CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Pilot

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 10/6/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Gil Grissom is the supervisor of the graveyard shift of Las Vegas' elite crime scene investigators. Holly Gribbs, fresh out of the academy, joins the team. Jim Brass is head of the unit and is trying to scare Gribbs from CSI. Catherine Willows, mother of a young daughter, is the number two CSI on this shift. Warrick Brown and Nick Stokes are competing to solve their 100th case to earn a promotion to CSI 3. Grissom investigates a murder staged to look like a suicide with precious little evidence. Warrick and Catherine take the case of a drunk who breaks into the house where he had been staying and is shot to death. Nick talks to a man who picked up a woman who drugged and robbed him.moreless

  • 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 (31)
  • CSI Vegas

    By DexterMorgan2, Mar 05, 2013

  • Interesting start to a now classic series

    By BevinChu, Mar 28, 2012

  • Beginning of the beginning

    By Dannyboy888, Mar 03, 2012

  • Not bad, but not good either.

    By cherrytree34, Sep 12, 2007

  • Great start to a great show.

    By Valentine_76, Feb 24, 2011

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (20)

    • Grissom (to Holly): We scrutinize the crime scene. Collect the evidence. Recreate what had happened without ever having been there. It's pretty cool actually.

    • Holly (gasping): There were...bodies. I could feel them.....breathing... Grissom (chuckling): It's okay, Holly. It's alright. (turns around to yell at the bodies through the door) You assholes! (Holly laughs) There. Okay?

    • Brass: Suicide. Grissom: You think so, huh? Brass: You got the sleeping bag for easy cleanup, the bathtub to catch the bullet, open window so the stench alerts the neighbors ... god bless him. (Brass coughs. He flips the lights on. Grissom puts on his glasses to look at the scene. Brass clears his throat. Grissom looks around and finds a bug and he picks it up) Grissom: Pupa, stage three. Brass: English. I'm not an entomologist. Grissom: It's the third stage of larva metamorphosis. This guy's been dead seven days. (Grissom puts the larva into a container) Brass: That's a maggot, and he stinks. Oh, good, it's almost 11:00. Maybe if I'm lucky I can break out of here in time for a shot at the first rack of the Krispy Kreme.

    • (Grissom plays suicide tape for Royce Harmon's Mom and Sister) Grissom: We are so sorry about this Mrs. Harmon. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. Mrs. Harmon: No, you don't understand. This is his picture, but that's not my son's voice.

    • Warrick: Twenty bucks, by the end of shift, I'm the man. Nick: Is there anything you won't bet on? Warrick: Nah. It's college football season, man. I won eight of ten this weekend. Kilt 'em. Outside the Huskers and them punk-ass Irish, I'm up about four G's. Nick: Hmm, what's the line on us? Warrick: On us? I'm like Tiger, man! I'm heavily favored.

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    Notes (11)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Důkazy nel┼żou (Evidence Does Not Lie)

    • In the televised cut, O'Reilly mispronounces Milander's last name. In the Blu-Ray director's cut, O'Reilly says it correctly.

    • Real Vegas locations included XO Liquors, Bally's (Warrick was filmed in front of it), and the Fremont Street Experience. The aftermath of a traffic collision (Kristy Hopkins' accident) was filmed there. A temporary median was set up on Casino Center Drive.

    • Most filming of CSI is actually filmed in Santa Clarita, CA.

    • This show was first offered to the Disney-owned American network ABC in 1999, but was rejected as "too confusing for the average viewer". The show was then shopped at CBS, but very late in the development season. It was put on the network's fall schedule by Les Moonves, the network's boss, at the last minute, and since then its consistently high ratings (frequently #1 in Nielsen rankings) have helped spur a renaissance for that network.

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    Trivia (20)

    • This episode shows Catherine being dropped off at work by her sister, Nancy. This is one of only two times that her sister is ever mentioned during the course of the show. The other mention was fifteen episodes later in "Too Tough to Die" to Warrick when working with the dummy.

    • This episode shows that Jeep Liberties are the standard issue vehicles at the moment.

    • The terms "CSI" and "Crime Scene Investigations" are not used in the pilot episode. The CSI's are referred to as "Criminalistics Techs" and where they work is called the "Criminalistics Lab".

    • The extreme popularity of this TV series was credited for a large surge of applications for courses in forensic science.

    • Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows were ranked 82nd on Bravo's list of 100 Greatest TV Characters.

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    Allusions (4)

    • Brass: That's a maggot, and he stinks. Oh, good, it's almost 11:00. Maybe if I'm lucky I can break out of here in time for a shot at the first rack of the Krispy Kreme. Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a yeast based doughnut. The original is a plain glazed doughnut. Today they come with many toppings, and fillings. Vernon Rudolph bought the recipe from a French chef in New Orleans, July 13, 1937. He started by baking and selling to grocery stores, until the demand for hot, fresh doughnuts inspired him to open his own store to sell to the public.

    • The liquor store owner (Nancy Fish) sarcastically identifies herself as "Lesley Stahl". Lesley Stahl is a veteran CBS newscaster, having served as White House correspondent and anchor for shows like Face The Nation and 60 Minutes. Although she made appearances (as herself) on non-news shows like Murphy Brown and Frasier, she has never personally appeared on any of the CSI shows.

    • When Greg and Nick are waiting for test results, they discuss NFL 2K for Sega Dreamcast (a video game and system which were released shortly before this episode aired).

    • Lab Tech: What makes you think Dark Side of the Moon set to Wizard of Oz is going to warm the barn? This is a reference to the "Dark Side of the Oz" trick; by starting the Dark Side of the Moon album just as the third lion roar of the MGM logo screen is heard the lyrics of the album match up remarkably well with the images of the movie.

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