Captain Jim Brass
Dr. Jenna Williams
Goof: When Catherine goes to Holly Gribbs after she died, she takes skin samples of the attacker from her nails although Holly was wearing gloves at the time of her attack.
Goof: At the end of the episode, when the cop car passes the team there is a very visible reflection of the camera crew and boom operator in the door.
Goof: During final scenario of Holly being shot, the last bullet to hit her bounces off her shoulder.
The newscaster, Paula Francis, is an actual newscaster for the CBS affiliated station in Las Vegas.
Sara Sidle used to smoke, but now uses nicotine gum.
Goof: There are some major problems with the "jumper's" crime scene. The girlfriend bashes the boyfriend on the back of his head. He bleeds out all over the balcony (she cleans up the blood with towels) but the body leaves absolutely no blood behind on the carpet (It's whiteoff white so blood would stain badly). She drags his body across the carpet and carpet fibers get stuck in his watchband by the adjustment knob. Dragging a body across the carpet would snag fibers on the opposite side. The CSI crew experiment and conclude the boyfriend was pushed. The blow to the head killed him instantly (coroner's report): therefore, the girlfriend would have dumped the body. Dumping a dead body over a rail would provide a different trajectory than pushing a live person and would not have matched their experiments.
Goof: The slot machine central to the plot is visibly a $1 slot machine, and says "play 5 coins", so each pull is a maximum of $5. He puts in $20, but only pulls it three times, however, before walking away (that final pull is the winner). Considering his bad attitude, there's no way he would have left with 5 bucks still in the machine.
The actual Las Vegas Police Department's crime scene division is called the "Crime Scene Unit (CSU)" not "Crime Scene Investigation (CSI)" as is done from this point on through the series.
Goof: In the autopsy scene with Gil, Nick, and a female coroner, just before and after Gil pulled up the stiff forearm of the dead jackpot winner, the victim blinks several times including before the camera moved away from his face.
Nick: Who's going to run the unit?
Grissom: For now? Me. (Catherine gives a look at Grissom, which he returns) I know. We'll just play it by ear, okay?
Nick: How do you know all this crap?
Grissom: It's our job to know stuff.
Grissom (while looking at a hole in the carpet): Nice swatch, Nick. Pizza box sized.
Catherine: Wait a minute. Uh, you-you can't give him the Holly case. I mean, all due respect, Nick. I want this one.
Grissom: Nicky is the only one that didn't have any personal contact with Holly. I don't want you on this, Cath.
Grissom: Because you're emotionally involved.
Catherine: Yeah. She was going to walk. I convinced her to stay. If
anyone's to blame here, it's me, and I want this case. (Catherine grabs the assignment sheet from Nick) Fire me.
Grissom: I'm not firing anybody. Look. I know we're pulling a double.
We're on edge 'cause of Holly. I just want everyone to stay calm and to do
their jobs for the next ten hours. And for now, we're short of help. So I'm bringing in Sara Sidle to give us a hand.
Catherine: Sara Sidle?
Warrick: Who's that?
Grissom: She's a CSI out of San Francisco. She's a friend of mine; someone I trust. She's going to handle our internal investigation and I want to keep this in-house. I don't want I.A. involved. (Nick nods and Catherine shakes her head)
Catherine: Great, that's just what we need: somebody sniffing around.
(Sara walks into the break room. Catherine's inside, leaning against the
counter, her hands rubbing her temples)
Sara: Mind if I get a soda? (Catherine looks at her confused. Sara indicates the refrigerator behind Cathierine)
Catherine: Oh, yeah. Sorry. (moves)
Sara: You want one? (holds out the soda)
Catherine: Is there anything in there with alcohol?
Sara: Root beer.
(Warrick is sitting at the counter holding a cup of coffee. Sara sits next to him)
Sara: You were playing $100 on every spot. You have a system?
Warrick: I'm counting cards.
Sara: Isn't that illegal?
Warrick: Not if you do the math in your head.
Sara: You play anything else?
Warrick: I bet sports from time to time.
Sara: So...let me get this straight. You were assigned by Brass to
shadow a trainee, a robbery comes up on M.L.K, and you go for coffee.
Warrick: An officer was there.
Sara: So, you felt safe to leave? Do you know the policies and procedures for clearing a scene?
Sara: Then, why'd you leave? I mean, what was so important that you had
to rush out of there?
Warrick: I told you. I went for coffee.
Sara: Was that before or after you made your bets? Sunday...Vegas...NFL football... guy like you...come on, you trying to tell me that you didn't make a little pit stop? (Warrick doesn't say anything) Look at me. Did you log on...tell dispatch where you were going?
Warrick: Do you know how many times I've been left alone at a crime scene when I was a rookie?
Sara: Yeah, well, this time is different.
Warrick: Yeah, why's that?
Sara: Holly Gribbs died on the operating table twenty minutes ago. (Warrick turns to look at Sara, shocked by the news. He's absolutely stunned)
Grissom (looking at the victim): Was he in town with anybody?
Detective Barns: His girlfriend. She's upstairs in police custody. Do you
want to talk to her?
Grissom: Not yet. Right now, I want to talk to him.
Detective Barns: How do you talk to a dead body? (Grissom moves in closer to the body and kneels down to look at it)
Grissom: I let him talk to me, actually. (he pulls off his dark glasses and reaches out for something next to the body) In fact, he just spoke. Didn't you hear him? He just told me that he didn't commit suicide. (Grissom holds up a pair of broken glasses)
Detective Barns: No. You- you lost me.
Grisson: This guy fell to his death wearing prescription eyeglasses. Jumpers take their glasses off.
Detective Barns (laughs): You can tell all that just by looking at a pair of eyeglasses?
Grissom: You have no idea.
Catherine (at the morgue about to get DNA from Holly's body): You didn't have to come.
Grissom: I know. I wanted to. In case you need me.
Catherine: I probably do. But this is something I'd rather do alone.
Grissom: Fifteen seconds, you're in, you're out we make a DNA match and it's over, okay?
Catherine (nods): Okay.
Grisssom: They say I have to let you go. You violated the policies and
procedures for clearing a scene. I read Sara's report.
Warrick: I know. I messed up. And Holly's dead. I'm sorry, Gil.
Grissom: I'm sorry, too. I don't want to do this.
Warrick: You got to. You know where I was?
Grissom: I think I have a pretty good idea.
Warrick: I went to lay a bet. I didn't even think I was doing anything wrong. Never occurred to me.
Grissom: It never occurred to me, either. You know what? If I let you go I got to let me go, too. And Catherine ... and Brass. We're all culpable in this. I don't care what the book says. I lost one good person today. I don't want to lose another ... here. (Grissom hands Warrick his badge and his gun)
Warrick: I won't let you down again.
Nick: Can I ask you a question?
Nick: How are you so cool? You took someone's life. Don't you care?
Grissom: Deputy, we're going to have her arrested.
Jamie (to Grissom): So, could I ask you a question?
Jamie: All that stuff you rattled off. How'd you know about all that?
Grissom: Your boyfriend told me.
Grissom: Alright, Nick. Standing by for operation Norman. Let him fly. (Nick throws three dummies off of the roof, after each dummy thrown the crowd applauds)
Grissom (to Crowd): Yes, yes. (takes a photo of the first dummy, to himself) "Norman pushed." (takes a photo of the second dummy) "Norman jumped." (takes a picture of the third dummy) "Norman fell."
Sara: Wouldn't you if you were married to Mrs. Roper? (smiles)
Grissom: I don't even have to turn around. Sara Sidle.
Sara: It's me. Still tossing simulation dummies? There are other ways to tell, you know?
Grissom: How? Computer simulation? No thanks. I'm a scientist I like to see it. Newton dropped the apple, I drop dummies.
Sara: You're old school.
Grissom: Exactly. And this guy was pushed.
(Brass gets demoted to homocide which puts Grissom in charge)
Grissom: You got any advice for me?
Brass: Yeah, cover your ass; and hide. They're all yours, pal.
Grissom: God Sara, I have so many unanswered whys.
Sara: There's only one why that matters now, why did Warrick Brown leave that scene?
Sara: Do you know where I can find Catherine Willows?
Catherine (without looking up): She's out in the field. (Sara looks down at the card in her hand and Cath looks up at her) Let me guess, Sara Sidle?
Sara: I know who I am. I think you're a little confused.
(Beeper from the crime scene rings, Cath calls the number)
Sara: What are you gonna say? "Hi, I'm a Criminalist. I was in the neighborhood..."
Catherine: Shh. It's ringing.
Jerrod Cooper (from phone): Hello?
Catherine: Oh, hey.
Jerrod Cooper: Who's this? I just dialed my own damn beeper.
Catherine: It's my beeper now. I found it.
Jerrod Cooper: It ain't yours. That's my beeper. I do a lot of business on that beeper.
Catherine: What kinda business?
Jerrod Cooper: Oh, you know. Slangin' a little somethin' somethin'.
Catherine: Oh, a little somethin' somethin'. Or maybe a little bling-bling?
Jerrod Cooper: What do you know about a little bling-bling?
Catherine: Invite me over to your crib, baby. You might find out.
Jerrod Cooper: Three Aces Motel. Room 202.
Catherine: Three Aces Motel, room 202. See you soon. (she hangs up, and looks at Sara who was listening) Did I just do that?
Sara: So what's a "bling bling"?
Catherine: Got me.
Grissom (laughing): Jacks or better. You're under arrest.
Suspect: Oh yeah? What for?
Grissom: First degree muder.
Suspect: Oh. On what grounds?
Grissom (looking at suspects boots): Roof dust.
International Episode Titles:
Czech Republic: Nečekaná změna (Unexpected Change)
Chandra West makes her last appearance as Holly Gribbs. She was supposed to be a series regular but her character wasn't well received by the test audiences. As a result, Holly didn't survive the shooting and the character of Sara Sidle was created.
This episode is dedicated to the memory of Owen Wolf (1971-2000), who worked a summer job as production assistant for CSI. He was shot in the head during a truck robbery, in August of 2000, when two armed persons fired indiscriminately towards the crowd.
Grissom: He pulled a Louganis
Olympic diver Greg Louganis cracked his head when he misjudged a dive during the 1988 Summer Olympics. The media said he "hit the water with a splat."
Nick: Will the real Red Skelton please... stand up.
Grissom: You're too young to remember who Red Skelton was.
Nick: Hey, 'Nick @ Nite', you should check it out.
This is a triple allusion:
1) Nick's first line is the "revelation" line from the classic game show To Tell The Truth, hosted by Bud Collyer in which two imposters and one demi-celebrity claimed to be the demi celebrity. The four minor celebrity panelists tried to guess who the real demi-celebrity was by asking a fixed number of questions.
2) Red Skelton was a very talented comic performer whose heyday was in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. He performed in many films and created many memorable sustained characters, most of which he used on his long-running variety show. His was very "red state", filled with an appreciation for middle-American values and attitudes.
3) Nick-at-Nite is/was the late-night programming on the children's channel, Nickelodeon, and is comprised mostly of 10+ year old comedy and variety shows. TVLand is an outgrowth of it.
(Taking pictures of the positions of three dummies tossed from the roof)
Grissom: Yes, yes, Norman pushed. Norman jumped. Norman fell.
Sara: Wouldn't you, if you were married to Mrs. Roper?
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