Season 9 Episode 2

Where There's Smoke...

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team has to try and stop serial arsonist Leonard Brooks after he starts to use fire as a weapon to hurt people from his dark past.

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  • 9x02 - Where There's Smoke

    I found this a much better episode than the last one. And while I can see where the ground work in the previous episode was used in this one, I can't help but think that his one would have made a much better season premiere. The deaths were creepy and clever, the bad guy's crazy was understandable and I liked how people are starting to pick up that there's something wrong with Mac.moreless
  • Leonard Brooks has moved from arson to murder. Mac and the team try to guess his next move to prevent further deaths.

    My thoughts on "Where There's Smoke..." are mixed. I liked seeing Leonard's back story, but on the other hand it felt a little cliched. We see where his pyromania comes from. It did come across as formulaic that the cause was an abusive parent. The fact that he was exacting revenge on the family members for abusing or not helping him was formulaic as well. There are some positive points about this episode however. One is Rob Morrow. As with the previosu episode he does well here. Gary Sinise and company always deliver a strong performance consistently. I did like this episode, but that's it. I liked it.moreless
  • Interesting to find out about Leonard...

    It was interesting to find out why Leonard was the way he was. And in some ways he is kidn, get a monster. He had no problems killing those he felt had betrayed him or his mother that had hurt him, yet he had gone back years earlier to save an innocent woman. I like his charachter; it makes him interesting that he's not pure evil and not pure innocent.

    Also, Mac should tell the team about his speaking problem. They could help him with words when he can't figure out how to say it or what to call something, eventhough he knows what it is.

    I like the new detective. She tough and seems to have a great sense of humor. I sense that maybe the reason she left narcotics and the reason her cover was blown will become much more clear later in the season.

    So, good job CSI NY writers and actors! This was a very good episode!moreless
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

Rob Morrow

Rob Morrow

Leonard Brooks

Guest Star

Victoria Hoffman

Victoria Hoffman

Rita Lowman

Guest Star

Laura Parker

Laura Parker

Young Jennifer Brooks

Guest Star

Natalie Martinez

Natalie Martinez

Detective Jamie Lovato

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (25)

    • (Telephone rings in Leonard Brook's apartment)
      Mac: (Addressing a young officer) Answer it, just say hello.
      Officer: Hello? (To Mac) It's for you, Detective.

      Mac: (Grabbing the phone) Taylor.
      Leonard Brooks: Sorry about the lack of hospitality Detective, I wasn't expecting guests.

    • (At a crime scene where a woman has been burnt alive inside an elevator)
      Jo: Oh my God, Mac. Looks like those pipes were the source of the heat. Someone turned this elevator into a boiler.
      Mac: Somebody turned this elevator into a torture chamber.

    • Flack: What's his endgame here, Mac?
      Mac: Whatever it is, Leonard Brooks had 15 long years to plan it.

    • Flack: Turns out Brooks has no known friends or associates, which doesn't shock me, having met the man.
      Mac: He's independent and self-reliant. Makes him even more unpredictable.

    • Leonard Brooks: Press is wrong about me, you know?
      Mac: Don't like being called a monster?
      Leonard Brooks: No, that part is accurate. I am a monster, but please tell those reporters my victim was anything but innocent.

    • Jo: For years, Leonard Brooks has suffered from sudden impulse control disorder, compelling him to start fires, but he did it to cause property damage, never to cause bodily harm or to take a life.
      Mac: So, why does his M.O. suddenly change? And in such an extreme fashion?
      Jo: Because, clearly, the relief that he got from starting fires no longer had any value.
      Mac: So torture and murder is his new drug of choice.
      Jo: And when his emotional need shifted, he needed to find another means to satisfy it.

    • Jo: (About Leonard Brooks) This is a guy who spent a large portion of his life in jail. And now that's he's out, those urges and sensations are magnified. They're just overwhelming. Control may not even be an option for him.

    • (After Jamie has stopped a big perp by herself)
      Flack: Impressive.
      Jamie Lovato: Growing up with three older brothers has its advantages.
      Flack: Can I help you with something?
      Jamie Lovato: Yeah, I need a desk (Flack hesitates, confused. She points to one) Looks a little something like that?

    • Mac: We need to identify her to make a connection. Circulate her... (Unable to remember the word) The, uh... circulate... (Sighs) Get her face across the wire.

    • Mac: Brooks stuck around to see his plan in motion.
      Flack: Looks to me like the bastard enjoyed the show.

    • Mac: Subpoena his CPS records.
      Jamie Lovato: Oh, they're on their way already. I motivated the file clerk with a couple meatball subs from Romeo's.
      Flack: If nothing else, Lovato, you got damn good taste in Italian.

    • Mac: It won't be easy connecting the dots without knowing Rita Lowman's real name.
      Jamie Lovato: That's why Flack's going to help me. And since I still don't have a desk, looks like we'll be using yours.
      Mac: I like her.
      Flack: Yeah.

    • Danny: Jo, uh, so Jane Fonda just called. She said she wants her workout tapes back.
      Jo: They are not Jane's. They're Cher's.
      Danny: Cher had a workout video?
      Jo: Yes, she did.

    • Danny: What do you got here?
      Jo: Video recordings of Leonard Brooks' prison therapy sessions. 14 years' worth.
      Danny: Why don't you call his shrink and get the Cliff Notes?

    • Danny: (About Leonard Brooks) People like Brooks spend their entire lives blaming other people for all their problems. And I don't care how rough he had it, there's nothing on these tapes that are going to justify what he did to those people.
      Jo: I'm just hoping there's something on these tapes that tells us why he did it.

    • Danny: You think Mac's okay?
      Jo: How do you mean?
      Danny: How do I mean? I don't know exactly. It's just, you know, he's... he seems off.
      Jo: Well, a little off would be pretty damn good considering everything he's been through. I mean, think about it. He suffered a life-changing trauma, months of painful rehab.
      Danny: Yeah.
      Jo: Most people would have reexamined everything, quit their job and be sitting on a beach, but not Mac. Couldn't wait to pick up exactly where he left off. I think it's a miracle and a gift that the guy's the same old hard-ass boss he's always been.

    • Jo: (To Danny) You're just an old softie.

    • Flack: I am never going to bad-mouth computer files again. These CPS files are killing me. This sucks.
      Jamie Lovato: Are you always this whiny?
      Flack: Yes.

    • Hawkes: Where'd Brooks take her?
      Danny: Now, more importantly, how long does she have to live?

    • Woman: Is that what you want, Leonard? To be invisible? Starting fires seems to be in opposition to that want.
      Leonard Brooks: No. You never listen. Can't you see? I control fire. No one's looking at me. All eyes are on the flames.

    • Mac: You were expecting Jimmy to save you?
      Leonard Brooks: He was just so big. He was like an adult. He looked like one of the guys in the comic books, like some kind of superhero.
      Jo: But he wasn't a superhero. He beat you, too, didn't he, Leonard? Afraid that if he didn't, he'd suffer the same fate.
      Leonard Brooks: When I think about it, though, Mother was smaller, yet it always hurt more coming from her.

    • Mac: (To Leonard Brooks) All those fires, and the one that got you caught, the one that put you away, is the one where you went back in to save an innocent woman.
      Jo: You did the one thing no one would do for you: come to the rescue.

    • Leonard Brooks: You think I chose to be like this?
      Mac: It's the events in our life that shape us, but it's our choices that define us, and you made the wrong choice, Leonard.

    • Flack: You should know, the guys got a pool going.
      Jamie Lovato: (Sitting at her new desk) Yeah? Let me guess: what will last longer, me or the plant?

    • Leonard Brooks: It's like that moment when you're a kid and you first realize how powerful the ocean is. You step in, and the water's calm, and you hold it in your hand, but it just slips through your fingers. And you think: well, how strong could it actually be? Feeling bold, you wander out into the abyss. And by the time you turn around, everyone you left on shore seems too far away to help. That's when it hits, this wave, this massive current that pulls you in and pushes you down, holds you there, pinned beneath something so strong. It's like... something you can't control. All you can do is hold on and fight, but then the more you fight, the more weary you get and your lungs burn and your throat... throbs, so you... just let it overtake you. You feel this... force, seemingly benign, but it... can consume and destroy you. It's the thing inside me, strong in ways that nobody can see or comprehend. This dark undertow that I'm powerless to stop. I guess the fires were really controlling me.

  • NOTES (3)


    • In the last scene of the episode, Leonard Brooks can be seen reading Franz Kafka's 1915 novel The Methamorphosis.

    • Danny: Why don't you call his shrink and get the Cliff Notes?

      CliffsNotes are a series of student study guides that summarize and explain literary works.

    • Danny: Jo, uh, so Jane Fonda just called. She said she wants her workout tapes back.
      Jo: They are not Jane's. They're Cher's.

      Actress and model Jayne Fonda (1937-) features in over 20 workout tapes whereas actress and musician Cher (1946-) has two fitness ones.