Season 7 Episode 15


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 18, 2011 on CBS
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When a rapist is found dead in a warehouse, the CSIs must determine if any of his victims is responsible for the murder.

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  • Somebody calls 911 to report a murder before it actually happened. Mac and the team soon learn the murder victim is a serial rapist the NYPD has sought for quite some time. Could the murder be a case of vigilante justice?moreless

    "Vigilante" is a good episode. I found myself interested on where the story would go, but I was somewhat disappointed in the episode as a whole. As good as this episode may be, it's just a rehash of the better season four episode "Commuted Sentences". "Vigilante" recycles plot points from "Commuted Sentences". Two women who are victims of sexual assault who conspire together to kill sexual predators. When they are caught they give speeches to Mac and Jo about how they feel that what they have done is right. I hope the CSI: NY writers don't do any more retreads.moreless
  • 7x15

    this kind of episodes are exactly the episodes I think are killing csi ny, I mean, it was to slow and poor developed that for me it was difficult to reach to the ending scene, in past seasons, the beginning scenes were more interesting, they cath viewer attention with no problem, but now, they are slow and few interesting.

    When season 7 started, I thougt it was going to be a brilliant season because the first episodes were very weel done, actually the first 10 episodes were amazing but now I have found three bad episodes in less than two months. I think csi ny writers should make this episodes more interesting as they did in previous season P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Lindsay Price

Lindsay Price

Kate Price

Guest Star

Megan Ward

Megan Ward

Annie Cartland

Guest Star

Eve Mauro

Eve Mauro

Heather Marist

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Hawkes mentions that his girlfriend was raped and that as a result their relationship came to an end. This story is explored in episode 5x12 Help.

    • Goof: The rapist cut a small lock of hair from each of his victims, but when the locks are processed, skin tags on the hairs were used for matching the hair's DNA to the victims'. If the hairs were cut, there would not be skin tags present. Also, even if one hair in a lock of hair had a tag, it would be highly unlikely that more than one group would.

  • QUOTES (33)

    • Man: I need to report a murder.
      Operator: May I have your name, please? Where are you calling from?
      Man: The body's beaten, bound and gagged. Shot three times. You'll find it in the alley behind the old Mirado Beer warehouse, near the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
      Operator: And when did it happen?
      Man: It's about to.

    • Mac: Every victim of the Prospect Park Rapist was dumped within a mile of this location.
      Flack: I don't think it's a coincidence. This one's got all the markings. Mouth gag, body beat to a pulp.
      Mac: Wrists bound with purple duct tape.
      Flack: All made to look like our rapist's signature.
      Mac: Only this time the victim is a man.

    • Hawkes: Mac, I got a hit on the fingerprints. This is definitely the Prospect Park Rapist. They match prints recovered from some of his victims.
      Mac: Well, now we need a name to go with the title.

    • Sid: (About the Prospect Park Rapist ) Whatever this man's sins were in life, he paid for them in death.

    • Sid: Thinking the rapist came upon a victim who decided to fight back. Sprayed him, gave him a taste of his own medicine.
      Mac: It's a good theory, only we have a 911 call that was made before the murder and the caller was a man.

    • Mac: NYPD spent a lot of time looking for this rapist. Never could identify him.
      Sid: Well, someone did.
      Mac: Whoever it was wanted to take care of the problem themselves. We have a vigilante on our hands.

    • Lindsay: The man who attacked you was found beaten and bound in the same manner he used on his victims.
      Kate Price: Good.
      Lindsay: I've talked to a lot of rape victims, Kate. Some are scared. Some are angry. You're the only one who ever asked me for a gun.

    • Adam: The killer wants credit.
      Danny: Yeah, well, we'd be happy to give it to him if he made himself available.

    • Danny: Let's analyze the background noise and the ambient sound. It could help us pinpoint where the call came from.
      Adam: Okay, okay, look. It's a long shot in the best of circumstances, okay? But this call it's got some sort of background frequency. It's... it's nearly impossible.
      Danny: It's nearly impossible? Which means it's a little bit possible, so... go forth and conquer.

    • Mac: Our killer is smart. Figured out the identity of a predator half the NYPD couldn't track down.

    • Hawkes: I've got biologicals... semen, vaginal fluids.
      Danny: Anyone want to go grab a bite after?
      (Hawkes gives him a look)
      Danny: This is more than Clarke's work van. This is his lair.

    • Hawkes: Five of the hair samples from Clarke's van match his victims.
      Lindsay: So I'm guessing the other five were from women who never came forward?
      Hawkes: Five more suspects.

    • Hawkes: We're wasting a whole lot of man hours hunting a killer that should get a medal for doing the community a service.
      Lindsay: There's a body on a slab in Autopsy, Hawkes.
      Hawkes: Yeah, and he beat and raped at least ten women. I'm surprised to hear you defending him.
      Lindsay: Why? Because I'm a woman I should cheer his death? I'm a cop first. As much as I despise what he did, I don't advocate vigilante justice. Come on, Hawkes. You're a doctor. What would you do if Clarke came into your ER?
      Hawkes: He didn't. He's dead.
      Lindsay: That's a convenient answer.
      Hawkes: My girlfriend was raped, Lindsay and after that, our relationship changed. Hell, it ended. And I won't lie to you. The thought of killing the guy that did that to her... definitely crossed my mind.

    • Hawkes: You know this girl Kate. You don't feel for her?
      Lindsay: Of course I feel for her. But I don't know her, Hawkes. I had a conversation with her one time a year ago and she asked me for a gun. I'm not her counselor, I'm not her priest. If she's guilty of murder, I'm going to put her away.

    • Flack: Our vic's name is Craig Tomlin. He's an ex-con. Did five years for sexual assault. Just got out a couple weeks ago.
      Danny: So our suspect has a thing for predators.

    • Mac: These killers have taken out two predators in 24 hours. It's safe to assume they'll strike again.

    • Man: Mac Taylor. I have information on the vigilante case you're investigating.
      Mac: Who is this?
      Man: It's Lindsay. Look up. (In her normal voice) It's a voice distorter.
      Adam: 30 bucks online. Pretty cool, huh?
      Mac: Well, what would be cool is if you were working on the 911 calls like you're supposed to.
      Adam: I... I am. I mean, I was. I mean, this connects.

    • Mac: Voice patterns are as distinct as fingerprints.
      Adam: But we have a database for fingerprints, not for voices.
      Mac: We don't, but 911 does.
      Lindsay: They store every call made within a five-year period.
      Adam: Yeah, but what good will that do us?
      Mac: What if our suspect was a victim of sexual assault? Called 911 in the past for their own attack?
      Lindsay: Anybody could have called 911. We can't be sure that the victim did.
      Mac: But we won't know they didn't until Adam checks the 911 database for a voice match.
      Adam: Yo, boss, there's over tens of thousands of calls a day and...
      Mac: Narrow your search to rape victims in Brooklyn in the last three years. Do it fast.

    • Jo: Pop quiz. What do petrolatum, Brazilian Carnuba Wax and titanium dioxide combine to make?
      Danny: I'm guessing some kind of incendiary device or perhaps a new facial cream?
      Jo: Sweat enhancer. Got it off of Craig Tomlin's collar.
      Danny: That some kind of sex thing?

    • Danny: I got to say, whoever these women are, I respect their determination.
      Jo: You think they did the right thing?
      Danny: Uh... I mean, no, but I can't say that I wouldn't do the same thing in their position.

    • Lindsay: I don't think you killed anyone, but you're covering for someone. And while you're in here, they're out there getting ready to do it again.
      Kate Price: You know? If you spent half as much time trying to catch these rapists as you are trying to solve their murders, maybe they wouldn't have to.
      Lindsay: You think I don't care about you? About all the other victims?
      Kate Price: You know why I remember you, Lindsay? The day that we met at group, before you and I spoke... you kept checking your watch. You just couldn't wait to get out of there. But I didn't blame you. It wasn't like we wanted to be there either.

    • Lindsay: (About Kate Price) When she reached out to me after I spoke to her support group all I did was hand her some pepper spray and a pamphlet on how to deal with trauma. And now I'm accusing her of murder. And I certainly don't blame her for resenting me, but I don't know what I'm supposed to do. I'm a cop.

    • Lindsay: How do you follow the law and still be a human being?
      Jo: That's the hard part. Because a piece of me, if that were my daughter, that would want him dead, I have to put in a box in order to go back and do my job. Even if it doesn't make sense, Lindsay, even if good people get hurt and bad people go free, that's what we do. And it's hard. It's hard.
      Lindsay: How do I explain that to Kate?
      Jo: I don't know that you can. Because we meet these people on the worst day of their lives. And all we can really do for them is listen. Let them rage at us, if that's what they need.
      Lindsay: I don't see how that could ever be enough.
      Jo: You'd be surprised.

    • Lindsay: Pole dancing?
      Flack: It's good cardio... I've heard.

    • Flack: (About Heather Marist, who has kicked both trying to avoid detention) She hits hard, you know that?
      Lindsay: What, you mean for a girl?
      Flack: No. I mean for anyone.

    • Jo: You made that call two years ago the night Alex Roberts assaulted you.
      Heather Marist: It took the cops a half an hour to arrive. By then, he'd broken my jaw, and both wrists. Raped me, too.
      Jo: He's serving ten years upstate.
      Heather Marist: You want a 'thank you'?

    • Mac: Craig Tomlin was arrested for sexual assault six years ago. You were his public defender.
      Annie Cartland: Uh, there was a question of... procedure when the cops picked him up. No way the D.A. could win a trial.
      Mac: So you cut a deal.
      Annie Cartland: My boss called me his 'go-to gal for pervs.' I quit the next day.

    • Heather Marist: Annie and I... we used to fantasize about what we would do if we ever had the opportunity to face one of these predators ourselves. Kate gave us that chance.

    • Jo: Did that make you feel powerful?
      Heather Marist: He got his rocks off beating the crap out of women.
      Jo: And to give that feeling back to him?
      Heather Marist: I never felt better in my life.

    • Annie Cartland: Craig Tomlin kidnapped that girl. Locked her in the trunk of her own car. As he raped her... he whispered in her ear how he was going to come back for seconds when he was done. He ruined her life. And because of me, he only served five years. He should've died in prison.

    • Annie Cartland: You want me to apologize? Rape is an under-prosecuted crime. There's even a statute of limitations. But not for the damage done to the victims. I got what the system couldn't. Justice.
      Mac: What you got was retribution.
      Annie Cartland: Aren't they the same thing?
      Mac: Not even close.

    • Kate Price: It doesn't seem fair. Annie and Heather were just trying to protect me and they're being punished for it.
      Lindsay: I know you're going through a lot, Kate. But eventually you're going to come to see that what they did didn't help you. What they did was wrong.

    • Kate Price: I spent the last year of my life in a daze. I pulled away from my friends. I gave up on life. I was consumed by Garland Clarke and what he did. And now that he's dead, I have a second chance. I owe it to those women.
      Lindsay: Listen, Kate... I just want you to know, if you ever need anything, even just to talk... (Hands her over a card) ...I'm available.

  • NOTES (4)

    • Music featured:
      She's Long Gone by The Black Keys (Opening song).
      And Now She's Gone by The Bevis Frond.

    • Megan Ward, who plays Annie Cartland, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Vengeance and in the C.S.I. one Fracked.

      Lindsay Price, who plays Kate Price, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Alter Boys.

      Eve Mauro, who plays Heather Marist, also appears in the CSI: Miami episodes Throwing Heat and Just Murdered.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 18, 2011 on CTV.
      Turkey: April 11, 2011 on CNBC-e.
      United Kingdom: April 16, 2011 on Five/Five HD.
      Spain: June 7, 2011 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: June 8, 2011 on AXN.
      Norway: June 8, 2011 on TVNorge.
      Slovakia: December 13, 2011 on JOJ.
      Germany: January 9, 2011 on Vox.
      Finland: July 4, 2012 on MTV3.

      Finland: July 7, 2012 on MTV3.

    • The title of this episode Vigilante is Spanish for 'Vigilant'.
      It's also a noun meaning someone who takes the law into his/her own hands.


    • Kate Price: I was home alone, watching TV.
      Lindsay: What show?
      Kate Price: David Letterman.

      The Late Show with David Letterman is late-night talk show hosted by David Letterman and broadcasted by CBS, just as CSI: NY.