CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 3 Episode 17

Crash and Burn

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 13, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An elderly woman crashes her car into a crowded restaurant. One of the patrons is Sara's paramedic boyfriend. Grissom and Nick investigate the possible carbon monoxide murder of a woman in her home.

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  • why is it when in this episode Sarah is seeing Hank and shes going out with Grissom, if he and Sara were dating then y is she going out with hank.moreless

    This episode fantastic and that women was so crazy to drive intot hat building and she was ill y would someone want to do thyat and try and get rid of people trying to have a meal i sure wouldnt do that. medication can do that to u sumtimes i guess.

    Why did that man and boy life and the woman didint now thats just weird. Any way i want to say this is one my favourite episodes.

    All the cast and crew of CSI Las Vegas deserve a round of a pplause for all their hard work to make the espisodes fun, looking forward to the new series in September.moreless
  • Kamakaze Grandma plows into a crowded eatery. A woman is the only fatality in a carbon monoxide posioning.

    One of the episdoes that features Detective Lockwood before he is killed in "In the Box".

    Sara's breakup with Hank is followed by Sara and Catherine bonding. Catherine suggests they go for a beer and Sara doesn't object. When Sarah first showed up, she and Catherine did not get along. Catherine even made comments about Sarah never being part of the team. This shows that they have grown on each other as friends.

    I would have liked to see more come of Sara and Catherine interviewing the insurance people. In this series, the only thing they could do is Catherine said it made her sick, unlike Law & Order, where they would try to put the insurance company on trial for murder.moreless
  • Sorry Sara, Hank's no good for you.

    From when Sara first saw the picture of Hank, I wanted to yell at the screen to tell her to stay away from him and to tell her what he was really like. The storyline was interesting, with the final few minutes sad when the grandson found out that his grandmother left him all of her money so he could get an education, but due to the nature of her death the insurance became void. All in all this was quite an interesting episode, between the Sara/Hank deal and the main storyline of the woman and her grandson. A good episode that I wouldn't mind watching again.moreless
  • An excellent episode with a painful conclusion.

    The two cases in this episode are strong to say the least. The beginning is particularly powerful and backed up by some good character moments, specifically the interactions between Sara/Hank and an amusing 'grass' scene between Sara/Greg.

    This episode plays host to some excellent actors, the son of the monoxide case particularly creepy. And you sympathise with the 'kamikaze Grandma', which is rare in this series. Again the writers have created unforgettable, believable supporting characters who interact well with the main cast.

    I really don't have any major issues with this episode. Yes, the pace could have been quicker and there really didn't seem to be a satisfying conclusion in Sara and Hank's relationship, although I was glad that Sara and Catherine gelled well with the case and its aftermath.

    Overall, a good example of why to watch this show.moreless
  • The cases were very interesting and hard to solve and Hank turns out to be a jerk.

    I totally loved this episode.

    The cases were very interesting and hard to solve and Hank turns out to be a jerk.

    An old lady crashes her car into a crowded restraunt killing & injuring a number of people, one of the injured is Sara's boyfriend Hank. Sara, Warrick & Catherine are on the case and can't seem to figure out what went wrong. Sara comes up with the theory that it was a suicide attempt which turns out to be the right conclusion.

    During the investigation Sara finds out that Hank has a girlfriend.

    Grissom & Nick investigate the murder of a woman who died from carbon monoxide poisoning & try to prove it was a murder.moreless
Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Mr. Arnz

Guest Star

Dahlia Salem

Dahlia Salem

Elaine Alcott

Guest Star

Christopher Gorham

Christopher Gorham


Guest Star

Jeffrey D. Sams

Jeffrey D. Sams

Det. Cyrus Lockwood

Recurring Role

Christopher Wiehl

Christopher Wiehl


Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Sara breaks-up with Hank after finding about his relationship dishonesty.

    • Goof: When Sara is showing Greg the route the old woman took in her car, she draws a blue line on the screen with her finger. When she says something about turning left she draws a continuous line to the "Meadows Lane," but when the shot changes and goes back the line is broken into two.

    • Goof: In the scene where David, Nick and Grissom are looking at the body of the woman who died from carbon monoxide, you can see the corpse breathing right after Nick leaves the room.

    • Goof: In the scene where Sara and Warrick are standing in front of the restaurant where the accident occurred a barricade was behind them. In some of the shots it was there and in others it wasn't.

    • Goof: In the last scene, neither Catherine or Sara are wearing a seat belt.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Grissom: I just got a page from James Watson.
      Nick: And I got one from Francis Crick. What's going on, Greg?
      Greg: Well, as you both know, Watson and Crick are the granddaddies of DNA. Without their discoveries, I'd have nothing to do all day.
      Nick: What have you been doing all day?

    • (About the GPS navigator, Sara knows exactly where Ms. Lombart wanted to go and where she went)
      Greg: So does that thing tell you why?
      Sara: What do you have, Greg?
      Greg: Well, maybe she had the munchies. Tox screen came back. Ms. Lombart tested positive for cannabis sativa.
      Sara: Grass?
      Greg: "Grass"? So 70's, man. Sticky green, the dank, the chronic, the cush, the happy stick, wacky-tobaccy.
      Sara: Well, wait, wait, wait. Grandma was high?
      Greg: Yeah.
      Sara: Grandma was high?
      Greg: (pretends to inhale on a joint) As a kite.

    • Greg: Hey, I hear you're working on Hank's case.
      Sara: I believe it's my case.
      Greg: Territorial. You know, guys don't like that.
      Sara: You're crowding me, Greg.
      Greg: Well, I have some information that'll bring us even closer.

    • Sara: Diane Lambart lived two hours away. If she drove into Vegas with the intention of using it as a murder weapon. I'd imagine she'd be pretty stressed.
      Doc Robbins: Kamikaze Grandma.

    • Brass (to Sara): You know, there maybe something to that kamikaze grandma theory of yours.

    • Sara: An old Jaguar with a GPS unit. That's strange.
      Catherine: Yeah, not your granny's Oldsmobile.

    • Sara: Where you going?
      Grissom: I got gas.
      Sara: Oh.
      Grissom: Residential gas leak in Henderson.

    • Hodges: I didn't page you.
      Nick: I know. I'd just figured I'd come by.
      Hodges: You're checking up on me.
      Nick: No, Hodges I'm checking up on my evidence.
      Hodges: Do you think if you hover over the FTIR it'll work faster?
      Nick (sarcastically): Yeah... Hodges, that's what I think.

    • (After Hank cheated on Sara)
      Catherine: You got plans?
      Sara: Nope.
      Catherine: You wanna get a beer?
      Sara: Drive.

    • Sara: I'm sorry. I got wrapped up in...
      Catherine: Hank.
      Sara: Yeah.

    • Restaurant Manager: If you ask me, that's the reason old people don't belong behind the wheel.
      Sara: Yeah, I didn't ask you.

    • Grissom: If knowledge can create problems, it is not through ignorance that we can solve them.

    • Catherine: Some Happy Hour, huh?
      Grissom: I think Happy Hour's over.

  • NOTES (1)