CSI: NY: Season 5, Episode 19

Communication Breakdown (25 Mar. 2009)

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CSI tries to figure who is responsible for the death of the chief of a Native American tribe that was one of the original inhabitants of Manhattan.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Monroe (credit only)
Adam Ross (as AJ Buckley)
Amos Delaware
I.T. Guy / Liam Connover
Leila Vara
Gahee Paik
Finn Wexford
Bulgarian Man (as Filip Ivanov)


CSI tries to figure who is responsible for the death of the chief of a Native American tribe that was one of the original inhabitants of Manhattan.

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In the first and last shots of the screen on which Stella is viewing the pages of Amos Delaware's journal, the left side of the screen is showing the journal script (Canadian Aboriginal script) and the right side is showing a layout of the Cherokee syllabic alphabet. The Cherokee script was invented around 1810 by Sequoyah, who, while not able to read any of the European languages brought to America, had access to books printed in English, Latin and Greek, so that some symbols resemble letters from those languages but with different sound values (for example, 'S' = 'du', 'Z' = 'no' and a Greek upper case gamma = 'hu'). Sequoyah spent twelve years refining his system, and by 1828 there were newspapers and books being printed in Cherokee. It can be seen in use today in parts of Oklahoma and North Carolina. See more »


The inhabitants of Manhattan at the time of European arrival were the Lenape. The Montequans are an invention of the writers. See more »


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Ancient NY History
3 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A man is accidentally shot and killed on a commuter train and the team tries to piece together what happened and why.

The story behind it all, we discover, goes back to a near-extinct Indian tribe which used to own considerable property in New York City and one man's attempt to keep his heritage alive. The attempt does not go well.

In all, it's okay but nothing special, episode-wise, no real suspense. The case is kind of blah, although we do learn of a unique way on how to kill a human or an animal. That part is very interesting.

As it progresses, we get the usual suspects who act obnoxious, but are not guilty.

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