CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 22

Evaluation Day

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 10, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

On the day Grissom has to evaluate his team, a head is found in the trunk of a car. While Gil and Catherine work on the head, Sara and Nick investigate a body in the desert that's missing it's head. Warrick looks into a murder in juvenile detention in which his young friend James is the only witness.moreless

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  • While Grissom and Willows investigate a head in the trunk of a car, Sara and Nick investigate a headless body found in the desert.

    This episode is a bit of a letdown coming on the heels of the excellent previous episode. It's not terrible, but there are far better episodes this season. I also found that I was not all that engaged in this episode as I was with pretty much every other episode in season one. I was interested in knowing where both stories would go, but once we reached the end, I was like "OK". There are many unforgettable episodes in the first season. However "Evaluation Day", while not all that bad, is not one of them.moreless

    I came into . late. 0nly from Season 3 onward did I start watching. I made a mission to get every season on DVD & I finally got Season 1 on DVD as my 27th birthday present on June 1st, 2004 from my older brother Jason. I was watching Seasons 1 & 2 on SPIKE & I was watching all of Season 1 up to GENTLE, GENTLE & had 4 left to watch, then SPIKE for reasons still unknown, took a warp zone to Season 3. THE ACCUSED IS ENTITLED airing on Friday January 2nd, 2004 instead of this episode. Not until I got the DVD was I able to finally see this episode. From the night of my 27th birthday, 1 thing has always pissed me off about this episode. Guest stars Shonda Farr & Keri Lynn Pratt both shared all of their scenes TOGETHER, neither actress had more screentime then the other. Keri Lynn Pratt was properly credited in the guest list following the show intro, Shonda Farr on the other hand was exiled to the closing credits. I am still furious as to why they were given such unequal billing. It makes no goddamned sense at all. They had down the microsecond equal screentime, but were billed so disproportionately. WHY, WHY, WHY???!!! It still makes no sense. It never will make sense. I wanna meet the producers to ask them this. I would feel like a real jerkoff If I were Shonda Farr. She got hosed. I wonder If Keri Lynn Pratt was confused.moreless
  • Evaluations are due. A gorilla corpse is found, prompting Sara to her own personal investigation. And a friend of Warrick is in trouble again.

    My favorite funny moments in this episode:

    Grissom: do you really think a woman could do this?

    Catherin: I could

    Grissom: scared of you...

    Grissom and the Dr. Robbins excitement over boiling the head

    Grissom and Warrick riding the roller coaster


    Not my favorite episode, but alright.


    Okay, maybe it's I'm just sheltered, but why the heck are almost all college student/teenagers on this show displayed as parters delinquents? I'm twenty years old and I have never, and I do mean never, been to a wild party, played strip poker (much less undressed in front of some random guy i met at a bar), or taken illegal drugs, and what's more is I have absolutely no desire to and neither do the people I hang out with. I mean seriously, what is attractive about being stupid and out of control and then not being able to remember it in the morning. All that sounds like to me is a recipe for a whole lot of guilt and regrets. Are most people really like this? If so, I'm not sure I want to know.

    Secondly, the gorilla thing was kinda weird.moreless
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    Really Good Episode, Great Cast Again! And A Really Interesting Storyline, Plus A Really Good Episode Name, Well Suited! Was Definitly One Of The Best Episodes Upto Yet In The Series! And Was A Definate Series Classic! A Really Good 2nd Las Episode For Seaosn 1! Just Hoping That Season 1's Last Episode Will Be Just As Good... Preferably Better! And Hopefully The 7 Later Series Will Be Great! Why 100 Words? Why Why Why? Why 100 Words? Why Why Why? Why 100 Words? Why Why Why? Why 100 Words? Why Why Why? Why 100 Words? Why Why Why?moreless
  • It's evaluation day.

    A head is found in the trunk of a car, & 2 drunk women are driving. Grissom & Catherine investigate.

    Sara & Nick investigate a headless body found in the desert. At the autopsy Doc Robbins reveals that the body isn't human & Terri gets called in to identify what species the body belongs to.

    Warrick looks into a murder in juvenile detention. His young friend James (from Crate & Burrial) is the only witness. If James testifies, he's dead. And if he doesn't he'll be spending most of his life in prison. Warrick tries to find enough evidence so that the DA won't need James' testimony.

    Nick isn't too happy in this episode because Grissom still won't let him work solo on a case, when Warrick, who was promoted to CSI level 3 after Nick got to work solo a few times. Grissom tells Nick that he doesn't think he's ready yet & to prove his point gives him a simple riddle.

    We also learn that Catherine just filed for divorce.

    Grissom evaluates his team:

    Catherine gets a "Keep up the good work"

    Nick won't tell Sara what he got on his evaluation. Saying that it was private.

    Grissom's evaluation for Sara: "Overall performance: Outstanding." "Ability

    to prioritize:" ... "Improvement needed."

    And finally Warrick was sitting in his evaluation as the episode ended.moreless
John Beasley

John Beasley

Charles Moore

Guest Star

Ingo Neuhaus

Ingo Neuhaus

Trent Calloway

Guest Star

Robb Derringer

Robb Derringer

Victor's Partner

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Pamela Gidley

Pamela Gidley

Teri Miller

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: In the scene where Warrick pulls the piece of cloth from the toilet bowl, the amount of water and dirt changes between shots.

    • Goof: When Grissom, Nick, and Brass are in Spur's Corral, Grissom looks at the sombrero and asks Brass if he still has the picture he got from DeSilva's house. Then, Brass pulls it out of his coat pocket and hands it to Grissom. However the picture should've been filed as evidence.

    • Goof: While in the restaurant, seeing if Victor DeSilva works there, Grissom calls Captain Brass the name "Tim" instead of Jim.

    • Goof: The title of the book Sara is using for research on gorillas is titled "Gorilla: In It's Natural Habitat." "It's" is a contraction of "it is" and not the possessive form of "it" - the book should have used "Its" instead of "It's."

    • Goof: At the beginning of the episode the policeman are chasing a BMW that they say is on I-15, but it is clearly on a two lane highway complete with caution signs for two-way traffic.

  • QUOTES (20)

    • Sara: Why did they amputate the gorilla's head?
      Teri: It's a trophy. American fetishists would pay up to $10,000 for the head of a lowland gorilla.
      Sara: The hands and feet?
      Teri: Novelty items. Sold as ashtrays.
      Sara: Here Nick and I were thinking it was to avoid I.D. Why skin it?
      Teri: Purses, shoes, boots ... It's sad. Genetically we're 92.7% identical with gorillas.
      Sara: It's hard to tell where the human ends and the animal begins.
      Teri: Well said.
      Sara: I checked out a couple of websites ... bushmeat.net, gorilla.org. I think she was killed probably in Cameroon or Congo transported to the port of Los Angeles. Dismembered, packaged ... loaded onto a small plane ... where they dumped what they couldn't sell but, uh, I just have to find the plane.
      Teri: Needle in a haystack. Chances are, whoever did this are halfway around the world by now.

    • Catherine: We found everything else in that shed. I don't know why we didn't find a gun.
      Grissom: Well, maybe he was shot somewhere else.
      Catherine: That would explain the plastic.
      Grissom: What plastic? You never told me about any plastic.
      Catherine: I didn't? Oh. ... The victim was wrapped in a plastic sheet.
      Grissom: Victor DaSilva's entire house was covered in plastic. He was having it painted.
      Catherine: Really? Who's the painter?
      Grissom: Nobody famous.
      Catherine: Yet.

    • Catherine: What about my evaluation?
      Grissom: Keep up the good work, Catherine.

    • Nick: Look. Grissom I know this is a bad time to bitch to the boss but, uh, I've been a CSI Level 3 for nine months now. I was a CSI before Warrick. Warrick works D.B.'S solo. Why can't I?
      Grissom: Repeat after me. Silk, silk, silk.
      Nick: 'Silk, silk, silk'?
      Grissom: And what do cows drink?
      Nick: Milk.
      Grissom: Cows drink water. They produce milk. A simple riddle. Common sense disguised in a puzzle of words, but an excellent barometer for evaluating someone's readiness.
      Nick: Look, I'm not one of your suspects you can trick, okay? If I'm not ready, be a man -- tell me I'm not ready.
      Grissom: You're not ready.
      Nick: You know why I took this job? Honestly? I wanted to pack heat, walk under the yellow tape, be the man ... but mostly, because I want you to think I'm a good CSI.
      Grissom: And that's the reason I have to hold you back. Anybody who's great at anything, Nick, does it for their own approval not someone else's.

    • Catherine: Well, well, what a switch. You actually beat us here.
      Grissom: It's evaluation day. Where's Warrick?
      Catherine: He's working spillover -- personal thing -- kid he knows who's in trouble.
      Grissom: Oh, that's right. He told me. I forgot.
      Catherine: Well, maybe we should be evaluating you.

    • (Grissom talking to Brass about torn photo)
      Grissom: So bizarre human behavior, what you can't cut out of your mind, you can always cut out of your photo album.

    • Nick: Peanuts? On the gas pedal?
      Sara: It's one of those funny clues. Could mean nothing, could mean everything.

    • (Grissom and Catherine are examining a head)
      Catherine: Definitely a crime of passion.
      Grissom: Do you think a woman could've done this?
      Catherine: I could have. (Grissom glances at her, then back to the head)
      Grissom: Scared of you...

    • Grissom: What are you doing?
      Sara: Working the case.
      Grissom: What case?
      Sara: The skinned gorilla torso forty miles outside of Baker. Remember?
      Grissom: I don't think that is a case.
      Sara: Well, it was at the start of shift. A crime has been committed.
      Grissom: I hate to be the one to state the obvious, but, uh ... this isn't a human being we're dealing with -- it's an animal.
      Sara: And ...
      Grissom: And every time a dog gets run over you can't go to the vet to examine it.
      Sara (scoffs): I can't believe you. You, with your pet tarantula your maggot farms, that komodo dragon on back order ... you should be more sympathetic to the senseless murder of an innocent gorilla.
      Grissom: You're right. I apologize. I was just checking to see where your head was at. For now, you're working alone. Catherine needed Nick.
      Sara: Bummer.
      Grissom: We got another dead body call.
      Sara: Wait. Is he missing a head?
      Grissom: Maybe. Meantime, you're on standby in case Nick needs backup. ... Your evaluation form. "Overall Performance": "Outstanding." "Ability to prioritize "... "Improvement needed."

    • Doc Robbins: Uh, voice sound familiar?
      Catherine: Kind of sounds like the daytime coroner.
      Grissom: Gary Telgenhoff?
      Doc Robbins: Yep. A songwriter in his off-time. What do you think?
      Catherine: It sucks.
      Doc Robbins: Hmm.
      Catherine: Hey, I just filed for divorce. I'm feeling a little confident.

    • Catherine: Okay, let's get right to it. What's your shoe size?
      Trent Calloway: Why?
      Catherine: I have a shoe fetish. I love feet.

    • Greg: Squirrels love 'em ... they get tossed at Dodger Stadium and they make a hell of a butter.
      Sara: You're nuts. You know that.
      Greg: Exactamundo. Peanuts!

    • Grissom: Mr. Callaway, is there a remote possibility that Victor DiSilva ever worked at a concession stand of some sort? Like at a ball park or...the secret garden of Siegfried and Roy, in the elephant's habitat?
      Callaway: I don't think it's Victor's style. This is ridiculous.

    • Nick: Hey, Catherine, you up for a riddle?
      Catherine: Sure, why not?
      Nick: Okay, repeat after me: "Silk, silk, silk."
      Catherine: 'Silk, silk, silk'.
      Nick: What do cows drink?
      Catherine: Water. Why?
      Nick (after a disappointed pause): Never mind.

    • Sara: What has gotten in to you?
      Nick: Grissom.

    • Prisoner (to Warrick who is about to investigate a murder): Hey, what you got in the tackle box, babe? You going fishing?

    • Brass: You want to tell us why two college freshmen were driving a stolen BMW with a head in the trunk?
      Anna Leah: We already told you. We had no idea that was in the trunk.
      Lori (mutters): Gross.
      Catherine: Now there's a start, "gross." Gross negligence, flying down I-15 in a stolen car. Gross anatomy, a human bowling ball in the trunk. Gross details, let's hear it.

    • Brass (to the two college girls found in their lingerie driving a stolen car with a severed head in the trunk): I don't think you two are murderers, I think you're just felony stupid.

    • Grissom (looking at the detached head): Vitreous humor is glazed over.
      Brass: What does that mean?
      Grissom: That means that, six to eight hours ago somebody lost their head. Then ... (looks at the detached head) somebody lost their head.

    • (sitting in a rollercoaster seat)
      Warrick: I thought you said we were grabbing a beer.
      Grissom (excited): We are, after this.
      Warrick: Grissom, you know, this is your thing. (Warrick moves to get up, Grissom pulls him back down)
      Grissom: Ah-ah-ah. Every nine years and 34 days I feel like sharing. You'll like it. It cleanses you. (Grissom reaches up and pulls down Warrick's harness, and locks it)
      Warrick: Cleanses me? Whatever happened to my evaluation?
      Grissom: You're sittin in it.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Nick (finding a hammer): Bob Vila.
      Catherine (finding an axe): Paul Bunyan.

      Bob Vila is a famous TV handyman who sells a range of tools under his own brand.While Paul Bunyan is a legendary, mythical lumberjack, supposedly such a giant that it took seventeen storks to carry him at birth.

    • (to Catherine and Brass in the interrogation room)
      Anna: This guy was weird, like way weird. I was thinking he was going to pull a Silence of the Lambs on me and tell me to (makes face) put the lotion in the basket.

      This is an reference to the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs starring Jodie Foster as a young, inexperienced FBI agent, Clarice Starling, who is forced to work with a disturbed serial killer (Dr. Hannibal Lector).

    • Grissom: You're a riot, Alice.

      Responding to a cutting joke from Catherine, Grissom quotes Ralph Kramden from the 1950s classic show The Honeymooners.

    • Bushmeat dot org

      While Sara is researching the reasons that the gorilla they found may have been killed she mentions going to this website. This is a real website that addresses a real problem.

    • Grissom: Ichabod was horror struck on perceiving that he was headless.

      Grissom is alluding to Ichabod Crane from The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irvin. This legend was most recently re-popularized by the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow starring Johnny Depp.