Where There's Smoke...
Season 9
Number 2
Writer Adam Targum,
Sarah Byrd
Director Skipp Sudduth
Original Airdate October 5, 2012
Previous Episode: Reignited
Next Episode: 2,918 Miles

Where There's Smoke... is the second episode in Season Nine of CSI: NY.


The CSIs rush to stop serial arsonist Leonard Brooks after he begins using fire against people from his dark past.


Rita Lowman is trapped in an elevator, looking up with terror as fire springs to life on the ceiling. She is broiled alive by the heat. Security footage shows that convicted arsonist Leonard Brooks is behind the fire, and they head to his apartment to find it empty. The press is describing Brooks as a monster who killed an innocent woman, but he calls Mac to disagree with what they’re saying—he doesn’t deny being a monster himself, but he claims that his victim was not innocent.

Later, in the park, Jimmy Clark eats a sandwich and takes a drink of water before collapsing on the ground while Brooks watches. At first, it seems like the man had a heart attack, but in reality he was burned from the inside out. Brooks put cesium in the mayonnaise on his sandwich, which mixed with the man’s water to create a chemical reaction that gives off intense heat. The burning substance made its way down his esophagus and into his stomach, where it mixed with his stomach acid and caught fire.

Rita Lowman is an alias, and the woman’s real name is Jennifer Brooks—she’s Leonard’s mother. Jimmy was his foster brother, and they both beat him as a child. The team tracks Brooks down to a hospital where his mother used to work, locating him in time to save his foster sister Rachel from meeting a horrific fate.


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  • The story that Leonard Brooks is reading is Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis. An interesting short story about a guy that changes into a large, monstrous insect-like creature. The title in German is Die Verwandlung, also sometimes translated as The Transformation.

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