Season 9 Episode 4


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Lindsay becomes injured during the attempted murder of a political candidate. The CSI team race to catch the shooter and the events in the aftermath lead to a child's death.

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  • If you don't have something to say, don't say it

    I wonder why the makers of the show tortured us with half episode without words. I really can't get why they tried to do. Maybe something about Mac's alexia? Maybe they just tried to get "artsy"?

    Please, leave cutting edge visual narrative to, let's say, Breaking Bad, don't try to be avant garde if you are just a mainstream TV show, please give us good stories and spare us from aesthetic experiments you can't sustain (it could have been better if the WHOLE episode was speechless. And with no music)

    Also I couldn't really get the story. A ridiculously accused teacher decides to kill the lady who accused him instead of sueing her? And tries to shoot her in a public event even though he is a very lousy shooter? And he drops the gun in a container near two kids when he says he CAN'T harm a kid? What was he thinking? That the kids would ignore the dropping and continue playing as if nothing happened?

    And what about the hospital's security? Nobody noticed that some stranger walked into a patient room and stayed there long enough to write on the window glass and attempt to murder her (but backs when sees a kid's drawing)?

    Absurd, absurd, absurd to the point of absurdity.

    My guess is that the writers are suffering of Mac's condition and can't remember basic stuff, like writing a solid story.moreless
  • Could have been so good, but It was so bad!

    I feel like if they were going to do a episode like this they should have planned it out better and actually helping the actors act this episode out well, instead they all look confused and in pain cause they can't say a word for the first 20 minutes.
  • 9x04 - Unspoken

    I thought this was okay. I think the wordless scenes would have worked better without music and letting the background sounds and facial expressions speak for themselves but I did enjoy what they were trying to do. The story was also kinda blah. The motivations of the teacher felt weak, considering he was cleared and back at work.
  • Just stupid

    Whoever had this idea should be Unpaid. A regular episode is bad enough with their long "music video" fillers where they pretend to be doing lab stuff. To drag that out is just nails on a chalk board.
  • Overreached

    I normally enjoy CSI NY and even though I understand what they tried to do, they just didn't quite succeed in my opinion. The music didn't do "it" and the facial expressions of the actors seemed forced. Everything was just a bit over the top, just like the case of the week. The only thing that worked was the frustration of Mac as he struggled with his inability to function at a 100%.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Mac: Tell me how a gun registered in your name was used to fire shots at you this afternoon.
      Grant Hamilton: That's not possible.
      Mac: It happened.

    • Grant Hamilton: My gun was stolen.
      Flack: And you didn't report it?
      Grant Hamilton: I thought I had misplaced it.
      Flack: What, it wasn't in your sock drawer, so you figured it was where? With your golf clubs?

    • Grant Hamilton: The priority here, gentlemen, is the fact that a man shot at me.
      Flack: For you, maybe. For me, it's the fact that a little girl was shot and killed with your gun.

    • Grant Hamilton: (About the girl that was killed with his missing gun) I'd like to call her family.
      Flack: Nice. Nice. Maybe you could take a couple photos with her grieving mother. A nice photo op for the campaign.

    • Adam: If he was able to get onto Hamilton's boat to steal it, why not just lie in wait and shoot him there? Why wait six months?
      Mac: Nerve. You've got to talk yourself into it. Then there's the planning. You don't want to mess up. Or maybe the public event. The publicity is something he's after.

    • Adam: And then there's the elephant in the room.
      Mac: The irony that a man could be shot with his own stolen gun.

    • Danny: Hey, Montana.
      Lindsay: Hey. You haven't called me that in a long time.

    • Lindsay: You were standing by the window, holding vigil for your poor, injured wife. Who was Lucy with?
      Danny: I think you might have been dreaming. Was I naked in that, uh, moment?

    • Danny: No one saw this guy's face.
      Lindsay: I did. I looked right into his eyes. He looked right into mine.
      Danny: This guy knows that you saw his face. What time did you say I was here last night?

    • Danny: (Fogging a window with his coffee) Are we seeing letters here? Does that say 'RR'?
      Jo: I think so.
      (Flack writes them down in his notepad)
      Danny: Looks like an M...
      Jo: R-R.. Y.
      Danny: What do you got there, Don?
      Flack: Well, buying a vowel, it looks to me like 'I'm sorry'.
      Danny: I'll bet you he's sorry. He left a print.

    • Jo: For 24 hours, no one knew his name, where he lived or what he looked like, so he had plenty of time to get out of town.
      Mac: But he didn't. Means he's got unfinished business.

    • Beverly McCord: We can talk about this.
      Evan Westcott: Shut up! Just shut up. I tried talking to you, but frankly, you have a hard time understanding me.

    • Flack: (After chasing after Evan Westcott for the second time) This is the last time you're making me run.

    • Mac: I can't remember the simplest things.
      Dr. Kevin Phillips: It can come and go, but my guess is it's getting worse. Otherwise, you wouldn't have called me.
      Mac: No, I don't know. They... gave me those coloring book pictures and name games. They gave me a bunch of exercises that don't seem to be working. I just... I just want to fix this.
      Dr. Kevin Phillips: Mac, it doesn't work that way. You're past the window of 'temporary aphasia'. So you're going to have to retrain your brain. It's like learning everything all over again. It takes time.

    • Mac: I'm in charge of people, Kevin. I've got a very demanding job. I should be able to name the color red.
      Dr. Kevin Phillips: I can understand your frustration, but...
      Mac: No, don't do that! I don't want your understanding! I... (Pauses) I'm sorry, Kevin. I... I just want this to go away. There's got to be something medically that we can do.
      Dr. Kevin Phillips: No. And out of respect, I'm not gonna sugarcoat this for you. There is no quick fix, no pill, no surgery. There's just word games and exercises.

    • Dr. Kevin Phillips: You know, your greatest gift is Christine.
      Mac: I haven't told her yet.
      Dr. Kevin Phillips: Have you told anyone?
      Mac: This is my problem. I just want a schedule and a plan that I can stick to. And I'll... I'll get better and it will all go away.
      Dr. Kevin Phillips: I can appreciate your optimism, but, you know, you cannot do this alone.

    • Lonnie James: I didn't mean to hurt Aimee.
      Flack: I know that.
      Lonnie James: We were just playing around, you know? She was my best friend. Thanks for trying to save her.
      Flack: Yeah, you're welcome, Lonnie.
      Lonnie James: Am I going to jail for what I did?
      Flack: No. We're all gonna make sure that doesn't happen.

    • Beverly McCord: Evan, you tend to show... a certain degree of uninhibited affection, and it's got to stop. It making me and others uncomfortable.
      Evan Westcott: Others. You're having conversations about my behavior with others?
      Beverly McCord: Touching the children in any way is dangerous.
      Evan Westcott: Affection is dangerous?
      Beverly McCord: Frankly, I don't understand why you don't get this.
      Evan Westcott: Oh, I get it. I get that this is your problem, Beverly, not mine. Your sick imagination took an action that was so innocent, and you made it perverted. And you know what? That... that makes me uncomfortable.

    • Flack: You could have made a different choice, Evan. But instead, you brought a gun to a public place with the intention of murdering someone. And when you fired that weapon, you changed the lives of every person there. You violated their sense of security, but worse than that... you hurt a child, and you don't even know it.
      Evan Westcott: What are you talking about?
      Flack: You dropped that gun in that dumpster, and it was found... and it was fired. And this little girl was killed.

  • NOTES (5)

    • A series of songs from Green Day's albums !UNO!, !DOS! and !TRÉ! are used in this episode without any accompanying dialogue to tell a story without words.

      According to Executive Producer Pam Veasy, Green Day's music and lyrics beautifully accompany the visuals making it a very special episode.

      The members of Green Day were flattered and 'blown away' with the result.

    • Despite being featured in it, Robert Joy (Sid Hammerback) has no lines in this episode.

    • Music featured:
      The Forgotten by Green Day (Sid performs the autopsy on the little girl and end of the episode).
      Stop When The Red Lights Flash by Green Day (After the gunshots and during the chase).
      Amy by Green Day (The little girl is laying dying in the alley).
      Night Life by Green Day (Lindsay wakes up in the hospital and sees the killer by the window).
      Kill The D.J. by Green Day (Empty theatre scene).

    • Jeff Hephner, who plays Evan Westcott, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Bang, Bang, Your Debt and in the C.S.I. one Death And The Maiden.

      Terrell Ransom Jr, who plays Lonnie James, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Fallen Angels.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: October 19, 2012 on CTV.
      Czech Republic: December 19, 2012 on AXN.
      Norway: March 6, 2013 on TVNorge.
      Finland: November 11, 2014 on MTV3.