CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 21


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 28, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Sara investigate the murder of a mental-hospital patient and quickly narrow down the suspects to a handful of other patients and staff members.

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  • Not the best day for Sara

    This episode was all about Grissom and Sara when they investigate a murder at a mental hospital and things don't go well for Sara because firstly when she was getting DNA off suspects one of them nearly bit her but you could see there was something up with him and another thing that went wrong for Sara was that she nearly had her throat slit by Adam Trent when he saw Sara alone after Grissom went around the corner.When Grissom came back he saw Sara in trouble and you could tell he looks deeply worried for her and would never want anything to happen to her and luckily she manages to escape.Even though we didn't see Catherine,Warrick or Nick the episode was still amazing but its also a good thing that its just Grissom and Sara on a case.moreless
  • Sara and Grissom...

    I love that this episode is just Sara and Grissom. When Sara was trapped in that room with Adam, Grissom looked so scared for her, I wanted him to hug her when she run out, but he didn't :(. However without this, it would still have been a fantastic episode as I really enjoyed the case and explores a theme that not many shows decide to do; the Mentally Ill. I feel so sorry for Adam, being messed up by his mum. She is so selfish. Why couldn't she just take care of her son and find a new husband instead of turning her son into her husband. Its Sick!

    Although a brilliant episode, I wonder where the writers got this idea from? Anyway I loved that it was just Sara and Grissom, and the case was fantastically written and kept me on the edge of my seat. I would never have guessed that the Nurse was Adam's mother. Fantastic Twist!moreless
  • Another Sara Sidle Pitty Party

    Except for the 5 minutes in which we were graced with the presence of Sofia Curtis, this episode was again another Sara Sidle Pity Party. Didn't she have Nesting Doll's to drown us in her childhood trauma? " Crazy People Do Make Me Feel Crazy ".. Well, self centered, spoiled, I want Gil Grissom's attention so I will steal all the important screen time from the lead female star, makes me feel like changing the channel. No offense, I like the character of Sara Sidle, but enough with her " Feel Bad " for me stories. Stop playing the victim to the hilt, it's really annoying.

    Oh how I miss the Sara Sidle of season 1.moreless
  • Lack of scientific investigation.

    This episode reveals that Sara's mother used to stay in mental hospital after she killed her husband (Sara's father). A patient was found dead, lying in his room. The CSIs-Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle (by the way, where is Greg and Sofia?) to the mental hospital for investigation. Sara found semen on the bed, which turns up to be Adam Trent's semen.

    The first time I look at Adam Trent, he looks so familiar to me. Oh right, he is the one who play the role of Henry Darius in the crossover episode of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY (Felony Flight and Manhattan Manhunt) and Chase Edmunds in the third season of 24. Wow!! A agent turns into a rapist.

    The episode is all about Sara, she said: "Crazy people makes me crazy". Which crazy people don't make people crazy? Sarah Goldfinger is a great writer, but this is not the best episode in this season. It's one of the worse episode in Season 5.moreless
  • This episode mainly involves Sara and Grisom.

    The episode I felt wasn't too bad… and I can't believe it took me the second time to watch this episode to understand what happen!!!

    Poor Sara… lol, Grisom expression shock horror to find Sara lock up in a room with another psychiatric patient… I didn't realise that the patient actually when and slits his throat… that was gross!!! i could tell that there is more GSR scene now, which are great!!!!

    We also found out that after Sara's mother killed her father, she went into a psychiatric unit like the one Sara is at, and it's still smell the same too.

    I can't believe a mother would do that too!!! I'm so shocked!!moreless
Jon Huertas

Jon Huertas


Guest Star

Kristoffer Ryan Winters

Kristoffer Ryan Winters


Guest Star

Monique Edwards

Monique Edwards

Nurse Nanette Faber

Guest Star

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Sofia Curtis

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In this episode, we discover Sara's mother spent some time in an institution after murdering her father.

    • The 'conversation' between Charles Pellew and Grissom was based, according to the director's commentary on the DVD, on an email he'd received several months earlier, which seemed to have gone through a translation program, so that the syntax of the sentence seems correct, but the words actually make no sense at all.

    • Sara's single gold-painted fingernail is an inside nod to writer/co-producer Sarah Goldfinger.

    • Goof: Why did Grissom and Sara swab the patients for their DNA? A handful of them were convicted rapists, so most (if not all) of their DNA would already be in the system.

    • Goof: When the vase is being scanned for sound, it is placed on a Numark turntable. Such a turntable can revolve at 33, 45 or 78RPM with up to +/- 50% on the top model (http://djdeals.com/numarkTTX.htm), but a ceramic wheel can rotate anywhere from 0-200RPM depending on the model. Also, they are scanning the grooves with a laser that does not move up or down, and that would imply that the sound grooves are all on the same level, so the duration of the sound sample could only last as long as it takes the turntable to make one revolution, depending on which speed it is currently set.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sara: Love your hair Leon. (Leon turns to see Sara and Brass standing at the window)
      Leon: Thanks.
      Sara: What do you got here? (Sara looks in the pill cup) Ibuprofen, laxative, aspirin. What are you treating exactly, schizophrenia or constipation?
      Brass: Where are the real drugs Leon?

    • Hodges: Would you ever bleach your hair? (Sara looks up from the microscope) I wouldn't, it's so Greg Sanders.

    • Charles Pellew: Female pig relation, hanged, it sped even, well, too.
      Grissom: What?
      Charles Pellew: No. I ground it ... blindly. Wet and dirty. Cut the blood oven. It spoke justly, repeatedly, calmly. Some thin rod dared your wash. They foretold this into some ready child, which fell crossly. They hag-rode me... again. (Grissom stares at him)

    • Grissom: Jail or no jail, she won't last six months. She'll die without her son.
      Sara: That would be better for both of them.

    • (After a patient tries to bite her when she's attemping to take a DNA sample)
      Sara: Grissom, you take this one.

    • Sara: When my father died, my mother came to a place like this for a while for evaluation. It looked the same, it smelled the same. It smelled like lies.
      Grissom: You sure you're okay?
      Sara: Crazy people do make me feel crazy.
      Grissom: If you want, I can have somebody take your place.
      Sara: I appreciate that. I do, I really do, but ... I kind of made a decision to move beyond that and ... I really want to finish this case.
      Joanne McKay: We have rules for a reason. You people come in here disrupting things. You're unsafe. This is your fault.
      Grissom: Really?

    • Hodges: What, you, uh, think I'm crazy?
      Sara: Crazy is as crazy does.

    • Doc Robbins: It reminded me of that scene of Jaws when Dreyfuss cuts open the sharks stomach and all kinds of stuff came out.
      Grissom: You found a license plate?
      Dr. Robbins (shares stomach findings with Grissom): Highlights include band-aids, wood chips, hair and half a snapshot.
      Grissom: Pica?
      Dr. Robbins: Boo?
      Grissom: Pica is a compulsion to eat non-nutritive food items. It's from the Latin word for magpie, a bird with a large and indiscriminate appetite.

    • Grissom: Crazy or not, here we come

  • NOTES (5)


    • Sara: Of course I wouldn't expect Winnie the Pooh.

      Edward 'Winnie-the-Pooh' Bear, sometimes referred to as Pooh, is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. He appears in the books Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner(1928). The hyphen was later dropped when Walt Disney Productions adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh featurettes which became one of the company's most successful franchises worldwide.

    • Grissom: I'll take Jimminy Cricket.

      Jiminy Cricket is a fictional character who first appeared in the 1940 Walt Disney animated film Pinocchio. He was appointed by the Blue Fairy to serve as the official conscience for Pinocchio. He is also a comical and wise partner who accompanies Pinocchio on his adventures.

    • Leon Madera: He suffers from Renfields syndrome.

      Renfield syndrome, also known as clinical vampirism, is a mental disorder somewhat recognised by doctors in modern times as the obsession to drink blood. The term was first coined by Richard Noll and is named after Dracula's insect-eating assistant, Renfield, in the novel by Bram Stoker.

    • Grissom: Pica?
      Dr. Robbins: Boo?

      Peekaboo is a game similar to hide and seek, but played with babies. In the game, one (child, teenager, or adult) hides their face, pops back into the baby's view, and says — to the baby's amusement — Peekaboo! I see you! Dr. Robbins was trying, unsuccessfully, to make a pun with the medical condition pica.

    • Little Lord Fauntleroy

      Brass tells the mother she'll have no more access to Little Lord Fauntleroy. This is a reference to the famous novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, published in 1886 (previously serialised). It's about a young innocent American child, Cedric, who finds he's the sole heir to a British earldom and travels to England to reside in a castle. He is joined by his mother 'Dearest'. It's an odd reference in some ways because Cedric's mother's love is in no way incestuous and is probably over-sentimental if anything.

    • With the mother's letters to a patient sounding a lot like incest it clearly references the book Oedipus Rex, a novel about a king who accidentally married his mother the queen. Freud made an analysis as a son's in love with their mother, but the Head of the Ward classified it as a Jocasta syndrome (Mother in love with her son)

    • Grissom & Sofia: You've come a long way.... Baby

      This reference was to a famous, long-running series of cigarette ads by Virginia Slims. The ads featured women being finally allowed the 'privilege' of smoking. Apparently, back in the '40s and '50s it was illegal for women to smoke, especially in public. When the ads came out, the tag line "You've Come A Long Way, Baby" would be featured, under a picture of an attractive, successful-looking woman, freely and happily smoking a cigarette. Usually, another picture, often in black and white of a "crueler, non-feminist time" when women couldn't smoke, would be featured as well. These ads were later eliminated, due to lobby groups attempting to make ads for cigarettes illegal.

    • Grissom: You found a license plate?

      Grissom and Robbins are talking about had a line from the 1975 film Jaws in which Hooper pulls a license plate out of a shark to which Chief Brody asks "Did he eat a car?"