CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 4 Episode 20

Dead Ringer

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 29, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom, Catherine and Nick investigate the death of a runner during a competition. Meanwhile Sara and Warrick investigate the death of a couple in a hotel room, initially thought to be a murder-suicide. Both cases take place during this 'cop' competition, with more than 20.000 attendants (all of them cops). This gives the investigations an interesting turn, as almost all the suspects and all dead people are cops.moreless

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  • CSI relay marathon and the suspects in the murder case are in the police force...

    Greg, Sara, Nick, Warrick and Catherine participate in a “cop” relay marathon competition where more than 20,000 cops from Las Vegas participate. Grissom finds a dead runner lying in the tracks and along with Nick and Catherine, they investigate the murder. Meanwhile, Sara and Warrick try to find out what happened to a dead couple in a hotel room and the suspects are all in the police force. Overall it is a good episode and it had a very entertaining start. We got to see the CSIs running and a funny scene with Catherine and Grissom over some “inspirational” Vangelis Chariots of fire music.moreless
  • Nice plot!

    The beginning part of this episode is brilliant! I love how Grissom is always so clever and cool but still nerdy at the same time even with his cute little bug obsession! Very realistic and believeable and I never would of guessed who or what had done these horrible murders. Especially with the bank stealing of the dead cops. He get what he deserves with his gory car accident and when Nick found him, it was priceless. Not the best episode out there but surely an episode you should pay close attention to it just might catch you off guard!moreless
  • I knew there was something not to like about those energy bars - besides the taste!

    The opening scene in this episode is as stunning a bit of visual imagery as anything I've seen on network series TV. While you can always count on Jerry

    Bruckheimer's works to include plenty of nicely done location shots -- usually from the vantage point of a helicopter -- this night shot of the marathon runners was just amazing.

    I liked the backdrop of having not only the investigators and arresting officers being cops; but also the suspects, witnesses, and perpetrators.

    As usual, our heroes were not deterred from solving both crimes. However, one might have expected better planning from those who would be familiar with the techniques of gathering evidence.moreless
Chris Coppola

Chris Coppola


Guest Star

Brian D. Johnson

Brian D. Johnson

Manny Senteno

Guest Star

Neil Giuntoli

Neil Giuntoli

ATM Thief

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Jacqui Franco

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: The victim (a member of LA's SES unit) is wearing race number "3". When the end of the race is shown, the SES team is wearing number "2" and the rival SWAT team is wearing "3".

    • In this episode, Nick wears glasses when looking at the ATM.

    • Goof: When Grissom discovers the body of the dead cop, the red flasher on Catherine's upper arm appears, disappears, and reappears again.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Warrick: This is, like, a two- $300 la Perla Nightie, ripped to shreds.
      Sara: Oh, looks comfortable.
      Warrick: It's not designed to stay on that long.

    • Warrick: Break the bad news to the wife?
      Sara: Oh, I didn't have to.
      Warrick: Women always know, huh?
      Sara: Not always.
      Warrick: I think so. Women always know when the man is straying.
      Sara: What are you, the voice of experience?
      Warrick (laughs): No. I'm a really nice guy.
      Sara: Oh, I believe you.

    • Mrs. Senteno: I married a cop. With that comes alcohol and women to take the edge off. First time ... he said it meant nothing. He promised never to do it again. By the third time ... I told him to stop confessing. I wasn't going anywhere.
      Sara: Don't ask, don't tell.
      Mrs. Senteno: I wasn't willing to trade my family for the flavor of the month. That doesn't make me pathetic.

    • Will Warshall: If I'm going to kill a guy, I'm not going to do it with twenty thousand cops around.
      Catherine: Well ... sounds like you've been giving it some serious thought.
      Will Warshall: Well, every cop does. My way? A sniper shot ... two hundred meters out. Coleman'd never even hear the "am" in "blam."

    • Doc Robbins: Well, the race isn't the only reason these guys come to town. It's a good party.
      Grissom: Too much running, too much partying?
      Doc Robbins: L.A. S-E-S. They go all out.
      Grissom: Work hard, play hard, die young, leave a good-looking corpse.

    • David: So, how was your run?
      Greg: I'm still alive.

    • Catherine: How many cops are in town this weekend?
      Grissom: Twenty thousand. And the road is closed to civilians.
      Catherine: Spring break with a badge. Well, this ought to be fun. Every suspect's in law enforcement.

    • (About trace evidence)
      Sara: Are you saying that the gun was wiped down and the prints were planted?
      Hodges: No, you're saying that. I don't get to say that.

    • (Catherine is running and Grissom is in a SUV driving beside her and he's playing the theme to "Chariots of Fire")
      Catherine: What the hell kinda music is that?
      Grissom: Inspiration.
      Catherine: Sedative.
      Grissom: Okay. (he changes the radio so it plays country music) How's this?
      Catherine: How 'bout something that doesn't twang? (he changes it to "Are You Gonna Be My Girl" by Jet) Better.

    • Grissom: Sooner or later, everybody gets replaced.
      Mendez: Talk to me when it happens to you.

    • Lt Mendez: I am not going to miss this.
      Catherine: You're not going to miss the competition?
      Lt Mendez: I just made Lieutenant. I've got nothing to prove.
      Catherine: A man with nothing to prove. Now that would be a first.

    • (after Grissom pulls the SUV off of the road during her run)
      Catherine: What are you taking a leak? The follow car is supposed to stay with the runner! We've been training for months, man. 20 C.S.I.s, 120 miles.
      Grissom: Don't blame me. Blame him. (shines his flashlight on a corpse)

    • (a corpse found on the roadside turns out to be a LAPD SES officer)
      Catherine: So much for the race.
      Grissom: At least we didn't come last.

    • Lt. Mendez: Those the best you got? (point over to Grissom and Catherine)
      Brass: Yeah, yeah, you got lucky.
      Lt. Mendez: Well, if they're not I'll fly mine in.
      Brass: Let me put it to you this way - I'd want them investigating my murder.

    • Brass: Will Warshall, this is Catherine Willows, from the Crime Lab.
      Will Warshall: There's something very wrong in the world if a woman like you is only handling test tubes.
      Catherine: If you think that's all I handle, you're not as smart as you think.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Starting Over by The Crystal Method
      Are You Gonna Be My Girl? by Jet.
      Look Up - Zero 7
      Bad Boys - Inner Circle
      Chariots Of Fire - Vangelis

    • The race depicted in the episode is actually called the "Challenge Cup Relay," otherwise affectionately known as Baker-to-Vegas in real-life.