CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Revenge Is Best Served Cold

Season 3, Ep 1, Aired 9/26/02
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  • Episode Description
  • Catherine and Nick investigate street racing after one of the drivers is found dead out in the desert at an abandoned airstrip. Back in town, Grissom and his crew look into the death of a poker player who suffered a violent convulsion in the middle of a high-stakes game with three others. As always, things aren't what they seem.

  • 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 (8)
  • Killed by chocolate

    By 7dixob, Sep 28, 2012

  • A fun ep

    By HLMel1592, Apr 18, 2012

  • Revenge sounds good, but does it make you feel good?

    By OnePerCentClub, Dec 29, 2010

  • This episode was interesting

    By ipodfanatic000, Feb 29, 2008

  • empty

    By CTUBauer24, May 20, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Tony: So I went to a couple of events and hooked into the world. I found out within one hour who killed her. Nick: So, let me get this straight. You decide to become one of them. You buy a car with your mother's death benefit toss your hat in the ring and wait for your shot. Catherine: Revenge is best served cold.

    • Catherine: Well, the only void is in the driver's seat. Means it was occupied by our victim, Jace Felder. So he was shot in the head, left to right. Spatter on the passenger door is from the exit wound. Nick: Well, what about the rest of this blood? It's everywhere. Catherine: He was shot while the car was in motion? Bled out while the car was rolling? I want to meet this killer.

    • Catherine: And you only lay down treads when your wheels aren't rolling smoothly. Panic braking? Sudden boost of acceleration? Race? Nick: I think so, yeah. Catherine: Drag racing? Nick: Or street racing. There's a reason it's illegal. Catherine: Yeah. Kids end up dead.

    • Grissom (looking at the victim's hand): Pair of aces. No river card, though. Burn one, turn one. (Warrick does this) Warrick: Ace of spades. Grissom: The Death Card.

    • Nick: I wired the target to the car's alarm system. Gotta make sure we hear it. Catherine: Always thinking there, Nicky, aren't ya? (they get into their cars and buckle up) Nick: Okay, remember full out the fifth then hit the nitrous and hang on. Catherine: You just try to keep up.

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    Notes (3)

    • Guest star Carmine Giovinazzo (Thumpy G) went on to star on the second CSI spin-off, CSI: NY, making him one of only three primary actors (along with Lawerence Fishburne and David Caruso) to be in all 3 CSI series. However, since he wasn't playing his CSI NY character here, he can't join the other two as playing the same character in all 3 series. He also starred in the 2001 film Black Hawk Down which was also produced by Jerry Bruckheimer.

    • Music: The Watcher - Dr. Dre Sky Blue - Peter Gabriel Lapdance - N.E.R.D. Just Like I Imagined You - Rick Ryan Giving Up the Ghost - DJ Shadow Breathe - T.L. Popmusik You Walk Away - Filter.

    • Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall become series regulars with this episode.

    Trivia (3)

    • Goof: Stokes tells "Michelangelo" he is looking for a blue Honda, blue rims, blue tint. The picture Michelangelo shows Stokes and Willows is an Acura RSX, not a blue Honda.

    • Goof: In the final flashback in Nick and Catherine's case, after Tony confesses, you can see the ramp used to flip the car.

    • Goof: At this point in the episode, the team realizes that they aren't chasing eyedrops anymore, but lead. They are watching a surveillance tape from the casino. Grissom says, "Okay it's the last hand. I'm Doyle. I've been sitting in this chair for the last 13 hours (he really loves the game huh?)." At this point the waitress shows up on the tape. Herein lies the goof. Grissom said it was the last hand. If you remember from the beginning of the episode, the waitress comes in, serves the drinks to the loudmouth kid, who tips her, then she goes to Doyle and serves his drink FROM HIS RIGHT. In the video tape of that hand, you see the waitress come in and serve him his drink FROM THE LEFT. Then she glances at the loudmouth kid, and the episode goes on.

    Allusions (8)

    • Sara: I got chocolate. Warrick: What color is it? Sara: Green ... You know what they say about the green ones. Green M&M's have long been the subject of myth as they are considered, by some, to have magical aphrodisiac powers. As to whether or not this is true is, of course, subject to interpretation. The myth was fueled in the late seventies and early eighties, as rock and roll performers , such as Van Halen, requested bowls of Green M&M's backstage. The color green as long been considered a symbol for fertility.

    • Catherine: From what I hear, Jace Felder was ... Mario Andretti. Mario Andretti is an Italian American racing driver, and one of the most successful Americans in the history of auto racing.

    • Robbins: You know why Steve Wynn hired Bobby Baldwin to run The Nugget, then The Mirage, The Bellagio? He was a great poker player, Great Thinker. Stephen Wynn is a casino resort developer. He is credited with spearheading the dramatic resurgence and expansion of Las Vegas, Nevada in the 1990s. Bobby Baldwin is a professional poker player, and casino executive. In 1982 he became a consultant for the Golden Nugget casino, and in 1984 was named the president. He was selected to head The Mirage in 1987 and was named as the president of the Bellagio hotel and casino in 1998. In 1999-2000 he was also the Chief Financial Officer of Mirage Resorts under Steve Wynn; in 2000, upon the merger of Mirage Resorts and MGM Grand, he became the Chief Executive Officer of the Mirage Resorts subsidiary of MGM Mirage.

    • Doyle Pfeiffer: Johnny Chan thought I was too old, too back in the '86 series. Johnny Chan is a professional poker player.

    • Greg: So, we meet again. Lita Gibbons wasn't putting this on her nipples, was she? Sara: You have been drinking too many Thug Passions. The woman is twice your age. She may be three times your age, Greg. (Greg chuckles and waves his hand) Greg: Old case. Sorry. Greg references the case (a trick and roll) Nick had to solve in the "Pilot."

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