CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 3 Episode 4

A Little Murder

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 17, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom suspects murder when the body of a dwarf is found hanging from a rope high above a stage in a casino hotel where a convention of little people is being held. Across town, Catherine is attacked at a crime scene where a man was murdered during what appears to have been a home robbery.moreless

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  • Catherine has a little scare

    Even when we barely saw any aspect of the characters' personal lives, so far, I liked that we were able to see all the dangers, responsibilities and mistakes of their job. I mean, the bad side of it. Catherine is attacked and suffers the consequences during this episode. She went from weak to strong. The only thing that I never approved was the failed romance between Catherine and Warrick.

    The rest of the team join Grissom to solve a case specially for him. He had to be meticulous and thorough to complete the work of Nick and Sara.

    It was also good to learn more about little people and their differences.moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes. Warrick and Catherine excellent job. Catherine became evidence in the scene that she was processing. Warrick was there to make sure she was okay. Nick, Sara, and Grissom excellent job in execution for the little people.moreless

    Excellent episode. Very riveting. Excellent chemistry, working together on both part of the working teams. Love watching the CSI episodes. Teamwork was excellent. Story was well written. Making a CSI member a part of the evidence which takes a little bit longer. Nice wrap up. Story was really good, intervening with the little people. Character work well-written. Finally able to see Catherine a little bit scared. Nick being able to analyze how one of the dwarfs pulled the crime scene off. one of the best episodes that I have seen so far. Want to see more of CSI and the characters.moreless
  • A realy good episode.

    It has GSR and an insite into a different "world".This is a great episode we get to see Grissom straight away understanding that he needs to respect the midgets but with the others as they arte younger and less mature we see them eventually understand that they need to treat them just like normal people because thats what they are. On the other half with Catherine and Warrick we see Catherine getting attacked in what looks like a simple hoom invasion turned wrong. The way they showed this episode you really felt sorry for Catherine there had been just enough character developement up to this point for your heart stings to be pulled at slightly, a truely memerable episode.moreless
  • Grissom and Sara (aided by Nick) are working a case dealing with midgets (hence the title; A Little Murder) and Warrick and Catherine have a case where a man was murdered in his apartment.moreless

    This is a really great episode, totally well written, as previously stated. And I love the twist at the end of the case with the midgets. I\'m not gonna say what that twist is here just because I don\'t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn\'t seen the episode yet. So go watch it!! I especially like it because of the action between Warrick and Catherine, catalyzed by her getting attacked. I like the suspense of when something happens to a character. I think it draws you in more and helps you connect with the show/character. I\'m a big fan of personal stuff mixed in with the science. And this ep has it, as all of you GSR and YoBling! fans surely know! And as far as the pure science and cases, the plot is still really great. Both cases are very interesting. I like it that we get a glimpse into the world of midgets, which hopefully is accurate. Definitely a very good episode! Everyone should watch it!moreless
  • Another great episode.

    Totally amazing episode. Not only was there some GSR (well that's how I interpreted some scenes anyway) but there was also a great deal of YoBling!

    The writers try something different this time (something they'll be doing a great deal of over the seasons) & take us into the world of little people, where even they discriminate against each other. I loved watching Sara & Grissom work this case, they were just so cute together, and even Nick was funny.

    Catherine gets attacked by a suspect while she's processing a crime scene, she tries to hide the fact that she's frightened by the experience from everyone but she confides in Warrick. (YoBling)

    Both cases were interesting & great this time around, this is one of my favorite episodes. And one more thing, why does Grissom get the little people newsletter in the mail???

Arlene Malinowski

Arlene Malinowski

Signing Student

Guest Star

Andy Mackenzie

Andy Mackenzie


Guest Star

Matthew Lang

Matthew Lang

1st Officer Clark

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: After Catherine is attacked in the house, she herself says 'I'm evidence'. As a result, she couldn't have been allowed to participate further in the investigation.

    • At the end of the episode we learn that Grissom is taking lip reading classes. He doesn't say it, but tells another student in sign language.

    • Goof: When Michael Gilden (Lawrence Ames) is on the coroner's table, his chest rises though he's dead.

    • Goof: If you look closely at the dead man's right eye after Catherine hangs up her cell phone, the cop speaks, and when it cuts back to her, if you look at the man's right eye, you can see him quickly blink.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Grissom: You know what's really sad? This wasn't just a murder. It was a hate crime. Kevin Marcus hated himself.

    • Grissom: There's a theory in art that the Mona Lisa was really a feminized version of Leonardo Da Vinci himself.
      Sara: Concept suggests ... Deep down we're all narcissists?
      Grissom: Yeah. What attracts us the most is ourselves.

    • Warrick: Two guys break and enter and get into some kind of an altercation.
      Catherine: One ends up killing the other.
      David: And almost Catherine. That had to be scary, huh?
      Catherine: I didn't have time to be scared, David.

    • Catherine: Hey, um, hand me a swab, would you?
      Warrick: You know I could do this for you.
      Catherine: Not going to hurt any less. (Catherine takes a swab from the cut on her head)

    • Greg: There's, uh, something weird going on with the hairs from the ropes. Well, not weird. More like...hair-raising. (Grissom doesn't smile or laugh) Sorry, bad one.

    • Nick: Hey. Do you mind, little man? I'm trying to work here.
      Man: Really?
      Nick: Yeah.
      Man: You making any progress, CSI man?
      Nick: Some.
      Man: Uh-huh. Are we getting your A-game or your B-game? (Nick smiles a little)
      Nick: Come again?
      Man: You see us little people we're used to getting the short end of the stick. (Nick chuckles) You don't get to laugh at that.

    • Nick: How long for DNA?
      Greg: Well, give me something to compare it to. Get me the fiancée's blood.
      Nick: Well, I can't just give you her blood. That takes a court order.
      Greg: I'm open 24 hours.

    • Greg (grumbling about Grissom): You know, I hate it when he does that. I like to make a presentation, you know?
      Nick: So, present.
      Greg: Eh, forget it.

    • Warrick: Cath? You all right? Don't let him get to you like that.
      Catherine: I was scared...and I still am. (Warrick puts his arms around Catherine) Don't tell anyone, okay.

    • Melanie Grace: Does he ever talk?
      Sara: Yeah. At, uh, random intervals.
      Grissom: I was admiring your reaching tool.
      Melanie Grace: I have one I use to wipe my tush with. Would you like to take a look at that, too?

    • Sara: Is this some kind of convention?
      Grissom: Little People Convention. Every year they come from all over the world to a designated city. Socialize, network. It's their Prom, Olympics, and New Year's Eve all rolled into one. (As they walk, a man in a wheelchair nearly runs into Nick)
      Nick: Oh, hey. Excuse me.
      Man: Don't think so, square jaw. (Grissom and Sara continue along the ballroom unaware of Nick's close encounter)
      Sara: Grissom, how do you know this?
      Grissom: I get the newsletter.

    • (After she was attacked at a crime scene, she fell into the victim's blood)
      Catherine (to Warrick): Don't touch me, I'm evidence.

    • Melanie Grace: My first IOLP convention -- I walk in, see 200 Dwarfs staring back at me and what goes through my head? "There's no way I look like these people." I ran.
      Grissom: But you went back.
      Melanie Grace: Eventually. I guess I realized it's nice to see eye-to-eye with someone.
      Grissom: Mm.
      Melanie Grace: I get the impression that's a little tough for you. "The freaks have looked at her in a secret way and tried to connect their eyes with hers as though to say, we know who you are. We are you."
      Grissom (smiles): Faulkner.
      Melanie Grace: Close. Another southern writer. Carson McCullers.
      Grissom: I think we look for the differences in each other to prove that we're not alone.
      Melanie Grace: What's yours? Your difference? (Grissom is silent) Mine's the worst. Random gene. Anyone can have a dwarf. Sometimes I've even seen terror in average-size people's eyes. I remind them that their little carbon copies might not be such a copy after all.
      Grissom: Well, mine's genetic, progressive and impossible to predict.
      Melanie Grace: And hard to notice ... unless you tell someone.

    • Nick: Okay, back to midgets.
      Grissom: Nick? 'Dwarves' or 'little people'.

    • Sara: Different types of dwarves, different social status?
      Grissom: Hey, discrimination isn't just for tall people.

    • Sara: Guy does a suicide in a public place. He was trying to make a statement.
      Grissom: Suicide?
      Sara: It's a reasonable suspicion.
      Nick: Suicide among any disability group is above average.
      Grissom: Being a dwarf doesn't mean you're disabled, Nick. It means you're ... short. (beat) I think we've got a little murder.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Vitruvian Man

      The symbol on Kevin's card is Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man", which like Grissom states, is a depiction of the perfect human form; arm span coinciding with height, as well as other body proportions figured out mathematically.

    • Warrick: When you clear a place you clear it, do you understand?
      Officer: Yes, sir, I'm sorry.
      Warrick: We lost a CSI two years ago because of the same mistake!

      This is a reference to the "Pilot," where Holly Gribbs is attacked at a crime scene, then later dies in the next episode "Cool Change."

    • The Z-Mover Game System in this episode is apparently inspired by Nintendo's Gamecube.