Season 5 Episode 21

The Past, Present and Murder

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 15, 2009 on CBS
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Mac and the team are called in to investigate after a man falls twenty stories out of Dunbrook's office window. Complicating matters is the body has disappeared and the evidence ties into a past case.

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  • The team was trying to solve a murder of a victim that was thrown from 20 stories building, which happened to be Dunbrook - the media's king - 's office. It tuned out that the case is connected to the Flash-drive case from an earlier episode.moreless

    The episode was rather disappointing. The story line has been built for quite sometime, now, and to have it concluded like this, I'm disappointed. There are too many things that did not add-up, in my opinion.

    What kind of office that have a bio-mechanical security system, which glass windows is so easily break? I mean, maybe i'm wrong, but, a man with a medium built like Agen Walsh, breaking a glass window of a highly secured building, simply by being thrown by another medium built man, seems a bit impossible. And, no body saw or hear anything. NY is a very interesting place to live, then.

    Why are Mac and Dunbrook acted that way to each other? It seemed like the two of them has a really bitter past. And to consider their interaction at 'Party is over', that kind of reaction seemed to be too much. And this make Mac not following the evidence now, but rather, his 'gut'. That's just plain weird.

    Why risk your own son to do all the dirty work, when you have all the money in the world to hire a pro to do it? For Dunbrook Senior to have his own son do the dirty work, and for Dunbrook Junior to agree on that, i expected them to be smarter.

    The two FBI (former?) agent risk their life to get that bloody flash-drive, 'simply' to get their name cleared? How important was that? Johnson got rid of Walsh body, lashed out his finger print, and then dump him in a place where it'll be easy to find? I thought an FBI agent will be cleverer than that. Didn't he knows that the crime lab people will be able to id him without the finger print. And, what makes whoever the FBI agent is, hands Mac the 'truth'? What about Johnson's death? What (or is it a 'who'?) caused it?

    Sinclair suddenly get the warrant, after telling Mac that they do not have enough. Isn't that strange? And this politically driven man, sat down with Mac to try nail the politically benefitting guy. His character is confusing.

    Even the way the team work is a bit careless than usual. Knowing that it is a (what do you call the subway's air escape again) through which any evidence could've probably fallen into the subway railway, why did the team did not search there? As for the flash-drive, what happen? Lost forever?

    Now, will any of the questions i have be answered. I highly doubt it...

    What will be slightly enjoyable, are the look in Stella face when the polar bear appeared, Sheldon's "Polar bear in New York? Global Warming is getting worse" line, and of course, Mac's reply to Dunbrook when the latter said tried to shoo him...

    I'm still a fan of the show, though. I just hope, future episodes will be better.moreless
  • Craig T Nelson is unbelievable!

    Craig T Nelson usually plays good guys like on Coach and the District. But he really is a great nemesis for Mac. As the team try to realize, that the FBI agents that questioned Mac over the hardriver. Were both fired and killed over it. Nelson's character wants to shut up the agents. While the Anne Steele hardrive would play a big part, in the case. Really the now dead feds shouldn't had, gone after Mac. As Mac was innocent of all wrongdoing. It also doesn't say that the feds how, they got fired over it. But in the end, that didn't matter. As it cost them more than their jobs. It cost them their lives.moreless
  • Flashdrive is back....

    A man falls from Dunbrook's office, and although he must be dead there's no body. The team works together to discover what happened. I liked that all the team worked together. I would have really liked to see Lindsay and Adam and even Angell working in the case but they weren't there. Quite a dark case, Stella and Danny brought the funny moments although it was a really serious chapter anyways... Mac and Sinclair working together was great! Hawkes is the smartest man on earth again. I missed Flack's oneliners...

    At the end the flashdrive is missing again, 2 FBI agents died in vain and Dunbrook is out of jail although his son's been arrested... And we are gonna get another chapter about the flashdrive...:roll:moreless
  • This episode was alryt cud of been better.

    This episode was ok. This Ann Steele case is getting on my nerves. They should of just found the flash drive when they realised it was missing. Danny made me laugh as per usual with is daft but funny comments. Mac made me laugh wiv what he sed to dunbroke about the window. To be honest i would of been tons happier to see the flash stick in the safe rather than the gun. I just hope they are gonna hurry up and solve this case. I loved the smacked moments, to be honest i love all happy smacked moments.moreless
  • A man falls out of a window, and then disappears.

    After last week's episode featured American Idol's Katharine McPhee CSI: NY brought forth another big name guest star in Coach's Craig T. Nelson. Fortunately for us it was also another great episode of one of television's most underrated cop shows. This was a compelling story from the get-go that launched several twists and turns and although we suspected the man to be bad from the get-go, having the son get arrested was a good twist to build up toward next week. But this week had me on the edge of my seat with the shooting and the recreated fight scene.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

Thad Luckinbill

Thad Luckinbill

Connor Dunbrook

Guest Star

Brian Oblak

Brian Oblak

Man/Agent Walsh

Guest Star

Laurie Searle

Laurie Searle

Reporter #1

Guest Star

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Chief of Detectives Brigham Sinclair

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • One of the ads in the magazine examined by Danny is for "Veasey Vodka". This is an obvious reference to Pam Veasey, who has been one of the producers of the show since its inception as well as a writer and director.

    • Goof: When Sheldon and Stella find the body in the water, there are marks on his face (both to the the right and the left of his nose) as if he fell on the metro grid on his full face. However, in the flashback he falls on the left side of his head.

    • Goof: The Jello fingertips are found in the victim's stomach in perfect condition. However, the flashback shows the victim chewing them. Also wouldn't they be dissolved in the stomach acids?

    • Goof: When Hawkes shows Stella the two teeth he found at the crime scene, he states that there is an incisor and a bicuspid (premolar). When the camera zooms in, there is an incisor and a lower first molar in the container.

    • Goof: Why was another method of DNA retrieval not used on the victim? Even if the man had no fingerprints, he had tons of hair, bodily fluids and teeth left so facial reconstruction was not necessary.

    • A flashback to episode 510 The Triangle can be seen during this episode.

  • QUOTES (30)

    • Dunbrook: A man falls 20 stories, walks away. Boy, that'd make a good headline, sell a lot of newspapers.
      Mac:'Media Mogul Pushes Him' might sell more.

    • (The biometric lock smells like strawberry)
      Danny: (To Dunbrook) You eat anything on the way in? Toast? Fruit? Caviar on a jelly doughnut, maybe?
      Dunbrook: No.

    • Danny: Well, we got a biometric lock that smells like strawberries. I don't know, maybe Dunbrook pissed off a pastry chef?

    • Danny: Mac, I finally managed to put together the bloody prints Stella found on the polar bear. And I ran it.
      Mac: You sure this is right?
      Danny: Yeah, the guy who took the body from the crime scene's FBI.

    • Mac: Walsh went out the window.
      Sinclair: So he was just collateral damage. Just like the property clerk.
      Mac: Dunbrook thought he could play us from the very beginning. He thought he could buy this town... buy the support of the police department when he ended the Blue Flu... and his own brand of justice along with it. Now he's got us cornered. It's time to fight back.

    • Flack: Did you see anything before he went out the window?
      Dunbrook: He was a white guy, medium build... about your size. I don't know. It's hard to remember the details when somebody's trying to kill you.

    • Dunbrook: Isn't this a little below your pay grade, Taylor? Wasting all your valuable time on a simple breaking and entering?

    • Mac: Do you have any idea who'd want to kill you?
      Dunbrook: Well, Taylor. I own 18 publications, four television stations, a few city blocks… it's hard to get in my position without pissing some people off.

    • Mac: Why not cooperate with our investigation instead of obstructing it?
      Dunbrook: I've given you my prints, my DNA, my time. But I'm a newspaper man.
      Connor Dunbrook: My father has sources to protect.
      Mac: That include whoever took the body?

    • Dunbrook: I'm the innocent man here.
      Mac: An innocent man calls 911 first. You called your son and then your lawyer.

    • Stella: A polar bear in the middle of New York City.
      Hawkes: Global warming's worse than I thought.

    • Danny: Now correct me if I'm wrong here, but the attacker who hit the pavement and went missing, we know that was a guy, right?
      Mac: DNA confirmed male.
      Danny: Okay, because according to the lock's electronic record, the last person to enter Dunbrook's office five minutes before he did... was a woman.

    • Stella: Flack red-flagged Dunbrook's financials. Ann Steele used to be on his payroll.
      Mac: Okay, that makes sense. She's a fixer,and Dunbrook's the type to pay someone like Steele.

    • Dunbrook: I would like Taylor removed from the case.
      Sinclair: Mr. Dunbrook, I guarantee you there's no vendetta here.
      Dunbrook: Well,he's digging into my bank accounts, my personal investments. I mean, hell... I mean, he's treating me like I'm a suspect.
      Sinclair: If that were the case, we'd all be having this conversation downstairs in interrogation.

    • Dunbrook: Isn't it true, Taylor, that uh... you just don't like anybody who' got more power than you do?
      Mac: What I don't like is someone who thinks he can buy the department with a $20 million donation.
      Sinclair: Mac, no one buys anything here. Now watch what you imply about the department. Especially when it's not true. We're not for sale.

    • Dunbrook: Well, somebody breaks into my office and they try to kill me. Now what part of that reality suggests that I'm anything other than a victim?
      Mac: Why don't we start with the part you left out? Your relationship with Ann Steele.

    • Sinclair: That subpoena you dropped on Dunbrook went straight to the mayor's office and landed right in my lap. Tread lightly on this one.
      Mac: The city and the mayor aren't my problem. Solving this case is.

    • Sinclair: (To Mac) I don't like the game any more than you do, but we're still going to play it. You find something that sets off that man, make sure I'm in the loop.

    • Dunbrook: The police have made this case a priority, and I can sense their presence at every turn.
      Journalist: Is that because you bought them with $20 million?
      Dunbrook: Well, that was a donation I made to the city on behalf of its residents, my neighbors.I don't expect nor do I warrant any special consideration regardless of my special relationship with the mayor.

    • Sinclair: You don't have enough evidence and I think you know that.
      Mac: We've gotten warrants with less. I think you know that.
      Sinclair: Not for Robert Dunbrook. Mac... I trust you but we need more.

    • Sinclair: (To Mac) Now, we get one shot at a guy like Dunbrook. You miss,it could mean both of our careers.

    • Stella: Hey, heard the Chief was a little stingy with the search warrant.
      Mac: He needs more.
      Stella: Sounds like subtext for 'play it safe.'
      Mac: I'm not gonna wait around while Sinclair decides his next political maneuver.

    • Mac: (To Dunbrook) What went down in your office wasn't a case of self-defense, it was case of self-preservation.

    • Mac: You killed a man to keep your secret quiet.
      Dunbrook: Keep tap dancing, Taylor. You're going to help me sell papers.

    • FBI Agent Johnson: We had to do it. We had no choice.
      Mac: I don't understand.
      FBI Agent Johnson: The flash drive. Taylor, you remember. The flash drive has everything. But me and Walsh, we were set up.

    • Mac: I got your son committing murder so you could sell papers. And you're lucky I'm not pulling you in for obstruction. That shot at the press conference? You set that up. Had Connor create a little diversion. You wanted us to believe someone was after you.

    • Dunbrook: People believe what they read, Taylor. And after I'm done with you, you know what they're gonna know about you? They're gonna know what you really are. A lab rat with a little chip on his shoulder. Trust me, you are not equipped to win this war.
      Mac: The Mayor can't save your son. Neither can your money. At least you got what you wanted... tomorrow's headline.

    • Dunbrook: You get the hell out of my office or I'll throw you out myself!
      Mac: Will I be going through the door or the window?

    • Hawkes: You know what they say. One man's trash is another person's art!
      Stella: Or another woman's evidence!

    • Mac: Did your attacker say anything to you?
      Dunbrook: No. He was the silent-violent type.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: June 8, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: June 9, 2009 on AXN.
      Brazil: June 25, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: July 22, 2009 on AXN.
      Sweden: October 12, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      The Netherlands: November 2, 2009 on RTL4.
      Norway: November 4, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Germany: February 8, 2010 on Vox.
      Slovakia: February 27, 2010 on JOJ.
      Finland: June 30, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Music featured:
      I Need to Know by Marc Anthony.
      It's time by Michael Bublé.
      Nosaj Thing by Fog.
      Negative C by Chump.

    • Thad Luckinbill, who plays Connor Dunbrook, has also appeared in the C.S.I. episode Bang-Bang.

      Ian Anthony Dale, who plays Agent Ellis Park, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Kill Clause and in the C.S.I. one The Panty Sniffer.

      Nicholas G. Warnock, who plays Reporter #2, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Count Me Out.

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Anna Belknap does not appear in the episode.

    • The episode was to air 4/22/09. CBS has moved a second episode of Criminal Minds in the CSI: NY timeslot on 4/22/09.


    • Mac: This guy thinks he's untouchable.

      The Untouchables (1987) is a film in which several "good guys" hunt down Al Capone and his band who thrive on the corruption of the American system. Chief Sinclair and Agent Park also reflect the actions of The Untouchables as they come forward and help Mac.

    • Mac: There's more than one way to hook a fish. They got Al Capone on tax evasion.

      Alphonse Gabriel "Al" Capone (1899-1947), was an American gangster of Italian descent who made a living through crime and smuggling during the Prohibition of the 1920s and 1930s.