CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 11

Bull

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 10, 2008 on CBS
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Two murders that happen during Las Vegas' annual bull riding rodeo are investigated by the CSIs, who find that the murders might be connected to illegal bull breeding.

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  • Great episode!!!

    9.8
    This episode was very good. It was extremely funny but it also had some serious scenes. The scene with Hodges and Catherine was funny and the scene with Nick, Greg, and Wendy in the garage was absolutely hysterical as were the looks on Nick and Greg's faces. The scene with Grissom and Nick, talking about the poem was really sad, Grissom looked so miserable, you really had to feel sorry for him. The scene with Nick and Troy was awesome, Nick handled that situation very well, and I liked how they brought Warrick back and how they made him such an important part of this very dramatic scene as well, and I also liked what Nick said to Warrick, about how they miss him and how he wants Warrick to get his life back on track. Great episode and definately worth watching. The only thing that could have made it better was Sara being in it.moreless
  • Was just ok.

    8.7
    A guy dies after a rodeo. And he supposelly killed a girl before that.



    The whole story was nice, but kinda boring for my taste, im definetely not interested in this whole cowboy world.



    And im really missing Grissom's investigating and im definetely missing Sara, i stil hope she can come back in some way, because the show hasnt been the same anymore.



    The only nice thing was the scene of Nick talking to Troy in the truck, that was very very intense and dramatic, very good scene.



    Im expecting more interesting stuff in the next episodes and definetely a lot more Grissom :)moreless
  • Ride 'em cowboy!

    9.0
    What I like is that from time to time the writers of CSI will inject a lot of understated humor. This episode was typical of that.



    The scenario: a bull rider is found dead. He had one ride where he was stomped on by a bull, then found later after the rodeo is closed, foud dead by a busted vertabrae. The fun begins...Grissomm wants to process the bull, can you do it in 8 seconds is the reply (okay, rodeo humor). Catherine and Hodges have an exchange about Brokeback Mountain. There's a big saloon brawl that's hilarious while the band plays on (where's the chain link cage?). Of course there are serious moments and it was nice to see Warrick with a bit part spotting an attempted suicide in progress. Hopefully that will build him back to being a regular investigator.



    Fun show.



    And if I may...what gauls me about seeing this episode is that a week ago they had bull riding at Madison Square Garden. There was absolutly no promo for it. I would have gone. I used to go back in the 70's when they would bring a full rodeo to MSG. Damn. Wait till next year takes on a whole new meaning.moreless
  • Not a bad episode nice setting, good team interaction, and the return of Warrick. The country world and more specifically the professional bull riding scene was a good certainly worth the watch.moreless

    8.8
    Not a bad episode nice setting, good team interaction, and the return of Warrick. The country world and more specifically the professional bull riding scene was a good setting for a story. The only drawback being Jill Sullivan's attempt at playing a country gal and a PBR insider. Warrick came back in a good way finding a groom to be about to commit suicide and Nick talking him down was great to see. The team had great interaction with Hodges and Cath having some flirty banter. Good episode not great but certainly worth the watch hope for more conflict and engaging stories in the future but still a good watch.moreless
  • Everything's connected.

    7.5
    Stealing a line from Mac Taylor of NY. In this episode everything is indeed connected. From our first victim the bull rider and then we have his former prostitute girlfriend and we're going to throw in her pimp for good measure. I actually thought this episode was okay. It had it's humorous moments especially with the boys finding the bull sperm recovery devices. Then we have Hodges and Catherine discussing BrokeBack Mountain. Then of course we have the owner of the bulls flirting with Brass. Overall I thought it was great for laughs. This episode was pretty average episode. Which most of them have become.moreless
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Ty Murray

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Shooter Jennings

Shooter Jennings

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Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

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David Berman

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David Phillips

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Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Catherine used to date a bull rider.

    • Grissom is a fan of cowboy poetry.

    • Goof: Cash takes Cody's pulse with the back of his fingers on the nail-side but finding a pulse in that position isn't possible. His hand also changes from nail-side to fingerprint-side touching Cody's neck between shots.

    • The Poem:

      I can't help now but wonder what your brown eyes were concealing
      They just showed me reflections of all that I was feeling
      Our bodies close together like my right hand in my glove
      Heart pounding with excitement and dare I say it love
      I know I'll never own you it's your nature to run free
      But I'll pray the lord above that one day you'll come back to me
      Then we'll ride off in glory until our time is done
      And I will be your hero, your cowboy in the sun.

    • The singer performing the National Anthem at the beginning of this episode is Jewel Kilcher.

      Jewel's long-time boyfriend, retired professional bull rider and PBR president Ty Murray, also appears as himself in this episode.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Nick (about Cody): That's part of the tradition, you know. Solitary man out there trying to find himself.
      Catherine: Yeah, but no man is an island. I mean, obviously, he had feelings for Nancy or he wouldn't have written her that poem.
      Nick: Nancy? I don't know about that. Tiffany's the one that broke his heart.
      Grissom: I don't think it's about either girl. (reading the poem): "I can't help now but wonder what your brown eyes were concealing." Did you read Tiffany's autopsy report?
      Nick: Oh. Yeah, her eyes were blue.
      Grissom: So were Nancy's.
      Nick: Then who did he write the poem for?
      Grissom: Wintwister. (Catherine and Nick can't believe it)
      Catherine: The bull?
      Grissom: I think that's why he went back to the arena that night. Wordsworth once wrote, "Through love we feel we are greater than we know." My guess is, riding that bull, Cody felt like a greater man.

    • Greg: Cowboys, cattle rustling, and now a shooting at the dance hall.
      Nick: Welcome to the Wild West.

    • Hodges: Cowboy had a roll in the hay. Either he's messy or ... uh ... we could have a Brokeback Mountain situation.
      Catherine: Oh, God, that movie made me cry.
      Hodges: Me, too. You know, it takes a big man to admit that. And I am that man.

    • Wendy: Hey buckaroos, have you seen Catherine? Because I just got the results from that semen stain on Cody Latshaw's jeans.
      Nick: Come up with a match?
      Wendy: I did. I had to run an Ouchterlony test on it.
      Greg: So, not from a human donor?
      Wendy: No, no, bovine. (Nick and Greg look appalled) Yeah. I took a psychobiology class once and we studied a very interesting case. Okay, there was a guy who lived on a farm, and literally the only way this guy could get sexually satisfied was when he was with livestock. (Nick tries to interrupt)
      Nick: Hey, I'm good...
      Wendy (growing more enthusiastic as she continues): Apparently the whole thing started one day because he was in the barn and it started snowing, he got stuck in there and couldn't make his way back to the farmhouse so he decided that he would try and stay warm... well, with a sheep. (Nick just looks at Wendy) But then the horses were jealous, so, you know... And I think there was a cow in there as well...
      Greg: You know, I think we got the picture.
      Nick: I wish I didn't.

    • Nick (after Grissom read Cody's poem): It's not Shakespeare.
      Grissom: I'm actually a fan of cowboy poetry.
      Nick: Are you really?
      Grissom: Yeah, it's just a way of organizing your thoughts and feelings so that you can make sense of them.
      Nick: Sounds like Cody was trying to make sense of his girl leaving him.
      Grissom (returning the poetry letter to Nick): Yeah well, poetry can help you with that, too.

    • Grissom: I'm gonna need to process your bull.
      Nancy: Can you do it in 8 seconds?

    • Brass: Well this is a new one for me. This is the first time I caught me a rustler.

    • Nick (slaps Ricky's arm): I didn't take you for a country music fan, yee-haw. (leaves)

    • Nick: You beat her up?
      Precious Ricky: I'm a lova, brotha.

    • Hodges (talking about cotton fiber): I need something to compare it to.
      Catherine: You know how to use scissors? (pushes them to him) Put your fingers in the holes and squeeze.
      Hodges (smirks): Yes ma-am.

    • Grissom: He was living the American dream. Every kid has always wanted to grow up to be a cowboy.
      Brass: Not a dead cowboy.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Býk (Bull)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 18, 2008 on Channel 5
      Denmark: March 28, 2008 on Kanal 5
      New Zealand: April 13, 2008 on TV3
      The Netherlands: April 14, 2008 on RTL4
      Norway: April 15, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: April 21, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: May 18, 2008 on Network 9
      Italy: May 29, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Sweden: September 29, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Spain: December 2, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: January 28, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: November 5, 2009 on TV Nova

    • The check stub found in the dead bull rider's truck has an error. It shows the zip code for Elk City, OK as 93644, but that's the zip code for Oakhurst, CA. So 73644 would be correct zip for Elk City.

    • This was the last episode completed before the WGA strike that started on November 5, 2007.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Rusty Cage- Johnny Cash
      La Grange- ZZ Top
      Star Spangled Banner- Jewel
      That Ole Wheel- Shooter Jennings
      Walk Through This World With Me- George Jones
      Lazy Eye (Jason Bentley Remix)- Silversun Pickups
      Cantata 140- Jess Thomas, Joshua Rifkin & The Bach Ensemble
      Rifles- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    • Pre-production name for this episode was Booty and The Beast

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • The scene where fictional bull rider Cody Latshaw is thrown and kicked in the face uses footage of real-life PBR (Professional Bull Riders) champion Justin McBride being faced kick. It occurred during a June 2007 PBR event in Glendale, Arizona, and McBride escaped with only a concussion. Wintwister, the "killer bull" in this episode, was the same bull that threw and kicked him.

    • Ricky (entering the interrogation room): All right, I don't want nobody hitting me.

      This is a reference to the Season 7 episode "Law Of Gravity," in which Mike Keppler gets agitated in an interrogation and slammed Ricky into the table.

    • Hodges: Cowboy had a roll in the hay. Either he's messy or ... uh ... we could have a Brokeback Mountain situation.

      Brokeback Mountain (2005) is an award winning movie about two modern gay sheep herders who hide their relationship from their wives.

    • Hodges (walks in with his hands full of ropes tied to cowbells, impersonating Christopher Walken very effectively): More cowbell!

      "More cowbell" is a catch-phrase from a classic Saturday Night Live comedy sketch (#5 on the 101 Most Unforgettable Moments list). The sketch was about the recording of the song "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" (musical guests Blue Oyster Cult) and revolved around Christopher Walken playing a music producer named Bruce Dickinson and Will Ferrell playing a fictional cowbell player named Gene Frenkle. Walken claims the song needs "More cowbell", and keeps pushing this point to absurdity. The musical release does, in fact, contain a cowbell in reality, but it is much more subtle than suggested here.

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