Season 7 Episode 2

Unfriendly Chat

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 01, 2010 on CBS
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The internet can be a great place to meet friends... and foes. The CSI team must locate the possible victim after Adam witnesses a murder during a random internet chat.

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  • Adam Witnesses The Murder Of A Young Woman In An Online Chat Room. Mac's Team Must Locate The Possible Murder Victim.

    I loved this episode so much! I really did not like the way the episode began but it quikly became really a really entertaining episode. The case was interesting and I was never bored. The teamwork was great and finally Adam gets a very good storyline. I feel that he has a very little amount of screentime in every episode but it was great to finally see an episode which was Adam-centered. He is a great character in the series. The scene in the final minutes where Adam fights with the guilty man was pure gold. Do not skip this awesome episode because it is one of the best episodes of this season.moreless
  • The longest Apple ad ever.

    So Adam goes online to a random chat website and out of all the people in the world he gets talking to someone in New York who just happens to get killed. I knew when that temperature chart came up there was only gonna be one city left at the end. And who remembers a tiny temperature indicator in the corner of a screen when a hot girl is dancing in front of them? This show gets worse and worse. Just when I thought it was improving at the end of last season. And what was with all the product placement? I was expecting Steve Jobs to be giving a presentation in one of the labs.moreless
  • A fairly weak story, but gets bonus points for strong character interactions.

    This episode's story ranged from the wildly unbelievable to plain laziness. Adam, on a video chat site, happens to witness a murder or a girl on the other end of a chat. Luckily for the NY team, she was in the city and it is their jurisdiction. Computers are able to do just about everything in this episode, including giving a masked man a face. Also, Adam the action hero made my brow raise more than once. My suspension of disbelief was pushed beyond what I could take with this episode but luckily, the interactions between our team were stronger than ever. Little things like Adam try and hide his internet surfing from Mac at the beginning of the episode amused me a lot! But the real winner of this episode is Sela Ward, who is turning out to be my new favorite character. Her memorable scenes are multiple: "Swallow, swallow, swallow...." Her "Be a man!" talk to Adam and her virtual scene with Mac at the end, just to name a few. The character dialogue and interactions were spot on; it'd be nice for a story that's just a tad more believable. (Also a note: Adam claims that he's never seen anyone murdered before, but he should recall his own past: in the third season finale "Snow Day" he witnesses Danny blast away a thug with a machine gun! Perhaps it depends on Adam's definition of murder...)moreless
  • Lots of Adam and team work!

    A girl gets killed while having a video chat with Adam. The team localises the apartment of the girl that casually is in Manhattan. After some really cool science stuff (Hawkes constructing the killer face with just a little image of his eyes) they manage to find the killer but not after he goes after Adam since he's the only whitness of the crime. Lots of great work from AJ Buckley, with really nice moments of him and the whole team. Especially cute was the last scene with Danny and Hawkes teasing him with the sable laser joke.

    Nice little DL scenes with a couple of mentions of Lucy... I kinda wish they would talk about something about their relationship and not only they daughter but if that's what we are getting I'm ok!:)

    Jo was better in this chapter, although all that psychology speaches really make me roll my eyes...

    Flack's hair was better but still not the best...:P

    All in all a good chapter with lots of team work... I missed Sid, though...:(moreless
  • This is more like it, but there's still something missing...

    I enjoyed this episode a lot more than the previous one. Much better when there was less mucking about with unfinished business and character introductions.

    I still miss Stella but Jo is definately proving herself. The pyschoanalysis is still a little much to deal with though :P

    Again the storyline seemed a little weak and the episode seemed to end too quickly. I'm starting to think that its the lack of locations outside of the lab being included in the story. 90% of this episode took place in the crime lab which I find a little dissapointing. I'm hoping we get out of the lab a bit more in the near future. Also I'd still like to see a bit more of a struggle to catch the killer, (more false leads and more solid physical work, getting out more etc.) It all seemed too simple again... And I think this is what is making this season's episodes seem shorter than ones from previous seasons.

    The characterisation in this episode was again lovely. Adam's emotions were great and the little snippets of Mac and Jo both on lookingatchu.com were a nice touch.

    Overall i think this episode was a good improvement on last weeks but it can definatly go further than where its at right now.moreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (15)

    • The perpetrator leaves Adam Ross's IP address on a notepad as 172.16.450.1524, which is fictitious since none of the numbers of an IP address can be greater than 255 (at least until IPv6). Also, IP addresses beginning with 172.16.x.x are designated as 'private network' addresses and aren't assigned to computers on the Internet.

    • Goof: Garcia had no way to be certain that he'd find Adam at the garage (most New Yorkers don't drive their cars to work), which by the way, should have security being a NYPD garage.

    • Goof: Mac is in William Aldicott's office when he starts calling Adam to warn him but then he is in his car, drivin and already wearing a vest before the call connects.

    • Goof: Despite just being some 18 months old, Lucy is in preschool already and apparently she is able to use an iPhone better than Lindsay.

    • Goof: It is highly unlikely for the FBI to share their files of an ongoing case with the NYPD that easily, regardless of the Jo connection.

    • Goof: Adam runs down the stairs to try and catch Mac in the garage. However, it would have been faster to use the elevator since the lab is at the 35th floor. And regardless, a phone call would have been even faster.

    • In the scene where Adam is fighting with the killer, it is pretty obvious that most of the fight is played by a stunt (except when we clearly see Adam's face) whose hair is noticeably different from A.J. Buckley's.

      Also, when Garcia tries to crush Adam's head with the car, Adam has no time to burrow deeply beneath the mound of trash bags so the car miss him entirely. And in the short time that takes Garcia to come out of the car, Adam has no time to soundlessly evade his attacker, clamber onto the nearby dumpster and dive off.

    • Danny failed Calculus, likely during high school or college.

    • Adam's first kiss was in the fifth grade with a girl called Julie, who lived across the street from him, after he won her a stuffed blue dog at the county fair.

    • When Jo Danville says 'Roll Tide' she is alluding to the common phrase used in references to the University of Alabama. Coincidentally, Sela Ward, who plays Jo, is an alumna of University of Alabama where she was a cheerleader, homecoming queen and active in the Greek community as a member of Chi Omega.

    • Jo is hinted to be a mum of two: Tyler (who is 18 years old) and Elliott.

    • lookinatchu.com, the fictional site depicted in this episode, links to A.J. Buckley's blog on the CBS site for CSI: NY.

    • Goof: In the scene where Jo tells Flack to pull burglary reports, her cardigan shifts from hanging at the side to covering her chest as she goes around a corner.

    • Goof: The victim falls dead facing the floor; however, when Danny and Lindsay are processing the scene and taking pictures of the body, the victim is lying on her back.

    • Goof: As the team is reviewing a world map with Farenheit temperatures at a certain time, they seem to have forgotten that Celsius is used outside of the US, and that tv sets in Europe would therefore show the temperature in Celsius on screen. 58F would be about 15C, which actually is quite chilly. Temperatures of 58C (it converts to 138 F) are never reached in Paris/Moscow/Johannesburg.

  • QUOTES (29)

    • (Over the lookinatchu site chat)
      Jo: Bet that conversation wasn't fun.
      Mac: He defied a direct order. It had to be done.
      Jo: Bet he was wishing you had a 'next' button in your office.
      Mac: As a matter of fact, I do, and it's right here.
      Jo: You wouldn't.
      Mac: I might.
      Jo: Not if I next you first.
      (Both next each other)

    • (Over the lookinatchu site)
      Sass Dumonde: Your eyes are kind. Are they telling the truth?
      Adam: I, uh... I hope so. Uh... I'm Adam. What's your name?
      Sass Dumonde: (In a French accent) Nice to meet you, Adam.
      Adam: (Imitating her accent) A... Adam?
      Sass Dumonde: But if I told you my name, I'm afraid I'd have to kill you...
      (Muffled screaming)
      Adam: What the hell?
      (Adam witnesses Sass being killed)

    • Adam: Mac! You gotta come back to the lab.
      Mac: What? Why?
      Adam: Because... because I think I just saw a woman get murdered.

    • Jo: (On her cellphone) Tyler, you're 18 years old. You're perfectly capable of putting Elliott to bed. (Pauses, listening) Then use duct tape.

    • Jo: Are you absolutely sure, Adam, it was murder? While I was at the FBI, we saw hundreds of fake snuff films and Internet hoaxes every year. Staged suicides, bogus kidnappings... it can be very convincing.
      Mac: You're certain what you saw was real?
      Adam: (Sighs) I saw a man in black walk up behind a beautiful woman and choke the life right out of her. I've never seen anyone get murdered before. Until tonight.

    • Flack: We don't know who our killer is. We don't know who our victim is.
      Jo: And our crime scene could be anywhere in the world.

    • Adam: I feel like I've forgotten everything, like I-I can't remember any of the details.
      Jo: Well, that's not uncommon, when the brain experiences trauma. Sometimes it locks up. But not to worry, cause I always carry a spare set of keys.

    • Jo: Tell me about your first kiss.
      Adam: My what?
      Jo: How old were you? What was her name?
      Adam: Um. Okay, uh... (Sighs) It was in the fifth grade. Her name was Julie, and she lived across the street from me. I won her a... a stuffed blue dog at the county fair, and that's when she gave me the kiss.
      Jo: What'd she look like?
      Adam: Long, dark hair... brown, twinkley eyes. Troublemaker smile.

    • Jo: Well, new memories are usually stored in the hippocampus, and then transferred to the brain's frontal lobes for long-term storage, but when a person's memory experiences traumatic collapse, sometimes you gotta dig from the other side, using memory triggers, potent emotions from the past, to unlock memories in the present.

    • Mac: Adam, you all right?
      Adam: I've been better.
      Mac: You want to talk about it?
      Adam: What's there to say? He strangled her, she died... end of transmission. I'm gonna wait in the car.

    • Jo: You're being ridiculous.
      Adam: What?
      Jo: You deal with death every day. This case is no different. Man up.
      Adam: Are you kidding me? Jo, I saw this girl alive. She's not just another dead body on the slab to me. Oh, no, did you just do that so I'd spill my guts? Oh, damn it.
      Jo: Sorry, Adam. You can't keep your feelings bottled up. Contents may explode under pressure.

    • Jo: You used the words 'end of transmission.' Do you mean you got nexted?
      Adam: Oh, I guess. There was a few seconds after the computer fell and then the chat was terminated.
      Jo: So someone else out there could have seen what happened next.

    • Lindsay: He came in and out like he owned the place. There's no obvious signs of B & E.
      Danny: This is an old building. Lucy can pick that lock.

    • Jo: How did we get from eight-track tapes and shoe-sized rotary phones to this? (Gestures at tablet computer.)
      Mac: Einstein said, 'Innovation is not the product of logical thought.'

    • Mac: We'd be hacking.
      Adam: Well, it's the only way we can look this perp in the eye without him knowing. We could find out exactly where he is.
      Hawkes: Illegally, and we couldn't use it.
      Adam: Mac, look, I saw this girl get murdered.
      Mac: The answer is no, Adam. Just because you were a witness to a crime doesn't mean we need to start committing them.

    • Lindsay: We did find Sass Dumonde's dead body.
      Danny: According to the university she was in your class last semester.
      Lindsay: We found her strangled to death with your fancy headphones.
      Danny: (Whistles) That's pretty harsh. I mean, I failed Calculus but my teacher didn't kill me.

    • Lindsay: You know anything else about her boyfriend? Did you get a good look at him?
      Danny: How about a name? Give us a name.
      William Aldicott: I was too busy kissing the keys for a formal introduction.

    • (Over the lookinatchu.com website)
      Boy: Can you tell me the difference between a larva and a pupa?
      Mac: No, no, no, no, no. You, uh, you do your own homework and turn this thing off.
      Boy: You must not have kids.

    • Torrey Powell: She turned me down.
      Jo: Is that when you gave her the stolen laptop?
      Torrey Powell: I always came bearing gifts. But once she sent me packing...
      Flack: She was dead to you. That it?
      Torrey Powell: I didn't kill her, man.

    • Jo: You swallow a lot. I mean a lot a lot. I don't mean to make you feel self-conscious. It's a common OCD anxiety disorder. And I would recommend exercise or some kind of organized sports to keep your mind focused on something else. But since those really aren't an option now, you're kinda screwed. Unless...
      Torrey Powell: Unless what?
      Jo: Well, the sympathetic nervous system is responsible for your body's reaction to stress and right now, there's no question you're under a great deal of that. So you're gonna need to really figure out how to alleviate that somehow.
      Flack: How about by telling us the truth, Torrey?
      Jo: It's a matter of your personal safety.
      Torrey Powell: What the hell kinda mind games are you playing, lady?

    • Jo: I'd still like you to pull all the burglary reports matching the BMW that he told us about.
      Flack: You thinking it might belong to someone at Dragga Financial?
      Jo: If it does, and we can find the laptop that was stolen from it, it might just give us the one thing we're missing.
      Flack: What's that?
      Jo: Motive.

    • U.S. Marine: Where are you?
      Jo: New York City.
      U.S. Marine: Wow. Really?
      Jo: Yeah.
      U.S. Marine: I've never been there. Always wanted to, though.
      Jo: Come on (She unplugs the laptop and moves closer to a window to offer him a view of the city at night) How's that look to ya?
      U.S. Marine: Wow. That's a whole lot better than sand.

    • Jo: I got a courtesy call from an old friend of mine at the FBI. Turns out the Feds have been investigating Dragga Financial for all sorts of shenanigans. In fact, they were kind enough to share their files with me, pretty much all of it. But they weren't too keen on seeing an NYPD computer digging around in their sandbox.
      Adam: Okay, that's great. But I know why you're here. I've heard about your rep. So what, are you gonna blow the whistle on me now, too?
      Jo: You don't want to go there. Me leaving the Bureau to come here was about conviction and evidence and doing my job.
      Adam: Okay. I'm sorry. That w... that wasn't fair.

    • Adam: I shared the final moments of Sass Dumonde's life. I, I... I heard her music. I... I saw her joy. I-I... maybe even fell in love a little. And then, three minutes later, it was... it was just over.
      Jo: When you cross paths with people like that, it's hard not to stop in your tracks. But believe me when I tell you... none of what you're doing now will bring her back. It will only bring you down.
      Adam: What do I do now, though?
      Jo: Go home. Go to bed. Come back in the morning ready to do what's right.

    • Adam: (After Garcia, Sass' killer, tries to kill him) Nice chatting with you.

    • Lindsay: A few of these and a laptop, and she's able to write, record her own music, post it online for millions of people to hear, and then text and video-chat with God knows how many more.
      Danny: Well, that's great, but how long before more is too much?
      Lindsay: (Laughs) I don't know, but... you know, we already opened the 21st century, Danny. I think it's too late to send it back.
      Danny: Yeah, well, you're probably right about that, but just to be clear, though, Lucy is never going near a computer, okay? Just, ever.
      Lindsay: Okay. But she does have, uh, a laptop lab at her preschool, and she can use my iPhone better than I can.
      Danny: Damn it.

    • Mac: (To Adam) You think you're irreplaceable here in this lab?

    • Hawkes: You got to be hurting a little bit today, huh, man?
      Adam: I got a, uh, you know, three-day suspension. It's pretty painful.
      Danny: Ah, come on. Hacking after Mac told you not to? You're lucky he didn't suspend you from the flagpole out front.
      Hawkes: Yeah, you go home, lick your wounds, uh, catch up
      on your soaps. You'll be fine.

    • (Over the lookinatchu site)
      Jo: Bet that conversation wasn't fun.
      (Over the lookinatchu site)
      Jo: You got to be kidding me.
      Mac: What are the odds, right?
      Jo: Hey, I was just doing some final research before we close the case.
      Mac: Some serious scientific analysis, I'm sure.
      Jo: Of course.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Ricardo Molina, who plays Christopher Garcia, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Crime Wave.

    • Music Featured:
      In Ruins (Original Mix) by Fol Chen (Song to which Sass dances).
      Set Phazer To Stun by The Time and Space Machine (Played during iPad lab scene with Jo.)

    • Despite featured in the opening credits, Robert Joy (Sid Hammerback) does not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 1, 2010 on CTV.
      Norway: November 24, 2010 on TVNorge.
      Turkey: January 10, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: January 15, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Sweden: January 24, 2011 on Kanal 5.
      Spain: March 8, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: March 9, 2011 on AXN.
      The Netherlands: April 18, 2011 on RTL 4.
      Slovakia: September 13, 2011 on JOJ.
      Germany: September 26, 2011 on Sat.1
      Finland: March 28, 2012 on MTV3


    • The concept and look of the website Lookinatchu as featured in this episode has clear similarities with the existing site Chatroulette.com

    • Jo: What is it with you boys?
      Flack: Snips and snails and puppy dog tails?

      Snips and snails and puppy dog tails is part of the lyrics of the nursery rhyme What are little boys made of?

    • Danny: Look who it is. It's Obi-Wannabe Kenobi.

      Danny: You'll be back kicking Jedi ass before the end of the week.

      Obi-Wan Kenobi and the Jedi are fictional characters in the George Lucas' Star Wars saga.