|Creatures of the Night|
|Original Airdate||September 29, 2004|
Creatures of the Night is the second episode of the first season of CSI: NY.
Junkie Jordy Thompkins was shot dead in an alleyway, but the bullet that killed him is missing. After Robin Prescott is found raped and beaten in Central Park with only a peony leaf on her clothing and no memory of the crime, Stella and Flack have the daunting task of trying to find the man who raped her.
An upscale party is in full swing in Manhattan. Wealthy guests mingle as an orchestra plays. But one guest isn't feeling festive. A young woman, Robin Prescott, stumbles towards the entrance to the hotel unsteadily. She's bruised, battered and bloody. She stumbles up to her father who looks at her with a stricken expression. "I'm sorry, Dad, I'm sorry I'm late," she manages to say before collapsing. Stella photographs Robin's wounds before Robin is taken away to the hospital. Mac shares the background information he's garnered on Robin with Stella: she lives alone and works for a publishing house. Stella notes that she must have stumbled out of Central Park. Mac laments that this gives them an 800 acre crime scene.
Mac assigns Danny to work trace on the case and sends Stella to talk to Robin while he answers another call with Aiden. A man named Jordan Bates lies dead in the street, apparently the victim of a gunshot wound to the chest. Mac notes crack burns on his hands and Aiden spies track marks on his ankles. He's a junkie, and the pair theorize that Jordan was the victim of a drug deal gone bad. Mac notes something very puzzling: based on the blood patterns, something exited the entrance wound.
Stella's visit to Robin doesn't prove informative, as Robin remembers nothing of her ordeal. Stella takes a few pictures of Robin and tells her she is trying to piece together what happened in the park. Danny goes over Robin's clothes and her underwear looking for clues. He finds a peony leaf, and with the help of lab tech A. J. Dalton manages to narrow down the location in the park where Robin was attacked. When Stella shows up, Danny is able to tell her the crime scene is in Strawberry Fields.
Sheldon Hawkes has some interesting news for Mac. Jordan was indeed killed by the gunshot wound to his chest, but Hawkes notes some small bite marks on the man's body. After Jordan was killed, rats descended on his body, and one of the rats ate the fatal bullet.
At the crime scene in Strawberry Fields, Stella gathers evidence. She takes photographs of the area, uncovering Robin's shoe and what appears to be a steak covered in mud. Danny arrives, and together the pair theorize that there may have been two attackers, based on the two sets of footprints they find. One pair appears to be made by work boots. Stella also finds a nose ring. Armed with an alloy gun that will help them locate the rat with the bullet in its stomach, Mac and Aiden head back to their crime scene. Their search leads them into a market, where Mac climbs on a ladder and finds a horde of rats in the ceiling. The alloy gun reveals the rat with the bullet is indeed among the crowd.
The steak found at the scene leads Stella and Don Flack to Ramon's Steakhouse. Stella asks the manager if any of the employees wear a nose ring, and he points them in the direction of Donovan Tracey, a dishwasher. Tracey has a suspicious bandage on his nose, and he tries to run when Stella and Don bring up Central Park. Flack easily apprehends him, and they bring him to the station for questioning. It doesn't take much to get Donovan talking. He denies raping Robin; he says he found her after she was attacked, and that he took her purse. She ripped his nose ring out trying to stop him, and he fled, leaving the nose ring and steak behind. Stella is both disgusted and skeptical.
Mac and Aiden call on the services of expert Carl Tejeski, a rodent expert, who helps them set traps to catch and kill the rats. While they hunt rodents, Stella questions Robin about what she remembers about the night of the rape. She says she recalls taking a cab, but when the traffic proved overwhelming, she got out of the cab and decided to walk through the park. Stella runs into Robin's father on the way out, who tells her he raised his children on his own. When he tells Stella boys are much easier than girls because they're stronger and more independent, Stella reminds him that Robin dragged herself out of the park and walked to the party after being attacked. Bad news awaits Stella at the lab: Dr. Giles tells her the semen sample from Robin's rape kit was problematic. Her attacker's semen contained no sperm, and therefore no DNA. "Catching this guy just got a lot harder," Stella lamented.
Carl and Aiden leave eggs in the rat traps for the rats, which brings the rodents out in droves. But when Aiden examines the dead rats with the alloy gun, it reveals the rat with the bullet isn't among them. Aiden goes back to the ceiling in the store, where she finds one dead rat: the bullet-eater. Stella runs into Mac in the hall and he senses her frustration. He advises her to use her head and not her heart. Danny has found a clue in the dirt from Robin's clothes: it contains Linolinic acid, which is used to clean statues. Since the statues on the south side of the park are being cleaned, Danny suggests they round up the workers and see if one of them is shooting blanks. Stella obtains the samples, but all of them contain sperm. The statue cleaners are exonerated, leaving Stella once again without a suspect. While Aiden looks on, Mac dissects the rat, extracting the bullet. Mac examines the rat's body while Aiden fires different guns into water tanks. In Central Park, Stella observes the goings-on, and spies a patch of flowers. She muses that her culprit could be a gardener.
Flack and Stella question Billy, one of the gardeners in the park. He protests his innocence, saying that he wouldn't have given a DNA sample if he was guilty. When Stella asks for his clothes, he offers to turn them over--"anything to prove his innocence." After he's taken away, Stella laments that even though his semen contained no sperm, they still had no DNA evidence to conclusively prove that Billy was the one who raped Robin. Stella goes to Robin to ask her to look at a line up. Robin protests that she doesn't want to remember that night, but she reluctantly agrees to look at the line up. Mac and Aiden learn of a deli robbery that took place just before Jordan's shooting, and they bring in the robber, Calvin. He denies knowing Jordan, but Mac theorizes that he robbed the deli for drug money, but when it wasn't enough for Jordan, Calvin shot him and took the drugs. "Tell me something," he says to Mac, "who ratted me out?"
When Robin doesn't show up for the line-up, Stella is rattled. She seems to be at a dead end. Mac tells her that he has nine unsolved cases that he revisits every week. When Stella asks him if he finds anything, he replies not much, but notes that he used to have twelve folders on his desk.
Stella goes back to the evidence. Danny, Aiden and even Mac join her in the lab. Mac wonders about the tree sap on Robin's underwear; he muses that it's probably a secondary transfer. There's a similar bit of sap on Billy's pants, from when he was cutting down trees in the park. The evidence connects Robin and Billy. "Gotcha," Stella murmurs as Billy is taken away.
- Gary Sinise as Det. Mack "Mac" Taylor
- Melina Kanakaredes as Det. Stella Bonasera
- Hill Harper as Dr. Sheldon Hawkes
- Eddie Cahill as Det. Don Flack
- Carmine Giovinazzo as Sgt. Danny Messer
- Vanessa Ferlito as Det. Aiden Burn
- Grant Albrecht as Dr. Leonard Giles
- Michele Hicks as Robin Prescott
- Germaine De Leon as A.J. Dalton/A.J. Mata
- David Marciano as Karl Drewdetski
- Fred Koehler as Billy Rendish
- Joseph Thomas as Donovan Tracey
- Josh Hammond as Calvin Montgomery
- Sven Holmberg as Jordy Tompkins
- Jeris Lee Poindexter as George Albergo
- Nick Damici as Det. Patrick Colton
- William Russ as Arnold Prescott
- Paul Greene as Young Man
- Carol Kiernan as Officer Jody Henderson
- Trae Ireland as Man
- The title is an allusion to the 1982 KISS' album Creatures of the Night.
- This episode was going to be shot in New York City but because of rain, the episode was shot in Los Angeles.
- When Mac is scanning in the Deli for the rat that swallowed the bullet, you can briefly see a Solitaire game on the screen of the scanner.
- When the girl arrives at the party, she places her hand on the car, right above the grille. However, in Stella's picture the hand print has moved to the side.
- Grey Skies by Josh One.
- Celestial Annihilation by U.N.K.L.E.
- Where's Jack the Ripper? by Grooverider.
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