Season 2 Episode 11


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Dec 14, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Danny and Stella find innovative ways to process a crime scene while Danny is trapped in a panic room with the victim, who was the only person with the security code. As a locksmith works to cut through the titanium doors, the CSIs rush to process the evidence before the victim decays further and Danny's oxygen runs out. Meanwhile, Mac, Dr. Hawkes and Lindsay investigate the murder of an exotic dancer found dead on a klieg lightmoreless

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  • 2x11

    ummmmmm, this is one of the best episodes not only from season two but also from the entire series, this one was brilliant, I really loved this episode. I´m not a fan of carmine but I have to damit that he acted very good in this episode, here I loved both the original plot and the sub plot, they were so interesting.

    when I´m seeing one episode from season five or six and I remember this one I just say "Why they don´t keep doing more episodes like this one".

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • csi's try and solve cases..danny gets trapped in a panic room.

    this episode is one of my favorites. i love it, its exciting and keeps you guessin.

    the cases were good..exciting...and potently could really happen.

    love when danny gets trapped in the panic room with a dead decomposing body and has to make due with what he has. that has to be one of the best scenes. after awhile of being in there they discover danny's O2 is runnin out...uh oh.

    stella has to figure out the crime before danny gets asphyxiated. this episode was great..its xciting and its why i watch this show...hopefully season four will be better than season 2....no more of that danny lindsey crap....blahhh!!!moreless
  • Danny in a tank top. need i say more? Okay so this episode was more than just a cute guy. it was also about a creepy guy. And a stripper. Good episode - acually no. GREAT episode. Spoilers may be inside.moreless

    The beginning:

    A stripped lube wrestling. Next thing we know? She's dead on a giant light. FRIED. I need 13 spices.

    The cases:

    What first surprised me about this case, I have to say, was the strip club. I mean I thought that’s what it was at first then I saw the wrestling. Then there was the bit with Lindsay and the goop. I mean can Mac get any funnier? They really need to stop giving her all the newbie work. Then we get to the actual case. This case felt a bit downplayed from the others, which is surprising as it was Mac's case. But it's bound to happen. He can't ALWAYS be center of attention. It was a bit crazy that the murderer accidentally killed her ex lover. I mean a bit crazy.

    The eccentric billionaire. This one shows the NY elite, albeit an eccentric elite being the victim. The poor man who has had a horrible life. This was a great story of what tragedy can do to a person. Creepy part was the no windows room, but I guess he was afraid of someone stealing in when he slept. Him sleeping under the bed when he was a child? Poor kid. And holding on the soldier to protect him? So sweet. All I could think was "Aw, bless." Then there was the entire time Danny was stuck in the panic room. The second it happened I knew it would not be good. I thought to myself just what Danny said, "That’s not good at all." And poor Danny had to be stuck in there with the dead guy, all alone. Personally, I couldn't believe the guy slept in the panic room. That's a bit creepy. But he did have a lot of problems. It's a bit suspicious that the maid continued cleaning and didn't bother running to get to 911. And the blood pool was undisturbed; the housekeeper didn’t check for anything. The second they said they were cutting off power I was like, "he won't be able to breathe! Oh no!" And Stella told him that now he has to process now in there. It's going to get hot in there, which was a good thought, I mean, he'll be in his tank top the entire time :D (sorry, I know this is a review of the show, but can ya blame me?!)And then we find out that "Ooo killer was in there before the door opened!!!"

    I loved the scene where Danny finds the newspaper clippings, you can really see his humanity there as he feels so bad for the poor guy who died, who couldn't get over his tragic loss. He was so upset; he kept the ear of his brother that was given by the ransomers.

    Other creepy aspects of this case was the doctor hypnotizing the vic so he wouldn't know that he, the doctor, was a smoker. And then we find out his pills were swapped so that he would be more depressed. And then we find out the housekeeper did it? She said "I loved him." That's bull you KILLED HIM. And what is best is when we find out that Jerry and Linda are boyfriend and girlfriend! And he kept Danny in there the entire time. What a jerk! (well okay it did mean we get to see him in a tank for the entire time- mwahahah.)

    Favorite scene:

    I believe my favorite scene or quote, had to be the whole Clue and Monopoly bit between Flack and Stella.

    Best science bit:

    Most definitely had to be when Danny was running evidence the old way. How he used the materials in the vic's bathroom to do everything. Thank God he had a stocked bathroom ;).

    Overall: This was a really great episode. I loved the acting of Danny, as well as the others. It was a great to see them how they did science without fancy gadgets. It proves, well our guys aren't just people with badges in front of computers. They earned it. Just a bit touching:

    Had to be the whole side story of Danny’s brother trying to contact him, and then in the end when Danny calls his bro!!! I loved it. Great to see the case affected him in a positive light and made him see he should love his family when they are trying to reach out and change leaves.moreless
  • Excellent Script & Excellent Acting

    The top of the list and something that I keep coming back to is the strong performance of Carmine Giovinazzo. I have always impressed with his acting abilities but this episode just really highlights what he's cabable of doing, I look forward to seeing more in the future. Now for the episode I that this was so well written. Both cases have interesting twists. From the victims themselves to the people that surround them. The classic one-liners and banter is ever present and timely placed. I liked the concept of the panic room. The scene where is locks is very realistic and you really feel for Danny. The interaction between Mac & Lindsay is real teamwork. Pino the ever talented and quick witted ME makes his presence known in both cases.moreless
  • Danny gets caught in a panic room.

    This episode seemed like it would be really exciting, as the premise seemed captivating but unfortunately it was not executed well. Danny did not seem to be worried about being stuck in a panic room at all and the killer came out of the blue and was only on screen for seconds. That is not good writing because it kills, pun intended, the big reveal when you actually find out who the murderer is if they haven't been on screen too much.

    This was still a pretty fun episode, as is virtually anything involving strippers, but just not one of CSI: NY's best.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

John Eric Bentley

John Eric Bentley

Roger Hagler (credited as John Eric Bentley)

Guest Star

Jonah Lotan

Jonah Lotan

Dr. Marty Pino

Guest Star

Alexandra Barreto

Alexandra Barreto

Linda Cortez

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Danny gets out of the panic room and he gets the phone, it disappears and reappears from his hand in subsequent shots.

    • Goof: Joanna "Kandy" Kelton is referred to by Mac as a stripper but is actually a mud wrestler.

    • Goof: Danny lays down on the bed, clutching a handful of articles. Then we see Stella interviewing Hudson's bodyguard. Then we go back to Danny in the panic room as he opens a drawer and pulls out the articles he was just holding in the previous scene.

    • Goof:
      Hawkes: Hey Mac. Ran the amber sample through the AMS.
      Mac: Carbon Date came back 55 thousand years old.

      Carbon dating is not usually recognised to be a method that can date items that old. I think a zero was added. Maybe Mac really meant 55 hundred years old - the time of the Bronze Age.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Stella: Look around. Improvise.
      Danny: Word of the day - improvise.

    • (Looking at a pool full of lubricant gel)
      Mac: Might be something in there we can use to ID the customer our vic was wrestling.
      Lindsay: Well, let me know if you find anything.
      (Mac gives Lindsay a look and a smile)
      Lindsay: I'll get my boots.

    • Andy: (club owner) Look, obviously you've never been here on a night when a stripper isn't killed. The place is wall to wall honeys. I do the hirings and firings. I get the pick of the litter.
      Mac: Saves on the wining and dining.

    • Danny: Crime stopper, run to Ray's, grab me a slice, extra pepperoni, right? Bring it back. Just fold it up, slide it right through, huh?
      Flack: That's no way to treat good pizza, Messer.

    • Stella: How does somebody get inside of a locked vault with only one door?
      Danny: If Houdini were alive, we'd have our killer.

    • Andy: Kandy and I were close.
      Mac: Close enough to have your initial tattooed on her inner thigh?

    • Mac: Things got out of hand?
      Andy: Define your definition of "out of hand," Detective.
      Mac: Murder.

    • Hawkes: What's cooking?
      Marty Pino: (holding up the steaming skull) John Doe.

    • Danny: He's definitely in some kind of trouble.
      Stella: Maybe you should cut him some slack, he is your brother.
      Danny: If it's not trouble, he's probably looking for a handout.

    • Stella: Danny, help is on the way.
      Danny: Well, I'll be in here.

    • Danny: I'm not spending the week in here with a crazy dead guy trying to figure out the code, so do me a favor, call a locksmith!

    • Stella: (Repeating what the therapist just said) Hypnotherapy...
      Flack: You're rich enough ... you try things.

    • Mac: That was fast.
      Lindsay: Funny how a little lube speeds up the processing.

    • Danny: (after using glue and a coffee pot to check a knife for fingerprints) Think I've seen this on an episode of The Flintstones.

    • Danny: (to Jerry) It was you? You could've opened the door this whole time?

    • Danny: Miss MacGyver grab your camera I have a foreign fingerprint!

    • Stella: That's it? No butler?
      Flack: No.
      Stella: Too bad. I thought we could wrap that one quick.
      Flack: What?
      Stella: In a mansion like that, it's always the butler. Didn't you ever play Clue?
      Flack: I was a Monopoly guy.

    • Flack: What have you got there?
      Stella: Surfactant and hypochlorite.
      Flack: And for those of us with just a high school diploma?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Guest stars Alexandra Baretto and Wayne Duvall costarred on The District playing respectively ex-hooker Maria Rodriguez and uniformed sergeant Phillip Brander. This episode was written by Peter Lenkov who served as a producer and assistant head-writer on that series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: May 8, 2006 on CNBC-e.

    • Music Featured:
      Cold Heart Bitch by Jet.
      Jaylib by The Red.
      High by James Blunt.
      One Crowded Hour by Augie March.
      When the Music's Not Forgotten by Deadman.
      Makeover (Adam Freeland Remix) by Mark Mothersbaugh.*

      *song featured in The Sims 2: Nightlife.


    • Just like in the Monk episode Mr. Monk and the Panic Room, the man who installed the panic room was the killer and was involved with the woman who was close to the victim. In this episode it was the housekeeper while in Monk it was the wife.

    • Danny: Think I've seen this on an episode of The Flintstones.

      The Flintstones is an animated American television sitcom that ran from 1960 to 1966 on ABC.

    • Danny: Miss MacGyver grab your camera I have a foreign fingerprint!

      MacGyver is an American adventure television series about the extremely resourceful secret agent MacGyver, played by Richard Dean Anderson.

    • Danny: If Houdini were alive, we'd have our killer.

      Harry Houdini is known for his ability to escape.

    • Stella: The Howard Hughes of the computer industry.

      Howard Hughes (1905-1976) was a famous American engineer, industrialist and film producer. He was known for having obsessive-compulsive tendencies such as an extreme fear of germs, and near the end of his life he became very reclusive.