Directed by Alex Zakrzewski
"Recycling" is the twelfth episode of Season 1. It originally aired January 12, 2005.
Synopsis:At a dog show, one of the owners is found impaled by a knitting needle. Meanwhile, a bike messenger has been stabbed to death along his route.
Tropes for the episode:
- Animal Reaction Shot: Averted by the beagle. His owner is insistent that Mac has almost driven him to tears. Cut to the dog...with a perfectly bland expression.
- Side Bet: After their case is solved, Mac & Stella attend the show and she talks him into betting on the winner.
Recognizable Guest Star:
Trivia for the episode:
- Danny's badge number is 9104.
- When Stella remarks to Mac that she can't remember ever seeing him without a tie, Gary Sinise, mouth full of hot dog, ad-libbed the line "I never wear a tie to a dog show," (which is consistent with Mac filling both her and Aiden in with details about how dogs shows operate; apparently he's been to them before). Melina Kanakaredes stayed in character, shrugged, and said, "Okay." The writers enjoyed it so much they left it in.