CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 15

Burden of Proof

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 07, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom investigates the murder of a Las Vegas photographer whose remains were dumped at a nearby body farm where CSIs routinely study corpses, and his findings reveal that the man was apparently shot to death even though there are no bullet fragments in the body. Also, Grissom's leadership is questioned by some members of his staff.moreless

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  • Character development along with a great storyline. This is one of the best epispodes in season 2. !!! Review contains spoilers. !!!

    Another fantastic episode. I especially love the character development.

    Grissom with his experiments and the best scene was when he was ordering the plant for Sara:

    Upon asked what he wanted to be the text on the card he's thinking very hard, buying himself some time by saying things like "have it say" (at least three times) just to end up saying:

    have it say: from Grissom.

    I just loved that scene, made me laugh so hard! Grissom was really sweet there and I can see what Sara will see in him later ;)

    And the story was fabulous. I especially liked that the abuser was the father not the fiancee. and that he got life.moreless
  • Great character development and a fascinating plot.

    There\'s good humor and a great story in this episode. Finding a body at a body farm and it leads to a child abuse case. Simply amazing. This episode was extremely well written because you just couldn\'t tell who was the real abuser! It kept you guessing until the whole thing with the boat. The inside story involving the CSIs was really great, too. The stuff between Sara and Grissom really helped develop their characters. You also see a little more of Catherine and Grissom\'s relationship. The crime stories in CSI are great, but the little side stories that just involve the regular characters are fun to see, especially when they lead to character development. All in all. This was a marvelous episode that revealed just a little more about some of the CSI characters.moreless
  • Burden Of Proof

    C. S. I. found two bodies in woods. Bullet in man appeared. Fire burns downward. Guy started fire. Fire started to believe to have covered up a crime scene. Low tempurature Man was molesting Frances daughter. Mohter believed to have know the whole. Father raped girl. Found her vaginal semen mixed with his semen. Men are pretty sick to have do something like this especially to their own daughter. Women be careful, you never know WHO will do something like this. The world is coming to something different these days, and we have got to stand together to protect each othermoreless
  • A body is discovered at The Body Farm - out of place, and it leads to suspicions of child abuse and murderous intent

    It's an interesting episode because it not only concentrates on some harrowing subject matter, but it's also the writers at their best coming up with very strange ways to kill someone!

    The Body Farm - well known area for forensic scientists like Grissom to hone their skills by seeing how actual bodies decompose in different locations and situations - is privy to a body that just shouldn't be there. Said body is that of a photographer, new boyfriend to a woman with a family and an ex husband. When Catherine and Warrick go to check out his place, they find it torched, but Grissom does discover a set of photographs of the eldest (still underage) daughter, which seem to point to a very unsavoury relationship between the boyfriend and her.

    Of course, this is CSI, so nothing is quite as straightforward as it seems and the final outcome is more shocking.

    The shooting method in this episode is brilliant by the way. I'm sure it's a workable bullet, but who would have thought??? Once again, the writers have come up with something remarkable.moreless
  • A body if found at the body farm

    This was an interesting episode. Katherine plays a large role in the action. The team finds a boby at a body farm and that leads to an arson. The arson results in a photogragp as a clue and that leads to suspicion that the victum was actually a perp. The surprise ending was nice.
Janet Gunn

Janet Gunn

Jane Bradley

Guest Star

Sara Paxton

Sara Paxton

Jody Bradley

Guest Star

Dan Byrd

Dan Byrd

Jake Bradley

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Terry Bozeman

Terry Bozeman

Mr. Lewis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Victim was shot with a meat bullet; however this urban legend was dispelled by Myth Busters (First Episode, Season 1) the meat bullet fragmented on contact with the skin, causing only superficial damage.


    • Goof: About 30 min into the ep, there is a visible shadow of the camera on the table as it moves in closer.

    • Goof: When Grissom's at the coroner, you clearly see the dead body swallow.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Grissom: They say the eyes are the window to the soul.
      Warrick: Yeah, my grandma used to say that all the time.
      Grissom: In a way, it's true. The aqueous fluid and the vitreous in the human eye allows for an image to be reflected in it.

    • Grissom: What is this?
      Sara: It's, uh, just what it says: It's a request for a leave of absence -- six months ... year, maybe.
      Grissom: Why?
      Sara: I was thinking of checking out the federal government system - FBI ...
      Grissom (scoffs): We have the best lab in the country.
      Sara: I need a different work environment.
      Grissom: What does that mean?
      Sara: One with, um, communication ... respect.
      Grissom: Everybody here respects you.
      Sara: You don't.
      Grissom: Is this about that hamburger thing?
      Sara: No, Grissom ... this is not about that "Hamburger" thing. I-I-I don't believe you. How can you reduce everything that I've said to some kind of single quirk? Do you think the problem here is just about me? (Grissom looks suprised) If you don't sign my leave, I'm going to have to quit. (turns to leave)
      Grissom: Hey, Sara? (she turns to face him) The lab needs you here.
      Sara: Great. (walks out of his office)

    • Russ Bradley: Brad, make me a deal.
      Brad: I can't.
      Russ: What do you mean you can't? You got me four years for murder.
      Brad: I can't.
      Russ: You can get me something.
      Grissom: No, he can't! In the State of Nevada, we're all bound by a legal statute. The sexual assault of a minor age 14 and under is a mandatory life sentence with no possibility for parole.

    • Catherine (watching Grissom do an experiment using meat): Sara's not gonna be too happy with that experiment in the fridge.
      Grissom: I'm putting it in the freezer.

    • Brass: People donate their body to science end up submerged in a pond? Crammed in a car?
      Catherine: Body Farm; creepy.
      Grissom A Body Farm is not creepy. It's a controlled study of situational decomposition. All in all, a very healthy place.
      Catherine: Tell that to Slim hanging from the tree. (Catherine looks over at the skeleton hanging from the tree not too far away from the one they were called in to examine)

    • (On the phone ordering flowers for Sara)
      Grissom: Yeah, hi. I-I-I'd like to get some flowers for a girl. No, no. Not flowers. A plant. A living plant. She likes vegetation.

    • (Upon finding an insect on the victim's clothes)
      Catherine: Well, look, one of your friends.
      Grissom: It's a carpet beetle. It shouldn't be here.
      Catherine: The vic seem more like a hardwood floors kind of guy to you?

    • Jane Bradley: Believe me.
      Catherine: I'll believe the DNA.

    • (Sara and Cath are in the hallway walking into the breakroom)
      Sara: Wow, you got to go to the body farm?
      Catherine: Yeah.
      Sara: I've always wanted to go there. What was it like?
      Catherine: Quiet. (now in the breakroom)
      Warrick: I hear Grissom goes there all the time. Like even on his nights off.
      Nick (walking over to the fridge): Why does that not surprise me? (he opens the fridge and sighs) Man, something stinks in here again. (he grabs his lunch out of the fridge)
      Sara: What, bad milk? Cottage-cheese bad?
      Nick: Worse. It's all over my sandwich. Smell that. (he hands her his sandwich, she reacts to the smell. She then kneels down to look in the fridge and sees a container on the top shelf)
      Sara: Yeah. He's got one of his experiments in there.
      Nick: You're kidding me?
      Catherine: Blood or bugs?
      Sara: It's not bugs.
      Warrick: Oh, that's so not cool. That's a community fridge.
      Nick: Man, someone has got to talk to Grissom about this.
      Grissom (walking in): Talk to me about what?
      Nick: You leaving your experiments in our refrigerator.
      Grissom: Well, the lab fridge was full. I put it in last night.
      Nick: Well...
      Grissom: I'm going to test for horizontal motion on bloodstains. Vis-a-vis surface textures. (Nick looks annoyed. Catherine takes a sip of her coffee and discretely tries to ignore the smell. Grissom is clueless as he takes out the container of blood from the fridge and opens it) Hey, any of you guys got any linoleum at home? (Catherine catches a smell of the open container and this time, she discretely pinches her nose trying to avoid the smell. Sara is quiet)
      Nick (sits down still annoyed at being ignored): That blood is rank, man.
      Grissom: I know. That's why the Red Cross gives it to us 'cause it's past its expiration date. (Grissom puts it back in the fridge and talks to Catherine about the case a little then leaves)
      Warrick: Way to go, Nick. You really told him.
      Nick: I told him... he just doesn't hear it.

    • Grissom: So, take some photos of the experiment for the D.A., and then get rid of that stuff.
      Sara: That meat? That raw meat?... Me?
      Grissom: ...Yeah.
      Sara: How many meals have we shared together?
      Grissom: I don't know.
      Sara: Take a guess. Over a year working together.
      Grissom: Thirty?
      Sara: I'm a vegetarian, everyone here knows I'm a vegetarian. I haven't eaten meat since we stayed up that night with that dead pig. It pains me to see ground beef. Forget about cleaning it up.
      Grissom: Okay... have Nick do it. (leaves)

    • (to Grissom upon seeing a bug)
      Catherine: Hey, look at that. Your six-legged soul mate.

    • Grissom: Tough case, huh?
      Catherine: Just give me a straight-ahead murder any day.
      Grissom: Well, you wouldn't be human if it didn't effect you.
      Catherine: I heard about you and ... uh ... Sara.
      Grissom: Sara, you know, she gets very emotional...
      Catherine: Are you in denial? No, that's ... no, no ... way too analytical. Wow, you got burned bad, huh? Welcome to the club. I got third-degree burns from my marriage. Happens to everybody. Everybody just moves on.
      Grissom: Good, let's move on.
      Catherine: But you have to deal with it. You have to deal with it first. You got to deal with it before it goes away. You are the supervisor. You have responsibilities, and people are making a family around you whether you like it or not, whether you give them permission or not. We don't have to go to the Grand Tetons together, just ... every now and then 'ya gotta lift your head up out of that microscope.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sara (talking to Grissom): I'm a vegetarian. Everyone here knows I'm a vegetarian. I haven't eaten meat since we stayed up that night with that dead pig.

      This is a reference to the Season 1 episode "Sex, Lies and Larvae," where Grissom has a dead pig delivered, for an experiment and Sara joins him, as they observe the effects of certain insects on that pig over night.

    • Suspect's Lawyer: He has no idea how his DNA got in his sister's nightgown
      Brass: Well, maybe a little hobbit put it there.

      Brass is referring to a creature created by the author J.R.R. Tolkien. Hobbits first appear in his book The Hobbit, and also play a major role in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Hobbits are between two and four feet tall.

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