New York City is the "city that never sleeps." With Madison Square Garden as one of this city's biggest attractions, there is always a concert going on.
One of the best ways to draw in viewers is to have a top name celebrity as a guest star. So, will Kid Rock do? As he is onstage, a young woman gets a call on her cell phone. She goes out into the alleyway and finds a dead man in a limousine.
When Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) and Lindsay Monroe (Anna Belknap) arrive, they begin collecting evidence. Mac finds a CD by Harry Belafonte. When they go backstage, Lindsay flashes her badge and they are quickly invited to the party. Kid Rock's manager says the dead man is Kid's limo driver, but it's a different person from the one he normally uses.
Mac overhears a radio call for officers to respond to a disturbance. It's clear from his facial expression he recognizes the address. Mac and Detective Don Flack (Eddie Cahill) get to the apartment. They call out "NYPD!" but nobody answers. A man lies on the floor, dead. Flack recognises him as Frankie, the boyfriend of Detective. Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes). She is unconscious and badly beaten.
Mac tells Stella he is going to let Flack question her, but she can't remember much. Stella gives Mac permission to search her apartment.
Back at the precinct, Detective Danny Messer (Carmine Giovinazzo) and Lindsay discuss what has happened to their colleague and friend. Lindsay makes a revealing statement, "I know how it happens." Danny senses there is more to this story than she is telling him. He asks if she is okay.
This is the second time Detective Monroe has said something which lets viewers know there is something laying underneath the surface of this CSI newbie. She once told Danny she has seen much worse when the team was trying to arrest a serial killer in "Manhattan Manhunt." When she first came, she was replacing a fired CSI member. But her back-story has not gone much further than that. Is this a hint to stay tuned?
For all his edges, Danny is good at people! He could not let a remark of vulnerability pass by without inquiring as to the state of mental health. After seeing his brother attacked by gang members in "Run Silent Run Deep," Danny understands carrying one serious burden. All this interaction needed was for Lindsay to cry on Danny's shoulder. She didn't, but this could be an interesting twist of fate.