CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 3

Art Imitates Life

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 23, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team investigates a series of murders where bodies are posed. An artist becomes one of the suspects when they find out he has his models pose as dead bodies for his pictures. Also, being two CSI's short, Ecklie hires a new CSI - Riley Adams - and a counselor comes in to help everyone deal with Warrick's death.moreless

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  • A new tech gets a great intro amid a wild case.

    After the death of Warrick and Sara's exit, the show starts to get back on track with regular crimes. of course "regular" has a whole new term in Vegas and the "statue" murders are amazing, even for this show. Seeing how they were created was as disturbing as the man doing it. Jeffrey Tambor was a nice red herring character but the man directing his own interrogation was a chilling aspect, showing his inhumanity.

    As a long-time fan of Lauren Lee Smith, I was delighted to hear she was joining the show. Her Riley was perfectly introduced with her nice humor and nature and it's interesting to have someone who doesn't worship Grissom as a genius on the team with a fresh perspective. She handles the drama too as when she saved the little boy at the end and I cannot wait to see her develop.

    It was also good to see Alex Kingston as the counselor and kudos to the show for not having her be overbearing to the plot but dealing in small ways. I liked her scene with Grissom which explains so much of his dealing with Warrick and hope she sticks around for a bit. So the season is picking up with a fine replacement for Warrick and Sara and shows the series can still amaze us like few other crime TV shows.moreless
  • Weird even for Vegas...

    I most say I liked this episode - it was somehow totally different storyline than they usually have around and that's only good. First it looked like a weird story and was somehow like getting all those new people around (not that I have much hope of the new CSI but it just looks they need more people) and having some kind of char development of Grissom side but the later part turns more like something scary and that kind of run with time episode and adds much excitement and it looks like there is no way good end, but they still manage to get one.

    But I think for me, the most interesting part was the way those "artist" thought about their art.. and the whole question where the limits in art are.moreless
  • This was a bizarre case, even for Vegas. There are two kids on the block, and one beloved character is setting the path for a farewell.

    Keeping a number one show in television for so many years requires more than pretty faces. I think the key point in this particular tv show is writing. It is amazing how the plots keep us hooked to this show week after week, season after season.

    We have a serial killer, who has a very unique way murdering and dumping the bodies. They die in active positions, they appear so life like. Like Grissom said: "It's weird, even for Vegas". It was hilarious to see Grissom giving David a hard time, because he didn't find the body at the crime scene.

    We are introduced to Riley Adams, Warrick's replacement. This character is so funny, acid and self confident. It was a very nice surprise to see her interact individually with each main character, her scenes with Catherine and Dr. Robins were stunning.

    The other new character is Patricia Alwick (played amazingly by Alex Kingston), an expert in grieve. She is trying to help them dealing with Warrick's death. Despite how strong every member of the team appears to be, they did look for help. It was so tearjerker when she handed Greg the Kleenex box.

    The main character story, beside the murders, was Gil's. He talked to Alwick and opened up a little. The scene when he realized he's been distracted, I guess it's the start of the end of Gil's career in Vegas. It's so sad, but I have to admit it was perfect the way it is portrayed.

    I know, we all going to miss Grissom a lot, but I also know this show it's going to be around a lot too, because the art of writing.moreless
  • Amazing

    I have seen all CSI episodes and they continually create amazing episodes. This episode is absolutly amazing. They also introduce the new character in a very plesent way and she is going fit in very well with the rest of the characters. The mystery of 'who done it' is cleverly presented as (almost) always and classic to the CSI writing method. It is an extremly powerful episode in seeing how everyone is dealing with what has transpired in the last few episodes and should prove to be a great transition episode for all the characters. The phychologist presence is not overdone. Her presence, in classic style, show how each character is dealing with the trauma. It is extremly rare to see a perfect introduction of a new character, an wonderful murder mystery, and the character development of many of the characters in one episode such as this. It was just amazing to watch.

  • back on track with some fresh blood

    Well, I did like the story with artist serial killer. Very good idea and it seems that storywirters have got some fresh concept for 9th season. I liked the dialogues in this episode, especially between Cath and Riley and Riley with Doc Robbins. This sense of humour brings back memories of first seasons of CSI. I love Cath's brilliant and sharp rapier-thrust.

    As for new characters... well. The shrink - interesting idea, I'm very curious about her storyline. And with her british accent, lovely.But Riley Adams, I'm confused, I was alredy flabbergasted seeing her in credits.The new one between the old crew!? oh c'mon... i rememberd Greg's character how long it took to see him with "the gang"-2 or 3 seasons i think. So, with Riley, it's ok for bringing the new one for Warrick's replacment but U have to deserve the respect of the crew to become one of them.Although i already liked her intelligence and sense of humour.moreless
Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Patricia Alwick

Guest Star

Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

Jerzy Skaggs

Guest Star

K.C. Ramsey

K.C. Ramsey


Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Det. Vartann

Recurring Role

Sheeri Rappaport

Sheeri Rappaport

Mandy Webster

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Brass: He's ready to talk but only to someone who understands him. I'm ready to slap him around, I figured you could show some restraint.
      Grissom: I'll try.

    • Riley: Why do you think people make art?
      Nick: Self-expression.
      Riley: Yeah, but I think also to provoke or elicit a reaction. I think maybe the killer was into the controversy of it.

    • Brass: I need a name.
      Jerzy: He was a laborer why would I know his name?
      Brass: Because you hired him.
      Jerzy: I didn't hire him. Those contractors hired him, and no I don't remember his name. I barely remember your name. What is your name?

    • Jerzy (flipping the pictures facedown on the table): I can't stand looking at inferior art. It sears into my consciousness like bad Mexican food.

    • Brass: So, how do you like my studio?
      Jerzy: This is ridculous.
      Brass: No, what's ridculous was you denying that you knew Harley Simms.
      Jerzy (holds up his hand): The party was five years ago.
      Brass: The kid was 16 at the time. You should've been busted for that too.
      Jerzy: Listen to me, everybody who was anybody came to my parties, and many like yourself who were nobody at all. (Brass laughs) I-- I can't remember everyone that came to my parties.

    • Patricia Alwick: Dr. Grissom. May I have a word with you?
      Grissom: Yes, of course. Come in.
      Patricia Alwick: I wonder why you hold what I do in such obvious contempt?
      Grissom: Excuse me?
      Patricia Alwick: The last time we spoke, you mentioned that you were having problems with Hank. Now, out of concern for you and because I take my job very seriously, I started asking around, and was met by a mixture of bafflement and smirks by most of your staff... Until David Hodges took pity on me and informed me that Hank was your dog.
      Grissom: I apologize. It was a serious question.
      Patricia Alwick: Oh, really?
      Grissom: For the last few weeks my dog's been listless, barely eats, and I just wondered that if you thought it was possible that pets could take on the emotion of their owners?
      Patricia Alwick: Well, companion animals were bred to respond to human beings. At some level, I do believe that they resonate with what their owners are feeling. So, what are you feeling?
      Grissom: I've just been a little distracted lately. Uh... having a hard time focusing on the details.
      Patricia Alwick: That's normal.
      Grissom: Not for me. ... I wondered if you knew, typically how long this lasts?
      Patricia Alwick: There's no typical. Days, weeks, sometimes even years, the important thing is to acknowledge it, but you do have to talk about it, and if not with me, with someone else and soon.

    • Catherine: Lividity suggest that the victims died in the positions that they were discovered.
      Riley: So, what does that mean? The killer is using some sort of gas chamber?
      Grissom: I think so. He lures someone back to his places, slips them a sedative, then re-dresses and positions the bodies inside a sealed container, and waits for the carbon monoxide to go to work. Once the bodies are in full rigor, he's got about ten hours to place them and have them discovered.
      Nick: Now that we know the recipe, let's find the cook.

    • Patricia Alwick: Dr. Grissom. Were you looking for me?
      Grissom: No, just getting some more tea.
      Patricia Alwick: I was hoping that we might get a chance to chat.
      Grissom: I'm right in the middle of a case.
      Patricia Alwick: I know I understand you're dealing with a lot, but, um if you do find the time...
      Grissom: Thank you. I do apperciate that. ... This may be outside your field of expertise but lately I've been having some problems with Hank... (Hodges walks in and has news for Grissom)

    • Brass: Do you know Carla Perotti?
      Jerzy: Who?
      Brass: Carla Perotti.
      Jerzy: Oh, yeah. She was one of my models, she's a lovely girl. (looks at the picture) That's a cheap imitation of my work.
      Brass: Well, you have to take it up with the coroner 'cause she's dead for real.

    • Brass (looking at one of Jersey's paintings): This might look good in my living room.
      Jerzy: You can't afford it.

    • Riley (while searching the victim's apartment): Naughty drawer.
      Catherine: What?
      Riley (picks up a bag of weed that's in the drawer and sniffs it): Hydroponic, medical grade, put-you-on-your-ass, send-you-to-dreamy-land weed. Nurses always got the good stuff. (smells the weed again)
      Catherine: Ah, I take it you're aware of labs random drug testing policy?
      Riley: Yeah, I got a bottle of clean urine in my locker just in case. ... I'm kidding.
      Catherine (laughs akwardly): Ah, good one. I'll bag it. (Catherine smells it before she bags it)

    • Grissom: We got a serial killer, Greg, and he's working at the pace of one body per day.
      Greg: Great. Somethin' to look foward to tomorrow.

    • Hodges: Don't worry about it. I know it's been a long day.
      Grissom: Every day's a long day.

    • Doc Robbins (upon seeing Riley shine a UV light over her teeth): Well, I always thought it was cool that teeth fluoresced but veneers didn't. So, how'd you get it?
      Riley: Somebody bet me that I couldn't jump into a lake with a rope swing in my mouth.
      Doc Robbins: And that pulled the teeth out?
      Riley: No, but it sure did hurt my neck. On my way home I hit a fire hydrant.
      Doc Robbins: And you bumped the steering wheel with your mouth?
      Riley: No, I was on my bike at the time. I flew over the handle bars and hit the cross bar of a chain link fence.
      Doc Robbins: With your mouth?
      Riley: My shoulder, broke my clavicle.
      Doc Robbins: So then how'd you lose the teeth?
      Riley (points to each tooth): This one was a root canal. This one a post and a crown. And this one... I uh, I was in college, I woke up one morning and it was gone. I don't know what happened to it.

    • Catherine: Autopsy report. Cause of death... 'Cardiac Arrest'.
      Nick: That's coroner speak for 'I can't explain what killed her.'

    • Grissom: This is the second case of rapid on-set rigormortis we've had in the last 24 hours.
      Riley: That's pretty weird.
      Grissom: Even for Vegas.

    • David: Body's in full rigor.
      Riley: Roll 'em. (David looks up to Grissom, and Grissom nods. Riley catches this) I saw that, and I'm not ever gonna forget it. (Riley chuckles, and David laughs nervously and rolls the body)
      Grissom: What does lividity tell 'ya?
      Riley: That he was laying here when he died.
      Grissom: How do you know that?
      Riley: Because I'm a CSI level 2.
      Grissom: And this is part of your proficiency exam.
      Riley: Yeah, but it's pass/fail.

    • Grissom: So, where is everyone?
      Mandy: They're in the break room, waiting.
      Grissom: Waiting for what?
      Ecklie (comes out of a room): For you. I know you got the memo. I put it on your desk.

    • Grissom: Just got a call. Nick can't help us, he's got a body at the Monte Carlo.
      Catherine: So in other words, we're pulling another double.
      Grissom: Why should today be any different?

    • David: Hey, guys. Call I got was a 419. Where's the body?
      Grissom (motions to the victim who's standing): Ask her.
      David (walks over to her): Excuse me, ma'am. Ma'am? Okay... (Grissom smiles)

    • Catherine (upon seeing the body standing up. To Grissom): Oh, uh, did she forget to fall down?

    • Brass (about a victim): Maybe you bumped into him at a grocery store sometime.
      Jerzy: I don't go out. I don't shop. I don't bump.
      Brass: But you do paint dead people.
      Riley: I paint people who look dead, and you would weep if you knew how much I made doing that. If you haven't noticed our culture seems to be obessed with sex and death.
      Brass: I've noticed.
      Jerzy: I'm gonna save you some time because I know what's on your mind. I don't kill my models. I don't even bang them much anymore, occasionally, of course. I find that not with same gusto and verve with as the days go by.
      Brass: You bang Carla Perotti?
      Jerzy: I'm not doing women.
      Brass: You mind if I have a look around?
      Jerzy: I'd like to paint you in the nude.
      Brass: I don't do nude. Where would I pin the badge?
      Jerzy: Exactly.

    • Riley (after she picks up her badge and stuff): What, no gun?
      Secretary: Sorry.
      Riley (sighs): Maybe later.

    • Grissom: Yep. Head lice. They're all dead.
      Greg: Good. I hate those little bastards.

    • Patricia Alwick: Hi, would you like to make an appointment?
      Riley: No. I'm new here, hence the new guide manuals. Excuse me.
      Patricia Alwick: You know, joining an established team, particularly under these circumstances is not gonna be easy for you.
      Riley (amused): Do you think that I should quit?
      Patricia Alwick: It may not be easy on your colleagues either.
      Riley: Well, there's nothing that I can do about that.
      Patricia Alwick: Of course there is, and I'm happy to discuss...
      Riley: Look, I ... This is day one, I don't know these people, they don't know me. It's gonna work out, however it works out.
      Patricia Alwick: You seem a bit defensive.
      Riley (sighs): Don't do that, okay?
      Patricia Alwick: Do what?
      Riley: 'You seem a bit defensive.' Both of my parents are shrinks, I don't do the talk.
      Patricia Alwick: Both your parents are psychologists ... Interesting.
      Riley (same time as Patrica): ... Interesting.
      Grissom (walks up): Are you Riley Adams?
      Riley: Yes.
      Grissom: I'm Gil Grissom, your supervisor. We're very busy, would you come with me please?
      Patricia Alwick (to Riley): Good luck.

    • Catherine: No organ damage, no disease, no trauma, this was a perfectly healthy young woman.
      Nick: Until she dropped dead ... without dropping.

  • NOTES (3)