CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 08, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Nick investigate the death of a book restorer while Catherine and Sara are called to the scene of a fatal train crash. When the female book restorer is found dead and locked inside a "cage," a temperature-controlled workspace, Grissom and Nick attempt to determine whether this is a case of suicide or homicide. They discover that the key to solving the case may be a co-worker who suffers from autism. Meanwhile, Catherine and Sara are sent to comb through the wreckage of a collision between a train and an SUV and find out if it is a case of road rage or simply an accident.moreless

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  • Well, halleluhah! I can't add triva or allusions but I can apparently add a review!

    I don't really care for CSI's method of doing two investgations at once...so those kinds of episodes don't really float my boat. However, the Librarian in the Cage bits were so good that they overshadowed the other, How Did the SUV get on the tracks bits.

    I confess, the major reason why I like this episode is because of the acting of Michael Goorjian as the autistic Aaron Pratt. Excellent job, quite a likeable character, and I liked Grissom's interactions with him..

    Someone who *is* able to add allusions to this episode might want to consider adding a bit about the painting referenced by the Curator, The Raft of the Medusa. The painting depicts the desperate survivors of the French frigate Medusa, (which struck the Bank of Arguin off the coast of Mauritania in 1816, and on which the survivors had turned to cannabilism to survive) at their first moment of apparent rescue.moreless
  • Made me cry.

    I do love this episode. The reason I love it is not due to the storylines however, it's due to a certain character.

    Aaron Pratt, the librarian co-worker who is a high-functioning autistic. The reason I love this episode is because I have an autistic sister. unfortunatly she is not a high-funtioning one like Aaron is, but she is autistic.

    The story line with Aaron worked perfectly. I prefered that storyline to Cath and Sara's. It is an interesting story line, but it just seems too...Original? I dunno, but I just didn't enjoy the story as some of the others.

    To me, this episode is fantastic, and a definate favourite of mine.moreless
  • A bad habits and insaults claim another victim...

    Death by bad habit. Biting the end of her pen ended Veronica Bradley's life, the poison powder was meant to be for her boss. Grissom said, "Some people bite their nails; she bit her pens. Bad habit." at which point I took my fingers out of my mouth (true story). The case of death seems a little far fetched though, she's pouring the Ricin powder into the salt shaker and spills some onto her pen, a mistake ultimately ending her life - her habit kicks in at work and she bites the end of her pen. She is found dead in a locked room, where no one is able to get to her, or help her.

    I think they did a good job with the character Aaron Pratt. His photographic memory came in handy as it helped Grissom and Nick with their case, and his obsessive compulsive behavior was interesting to see, like the objects on his table stacked neatly according to size.

    The other case, that involves an accountant with a anger management problem. Mr. Croft uses his car to push dog-lover Megan Treadwell's vehicle in front of an oncoming train. All of this because she got under his skin and threw her coffee at him.

    I thought this was a pretty good episode, I thought that the case with Megan Treadwell could have been expanded on a little more but other than that I thought it was well done.moreless
Michael A. Goorjian

Michael A. Goorjian

Aaron Pratt

Guest Star

Currie Graham

Currie Graham

Stanley Hunter

Guest Star

Dared Dunard

Dared Dunard

Train Engineer

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Skip O'Brien

Skip O'Brien

Det. Ray O'Riley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Grissom enters the cage in which the woman is found, he goes to the wastebasket to examine the pen that rolled on the floor. As he first picks it up, he grasps it right at the point where the black grip section meets the gray barrel section. But as the shot changes and he continues bringing it up to examine it, he is now grasping it near the end of the gray barrel.

    • Goof: In the final reconstruction of the train victim's last moments, there is a shot of her left profile in her car. A California lottery sign is visible in the window of a store behind her.

    • Goof: The size and shape of the brushguard on the Ford Excursion they are investigating changes many times throughout the scene

    • Goof: The Ford Excursion, the car that pushed the Jeep Cherokee onto the railroad tracks, blew a headlight out during the impact. However, when the CSIs were examining the Excursion, it had a full frontal brushguard.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • O'Riley: We got a situation. You know that weird guy?
      Grissom: He's not weird, O'Riley, he's autistic.
      O'Riley: Whatever.

    • (Speaking to Nick about some antique books)
      Mr. Hunter: I just got here. I don't even know what happened. But what I do know is that these are masterpieces. One of a kind.
      Grissom: They're evidence in an active criminal investigation-- also one of a kind.

    • Grissom: Question is: why did the SUV cross the tracks?
      Catherine: To get to the other side.

    • Greg: Okay, now, this is a 66-kilodalton globular protein, composed of two disulfide-linked sub-units, A and B.
      Nick: Very impressive.
      Greg: And I know what you all think of me -- I'm just another pretty face who got to where I am by sleeping with Catherine.

    • Grissom: Aaron Pratt is a high-functioning autistic man with superior right brain abilities.
      Nick: Kind of sounds like you.

    • Greg: Can I help it if I'm hip?

    • Dr. Robbins: I love this table.

    • (Sara is holding a dog she found at the crime scene)
      Brass: That's not yours, is it?
      Sara: I'm collecting evidence.

    • (Greg opens cupboard door and pulls book out)
      Nick: Always thought you kept your porn in there.
      Greg: I move it around.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Grissom: Yet she must die else she betray more men. Put out the light, and then put out the light.

      This is a quote from The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice, ACT V SCENE II: ...Yet I'll not shed her blood;
      Nor scar that whiter skin of hers than snow,
      And smooth as monumental alabaster.
      Yet she must die, else she'll betray more men.
      Put out the light, and then put out the light:

      If I quench thee, thou flaming minister...
      I can again thy former light restore...

    • Nick: Autistic? What, you mean like Rain Man?

      The 1988 film Rain Man was a movie about an incredibly gifted man with autism, much like the subject in the case that Grissom was investigating.