CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Monster In the Box

Season 7, Ep 16, Aired 2/15/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Once he unseals a package sent to him through the mail, Grissom is floored when he finds a miniature crime scene inside. The finding is entirely more perplexing since the successive killer accountable for earlier related miniature crimes is now deceased. Grissom vows to examine the miniature and discover the actual location, when the investigation makes it clear the murder showed has yet to happen, but is probably going to happen soon.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Naren Shankar

  • Jeffrey G. Hunt

  • Douglas Petrie

  • Eric Szmanda

    Greg Sanders

  • Gary Dourdan

    Warrick Brown

  • Fan Reviews (26)
  • The miniature killer is still alive

    By 7dixob, Aug 25, 2012

  • Grissom opens the box, there was no GSR, and it was a little, well, Sporky.

    By robosquid, Feb 16, 2007

  • This episode was so mind bending...not only did it blow my mind and remind me of a horror movie, but it also had forensics (MY 2 FOV THINGS TO WATCH)!! it was a great episode but they cut a few that i wanted :( But it was still good!! 'Til next time!!

    By forensicGSR1, Feb 16, 2007

  • The Miniture Killer is still out there!

    By SMNaylor73, Feb 16, 2007

  • This was the best miniature killer episode to date.

    By tsar_luke30, Feb 16, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Sara: We re-ran the video footage several times to get a head count. Assuming that they're all Dell foster kids, there's 13 of them. Grissom: At this birthday party? Sara: Yeah. Lionel only remembered first names and only a few of those. Getting the DHS records is going to be tough. Judges hate giving them out, unless we can demonstrate pressing need. Even then, they're spotty and a lot of foster kids change their names when they age out. Grissom: Ernie Dell confessed and killed himself to protect someone he loved. And that someone has murdered 5 people. Eenie-meenie-miney-mo. Catch a monster by the toe.

    • Catherine: Hey! How'd it go with the sheriff? Grissom : Media's all over him. Which means he's all over the undersheriff, who's all over Ecklie, who's blaming me for not going public with the Izzy Delancy miniature like he told me to.

    • Greg: Hey, Sara, check this out. I was digging through Mannleigh Chicken's employee health insurance records ... Sara: 45 million Americans without health coverage, and a chicken slaughterhouse provides medical benefits?

    • Nick: You know, this timer was geared to run for weeks. It could have easily been put in place a month ago. Grissom: That's why the killer felt safe enough to send me the miniature. He never intended to be at the scene. There was no danger of being caught.

    • Sara: The 'Miniature Killer' murdered three people over a period of roughly six months. Ernie Dell was either directly or indirectly related to all of them. Warrick: What's with the bloody dolls? Sara: We're not sure. There's a different perspective of that same image in all of the miniatures. We're thinking it could be some kind of signature. Nick: Remember the Blue Paint killers? Maybe Ernie Dell had a partner. Like an apprentice, an accomplice, something like that. Warrick: Or a disciple. Sara: You guys make models when you were kids? Nick: Tanks and airplanes. Warrick: Classic cars. Sara: These miniatures are obsessively precise, half-inch scale models of the crime scenes. They probably took weeks of focused effort to create. I don't think the killer's into team sports.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Čertík z krabičky (Imp from the Small Box)

    • Original International Air Dates: Denmark: March 2, 2007 on Kanal 5 Czech Republic: December 11, 2008 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode: Wade in the Water- Eva Cassidy.

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, Grissom states that the Miniature Killer has murdered five people, but they have actually only killed four people so far - Izzy Delancy, Penny Garden, Raymundo Suarez and Officer Kamen, in this episode. Barbara Tallman was suffocated by her brother.

    • The miniature paper is dated February 17, 2007. Catherine states that it is dated "the day after tomorrow"; making the current day February 15, 2007, which is the date of the original airing.

    • Hodges has a cat named Kobayashi Maru, or little Kobe and Mr. K, as he also calls him.

    Allusions (6)

    • The Tag Line for the earlier Season episode "Post Mortem" is spoken by Catherine in the opening scenes, while discussing Ernie Dell's suicide with Grissom.

    • Officer Kamen: I'm ready for my close up. This is a reference a famous line from the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard when Echoes Gloria Swanson says "All right, Mr. De Mille. I'm ready for my close-up"

    • Nick: You guys remember the blue paint killers? Nick is referring to the blue plaint killer from the Season 3 "The Execution of Catherine Willows" and the Season 5 episode "What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?" who lured his victims by painting railings with non-drying blue paint so they have to wash their hands at the nearby water fountain.

    • Ernie Dell's son, Lionel, is named after the company Lionel LLC and its predecessor Lionel Corp. Lionel has been producing equipment for model railroads since 1900.

    • Grissom: You have a cat, don't you Hodges? Hodges: Mr. K, Kobayashi Maru. Hodges' cat's name is a most likely a Star Trek reference to the starship Kobayashi Maru. Kobayashi Maru is also the name of the training program in which the ship is used. The program is called the "no win scenario", due to the fact that there is no way to win.

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