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Season 5 Episode 3


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 08, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac will need to figure out how to capture a killer on a commercial flight.

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  • Mac's plane in danger of been hijacked

    This episode in another episode that put Mac's life in danger when he is on a plane and someone is murdered and that meant that someone on the plane killed him so he waited for the plane to land before he investigated anyone.Later on Mac discovers that the person who was killed was trying to hijack the plane and that is was one of the flight attendant's and the team had to rush to the next plane she was going on.Overall a really good start to season 5 and this episode was yet another good CSI NY episode.moreless
  • Where Mac goes Murder follows!!

    Ok so not only was this episode the first i think with Adam is out in the field but it was also a really interesting and unique csi case. Once again its Mac to the rescue when a man is murdered in the bathroom of plane he is on, and depsite the fact that he seems to be turning into Jessica Fletcher from murder she wrote (where he goes murder follows) i really enjoyed this episode.

    This is such an NY episode and the perfect case for Mac to take control and show of his marine skills, i loved it. And even when the case left the plane the action and suspense continued although i had an idea it was her from the beginning!! One of the best episodes of Season 5, unique, funny and had me hooked from start to finish, Top stuff from the Ny Team in front of the camera and behined!!moreless
  • Another good one

    In this episode of CSI New York the following happens. We see Mac on a plane, which is experiencing trouble. Mac notices that something is going on, and he is then led (once he has identified himself) to a dead body. The victim is a federal air marshal and his gun is missing. So Mac starts to investigate and orders the plane be turned around and so they are now heading back to New York. When they check the numbers on the badge the Marshall is carrying it doesn't match describe of the man they were given. IN order to indentify the victim Mac sends the team a photo. We learn that he escaped from custody after he was going to Sing-sing for the rest of his life. When the team head to the real Air Marshalls room, they find him dead. The plane lands at JFK, and the plane is quickly moved to a hanger where all of the CSI's are waiting. They match a DNA sample to one of the air attendants. She is also missing her wings on her uniform which we learn was the murder weapon. She has already been realised and so they trace to catch her before she can run. They catch her just before her plane to Paris took off. She was in on it. The drugs and it all and so she decided to kill him, when he wanted to take over the plane.moreless
  • Mac is on a plane going to DC when he notices something is wrong on the flight. He gets up and goes to the back, finding out that someone has died on the flight. He then tells the pilots to turn back to NYC and begins to process the evidence.moreless

    It was a good episode, but I knew who the murderer was before the case even started, which disappointed me, but it was probably just a gut feeling I had bc of the fact I hated the actress. The whole case was fun, having adam out in the field was a good choice and danny with the birthday panda was hilarious. Such a good episode. I do wish that Lindsay had more time in the field and Flack had more quips though. Adam: "I hate poop". Too funny. Their choice of murder weapon was pretty ingenius too. I have no idea what I would do in the murderer's situation, but I do understand the money was enticing.moreless
  • Wow!

    This was definitely a fantastic episode! I really liked the plot line and the whole episode overall. It was interesting to see how Nelly fit into the cast, and I was pleased to see it went well. I loved the fact that Adam got to go out into the field, if only to process poop. Ha! I'm also interested to see where the interaction between Stella and the fireman will go. I also liked the ending where Mac is alone with Susan in the hangar, interogating her. That was an intimidating scene, with only the two of them in there. Overall I thought the episode turned out well.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

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: After taking pics of the body, Mac closes the bathroom door and returns to his seat. Hardly a couple of minutes later he goes back to the bathroom and the bathroom door is wide open.

    • Flack: Not really into cats myself.
      Terrence: Lemme guess, you're more... K-9?

      This is actually a pun, since K-9 sounds like canine, and it's actually the term used to refer to police dogs. Terrence has obviously recognized Danny and Flack as cops.

    • Flack: (sneezes as he enters the suspect's club with Danny) Either I'm allergic to half naked women, or there's a cat in here.

      We first learned about Flack being allergic to cats in 2x03 Zoo York as he sneezed when entering the tigers area in the zoo.

    • Goof: The flight attendant claims to offer Mac a satellite phone. Actually, this phone appears to be a standard cellular phone, specifically a Samsung FlipShot from Verizon Wireless.

    • Goof: In a scene early in the episode, one of the flight attendants brings Mac a first aid kit and the passenger manifest that he requested. As the flight attendant hands the items to Mac, you can hear her say :First aid kit and passenger manifest, detective.

      However, if you look closely, you can see the flight attendant is not talking.

    • Goof: After Mac is given the first aid kit, he puts on latex gloves. If you look closely, you can see that the glove he puts onto his right hand actually tears as he pulls it down. And then, when he's examining the body, it's in one piece again!

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Adam: I hate poop.

    • (Terrence tries to grab a hold of his gun but it's gone).
      Terrence: I tried to help that fool and this is what he does.
      Danny: No good deed goes unpunished.

    • Flack: Big house cat.
      Terrence: You could say she puts this club on the map.
      Flack: Not really into cats myself.
      Terrence: Lemme guess, you're more ... K-9?
      Danny: You're smarter than you look.

    • (Examining the dead body of the air marshal). Danny: Got somethin' in his head wound. Flack: You mean besides the large caliber bullet?

    • (Danny is processing the air marshal's apartment). Danny: Since when do, ah, housekeepin' use duct tape? Flack: (Holding up a gun he just found) I'm guessin' ... since they started packin' Desert Eagle 50s.

    • (Danny and Flack find Mr. Stockwell lying on the floor dead). Flack: There's our air marshal. Danny: Looks like he checked out early.

    • Adam: You want me to process the toilet? Mac: You asked for more fieldwork, Adam.

    • Flack: Homeland Security is talking to all the women passengers again. Let me ask you this, if one of them had sex with our vic, why kill a man over this?
      Mac: Some black widow spiders are known for eating the male after they mate.
      Flack: Well at least they go out with a smile on their face.

    • Mac: At that point, you had two choices. Come forward, having prevented a hijacking, or go for the cash. You made the wrong choice, Susan. And now you're grounded.

    • Mac: (to Don) I'm not in the business of letting killers go!

    • (Danny holds up the birthday panda.)
      Danny: Happy Birthday?

    • Flack: Who do we like for this?
      Mac: (looks at board with pictures) Without evidence... all of them.

    • Flack: (sneezes as he enters the suspect's club with Danny) Either I'm allergic to half naked women, or there's a cat in here.

  • NOTES (6)

    • This episode features three actors from Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer franchise. Series lead Carmine Giovinazzo who played Christopher Boal, the first vampire victim in the series premiere Welcome to the Hellmouth, Ethan Erickson who held the recurring role of high schooler Percy West in the third season in Dopplegangland, the season finale Graduation Day and the fourth season Doomed. Justin Shilton worked on the spin-off Angel as the recurring demon/human hybrid Billy Blim in the third season's That Vision Thing and his eponymous Billy.

    • Gary Sinise is the first cast member to pen an episode of the show. He already took part with the storyline in episode 2x08 Live or Let Die.

    • Michaela McManus, who plays Susan Montgomery, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Kill Clause.

    • Spanish title: Turbulencias.
      French episode title: Turbulences.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: December 17, 2008 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: January 19, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: February 2, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: February 3, 2009 on AXN.
      Ireland: Feburary 18, 2009 on RTÉ 2.
      Portugal: February 25, 2009 on AXN.
      Greece: March 17, 2009 on SKAI.
      Czech Republic: March 18, 2009 on AXN.
      New Zealand: September 15, 2009 on TV3.
      Germany: September 21, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: September 27, 2009 on JOJ.
      Finland: February 17, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Music Featured:
      Self Esteem by Nelly feat. Chuck D.
      Warrior (Team USA Edition) by Nelly.
      Grillz by Nelly feat. Paul Wall, Ali & Gipp.
      I Won't Run Anymore by Pete Townshend.


    • Flack: (to Terrence Davis) What we have here is a failure to communicate.

      Flack uses this famous line from the 1967 movie Cool Hand Luke starring Paul Newman.