The Closer
The Closer
Season 1
Number 22
Writer Pam Veasey
Director Emilio Estevez
Original Airdate May 11, 2005
Previous Episode: On the Job
Next Episode: What You See Is What You See

The Closer is the twenty two episode in Season One of CSI: NY.


The team examines the murder of an avid Boston Red Sox fan found dead with a ruptured spleen following a tough loss against the New York Yankees. Danny must put his baseball skills to the test to piece together the evidence as the CSIs try to find out how and why he was murdered. Meanwhile, after testifying in a murder trial, Mac is confronted by the defendant, Quinn Sullivan, who questions the validity of the evidence. Mac is torn between trusting science or his desire to help a man facing jail time who swears he's innocent. Also, when a truck kills a scantily clad woman early one morning, the team investigates why she was running through the streets and from whom.


A young woman, Margo Trent, runs frantically out into the street only to get hit by a truck. Detective Flack questions the truck driver afterwards, and the man claims the woman came out of nowhere. At the scene, Mac and Stella notice she's not wearing any shoes or coat, and Stella notices bruises on her wrists. Flack tells the CSIs the driver was sober and only going 20 miles per hour when he hit Margo. Mac confirms this when he finds a mark on the speedometer. At the morgue, Dr. Hawkes is able to confirm that Margo was indeed killed by the truck, meaning the case is no longer classified as a homicide and can be turned over to Flack. Hawkes does point out semen on Margo's leg, indicating she recently had sex. Moments after she closes the book on Margo's case, Stella is called to another scene.

Gilbert Novotny is dead in his car outside a baseball stadium after a Boston/New York game. Gilbert is from Boston and is decked out in his team's colors. Stella notes that he's been dead at least twelve hours and Danny comments that Boston won the previous game. Stella notices the man had a nose bleed at some point before he died, and Danny finds an official major league baseball with mud on it, indicating that it was used in the game. Stella pulls a brown hair from the ball as evidence. Danny and Aiden go to the stands where Novotny sat, Danny mentioning that he was a shortstop before a wrist injury from a fight sidelined him. The CSIs examine the seating area and Danny finds blood near Novotny's seat, indicating his nosebleed happened in the stadium.

Mac gets a call from Quinn Sullivan, the defendant in a murder case. Mac found a bloody hammer with DNA from both Sullivan and the victim, Alissa Danville, on it, but Quinn insists to Mac over the phone that he did not kill Alissa. Dr. Hawkes tells Stella and Danny that Gilbert Novotny was hit with something that broke his rib and ruptured his spleen, causing him to bleed to death. Hawkes finds something small and white in Novotny's hair and he hands it over to Danny, who takes it to the lab and determines it's a Cracker Jack. Stella takes it to Jane for DNA testing, but Jane has some surprising news: the hair on Novotny's baseball belongs to none other than Margo Trent, the woman who was struck by the truck and killed.

The CSIs try to connect the victims: Gilbert is a factory worker and Margo is a sports agent, making a professional connection unlikely. Footage from the game sheds light on the connection: Margo was standing next to Gilbert at one point, and her hair got caught in the ball he caught at the game. After Mac sends Danny and Aiden off to look into Gilbert Novotny's history, Stella asks him in Greek what's bothering him. When she repeats her question in English, he tells her about Quinn Sullivan's phone call. Stella recalls working the case with him and recalls his DNA being on the handle. She tells him they don't make mistakes, but Mac is unconvinced.

Flack and Stella go to Margo's apartment where they discover the bathroom window open and conclude that she must have fled the apartment that way. None of the other tenants recall seeing her with anyone else the night she died. Bryce Sweet, a fellow sports agent, was with Margo the night she died; it was his semen the CSIs found on her leg. But while Bryce confesses they fought over a client Margo stole from him, he tells them it's just part of the business he and Margo are involved in, and that they had sex in the bathroom afterwards. When Stella asks him for an alibi, he names his wife as his.

While Mac is going back over evidence from Quinn Sullivan's case, Aiden tells Danny that Gilbert won his ticket from a New York radio station, WNYD. The CSIs play a recording of the show and hear Gilbert call the announcer, Rico Savalas, to brag about Boston. Another caller, Tony, got into it with him and Rico awarded them both tickets and told them to deal with it at the game. The CSIs bring Rico in and Danny scolds him for trying to rile up the fans. The DNA on the Cracker Jack came back a match to one Anthony Reanetti, and the CSIs suspect he's their mystery caller. Danny and Aiden track him down but he runs, forcing Danny to chase him. When they question him, he admits to running because he hadn't been to see his parole officer lately. Danny and Aiden question him about Gilbert's death, and while he admits getting into a fight with the man, he says he was kicked out of the stadium for fighting and was on the subway when Gilbert was killed.

Mac goes to see Quinn Sullivan at jail, and the man reiterates that he didn't kill Alissa. When Mac again presents the evidence of the hammer, Quinn hesitantly admits that it was in fact his hammer, something he'd initially denied. When Mac asks him why he would deny the hammer was his initially, Quinn admits that he worried about claiming it as his because as a tall, powerful African American man, he worried that he fit the profile of the kind of perpetrator he assumed the police would be looking for. Mac admits the news changes everything. Stella tracks Mac down in a diner and confronts him about going to see Sullivan. When he tells her what he's learned, she admits that they might have drawn different conclusions if they'd had that information. Mac admits that he's impressed by the sincerity in Quinn's eyes, but that he's still haunted by the injustice of Claire's death in 9/11 and his powerlessness in the face of it. If he has a chance to right a wrong, he wants to take it.

Dr. Hawkes tells Mac, Danny and Aiden that Gilbert's wound was caused by a baseball. He shows them the pattern of laces on Gilbert's chest and hypothesizes that the ball was thrown from less than fifty feet away. Mac decides to test a theory and puts Danny's skills as a pitcher to the test, trying to figure out how fast the ball would have to be thrown to break a man's ribs. Danny pitches 82 miles per hour but fails to break the door Mac has set up, so Mac brings in a pitching machine, which breaks the door at 94 mph. Mac then turns back to the Sullivan case, testing the hammer using laser microdissection, which separates out the blood and the epithelials on the hammer. Mac discovers Sullivan was telling the truth: his epithelials are on the hammer, but his blood is not. Mac asks the prosecutor on the case to call him as a rebuttal witness, but the man refuses despite Mac's insistence that he's required by law to turn the evidence over to the defense.

The CSIs turn back to the bleacher footage of the baseball game and discover a man, Ruben DeRosa, standing between Margo and Gilbert at one point, and he appears to be glaring at Gilbert. Stella and Danny track him down, and Ruben tells them he was with Margo, who was considering signing him. Danny is convinced he won't give them any DNA, so he cleverly leaps into the stands and catches one of Ruben's baseballs after he goes back to practice. Jane runs the tests and connects Ruben to both Margo's apartment and the ball that killed Gilbert. Stella and Danny have him brought in. When told about Gilbert's death, he claims it was an accident: he was enraged when Gilbert kissed him after the Sox declared victory, and when he ran into him in the parking lot, Gilbert taunted him, so Ruben grabbed his ball and threw it into his abdomen. He went home with Margo, who made fun of him, too, causing him to lose it and slap her around. Margo ran into the bathroom and out the window to escape him.

Sullivan's defense attorney calls Mac to the stand and the CSI testifies about the evidence retest. Sullivan is released and Mac is waiting for him when he gets out. Sullivan asks Mac why he believed him and Mac says that it was simply because Sullivan told him the truth. Mac says CSIs approach evidence without a bias but in this case, Mac wanted the evidence to be wrong. He admits he liked the possibility of changing everything.


Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

  • Sonya Walger as Jane Parsons
  • Michael Clarke Duncan as Quinn Sullivan
  • Raphael Sbarge as District Attorney Latham
  • Kathryn Harrold as Judge Beverly Fulton
  • Petros Papadakis as Rico Savalas
  • Amaury Nolasco as Ruben DeRosa
  • Danielle Burgio as Margo Trent
  • Jason Cerbone as Tony Reanetti
  • Andrew Bowen as Bryce Sweet
  • Marty Yost as Gilbert Novotny
  • Brian Jay as Stuart Ashton
  • Gina Doctor as Tech
  • Dan Kruse as Attorney
  • Danielle McKee as Lab Tech


  • The late Michael Clarke Duncan, who starred in "The Green Mile," was a special guest star as Quinn Sullivan in this episode. Gary Sinise had a one-scene cameo in that film as Duncan's lawyer.
  • It's revealed that Danny had dreams of playing professional ball in the majors until he broke his wrist during a fight. This resulted in him joining the police academy and graduating top of his class.

See Also[]

CSI:NY Season 1
BlinkCreatures of the NightAmerican DreamersGrand MasterA Man a MileOutside ManRainThree Generations are EnoughOfficer BlueNight, MotherTri-BoroughRecyclingTanglewoodBlood, Sweat & Tears'Til Death Do We PartHushThe FallThe Dove CommissionCrime & MisdemeanorSupply and DemandOn the JobThe CloserWhat You See Is What You See