CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and crew are called in after high roller Tony Braun, a known drug addict, is found dead in his house by a gardener. Since drug paraphernalia are discovered near his body and it is also determined that he had recently inhaled heroin, the cause of death is at first thought to be an overdose. But further examination of the corpse reveals that Braun had been restrained at some point with duct tape, leading Grissom to believe that the victim was forced to ingest lethal amounts of heroin and, perhaps, other drugs.moreless

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  • First appearance of Sam Braun and the plot thickens...

    Burked was a very interesting episode on a number of levels. Besides the appearance of the hot Missy Crider as a Long Island accented stripper, we get our first look at the Big Boss of several fictional Casinos, Sam Braun. As the series progresses, we come to learn that Sam is Catherine Willows' biological father, and he becomes a recurring character that sets up many potential conflicts of interest for her as the series goes on.

    Still, a couple of interesting insights here:

    Sam: First time I ever saw you, you had no clothes on. Right then, I wish I could've taken you home with me.

    Catherine: You were married and I WAS A BABY (meaning JUST BORN, not young relative to Sam), it would've never worked.

    The very next line, Sam says he wished he'd married Catherine's mother. Once again, setting the tone for things to come.

    Overall, a great episode that adds a new plot thread to the show that will be interweaved for the next few years to come.moreless
  • burked

    A great way to start the second season as always great humour,acting.The cast has a great bond and you can sort off feel it in the acting.Great episode in my opinion. I like how the caracters can somtimes determine what theire partner is thinking shows a really strong bond between the team.
  • A plot straight out of classical literature.

    The plotline is straight out of classical literature. The son of a wealthy businessman is found dead of an apparent overdose. Further investigation reveals he was murdered. The suspects are his girlfriend and his brother. The wealthy businessman has an obvious connection to one of the investigators on the case. The key to the case turns out to be a mysterious earring back that proves the gold-digging girlfriend innocent and convicts the victim’s wife and brother.

    The underlying plot in this episode is the relationship between Sam Braun and Catherine Willows. We find out that they have known each other for most of Catherine’s life. Sam freely gives information to her during the investigation. The end of the episode reveals the history of their relationship. Sam was once involved with Catherine’s mother. He even regrets not marrying her.

    It is a very interesting case, pointing the viewer towards the wrong suspect until nearly the end of the episode. It also sets up the plotline for the season three finale and several other episodes that follow that.

Richard Ethan Courtney

Richard Ethan Courtney

Tony Braun

Guest Star

Brenda Bakke

Brenda Bakke

Bonnie Ritten

Guest Star

Fredric Lehne

Fredric Lehne

Curt Ritten

Guest Star

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Sam Braun

Recurring Role

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Greg used to live in New York.

    • Goof: When Warrick is in the prints lab, Nick claps his hands twice, but the sound track has him clapping three times.

    • Goof: When the CSI crew goes to the desert to find the underground silver deposit it seems that the entry door is horizontal but when Grissom and Catherine enter the den it seems that the entry door is vertical.

    • Goof: When Dr. Robbins is explaining the bruising on the chest of the victim, you can see the actor breathing.

    • When Nick is seen petting a Golden Retriever, the dog that he is petting is in fact his dog Maverick, whose name is used later in later episode "Caged" as Megan Tredwell's dog.

      According to the DVD commentary of this episode, the Braun dog belongs to George Eads.

    • Goof: Greg says the half-life of heroin is 9 minutes. However, the National Institute on Drug Abuse states it's 3 minutes.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Sam: You know, back in, uh ... in '67 I was in my 20s and ... I was drinking in a dive in downtown Buffalo. At the end of the bar was this pro quarterback drinking double scotches, two at time midnight to 7:00 in the morning. It's Sunday, game day, mind you. So you know what I did? Called my bookie, bet against him. Guess what? I'll be damned if he didn't throw six touchdown passes.
      Catherine (laughing): Yeah ... sounds like Tony.
      Sam: You know, even when Tony was juicing he could run circles around these college, Harvard types ... and I'm not saying that just because he was my kid. Tony was the best damn casino exec this town has ever seen and just between you and me ... I couldn't hold a candle to him. Now he's dead.

    • Brass: So the rumors about ol' Tony boy are true. Drug overdose.
      Catherine: It sure seems that way.
      Grissom: If only life were that simple.

    • Catherine: So, this is Tony Braun's house. Son of Sam Braun.
      Grissom: He was Steve Wynn before Steve Wynn.
      Catherine: Oh, yeah, you bet your ass. Sam came to Vegas when Vegas was dying. Built three casinos in a year. Had ties to Bugsy Siegel.

    • Janine Haywood: I told you I dropped them down the bathroom sink.
      Brass: First time I heard that.
      Janine Haywood: Look, I took two, gave Tony two and I accidentally dropped fifteen or twenty down the sink. It was an accident. You know, an accident? Haven't you ever spilled a drink?
      Catherine: Not lately. We found fifty Xanax in Tony's stomach.
      Janine Haywood: Don't pin that on me. I'd left.
      Catherine: I'll tell you what you left, your fingerprints all over the prescription bottle.
      Janine Haywood: I went to the pharmacy waited in line picked up the prescription signed for it brought it back to the house. You know, Tony did nothing for himself except work and get high.
      Brass: Got you a brand-new Mercedes, didn't it?
      Janine Haywood: Yes, it did. And it'll buy me the dress I wear at Tony's funeral, too.
      Brass: Look, when you left your half a house where did you go?
      Janine Haywood: A friend's.
      Brass: Well, let's get her on the line.
      Janine Haywood: She's out of town.
      Brass: Let me guess -- she's incommunicado.
      Janine Haywood: That means you can't reach her? Yeah.

    • Grissom: In the last 48 hours have you been anywhere else besides those two places?
      Walt Braun: No. My life's pretty routine.
      Grissom: It might just get a little more routine.

    • Grissom: Braun didn't die of a drug overdose accidental or otherwise.
      Catherine: I figured. So why'd I bring the dummy?
      Catherine: Braun's shirt.
      Grissom: Robbins opened him up. His lungs were compressed. Remember Burke and Hare the two 19th century Scottish body snatchers who made a living intoxicating innocent victims and suffocating them? Sold their cadavers to teaching hospitals? Got away with it, too, until a medical student discovered his fiancée on a slab.
      Catherine: Is this part of the Sherlock Holmes Fan Club Kit?
      (they start to dress the dummy)
      Grissom: Janine Haywood said that she left the house when the drug dealer arrived. I think she came back.
      Catherine: So Braun would have been on his third or fourth balloon by then.
      Grissom: Would have been easy to tape his wrists, mash up fifty pills ... and force feed him a Xanax cocktail. So everything was going great until the gardener showed up. Then I think her plan turned to panic. It takes time to OD -- time Janine didn't have. ... Burke would kneel on his victim's chest, right, covering their mouth and nostrils.
      Catherine: But when you're doing drugs, you're a slob; and when you're being manhandled, you're even sloppier. Like this. (to demonstrate the theory, Catherine grabs the shirt the dummy wears and puts her knee on the dummy's chest, she gets off of the dummy and opens up the shirt to reveal three black stains on the dummy's white chest. She smiles) He was "burked".

    • Grissom: It's been 24 minutes, Greg. When is this thing going to be done?
      Greg: Well, with all due respect sir, it's not a baked potato. (he nods and changes the subject) Did I ever tell you I used to live in New York?
      Grissom: Is this going to be a short story or a novel? (the mass spectrometer beeps and gives out the test results)
      Greg: Excuse me. You know, heroin has a nine-minute half-life. After that, it metabolizes into morphine.
      Grissom: What's the 6-MAM count?
      Greg: A hundred fifty-eight nanograms per mil. Definitely not lethal. The same with your Xanax. Quarter-mil tabs, hundred micrograms per liter. Again, not lethal. There's addicts walking around times square with more drugs in their system.
      Grissom: So Braun should still be walking around. (turns to leave but stops) ...and the point of your New York story was...?
      Greg: Oh, I was just going to tell you about another way to take heroin.. a suppository up the coolee. You just stand on your head, and then you let gravity... (Grissom gives him a strange look) ...forget it!

    • Greg: Oh, is that alcohol on a bug bite? That's like butter on burns, man. Wives' tale.
      Nick: Yeah, this is the guy who told me to put hemorrhoid cream on my acne.

    • Sam Braun: I remember the first time I saw you. You didn't have any clothes on.
      Catherine: Yeah, well, that was a long time ago.
      Sam Braun: I would've taken you home right then if I could have.
      Catherine: I know, but you were married and I was a baby. It would've never worked!

    • (About Braun's girlfriend)
      Catherine: Who is this?
      Brass: It's Braun's squeeze. She's an ex-stripper too. Perhaps you two met in a professional capacity.
      Catherine: And, uh, where has she been the past 12 hours?
      Brass: Uh, let's see. (he pulls out his notebook) Quote: "Out." End quote.

    • (to a recalcitrant suspect)
      Brass: Newsflash, sweetheart. You can't make a deal if you keep your mouth shut.

    • (Walt has a bug bite on his leg)
      Grissom: Would you mind if I took a picture for my bite collection?
      Walt Braun: Whatever rubs your Buddha.

    • Warrick: Black tar heroin. This is the difference between a Cadillac and a Pinto.
      Brass: How would you know?
      Warrick: It's my job. (he puts the balloon back on the dresser) I count at least six balloons, and that's just in the bedroom. The dealer must have come down the chimney. It's like Christmas in July here. (Warrick crouches down so that he's eye level with the prescription bottles on the dresser) Not that Braun even needed any more drugs.
      Brass: Yeah, looks like the guy had a pill for everything. Can you get a print off those balloons?
      Warrick: I can get a print off the air.

    • Grissom: Did you try this coffee?
      Nick: Mm-mm.
      Grissom: The last cup I had tasted like motor oil. (Grissom picks up the pot of coffee. From straight down the hallway, Greg runs to intercept the coffee pot and Grissom's cup. He stops in front of Grissom)
      Greg: Oh, don't touch it. That's my pot!
      Grissom: Your pot?
      Greg: Yeah, you know, from my own private stash. (He picks up the coffee bag) Blue Hawaiian -- $40 a pound. Only grown a couple times a year on the Big Island hand-picked to perfection.
      Grissom: Good. You're using my water so I guess that makes it community coffee.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Doc Robbins: No secret how he lived; sex, drugs, and a big bank roll.

      Robbins is paraphrasing the popular phrase "sex, drugs, and rock & roll", which was originally a song by Ian Dury.

    • This episode is ripped from the headlines of the Ted Binion case.

    • Catherine: Hell hath no fury...

      One of the most famous quotes in the English language, so famous that Catherine doesn't even have to finish it for the audience to know what she is talking about. The complete quote is: "Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scorned" which is commonly paraphrased as "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned". The source is William Congreve's 1695 play "Love for Love".

    • Mandy: I'm not your beast of burden.

      The lab's current fingerprint expert responds to Warrick's criticism by quoting Mick Jagger.

    • Grissom: A sable cloud turns forth her silver lining on the night.

      Upon discovering Tony Braun's stash of silver in an unlit vault, Grissom once again dips into his inexhaustable knowledge of classical literature. He paraphrases the poetic play "Comus" (also known as "A Maske") by John Milton. The original line is "Was I deceiv'd or did a sable cloud turn forth her silver lining on the night".

    • Episode Title: Burked

      This episode's title comes from William Burke, an infamous serial killer and body snatcher. As Grissom explains in part in this episode, Burke killed his victims by suffocating them whilst kneeling on their chests.