It's Time To Think Outside 'The Box'

By Rachel
November 14, 2008 - 8:07 AM

See Also: 'The Box' Episode Guide

The world can change in an instant.

According to CSI Files sources, the ninth episode of CSI: New York will be called "The Box". Things start with Danny telling a story. He reminisces about wanting to play baseball professionally, and he says he had a good shot once upon a time. But one game turned the tide when he started to retaliate against the pitcher for hitting him with the ball--instead, he ended up in a pileup and his wrist got shattered. The injury changed his life, ending his baseball career and ultimately leading to his choice to become a CSI. Now, he's going through another life-changing experience, and he's scared.

Things shift back to several nights before, where a half-dozen young men have broken into a wrecking yard to have a little bit of fun. When a pit bull charges toward them, Mike Hess shoots it with a tranquilizer gun and they go about their business--they've got one hour until the drugs wear off. In the meantime, the guys battle with makeshift weapons and armor.

They continue their little game until the last man is left standing, and then it's time to chill out and have a beer. When one of the guys tosses Mike a beer and it misses its mark, falling into the open trunk of one of the cars, the guys decide to play a little trick. When Mike reaches in for the bottle, the others shove him inside the trunk and close it.

The guys laugh for a minute while Mike pounds for them to let him out. But when they go to open the trunk, they can't--it's locked. They start looking around for something to get the trunk open and get Mike out. The joke isn't funny anymore. A pair of headlights draws closer, and the ominous sound of the pit bull waking up gets the adrenaline flowing. The others flee, telling Mike they'll be back for him.

At dawn, the wrecking yard crew gets to work. They pick up junk cars with a crane and then crush them into a small box of metal. One of the cars is dripping some sort of liquid, so the worker operating the crane hits an alarm. Work stops, and the employees gather around as the stench of the liquid dripping from the crushed car reaches their noses. There was a body in there.

The CSI team arrives at the scene to process, and Danny and Lindsay hear noise--it's Mike Hess, still locked in the trunk. The body in the crushed car isn't him. They use a crowbar to get him out. Flack questions him, as well as his buddies, and they all have the same story--they stuck Mike in the trunk, but they scrammed when they saw headlights. They thought it was the police or the owner of the wrecking yard, but Flack confirms that the cops didn't have a patrol car in the area at the time and the owner was home all night.

Sid determines that the victim from the car died several weeks before. They are able to trace the car to its owners, Tammy and Steve Barker. Tammy matches the description of the victim they are able to determine from what's left of the body, but when they go to the Barker home, they find Tammy alive and well. She tells the CSIs that the car was stolen.

While investigating the case, Danny sees Lindsay at a clinic. She rushes away before he can ask her why she was there. Later, he manages to corner her to answer his questions, and she reveals the life-changing knowledge that Danny is left to grapple with: she's pregnant.

Please note that the above plot details have not been confirmed by CBS, Alliance Atlantis or Bruckheimer Films, and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour. The above information comes from early script drafts and the details of the episodes are liable to change before the episodes are shown.

"The Box" is expected to air November 26 on CBS.

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