Season 3 Episode 17

The Ride-In

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Danny and Mac have to go to Noah’s Ark to find out if a broken promise leads to his murder. Stella and Sheldon investigate the death of a man dressed as a cigarette. Stella hopes to have her job after not telling Mac that she may be HIV right away.moreless

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  • Wow, what an episode.

    This was a wicked episode. The whole Noah's Ark thing totally through me in for a loop.

    Crime 1: I thought there was a body in the Ark until the camera went in. I was surprised when I saw there were people in there. I figured the Ark had been just finished, so there'd be nothing in it. Finding a pair of scissors in the guy's chest really freaked me out. Not in the ick kind of way, but that it just re-enforced the fact that things can be left in the human body from surgery.

    A con-artist turned "disciple" of God, if you will. Given the length of time he and his partner were doing their con-ing, I didn't think that jail time would make him see the light (figuratively speaking). Plus, if we want to go by what the Bible said, Noah was pure in heart. Our Noah of today sure as heck isn't.

    I couldn't help it. I giggled when it was discovered that the scissors that were left in him caused an infection of sorts and made him delusional. The revealing of the killer wasn't much of a shocker to me. Although, I think she got her just desserts when she found out the money given to her was phony.

    Crime 2: Just to clear this up with folks, I'm a victim of almost two decades worth of second hand smoking, so if you think I'm supporting smoking, please don't. I just think you can't force people to not smoke. It's their lungs. Anyway, if it weren't for the fact the advertising was for cigarettes, I'd have to say the advertising was a good one.

    Man, the boss guy of the smoking company is a really dickweed, who....grrr....got on my nerves almost as much as Stella. I feel bad for "anti-"smoker vic's wife. His husband gets killed just because some idiot thought that setting him on fire would make him change his mind.

    OMG I was totally shocked when Sid was out, on the floor of the morgue, not breathing and Stella (of all people) finds him. Man, the writers are really not giving her much of a break with the whole HIV crisis. But, at least they aren't over-killing it. Man, what a tender moment at the end between Stella and Sid.moreless
  • It was a great episode. I miss Lindsay and wish her home, and am rather upset they didn't mention her AGAIN. But what can ya do right?


    I actually missed a little bit of the beginning, but I loved how it went step by step and how Danny was being led around by Flack and Mac. Absolutely wonderful!


    I definitely liked the first case with the Noah's Ark. I thought that was interesting. At first I figured wow 100 thou each? Definite con. But then we find out, man he actually believed what happened. BUT WHY? And of course, science finds an answer, (does science always need to find an answer? Anyways, I loved how it ended up being a con or started to be, but then he was like noooo I believe the world is ending. And his partner ended up being the chick on the phone. (i totally caught that. I didn't believe her for a second. She seemed too different on the phone.)

    I loved that he had so many followers. I mean come on. Hahaha. And they believed him. And the guys with the counterfeit cash thought it was a sign from God. MWAHAHAH. At first, I thought one of the followers killed him. I thought all the money on him was a message of sorts: "as in you pulled this con on us, and for all our money," sort of thing

    Stella's case with the CIG guy. When i looked at this, I thought that A) the cigarette company killed him or B) He actually worked for the cigarette company and wasn't the real mascot of the suit. I was half right it seems. Though he did really belong in the suit and it ended up being : DRACULA. Hahahaha. Love it. At first I was afraid it was going to be a bit cliche, because the initial clues pointed to what I assumed was gonna happen. But as it is famously quoted: "When you assume... you make an *** out of u and me."


    Mac seems to know a lot of the bible. What is up Mac? You're all about the science. No? I definitely felt for Sid with his "life is in danger." I did not expect it to go down like that. I did love how Stella was just like "MUST SAVE." She was so sweet with him. And then when she was on the verge of tears saying how her gums bled that morning? She is so sweet for being worried for him. And I love how Sid was like, but you saved my life. I cried. I have to admit I did.

    Now seriously. Someone tell me the whole Mac thing. When did he find out? When did she tell him? Because I was expecting him to BLOW up.


    What was up with Hawkes and making people smoke? Hahah I can't believe he did that. But bless Stella for saying these guys get hazard pay. I love her. I really do!

    I loved the Giant Ark. I mean come on. That was absolutely brilliant. And I loved how there were actual animals on it.

    I loved how at the end it started to rain. it was rather fitting. Yes it's been one of the warmest winters with no precipitation (there is so forecast of a drought) but then it rains, just like they believed it would. And as it starts to, Mac sees a giraffe YAY I love giraffes.


    It was a great episode. I miss Lindsay and wish her home, and am rather upset they didn't mention her AGAIN. But what can ya do right?moreless
  • good episode...

    Stella apparently was exposed to HIV positive blood and completely freaks out. She was actually really annoying in this episode. However, I loved the moment she had with Sid when he said that she saved his life and that was all that mattered. Anyways, the cases were odd... one was a many was burned in a cigarette suite and the other was a man that died surrounded by money and built an ark in his backyard. That was odd. Both stories were odd, but somewhat interesting. The character development in this episode was interesting for Sid, but not so much for Stella. Oh, the ending was great.moreless
  • Danny & Mac Investigate Noah (From Noah's Ark)'s Murder, Stella & Sheldon Investigate The Murder Of A Man In A Cigarette Suit, Stella Tells Mac She's Not HIV Positive.

    Danny & Mac Investigate The Murder Of Noah And A Broken Promise May Have Led To His Death.

    Stella & Sheldon Probe The Murder Of A Dude In A Cigarette Suit Who Was Protesting Against A Company.

    Stella Spills The Beans To Mac, She Hasn't Got HIV, But It Has To Be Another 10 Weeks Before She Knows For Certain, Mac Offers Stella A Holiday But Stella Declines, Saying It Is The Only Thing That Is Keeping Her Sane At The Moment.

    The Murder Of Noah, And The Cigarette Dude Was Risky, I Thought It Turned Out Good, Albeit It Being A Little Weird!moreless
  • An average episode with two equally irritating cases. The Noah's arc case was touching on the ridiculous and the smoking case was poor even without the preaching - we get it smoking companies are evil!moreless

    On the positive side I think the emotional handling of Stella's possible HIV infection has been done quite well, with her confessions to both Mac and Sid feeling true to her character. I liked how she expressed her own fear for her health by becoming overly worried by the possibility that she might have infected Sid. However, I am irritated by the shows poor portrayal of CPR. Stella didn't even stop to check if Sid was breathing or had a pulse before she started CPR and her CPR method would have been ridiculously ineffective in real life. Certainly, in the UK, the chest compressions:breathing ratio is 30:2, and the head must be tilted backward or all the air will be blown into the stomach.

    Innacurate portrayals like this lead to mistakes in real life, when people copy what they see on television! I also don't understand how she immediately knew Sid was in anaphylactic shock - did we already know he had a food allergy? Plus is someone has been in respiratory arrest I find it highly doubtful that he would be allowed to return to work later the same day!moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Judd Nelson

Judd Nelson

Sander Gillis

Guest Star

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Melodee Costanza

Guest Star

Christian Campbell

Christian Campbell

Noah Hubler/Patrick

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: There are safer ways to test smoke from cigarettes other than getting your lab technicians to smoke them for you. One way is to use suction to draw air through the cigarette and to perform the experiment in a fume hood.

    • Sid is married and has two daughters. Sid has a food allergy.

    • Goof: When Stella shows the picture of a victim to a suspect, we see Danny Messer's name signed as the one who took it, when he was nowhere near the case. He was working the Noah's ark case. Not only that, but all the pictures shown have the same tag: Code #: 06-301-14871, and Danny Messer signed as the one who took them.

    • Mac refers to Jim Jones as having convinced his followers (the Jonestown cult in Guyana) to commit mass suicide by drinking cyanide-laced Kool Aid. Jonestown is often called a mass suicide but this is inaccurate. It was actually a murder-suicide because many of the victims were children and babies who were forced to drink the poison. This happened shortly after the murder of a US Congressman and some other people who had come to investigate the cult.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Mac, Danny, and Flack walk outside into the tard behind the house. And they find a giant ark with people and animals inside.)
      Danny: Well if this is Noah's house...
      Mac: ...then his must be Noah's ark.

    • Stella: It just happened. I was putting a piece of bloody glass into an evidence bag. It was still wet. It just broke, cut me. I had no idea at the time that Emery Gable was HIV positive.
      Mac: Stella, why didn't you tell me?
      Stella: I thought I could handle it on my own. I'm scared, Mac, I know there are a lot of people living with AIDS, and I just… I don't think I have the strength to do that. I don't think I'm brave enough to wait for a cure.
      Mac: What is it you say to me?...(saying in Greek)... You always have the strength, you always have the guts.
      Stella: (saying sth. in Greek)
      Mac: If you need to leave work, take some time off...
      Stella: No. I took a blood test. It came back negative. I'm still in that window. I won't know if I'm HIV positive for another ten weeks. Right now, the only thing keeping me sane is work.
      Mac: (pulling her into a hug) I'm here for you.
      Stella: I know.
      Mac: Alright?

    • Mac: Faith is the foundation of religion.

    • Melodee: He's dead?
      Danny: Yeah he's dead.
      Melodee: You sure about that?
      Danny: Very sure.
      Melodee: You just made my whole day. No, my year.
      Danny: Oh, well I'm glad to help.

    • Flack: Well Noah was taking these people for a ride, but it wasn't on the Ark. His flock all tested negative for GSR, and they've asked me if they can get back on the good ship looney tunes before Sunday, because that's when the world's ending. I told them they could re-board when the crime scene's clear, but what I really want to do is throw them all in the shower and then a rubber room.
      Mac: They're not crazy.

    • Stella: Hawkes? What are we playing, who gets cancer first?

    • Vince Massoni: Only before I could ride, the treasury branch came down on me for counterfeit checks.
      Flack: Imagine that.

    • Flack: Why don't you spare us the trip down memory lane.

    • Adam: I was right, it's a loogie.

    • Stella: Ok let's just say it now to get it over with: smoking kills.
      Hawkes: Yeah but who killed him?

    • Flack: How long you been in there?
      Woman: Five days.
      Flack: Five days? WHY?

    • (A murder victim is found lying in a pile of money)
      Danny: I think we can rule out robbery.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Sid: Besides your guy having more facial hair than all three members of ZZ Top combined...

      Alludes to the rock trio ZZ Top, formed by Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard. Ironically, Frank Beard was the only one who didn't have one, while Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill had beards reaching halfway down their chests.

    • Mac: Maybe the killer couldn't get a ticket to ride.

      Ticket To Ride was one of many hit songs by The Beatles.

    • Mac: And this must be Noah's ark.

      This is a biblical reference to Noah's Ark.