CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Lab Rats

Season 7, Ep 20, Aired 4/12/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Hodges convinces fellow lab rats Archie, Henry, Mandy and Wendy that Grissom wants them to secretly investigate the so-called miniature murders while the CSIs are in the field probing other crimes.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eric Szmanda

    Greg Sanders (episode 47+, recurring previously)

  • Gary Dourdan

    Warrick Brown

  • George Eads

    Nick Stokes

  • Jorja Fox

    Sara Sidle (episode 2+)

  • Marg Helgenberger

    Catherine Willows

  • Fan Reviews (55)
  • The lab rats try to solve the miniature murders

    By 7dixob, Aug 27, 2012

  • The lab techs rule this episode, which is such a fun refreshing change.

    By sweetsaintz, Feb 26, 2009

  • this episode used the lab rats, which is cool because they arent in the show much

    By iluvtv12369, Feb 24, 2008

  • I liked this episode. It highlighted supporting characters in a fun way while recaping the minuture killer for the season finale.

    By DeenDog, Dec 20, 2007

  • Wow! Loved this one!

    By more_ncis_now, Sep 09, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Wendy (to Hodges): Look, this entire thing has turned into a three-ring circus, 'cause every time we get something, something else just comes along and proves us wrong. And, honestly, I think you've lost your damn mind. I mean, what makes you think if the CSIs can't solve this, that we can? Seriously. I'm a little tired of your delusions of grandeur. And I'm way behind in work, and I'm sick of sneaking around. So that's it. I'm out.

    • Henry: Well the victims don't have much in common so I say we got metaphoric, hypocrisy. Wendy: Yeah I get it, there's Izzy the vegan eating bacon, Penny the cigarette smoking cancer patient, Raymundo the church going adulterer and Barbara the over medicated shrink.

    • (A pellet is pulled from the rat's stomach) Grissom: What is that? Doc Robbins: Black Tar Heroin. Grissom: So the rat ate the mule.

    • Wendy: Well, we're working under the assumption that the killer was a foster kid, right? With probably an abusive childhood. So, to a bloody doll - I mean it's really not that much of a stretch to say that the doll represents the killer. Hodges: Grissom had something on that. (reads from the file) "Freud's theory of the Uncanny raises the point that as children we want the doll to come to life, but as adults, we are terrified by the idea. Doll could represent the uncanny that is feared - the Sandman." Wendy: Great, or exactly what I just said.

    • (Archie is about to sit on Grissom's chair) Hodges: Ah... ah, ah, ah... Archie: What? Hodges: What are you doing? Archie: Sitting. Hodges: No No, you're tempting fate! You know how you should never try on someone else's engagement ring, hold the Oscar, or use the excuse your grandmother died when she didn't? Mandy: I tried on Suzie Quinceworthy's diamond ring last year. It looked really good on her, and looked terrible on me. I don't think an emerald cut flatters my little ten-ies. Will I never marry? Henry: I'll marry you. Although, you know, my grandmother's still alive. She lives down in Boca. I don't know if you know this, but I am the shuffleboard champion of the Boca Surf and Sand. Mm. Ladykiller of the senior set. Mandy: Rock on. I can do an open marriage. Hodges: Why do you guys keep doing that? Mandy: Do what? Archie: Hodges, relax, man. I don't want to run the lab. Hodges: We are guests in the man's office. If there was one person who was more respectful of space and boundaries, it's Grissom. You could at least offer him the same courtesy.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: LaboratornĂ­ krysy (Laboratory Rats)

    • Original International Air Dates: Denmark: May 18, 2007 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: January 22, 2009 on TV Nova

    • All the main characters except for Grissom, Catherine and Dr. Robbins do not have big roles in this episode. Warrick is seen with Mandy, Brass is seen with Catherine, Greg is seen with Hodges and Wendy, Sara is seen with Grissom and Nick is seen with Archie.

    • Music Featured In This Episode: Mr. Blue Sky- Electric Light Orchestra Lollipop- The Chordettes Hear Me Cry- DJ Ramon Zerano & Marc Korn 9 Crimes- Damien Rice

    • In this episode Hodges has the line before the credits, and is the first time a recurring character has the line before the credits. Grissom usually has the line before the opening credits.

    Trivia (6)

    • The area code for the phone that Wendy calls is 702, which is in southeastern Nevada.

    • Goof: Mandy has a disappearing and reappearing necklace during her conversation in the lab with Warrick.

    • During the commentary for Lab Rats they said that Carol Mendelsohn heard that on the CSI message boards fans were thinking that Hodges was the miniature killer so they added that part when Henry and Wendy looked at Hodges in the breakroom thinking that he could be the killer-- "where would I find the time I'm always here." They said they put that in as a response for the fans.

    • Hodges attempts to solve the miniature killer crime as he says that the day is his lucky day. The following "lucky" things happen to him: He finds a dollar bill on his way to work; a pretty girl smiles back at him; the dollar bill gets him three packets of potato chips from the snack machine (which are a brand name "Lucky Chips"); he wins an e-bay auction, and makes a 1 in 600 billion match on some evidence.

    • Part of Hodge's "lucky day" includes winning an auction for a board game based on the 70's sit com "Three's Company" on e-Bay. This type of game is a recurring theme for Hodges, who was seen playing the "Dukes of Hazzard" board game in the Quentin Tarentino episodes.

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    Allusions (2)

    • (Talking with her shoe as a cellphone) Mandy: Oh James, this is Moneypenny, M needs you back at HQ. Archie: The shoe was Get Smart. Henry: 99 was so hot. These are allusions to two spy related stories: James Bond, Moneypenny is the secretary of M, Bond's boss; and Get Smart (1965 to 1970), which had two principal characters Agent 86 and his female partner, Agent 99 (Agent 86 had a phone on his shoe).

    • The scene in which the rat burst from the body in the morgue is a reference the 1979 film Alien.

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