Season 4 Episode 3

You Only Die Once

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 10, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After a series of heists in the city (one including Det. Chief Sinclair's house) one of the "super spies" involved is robbed of his life. The team works to solve the robberies and the murder, as both are obviously connected.

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  • WOW

    Can I not give this episode higher than a 10. I just think a 10 is too low that is how good it was. I love watching Flack so much that this is the best ever episode of CSI NY I have ever seen because it has Flack in it constantly. I liked that Flack was romantically linked with someone but I just don't see it working out. I like the chemistry you feel between Flack and Danny especially when he is teasing him about Devon. Flack looked so cute in his Bond suit. It was probably an amazing episode to film for Eddie Cahill.moreless
  • ok episode...

    So...Bond and CSI...it sort of worked. Flack's girlfriend's apartment was robbed and they try to figure out who did it. The person that did the robbing ended up dead...in the end, it was just the guy who made the cool car work and he wanted to get in on the action. I wasn't expecting that. I didn't really like the Bond theme, but it wasn't that bad. I loved the car, but the suits were stupid. I thought I was watching The Tuxedo. I liked the continuation of Mac's stalker situation. Overall, not an interesting story, but still plenty of interesting moments.moreless
  • This episode was not one I enjoyed watching.

    Super spies and bat mobiles is not ordinary in New York, the writers took a huge risk with the Bond theme. Personally, this episode was hard to follow, especially Sinclaire's e-mail. I'd have to say the most interesting moments in this episode would have to be the 333 phone calls. From the message left on Det. Taylor's cell phone including finding out that the Stalker was on teh flight with Mac 2 weeks ago, to the bloody T-shirt with a "slit neck" blood pattern. Det. Flackw as very involved in this epidosew, in ways whih were good, although his girlfriend was not expected. In the end, this episode did not amuse me and frankly, it dissapointed me.moreless
  • A bondish CSI New York!

    My favorite episode of season 4. Okay, I must admit it's mainly my favorite one because of Detective Don Flack. The episode couldn't start with a more appealing beginning than seeing Flack getting busy with a hot girl ;). I really enjoy seeing the private Don Flack evolve. It makes the whole TV show more interesting to not forget about the personal life of each character. Of course he once again kicks ass, and I love the part where he gets to play a kinda bondish Don Flack. It gives the whole episode another point of view. It's still about the cases, but this time it involves more action and of course one super hot car. Not to forget the special suit that is wired and downloads files and whatnot that is near by. No doubt, this episode was inspired by some Bond flair, but it is still very enjoyable and unique in its own way!moreless
  • One of the weakest CSI episodes I've seen.

    Don't get me wrong, I love Bond and CSI: NY but the mixture just didn't work. Keep the gadgets in the James Bond universe!!!! Yes, it was "cute" to see the show constantly making references to the Bond films of yesterday, but from the atrocious computer effects (especially when the Aston Martin crashes into a barrier) and the overall ease and suddenness that the killer is caught in the end makes this episode of CSI: NY one of the weakest. The fourth season didn't seem to pick up until the episode "Child's Play" which is in the middle of the season.moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Rachelle LeFevre

Rachelle LeFevre

Devon Maxford

Guest Star

Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid

James Stanton

Guest Star

Corey Pearson

Corey Pearson

Randall Rodrique

Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

Mykelti Williamson

Mykelti Williamson

Chief of Detectives Brigham Sinclair

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (17)

    • Goof: Sid is shown beginning the process of undressing the victim and preparing it for autopsy. He removes the black coat and the bowtie. When it shows him removing the white shirt, it's clear that the black coat has already been removed. However, when he and his assistant are shown removing the victim's socks and the first pair of dress-up pants, the victim is still wearing the black coat.

    • At the beginning, Flack has time to put on his shirt and go down the building just in time to see the thief going in the car. It is odd as the apartment is in a high level and the burglar rapelled down the building.

    • Goof: The overlapping tire skid marks were shown at the first scene, and then later were shown to be the distinctive marks indicating the body dump at the second scene (on Bond Street).

    • The cell phone used by Gary Sinise is a blue Treo 755P.

    • There is no continuation to Hawkes's injury suffered in the previous episode.

    • Goof: When Mac is telling Flack about the 333 stalker he tells him he got a call at the crime scene. The 333 calls only come at 3:33am. At the crime scene it was daylight outside and if it was 3:33am it would've been dark.

    • Eddie Cahill's right arm tattoo has been edited not to be visible. However, we learned of its existence in 2x24 Charge of this Post. This is the explanation of the actor: I do have a tattoo (on my shoulder) with (my) girlfriend's name in a heart with an arrow through it and a swallow on top. They cropped it out.

    • Goof: When Flack calls in the address of Devon's apartment, he says: 260 W 72nd Street. However, as the burglar is shown rapelling down the building, the address on the front of the building is 535.

    • Goof: Surely Mac wouldn't just start tampering with the suspicious luggage that arrived in his office? Apart from the contamination of evidence, there are any number of ways it could have been set to harm people.

    • Mac's almost ominous ring tone -which can be heard again and again as the mysterious stalker calls him- is also the ring tone of Sheldon Hawkes' cellphone in season 2, episode 15 Fare Game.

    • The thief, after escaping Flack, is found dead, dressed in a tux, on Bond St. This after Flack commented the thief was driving a super-spy car.

    • Goof: When Stella is taking pictures of the people at the party and she takes the picture that includes Maude, Maude was standing on one side of the person, but in the picture she is facing the other direction and on the other side of the person, and also standing much closer to them.

    • Goof: When Sid is showing Mac the dead thief head injury with the video camera you can see the dead man take a deep breath.

    • Goof: When Stella motions to the flickering lights, the camera shows this, but when we look back at the crowd, the light shining on them isn't flickering.

    • When Mac Taylor opens up his suitcase and finds a bloody tshirt, he grabs one end with a pen, to avoid tampering with evidence, and grabs it with his other hand on the other side.

    • Mac lost his luggage and still hasn't received it back yet.

    • Goof: After reviewing the evidence that showed the victim's eyes were doused with cayenne pepper and that the tire threads match, Mac comes to the conclusion that the most logical suspect they have is the one Flack saw getting into the car. Only problem is, the man Flack saw get into the car IS the victim they found dead on Bond St. Mac is talking about the other guy, the one Flack saw waiting INSIDE the car while the victim got into it.

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Mac: (About the 333 calls) I don't think this has anything to do with Peyton.

    • Flack: Call 911, tell them you got a break-in.
      Devon: (seeming kinda excited about it) Really?!

    • Flack: (After Stella explains the smart water) So somewhere in this town we got a glowing thief who may be our killer?
      Stella: Exactly.

    • Stella: (As Flack is arresting Maude) You'll never make it as a Bond Girl driving like that.

    • Devon: I've heard about cops who talk to themselves.
      Flack: Dev.
      Devon: Thought you were working tonight? What is this, some sort of undercover thing?
      Stella: (Mutters into her ear piece) Tell her you'll make it up to her.
      Flack: I'll make this up to you.
      Devon: (Looks him over appreciatively) Yes you will.

    • Stella: Okay, Mr. Rodrique, tell us, who is your favourite Bond villain? Dr. No, Goldfinger, Blofeld...
      Randall Rodrique: I don't go to the movies, I prefer live theater.
      Flack: That makes sense with the act you've been doing around town. Stealing peoples' jewelry, personal information... not to mention you and your partner interrupted a very important third date.

    • Sinclair: Mac, have you any idea what an accusation like this could do to my career?
      Mac: Well, if you're asking me if I know what it's like to have my reputation called into question, I think you know the answer.
      (Sinclair remains silent.)

    • Hawkes: (Slices into the jacket and uses tweezers to pluck a wire from the lining of the jacket) It's this, it's the jacket. It's downloading information from our computers.

    • Mac: (To Flack) I need you to get a hold of the seat roster. Someone is playing a very real game and I'm the target.

    • Danny: Montana, hold up.
      Lindsay: What's up?
      Danny: Uh, evidence is coming in on the James Stanton murder, and we have a date with it.
      Lindsay: We got the car?
      Danny: You make the coffee. I'll go get the Batmobile.

    • Stella: Did you get a description of the car?
      Flack: Yup, it was your average super stealth spy car. What ever model comes with a blue fire getaway package.
      Stella: (Chuckles) Okay.

    • Devon: (Pushing Flack away a bit) Wait, did you hear that?
      Flack: (listening and looking around) You got a roommate you never told me about?

    • Danny: Speed Racer's Mach 5 does not come close to the Batmobile. End of story.
      Lindsay: Are you kidding me? The Mach 5 had submersible capabilitites and a robotic homing pigeon.
      Danny: Yeah, so did the Batmobile. Along with rocket boosters and armor plating.
      Lindsay: Mach 5... rotary saw.
      Danny: Right Montana. Did Speed Racer's Mach 5 have a field forensics kit?
      Lindsay: The Batmobile did not have a field forensics kit.
      Danny: In the Batmobile's trunk, it did!
      Lindsay: That explains so much.

    • Lindsay: Oh YES! (throws hands in air) I did it! I rock. (does a little head movement)
      Stella: (walking in, smirking at Lindsay) Lindsay?
      Lindsay: The car's blue flames are caused by the pigment in Gilmore's 171. Ethanol, methanol and caramel no.5. Which is... totally weird, but... I rock anyway.

    • Lindsay: But if the gcms isn't giving me a reading how am I going to identify it?
      Mac: Trial and error.
      Lindsay: Ah, we're going OLD school!

    • (Mac walks in with a very shiny black shirt)
      Danny: (with amusement) Woah Mac, back in black! Is that a new shirt? That's nice.

    • Rodrique: Maude, where are you?
      Flack: She's right over there.
      (He turns, Flack grabs the bluetooth.)
      Rodrique: Ow.
      Flack: Have I got your attention now?

    • Sid: Except for the facial contusions, there are no other external injuries. Still as Mrs. Barry, my third grade counselor, told my mother: "It's what's on the inside that counts."
      Mac: Mrs. Barry have a C.O.D?

    • Flack: Is that shock or just weird?
      Stella: (full of sarcasm) She's a lucky girl: just got robbed by a secret agent. She's gonna get all kinds of invitations for the 'in' parties.

    • (Flack and Danny are walking by each other)
      Danny: (laughing) Oh how is that new girlfriend?
      Flack: Keep walking, Messer.
      (Danny stops and turns towards him)
      Danny: No, seriously, where did you meet her?
      Flack: Met her at a charity event. Police/fire hockey game.
      Danny: So she's got teeth, or...? (chuckles)
      Flack: Move!

    • Danny: What's in the bag?
      Lindsay: The future, Mr. Messer.

    • (In response to Mac mentioning other body dumps)
      Flack: That means somebody's got a license to kill.

    • Hawkes: He's got something around his neck.
      (Hawkes unzips the suit)
      Flack: At least he dressed for the occasion.

    • (After the dent in the car which hit him bounced back.)
      Flack: What the hell kinda car are you?!

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates:
      The Netherlands: December 19, 2007 on RTL 4.
      Norway: January 2, 2008 on TVNorge.
      United Kingdom: January 26, 2008 on Channel 5.
      Sweden: February 4, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Denmark: February 18, 2008 on Kanal 5.
      Turkey: March 17, 2008 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: March 18, 2008 on AXN Spain.
      New Zealand: May 6, 2008 on TV3.
      Slovenia: September 11, 2008 on POP TV.
      Germany: September 15, 2008 on VOX.
      Austria: October 8, 2008 on ORF1.
      Finland: April 1, 2009 on MTV3.
      Slovakia: July 9, 2009 on JOJ.

    • Music Featured:
      Sick, Sick, Sick by Queens of the Stone Age feat. Julian Casablancas.
      You Could Easily Have Me by Metronemy.
      Ross Ross Ross by Sebastian.
      Let's Never Stop Falling in Love by Pink Martini.


    • Stella: Okay, Mr. Rodrique, tell us, who is your favourite Bond villain? Dr. No, Goldfinger, Blofeld...

      Goldfinger is the villain of the James Bond novel and film Goldfinger.

      Blofeld is the most persistent of James Bond's enemies, appearing in six of the James Bond movies.

    • Danny: Speed Racer's Mach 5 does not come close to the Batmobile. End of story.

      The Mach Five is the racing car Speed Racer drives in the Japanese anime series Speed Racer.

      The Batmobile is the fictional personal automobile of comic book superhero Batman.

    • Flack's off-duty weapon is a Walter PPK, James Bond's favorite, as seen when he draws it in his girlfriend's apartment.

    • Episode character: Maud Messervy.

      Messervy is the surname of the original M, (played by Bernard Lee in the films).

    • The car used by the spy thieves is a customised Black Aston Martin.

      James Bond has regularly used Aston Martin's on many of his missions, with various customisations - including the laser cutter seen in this episode.

    • Mac: Well, if you're asking if i know what it's like to have my reputation called into question, then yes, I do know. I think you know the answer.

      This is an allusion to the episode, 3x22, Cold Reveal, in which Mac is subjected to an internal inquiry of his handling of the Dobson case.

    • Danny: We're working overtime, we got the bat car.

      This refers to the TV show, Batman. Batman's vehicle, when turbo accelerated, got flames shot out of the exhaust as did the thieve's car.

    • Episode title: You only die once.

      The title of this episode, which deals with spies, is a reference to the 5th James Bond movie You Only Live Twice, released in 1967, and to the book of the same title.

      Throughout this entire episode, there are many other James Bond references, be it Lindsay's Mr. Messer, Don's, Flack, Don Flack or Mac's Someone has a license to kill.