CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 4 Episode 19

Bad Words

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 15, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Warrick, Catherine, and Nick try to determine the cause of a house fire that kills a teenage girl. The fire is in the same neighborhood as a similar arson fire. Grissom and Sara investigate a man found dead with letter tiles in his stomach. The man was a competitor in a word game tournament.moreless

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  • The team investigates a house fire that kills a teenaged girl.

    This episode is so sad. I almost cried when they found out the little boy set the fire. I hate the episodes when the kid commits the crime. The scene in the interrigation room with Warrick and the little boy was really freaky though, the way the kid kept playing with the matches all through the questioning. Great plot twist though, I mean of all the suspects (the Granny, the friendly neighborhood pyro the angry baseball team...) the last person you'd expect is the little boy. Poor kid, he just liked the pretty fire...I always love and hate the arson cases though. They always have like 5 suspects and its never one of them that did it! It's always the guy/girl/kid you least expect!moreless
  • Interesting cases: A young pyromaniac burns the words he hears at home, and a sore-loser makes a man eat his own words...

    Catherine, Nick and Warrick investigate a house fire, they first suspect a serial arsonist. The decedant is a teenaged girl. Ironically, her mother has a match collection. But it turns out however, that is was her son, Sam, who did it. He wrote the insault he hears around his house on the floor in Dish Fuel, he struck a match and lit it on fire, killing his sister.

    Grissom and Sara deal with a man that is found dead in a public bathroom who died of asphyxia. The autopsy reveals that there is an "S" in the man's trachea.

    The find out that this man has five other letters in his stomache, they are letter tiles from the 2004 Western Regional Logos Tournament. He was a cheater and an opponent of his lost a game to him because of that. He wanted him to make him "eat his words" and that's what he did-- and he choked on them.

    I thought this episode was really well done, there was a clever plot line for both cases. The first case ended with an interesting twist at the end. The other, just plain bizarre and interesting from the start. "Bad Words" was an excellent episode!moreless
Tracey Needham

Tracey Needham

Jessica Abernathy

Guest Star

Max Weinstein

Max Weinstein

Sam Abernathy

Guest Star

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Rick Chilson

Guest Star

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: The matches found under the boy's mattress are matchbooks but he's using box matches in the flashback.

    • Goof: The Paramedic at the beginning is performing artificial respiration without opening the victim's mouth. Much more inefficient than the proper procedure of tilting her head back and opening the airways. The only time the mouth is not always opened for AR is for infants and toddlers when the attendant-on-scene's mouth can completely cover both airways with their mouth.

    • Goof: The boy's matchbox in the interview room changes from face-forward to back-forward several times.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Brass: Hey, we got an I.D off your DB's prints. His name is Adam Brenner.
      Sara: That guy has a record?
      Brass: Well, sort of. He's a civil servant. He's a postal worker from Orlando.
      Grissom: Do we know why he came to Vegas?
      Brass (smiles): Oh, you're gonna love this. (next shot shows them at a word game tournament)

    • (Reading the high school newspaper and a column by the victim)
      Nick: The lead story by editor and chief Sabrina Abernathy, entitled "Varsity Hazing Ritual". Now listen to this--"The question is not whether the so called student athletes should be expelled but whether or not they should be arrested."
      Warrick: Why, what'd they do?
      Nick: Apparently something with several hookers and a lot of testosterone.
      Greg: Whatever happened to toilet paper and trees?

    • Grissom (to Craig after he doesn't say anything about letting Adam choke): Out of words?

    • (Searching Craig's hotel room)
      Craig: What are you lookin' for?
      Sara: A six letter word.
      Grissom (he finds a gun): P-I-S-T-O-L. You know it's not the word we were looking for but it's interesting.

    • (Talking about the words the victim played)
      Grissom: What's an "exvin".
      Sara: You know, I was kinda hopin' you'd know. It's not in the O.A.D.

    • Nick: Well, Rick Chilson did call Sabrina a "bitch" while we were talking.
      Catherine: Charming.
      Nick: Yeah, he's an ass, but his alibi checks out.

    • (About trace evidence)
      Grissom: What's it used for?
      Hodges: Mostly Greg-Sanders-Wear. Um, names, airband logos, inane sayings, anything that could be put on a t-shirt.

    • Greg: Everyone but the little guy was gettin' high and gettin' by. Daughter was on uppers, Mom's on downers and Grandma was on the cancer stick.
      Catherine: Ritalin, Valium and Grandma's a liar.
      Greg: Pants on fire.

    • Sara: What are you doin'?
      Grissom: Anagrams.
      Sara: You think the letters might be a message from the killer? 6 letters, what is that? 720 possible combinations, not all of them words of course. (she rearranges the tiles so the spell out "Vixen") You, uh, missed one. (Grissom looks up at her and she smiles)

    • Catherine: So, it's gone from intentional to accidental to personal. Who have we got?
      Warrick: Nick's girlfriend (Nicks laughs)

    • (Investigators can't explain why a victim was home)
      Catherine: Hey, if you can explain the behavior of teenagers, more power to you.

    • Sara (talking to a suspect about a broken mirror at the crime scene) : You know that's seven years bad luck.
      Brass: More like seven to ten.

    • Sara: It's always encouraging when public bathrooms are out of soap.
      (A little later, after looking at the victim)
      Sara: Asphyxiated and head bashed in. No soap was the least of his problems.

    • Catherine: We're going to need a urine sample from each of you to rule you out for nicotine.
      Jessica Abernathy: My house burned down and my daughter is dead. And you're askin' me to pee into a cup. Sure. Why not?

  • NOTES (2)