CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 18

$35K O.B.O.

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 29, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A couple leaving a restaurant on their anniversary are killed in the street and their car is stolen. The crime scene is compromised when it rains shortly after the CSIs arrive. It gets more mysterious when the car is found and it becomes a new crime scene. Catherine looks into the collapse of a city owned residence that kills three elderly women. She runs into problems with the city engineer responsible for the building.moreless

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  • The investigation of a double murder is further complicated by a heavy rain storm. Elsewhere Catherine investigates the fatal collapse of a home.

    Unlike the previous episode, this one has two solid story lines that are both equally entertaining and well written. The double homicide that turns out to be more than expected was terrific. It took a number of turns that kept it very interesting. The scene of the dead woman falling out of the stolen SUV was terrific. As great as Gil Grissom is, it was neat to see him for once not be in total control of things as he likes to be. I did have a slight problem with the secondary story however. The biggest problem with that was the building engineer Catherine was forced to deal with. His constant flirting with her was unnecessary. Also it is unclear if he actually had an interest in her or was trying to sway her opinion because he was afraid the collapse of the house was his fault. That being said I did like how that story wrapped up. Again, very plausible. In the end, "$35K OBO" is an episode worth seeing.moreless
  • a collapsed roff and a compramised sene.

    I loved this episode! I like how it started raining so they had to quickly gather the evidence that they had. Then they figure out that people were paid to kill the couple. But it was only to kill the wife but then they killed the husband too. which is weird. Ok then cahterine investagated this house collapse that crushed some old ladies. She crawled under all the wreckage wich i though was cool how they showed it and she found a beetle and a beam that was beat with a sludge hammer. In the end it ends up being from olanes flying over it.moreless
  • this was the very first episode i ever saw

    i remember the time i first saw this episode

    i was flipping through channels and came upon this episode. They were investigating a crime scene, then all of a sudden it began to rain heavily and they scrambled to get what they could.

    It got me interested so then I continued to watch. I must say that I had never seen a show like it and although I had heard somewhat of it, I didn't think I would like it.

    I guess I was wrong. And ever since then I would tun in to the show and it just kept getting better and better.

    My favourite part from this ep would probably be the part where they remove the tip of the knife from the girl and use it to match it to the knife that was used to kill the other guy.

    For me, this was the most memorable one of all for personal reasons.moreless
  • A compromised crime scene and a collapsed building.

    Grissom, Sara, Nick & Warrick investigate the murder of a couple who are killed in the street on their aniversary and their car is stolen. Shortly after the CSI's arrive it starts to rain & the crime scene is compromised. With no evidence to process the CSI's have to keep guessing what really happened.

    Catherine looks into the collapse of a city owned residence that kills old women. The city engineer responsible for the building dosen't want her investigating but cath want's to do her job. And in the end gets him of the hook.

Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

Paul Newsome

Guest Star

Reynaldo Rosales

Reynaldo Rosales

Justin Greene

Guest Star

Louis Mustillo

Louis Mustillo

Knife Expert

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet

Ronnie Litre

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Warrick has been a CSI for six years.

    • Goof: As Grissom opens SUV door, the reflection of the film crew is very clear.

    • Goof: In one shot Grissom puts a shoe on its side with a pencil. In the next shot, the shoe is upright again.

    • Goof: When Nick gives the blank writing pad to one of the lab workers he states that he took it from the suspect's apartment, but at the apartment, Grissom found and bagged the writing pad while Nick is in another room.

    • Goof: The length of a dagger cannot be found by extrapolating the angles of its tip. The tip of a dagger angles out, and then generally tapers to parallel lines towards the guard and handle, the blade could be any length.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Grissom: Seat belts unbuckled. That's why she fell out.
      Brass: Yeah, so?
      Grissom: Well, she's in the drivers seat. Was she driving? Or could she have been placed in here?
      Brass: Maybe she's like 28% of Americans, she doesn't buckle up.
      Grissom: I think it's 29%, actually.

    • Sara: Justin, we need to take your clothes.
      Justin: Why?
      Sara: ...'Cause there is blood all over them.

    • Grissom: They used to say 'never' on Sunday, then Pearl Harbor happened... I never say never.

    • (The body falls out of the SUV)
      Grissom: Well, I haven't felt that in a while.
      Brass: What's that?
      Grissom: The element of surprise.

    • Brass: Hey, Warrick. Is Grissom around?
      Warrick: You see him?
      Brass: You know between you and me, as long as I've been on the job I still don't like touching dead bodies.
      Warrick: Well, that's why you got the badge and I got the syringe.

    • (Heavy rain washes over the crime scene)
      Sara: We're losing everything!
      Grissom: Yeah... our killer got lucky tonight.

    • Paul Newsome: You're not married, are you? (Catherine looks up and stares at him) Divorced.

    • (Catherine walks up behind Paul Newsome, who is inspecting a broken wall with dry rot)
      Catherine: Is that from the rain?
      Paul Newsome: Depends on who's asking.
      Catherine: Are you hiding something or am I not worth your time?
      Paul Newsome: Excuse me?
      Catherine: Well, you are the district engineer of the city, right? You're responsible for the structural safety of this building.
      Paul Newsome: I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name.
      Catherine: Catherine Willows. Las Vegas Crime Lab.
      Paul Newsome: Crime lab?
      Catherine: Yeah. The building fell down. Three people were crushed to death.

    • Catherine: And you're not calling this a crime scene?
      O'Riley: Catherine, it's a building!
      Catherine: O'Riley ... it's a suspect!

    • Sara: What's missing here?
      Warrick: No car.
      Nick: No mercy.

    • Grissom: Okay. How did her blood get on his shoe?
      Nick: Gravity. Warrick, please, on the floor on your back.
      Warrick: Man, why are you always trying to put me down?

    • Brass: I still can't believe you messed up the crime scene.
      Grissom: The body fell out when I opened the door. It happens. We move on.
      Brass: Uh-huh. It's gonna bother you all day.

    • Paul Newsome: Look, lady, I don't know what it is...
      Catherine: Catherine.
      Paul Newsome: Sorry.
      Catherine: Don't say "Sorry". Just know who you're talking to.

    • Grissom: Our little Jessica was a prolific note-taker. (reading post-it note on computer) "Try to be a good person today."
      Brass: Yeah, right. Try not to kill too many people.

    • Nick: Pulled a couple of hairs off of our male stabbing vic.
      Greg: Okay. Baby. Uh-huh.
      Nick: What?
      Greg: Nine lives.
      Nick: Cat hair?
      Greg: Meow.

    • Nick: Hey, Greg.
      Greg: Shh. I might be looking at the mother of my children here.
      Nick: Somebody's been putting in way too much overtime.
      Greg: No, this is serious. I had a date last night. And this girl has the most impossible green eyes. Just, BAM. Shoulder-length blonde hair, intelligent. And she smells so good.
      Nick: Cute toes?
      Greg: Oh, ideal. And none longer than the big toe. Both feet. But you know I need to know is what is on the inside.
      Nick: What's in her heart?
      Greg: No, her DNA. This girl has got some fine epithelials.
      Nick: Dude, you're sick. Man, you have officially lost it.
      Greg: There's a guy in Louisville, he charges 300 clams to test your spouse's underwear for foreign DNA. Now that guy is sick. I'm just a romantic.
      Nick: Whatever happened to getting to know someone over coffee? Letting the relationship evolve. Romantic is sending flowers, not bogarting her skin cells.
      Greg: Oh that's boring.

    • Grissom: You know what they say about looks.
      Brass: They can be deceiving?
      Grissom: They can kill.

    • Grissom (looking at beetle found at crime scene): Can I keep it?
      Catherine: Sorry, evidence.
      Grissom: Don't forget to feed him.
      Catherine: I know. Wood.

  • NOTES (3)