CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 14

Drops Out

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 24, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Brass, Catherine, Grissom and Nick work the case of a female victim found in an apartment building with a gun shot wound. Drops becomes a person of interest during the investigation, even though he is still in jail.

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  • A good episode although not my favourite

    This episode was truly disappointing from the beginning until the very end. We open with a girl walking through a building and as she enters a room, she gets shot. When investigating the room Grissom notices blood drops and realises that the blood is coming from the apartment above. When they go up there, they discover another body.

    The team learn that the woman in the apartment above is called Maria and she was killed by a roaming bullet from the murder downstairs. She was listening to what was going on downstairs when she was killed. We learn that the owner of the apartment were the first girl was killed is owned by Drops (he was in a previous episode). In order to find a missing woman Drops is realised into Bass & Nick's custody. They go to his club, and as he goes to make a sandwich, he goes into the fridge (literally) and vanishes. Nick chases after him, but he gets away in a car. They soon track him down and the woman who was missing.moreless
  • Another good episode but not a stand-out one

    A nice return to an episode which was a little more plot driven; with a killer still on the loose and murdering more victims it's a race against time to catch the culprit.

    I enjoyed Drops Out a lot as it was both fast-paced and plot driven – it's nice to see the CSI's (in this case, Nick) leave the lab and chase down criminals. The story was very unbelievable, with Drops being let out of jail to help locate the accused killer – but you often have to suspend belief in CSI so I easily brushed over this flaw and let the story take over. I'm not a fan of rappers-turned-actors (or singer/actors) but Method Man did a good job playing Drops and was, at times, the only good part about some scenes.

    The episode isn't a stand out one but is still enjoyable. I'm continually impressed with the amount of good solid episodes we've had so far in season 8, despite the writers strike. But again, I was disappointed with a lack of screentime for Greg – does he ever follow a case through to the end these days?moreless
  • Enjoyable, but not earth shattering

    The character Drops makes this episode. Otherwise it would feel like a filler. It doesnt help that the closenit-ness of the group seems to have be shattered. There really is a feeling that something is missing (writers strike no doubt).

    The premise of the plot is also dubious. I did like the way that Nick and Brass test the water but arent able to get Drops to give them what they want. I also liked the idea that he manipulates the situation to get him out of jail. Yet what happens when hes on outside just didnt seem realistic and therefore distracts from the plot.

    Yet I didnt let it get in the way of what is an enjoyable story of 1-against-many, as Drops has to evade the cops to rescue his pregnant girlfriend from the killer. Lots of good scenes and actions do build up to a very good ending made better by the tragic ending to Drops. Just desserts perhaps?!moreless
  • interesting story but quite avarage episode.

    A women dead and when it looks first just another crime but it becomes more interesting when there is whole in the sealing and there is another body on the upper floor. And to add even more, it comes to clear that there is someone named Drops involved and to get for the person who might know something, Drops have to get out. And he does not let the change go by and creates an escape plan and it works but the things do not work well for him and so he will make himself known to the police in the end.

    To be honest, quite pale episode. Nothing special.moreless
  • A desperate Nick and Brass team with an old adversary to halt a rapidly growing murder count. Less gory and more story this week as a merry chase ensues.

    The team again plays with their laser beams in an attempt to figure out another unusual the sequence of events that escalates beyond the simple killed/victim mould.

    'Method Mans' Drops gets a 48hr pass in order to assist Brass and the CSI's to end a growing list of victims. Of course things never proceed smoothly and as Brass and Nick take Drops to help find his lady, who could well hold the key to the case, even a GPS ankle bracelet wont let the slippery con from seeking his own line of investigation.

    As often happens the line between good and bad gets blurred and I wouldn't be surprised to see the surprisingly effective method man getting more air time in the near future (the modern 'Huggy Bear?' - he's got the walk, talk, attitude, insider dealings - but can he stay clean enough?)

    Its also nice to see that the team is running more on brains than the emotions of recent episodes. Catherine is definately better when she controls herself rather than the career risking blowups that are much better suited to the street hardened Brass or the tempestuous Warrick.

    Overall a very good effort. Just enough humour to counter the bodies - and much less graphic than many episodes. I thought the pace of the show was just right and the hour flew past. Well done team - on screen and off. More of this quality please!!!moreless
Method Man

Method Man


Guest Star

Anya Monzikova

Anya Monzikova

Jessica Jaynes

Guest Star

Nikki Disanto

Nikki Disanto

Valinda Carlisle

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (27)

    • Drops: And what about the money? Not expectin' anythin', just wonderin'.
      Nick: Well, technically it's the mother's, and Dana's the only beneficiary so, the money's hers.
      Drops: And my kid's?
      Nick: Yeah.
      Drops: For once I did something good in my life.
      Nick: Your life ain't over yet, Kellen. It ain't over yet.

    • Walter: You owe me somethin' else.
      Drops: What for Vic? What's that 25 more? You can take the whole couch if you want to.
      Walter: No, no, no. I got my pay. I need my payback. I lost my wife. (stands up and points a gun at Dana) I'm gonna let you choose which one you lose. Either your girl or your baby.

    • Walter: My J.J bangs one of your whales, 24/7 from Christmas to New Years and you stiff us.
      Drops: Wait, wait. Stiff you? I got busted. I went to jail. Technically I'm still in jail.

    • Nick (answering his phone): Hey, Grissom. Don't worry, we're gonna get him.
      Grissom: The undersheriff will be pleased to know that. The 9mm casing found at business manager's apartment and the one from Valinda Carlisle's car, were fired from the same gun.
      Nick: No suprises there.
      Grissom: Yeah, but it's not the gun that was used to kill Jessica Jaynes.
      Nick: I think Walter Jaynes is the one on the rampage here and he's dragging Dana Espenoza with 'em.
      Grissom: Any idea where?
      Nick: No, no. Not yet.
      Grissom (a little angry): You might want to work on that, Nick. (Grissom hangs up, and Nick just looks at his phone)

    • Brass: That's Jessica Jaynes' husband, what's Dana doing with him?
      Drops: Beats the hell outta me. Walter's J.J's pimp ... your favorite word.

    • Nick: J.J was after your money, now Walter is, and he's taking your girlfriend hostage to get it.
      Brass: Where's the money, Kellen? Because I bet that's where we're gonna find both of them.
      Drops: Man, talk to my lawyers. Better yet, talk to the tax dudes, they know where it is.

    • Drops (after he's about to go talk to someone alone): Now, what about the cuffs, yo? (Brass sighs) Now, why would anybody talk to someone whose already arrested?

    • Brass (unenthused after Drops gives him an address): Jackson and D, yippee, we're going to the hood.

    • Nick: So, who else would Dana go for help? Zigzag doesn't seem to be like a very big talker.
      Drops: You're a lot funnier than I remember, crime lab, you been goin' to cop-comedy school?

    • Nick: And what makes you so sure that Dana would go to this guy Bruce anyway?
      Drops: If Dana's on the run, she's gonna need some on the run money, and let's say Zigzag, handles certain aspects of my finances.
      Brass: What? Like laundering the street fig?
      Drops: No, actually my 401k. Why you always tossin' the pimp card at me, man? I guess to you a black man in a suit is a pimp.
      Brass: Aw, did I hurt your feelings?

    • Drops (while being released from jail for 48 hours to help them, sees Brass and Nick): Well, look who it is: Mom and Dad. (they put cuffs and an ankle braclet on him) One big happy family, huh?
      Brass: Get in the car. (Drops does and Brass shuts the door) I got a feeling that I'm gonna regret this.
      Nick: I already do.

    • Catherine: You ever worry that you could be replaced by a computer?
      Archie: Every day of my life.

    • Drops (about Dana): This is the type of girl that you have to find in person.
      Nick: Well, give us some addresses.
      Drops: What are you gonna do? Mapquest her ass? 'Cause that's not gonna work. There's only one way to find this girl. Let me out. (Brass laughs) What? No, for real. I can have her for you today.
      Nick: You think that we can just pop you outta jail?
      Drops: Yeah. 48 hours. Like the flick, they bust Eddie outta jail, get the bad guy, everything's cool.
      Nick: You think this is a joke, man? Dead bodies are piling up around your new family, now that would worry me.

    • Grissom: Yeah, well whose the 'somebody'? Because the only name on the lease is Drops' and he has a really good alibi.
      Nick: Yeah, and even if he knew who it was he's not just gonna give him up.
      Wendy (walks up to them): He may not have to.

    • Catherine (to Nick who is adjusting a dummy): Maybe these will help out, or would you two like to be alone?
      Nick: Oh, very funny.
      Catherine: Grissom comes up with a theory and we get to do the reenactments and the photo docks.
      Nick: Yeah, well it's good to be the king I suppose.
      Catherine: Sure is.

    • Catherine (after finding something to disprove Grissom's theory): I like it when the king gets it wrong, keeps him human.

    • Drops: I told you I don't know. So unless you want me to start lyin'...
      Brass: You never stop.
      Drops: If that's the way you feel ... (wipes his hands 'clean') ... I'm out.

    • Brass (about the victim): You know any unhappy customers of hers?
      Drops: Look at her. (referring to her autopsy photo) She even looks good in that picture.

    • Brass (about the victim): So, what, were you pimpin' her out, superfly?
      Drops: Pimpin' her out? Nah, pimpin' ain't easy, and you know I'm all about the easy.

    • Brass (after Drops lost his chess game): Looks like something more than forensics be jammin' a brotha up in here.
      Drops: Man, y'all some jinxes.
      Brass: This is a set-up, don't you get it? Ivy league college student versus a high school drop out, convict, you got no chance. ... So said a jury of your peers.
      Drops: Eight months, on a weak ass weapons charge, it's a vacation, man.

    • Brass: The name on the lease is Kellen Tyford.
      Nick: Drops?
      Grissom: The nightclub promoter?
      Brass: Yeah, and get this, he leases the upstairs apartment too.
      Grissom: That's a lotta apartments for a guy who's getting free room and board.

    • Catherine (taking photos of the victim and sees a tattoo): Tramp stamp.
      Hodges: Looks more like a tramp belt.
      Catherine: Help me roll her. (they roll her to see the tattoo continue all over her back)
      Hodges: So, hot girl with dollar sign tats and a mostly empty apartment. Prostitute, right?
      Catherine: Maybe. Or maybe she just loves money.
      Hodges: Y'know, it's the love of money that is the root of all evil, most people think that it's just the money.

    • Greg: Maybe the killer freaked out and wet himself. Not exactly a hardened criminal.

    • David (looking at the victim who was shot in the head): Organ donor. Her heart was in the right place.
      Grissom: Unfortunately her head was in the wrong place.

    • Grissom (looks up to see blood dripping from the ceiling): It looks like this crime has a second story.

    • Drops: I can't explain these women. One minute, they're sending each other cupcakes on Facebook, the next they're trying to kill each other over a broken curling iron.

    • Catherine: We've got a BOLO out on Dana Espinoza in connection with the apartment homicides. She's considered armed, dangerous, and pregnant.
      Warrick: Oh! Raging hormones and a gun; we got to get that off the street fast.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Opušťák (Leave)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Put Your Hands Up- Miguelito, Darius Brooks, Mic Check, Rasco, Black & White Brothers, Eightball, Violator, Rasheed, Camille, Mojada, Anthony Skinner

      Different version/artist of the same song were used.

    • Method Man reprises his role as Drops from Season 6 episode "Poppin' Tags" and Season 7 episode "Big Shots."

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 29, 2008 on Channel 5
      Denmark: May 2, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Norway: May 13, 2008 on TVNorge
      Australia: June 8 & 15, 2008 on Network 9
      Latin America: June 9, 2008 on AXN
      Sweden: October 20, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Spain: December 23, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: February 18, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: November 26, 2009 on TV Nova


    • Drops: Besides, you got your Gameboy on me.

      Gameboys are handheld video game consoles, that are made by Nintendo and have been around since the early 90's.

    • Drops: What are you gonna do? Mapquest her ass?

      Mapquest is a website where you can look at maps, find driving directions, etc.

    • Brass: Looks like something more than forensics be jammin' a brotha up in here.

      This is a reference to the Season 7 episode "Big Shots" when Drops says forensics be jammin' him up.

      Drops: Forensics be jammin' a brother up, man. (from Big Shots)

    • Drops: One minute, they're sending each other cupcakes on Facebook.

      Facebook is the social networking site in which cupcakes are one of a number of 'gifts' that can be sent between users for a $1 each (in aid of charity)

    • Drops references the 1982 film 48 Hrs., in which a wise-cracking criminal reluctantly teamed up with a hard-nosed cop in order to track down a killer, as an example of how he can be temporarily released.