CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 13

A Thousand Days on Earth

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 10, 2008 on CBS
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CSI investigates the death of a little girl whose identity remains unknown.

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  • A few things still confuse me

    CSI mostly has great episodes, but this particular episode had some major plot holes. The coroner determined that the cause of death was blunt force trauma and Catherine found blood under the sink. However, she crawled under the sink and the step father gently took her out of there. Where did the blunt force come from and how did she get the bruises n her arms?

    Catherine did ruin the sex offender's guy life, but he should have honest with everyone why he was on the sex offender list. As Grissom said, the guy never abused anybody and was basically streaking in his yard, and yet he gets fired for that? Seems a little extreme to me.

    Catherine was also highly irritating with keeping the guy in jail basically because he lied and that made her mad. It was good to see that Grissom called her on that.

    And why didn't Catherine ask the step-father how the little girl got bruises on her arms?

    It was a good episode, but it could have been better.moreless
  • As he is about to head home from his stand up gig, a comedian named Adam finds a box in the club parking lot containing the body of a four year-old girl. The investigation brings the CSI team to the front door of a man who apparently has a lot to hide.moreless

    The crane shot of the camera rising above the box containing the body of the little girl is probably one of the most breathtaking and emotional camera shots in the eight seasons of CSI. That scene alone will blow you away. I didn't care all that much for the part of the story focusing on the man who was the prime suspect mainly because it was painfully obvious that he was innocent. Even Grissom couldn't understand why Catherine was so convinced of his guilt. Yes, the guy was a liar, but there was a rational explanation for that. That's all.moreless
  • Over-dramatic

    I love CSI, don't get me wrong. But I still think that another episode about a murdered child is not what we need. It starts out quite promising: the stand-up comedian was pretty funny at times and there was a deliberate set-up for him being the murdered one. But like the CSI tradition goes, he is just a decoy. The real case is the little girl found in a box.

    Of course, everyone on the team is affected by her (especially Catherine). You could feel their pain and sense of loss, as they were wandering round, collecting evidence, with the quite sad piano music playing in the background. But somehow, it does not work for me. The missing/murdered child has been done many times before and it hasn't got the same ring to it anymore.

    Frankly, all the characters (with the exception of Hodges) acted very irritatingly. What is more, Brass and Catherine were very nasty to Dean James/Leo Finley. So nasty in fact, that I started to lean towards him and not CSI. So when the final scene arrived, I was on his side, not Catherine's and every word he said was true for me.moreless
  • An emotional, well written episode

    It's always hard, as a viewer, to watch episodes of any crime drama where the victim is a child. However CSI always does a really good job dealing delicately with emotional subjects and this episode is no exception.

    This was a well written, emotional episode which portrayed not only the poignant effect the death of a child has on a community but also the effect of 'Megan's law'. On the other hand, the concept wasn't completely original and has been handled a number of times already by the show.

    I liked the ending to the episode, which was foreboding of a possible storyline to come. My criticism of Catherine in these episodes; is that she becomes self-righteous and accusatory she when faced with a child victim. It is completely relevant that she would react in the way she does as she is the mother of a young daughter. However I feel the writers play on this too much; so whereas in earlier episodes you may empathise with Catherine, in later episodes it begins to annoy you. However, as I mentioned above, the reaction is relevant to Catherine as a character and fits with her personality – but it has perhaps been overused in these types of storylines.

    Despite this minor criticism, A Thousand Days on Earth is a well written and well handled episode of CSI – one that shows that the show hasn't faltered in its ability to tell good stories.moreless
  • Full of twists and turns.

    Something seems amiss. Maybe its that I watched it one time only but I thought the girl died of blunt force trauma as determined by the coroner. When the stepsister and later the stepfather started to relate what really happened that the girl was innocently locked under their sink during a game of hide and seek; there was practically no showing of blunt force trauma.

    The most it could have come from was when the stepfather tried to bring the girl to the hospital by riding a bus wherein her head was dangling but even that scene was left unclear as the cause of her death.

    Too bad I missed the replay though.moreless
Greg Fitzsimmons

Greg Fitzsimmons


Guest Star

Jennifer Hall

Jennifer Hall

Nora O'Toole

Guest Star

Raymond Cruz

Raymond Cruz

Donald Balboa

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • <Trivia: The title of this episode is "A Thousand Days on Earth"; a thousand days on Earth makes the child to be 2 years, 8 months and 27 days old.

    • Donald Balboa, the father of Inez Balboa, when Catherine and Brass are talking to him on the prison, you can see a tattoo on his neck that says INEZ, the name of Inez Balboa, the little girl that was found dead on the episode.

    • Goof: Leo Finley is initially listed as D.O.B.: 01/11/74 and Height: 6'2" on Simms' search results. Later, his criminal history sheet shows D.O.B.: 08/07/67 and Height: 5'10".

    • Nick Stokes drives a GMC Yukon Hybrid.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Hodges: Grissom!
      Grissom: What's our rule, Dave?
      Hodges: That it better be good, and this is.

    • Fat Guy: I mean it, man. You had me laughing my ass off.
      Greg: Thanks, man. If someone finds a size 54 ass, I'll have 'em put it on ice for 'ya.

    • Wendy: Okay. This one has a tag. Now... (hands hair follicular tag to Hodges) ... tag, you're it.
      Hodges: Is that what passes for DNA humor around here? Never thought I would miss Sanders.

    • Greg Fitzsimmons: Seriously, I love kids. Did you hug your kid today? Can I hug your kid? Can I hug your kid, sir?
      Angry Audience Member: You touch my kids, I'll kill you.
      Greg Fitzsimmons: Dude, it's a comedy show! I'm kidding. This is a joke. (the angry guy makes a gun motion with his hand at Greg) What? What was that? Oh... I see why you're so angry, that's your wife.

    • Greg Fitzsimmons: I would never hit my kids cause, you know, my father used to beat me. He didn't beat me too much. He beat me just right. You know, I remember the last time he really slapped me around, just getting up off the ground, thinking, "perfect." He really nailed it. Any more would have been barbaric. Any less I wouldn't be seeking the approval of you drunks. Parenting is hard and expensive. If you were to have a baby today and raise it all the way through college, it would cost you one million dollars. And that's why I feel like no woman should ever walk out of an abortion clinic with her head hung down in shame. You walk out of there like you just hit the lotto. I'm a winner.

    • Hodges: It's hard to believe that anybody could do something like this to such a beautiful little girl.
      Catherine: So, if she had been plain or homely, it'd be easy for you to accept?
      Hodges: No, but, maybe it's just me, when something like this happens to a kid with a face like that, it just seems a little more tragic.
      Catherine: Maybe that will work in our favor. (Catherine walks out)
      Hodges: Did I just piss her off?
      Grissom: Yeah, but she was heading that way when she came in.

    • Catherine: What are you doing here?
      Leo Finley: I was waiting for you.
      Catherine: How did you get in here?
      Leo Finley: Can't we talk about something interesting? Me for instance. I'm interesting.
      Catherine: Yeah, let's do that. Let's talk about you.
      Leo Finley: For starters, Norah left me. Actually, she threw my stuff out onto the street, got a restraining order on me, notified the neighbors and called my boss. 'Hey, Scumbag. Don't bother coming in, we'll mail you your last check.' So in one fell swoop, as it were, I lost my girlfriend, my livelihood and my place to live. I thought it was going to be different this time. Frankly, I blame you.
      Catherine: I didn't create the circumstances of your life, Leo.
      Leo Finley: You grind up the innocent with the guilty.
      Catherine: Just take it easy. I was just doing my job.
      Leo Finley (mockingly): I was just doing my job.
      Catherine: Yeah, I was just doing my job.
      Leo Finley: I was just doing my job. I was just following orders. Blonde Nazi bitch! You get in there with your big boots and you kick it all apart and you don't care who you hurt. Whose life you destroy in the process.
      Catherine: Calm down.
      Leo Finley: No! It's not fair.
      Catherine: Calm down!
      Leo Finley: Don't tell me to calm down!
      Catherine (draws her gun): Just stay back and calm down!
      Leo Finley: You going to shoot me? Would that help you figure out how completely you screwed my life up? Would you sleep better at night? Maybe, I should just save you the trouble and blow my own brains out. What do you think?
      Catherine: I think you need to talk to somebody.
      Leo Finley: I am talking to somebody. I'm talking to you. So how about this, if I do decide to kill myself, I'm going to come over to your house, and blow my brains out right on your front lawn. As a gift to you and everything you stand for. How does that work for you? (turns and walks away)

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Tisíc dnů na zemi (Thousand Days on Earth)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Fire Sign- David Berkeley
      Original Bedroom Rockers- Kruder & Dorfmeister
      Wade in the Water- Eva Cassidy
      Waiting for the World to Change- The Storm

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 15, 2008 on Channel 5
      Denmark: April 18, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: May 5, 2008 on AXN
      Norway: May 6, 2008 on TVNorge
      Australia: June 1, 2008 on Network 9
      Sweden: October 13, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Estonia: November 24, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: December 15, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: February 11, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: November 19, 2009 on TV Nova


    • Baby Jane Cordova
      This episode, featuring an infant identified as Baby Cordelia, directly references the uncleared homicide in Las Vegas of a young girl who was identified as Baby Jane Cordova Doe. CBS Las Vegas ran updates on the real case following the airing of this episode.