CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 20

Cats in the Cradle

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 25, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Catherine investigate the stabbing death of an 80-year-old woman who lived in a run-down house full of cats; Nick and Sara comb through the remains of a car bombing that was, apparently, a murder plot gone awry.

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  • Call me crazy but if you put a little girl stabbing an old lady with a girlie pen on a toasted bagel I would eat it.

    There are a lot of things wrong with this episode. The cat angle seems like a little cheesy and the B story isn't perfect. The killer isn't too obvious but she isn't well hidden. But it all gets payed off in the end. A lot of people dislike this episode because the cat motive is so trivial but that is exactly why I love it. There are a lot of wrong turns that can happen in a child's mind and I love the idea that this little girl got her mind so twisted that she believes that stand in her way need to pay. When someone takes her cat she feels she needs to kill them. It doesn't make sense but crazy people often blow stuff so far out of proportion that it doesn't make sense. Call me crazy but if you put a little girl stabbing an old lady with a girlie pen on a toasted bagel I would eat it.moreless
  • An old woman stabbed - a younger woman almost blown up in a car. But nothing is as it seems in CSI-land

    This isn't my favourite storyline - the A story at least - but it's still good.

    Unlike others, I thought the culprits in both cases were a little obvious, but maybe I've just watched one too many of this kind of show!

    The B case about the pipe bombing of the car is well laid out. The lengths people will go to! It's very satisfying when the culprits are finally revealed and you feel very sorry for the poor guy who's almost been framed for attempted murder.

    The A case is good, but less satisfying, probably because of who the culprits are. Talk about a non-reason for killing. Putting in a SPOILER here though it's covered elsewhere anyway...

    The child who plays the killer of the old woman - brilliant little actress and you really want her character to pay for what she's done. What a little madam!moreless
  • This episode surprised me the most. I mean come on...

    ...a little girl killed an old lady...with a pen!!! I hated that brat so much. I mean seriously, what is she gonna become when she grows up? I would have never suspected her. But this is my favourite thing about CSI. you never know who might have done it. There was even this one episode where there was no murderer. It was just a bunch of unfortunate events.
  • This is a good episode but something was not right.

    The episode about how a cat lover was killed by a little brat who should burn in Hell and be touchered for the rest of the after life. Who kills someone over one little cat, one little cat, one cat, one. But other part were good, but why kill a old lady for a cat.
Ed Lauter

Ed Lauter

Clay Tobin

Guest Star

Diane Farr

Diane Farr

Marci Tobin

Guest Star

Tuc Watkins

Tuc Watkins

Marcus Remmick

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Officer Metcalf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • David is allergic to cats.

    • Eric Szmanda was originally supposed to be head banging away to a U2 song, but he decided to use Marilyn Manson's The Fight Song instead.

    • Goof: In the scene where Greg is telling Grissom and Catherine that the substance found in the wound track is mineral oil, the shot changes several times. In the first shot, Greg is wearing big black gloves, then seconds later his hand is bare, and from then on it's the same difference.

    • Goof: When explaining how the woman died, Doc Robbins says she was stabbed just below the fifth intercostal space, straight into the right ventricle. When showing the woman's wound, it's clear it's not the fifth intercostal, it's the third.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Grissom walks toward the door after the cat and opens it)
      Catherine: Where are you going?
      Grissom: Following the evidence.

    • Nick: You know, when I was 16, I begged my mom for a car. Swore she'd come through.
      Sara: What happened?
      Nick: Encyclopedia Britannica. (laughs) All 24 volumes. Still own them, still use them.

    • Nick: Hey.
      Sara: Hey!
      Nick: Wow. You look...
      Sara: Happy?
      Nick: Smug. Actually.

    • Nick: The latch has been blown apart. Which means the hood was down when the bomb was detonated.
      Sara: How is that possible? The mechanic saw the bomb.
      Nick: X-ray vision? (laughs)
      Sara: Okay, maybe he took one look at it, and he slammed the hood.
      Nick: Sara, if you found a bomb in your car would you close the hood?
      Sara: No, I would back away fast. Um... maybe the hood dropped?
      Nick: No way. BMW has built-in hood shocks.
      Sara: Liar, liar, car on fire.

    • Nick: Hmm... hello, sweetheart.
      Sara: End cap.
      Nick: Pipe bomb.

    • Doc Robbins: Glad I'm a dog person.
      Grissom: You know, house cats have only been domesticated for 4,000 years. They still have predatory instincts.
      Catherine: Only 4,000?
      Grissom: Yeah.

    • Grissom: One thing about my mother even though she was deaf, she was always the boss.

    • Catherine: I didn't think anything could mask the smell of a decomp.
      Grissom: Male cat urine. To female cats it must smell like aftershave.
      Catherine: Meow.

    • Nick: Thanks Greg, what'd I win?

    • Warrick: Eau de cat...
      (Catherine makes a shoe print of the shoe)
      Catherine: Eau de match!

    • (Catherine and Grissom enter and see Greg wearing a latex glove blown up on his head, a paper mask with lips and teeth on the front, and plastic glasses. He's playing air drums to the extremely loud pulsating music with a test tube grasped in each hand as drumsticks while wearing thick black rubber gloves)
      Greg: I could have been a rock star.
      Grissom: There's still time, Greg. Tell us about the foreign substance we found in the vic's wound track.
      Greg: Uh, well, I like to rub it all over a lady's body. Even better ... I, uh ... like it when she rubs it all over me. And it's also used as a stool softener.
      Catherine: It's also the only open lead in our case. Spit it out, Greg.
      Greg: Mineral oil.
      Grissom: Possibly used as a preservative to prevent rusting of high-carbon steel.
      Catherine: Like the blades of knives.
      Greg: Old knives. New ones are made from stainless steel. Yeah, I'm like a sponge. I'm like a sponge, I just absorb information.
      Grissom: I thought that was my line.
      Greg: Yeah. And I absorbed it.
      Catherine: Okay, so ... knives, screwdriver, ice pick, letter opener. We're looking for a weapon with a splash of mineral oil. I'll grab the A.L.S.
      Greg: An A.L.S. For mineral oil?
      Grissom: Mineral oil fluoresces at 525 nanometers when filtered through a kv590. A little more absorbing ... a little less rock and roll.

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