Season 9
Number 5
Writer John Dove
Director Nathan Hope
Original Airdate October 26, 2012
Previous Episode: Unspoken
Next Episode: The Lady in the Lake

Misconceptions is the fifth episode in Season Nine of CSI: NY.


Mac investigates a 20-year-old case involving a missing boy when the prime suspect is found murdered on the anniversary of the boy’s disappearance. Meanwhile, Flack’s day off helps him deal with some lingering family issues that lead to a big action, and Mac confronts Jo about meddling in his personal life.


Tommy Lewis went missing exactly 20 years ago while walking his dog in his close-knit neighborhood, and the community is rocked once again when the prime suspect from 1992, Keith Milner, is found dead in the nearby park. There are plenty of people in the neighborhood who want Milner dead, and Tommy’s mother April is afraid that her husband, Nathan, is the one responsible. He called his wife from a bar, telling her that he saw Milner and hurt the man. They track Nathan’s cell phone to a cemetery, and they find him passed out next to Tommy’s empty grave. He remembers punching Milner, but he doesn’t know if he killed him.

Milner’s wife, Emma, comes to identify his body. She never believed that he was capable of killing Tommy, and she insists that he wasn’t the man people thought he was back then. Emma is pregnant, and Milner wanted to deal with the ghosts from his past before he became a father. According to his journal, he came to New York to convince Tommy’s real killer to confess.

Trace from the mortal wound on Milner’s neck contains green mold, green nettle, microcrystalline wax and paraffin; this strange combination of materials leads Hawkes to Flaming Nettle Gouda, a rare type of cheese that is sold at Mitch Ventri’s deli. Ventri was the last person who saw Tommy alive 20 years ago. He lured Tommy into the basement of the deli and killed him when he tried to call for help. Milner saw what happened, but no one believed the young troublemaker’s accusations against a respected member of the community.

Milner confronted Ventri in the park, urging him to tell the truth. Ventri panicked, slashing the other man’s throat with a box cutter. Now that the truth is out, Ventri reveals the location of Tommy’s body, and Mac is able to give the boy’s parents some closure.


Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

  • Natalie Martinez as Jamie Lovato
  • Megan Dodds as Christine Whitney
  • Kathleen Munroe as Samantha Flack
  • Luc Austin as Young Don Flack
  • Austin Kane as Tommy Lewis
  • Meredith Monroe as April Lewis
  • Alex Carter as Nathan Lewis
  • Jamie McShane as Mitch Ventri
    • Michael Antonacci as Young Mitch Ventri
  • Zack Ward as Keith Milner
  • Brooklyn McLinn as Tony Davis
  • Elaine Kagan as Irene Flack
  • Len Cordova as Donald Flack, Sr.
  • Karina Logue as Emma Milner
  • Garsha Arristos as Detective
  • Pete Monaco as Shoe Store Owner


  • Jamie McShane, who plays Mitch Ventri in this episode, is known to fans of the franchise for playing years later the main villain of CSI: Vegas, Anson Wix.

See Also[]

CSI:NY Season 9
ReignitedWhere There's Smoke...2,918 MilesUnspokenMisconceptionsThe Lady in the LakeClue: SILate AdmissionsBlood OutThe Real McCoyCommand+PCivilized LiesNine ThirteenWhite GoldSeth and ApepBlood ActuallyToday is Life