Season 5 Episode 1


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Sep 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Mac is finally found but is unclear on a few things because of a concussion. Also we meet Detective Flack's sister Samantha who has an unexpected connection to the case.

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  • Season 5 is here

    Continuing from the season finale Mac is in danger and he wakes up in the water with no sign of his kidnapper and he can't remember what happened and he has to try and remember so the CSI's can catch the kidnapper who calls himself Joe.It turns out that Mac had been shot but the bullet didn't affect him but it means Joe tried to kill Mac.Stella also fears for her life when chasing Joe after he goes back for the money and he knocks her over the stairs on the building but she hangs on.But the best part is where Mac sets the trap for Joe in the end at the train station when Joe goes to his family but when he is on the phone to Mac he comes right behind him which Joe didn't expect.moreless
  • Mac is found but a few things are un-clear. The hunt for Mac's kidnapper is on.

    Veritas is the perfect answer to begin a season. Leave the main charcter kidnapped and the rest of the team on a frantic search for him. Now, though, they've found Mac - in New Jersey. As Mac struggles to regain his memory, Stella starts a chase on his kidnapper. The episode is well-written, and all the charcters are real - Gary Sinse does an aftermath of a concussion brilliantly. Veritas is one of my CSI: NY top episodes along with Snow Day and Can You Hear Me Now. But the best bit of Veritas? The end when they finally capture Mac's kidnapper and Mac does his kidnapper's list of crimes. So that's Veritas in about 120 words. Thanks for reading!moreless
  • Better than the season finale/first part!

    Good conclusion to a slightly boring finale. Mac is finally found but is unclear on a few things because of a concussion. I just liked the way the whole thing played out even introducing us to Detective Flack's sister Samantha who has an unexpected connection to the case was great. "Joe" really is wicked, I mean I thought after he pushed Stella off the railing he was going to save her - the one shread of decency I thought he had but he just eanted the bag of money! Stella was very brave though and Adam was funny as usual...moreless
  • A great start to the season!

    We open with the team searching for Mac. We then see Mac in the water and the car sinking next to him. We see Mac swimming to shore and flagging down a car. He soon informs the team of where he is and they turn up. We then see the car being pulled out of the water and a body is in it, but it's to the kidnapper, but another wanted man who was also involved in the robbery. The team believe that Joe is still in Manhattan searching for his half of the money from the robbery. We learn that the car the team are looking for is registered to Flack's sister. They find the car with a dead girl in the boot of the car. We learn that she was involved in the bank robbery. The team find Joe's secret hiding place with all of his fake ID's and passports. The team learn that Joe's real name is Ethan Scott. They believe that the money never left the bank and that Ethan is going back to get it. They catch him in the act and Stella chases after him. As Stella nearly dies, she manages to save herself and still keeps on chasing after Ethan. They get his wife to help them capture him and so they capture him at the train station.moreless
  • Mac is back!

    One thing that you shouldn't do is get on the bad side of Mac. As he is one bad you know what. And I mean it in a good kind of way. When we see him, trying to stay alive. Like one reviewer said that it was neat to seeing Stella kick some you know what. Because it is rare that she does that. Alos we see Flack's sister. She seems to be likable and that hopefully she will do more episodes of the show. Wonder what their relationship will be like and how it will be develop. Only time can and will tell. The conman playing games really played the team up.moreless
Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

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

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (9)

    • Goof: When Mac is first shown climbing out of the water, the tail-end of the SUV is sticking up out of the water. However, in his flashbacks the SUV is completely submerged before he ever exits it.

    • At the beginning of the episode, police units are unsuccessfully searching the city for Mac. The SUV Mac was driving was a GMC. The police could have requested a vehicle location from OnStar (or the TV equivalent).

    • Goof:: Flack says the Jersey PD has jurisdiction of the car. However, the car was involved with the kidnapping of a detective, who was transported across state lines. That would make it a federal case, with the FBI having jurisdiction.

    • Gary Sinise makes a great job acting Mac's concussion; he's noticeably dizzy and it is noticeable even his voice that becomes slurred and slow, struggling to link words together.

    • Mac has a concussion that makes him partially lose his memory. Then are his perceptions fully trust worthy? Despite his crime scene training and scientific knowledge help him reconstruct what probably happened, there's no way for him to know if what we see him perceiving in the flashbacks is right or wrong.

    • Goof: When Ross is showing Flack the video surveillance footage from the tollbooth, only a fuzzy picture can be shown of Joe. Yet somehow they are able to zoom in well enough to get the VIN number from the door of the car.

    • Goof: Mac says Joe is arrested for assault and battery. In New York, there is no assault and battery. Only an assault charge.

    • Samantha Flack (Kathleen Munroe) is introduced in this episode.

    • Veritas is the Latin word for truth.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (8)

    • French episode title: La Femme de L'Extérieur, meaning Outside Woman. It is an allusion to the previous episode entitled L'Homme de L'Intérieur (Inside man).

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: December 3, 2008 on TVNorge.
      Sweden: January 5, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: January 19, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: January 20, 2009 on AXN.
      Ireland: February 4, 2009 on RTÉ 2.
      Portugal: February 9, 2009 on AXN.
      Greece: March 3, 2009 on SKAI.
      Czech Republic: March 4, 2009 on AXN.
      Croatia: March 11, 2009 on RTL.
      New Zealand: September 1, 2009 on TV3.
      Germany: September 7, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: September 13, 2009 on JOJ.
      Finland: February 3, 2010 on MTV3.
      Austria: May 31, 2010 on ORF1.

    • Melina Kanakaredes tripped and fell to the ground while filming the scene where she runs up a fire escape with gun in hand. As a result, she has a scar on her left leg.

    • The scene where Stella falls over the railing on the edge of the roof was shot by Melina Kanakaredes herself and no stunt double was used.

    • In Eastern and Central USA, this episode was delayed 15 minutes due to a Presidential Address during the previous time slot on its first air date.

    • Music Featured:
      The Geeks Were Right by The Faint.
      Wanna Be A Star by Walter Meego.

    • Robert Joy (Sid Hammerback) and A.J. Buckley (Adam Ross) have been added to the opening credits.

    • This episode was shot in May 2008 in case the actors went on strike.