CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 1

Dead Doll (2)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 27, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

With time, the weather, and the desert against them, the CSI team must work together to find Sara before she dies from the miniature killer's attack.

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  • The miniature killer is caught but Sara needs to be saved

    The episode was really good for giving a better understanding of when Sara was kidnapped by the miniature killer and Sara somehow survives the attack and escapes the flooded car and I was really glad to see Sara survive because she was there from the beginning and is one of my favourite characters.Sara was struggling walking through the dessert when she escaped and was ready to collapse but when she was found Grissom was really glad to see Sara in the end and goes in the helicopter with her.moreless
  • The eighth season begins with the story of the Minature Killer coming full circle. With the odds totally against them, the team is determined to find Sara before it's too late. During the search many flashbacks to this episode's events are shown.moreless

    It's very good to see that CSI still knows how to deliver a fantastic episode after seven seasons. The episode, aside from being very well acted as is the case with this show, told the story in a very clever fashion. The flashback scenes with Sara and her kidnapper and how the Minature Killer set up the scene are quite good. The flashback scenes also gave the viewers another look into the kidnapper's mind and how the crimes were in fact well planned. There are flaws in this episode, but the very engaging story and good acting overcomes those flaws.moreless
  • trivia with sara's arm is wrong...

    sara's right arm maybe the one we see reaching from the car but it is not trapped, it is her left arm jamed under the car seat or something, we can only see this when she's trying to force the car up with the mirror to get her arm out, so it's correct that her left arm is the one in the make shift sling... i loved that ep, i loved grissom finally fully showing what he feels for sara, unfortunate circumstances for it though, a wedding would have been so much better, heehee GSR! brill ep, good reason for the whole trapping thing, unlike Nick's burial deal in Grave Danger...moreless
  • Unforgettable Episode

    This kind of emotional drama is the reason I watch CSI. This episode is very comparable to Season 5's fan favorite Grave Danger, except this time Sara falls victim to the dangerous and psychotic Miniature Killer. She sticks Sara under a totaled car, somewhere lost in the dessert. You may be thinking "So what?" But several flash floods are hitting Las Vegas, and with Sara trapped under the car she only has a certain amount of time before the water levels raises and she drowns. The CSI team races to try and find her but they all know deep down that it's close to impossible to find exactly where in the dessert she is. Do they find her in time? It's the question that'll have you on the edge of your seat. This is the CSI we all know and fell in love with. Embrace the intensity!moreless
  • not the best episode and only just average

    Out of all the episodes of csi and i have seen all of season 1-7 i have to say this season 8 episode one has to be the least interesting one i have seen. For a start most of the episode is of Sara walking round a desert also Grissom doesnt seem to worry about the kidnapping of someone he says he loves he is far too calm he was more worried when Nick was kidnapped. Speaking of Nick he seemed more upset and more worried about Sara than Grissom did and the scence changes were FAR too ovibious since one minute it is dark and pouring with rain and next moment is it dry and bright i think they could have done alot better for a season opener than this the only thing about the episode i really enjoyed was the fact they showed what happened when Natalie kidnapped Sara and how Sara had tried to save herself ,this is the only bad episode i have seen and thats saying something i just hope the rest of season 8 turns out to be better.moreless
Zach Grenier

Zach Grenier

Dr. Kachler

Guest Star

Larry Hankin

Larry Hankin

Zapata Childs

Guest Star

Patrick Renna

Patrick Renna

Security Guard

Guest Star

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Sofia Curtis

Recurring Role

Jeffrey D. Stevens

Jeffrey D. Stevens

Paramedic #1

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Grissom and Catherine find the body of the dead hiker, Grissom suddenly missing his watch.

    • Goof: When the paramedics give Sara the IV, then move her into the helicopter-the VELKET or tourniquet band is still in place on her right arm. This would cause a back flow of blood into the IV tubing.

    • Goof: Natalie isn't capable of getting Sara under the car without a crane or something.

    • Goof: When Natalie put the car on Sara's arm and in both the miniature and real thing it was Sara's right arm, however when she was wandering the desert it was her left arm that had supposedly been crushed. In the previous episode, "Living Doll (1)," her right arm was the one being crushed.

    • Goof: There are two problems with the binocular scene. 1) When Grissom hands Catherine his binoculars in the desert, she's wearing sunglasses and didn't take them off before looking through the binoculars. So the view through the binoculars should have been tinted but it was completely normal. 2) When Grissom looks through the binoculars and finds the rock piles, he and Catherine seem to run about five feet in front of them to get to the pile.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Grissom (sighs): Where is she, Catherine? It's 110 degrees, she's been out here all day, without water, she's disoriented, she's-- she's dehydrated...
      Catherine: She's a survivor.

    • Catherine: I don't see any more footprints, do you?
      Grissom: No.
      Catherine: I think that we just lost the trail. (Grissom looks around with his binoculars, sees some rocks piled up)
      Grissom: Catherine, look.
      Catherine: What? (looks through the binoculars, they run toward the rock piles) This is better than a footprint.

    • Grissom: Catherine! I got footprints.
      Catherine: She got out from under that car.

    • Catherine (running): Nick!
      Nick: No, she's not here.
      Catherine: Well, that's good news.

    • (flashback)
      Sara (answering her phone): Hello, Gilbert.
      Grissom: Hey, we got an I.D on the miniature killer. Her name is Natalie Davis.
      Sara: One of Ernie Dell's foster's?
      Grissom: Yeah. Catherine and I just talked to her biological father, he said he put her up for adoption after she shoved her little sister out of a tree house.
      Sara: Do you have any idea where she is now?
      Grissom: No, but with a name it's just a matter of time.
      Sara: Alright. I'll meet you at the lab. (hangs up)

    • Sofia (about Natalie): No scumbag defense attorney is gonna make their reputation by setting her free.

    • Brass: I just got off the horn with search and rescue. We've got three choppers in the air with night vision and IR. The weather's getting cooler, a warm body will be easy to find.
      Grissom: If Sara's under the car, the metal will conceal her.
      Brass: Maybe she got out.

    • (After Sara's been found and is being put into the Medi-Evac)
      Grissom: Move over, I am going with her.

    • Sara (motivating herself in the desert to get going): Don't stop, keep going. Come on, four times three is.... four times ... three is ... twelve. Four times ... three is twelve.

    • Sara: Natalie. Natalie Davis. I know who you are. I know a lot about you. You make miniatures. I've seen you before, right? You work in the lab, in the cleaning crew. I'm so sorry about hitting you back there. I guess uh, I have a fear of trunks. In my job you only find one thing in them. We actually have a lot in common, you know. I was a foster kid too. Happy happy, joy joy. (Sara laughs) I do know what it's like to be alone, afraid that nobody's ever going to be there for you.
      Natalie (whispering): Ernie was.
      Sara: Yes, he was. That's true Natalie. I lost my father too. I know that Ernie loved you. He would not have wanted you to do this.
      Natalie (whispering): Ernie loved me more than Grissom could ever love you.
      Sara: Grissom. I know what this is about. Natalie? What did you put in the water? Natalie. Huh? (Sara passes out)

    • Sara: What are you doing? (she groans in pain as Natalie sets the car down on her arm. Sara grits her teeth) Don't do this! (Natalie walks away and gets into her car) Natalie! Natalie!

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Panenka jako živá (Doll Like Alive)

    • For this episode, the show was nominated for an Emmy for "outstanding makeup for a single-camera series (non-prosthetic)."

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: November 9, 2007 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: January 8, 2008 on Channel 5
      Norway: January 29, 2008 on TVNorge
      New Zealand: February 3, 2008 on TV3
      Latin America: February 11, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: March 10, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Italy: March 20, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Spain: July 1, 2008 on AXN
      Germany: September 11, 2008 on RTL
      Austria: September 11, 2008 on ORF1
      Finland: November 12, 2008 on MTV3
      Portugal: July 6, 2009 on SIC
      Czech Republic: August 27, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Word Up- Willis
      Who'll Stop The Rain- Courtney Jaye
      This Women's Work- Kate Bush
      Make It Go Away- Britney Christian

    • Wallace Langham joins the main cast as David Hodges.

    • This is one of the very few episodes along with season 5 episode "Down the Drain," where the tag line before the credits is not spoken by the main cast.