CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Slaves of Las Vegas

Season 2, Ep 8, Aired 11/15/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Grissom and Catherine investigate the apparent violent death of a woman found in a sandbox. Their investigation leads them to the underground world of s and m clubs. Meanwhile, Warrick and Sara are called to a crime scene to investigate a shooting, which initially appears to have taken place during a robbery.

  • 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 (7)
  • A look at relationships, in a more diverse sense of the word.

    By persekore, Jan 05, 2007

  • The first appearance of the amazing Lady Heather -- the ultimate character foil for Grissom.

    By jackielyn, Apr 08, 2007

  • Slaves of L.A.

    By bankscountybabe, Oct 22, 2006

  • Lady Heather and a clever murder - very well written.

    By qstevie, Oct 07, 2006

  • Two CSI teams investigate two cases involving a dead woman who worked at a local S&M Fetish Club, and a robbery at a check-cashing store that was an inside job.

    By Bichlmaier, May 02, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Grissom: Gustav Stickley, very nice furniture. No pictures of your family though. Eileen Nelson: I know what they look like.

    • Brass: A thousand square miles of desert in Vegas and this perp dumps the body in a sandbox. Grissom: He didn't put it here to hide it. He put it here to be found.

    • Catherine (to Grissom): Why do men always make everything look so tough? (he shrugs)

    • Greg (laughs): You know what a "switch" is? Grissom: Someone who's dominant as well as submissive. (Greg is thoroughly impressed. He turns to Catherine) Greg: Oh, he's even got the lingo down. (Catherine nods her head. He imitates cracking a whip. Grissom doesn't crack a smile, Greg stops smiling and looks towards the floor) Grissom: If Mona's DNA is in one of these masks, then she was the submissive on the night she died. Greg: You're so dialed into this case, I'll bet you don't need me to tell you which mask had her DNA. Grissom: Yes, I do, Greg. I also need to know which straw she used. (Greg turns around. Grissom looks at Catherine, she shrugs. Greg turns back around with two sharpie pens in his nose. One red and one blue. Grissom still doesn't crack a smile) Catherine: Oh, nice. Mmm. Yeah, that's the idea, Greg. Two straws per mask. Greg: You can't get any air through pens. Catherine: And not much more through straws. Grissom: And even less if someone's fingers are on the other end. Greg: I found the victim's DNA on this mask and... these two straws. Red mark: Victim; blue mark ... Grissom: Our killer. Now we just need a suspect.

    • Lady Heather: Does all this fascinate you? Grissom: Yes. I find all deviant behavior fascinating in that to understand our human nature we have to understand our aberrations. Lady Heather: And you think what goes on here is aberrant? Grissom: I would say that whip marks and ligature contusions on a young woman are aberrant. Wouldn't you? Lady Heather: Every job has it's peculiar hazards. Rock stars damage their ear drums. Football players ruin their knees. In this business, it's scars. But no one who works for me has ever sustained a serious injury. Grissom: Mona did. She died. Lady Heather: Not because she worked here that's your assumption. What happens here isn't about violence. It's about challenging preconceived notions of victorian normalcy. Bringing people's fantasies to life. Making them real and acceptable. Grissom: Like the theatre. Lady Heather: It's people who don't come to places like this that I worry about. The ones who don't have an outlet. Say...someone like yourself. Grissom: Oh, I have outlets. I read. I study bugs. I sometimes even ride roller coasters. Lady Heather: And your sex life? Grissom: It doesn't involve going to the theatre. Lady Heather (smiles): In my experience, Mr. Grissom, some men go to the theater...some men are the theater. Either way, what I offer is a chance for submission or control, whichever's required. Sometimes a client doesn't know what he wants until I show him.

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    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: Otroci z Las Vegas (Slaves of Las Vegas)

    • Melinda Clarke makes her first appearance as Lady Heather.

    • Music: Feuer Frei - Rammstein Svefn-g-Englar - Sigur Ros

    • In 2002, this episode won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic)'.

    • This episode featured CSI's first advisory for partial nudity.

    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: Grissom notes that the victim was well cared-for, including "...manicured fingernails, manicured toenails...". This is out of character. Grissom, usually a very precise speaker, should know that a toenail job is a pedicure not a manicure. (The words come from Latin pes, foot, and manus, hand)

    • Catherine wears Chloe sunglasses.

    Allusions (4)

    • Episode Title: Slaves of Las Vegas The title of this episode is a play on the title of the book and film written by Tama Janowitz entitled Slaves of New York - though those slaves took their work slightly less literally.

    • Dominatrix: Okay, Randolph, You may lick my boots and go. Randolph: Because I'm naughty? Dominatrix: Randolph, shut up! (Catherine looks at Nick. He smiles a bit) Get up. (Catherine and Nick move along) Catherine: I feel like I'm trapped in the Marquis De Sade's brain pan. The Marquis de Sade was a French author whose works explored sexual freedom (including S&M) and was also a multiple rapist and torturer.

    • Catherine: Everybody, Nick. Wake up and smell the species. This is a reference to the 1995 film Species and the 1998 film Species II which are two movies that Marg Helgenberger starred in.

    • Grissom: Every time you find a body, you have to choose a path and when you take that path, Grasshopper, you risk destroying the evidence. Catherine: We grab a trowel and some fine mesh screens and we just pretend like we're panning for gold... Master. Master and Grasshopper are allusions to the 70's show Kung Fu.

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