CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

The Strip Strangler

Season 1, Ep 23, Aired 5/17/01
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  • Episode Description
  • The team is investigating the ongoing murders by a signature killer. The killer has some knowledge of forensics and has left little evidence behind. With the investigation somewhat stalled, the sheriff invites the FBI to join the case. This makes Grissom angry and it only gets worse when Sara offers to bait the killer.

  • 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 (15)
  • CSI first season finale

    By 7dixob, Aug 25, 2012

  • This was a really well written episode and a great way to end the season. Classic Gris always in control. Sara learned a lesson that she should trust Gris more as he knows what he is doing. GSR chemistry growing

    By fio14, Aug 02, 2008

  • the gang investigates a murder by a signature killer and things get worse as the fbi becomes involved and kick grissom off the case

    By Collegebound06, Jun 05, 2008

  • I liked this ep it was good. sara says yes to being a decoy in a fbi thing!

    By sid1157, Sep 23, 2007

  • ...

    By Andrew0000, Mar 30, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (22)

    • Grissom: Am I, uh, interrupting your laundry? Syd: I'm just doing some gym towels. (Grissom doesn't say anything. He stares at the hair on Syd's head. Syd notices it and calmly, boldly takes off his wig) Grissom: You were so meticulous about so many things. Shaving. The gloves. Planted evidence. That's why I don't understand why you'd bring towels that eventually could be tracked. Syd: I don't know what you're talking about. Grissom: Strong's gym. That's where the women told you to you to get lost, right? Stuffing club towels down their throat make your point? Syd: You know, the thing with women ... is they work out because they want us to look at them. And then they ... parade around. And you just want to ... say hello. Everybody knows white cotton fibers aren't like fingerprints. They can't be traced. You don't get a ... match on a towel. Grissom: In theory. But the truth is every object is changed by its owner. By his habits. His ... washing machine, for instance. His detergent. Syd (smiles): The totality of microscopic elements. It's Locard's Theory. Grissom (hearing the washing machine start thumping): Your towel is caught in the agitator. Now, see, that's going to leave distinctive marks on the fabric, Syd. And that's just the beginning. I've had a look at your garbage. Syd: You were in my apartment. Now, nothing from there's admissible in court. Grissom: Your garbage is in a public area ... plain sight. It's enough for me to get a warrant. (Syd knows that he's caught. Grissom looks towards the noisy washing machine, Syd grabs a wrench off of the table, he swings. Grissom raises a hand to block the blow to his head and gets caught in the side of his arm. He does down. Syd drops the wrench and picks up a shovel. He raises it high above his head to swing. Grissom puts up a hand to block the blow when a gun is fired, Grissom looks up and sees Catherine killed him)

    • Catherine: I guess we should have known if our guy was planting hairs he was planting semen. Grissom: Yeah. Probably in little hollowed-out packets of ketchup.

    • Catherine: Call Grissom on his cell. Greg: I thought he was off the case. Catherine: He is. Dial. Tell him to meet me at this guy's work address.

    • Sheriff Mobley: The FBI did me a favor being here and they have a viable suspect. Grissom: He's not viable, Brian. Sheriff Mobley: Then further investigation will prove that out. In the meantime, people will feel better about their daily lives. Now, why on earth would you want to counteract that? Grissom: For those who have to ask, no answer could suffice. Sheriff Mobley: Look, I see we've come to an impasse. If further investigation determines that Walden didn't kill those other women then you can rejoin the investigation. Grissom: Oh, do I get the weekend off? Sheriff Mobley: For starters ... and a two-week holiday ... anywhere but CSI. You brought this on yourself. Now, the next time you want to play with my career, maybe you'll think twice.

    • Grissom (about Brad Walden): You can't charge him for the other women. Agent Culpepper: What do you mean? Grissom: For the murder of his wife, maybe but I am certain that he didn't do the others. Agent Culpepper: Every piece of the signature is there. Grissom: He read the papers -- he piggybacked on top of the killer. Agent Culpepper: For what possible reason? Grissom: Who knows? Convenient way out of a lousy marriage? He's not our guy. Agent Culpepper: You know, this is where I like to reference the majesty and the power of the Republic of the United States of America. Grissom: Go ahead. Pull rank. But that hotel crime scene was staged to look like the signature's. Agent Culpepper: And that golfer just got lucky that the victim type fits his wife to a Texas T, is that it? Grissom: If you stop and think, you'll see it. Agent Culpepper: Duly noted, Supervisor Grissom. Duly noted.

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    Notes (2)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic: ┼ákrtič (Strangler)

    • Music: Waydown- Catherine Wheel Danke Schoen- Wayne Newton Darkest Dreaming- David Sylvian Faces- Chris Caffery Nobody Does It Better- Carly Simon Song For Olabi- Bliss Touched- VAST

    Trivia (3)

    • In this episode, this is the first and last time in all of the seasons so far that we hear Nick Stokes (George Eads) call his supervisor "Gil" instead of "Grissom".

    • Goof: When Grissom first arrives at his own home, he turns on his stereo and adjusts one of the levels. In one shot, he uses his left index finger to push it up, but in the next, he is moving it with his right index finger and thumb.

    • Goof: Robbins is talking to Grissom and Nick in the autopsy room, and the latest post autopsy female lies on the table. Grissom says, "He choked her unconscious, and brought her..." and when the shot faces her head and shoulders, watch her neck - you can see the veins in her neck pumping.

    Allusions (2)

    • Brass: What about Paul Millander? Paul Millander was the suspect who was cleared of the murder in the "Pilot," and then framed Grissom in later episode "Anonymous."

    • Grissom: The last time a security guard tried to help me, he ended up dead. This refers to earlier episode "Boom" when a security guard, Dominic Kretzker, tried to help Grissom in solving a case but ends up dying a hero.

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