CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 9


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 06, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team investigates an underground mob. Warrick ends up becoming the prime suspect in a murder that's related to the mob, and his addiction to pills starts to have a significant impact on his job as a CSI.

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  • Warrick, having troubles in his personal life, turns to pills to keep up the pace with his job. The pills have, as one would expect, a negative effect on Warrick's job perfomance. Matters are made worse when he is a suspect in the murder of a stripper.moreless

    There were some positive points in this episode of CSI. One of them being the strip club owner who seems to represent the last bit of organized crime left in Las Vegas. The scene of the man who refused to pay his bill in the barber chair is well done. However, I was not impressed with the story centering around Warrick. This was done before in the earlier season of CSI when it was revealed he had a gambling problem. It was uninteresting then and it's unineresting now. Hopefully this story won't be streched out and will be resolved soon.moreless
  • Glad to see more Warrick but ...

    Glad to see more Warrick but I thought the episode was weak for CSI. There wasn't enough CSI stuff for me. I know they had a guest director but they had their normal writers but they seemed to have strayed from the formula that makes CSI great. That is an interesting case with lots of evidence that leads to a killer. That was missing from this episode.

    I did enjoy the confrontation between Nick and Warrick but instead of Warrick going off the deep end I would have preferred them two working more closely together to solve the crime and then end the episode talking about Warricks problems versus this whole new mystery that needs to be solved.

    Waiting to see how next week closes this case off.moreless
  • Warrick ... sppilers

    I am a huge Nick and Greg fan but I like that this episode was all about Warrick. I think it's a shame the type of lifestyle he's leading and I think it's also great that he has friends that are there for him and that care for him. I know Warrick is innocent and all and I read next weeks so I know that he is the prime suspect but wow the tension was great and his dizzy spells can only lead to one thing ... well lets just say that after this episode I can't wait unitl next weeks.moreless
  • A guy is found dead in a garbage truck, and Warrick arrives late at the scene, while arguing with his ex-wife Tina on the phone. We meet Lou Gedda, Warrick's fat gangster nemesis, who he's framed for killing in "For Gedda" later in the season.moreless

    A guy is found dead in a garbage truck, and Warrick arrives late at the scene, while arguing with his ex-wife Tina on the phone. We meet Lou Gedda, Warrick's fat gangster nemesis, who he's framed for killing in "For Gedda" later in the season.

    The episode starts with a police/garbage truck car chase, with little squares of colored paper flying out of the truck. This is supposed to be garbage. Seriously. The driver of the truck throws a gun out of the window, then crashes his truck into a wall as a dead body flies out of the back. The dumbass man who's high decides to try and get away on foot, but gets hit by a car. Catherine, Grissom, Greg, SuperDave and Brass investigate the body. Warrick is in his car, and in the middle of a heated argument with Tina. When he hangs up, he pops a pill from a pill bottle. He arrives at the scene and tells Grissom he's sorry he's late, who says Warrick now has to process the garbage truck.

    Back at the lab, the two dead guys get ID'd as Brody Briggs (driver) and Jason Crewes (first vic). Catherine talks to Jason's mother, who says she doesn't know Brody Briggs. At the crime scene, Warrick tells Grissom that the whole divorce thing's "taken the wind out of my sails."

    The team finds out that the truck was owned by a company called Regal Sanitation, which was operated by a mob boss, Anthony Pezzulo, until it closed down years ago. It's discovered that Belinda, Jason Crewes' mother, is actually Pezzulo's wife. She went into witness protection and changed her name after he got killed. Brass shows her a photo of a younger Brody Briggs, and she says it's "BB". Apparently, BB was a friend and wouldn't have killed Jason. So Brass asks about the garbage trucks, and who she gave them to after the business shut down. She tells him they now belong to Lou Gedda, the owner of Pigalle Boulevard Strip Club.

    Warrick and Brass. Strip club. Big fat spoilt gangster.

    Okay, I will skip a part to save you, and me, from falling asleep. So, the team finally deduce that Lou Gedda was running an extortion business, because no one ever reported anything in his club and the cops lost interest. Warrick and Nick have an argument about the drugs Warrick's been taking.

    Warrick goes to the strip club to "continue his investigation", where he meets a stripper, Joanna. They go to a motel and do it. Joanna is later found dead, and Warrick is the prime suspect.

    I think this episode was one of the worst ever. Totally fake garbage, confusing case, and a fat gangster? Please. And that last scene with Warrick and Joanna? It was so cringe-inducing I had to take my eyes from the screen and go play the piano. Seriously. I really do not recommend watching this episode, because, quite honestly, it alternately made me want to fall asleep and punch the screen.moreless
  • Marks the beginning of Season 8's big storyline

    I'm not a huge fan of Warrick so any episode which focuses on him is never going to be one of my favourites. However this episode is important as it marks the beginning of Season 8's big storyline.

    The main storyline focuses on Warrick's personal struggles as he goes through his divorce and subsequent emotional issues. As Warrick's private life is falling apart he becomes overly focused on the murder case at hand; leading to dire consequences for the character.

    I wasn't hugely impressed with the episode, could be due to my anti-Warrick feelings. However I also wasn't a fan of the way the episode was shot; the short, sharp flashbacks which signify Warrick's deteriating mental state I found grating and unnecessary. I felt there were more subtle ways to portray this, that being said, CSI is not known for its subtlety. Despite that, it is a well acted episode by Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown) who conveys the character's tiredness and obsession with the case very well. The storyline, yet again, focuses on the CSI team's frustrations with the mob bosses and their 'control' of Las Vegas – a theme I always find very gritty and interesting in CSI. On the otherhand, I enjoy more the 'singular' CSI episodes rather than ones that feature a running story arch. "Cockroaches" wasn't the best episode of CSI you will find but it is important to season 8 as a whole. Overall, it's an average episode which would be forgettable if it weren't for its importance on the rest of the season.moreless
Rebecca Budig

Rebecca Budig

Joanna "Candy" Krumsky

Guest Star

Beth Broderick

Beth Broderick


Guest Star

John Capodice

John Capodice

Lou Gedda

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Conor O'Farrell

Conor O'Farrell


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof: The garbage truck company closed in 1983. However, Warrick pulls out a paper with a headline of President Reagan's "Tear down this wall" speech, which occurred in 1987.

    • Warrick drives a newer model (05 and up) Ford Mustang.

    • Goof: Warrick is looking at the photographs of the garbage truck drivers bruised arms. He takes a Modafinil (whilst Nick is watching from outside the room). He tries to pop the lid back onto the bottle but as he puts it down to pick up the water bottle the lid flips off again. In the next camera angle as Warrick is still drinking from the bottle of water, Nick enters the office and the lid is firmly back on the pill bottle.

    • It's established in the episode Goodbye and Good Luck (8x07) that Warrick is taking the drug Zolpidem to help him sleep, and in this episode it is shown that he is also taking the drug Modafinil which is to help him stay alert.

    • In that same sequence towards the end of the episode, Friedkin used quick flash-forward cuts of yet-to-be-seen moments to help portray Warrick's jumbled state of mind. Friekdin usd the same technique in The Exorcist.

    • Goof: When Warrick and Grissom are talking about the garbage trucks hydraulics' being broken; the flash back shows the cylinder over working and breaking squirting a clear liquid from it. Hydraulic fluid is a red-yellow color and after it has been used it turns to a red-brown hue.

    • When Greg is in the break room he is holding a Coca-Cola can (even with his hand covering the majority of the label). CSI normally use generic items on the set.

    • The club Warrick went with the dancer had the same architectural plan and fireplace as the woman's' room did in the Season 7 episode "Monster in the Box."

    • Goof: At the very beginning, the shot from above shows the driver holding the wheel with one hand, the other on a beer. Yet when the shot is from the backseat, he has both hands on the wheel and the beer is gone.

    • Goof: When Brass interrogates the vic's mother for the second time he shows her a photo of BB from his police academy graduation (brown background) from 1975. Take a closer look at it when it is lying on the table and later on when Brass picks it up, it is a different picture. This is the latest photo of BB (blue background).

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Warrick: You ever see a barber's chair in Gedda's office?
      Candy: No, but I heard about one. It's supposed to be Al Capone's.
      Warrick: Al Capone.
      Candy: Yeah, but that has to be a rumor. Mob guy with Al Capone's chair -- it's so cliché. Gedda's like the last wise guy left in Vegas. Guess that's his way of keeping his culture alive.
      Warrick: Scumbags like him don't have culture.
      Candy: Scumbags like him started Vegas. None of these lights would be here if it wasn't for them.

    • Grissom: Pay the bill and let's go.
      Warrick: How'd you know I was here?
      Grissom: You've been here twice already today. We're leaving.
      Warrick: Come on, Gris, why don't you sit down and have a drink with us?
      Grissom: I'm on the clock.
      Warrick: So am I.
      Grissom: So you want to get fired.
      Warrick: No, I want to let them know I'm here. I figured I'd order a couple bottles and not pay for it and see what happens.
      Grissom: You think he's that stupid?
      Warrick: It's worth a try. (the waitress slides her tray with the bill over to him)
      Waitress: Here you go, sir.
      Warrick: Thank you. (he looks at the bill: 'Compliments of the house')
      Grissom (dryly): Well, now you gotta pay for it, 'cause we're not allowed to accept gifts.

    • Undersheriff McKeen: All right, say that I get you the warrant. What are you looking for, something that made armpit bruises?
      Warrick: The barber's chair in Gedda's office made the armpit bruises.
      Undersheriff McKeen: I'm agreeing with the judge. (behind Warrick he sees Grissom talking with an officer and shouts) Grissom!
      Grissom (to the officer): Okay. (the officer leaves and Grissom walks over to Warrick and McKeen)
      Undersheriff McKeen: You need to save your CSI here. What he has is circumstantial based off of weird bruises and a barber chair. Brown needs to get better evidence and leave the rest in our hands.
      Warrick: I'm sorry, leave what in your hands -- Gedda's money? (McKeen glares at him, then turns and leaves. Warrick starts to leave, but Grissom grabs his arm)
      Grissom: Listen to me. Putting Gedda in jail is not gonna solve your problems. You just got the rest of the night off.

    • Brass: The judge doesn't think the bruises are enough probable cause to issue a warrant.
      Warrick: What judge?
      Brass: Greene.
      Warrick: When I was running bets for Judge Cohen, she was in on the action.
      Brass: I have no comment.
      Warrick: You know, these club owners -- they pay a lot of taxes; they fund campaigns; they hand out free drinks, all in exchange for protection. I mean, what can I do?
      Brass: Go to the undersheriff, see if he can use his influence. But I doubt it.

    • Warrick: I ran Pigalle's address to find out if there are any more crimes linked to it over the years. I found hundreds: 416s, 413s, 411s ... the list goes on.
      Grissom: Any consistent suspects?
      Warrick: Only thing consistent is that the victims refused to file charges and the witnesses refused to give statements. And it's funny enough the cops lost interest in pursuing it.
      Grissom: What are you saying?
      Warrick: I'm saying it looks like Gedda is running an old school extortion racket, and you can't do that without having cops on the payroll.

    • Warrick: I have a good feeling he works for Gedda.
      Grissom: Yeah, but we don't work off feelings, do we?

    • Greg: Regal Sanitation was owned by Anthony Pezzulo. I'm studying mob history for a book I'm writing.
      Warrick: Pezzulo? Wasn't he the mob boss who owned the Starfly?
      Greg: They called Pezzulo "Whacko," not so much for his wacky personality as for his love for whacking guys.
      Grissom: Until he himself got whacked at the Wisconsin Dells in 1983. Every mob-owned business in Vegas shut down when Pezzulo died.
      Warrick: These scumbags like roaches. Just when you think they're gone, they pop back up again.

    • Warrick: Hey, Gris, listen. About me being late ...
      Grissom: You have a cell phone paid for by the department. You call, you say you're running late. What's going on with you?
      Warrick: I don't know. This, uh ... this whole divorce has taken the wind out of my sails. You know, I used to have the team to distract me from all this, but even that's changed with Sara being gone. I feel kind of disconnected.
      Grissom: You've got your work. Don't screw that up.

    • Warrick: Hey, Gris, I'm sorry I'm late. I had some business to take care of.
      Grissom: This is your business. You were first up. That means you're supposed to be here first.

    • (Looking at parrot in one of the victim's houses)
      Nick: Did you see anything?

    • Nick: No I'm not gonna let it go, men. (Nick throws Warrick's pills and he confronts him) You need to take a look at yourself, Warrick. (pause) And I care because I'm your friend. (long pause)
      Warrick (nods and smiles): Yeah.
      Nick: All right?
      Warrick: Yeah, yeah.

  • NOTES (9)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Švábi (Cockroaches)

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Sound Effects and Foley. It was also nominated for a 2008 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 4, 2008 on Channel 5
      Denmark: March 14, 2008 on Kanal 5
      New Zealand: March 30, 2008 on TV3
      The Netherlands: March 31, 2008 on RTL4
      Norway: April 1, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: April 7, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: April 27, 2008 on Nine
      Italy: May 15, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Sweden: May 26, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Spain: November 18, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: January 14, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: October 22, 2009 on TV Nova

    • The Pigalle Place Strip Club is actually a Elks Club in San Fernado, California. The CSI decorating crew put the neon signs and marquee on the building to make it look like a strip club.

    • Portions of the chase sequence in the teaser were shot in Santa Clarita, California, during the devastating October 2007 wildfires. If you look closely you can see the smoke and embers in the sky.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      The Donque Song- will.i.am (feat. Snoop Dogg)
      Highway Star- Deep Purple
      DVNO- Justice
      Speak For You- SkinnerRat
      She's Got Something to Say- Blue Beat & The Tumblin Donkeys
      "Kolade"-Gary Dourdan and his band (Warrick's hallucination)

    • Wallace Langham (David Hodges), although part of the opening credits, did not appear in this episode.

    • Dourdan when asked what it was like to work with director Friedkin, said it was the most amazing experience he's ever had. Dourdan: "I could go home from a day of work and feel like I did something. The last couple years have been a bit slow. When all we do is walk in and say two lines about hair follicles..."

    • This was the first time Academy Award-winner William Friedkin had directed a tv episode and did it as a favor to William Peterson. The two had previously worked together in the 1985 film To Live and Die in L.A.


    • Warrick: When I was running bets for Judge Cohen, she was in on the action.

      This is a reference to the first few episodes of the series where Warrick ran bets and had a gambling addiction. They busted Judge Cohen in the Season 1 episode "Pledging Mr. Johnson."

    • Catherine: Hey Nick! I think I just found ground zero.

      The term Ground Zero originally described the site of an (nuclear) explosion or the epicenter of an earthquake. Since September 11, 2001 it also is used to refer to the former site of the World Trade Center buildings.

    • Pigalle
      The name of the strip club is a reference to Rue Pigalle, the street which contains Paris' red-light district. American soldiers in Paris during WW2 referred to the street as "Pig Alley," like the pronunciation in the episode.