CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

A La Cart

Season 8, Ep 2, Aired 10/4/07
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  • Episode Description
  • The CSI team investigates two unusual cases, one involving the suspicious death of a go-cart racer who took his hobby to the highway and paid the price with his life, and a murder at a hip new restaurant where patrons dine in the dark.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marg Helgenberger

    Catherine Willows

  • Richard J. Lewis

  • Sarah Goldfinger

  • Richard Catalani

  • David Berman

    David Phillips

  • Fan Reviews (36)
  • A body turns up with no head or hand.Also Grissom and Sara is questioned by Ecklie about their relationship

    By 7dixob, Aug 31, 2012

  • Well for all the anti-ships out there this was a thrilling episode. We have Sara gone not due to death but from quitting her job due to a non-office romance policy. Even though i'm anti-ship I still appreciate a character that has been with us

    By danharr, Oct 06, 2007

  • Is Sara gone ?

    By allways_ty, Oct 06, 2007

  • It's nicely done...

    By grissomsidle, Oct 06, 2007

  • Very Revealing

    By sonny20dawson, Oct 05, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • (Grissom and Sara are watching the team go-karting, Nick stops his) Nick: Hey, do you want to ride? Sara: Wish I could. Nick: How about you, Ricky Bobby? Grissom: No thanks. I like to watch. Nick: Okay. (smiles, flips his visor on his helmet down and speeds off) Sara: You should go. Grissom: Yeah? Sara: Yeah, you should go. Grissom: (smiles) Okay.

    • Catherine: I'm sorry, but this is a stupid idea for a restaurant. I need to see what I'm eating. Warrick: (wearing night vision goggles he found at the crime scene) I can see just fine. Catherine: Where are you? Warrick: Right here. (she turns on the lights and is a couple inches from him) Catherine: Hi! Warrick: Hi! Catherine: Night vision goggles? Warrick: Yeah, someone left these behind. Catherine: Kinda defeats the purpose of dining in the dark. Warrick: Unless you don't come here for the food.

    • Lady: Dining should be an experience like opera, or art. It should feed the soul as well as the belly. You should, smell it, touch it, and let it rest on your tongue. I'm selling sensuality here. I encourage eating with your hands. Texture is critual. The salty, meaty flesh of lobster drenched in creamy, clarified french butter. The poppy seeded flesh and firm skin of a fresh fig, dipped in honey. The tongue understands four major taste groups. Salty, sweet, sour, bitter. It has over 10,000 taste buds each with its one direct connection to the pleasure center of the brain, triggering endorphins. The anticipation and the release of eating good food is chemically quite similar to getting high on drugs. Brass: And apparently just as dangerous.

    • Grissom: Blood trail leads up from there, so we follow the blood. (heads up the road) Greg: He say anything to you about what's happening with Sara? Nick: No. (they continue to walk up the hill following Grissom, marking the blood on the road) So, did Sara ever say anything to you about her and Grissom? Greg: Not with so many words. Nick: So, you knew about the two of them? Greg: Yeah. (Nick looks shocked)

    • Nick (watching people race go-karts): You know, when I was a kid, we used to make these things out of lunch trays and you know, lawn mower engines. Greg: When I was a kid I used to make bombs... little bombs.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Titles: Czech Republic: Černá kára (Blask car)

    • Original International Air Dates: Denmark: November 16, 2007 on Kanal 5 Norway: February 5, 2008 on TVNorge New Zealand: February 11, 2008 on TV3 Australia: February 18, 2008 on Nine Latin America: February 18, 2008 on AXN Sweden: March 17, 2008 on Kanal 5 Italy: March 27, 2008 on FoxCrime Germany: September 18, 2008 on RTL Spain: September 22, 2008 on AXN Finland: November 19, 2008 on MTV3 Portugal: July 8, 2009 on SIC Czech Republic: September 3, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title for this episode was Aftermath.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies- Tchaikovsky. The Blue Danube- Johann Strauss. Running Up That Hill- Placebo

    Trivia (5)

    • Sara is forced to transfer to the day shift by Ecklie.

    • In this episodes four basic tastes are mention. Sweet, Sour, Salt and Bitter. But there is one more taste sensation that has been neglected. Namely Umami (which describes the taste of savouriness. Umami is a japanese term adopted as one of five basic tastes, when not counting the four already existing taste sensations).

    • The shirt seen in Hot Rod’s truck when Greg is searching it [truck]. It is the same shirt as worn by the kid that works at the hot dog stand in the episode 4 x 4.

    • Goof: When Warrick and Catherine are looking at the seating chart at the crime scene, Warrick puts on his orange viewing glasses, but in the next scene, he is putting them on again before switching on the ALS blue light.

    • David is Jewish.

    Allusions (10)

    • The shirt seen in Hot Rod's truck when Greg is searching the truck. It is the same shirt as worn by the kid that works at the hot dog stand in the Season 5 episode "4 x 4."

    • Episode Title: A La Cart The title of this episode combines the two cases the team works on: A La Cart is put together by using "À la carte", which refers to a menue, thus meaning the restaurant murder and "Cart" refering to the victim of a go-cart race.

    • Grissom: Ichabod was horror-struck, on perceiving that he was headless. Grissom says the same thing in Evaluation Day (1x22) when he and Catherine worked a case in which they found a human head in the trunk of a car. The allusion is to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, a classic tale featuring a headless horseman seen by the frightened schoolmaster Ichabod Crane.

    • The skull, which is ostensively floating across the highway to the composition of Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube", is a reference in visual and musical respect to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Ecklie: That's expensive jello. This is the second time the cost of ballistic jelly was first mentioned in the Season 5 episode in "Who Shot Sherlock?" Catherine (scoffs): Do you have any idea how much ballistics gel costs?

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