CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 2

A La Cart

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 04, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSI team investigates two unusual cases, one involving the suspicious death of a go-cart racer who took his hobby to the highway and paid the price with his life, and a murder at a hip new restaurant where patrons dine in the dark.

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  • A body turns up with no head or hand.Also Grissom and Sara is questioned by Ecklie about their relationship

    An entertaining episode with Sara coming back and questioned by Ecklie about their relationship and Sara said it started 2 years ago and Grissom says it was 9 years ago.The man who turns up with no head or hand was killed by accident.In the other case where a man was killed in a restaurant in the dark where any one could be the killer.It was good at the end to see the team on the kart's and even Grissom had a turn racing against Catherine,Warrick and Nick.moreless
  • Well for all the anti-ships out there this was a thrilling episode. We have Sara gone not due to death but from quitting her job due to a non-office romance policy. Even though i'm anti-ship I still appreciate a character that has been with usmoreless

    Well for all the anti-ships out there this was a thrilling episode. We have Sara gone not due to death but from quitting her job due to a non-office romance policy. Even though i'm anti-ship I still appreciate a character that has been with us since the beginning of the show and I was sad to see her depart. Well it can't be helped other than that it was nice to see Grissom make Eckly look like an idiot it's been a while and it was nice to see the whole team and even Catherine and Warrick moments again. All in all it was a good episode and now we'll be able to get back to focusing on case's again.moreless
  • Is Sara gone ?

    I've been a fan of CSI since the first episode, is the only show i can't miss and wait for it ansious, this episode was great, but at the same time was pretty sad, coz Sara is moving on.

    I think there's a small chance she shows up ocasionaly on the show, since she will still be working on csi, only in different hours than the rest, but i expect that she shows up with grissom, in his private life, at least.

    I always loved both and i will miss the looks they gave to each other in the field and all the flerting.moreless
  • It's nicely done...

    I found both cases to be interesting. I like when they used the gel to test their theory. Ecklie looked well like Ecklie. It was great in the beginning how he thought Sara would just know where Grissom was. The Grissom and Sara scene is great. So, 9 years ago is when they met, awesome. The eating in the dark thing is kind of well weird at least to me because I would never go to a restraunt to eat in the dark if I want to do that I can at home. At any rate the episode was good. It's a bummer that Sara's moving to swing shift though. Love the GSR scene. I think that's all I am going to say for this episode. I have been a little actually a lot wrapped up in this stuff going on with Jorja so that's all.moreless
  • Very Revealing

    This wasn't my favorite episode but it definitely kept my attention. So much was revealed about each character's relationships with each other. Gil and Sara obviously have two different stories as to when the intimate relationship started. And it's funny how in the show it is the exact opposite of thinking than in real life. In this case the man is believing that the relationship began much earlier than the woman. It was cute to see Gil and Sara at the end of the show together, both very casual. I also saw some foreshadowing at the end of the episode when Sara is watching the team race go-karts and she is sort of left behind. I think the writers were giving the audience a little taste of what is in store for the show.

    The Catherine and Warrick scenario was a little heated. You could sense the sexual tension between them when he found the night vision goggles. That was fun to watch considering the fact that their storyline of a romance fell to pieces. The fans were expecting a little more a few seasons ago and never got anything, although I don't see the writers allowing anymore relationships to occur within the "forensic team." We'll see where the story is headed, looks good for next week!moreless
Darris Love

Darris Love

Det. Ezekiel Holstein

Guest Star

Albert Pugliese

Albert Pugliese

Benny Manduccit

Guest Star

Heidi Lynne Herschbach

Heidi Lynne Herschbach

April Kissimee

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Sheeri Rappaport

Sheeri Rappaport

Mandy Webster

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Sara is forced to transfer to the day shift by Ecklie.

    • In this episodes four basic tastes are mention. Sweet, Sour, Salt and Bitter.

      But there is one more taste sensation that has been neglected. Namely Umami (which describes the taste of savouriness. Umami is a japanese term adopted as one of five basic tastes, when not counting the four already existing taste sensations).

    • The shirt seen in Hot Rod's truck when Greg is searching it [truck]. It is the same shirt as worn by the kid that works at the hot dog stand in the episode 4 x 4.

    • Goof: When Warrick and Catherine are looking at the seating chart at the crime scene, Warrick puts on his orange viewing glasses, but in the next scene, he is putting them on again before switching on the ALS blue light.

    • David is Jewish.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Grissom and Sara are watching the team go-karting, Nick stops his)
      Nick: Hey, do you want to ride?
      Sara: Wish I could.
      Nick: How about you, Ricky Bobby?
      Grissom: No thanks. I like to watch.
      Nick: Okay. (smiles, flips his visor on his helmet down and speeds off)
      Sara: You should go.
      Grissom: Yeah?
      Sara: Yeah, you should go.
      Grissom: (smiles) Okay.

    • Catherine: I'm sorry, but this is a stupid idea for a restaurant. I need to see what I'm eating.
      Warrick: (wearing night vision goggles he found at the crime scene) I can see just fine.
      Catherine: Where are you?
      Warrick: Right here. (she turns on the lights and is a couple inches from him)
      Catherine: Hi!
      Warrick: Hi!
      Catherine: Night vision goggles?
      Warrick: Yeah, someone left these behind.
      Catherine: Kinda defeats the purpose of dining in the dark.
      Warrick: Unless you don't come here for the food.

    • Lady: Dining should be an experience like opera, or art. It should feed the soul as well as the belly. You should, smell it, touch it, and let it rest on your tongue. I'm selling sensuality here. I encourage eating with your hands. Texture is critual. The salty, meaty flesh of lobster drenched in creamy, clarified french butter. The poppy seeded flesh and firm skin of a fresh fig, dipped in honey. The tongue understands four major taste groups. Salty, sweet, sour, bitter. It has over 10,000 taste buds each with its one direct connection to the pleasure center of the brain, triggering endorphins. The anticipation and the release of eating good food is chemically quite similar to getting high on drugs.
      Brass: And apparently just as dangerous.

    • Grissom: Blood trail leads up from there, so we follow the blood. (heads up the road)
      Greg: He say anything to you about what's happening with Sara?
      Nick: No. (they continue to walk up the hill following Grissom, marking the blood on the road) So, did Sara ever say anything to you about her and Grissom?
      Greg: Not with so many words.
      Nick: So, you knew about the two of them?
      Greg: Yeah. (Nick looks shocked)

    • Nick (watching people race go-karts): You know, when I was a kid, we used to make these things out of lunch trays and you know, lawn mower engines.
      Greg: When I was a kid I used to make bombs... little bombs.

    • Nick: So, your statement is, he just...spontaneously lost his head?
      Rodney: Yeah. You know, one minute, he's-he's staring at me. The next, I look back, and the headless horseman is driving his cart.

    • Detective (reading the football helmet, which has a decapitated head in it): Sagebrush Valley High School. The Cobras.
      Nick: Looks like he could still be in high school. Boy, football's gotten a lot more brutal since my playin' days.
      Detective: Well, where's the rest of him? Still out on the field?
      Nick: Well, there are no high school football fields around here. What do you think, Grissom?
      Grissom: Ichabod was horror struck on perceiving that he was headless.

    • Catherine: We've got a high profile dead guy in a locked room situation with sixteen diners and three blind waiters... Give me something.
      Warrick: How about a band aid with petals?
      Catherine: It's not a band aid. It's a nipple flower.

    • Warrick: It's a crowded restaurant, somebody must have seen something.
      Brass: Not exactly, welcome to the latest fad, dining in the dark. (presses a remote that makes the room pitch black) The waiters are blind. No one sees anything. Piece of cake, huh?
      Catherine: Did he just leave?
      Warrick: I think so.
      David (anxiously): Guys... I have a dead body here..

    • Grissom: When did you tell Ecklie we got involved?
      Sara: Two years ago. Why, what did you tell him?
      Grissom: Nine years ago.
      Sara (laughs): The Forensic Academy conference.
      Grissom: Yeah. You, uh, had too many questions about anthropology for some reason.
      Sara: Well, I was stalling. I was trying to get the nerve to ask you to dinner.
      Grissom: You had a ponytail.
      Sara: I'm gonna move to swing.
      Grissom: We talked about this.
      Sara: I know that you said you would do it but I don't wanna do that to the team. Besides, I am sure that I could use more daylight in my life. (long pause) We should go.
      Grissom: Yeah.

    • Ecklie: You've been dodging me, it's time to talk. Gil, nobody wants to hear about your love life less than I do, but since you didn't handle this right, I have to take a formal statement. (Grissom stares at him) It should have been a conversation between friends. I mean we could find someway around this. Catherine could have done Sara's evaluations. Why didn't you just tell me?
      Grissom: We didn't want you to know.
      Ecklie: Don't most women like the world to know they are dating someone?
      Grissom: Where do you get your information about women, Conrad?
      Ecklie (pauses): Okay... so when did you two... you know...
      Grissom: Nine years ago.
      Ecklie: You know what? You two need to get your stories straight.

    • Ecklie: What's going on here?
      Grissom: We're trying to determine if a steel-belted truck tire can decapitate a kid driving a go-kart.
      Ecklie: I thought that was an urban myth.
      Grissom: Myths, legends, tall tales, they all come from something real.
      Nick: If that truck was going 60mph, drafting a truck going the same speed, and that truck blows a tire, sending the projectile into the victim's neck and--
      Ecklie: Yeah the combined speed is 120mph, which is about--
      Greg: 962 foot pounds of energy.
      Grissom: Let's go fellas. (Nick and Greg move over by him, Ecklie is staring at the dummy made out of ballistics gel) C'mon Conrad, there's always room for jello.
      Ecklie: That's expensive jello.
      Greg: I love this. (Grissom shoots the tire at the dummy, it takes its neck off)
      Ecklie: It worked. See if we can't reuse some of that.

    • Lady: Oh my god, I can't even see it and it feels so big. The ring, I mean.

    • Hodges: Just so you know, I'm a bit of a go-kart enthusiast myself.
      Nick: That's awesome...(leaves)

    • Doc Robbins (looking at the vic's decapitated head): His face looks like hamburger.

    • Nick (to Rodney): Nothing says "I'm guilty" like running from the cops, dumbass.

    • Warrick: One minute we're married and the next...
      Catherine: You know what, good for you. Divorces should be like band-aids. One quick yank and done.
      Warrick: You think?
      Catherine: Ah, what do I know. Eddie and I stayed together way too long. Every decision was an act of congress.

    • Ecklie: Hey, how's the arm?
      Sara: Fractured in two places. (Ecklie tries to call Grissom, no answer, so he leaves a message on his phone)
      Ecklie: Is it feeling better?
      Sara: Yeah.
      Ecklie: So, you must know where he is.
      Sara: Actually, I don't.
      Ecklie: Really? Um... (pauses) Look, I don't wanna play any games here, this is as difficult for me as it is for you. So, let's just get this over with, shall we? Okay, then, this is an administrative inquiry. You and your supervisor were in direct violation of lab policies.
      Sara: Are.
      Ecklie (pauses for a second): Are. In direct violation of lab policies, which states that members of the same forensic team may not engage in a romantic relationship. So, when did you and Supervisor Grissom begin your relationship?
      Sara: Well, we've always had a relationship.
      Ecklie (pauses, looks uncomfortable): I mean... when did you become intimate?
      Sara: Two years ago. I think it was a Sunday.

    • Greg: We found high velocity blood spatter in the rear wheel well of the victim's cart. Which means, he lost his head at high speed.
      Nick: So, how did Hot Rod decapitate Vinny while racing down a highway at 60mph?
      Grissom: Maybe he didn't.
      Greg: People's heads don't just fly off for no reason.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Černá kára (Blask car)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 16, 2007 on Kanal 5
      Norway: February 5, 2008 on TVNorge
      New Zealand: February 11, 2008 on TV3
      Australia: February 18, 2008 on Nine
      Latin America: February 18, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: March 17, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Italy: March 27, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Germany: September 18, 2008 on RTL
      Spain: September 22, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: November 19, 2008 on MTV3
      Portugal: July 8, 2009 on SIC
      Czech Republic: September 3, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title for this episode was Aftermath.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies- Tchaikovsky.
      The Blue Danube- Johann Strauss.
      Running Up That Hill- Placebo

  • ALLUSIONS (10)

    • The shirt seen in Hot Rod's truck when Greg is searching the truck. It is the same shirt as worn by the kid that works at the hot dog stand in the Season 5 episode "4 x 4."

    • Episode Title: A La Cart

      The title of this episode combines the two cases the team works on: A La Cart is put together by using "À la carte", which refers to a menue, thus meaning the restaurant murder and "Cart" refering to the victim of a go-cart race.

    • Grissom: Ichabod was horror-struck, on perceiving that he was headless.

      Grissom says the same thing in Evaluation Day (1x22) when he and Catherine worked a case in which they found a human head in the trunk of a car.

      The allusion is to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, a classic tale featuring a headless horseman seen by the frightened schoolmaster Ichabod Crane.

    • The skull, which is ostensively floating across the highway to the composition of Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube", is a reference in visual and musical respect to the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    • Ecklie: That's expensive jello.

      This is the second time the cost of ballistic jelly was first mentioned in the Season 5 episode in "Who Shot Sherlock?" Catherine (scoffs): Do you have any idea how much ballistics gel costs?

    • Nick (to Grissom): How 'bout you, Ricky Bobby?

      This is a reference to the 2006 film Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.

    • Grissom: There's always room for Jell-O.

      This is a campaign slogan Jell-O has used for many years.

      And once again the series takes quotes from itself: Catherine used this exact phrase in episode Who Shot Sherlock? (S5 E10).

    • Character allusion:

      Hampton Huxley and his Kitties are an obvious tip of the hat to Hugh Hefner and the famous Playboy Bunnies.

    • The situation with the exploding truck tire causing decapitation is exactly the same as the myth on the Big Rig Special on Mythbusters. In fact, during the next scene, Gil Grissom is wearing a black beret, Jamie Hyneman's hat of choice.

    • Funny Guy: You know, Doctors without Boundaries.

      This is an allusion to Doctors without Borders. This is a not-for-profit organization that helps people in third-world countries by providing medical attention.