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Adam Ross (Character)
from "CSI: NY" (2004)

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"CSI: NY: Can You Hear Me Now? (#4.1)" (2007)
Detective Lindsay Monroe: [on the phone] Hi, I'm calling from the Office of Unemployment.
Adam Ross: [answering half awake, in his apartment] Oh, Lindsay. Hey.
Detective Lindsay Monroe: Word is that Denny's is looking to hire some awkward scientists.
Adam Ross: [jumping up] I-I'm already halfway there. Okay.
Detective Lindsay Monroe: It's a big case, Adam. It's the Statue of Liberty. It's all over the news. We've got alot of work to do. This is top priority and Mac is back in town. Get your little ass to work!

Adam Ross: [trying to wake her] Uh, Kendall. Hey, uh, wake up. We're late for work. We got- we gotta get up. we're late for work.
Kendall Novak: [suddenly alert about their lack of clothing] Did we? We didn't?
Adam Ross: Oh no, no no. I mean, I- I mean I wish it was yes yes ys. But sadly, no.
Kendall Novak: Okay. Ten more minutes.
Adam Ross: [pulling her from the coach] No, no, no. No more minutes. Okay, come one. Get up, get up. Come on, let's go. Up, up. Let's go. We must fight crime.

Kendall Novak: [about their evidence] Using an ocular micrometer, I was able to determine the diameter of the wire's 18 gauge. That's typically used in higher notes. Using the contact points, plating separation and an average applied tension of 67 pounds, I was able to figure out what note it is.
Adam Ross: You know what note it is?
Kendall Novak: Yeah. It's an A.

"CSI: NY: Some Buried Bones (#3.15)" (2007)
Adam Ross: Turns out our suspect is not as spooky as she wants us to believe. I mean, come on, if this was a real ectoplasm, what's it doing shopping? Unless it's, like, the spirit of Imelda Marcos, but I don't even think she's dead.

Detective Mac Taylor: [Finding out a pen was filled with blood instead of ink] Who writes in blood?
Adam Ross: Lawyers, college loan administrators...

Adam Ross: [Watching survelliance of the suspect] I can tell she's got a bully in her life. Check that out. Look how she flinched when a customer raised his hand.
Detective Danny Messer: Could be too much coffee.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Or a sign of abuse, and withdrawal like that is a classic symptom of PTSD.
Detective Danny Messer: [to Adam] How'd you know that?
Adam Ross: Huh, uh, uh, my, uh, my dad was a bully.

"CSI: NY: The Party's Over (#5.15)" (2009)
Adam Ross: [Stella has just suggested Jake could have killed his father] Come on, Stella, he's a small thirteen year old boy. There is no way that he's strong enough to strangle an adult.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Closing off the two carotid artries stops blood flow to the brain. That takes a matter of seconds and very little pressure, Adam. It's about the position of the ligiture not the force behind it. And since science puts Jake with our vic at time of death...
Adam Ross: [Hesitant] Jake could have murdered his father.

Adam Ross: You get the thoughts, right? The bad ones that race in your head and you can't make them stop. You try and block them out and think about something else, but uh, doesn't work. So you, uh, you come up with these rituals. Just these little things that make yourself feel better. Counting, washing, unplugging things, pulling out your eyelashes.
Jake Kaplan: I, I thought I was...
Adam Ross: Thought you were a freak?
[Jake nods]
Adam Ross: Yeah, it's not your fault, Jake, okay? It's your brain and it's just playing tricks on you. It's called OCD and a lot of people have it.
Jake Kaplan: How do you know so much?
Adam Ross: Some of it's science. Hm, let me guess, your, uh, your dad just didn't understand what you were doing, right? Why you always had to check things.
Jake Kaplan: I had to 'cause if I didn't...
Adam Ross: Then you thought something bad was going to happen, I know.
Jake Kaplan: I had to keep him safe.
Adam Ross: So this all started after your mom died, right? The thoughts, the checking. Now, you see, OCD is usually triggered when something bad happens.
Jake Kaplan: I went up there 'cause, I just, I didn't want to go to the party and talk to all those people, but he found me. He made me so angry.
Adam Ross: The blank tile. That was the last game you played with your mom, right?
Jake Kaplan: She, she told me, she, she said the blank was me because it could be anything. I, I could be anything.
Adam Ross: She believed in you.
Jake Kaplan: Yeah. Then she went away. Sometimes, he was really mean, but I loved my dad.
Adam Ross: I know you did.
Jake Kaplan: I'm sorry. What's gonna happen to me?
Adam Ross: [Crying] You're gonna go away for a while, Jake.

Detective Stella Bonasera: Hey Adam, you'll be alright?
Adam Ross: Yeah, uh, you know, nothing that a slice and some Guitar Hero can't fix.
Detective Stella Bonasera: [pauses] Okay, see you tomorrow.
Adam Ross: Night.
[Turns and walks away. Stella is about to call out to him but doesn't and returns inside]

"CSI: NY: Consequences (#3.8)" (2006)
Adam Ross: Hey guys.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Adam.
Adam Ross: Hey Danny, you remember that rust stuff you found in the alley?
Detective Danny Messer: Rust stuff? Rust stuff? You respect the time it took me to collect that, at least call it "trace."
Adam Ross: Okay. Contained traces of molasses and non-human blood. Bear blood to be exact.
Detective Stella Bonasera: What?
Adam Ross: North American Grizzly Bear. But, but there's more. The blood on this rock is a match to Cyrus Menlo, but it's also a match to the blood found on these leaves.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Both human blood, right?
Adam Ross: Right.
[Holds the two leaves up]
Adam Ross: But you put them together like this and shazam.
Detective Danny Messer: You got one leaf - with a hole in the middle of it.
Adam Ross: A hole probably made from a spike or something with a jagged edge. Right, huh, you see where I'm going here?
Detective Stella Bonasera: Bear blood, molasses, leaves with human blood on them, a spike and a jagged edge, you're talking bear traps.
Adam Ross: Yes, you win the washer and dryer.
Detective Danny Messer: Whoa, whoa, whoa, help me out here. You're telling me Cyrus Menlo was caught in a bear trap?
Adam Ross: Yeah.
Detective Danny Messer: You're crazy.
Adam Ross: It's the only conclusion we can arrive at with this evidence.
Detective Danny Messer: So Tanaka sets the bear trap, leads Cyrus Menlo down the alley, Tanaka goes into the warehouse...
Adam Ross: - Bang bang, Tanaka gets shot. Cyrus walks out, steps in the trap while Tanaka bleeds to death inside the warehouse. Moral of the story, alright: stick with bowling. What up?
[He and Danny fist bump]

Adam Ross: Check this out.
[He puts a slide under the microscope]
Adam Ross: Alright, look, look. It's a piece of the moon. A moon rock. Yeah, this rock is, is from the moon.
Detective Danny Messer: From the moon?
Adam Ross: Outer space.
Detective Danny Messer: Get outta here. Wow. How did a piece of the moon end up in the alley?
Adam Ross: I-I don't know. This stuff is illegal to have and somebody went through a lot of trouble to get it. I mean I've seen this stuff listed on eBay before, you know, and most of it isn't real, but if it is short of going to the moon they would have had to steal from NASA.
Detective Danny Messer: Something happened in that alley and I don't think it had anything to do with what happened in the warehouse.

"CSI: NY: Unfriendly Chat (#7.2)" (2010)
[Adam has witnessed a murder over the internet]
Detective Mac Taylor: You're certain what you saw was real?
Adam Ross: [nodding] I saw a man in black walk up behind a beautiful woman and choke the life right out of her. I've never seen anyone get murdered before... until tonight.

Jo Danville: You're being ridiculous.
Adam Ross: What?
Jo Danville: You deal with death every day. This case is no different. Man up!
Adam Ross: Are-are you kidding me? Jo, I-I saw this girl alive. She's not just another dead body on the slab to me.
[realization dawns on Adam]
Adam Ross: Oh, no. You... did you just do that so I'd spill my guts? Oh, damn it!
Jo Danville: Sorry, Adam. You can't keep your feelings bottled up. Contents may explode under pressure.

"CSI: NY: Indelible (#8.1)" (2011)
Adam Ross: I slept through it.
Lindsay Monroe Messer: Through what?
Adam Ross: 9/11. Yeah. I've actually never told anybody that before. Just... too embarrassed, you know? And everybody always asks me, you know, "Where were you?" And... I would lie. You know, I'd tell them that I was on the way to class, and I saw the news in the TV screen of some diner I was passing by. And when the towers came down, I was... on the roof of a building of NYU. I just couldn't believe my eyes. And... the truth is, I was asleep. You know, I went out the night before with a couple of my buddies, and we had a few too many drinks, and I didn't wake up 'till after 2:00. And by then, the entire world had changed.

Adam Ross: I need your signature on this, boss.
Jo Danville: I told you not to call me that.
Adam Ross: Well, whose signature do I need at the bottom of this report?
Jo Danville: Mine.
Adam Ross: Then you're the boss.
Jo Danville: Interim boss.
Adam Ross: I'm not gonna call you "interim boss".

"CSI: NY: Open and Shut (#3.6)" (2006)
Detective Mac Taylor: You got anything on the railing?
Adam Ross: That's a joke, right?
Detective Mac Taylor: Call it wishful thinking.
Adam Ross: Huh, it's got more trace on it than a public restroom. Actually I have no idea what I'm looking for here.
Detective Mac Taylor: Sometimes you don't know what you're looking for until you find it.
[a tech hands him a folder]
Detective Mac Taylor: Thank you.
[He opens it]
Detective Mac Taylor: Our photographer's prints didn't match the print we found on the vic. We got a hit on someone else. See if you can put her on the railing.
Adam Ross: [Reads the folder] Mandi Foster? Oh, oh, I love Mandi Foster.
[Mac smiles and leaves]

Adam Ross: The blue markers represent your biologicals: baby spit up, semen, ecoli bacteria, saliva.
Detective Mac Taylor: Not all from the same person I hope.
Adam Ross: According to the DNA results, ding-ding-ding you are correct.

"CSI: NY: Enough (#5.6)" (2008)
Adam Ross: [Adam is waiting in Mac's office when he enters] Was it, um, the paper airplanes or, or the dancing? It was the dancing, wasn't it? I mean, I, I, don't have to dance and look I know I say "What up" a lot and I'll definitely limit the number of times that I say it, but you just need to tell me, Boss, what I need to do and what I don't need to do and I'll do it or I won't do it, you know, 'cause this...
Detective Mac Taylor: [interrupting] Adam, Adam, take a breath. What are you talking about?
Adam Ross: You don't know?
Detective Mac Taylor: Know what?
Adam Ross: Um, you're letting me go.
[Hands Mac a paper]
Adam Ross: In a month. I got one month left. You don't happen to know anyone who's looking for a dedicated yet quirky yet, uh, devastatingly handsome lab geek, do ya? 'Cause I could...
Detective Mac Taylor: This isn't about your job performance, Adam. I knew there'd be cuts. You're just a low man on the totem pole carved by people trying to justify their jobs.
Adam Ross: For what it's worth, sir, it means a lot knowing that the decision didn't come from you.
Detective Mac Taylor: You're not going anywhere. I'll take care of this. Go back to work.

"CSI: NY: Not What It Looks Like (#3.2)" (2006)
Adam Ross: [to Mac] You were born to do this work.
[Mac laughs]

"CSI: NY: Turbulence (#5.3)" (2008)
Detective Mac Taylor: What about the waste tank? The weapon could have been flushed.
Adam Ross: Uh... oh, you want me to process the toilets?
Detective Mac Taylor: You asked for more field work, Adam.
[Pats Adam on the shoulder]
Detective Mac Taylor: Get to it.
Adam Ross: Uh... oh... I hate poop.

"CSI: NY: Grounds for Deception (#5.24)" (2009)
Detective Danny Messer: [to Lindsay] How's Lucy?
Detective Lindsay Monroe: She's great.
[pointing across to room across the hall]
Detective Lindsay Monroe: Her first visit to the lab is a big hit.
[close up of people playing with and fussing over Lucy]
Detective Danny Messer: What uh, what's Blake doing in there?
Detective Lindsay Monroe: Oh, he's so good with babies. She adores him.
Detective Danny Messer: No. She doesn't adore him. The only man in her life is me.
Detective Lindsay Monroe: Oh...
Detective Danny Messer: Hey, buddy!
[knocks on glass wall]
Detective Danny Messer: [to Blake] Don't you have some DNA to look at?
[Lindsay chuckles in the background]
Adam Ross: [Danny starts heading across the hall] Watch out, Blake, here comes daddy!

"CSI: NY: Crushed (#8.7)" (2011)
Sheldon Hawkes: Okay, so given the hair and the emptied jewelry box, we're thinking the bedroom was the primary crime scene.
Mac Taylor: Which makes the thief our prime suspect.
Danny Messer: This guy goes around to parties that explode on the internet. He cleans out their valuables and he leaves behind these hashtags. The riot at the apartment building in the East Village last year - he was there. Viral party in Murray Hill...
Mac Taylor: Where the invite got hacked and went out to 10,000 kids?
Danny Messer: 1,000 showed up. He got in, stole half the family's art collection. Nobody saw a thing. Cocky son of a bitch thinks he's smarter than we are.
Sheldon Hawkes: Yeah, well let's hope he's not. I'm on his blog, Words R Dead. "Hemingway would starve today", "You can't get published anymore because nobody reads."
Mac Taylor: So he's a frustrated writer stealing to pay rent?
Sheldon Hawkes: He left his calling card; maybe he's stealing to get fame.
Mac Taylor: But Libby walked in on him. If he got caught, he could kiss his viral fifteen minutes goodbye.
Sheldon Hawkes: He's been leaving these tags all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. What, somebody has to die before we get the guy?
Mac Taylor: All the precincts probably weren't communicating and didn't connect the dots. On their to-do list, I'm sure. Plus, we have Adam.
Adam Ross: [entering] Found him!
Mac Taylor: See?

"CSI: NY: And Here's to You, Mrs. Azrael (#3.9)" (2006)
Dr. Sheldon Hawkes: What are you working on?
Adam Ross: Oh just some trace that Sid found in the crease of our vic's mouth. Mac asked me to I.D. it.
Dr. Sheldon Hawkes: Mind if I take a look?
Adam Ross: Oh, please, knock yourself out.
Dr. Sheldon Hawkes: [Looks at the slide] Are you kidding me?
Adam Ross: It's krill. Pelagic, shrimp-like crustacean of the family Euphuasiid.
Dr. Sheldon Hawkes: How did it get in our vic's mouth?
Adam Ross: I'm working on that. See, krill is one of the main ingredients used in salt water fish food.
Dr. Sheldon Hawkes: There's an aquarium in the visitor's lounge at the hospital. Nice.
[He punches Adam in the chest]
Adam Ross: [Rubbing his chest] Ow.

"CSI: NY: One Wedding and a Funeral (#4.9)" (2007)
[Mac notices the missing pieces in the puzzles sent to Stella]
Detective Mac Taylor: That's the Riverton building. That was my first crime scene.
Adam Ross: No way.
Detective Mac Taylor: This way my first New York apartment. This to scale?
Adam Ross: Uh, y-yeah. As-as far as I can tell.
Detective Mac Taylor: This high-rise should be much taller in relation to the Chrysler Building.
Adam Ross: How could you possibly know that?
Detective Mac Taylor: I got engaged on that roof. This puzzle's about my life.

"CSI: NY: My Name Is Mac Taylor (#5.8)" (2008)
Detective Stella Bonasera: Hey.
Adam Ross: Hey.
Detective Stella Bonasera: What are you still doing here?
Adam Ross: Oh, some friends of mine stood me up for pizza so just down on top of things, ya know.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Mind if I join you?
Adam Ross: Oh, no, no, please.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Okay, so what do we got? That doesn't look like work.
Adam Ross: It really isn't. I was just curious. You know there are three Sheldon Hawkes in New York state and there are ten Danny Messers.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Ten?
Adam Ross: Yeah.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Don't tell Danny that.
Adam Ross: There's also another six Adam Rosses and there's eighteen in New York state. I was just sitting here wondering, you know, what do they look like or what kind of lives do they live, you know?
Detective Stella Bonasera: Alright, what about me?
Adam Ross: Uh, Stella Bonasera. There's only one.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Trust me, that's enough. Let's try Sid.
Detective Stella Bonasera: It's a ninety-year-old woman.
Adam Ross: [laughs] I think he was named after his mother.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Alright, Don Flack.
Adam Ross: Don Flack.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Oh, six.
Adam Ross: Wow, six Don Flacks.
Detective Stella Bonasera: Six.
Adam Ross: I like that name. Don Flack.
[Deep voice]
Adam Ross: Detective Don Flack.

"CSI: NY: Fare Game (#2.15)" (2006)
Adam Ross: The penal code is his personal to-do list. You name a section and he's violated it.

"CSI: NY: Snow Day (#3.24)" (2007)
Adam Ross: [Don Flack is about to shoot two masked men whose hands are duct taped to a gun. He doesn't realize that they are cops] No no no! Don't shoot them! Don't, they're cops, see... they're cops... do you see them?

"CSI: NY: Sláinte (#8.16)" (2012)
Det. Mac Taylor: Adam, you do know this is a smoke-free facility?
Adam Ross: I wouldn't dare to break the rules, boss.
Det. Mac Taylor: So what's this got to do with our case?
Adam Ross: How much do you think a carton of cigarettes goes for in the city?
Det. Mac Taylor: Last I heard, about $130.
Adam Ross: Not cheap, so if you ain't got the cash, you got to find a cheaper alternative. What do I got here?
Det. Mac Taylor: Two packs of cigarettes.
Adam Ross: Mm-hmm. Now, when the fire department was putting out the delivery truck, the majority of the cargo got wet, and I noticed something. This is from a pack I bought downstairs. Nothing. This is a cigarette from the van.
Det. Mac Taylor: Three black lines. Cheap glue. Zorlov was delivering counterfeit cigarettes.
Adam Ross: Exactly.
Det. Mac Taylor: One of the most lucrative rackets in New York. More profitable than selling heroin or cocaine. You make fake cigarettes for sixty bucks a carton, you sell them to a local shop for $90, they turn around and sell them for $110.
Adam Ross: Impressive profit. Product's in high demand, you can sell it in the wide open, and no one's the wiser.
Det. Mac Taylor: Which is why the local shop owners like Byrne are so important. They sell the fakes. Without them, there's no racket.

"CSI: NY: Super Men (#2.19)" (2006)
Adam Ross: That glass that Dr. Hawkes pulled from our John Doe... it tested positive for Krypton.
Det. Mac Taylor: Krypton?
Adam Ross: Kryptonite was Superman's only weakness.
Det. Stella Bonasera: Well, that explains everything.

"CSI: NY: Clean Sweep (#8.10)" (2012)
Adam Ross: Mac. Look, I know I've called you a genius before, but this time, I really mean it.
Mac Taylor: Why is that?
Adam Ross: Ryan Richards tried to contact his wife.
Mac Taylor: How?
Adam Ross: As you expected, he's smart enough to know that we'd be monitoring phone calls and e-mails, so he tried a more antiquated form of communication.
Mac Taylor: The U.S. Postal Service.

"CSI: NY: Near Death (#8.18)" (2012)
Adam Ross: [Mac has been shot] We're gonna get this person.
Lindsay Monroe Messer: We say that all the time. Trying to reassure family and friends, make them feel better. Now I hear it... and it doesn't do anything to ease the pain. Not one bit. And I will never say that to another survivor again.

"CSI: NY: Obsession (#3.13)" (2007)
Detective Danny Messer: Stop shivering like a girl, Adam. It's not even that cold out here.
Adam Ross: I'm from Phoenix. 85 degrees is considered freezing.

"CSI: NY: Risk (#2.13)" (2006)
Adam Ross: Strange case, you know. Bar nuts, shark tooth, tropical fish.
Detective Mac Taylor: Beta Splendon. Or Siamese Fighting Fish, to be exact. The brilliant colors are exclusive to males. Males in the same tank will kill each other.
Adam Ross: Ironic.
Detective Mac Taylor: No. Wild Wild Wet.
Adam Ross: [laughs] Whoa. That's a very hip, very salacious Manhattan club. It just kind of popped in your head like that?
Detective Mac Taylor: And your point?
Adam Ross: [flustered] Well... well I just - just didn't think that you would just...
Detective Mac Taylor: The bar's over on Broadway near Chelsea University, Fighting Fish on every table. It's a short train ride from where Randy Williams was found.
Adam Ross: [impressed] Ah you're the man, you can hang anywhere you want, huh?
Detective Mac Taylor: I was at the scene of a crime, Adam. The bouncers went a little overboard, ended up killing some kid from Staten Island. Shrimp cocktail is fantastic. Get me something more on that tooth.
[Mac leaves]
Adam Ross: [nods] I like shrimp.

"CSI: NY: Oedipus Hex (#3.5)" (2006)
Detective Danny Messer: [Finds a design on the victim's underwear] SG? What the hell does that stand for?
Adam Ross: I know what SG stands for. Yeah, I, uh, used to date one of them and uh, phew, yeah she kind of broke my heart. It was a long time ago.
Detective Danny Messer: Nevermind, nevermind. What's this mean?
Adam Ross: Oh, uh, she's a Suicide Girl.

"CSI: NY: To What End? (#7.11)" (2011)
Adam Ross: [on the phone] How do you know I'm calling from the crime lab? I, uh... do you not have caller ID, sir? Okay, well listen, perhaps my...
[getting frustrated]
Adam Ross: Fine! You got me, okay? I work at the New York City crime lab, but I moonlight as a criminal specializing in clown identity theft. And my next caper, okay? Is gonna be to defraud the entire clown industry as Jumbo the Clown.