|Writer||Timothy J. Lea|
|Original Airdate||November 10, 2004|
|Previous Episode: A Man a Mile|
|Next Episode: Rain|
Outside Man is the sixth episode in season one of CSI: NY.
A deadly robbery at a fast food restaurant leaves two survivors. A man dies after having his leg removed when there was not a medical reason for the amputation.
A man looks out in terror from beneath a plastic bag as people argue in the background. A shot is fired and then the gun is reloaded. A hand holding the gun fires it into the man's head.
The CSIs arrive: three people are dead, two have survived--Terrell Davenport and Olivia Figueroa. All were bound with duct tape and had plastic bags around their heads. Danny immediately suspects its an inside job. Mac decides to let Danny and Aiden work this case alone, with Danny taking the lead in the hopes of getting on the track for promotion to CSI Level 2.
Aiden says the night manager was about to make the evening deposit. Danny notes that the bags on the victims are all the same, and he finds the source: a roll of bags at the restaurant. Aiden notes the lack of a roll of duct tape and says that the shooter must have brought it himself. The victims' watches and jewelry are missing, but Aiden wonders why the shooter would kill everyone if it was just a simple robbery.
Mac meets Stella at another crime scene. But the pair doesn't even have a whole body--only 15% of one. Mac lifts a lower leg out of a pile of trash and ponders where the rest of the body could be.
Danny finds blood on the keypad of the phone, and Aiden tells him Terrell Davenport called 911. Danny puzzles over how a man who had just been shot in the head could call 911, especially after he had just moved several people up the stairs. Aiden asks if it was indeed an inside job, why was everyone on the inside shot?
Dr. Hawkes takes a look at the lower leg Mac and Stella found and determines that the cut is consistent with a power saw, but he can't find anything on the leg that indicates it required amputation. He does uncover a rod in the leg with a serial number. Mac and Stella trace the number and identify their victim as Frank Hertzberg. Dr. Willems, the doctor who operated on his leg to insert the metal rod, remembers him. Frank claimed to be cleaning his gun when it discharged into his leg. Dr. Willems said Frank almost lost his leg and is clearly pleased with his work.
Danny and Aiden have constructed a model of the restaurant and are trying to puzzle out which employee might have let the killer into the restaurant. Danny notes that Terrell had just finished serving a sentence of three and a half years for armed robbery. He focuses in on a blue fiber from the duct tape while Aiden gets a print from the tape that matches Terrell.
Mac and Stella go to Frank Hertzberg's apartment where they discover the rest of the man lying dead in his bed. He's been dead at least 24 hours, and gangrene had started to set in at the point where his leg was severed. Mac finds a prescription antibiotic and a photo album with pictures of amputees in it, while Stella makes a more gruesome discovery in the freezer: a human finger.
At the hospital, Danny and Aiden learn that Octavia had died. They see her family--her brother, her boyfriend and their two children--grieving. They question Terrell, whose eyes are covered by a bandage. He denies involvement, and says he was forced at gunpoint by the killer to put the bags on his colleagues' heads. When he asks the CSIs to confirm his story with Octavia, Danny tells him Octavia is dead.
Dr. Hawkes takes a look at the finger from Frank's freezer and determines nothing was wrong with it. Dr. Hawkes tells Mac that the striations on Frank's leg indicate the person who amputated it changed saws mid-cut.
Danny and Aiden hit a road block in their case. They get a print off the key used to open the door, but it doesn't match Terrell. They can't get a hit on the shell casing from the gun, either. Danny decides it's time to stop looking for the accomplice inside; it's time to work from the outside in. The pair heads for the trash outside the restaurant.
The finger from Frank's freezer belongs to Joe Garford. He sits in a wheelchair and appears to be missing a leg. He tells Mac and Stella that Frank felt "oppressed" by his left leg. Frank had asked to keep Joe's finger after Joe had it amputated, but Frank went further than Joe ever did, Joe says, standing to reveal his left let, which was folded up beneath him.
Danny and Aiden gripe about being on trash duty, but they hit pay dirt when they come up with three needles. A bloody fingerprint on the needle matches Olivia's brother, Jose. Danny calls Jose in, but Jose insists when he got to the restaurant the robbery and shootings had already happened. Freaked out, he went to shoot up. Danny remains suspicious and decides to keep him in police custody.
When Terrell doesn't ID Jose as the shooter, Danny and Aiden are back to square one. Danny dusts the broken pieces of the window from the restaurant and finds a palm print; someone was looking in the door. The print matches Lamar Adams, but when questioned he claims he was there for a girl, but didn't see anything when he came by. Danny notices he's wearing a blue wristband and immediately thinks of the blue fibers he found.
Stella talks with Frank's wife Deirdre, who says that Frank used to strap up his leg; he tried to drill and freeze it in order to force doctors to amputate it. Deirdre hoped his problem would correct itself, but it never did and she's done with him. She doesn't even want his body for burial.
Danny is disappointed to find that the fibers don't match Lamar's blue wristband. After he finishes telling Aiden about that, she shares some good news with him. Two different duct tapes were used to tape up the victims. Aiden cross references the tapes and finds several garages that carry both, including the garage used by Octavia's boyfriend, Luis Torres.
Mac and Stella question Dr. Willems about the prescriptions Frank had, but Willems claims they're the original prescriptions he had when his leg was first operated on. He says he wouldn't have risked his career to amputate Frank's leg.
Danny and Aiden go to Luis's shop, where Aiden spots several rolls of duct tape hanging up behind the counter. Danny asks to see his car and finds a blue circle in the trunk, possibly where a roll of duct tape sat. But when he brings Luis in, Luis denies all involvement. A search of his apartment comes up empty, so the CSIs go back to the trash...again.
Mac recalls the clocks in Frank's apartment were all off by a few minutes, leading the CSIs to check the fuse box. The fuse must have gone out mid-saw. Stella gets a print off the fuse box, which is a match for an EMT. The EMT had met Frank the first time he shot himself, and Frank begged him to sever the leg. He offered the EMT ten thousand dollars. Disgusted, Mac asks if he's ever heard of the Hippocratic Oath.
Danny finds a plastic bag in Luis's trash that matches the perforations of the other bags; it came from the restaurant. He also finds a bouquet of flowers that Luis used to get into the restaurant.
Danny and Aiden tell Luis that they know he killed Octavia because she was planning to leave and take their children with her. He made the killings look like a robbery to cover up the fact that Olivia was his target. He covered the victims' heads with plastic bags so that he didn't have to look them in the face when he killed them. After Luis is taken away, Mac finds Danny in the lab and congratulates him: he's now in the running for the promotion. But Danny isn't jubilant; he's greatly shaken by the case and says that you never know which day will be your last.
Main Cast Edit
- Gary Sinise as Mac Taylor
- Melina Kanakaredes as Stella Bonasera
- Carmine Giovinazzo as Danny Messer
- Hill Harper as Sheldon Hawkes
- Eddie Cahill as Don Flack
- Vanessa Ferlito as Aiden Burn
Guest Cast Edit
- Michael B. Silver as EMT
- Greg Davis, Jr. as Terrell Davenport
- De'Angelo Wilson as Lamar Adams
- David Barrera as Jose Figueroa
- Laurence N. Kaldor as Frank Hertzberg
- Jacob Vargas as Luis Torres
- Denice J. Sealy as Raquel Trinidad
- Sean Shanks as Jared Perkins
- Kristen Shaw as Deirdre Hertzberg
- Paul Perri as Joe Garford
- Patrick Bauchau as Dr. Willems
- Leticia Castillo as Octavia Figueroa
- "Senseless" by Kenny Inglis.
- "Word Up" by Gun.
Danny: Criminals are like animals. You leave tracks. We follow them.
- This episode received a Golden Reel nomination for the "Best Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement for the Short Form" category.
- Danny is second grade in the promotion grid and leads a case.