CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Nesting Dolls

Season 5, Ep 13, Aired 2/3/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Catherine, Warrick and Nick find the bodies of two women at a construction site buried under tar. The swing shift are brought into the world of foreign "mail-order" brides. Sara and Catherine have a dispute in which Sara gets suspended by Ecklie for acting insubordinate toward Catherine and himself. Sara opens up to Grissom about her childhood past.

  • 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 (22)
  • Doesn't anyone else realize this?

    By ipodfanatic000, Feb 17, 2008

  • Total Classic

    By clayrules, Sep 08, 2007

  • A catfight should be reason enough to watch it....

    By weescottie, Jun 09, 2007

  • Another one of my favourites.

    By willow_powered, Apr 10, 2007

  • This was a good episode.

    By wan_ching, Jan 11, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Nick: Yeah, I-I'm sorry, there seems to be a really fine line here between, uh... peddling marriage and peddling flesh. Chloe Daniels: When is marriage anything else? Brass: Nick is, uh... he's an old-fashioned guy. Chloe Daniels: Really? (laughs) Well, what do you think engagement rings are? Just proof that a man can pay for his bride. Look, caveman would go steal a woman from a neighboring clan. He'd tie her hands and her feet 'til she wouldn't run away. Once she'd stay put, he would only tie her finger, just to remind her. Brass: So you're a romantic. Chloe Daniels: Marriage is not romance. It's a contract with the state. It's an investment in your future.

    • Warrick (Nick sits looking at the pictures of mail-order brides): Find anything you like, buddy? (Nick chuckles) Catherine: So, you can't sell your kids, but you can buy their mother. Nick (reading from the screen what the mail-order bride wants): "I'm looking for kindest, noble man." Well, I got news for you, sugar pants. Buying women ain't that noble. Warrick: Well, life's short. Dating's complicated. This makes it much simpler, doesn't it? Catherine: It's not supposed to be simple. Complicated is the whole point. Warrick: It is? Catherine: Yeah. Nick: Hey, wait a minute, you're not telling me you're into this stuff? Warrick: Me? No. But for a guy who's over 40, lonely, tired of the bar scene, (Catherine just shakes her head) got a little cash, wants to buy himself a sweet honey, be his companion... Nick: He needs a translator 'cause you're not even speaking the same language. Warrick: That's the best part. Catherine (groans and rolls her eyes): Ugh...! (walks out and Warrick chuckles) Nick (clueless): Best part of what?

    • Grissom (excited): Hey. They told me you dug up two bodies covered in tar? (cuts to them being all ready to start taking the bodies out of the tar) Grissom: So. How are you gonna separate them? Catherine: I'm not sure yet. Obviously I can't saw though it without potentially destroying evidence and... If the tar were harder we could chisel it and if it were softer we could peel it off. Grissom: I have an idea. Catherine: Of course you do, but last I checked, the backlog on grave was about... mmm... a hundred cases? Grissom: You've been spending too much time with Ecklie. I'm off the clock. I came in early for this. (they start chiseling the tar off after cooling it to minus 200 degrees. Grissom accidentally removes part of the skull with a piece of tar) Oh, boy. I gotta get my shift started. Good luck with the case. Catherine: No, no, no. You're not going to just destroy this skull and split. Grissom: You can make a nice mold from the impression. Catherine: I'm short-handed as it is. Grissom: I think Sara just wrapped a case. If you need her, she's yours.

    • (Greg is wearing a suit and tie and attempting to flatten out his hair for court) Sara: Wow. Look at you, Mr. Straightedge. I did not know that your hair could do that. Greg: I look like a dork. Sara: No, no, no. You look professional which is what you are.

    • (Sara answers the door holding a beer and she sees Grissom standing there) Sara: Well if you're here, it can't be good. Grissom: Can I come in? Sara: Wanna ask me if I'm drunk? (smiles) Grissom: We both know that's not your problem. I spoke to Catherine. Sara (nods): Ecklie? Grissom: He wants me to fire you. Sara: I figured. (sighs) Can I get you anything? Grissom: Sure, an explanation. Sara: I... lost my temper. Grissom: That seems to be happening quite a bit. Do you know why? (Sara moves over to the window, Grissom leans on the kitchen counter) Sara: What difference does it make? I'm still fired. Grissom (softly): It makes a difference to me. Sara: I have a problem with authority. I choose men who are emotionally unavailable. (motions to Grissom) I'm self-destructive. All of the above. Grissom: "Have you ever gone a week without a rationalization?" (Sara rolls her head at him) It's from the Big Chill. One of the characters explaining a basic fact of life, (Sara moves closer) that rationalizations are more important to us than... sex even. Sara: I am not rationalizing anything. I crossed the line with Catherine, and I was insubordinate to Ecklie. Grissom: Why? Sara (shakes her head): Leave it alone. Grissom (insistent): No, Sara. Sara: What do you want from me? Grissom: I want to know why you're so angry. (she glares at him) (Goes to commercials)(Sara and Grissom sit facing each other. The light from the setting sun filters through the darkening room) Sara: It's funny... the things that you remember and the things that you don't, you know? There was a smell of iron in the air. Cast-off on the bedroom wall. There was this young cop puking his guts. I remember the woman who took me to foster care. I can't remember her name, which is strange, you know, 'cause I couldn't let go of her hand. Grissom: Well... the mind has its filters. Sara: I do remember the looks. I became the girl whose father was stabbed to death. Do you think there's a murder gene? Grissom: I don't believe that genes are a predictor of violent behavior. Sara: You wouldn't know that in my house. The fights, the yelling, the trips to the hospital. I thought it was the way that everybody lived. When my mother killed my father, I found out that it wasn't. (Sara starts to cry. Grissom reaches out and holds her hand)

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    Notes (3)

    • Wallace Langham personally recommended Justin Louis for the role of Ken Wellstone. The two previously work together in the Star Trek: Voyager Season 5 episode "Once Upon A Time."

    • Music Featured In This Episode: Burga- Costanza What Becomes of Us?- Cinephile

    • Originally titled Stacking Dolls

    Trivia (5)

    • In this episode, we discover that Sara Sidle's father was murdered by her mother.

    • Goof: When Catherine is processing the necklace with a high-definition camera you can clearly see that the view in the monitor is not consistent with the actual position of the necklace.

    • Goof: In the CBS promo of the episode different takes are used than aired in the episode itself. In the promo you hear Catherine say: "domestic abuse" but in the episode she says "domestic violence". In the promo Ecklie says: "You're on suspension" however he says "You're on one-week suspension without pay" in the episode.

    • As Sara and Catherine are walking and talking through the hallway, an extra walks by and stares directly into the camera.

    • Goof: Odessa is a port city in the country of Ukraine, not Russia as was stated during the interrogation scene.

    Allusions (7)

    • One of the names in the hair salon appointment book is Mel Bennett. The same name as the man who was dismembered by his wife in the Season 1 episode "To Halve and to Hold."

    • Warrick: That reminds me of the time I as at the Ghost Bar... Ghost Bar is a bar/nightclub in the Palms Hotel/Resort/Casino just off the Vegas strip.

    • Title: Nesting Dolls An obvious allusion, given the discovery of two bodies, one on top of the other, and the eastern European connections in the storyline, to the famous Russian 'Matryoshka' doll, where the doll is opened up to reveal different sized matryoshki 'nesting' inside. Usually wooden, they are elaborately painted with all kinds of themes. They're also known as babushka dolls and stacking dolls, the latter being the original title of the show as pointed out by another contributor.

    • Catherine: I can't make any promises, sir, but I don't think the Paiute wore heels. The Paiute were a native band that settled in Nevada as well as other parts of the Western United States.

    • Catherine (to Grissom): Okay Mr. Wizard. Don Herbert is known as Mr. Wizard and had his own show Watch Mr. Wizard that premiered in 1951, then came Mr. Wizard's World that was broadcast in 1983 on Nickeloden. Mr. Wizard took Science to a fun level for kids and adults alike, he could make the impossible... possible. In the 1998 film Armageddon, also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Harry Stamper jokingly calls Roland Quincy Mr. Wizard in a mocking fashion. Since both the film and C.S.I. are Bruckheimer productions, the Mr. Wizard reference could also be a small allusion to that film.

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