CSI: NY (2004–2013)
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Like Water for Murder 

The bodies of two female real estate agents are found on a beach. When the m.o. ties the murders to a third murder from months earlier, CSI goes on a hunt to find the killer before he strikes again.


Anthony Hemingway


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sinise ... Mac Taylor
Melina Kanakaredes ... Stella Bonasera
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Danny Messer
Anna Belknap ... Lindsay Monroe
Hill Harper ... Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill ... Don Flack
Robert Joy ... Sid Hammerback
Kyle Gallner ... Reed Garrett
Todd Cahoon ... Matt Cooper
Kristen Dalton ... Quinn Shelby
Theo Alexander ... Charles Kohl (as Theodore Zoumpoulidis)
Kelly Bellini ... Chrissy Watson
Esther Marie Esther Marie ... P.J. Davis
Breanne Racano Ferrara ... Jessica Hughes (as Breanne Racano)
Sigmund Watkins Sigmund Watkins ... Tim Campbell


When the bodies of a nine foot tiger shark and a woman both wash ashore in Rockaway beach, a twisted trail of evidence not only explains how they both got there, but ultimately reveals a much more frightening menace-- a Killer Cab Driver leaving a bloody trail on the streets of Manhattan. Written by Anonymous

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The episode title is an allusion to the book Like Water for Chocolat by Laura Esquivel. The book is about Tita De la Garza, a young Mexican woman whose family's kitchen becomes her world after her mother forbids her to marry the man she loves. See more »


When Sid examines the shark victim, "nude underwear" is twice clearly seen covering her pubic region. See more »


Reed Garrett: [Yelling to mac from a crowd] Hey Mac! Mac!
Detective Stella Bonasera: [to Mac] Looks like you got company, I'll see you inside.
Reed Garrett: [Yelling to Mac] Two woman, same kind of jobs, Is this a serial killer?
Detective Mac Taylor: [Telling the guards] He's okay.
Detective Mac Taylor: [to Reed] Reed, i thought you were working the city desk for the paper.
Reed Garrett: [to Mac] Nope, not anymore.
Reed Garrett: [to Mac] I got my own blog now.
Reed Garrett: [to Mac] New York 24-7 News.
Detective Mac Taylor: [to Reed] Don't you wanna get your facts straight before you sensationalize a story?
Reed Garrett: [to Mac] I thought that's what i was doing.
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References Jaws (1975) See more »


Down By The Water
Written and Performed by PJ Harvey (as PJ Harvey)
Courtesy of Universal Island Records LTD
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Letters, Numbers, A Shark and Dead Bodies
1 December 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This turned to be a two-part story, which surprised me because it did not appear to be headed that way . It looked like the standard story as the CSI moved in on the real killer with about five minutes left in the show.

Credibility was stretched more than normal in this story but it was still a very good episode because it had some very interesting elements, such as "Quinn Shelby," a huge Tiger shark, the continuing romantic saga and Danny and Lyndsay and a killer on the loose who has no motive (as it turns out) other than he likes to kill.

Shelby is an interesting character, someone from the past who competed (and lost, obviously) for Mac's job and you carried a torch for our hero. She is played by the attractive Kristen Dalton.

The killer, among other things, has scratched some sort of letters and numbers on the victims, which begin to pop up in more places.

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16 April 2008 (USA) See more »

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