CSI: NY (2004–2013)
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Adam witnesses a murder during a random video chat, and the team discovers that the victim just so happens to be a music student who lives in Manhattan.


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

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Episode credited cast:
Gary Sinise ... Mac Taylor
Sela Ward ... Jo Danville
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Danny Messer
Anna Belknap ... Lindsay Monroe
Robert Joy ... Sid Hammerback
A.J. Buckley ... Adam Ross
Hill Harper ... Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill ... Don Flack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Brown ... Business Pedestrain
Karina D'Bautista ... Lab Tech (as Karina Villegas)
Gerald Downey ... Prof. William Aldicott
Escher Holloway ... Torrey Powell
Tanner Maguire ... Boy
Julie McKinnon Julie McKinnon ... A / V Lab Tech
Ricardo Molina ... Christopher Garcia


When a young woman appears to be strangled while participating in a live online chat that Adam witnesses, the CSIs must determine if it was real or a hoax, and locate where the possible victim is. Written by CBS Publicity

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Release Date:

1 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Song played at beginning is "In Ruins" by Fol Chen. See more »


At the beginning of the episode, the iPad music app with the glittering squares is clearly shown to be a video for a second when the menu appears, even though Sass is interacting with it as if to do something with the music. See more »


[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.
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In Ruins
Written by Adam Samuel Goldman as Samuel Bing
Performed by Fol Chen
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Credibility Issues Aside, It's A Fun Watch
21 December 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

"Adam Ross" (A.J. Buckley) is at work but hooked up to some chat site on the Web and some beautiful young French girl gets his attention in a hurry. However, within minutes after they begin talking someone in a black hood comes up from behind her and strangles her! Then the connection is terminated. Adam freaks out and chases down his boss, "Mac Taylor" (Gary Sinise) to tell what he just witnessed.

The problems in the crime are major because it could happened anywhere in the world. Who is the girl? Who is the killer? Of course, these almost-impossible questions are answered fairly quickly because - hey, it's CSI and they only have about 45 minutes of the show to tell the story. On CSI, everyone is a genius, apparently, because - thanks in large part to newcomer "Jo Danville's" (Sela Ward) psychological expertise - the suspect interrogations begin soon.

Anyway, credibility is never high in any of the CSI shows but they are almost very entertaining and a lot of fun to watch. This episode is no exception.

In side notes, we learn more of Ward's character, see one of the CSI's get suspended for three days, and get a tense action scene at the end.

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