CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 16

Big Middle

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 24, 2005 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Catherine, Nick, and Warrick investigate a badly mutilated body in the woods. The cause of death was a shotgun blast. Nearby is a beaver dam made in part with cash. Grissom, Sarah, and Greg try to determine how a man was killed in a hotel room. It leads them to a convention of big women.moreless

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  • This heavyset women passes out on top of this skinny guy and kills him. There is some convention thing in town where a bunch of heavyset people go and have fun.moreless

    Ok so this episode made me laugh at parts but it was a serious episode too. It made me laugh when that girl slapped grissoms butt i was like oh no she didnt. Sara did a good job in this episode. When that cop made a rude remark she put him in his place telling im to watch it. I really liked the story line of it too. Like there are these message boards that they can go and post on eacj others wall.I loved the part where they put greg under that girl weight and he was talkig about his dream. It was all around a great episode.moreless
  • I hope fat ladies won't be upset.

    This episode is written by Naren Shankar and Judith McCreary. Story by Dustin Lee Abraham and directed by Bill Eagles. Catherine, Brown and Nick Stokes investigate a shotgun killing in the desert. What they come across however is a beaver dam full of money. When they subsequently learn that the victim worked at setting the spread for sports betting, they think he may have a betting scam of some sort. Grissom, Sara and Greg investigate a death in a hotel where someone is found suffocated in his bed. He was staying in a hotel hosting a convention for overweight people and was quite popular with the ladies.

    I hope the fat ladies won't be upset. Personally I love this episode. Hopefully the writers write the episodes more interesting.moreless
  • The writers did it again.

    The writers did it again. I thought that this episode was a really good one.

    Catherine & her team investigate a badly mutilated body in the woods, the evidence eventually leads them to the world of gambling, something Warrick is familliar with.

    Grissom, Sara & Greg investigate the death of a man found in his hotel room. The investigation leads them to a convention for big womwn, who (no surprises here) are attracted to Grissom.

    The sad thing in the end was that the suspect would rather go to jail for murder that admit that it was an accident, just so she wouldn't be someone's punchline.moreless
  • They really could have done a better job with this episode.

    Like Danasdude said in his review, I wasn't offended. I just felt the episode was, well, stupid.

    I'm a BBW, and while I know some pretty desperate women (skinny & fluffy) out there - I don't see this ever happening. I think there's more of a chance finding a dead guy in a raccoon suit on the side of the road than someone being so desperately devoid of self esteem that they would rather go to prison than admit they smothered a guy to death. Jeez. Get real. CSI was really reaching for a story here.

    Did they do it so they could say that they didn't leave fat people out of the show? Felt like it, and that's what I've heard from some other folks about this episode as well.moreless
  • When self-image is so distorted that you'd rather go to jail than admit something, seek help.

    Prejudice occurs much more frequently than one might think, and CSI seems to spotlight it frequently. Whether it's ageism, sexism, or weightism (?) CSI seems to show sensitivity to all groups. This episode didn't seem to handle it as adroitly as other discrimination types, but they did try.

    This episode was up to usual CSI standards with regards to pacing, revelation of the mystery, and subject matter. I felt they could have gone more in-depth on the Overweight convention characters (and why every "deviant" group seems to be attracted to Grissom) but otherwise it was an excellent episode.

    I sometimes feel that Warrick's gambling addiction only came about so that they'd have a "gambling expert" on the team... they need to develop that more. And I love Sarah's sensitivity at the DNA sampling.

    Great episode; could have been better, but I've seen far worse.

Michael Edwin

Michael Edwin

Oddsmaker #1

Guest Star

Steve Lawrence

Steve Lawrence

Mitch Urbana

Guest Star

Debra Christofferson

Debra Christofferson

Regina Owens

Guest Star

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Detective Vartann

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: When Doctor Robbins is in autopsy room, showingparticulate hemorrhage on chest ofMaurice Hudson, we can clearly see him breathing (or at least gulping).

    • Goof: When they show the sport betting, they have a gold belt next to a poster for Boxing. The belt is the Heavy Weight Championship for the pro-wrestling company WWE or World Wrestling Entertainment and not a boxing belt.

    • Goof: As Grissom is going down the escalator, he raises his sunglasses so that they rest on the top of his head and glances at the women riding the upward- bound escalator. When the shot changes we see that Grissom's sunglasses are back on his face.

    • Although this episode deals with a convention of obese people, the title Big Middle is explained to be a sports book term.

    • Possible cut scene: After Greg leaves the room (when they were testing the death by crushing theory); Grissom tells Sara he needs help with another case and Sara says she will help. It has something to do with the victim being poisoned through a kiss.... then Sara calls him a pig for trying to get her to kiss him....

    • Goof: When Sara is analyzing the sweat-stained sheet, she draws a triangle on it with a marker, then proceeds to cut the triangle out, staying about 1/16" inside the lines she drew. The next shot shows the triangle being placed in a container for examination, but the marker lines are clearly visible about 1/16" from the edge of the cutting. It's not possible after cutting the inside the marker lines that the marker lines are still on the piece she cut out.

    • Goof: The CSIs don't need a sniper with a scope that has at least 4X magnification to cover 2 windows from 20 meters.

    • Goof: Watch the numbers for the MEM-MIA game on the white board. It started at 5, then 7 1/2, then 10, then 10 1/2 as he was writing them down. As Warrick and Brass enters and the scene unfolds, the board changes numerous times.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Brass: Lou Barns, big money runner. Still living at your mom's house? (suspect sways in his chair) Hey, buddy! Focus! You all right? (suspect collapses out of his chair and onto the floor) Guess not.

    • (Catherine arrives at her crime scene to find Grissom there)
      Catherine: Grissom. What's the deal? Now you're arriving at my crime scenes before me?
      Grissom: Weren't you on a 4-19 in north town?
      Catherine: Guess you missed me.

    • Grissom: This table is cracked and we have what appears to be ejaculate.
      Greg: Me too. This guy was a machine.
      Grissom: And he got around. (nods towards the broken table) Have Sara process the sheets and then pull the hotel surveillence.
      Greg: Gotcha. We need to see who came... and went. (Grissom gives him a look)

    • Sara: Until Mia processes the sheet there's no way to know if the semen was a result self-service only.
      Greg: No way. Soft porn couldn't have cracked that table. (Sara smiles)

    • (After patting Grissom's butt)
      Lady: Gay guy, fat girl, it's not unheard of.

    • Greg: That means she slept with a dead guy. She's not only a killer she's a necrophiliac. That's what I call enjoying your work. (they review the tape some more)
      Sara: She's trashed. Maybe she passed out.
      Greg: How drunk do you have to be to sleep next to a decomposing body? The smell alone is an alarm clock.
      Sara: Not next to him, on top of him.

    • Officer Metcalf: Walk softly. You don't want to cause a stampede.
      Sara: I am going to remember that you said that, Metcalf, especially after these ladies sue you and the police for discrimination, you genius.

    • Warrick: Who do you like?
      Catherine: Charlotte. My mom grew up in North Carolina.
      Warrick: Okay, I'll give you Charlotte +2.
      Catherine: What do I get if I win?
      Warrick: How about a fabulous dinner?
      Catherine: I'll take your action.

    • Catherine: The only thing that sports book means to me is guys without showers.
      Warrick (laughs): That's actually true.
      Catherine: Yeah I know.

    • Regina: That's some tickler you got there.
      Grissom: Excuse me?
      Regina (motions to her cheek and chin... meaning Grissom's beard): You got everything you need to please a woman.

    • (Nick finds some C-Notes in a beaver dam)
      Catherine: Damn. These beavers do nice work.
      Nick: They should do a commercial for the city: "Las Vegas -- where even the beaver can strike it rich!"

    • Det. Vartaan: A hogs 'n heifers convention. Hudson wasn't fat. What was he doing here?
      Grissom: Maybe he used to be.
      Greg: Or maybe he was a chubby chaser. (Grissom looks at Greg and Greg shrugs) Hey, some men like curves.
      Det. Vartaan: There's curves, and then there's rolls.. Look, have tons of fun. I got a murder-suicide to cover.

    • Greg: How much does this thing weigh?
      Grissom: 240 pounds. We'll increase the weight incrementally until you can't move.
      Greg: Well, I can't lift that. And if I can't you can't. This is a safety issue.
      Sara: Well, that's what the pulley is for Greg. So relax and lay down on your back.
      Greg (climbing onto the mattress): You know, this is exactly like a dream I had, except it wasn't in a garage, and Grissom wasn't watching. That was another dream. (a weighted dummy is placed on top of Greg, who is lying on the a mattress)
      Sara: How's it feel dreamer?
      Greg: Like 240 pounds of pure woman.
      Grissom: How's your breathing?
      Greg (pushing the dummy off of him): Limited.
      Grissom (to Sara): Okay, add another 40 pounds. (she adds the weight and they place the dummy back on Greg)
      Grissom: Well, the position is consistant with the victim. Face up, right arm is pinned.
      Sara: If we could leave the dummy on long enough we could actually match the blanching.
      Greg (with the dummy still on him): Yeah, guys, help.
      Grissom: Oh. (lifts the dummy off Greg)

    • Sara: It's not like you to get right down to business.
      Hodges: Even I have off days, Sara.

    • Greg: I finally regained feeling in my spine. Thanks for asking. (Greg is flipping through a magazine of big women in their underwear)
      Grissom: A little technical reading, Greg?
      Greg: Ah, I guess I just wanted to see what the big deal was.
      Grissom: Attraction is subjective. It can't be analyzed.
      Greg: I consider myself to be pretty open minded. Find other peoples predilections very intriguing. What do you like? What gets your juices flowing?
      Grissom: Someone who doesn't judge me.

  • NOTES (1)


    • In the first scene of the sport betting place they show a big gold belt with the name Triple H on it. Triple H is a Pro Wrestler working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and married to the owner's daughter Stephanie. The belt is known as the Heavy Weight Championship.

    • Regina: Men love purple
      Grissom: Do they?
      Regina: It's purple rain...Prince...sexy..

      Purple Rain was a song and a movie made back in 1984. The song was at the top of the billboards for 24 weeks while the movie Purple Rain was a flop.

      The singer of the song and star of the movie with the same name was Prince who also wore purple whilst singing the song.
      Prince Nelson, a short man who is known for his colorful outfits and explicitly flaunting and expressing his strong sexuality during his performances.