CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 19, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Sara may be secret lovers, but they still find ways to surprise each other like when their religious beliefs surface when two nuns find a body of a woman crucified on a makeshift cross. The woman was found in a church where the priest may be a man of sin instead of a man of God.moreless

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  • While making their rounds in church late one night two nuns find a dead woman tied to a cross hanging from the church rafters. During the course of the investigation it is revealed that a priest at the church may not be keeping his vows.moreless

    I enjoyed this episode and I liked how it came together at the end but I can't say it's one of my favorites because it was just a little too preachy for me. Some of the dialouge was well written ("He's a Catholic! They're full of guilt!"), but other times I felt like I was watching Real Time with Bill Maher with all of the religous debates between the characters. It almost felt like the writers of the episode wanted to release their pent up feelings about organized religion. Not a terrible episode, but there have been better ones.moreless
  • Nuns, a crucifixtion, an old friendship bewteen 2 guys and a girl, and rosary beads. Not as daring as it could have been, but still a good episode.

    OK - so first off I thought that Meredith Monroe played the cutest nun - maybe not the most believeable - but the cutest. There were a couple of points there I thought she was sleeping with Father Frank. Poor girl, when she tried to take the fall for the murder because she thought he killed Charlotte? Um, sweetie, if you think your priest has killed someone you have bigger problems than your school girl crush and wanting to take the blame.

    I liked the friendship between Charlotte/Frank/Cody - but things never go well when you have a beautiful young woman trying to be friends with two young men. Dawson\'s Creek comes to mind (probably because of Meredith). But it was good. Only thing I wish was that we proved that Father Frank never slept with Charlotte, at least not yet. Silly car dealership man. Good salesman, bad husband and father. Couldn\'t he sell himself better to Charlotte? Did she know the baby was Cody\'s and not Frank\'s. I almost felt sorry for him when Sophia pointed out that the baby was his, almost. Where do you get the idea to crucify someone like that? So he deserves to be put away for a very long time.

    Look at Greg all itching to be back out in the field. His poor face still all bruised. I just wanted to kiss it better. Good to see the whole team working on one case. Funny how Greg got out in the field and Sara only got to be there when they brought in Cody, and his boots, and his vest. Liked Warrick and Nick working together. Sara & Grissom were sweet together, as usual, he called her \"dear\", she invaded his personal space, it\'s all good in GSR world. Catherine lighting the candle for Sam was a nice touch. All in all a good episode - not as gournd breaking as they wanted us to think from the previews - just good, classic CSI with the team working together to figure out who killed the girl - the used car dealer or the priest? I wish I was in the writer\'s room when they presented that idea. Wait, you want to crucify a girl in a church, have her be pregnant, and the baby might be the priest\'s? Yes. So she has to choose between the old friend who took her to prom when her boyfriend left her for seminary school, her sugar daddy who may actually be a daddy now or the priest. Yep, but don\'t forget, the priest was her old high school boyfriend. Ok, sounds great. Can we have a couple of nuns find the body? Sure, they can think it\'s a miracle. OK, but one of them has to be cute and perky. Get writing!\"

    Sigh, no new episode next week. Sigh.moreless
  • DEAR! :D :D :D

    Loved the episode, especially all of the GSR..but I'll get to that later.

    The case was interesting, and held my attention throughout the entire thing. I thought that one of the nuns did it, so I was surprised when it was really the car dealer. As soon as Grissom pointed out that she weighed too little to hoist the body, I realized that it was either the priest or the car dealer. I had a strong feeling that Father Frank didn't do it though, because they made him out to be the "bad guy" throughout the entire episode. It was somebody that you wouldn't expect, like the car dealer guy.

    Loved the interactions between characters, especially the GSR. "Something I said?" "No, dear." I admit, I had a proper freakout when that happened. :D Poor Greg...his face is still all beaten up. And that was a rather odd Catherine/Greggo moment. 0.0! lol

  • Religious beliefs collide!

    I love it when the team are working together and

    That there is really something about them when they do

    As Sarah and Gil hide their secret relationship with one another as they investigate a priest charged with a murder in which he says that God "told him to do it!"

    God would never, ever, ask anybody to murder anybody as that isn't just against the law but one of the ten commandments!
  • Grissom, Catherine, the rest of the team. Working to solve the case. It was great to have them all together. I thought it was sad how things turned out. Girl hung up on a crucifixion in the Catholic church. Murdered by a friend.moreless

    I thought this was a good episode. I liked the moment when Catherine lit a candle for Sam it was sad though too. I felt bad for Greg watching him on the episode last night because you know he still has those bruises and still dealing with his ordeal. I enjoyed the conversation between Catherine and Greg over that. I absolutely loved it when Grissom called Sara dear. It was an awesome moment. I think they did a nice job on how the case unfolded. When we found out that the girl had been friends with both the Priest and car dealer was interesting. I can't believe that nun tried to take the fall for Father Frank. But people do crazy things sometimes. I definitely enjoyed the episode.moreless
Tim Guinee

Tim Guinee

Father Frank Berlin

Guest Star

Sean Patrick Flanery

Sean Patrick Flanery

Cody White

Guest Star

Lorna Raver

Lorna Raver

Sister Elizabeth

Guest Star

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Nick is cutting the rope so that Warrick can take the victim down with the CSI rope, he counts to three. Nick is cutting with his right hand and with his left below the marked spot. But when you see the actual cut his left hand is suddenly above the marking - only to be below the cut in the next scene again. Also notice his right hand which is first positioned to cut from left to right, then the actual cut is from right to left only to change again after the cut.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, while the victim is tied to the cross, she is looking down. A take ahead, she is looking at her left, and nobody had moved the cross yet.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Father Berlin: A happy day for Sister Elizabeth, because she delights in what she dislikes.

    • Hodges: I solved your case.
      Warrick: Bull.
      Hodges: No, cow. Those hairs you found on the scaffold: not human, bovine.
      Warrick (looking at the hair in the microscope): They have red cows?
      Hodges: You betcha, partner. Guernseys. Maybe the scaffold was used somewhere else. Like on a farm.
      Warrick: Or maybe it was secondary transfer.
      Hodges: Well, you can take care of that. I've done all the heavy lifting. As usual. (Warrick rolls his eyes)

    • (Catherine lights a candle at church)
      Catherine: This one's for you, Sam.

    • Brass: Is it bigger sin to lie if you're a priest?
      Grissom: I hope so.

    • Catherine: 18 years and this is my first crucifixion. In a Catholic church with no crucifixes.
      Grissom: I imagine the priest is a resurrection theologian as opposed to a crucifixion theologian. They believe in forgiveness instead of penance.
      Catherine: We could all use a little forgiveness.

    • Warrick: Whoever tied her up there had to be strong enough to dead lift her weight.
      Nick: Yeah, either that or he was highly motivated.

    • (looking at the woman who was 'crucified')
      Nick: Y'know, if you think about it, this is one of the oldest ways to kill somebody.
      Warrick: Considering where we are, it's highly symbolic.

    • (looking at the woman who is hanging from the rafters, dead, making it look like she was crucified)
      Brass: Somebody went through a lot of trouble to get her up there.
      Grissom: Why? I wonder.
      Brass: Somebody had a grudge against the church or somebody in the church. Or maybe they were just mad at God.
      Grissom: Well, Jesus died for our sins. What sin did she die for?

    • Sara: Was there bougainvillea at the crime scene?
      Grissom: Two shrubs at the entrance to the church, a row of four on the wall of the community center, three bushes behind the rectory adjacent to the statue of Saint Jude.
      Sara (smiling): Did you...anticipate that question in order to impress me with your powers of observation?
      Grissom: Memory is a gift.
      Sara: Hmmm. (long pause) From whom?
      Grissom: Who do you think?
      Sara: Well, I wouldn't necessarily call myself an atheist, but I am not sold on the notion of a higher power. However, I used to love the stories of the Saints.
      Grissom: This job certainly challenges your faith.
      Sara: Yes it does. But, I have science.
      Grissom: I believe we need a little of both.
      Sara: Sometimes, I think we made up God just to have someone to blame for our mistakes. (Grissom notices something on the body, and walks out of the lab without acknowledging Sara's statement, she calls out after him) It's... just a theory!

    • (After Grissom walks out of the morgue unexpectedly)
      Sara: Something I said?
      Grissom: No, dear.
      Sara: I didn't offend you, did I? Did I say something offensive to you as a Catholic?
      Grissom: I'm not really a Catholic any more, you know. I suppose I practice a kind of secular Catholicism that involves ritualizing certain aspects of everyday life, and then viewing them with a spiritual intensity they might not otherwise possess. But, I don't want to put too fine a point on it. (Sara smirks, Grissom takes out rosary beads)
      Sara: And rosary beads are a part of that?
      Grissom: This belonged to my mother.

    • Brass: Well, Charlotte died around 2 AM. Where were you then?
      Father Frank: I was out with Marty trying to walk off his high. Trying to keep him out of trouble.
      Brass: Does crackhead Marty have a last name?
      Father Frank: I--I don't know.
      Brass: I gotta tell 'ya father, these answers aren't workin' for me.
      Father Frank: Well, then put me in jail, I'll be doing exactly the same work and getting exactly the same results.

    • Grissom (while holding up his mother's rosary) Five series of ten beads each representing the "Five Mysteries" seperated by five "Our Father" beads.
      Sara: Who would strangle someone with a rosary?
      Grissom: Probably the same person who would crucify someone in a church.

    • Father Berlin: You took my clothes and now you want a favor?

    • Brass: In my world, you're either guilty or innocent.
      Father Frank: Well in mine, you can be both.

    • Grissom (to Father Frank about Cody killing Charlotte): Can you forgive him?
      Father Frank: That's Christ's mandate. You know what that means.
      Grissom: You have no choice.

  • NOTES (3)