CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Evaluation Day

Season 1, Ep 22, Aired 5/10/01
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  • Episode Description
  • On the day Grissom has to evaluate his team, a head is found in the trunk of a car. While Gil and Catherine work on the head, Sara and Nick investigate a body in the desert that's missing it's head. Warrick looks into a murder in juvenile detention in which his young friend James is the only witness.

  • Cast & Crew
  • William Petersen

    Gil Grissom

  • Marg Helgenberger

    Catherine Willows

  • Gary Dourdan

    Warrick Brown

  • George Eads

    Nick Stokes

  • Paul Guilfoyle

    Captain Jim Brass

  • Fan Reviews (4)

    By COURTNEYLOVR, Feb 09, 2013

  • Evaluations are due. A gorilla corpse is found, prompting Sara to her own personal investigation. And a friend of Warrick is in trouble again.

    By God0sgirl, Dec 12, 2007

  • ...

    By Andrew0000, Mar 27, 2007

  • It's evaluation day.

    By aussieforgood, Mar 07, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Sara: Why did they amputate the gorilla's head? Teri: It's a trophy. American fetishists would pay up to $10,000 for the head of a lowland gorilla. Sara: The hands and feet? Teri: Novelty items. Sold as ashtrays. Sara: Here Nick and I were thinking it was to avoid I.D. Why skin it? Teri: Purses, shoes, boots ... It's sad. Genetically we're 92.7% identical with gorillas. Sara: It's hard to tell where the human ends and the animal begins. Teri: Well said. Sara: I checked out a couple of websites ... bushmeat.net, gorilla.org. I think she was killed probably in Cameroon or Congo transported to the port of Los Angeles. Dismembered, packaged ... loaded onto a small plane ... where they dumped what they couldn't sell but, uh, I just have to find the plane. Teri: Needle in a haystack. Chances are, whoever did this are halfway around the world by now.

    • Catherine: We found everything else in that shed. I don't know why we didn't find a gun. Grissom: Well, maybe he was shot somewhere else. Catherine: That would explain the plastic. Grissom: What plastic? You never told me about any plastic. Catherine: I didn't? Oh. ... The victim was wrapped in a plastic sheet. Grissom: Victor DaSilva's entire house was covered in plastic. He was having it painted. Catherine: Really? Who's the painter? Grissom: Nobody famous. Catherine: Yet.

    • Catherine: What about my evaluation? Grissom: Keep up the good work, Catherine.

    • Nick: Look. Grissom I know this is a bad time to bitch to the boss but, uh, I've been a CSI Level 3 for nine months now. I was a CSI before Warrick. Warrick works D.B.'S solo. Why can't I? Grissom: Repeat after me. Silk, silk, silk. Nick: 'Silk, silk, silk'? Grissom: And what do cows drink? Nick: Milk. Grissom: Cows drink water. They produce milk. A simple riddle. Common sense disguised in a puzzle of words, but an excellent barometer for evaluating someone's readiness. Nick: Look, I'm not one of your suspects you can trick, okay? If I'm not ready, be a man -- tell me I'm not ready. Grissom: You're not ready. Nick: You know why I took this job? Honestly? I wanted to pack heat, walk under the yellow tape, be the man ... but mostly, because I want you to think I'm a good CSI. Grissom: And that's the reason I have to hold you back. Anybody who's great at anything, Nick, does it for their own approval not someone else's.

    • Catherine: Well, well, what a switch. You actually beat us here. Grissom: It's evaluation day. Where's Warrick? Catherine: He's working spillover -- personal thing -- kid he knows who's in trouble. Grissom: Oh, that's right. He told me. I forgot. Catherine: Well, maybe we should be evaluating you.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Komplexn√≠ hodnocen√≠ (Comprehensive Evaluation)

    • Music Speak for You - SkinnerRat.

    • Keri Lynn Pratt (Anna Leah) and Shonda Farr (Lori) would reprise their roles in Season 6 episode "Spellbound."

    • Sam Jones (James Moore) reprise his role from earlier episode "Crate 'n Burial."

    • Pre-production title name of Sleepy Hollow.

    Trivia (6)

    • Goof: Teri Miller incorrectly states that humans are not primates.

    • Goof: In the scene where Warrick pulls the piece of cloth from the toilet bowl, the amount of water and dirt changes between shots.

    • Goof: When Grissom, Nick, and Brass are in Spur's Corral, Grissom looks at the sombrero and asks Brass if he still has the picture he got from DeSilva's house. Then, Brass pulls it out of his coat pocket and hands it to Grissom. However the picture should've been filed as evidence.

    • Goof: While in the restaurant, seeing if Victor DeSilva works there, Grissom calls Captain Brass the name "Tim" instead of Jim.

    • Goof: The title of the book Sara is using for research on gorillas is titled "Gorilla: In It's Natural Habitat." "It's" is a contraction of "it is" and not the possessive form of "it" - the book should have used "Its" instead of "It's."

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    Allusions (5)

    • Nick (finding a hammer): Bob Vila. Catherine (finding an axe): Paul Bunyan. Bob Vila is a famous TV handyman who sells a range of tools under his own brand.While Paul Bunyan is a legendary, mythical lumberjack, supposedly such a giant that it took seventeen storks to carry him at birth.

    • (to Catherine and Brass in the interrogation room) Anna: This guy was weird, like way weird. I was thinking he was going to pull a Silence of the Lambs on me and tell me to (makes face) put the lotion in the basket. This is an reference to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs starring Jodie Foster as a young, inexperienced FBI agent, Clarice Starling, who is forced to work with a disturbed serial killer (Dr. Hannibal Lector).

    • Grissom: You're a riot, Alice. Responding to a cutting joke from Catherine, Grissom quotes Ralph Kramden from the 1950s classic show The Honeymooners.

    • Bushmeat dot org While Sara is researching the reasons that the gorilla they found may have been killed she mentions going to this website. This is a real website that addresses a real problem.

    • Grissom: Ichabod was horror struck on perceiving that he was headless. Grissom is alluding to Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvin. This legend was most recently re-popularized by the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp.

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