel fast.

    • (Stella walks in wearing her party clothes and an evidence bag in her hand)
      Sid: You might've chosen a different bag to go with that dress.
      Stella: You think?
      (Sid laughs)

    • Stella: I need your clothes.
      (Brendon Walsh starts to take them off)
      Stella: The ones you were wearing earlier.

    • (About the missing evidence stuck to Brendon's clothing)
      Stella: I think it went to a fire.
      Hawkes: Fire?
      Stella: Trust me. (She crosses her path with Adam as she leaves)
      Adam: Where's the fire?

    • (After Danny decides to leave the crime scene and join the stand up)
      Hawkes: Don't tell me, you've got the flu too.
      Danny: I'm sick Doc, you want to examine me?

    • Brendon Walsh: I can think of twenty other places I'd rather be with you right now.
      Stella: So the dress works, huh?

    • Dunbrook: A rough night, Deputy Inspector?
      Det. Gillian: How do you mean?
      Dunbrook: Well, I've heard that over 40% of the NYPD called in sick.

    • Suspect: What the hell you doing?
      Mac: (While handcuffing him using a plastic bag) Recycling. You are under arrest.

    • Mac: You know what they say: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, if that doesn't work, kill them.

    • (after reading Dunbrook's note)
      Mac: It's becoming clear you're going to be a problem for me.
      Robert Dunbrook: (Leaving) Funny, I was just thinking the same thing about you. Enjoy your coffee.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Recurring actor Craig T. Nelson has a well established connection to this series. His son Noah serves a writer on the show. He also costarred in the 2000 thriller The Skulls with series lead Hill Harper and former original C.S.I. star William Peterson. Nelson is known for his role as Washington, D.C. Police chief Jack Mannion on The District where C.S.I. New York staff writer Peter Lenkov served as a scribe on that series. Noah Nelson in his other capacity as an actor, played Mannion in scenes depicting Mannion's youth.

    • French episode title: La Grippe Bleue, meaning The Blue Flu.

    • According to executive producer Peter Lenkov, the Blue Flu plot was written into the episode because of the writers' strike in 2007 and 2008.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 27, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 28, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 10, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: August 31, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: September 21, 2009 on RTL4.
      Norway: September 23, 2009 on TVNorge.
      New Zealand: December 1, 2009 on TV3.
      Germany: December 14, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: January 16, 2010 on JOJ.
      Australia: January 14, 2010 on Channel 9.
      Finland: May 19, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Jack McGee, who plays Officer Marks, also appeared in episode 5x11 Forbidden Fruit.

      Skyler Gisondo, who plays Jake Kaplan, appeared in the C.S.I. episode Leaving Las Vegas.

      Craig Woolson, who plays the defense attorney, also guest-starred in the C.S.I. episode Face Lift.

      Maury Sterling, who plays Neal Weston, appeared in the C.S.I. episode 19 Down and in the CSI: Miami episode Throwing Heat.

      Al Vicente, who plays the bodega owner, appeared in the CSI: Miami episode Killer Date.

      David Chisum, who plays Dep. Mayor Kaplan, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Miami, We Have A Problem and in the C.S.I. one Double Fault.

    • Music featured:
      Bring In the Light by Zion I.
      Mongoose (The Field's Disco Mix) by Sasha.

    • Guest stars David Chisum and Don Jeffcoat were actors on the ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Chisum played Miles Laurence and Jeffcoat was among the many actors to play Kevin Buchanan.


    • The writing on the newspaper article says: 'Follow the money' which is a reference to the 1976 movie All the President's Men. The movie is about the Watergate affair and the same advice to "follow the money" was given to Bob Woodward by his secret contact Deep Throat.

    • Stella: Hey Adam! Are you alright?
      Adam: Yeah, nothing that a slice and some Guitar Hero can't fix.

      Guitar Hero is a video game in which a plastic guitar acts as the controller to play the music as seen on screen.

    • The name of Stella's date is Brendon Walsh, which might allude to the main character in the show Beverly Hills, 90210 whose name was Brandon Walsh.

    • Gillian: You know Jerry MacGuire?

      Jerry MacGuire is a 1996 movie directed by Cameron Crowe, where a sports agent is fired as a result of expressing a moral diatribe.