CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 3 Episode 19

A Night at the Movies

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 10, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Catherine investigate a movie-goer who was stabbed to death; the team comes to a forensic impasse while processing a teenager who died from a gunshot wound.

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  • Some kids decide to make their own kinds of "jackass" videos. One dies from a gunshot wound. A man dies at a movie theatre. (thats pretty much as simple as it gets)moreless

    In my personal opinion, This was one of the best episodes ive seen in a long while. I watched it about 40 minutes ago, and i liked it alot. I think that it really brings out the truth in teenage life, and how tv really effects kids these days. I also think that it showed how serious a problem drinking is for underaged people. I absolutely LOVED the music also. I couldn't stop watching, and i hated every time the commercials came on. i haven't seen many episodes lately, that was the first one in a while, but it was one i had never seen, and i thought it was a good re-opening to the show for me.moreless
  • Grissom and Catherine review a body in a movie theater. Sara, Warrick, and Nick discover what happens when reality TV becomes too real.

    True movie buffs, such as I, appreciate the obvious allusion to Hitchcock's "Strangers On a Train", the plot, the actors, their characters. (I wrote a college paper on Hitchcock's movie "Rope")

    We find out that Grissom is a movie buff, since he has been to this art house theater before and in the end goes there with Catherine. I never could tell if by "silent movies" he meant for Catherine to shut up or if he actually liked silent movies because of his hearing problem.

    The other team works on a "ripped from the headlines" case. These kids obviously watch "Jackass" or that type of show and pay the consequences.

    There is a funny exchange between Greg and Jackie the fingerprint tech. They bet who can get results faster and when Jackie loses, she has to wear a stupid hat. She then begs Grissom to let Greg out of the lab.moreless
  • Though it may be hard to believe. . .

    Kids actually do these kind of things?! Yes, yes, they do. Watching this, I was reminded of some of the downright RETARDED things that my brother and I did while growing up. Makes me glad that we did not have access to guns and booze. The image of all those vector rods sticking out of the walls was a great shot. I also really enjoyed the movie plot. If you got the movie references in this episode, you can officially call yourself a movie buff. There was several, little nice insights into the characters as well -- great last line!moreless
  • They did it again!

    A very interesting episode.

    Grissom & Catherine investigate a movie goer who was stabbed to death in the theater while he was watching a movie, the case gets more complicated when their suspect, a woman, is found dead, hanging from the railings in her home. A murder made to look like a suicide.

    Nick, Sara & Warrick have an even more complicated case when they find a teenager dead from a gunshot wound in a shed, and to complicate the case more they have 109 bullet holes in the walls to process, and a whole bunch of beer bottles. Sara finds a large bamboo stick & thinks that it's related to the case, and she doesn't give up on trying to find some evidence on it.



Woman Cleaner

Guest Star

Erik Smith

Erik Smith

Timmy McCallum

Guest Star

Mathew Scollon

Mathew Scollon


Guest Star

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Jacqui Franco

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Skip O'Brien

Skip O'Brien

Det. Ray O'Riley

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Brass and the others go to the house of the woman who was hanged, they hear an "off the hook" signal from inside the house, alerting them that something is wrong. Unfortunately, every phone system that I have ever used plays this signal for only two to three minutes before lapsing into silence. Since the woman had been dead longer than that, it is unlikely the signal would still be sounding. However, it did provide a reason for them to enter the house.

    • Goof: During the flashbacks of the shooting in the shed we see the video camera lens being shot out before the boy is shot. The monitor in the lab showing the video tape made at the scene, however, shows the boy lying on the ground when the camera has already been destroyed.

    • At the beginning of the episode, we see the people watching the film. From the back, two of the heads look like Grissom and Catherine.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Catherine: And nobody saw anything?
      Grissom: They were watching the movie. Dark room. Loud music. Four exits. Everybody looking the other way.
      Catherine: Professional killer?
      Grissom: Or a movie buff.

    • Warrick: Venus and Serena. Perfect Match.

    • (After she went to go get popcorn during an old noir movie)
      Catherine: Hi, what'd I miss?
      Grissom: Murder, seduction, deceit. The usual.
      Catherine: Mmm. This one of your favorites?
      Grissom: Actually, I'm not a big fan of noir.
      Catherine: Okay...Well, what do you like?
      Grissom: I like silent movies. (Catherine stops and turns to look at Grissom. With a small smile on his face, Grissom glances at Catherine, then turns to look at the screen)

    • (To Grissom and Doc Robbins who are discussing movies)
      Catherine: Mr Siskel. Mr Ebert. May I have a cause of death?

    • (Arriving at the crimescene)
      Catherine: Ooh. Theatres are like night clubs... you should always keep the lights off.
      Grissom: This is the last art house left in Vegas. I saw Baraka here, on a double bill with Koyaanisqatsi.
      Catherine: Was there anyone else here?
      Grissom: Sure.
      Catherine: With you?
      Grissom: No.

    • Greg: Ninety-nine bottles of beer on the wall, ninety-nine bottles of beer. Swab one down, run it through CODIS, ninety-eight bottles of beer on the wall.
      Nick: (walking in) Whatever happened to "take one down and pass it around"? That was the best part.
      Greg: You know us lab rats have to do something to get through the day.

    • Sara: So what is it?
      Hodges: Give me some time, I'm not a miracle worker.
      Sara: Well, that's obvious, Hodges, or else you wouldn't be rude.
      Hodges: I wasn't being rude, I was being curt. Rude would be "When I know, you'll know." Friends?
      Sara: No.

    • (Sara is carrying a really long bamboo stick)
      Sara: Hey guys, what do you make of this piece of bamboo?
      Nick: Bag it.
      Sara (sarcastically): That's funny. Very funny.

  • NOTES (1)