CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 7

Blood Drops

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 17, 2000 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a teenager and her sister are the sole survivors of the gruesome murder of four members of one family in a quiet suburban neighborhood, Grissom and his entire team investigate the crime. What initially looks like a bizarre cult murder becomes more disturbing when they discover the motive behind the massacre.moreless

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  • The CSI's have the biggest case of the year.

    This gripping episode showed a slaughtering of a family with two survivors the daughter and her daughter which was supposed to be her sister at the beginning I thought that things didn't add up with the daughter at the beginning and later its proven that she got her boyfriend to kill the family in trying to protect her daughter from being sexually abused by her father This was a different episode as there was more people dead at one crime scene and the CSI's was more determined to catch the killer.moreless
  • Blood Drops

    Grissom and team investigates quadrupile murder. Woman was killed in her sleep. Boy found dead stab to back in the floor. A little girl and a teenager are the only ones to survive. The little girl won't let Sara Sidle out of her site. The teenager knew something because she didn't check on her family after she found out they were dead. Scooter tracks were found outside the house. The girls boyfriend killed her family because they wouldn't let them together is what everyone thought. The father was molesting the little girl. The other 16 year old was Brenda (the little girl) mother. She got pregnant when she was 13 by her father.moreless
  • OMG!!

    I couldnt believe it when I watched this episode, I had never seen it and I bought the first 4 seasons on dvd, as I was watching I was amazed, this is one of the best episode still, and it was one of the first, and who doesnt love Dakota, shes a cute kid!! This episode I beleive is what express what CSI is all about!!
  • This is a great episode!

    Ok so i loved this episode because nothing is like exactly what you thought it was. I was kind of wondering in the begining how it was both girls lived but everyone else died. so it wasnt that suprising to me when they revealed a secret that the youngest kid was hers. I thought that this was kind of a revealing episode for like catherine and sara and grissom because there characters kind of stood out like Sara with the kid and Grissom needing to know WHY they did it and catherine with the struggles with her daughter and ex-husbund.moreless
  • CSI goes dark and disturbing. Well, even more than usual.

    "Blood Drops" is probably one of the most memorable episodes of "CSI". It is one of the few episodes that focuses only on one case and that case is quite dark and shocking.

    The episode opens with a teenage girl named Tina stumbling out of her house and screaming for help. Her family has been brutally stabbed and she and her sister are the only survivors. The scene is so grisly that several police officers get sick from being on the scene.

    Several neighborhood boys are questioned after certain clues are found, and one boy, Jesse, admits to the murders but a lie detector test shows he's lying about certain details.

    It's discovered that the father had been sexually abusing the youngest girl (played by a young Dakota Fanning) and that Tina had her boyfriend kill her entire family, for letting it happen. Tina herself was sexually abused from a young age and her sister is actually her daughter.

    Catherine is slapped with an investigation from child services when her ex-husband files a report claiming she is a neglectful parent.

    This has got to be one of my favorite episodes. It's dark, disturbing, and twisted, with elements of dark humor. It's sad and heartbreaking and the very young Dakota Fanning is great and chilling despite having only one or two spoken lines.moreless
Eric Nenninger

Eric Nenninger


Guest Star

Timothy Carhart

Timothy Carhart

Eddie Willows

Guest Star

Allison Lange

Allison Lange

Tina Collins

Guest Star

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Sheriff Brian Mobley

Recurring Role

Madison McReynolds

Madison McReynolds

Lindsey Willows

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: The father, who is dead, can be seen blinking during the hallway scene with Grissom and the man taking notes.

    • Goof: In the "Pilot," Grissom says it is only the how the crime occurred that matters, not the why. However in this episode, he isn't satisfied when the team figures out the how and keeps working until to find the why.

    • Goof: In the scene where Tina is shown the photos of Brenda in a pile of three, the camera keeps cutting back between piles of two and three throughout the scene.

    • Goof: When Sara takes ultraviolet photographs of the little girl, the girl is sitting with her legs dangling off the side of the bed and the scale is white. However, when Sara and Gil look at the developed photos, the girl is up against a tiled wall the scale is black.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Grissom: Ecklie! I want everything right now.
      Ecklie: I've been going over it.
      Grissom: The Collins case is my shift. You are completely off base.
      Ecklie: What, you're afraid I'll find something that might show you up?
      Grissom: Oh, I'm sure, if you could, you would have by now. Where is it?
      Ecklie: I don't care that you got some pimply-faced kid to confess. You kept the Sheriff out of the loop. That's a career killer, Gil.
      Grissom: That's what so sad, Conrad. You think of this as a career.

    • Brass (looking at Jesse's polygraph results): Well, the sick bastard is on the up and up. Except your last question. Your "Why"?
      Catherine: That they killed the family so they could be together?
      Brass: Operator says his respiratory reactions were inconsistent. He's lying.
      Nick: We got them both. I don't much care why they did it.
      Warrick: I'm with you there.
      Grissom: I care. I don't like holes. What are they hiding?

    • Sheriff Mobley: Grissom.
      Grissom: Sheriff?
      Sheriff Mobley: The mayor has already called. So what have you got?
      Grissom: Nothing.
      Sheriff Mobley: I'm not asking you to lay out your whole case. Just give me something I can run with. I have got to feed the press and defuse the panic.
      Grissom:: As soon as I have something, you'll have something.
      Sheriff Mobley: Here's a thought. Why don't you try being more like Ecklie?
      Grissom: I could speak volumes about Conrad Ecklie, but I have a crime scene to process so ... you'll have to excuse me.

    • Sara: Blood swirl on the wall. Are you thinking cult? Manson?
      Grissom: Somebody left a message. I need to see the rest of it.

    • Grissom: What did you find out about the psych exam on the little girl?
      Sara: The shrink says the kid is in a catatonic state from a trauma. I
      could've told you that. But she did respond to the name "Buffalo."
      Grissom: Respond how?
      Sara: She freaked out. (Catherine stares at Sara and takes a deep breath)
      Grissom: And... what are you doing about it now? (Sara nods as she looks at Grissom)
      Sara: Going back to the girl. (beat) I left her in the car. (Grissom looks at her. Catherine can't believe what she's hearing) The windows are cracked. (Grissom stares at Sara, absolutely no expression on his face. Sara breaks out into a smile and stands up) Give me a little credit. She's at the hospital. (Warrick snickers at the fast one Sara just pulled on Grissom and Catherine. Nick also smiles. Grissom turns to look at Catherine. Catherine stares)

    • (Catherine's pager goes off)
      Catherine: That would be Grissom.
      Eddie: How is your boyfriend?
      Catherine (unamused): Ed.

    • (Grissom shuts off the lights to check evidence, and not knowing Warrick was in the room, there's a thud and Warrick swears)
      Warrick: You need to tell somebody when you're cutting the lights.
      Grissom: What, are you working for OSHA now?

    • Grissom: Hey, stop! Evidence! (Det. O'Riley stops and changes his course, staying off of the main floor and on the sides of the room)
      Det. O'Riley: We got to hug the wall? This is the only room with no blood in it. There's nothing to disturb.
      Grissom: You guys will never get it, will you?

    • (Seeing a couple officer's throwing up)
      Grissom: What's wrong with your two guys?
      Det. O'Reilly: They've been inside.
      (Grissom looks at the house and sighs)

    • Ecklie: I just got off the phone with the Sheriff. He wants results, Gil.
      Grissom: He should go to a sports book. I hear the Stardust is good.
      Ecklie: No. What he should do is go to his first team... my team.
      Grissom: Teams, Conrad? I didn't know this was a competition.
      Ecklie: Well, it is, and my crew usually wins.
      Grissom: Really? Didn't graveyard beat day shift in softball last summer?
      Ecklie: You know, you can joke all you want. It's your ass on the line.
      Grissom: I think it was 14-3.
      Ecklie: Like I said, it's all about results. And, if you don't get them, I will.

    • Sara (looking at Brenda's coloring): That's very pretty. (Brenda scratches out the picture) Or not. (Brenda puts the crayon down) Want to go for another ride? (without saying anything, Brenda pushes the paper and all the crayons off the table and onto the floor. She puts her hands flat against her ears) I'll take that as a "yes."

    • Grissom: Do you feel this?
      Sara (nods): Her soul's still in the room.

    • Brass (finds a pair of blood covered jeans): Whoa. Is this a pair of jeans under all that blood?
      Grissom: 'Yet who would've thought the old man could have so much blood in him?'
      Brass: What was that?
      Grissom: That's Shakespeare.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Grissom: What, you're working for OSHA?

      OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is a federal agency that enforces job saftey and health legislation.

    • Again something a CSI says is acted out- Grissom quotes Lady Macbeth and it is later shown that the older daughter was the mind behind the killings- that she had planned it all- much like (many believe) Lady Macbeth had spurred Macbeth to kill Duncan.

    • When Sara and Grissom are inspecting the house, Sara asks Grissom if he thinks this is a cult, like the Manson killings. Charles Manson had a "hippie" cult following where they killed several people, notably the first being Sharon Tate, filmmaker Roman Polanski's wife. One of the killers (Susan Atkins) is quoted as saying "Because we wanted to do a crime that would shock the world, that the world would have to stand up and take notice."

      In the beginning when the teenage daughter is running from the house screaming frantically for help- it is akin to the reaction of Tate's housekeeper, who upon finding the scene of the house, ran around the neighborhood screaming.

    • Grissom refers to a piece of evidence as a "Lady MacBeth" citing her quote "out, out damn spot". Ironically Grissom uses the quote to indicate evidence completely lacking any sign of blood, whereas Lady MacBeth is referring to the reverse: blood stains that cannot be hidden or washed away.

    • Grissom paraphrases Shakespeare's "MacBeth". The actual quote from the play is "Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?" The line is spoken by Lady MacBeth in her mad scene and refers to her role in the murder of King Duncan. MacBeth killed the king, but Lady MacBeth planted the false evidence (which certainly wouldn't win her any fans in a CSI lab).