CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 10 Episode 1

Family Affair

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 24, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A rising young star is killed in a wreck and her determined stalker claims credit, but the team finds out there's more to this tragedy than meets the eye.

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  • A great season Premiere

    This premiere was superb. I mean this is a good improvement after a passable 9 season. The episode talks about the death of a rising star, later we found that nothing as we seems is what happened. A Well written and directed episode, has come back! Yay! I love that "move". Also the emotive talk between Sara and Catherine between all that Riley wirte about her it was so good. I love it.moreless
  • The crime lab is attacked and Sara comes back to help.

    This was a very exciting start to the new season which shows the crime lab attacked in slow motion at the beginning and goes back 48 hours later to build up to the attack Things go worse for the lab when Riley leaves and leaves a bad review about the lab I was very happy about the return of Sara which is really what the show needs after Grissom left and they get Sara back who was there from the beginning and is some one you can trust I was really shocked about Gregg's crime scene leading to the attack who was the father of Olivia Hamilton who is the first victim in the episode The people who attacked the lab taken the body and destroyed it but the CSI's still managed to catch the killer The episode still left a mystery for the next episode when Langston looks inside the body of a different victim that has nothing to do with the case and sees something inside which is going to be something that we will only see in the next episode.moreless
  • Wow...

    The opening scene got me hooked on the episode straight away. With an opening that good, you have to watch the entire episode without any breaks. I love how once again Dr. Robbins proved to be a badass, despite his disability. I also love Ray's kick to the mafia guy, Hodges' dive while holding Wendy. The entire scene was really well thought out.

    When I saw the opening scene, I thought that the woman shooting at the van was Sara, and I was glad to see that I was right. Great to have her back, would love Grissom back too though.

    Couldn't care less about Riley leaving, and I see that they were trying to make the fans hate the character by making her leave those horrible things about one of the main characters most fans love. The writers didn't put much into her character or storyline, if anything at all, so that doesn't bother me.

    After the whole Greg getting angry about being given the bum scene, I knew that the "bum" was to be the one in the body bag being stolen. It was obvious.

    Great episode, I would have liked this to be the 200th episode rather than that crappy episode we had last season. Amazing season opener.moreless
  • Wow. This episode reminds me why I like this show. Grissom and Sara were very important characters. And after them, everything changed.

    Spoiler alert! Opening scenes are quite different and awesome. In this one, the case is good but the really important thing is the dynamic between the CSI's. Sara is always one of my favorites. And with her existence, this episode is more interesting and meaningful to me. She and Catherine's talk is awesome and also so emotional. There's just one more thing I have to talk about. Greg and Sara. They have a great chemistry on-screen. Last year's episodes are not so good. I hope, this new season will be amusing, thrilling and effective as expected. I wish we'll see more episodes with Sara and hopefully Grissom. I absolutely love this season's premier. It feels like meeting a good old friend.moreless
  • Old good csi

    A good start to season ten. This episode reminds me of the old and good csi, and why i like this show so much. The teaser was a good way to start the season(after the failing of most of the previous season) showing us also a nice surprise. Sara is back. Riley was a good character, but they didn't develop it well and couldn't believe she wrote and most of all thought all those things about catherine!! I think Catherine is really a good leader.moreless
Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Tom O'Neill

Guest Star

Brian Tee

Brian Tee

Denny Ocampo

Guest Star

Morgan Rusler

Morgan Rusler

Richard Wilkes

Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

Michael Bryan French

Michael Bryan French

Dr Franks

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Nick: What's up?
      Catherine: Oh, somethin' that's long overdue. I don't tell 'ya enough, Nicky, but I couldn't do this job without you.
      Nick: Okay. Love you too, Catherine.
      Catherine (smiles): I am promoting you. You are now assistant supervisor on grave.
      Nick (smiles): Alright, thanks.
      Catherine: Please have these FI reviews on my desk by tomorrow night. (Nick's smile fades)

    • (After Nick's spider gets loose, he lures him back with a cricket)
      Greg: How'd you know he was gonna be hungry?
      Nick: It doesn't really matter. They'll go after crickets no matter what. I think the chirping annoys them. (puts the spider back in the cage) That's not my spider, dude.
      Greg: Seriously?
      Nick: Seriously.
      Greg: Is that... Little Stevie? Wow, he's been missin' for years. I'll have to let Sara know so she can tell her...
      Greg & Nick: Husband. (they smirk)

    • Sara: Funny thing is, the father's death was probably an accident.
      Ray (about O'Neill murdering Olivia): And Olivia's was premeditated. It irrtates me that we weren't able to get him for that.
      Sara: But you know what? We know what he did and so does he and he can spend the next 20 years of his life dreaming about his perfect crime. Think of it like busting Al Capone for tax evasion.

    • Ray (about O'Neill): He's guilty, Catherine.
      Catherine: Okay, how are we gonna prove it?
      Ray: I don't know, but we will. (walks off)
      Sara (walks up): I like his attitude.
      Catherine: Reminds you of you? (Sara laughs)

    • Hodges (putting an apple on her desk): It has ten percent of the FDA's requirements for vitimen C. If you don't have your health, you don't have anything.
      Catherine: Hodges, who did you blab to?
      Hodges: Nobody in the media, but I did mention something to Tom O'Neill. But only in passing and implicitly in confidence. I would point out that I had not been explicitly forbidden from discussing the case with law enforcement community. Uh, memo from my supervisor to that effect would have been helpful, not that I'm blaming you.
      Catherine (throws the apple back at him): Don't ever do anything like that again.
      Hodges: Thanks.

    • Greg: Sara! (they hug) What are you doing here? You tired of being happy and married?
      Sara: No, Grissom is guest lecturing at the Sorbonne, while we're waiting to get our research grant to get founded, and Ecklie; called and said the team was down a man and he wondered if I could recommend anyone. And you know, as much as I love Paris and my French is actually pretty good right now, I realized I missed you guys.
      Greg: Well, we miss you, too.
      Sara: So, uh, how's the world been treating you?
      Greg: Oh, you know, still being treated as the lab tech with the crazy hair.

    • Ray (looking at photos of seatbelt bruises on Wilkes): Wilkes was in the passenger seat, he wasn't driving the car. The real driver crashes into Olivia Hamilton, killing her. I don't think the crash broke Wilkes neck, I think the killer moved a drugged out Wilkes into the passanger seat, the killer leaves the scene. The headline reads 'Stalker Kills Actress.'
      Catherine: Which suggests that the killer knew Wilkes was a stalker.
      Nick: Well, he certainly picked the right nut job. Even though Wilkes survived, he still confessed to the crime.
      Catherine: Can Wilkes corrobarate any of this?
      Ray: Oh, he won't. He's too happy being the new Mark David Chapman.
      Ecklie: I really hope you're referring to Richard Wilkes. (slaps a magazine down on the table)
      Ray: I wasn't.
      Catherine (looks at the front page that reads 'Vegas Crime lab confirmed: Stalker confessed'): Where'd they get this from?
      Ecklie; You tell me.
      Catherine: Well, I don't know.
      Ecklie: It's your job to know, Catherine. Nobody in this lab should be talking to the media about an open investigation, let alone one of this profile.
      Nick: Hey, take it easy, Ecklie. I'm sure she's not the leak.
      Catherine: I can defend myself.
      Ecklie: This is a discipline problem, Catherine. Just get a grip on your people. I'm beginning to think Riley was right about you.
      Catherine: What is that supposed to mean?
      Ecklie: You didn't read her exit interview. I put it on her desk. Just read it. (walks off, pissed)
      Sara (walks in): Uh... Hi, guys. This a bad time? (smiles)

    • Nick: Shooting review board?
      Ray: Yeah. (reads the letter) They cleared me.
      Nick: Good. Kill or be killed, Ray. It's a terrible situation to be in, man, don't let it bother 'ya.
      Ray: It hasn't been bothering me. And that's what's been bothering me.

    • Ecklie: Alright, look guys, I got a press conference in an hour and I'd rather not say something that I'll have to backtrack on later. Did Wilkes intentionally kill Olivia Hamilton?
      Nick (same time as Ray): I'd say so.
      Ray: I doubt it.
      Catherine: Maybe you should cancel the press conference.

    • Ray: According to the SMD's, Wilkes traveled 3.2 miles from the time of his last engine stop. Now, how do you travel that far, that wasted and still stay on the road?
      Nick: Individual tolerances vary, just ask Keith Richards.

    • Ecklie: I heard from some uniforms that you guys had a little dust up at the scene.
      Catherine: It was just a spirited debate amoung colleagues. My team's very passionate about their work.
      Ecklie: Yeah, they're also understaffed and have been for a while, which is why I'm adding another CSI to your shift.
      Catherine: Ugh, Conrad. I don't have time to train anybody new.
      Ecklie: Don't worry. This one's been around the block. You're gonna get along just fine.

    • Catherine (after Doc Robbins takes a picture of Olivia and adds it to his scrapbook): That's quite the ghoulish hobby you got there, Doc.
      Doc Robbins: I'm quite the ghoul.

    • Catherine: Busy morning. We got a possible 420 at a weekly on Boulder Highway. Greg, you take it.
      Greg: Are you serious? You're sending me on a trash run at a fleabag motel?
      Catherine: What's the problem?
      Greg: I mean, why me? There are people here with less seniority.
      Ray: Present an accounted for.
      Catherine: Ray, it's alright.
      Ray: I'd be happy to do it.
      Nick: No, no, that's not the point, Ray. When a supervisor assigns you a case, you take it; he knows that.
      Greg: Who asked you?
      Catherine: Nick I need you over here.
      Nick: You know better than that.
      Catherine: Nick! Greg, why don't you go over on the other side of the vehicle.
      Greg: Fine!

    • Nick: Looks like we have an eyewitness. That should add to the circus.
      Ray: Doen't really matter what he has to say, everything we need to know is right here in front of us.

    • Ecklie: What is this for?
      Ray: I am training myself on how to identify different knife wounds.
      Ecklie: Do you know how much ballistics gel costs?
      Ray: Don't worry, I'm going to melt it down and reuse it.
      Ecklie: Well, you've had quite the busy summer: 'Advanced Non-Invasive Tissue Imaging', 'Raman Microspectroscopy'. You're already two courses over your training allotment for the whole year.
      Ray: Yes, which is why, I paid for them myself, and took my vacation time to do them.
      Ecklie: I know. I like the attitude. You're now offically a CSI Level 2, congratulations.

    • Catherine (as Greg is carrying a container of goo): Mr. and Mrs. Decomp?
      Greg: 'Til death do they centrifuge.

    • Catherine: Sara, I know that you walked into some fireworks in the breakroom.
      Sara: What? Ecklie? Please.
      Catherine: No, I just read Riley's exit interview. She had some harsh things to say about my leadership, that the team's fractured, that it lacks cohesion because of me because of my managerial style. I don't know. I-I admit it, I admit that things are different since Grissom left.
      Sara: Well... it's like when a great baseball team loses its clean-up hitter; suddenly everybody's swinging for the fences and nobody's playin' small ball.
      Catherine (smirks): You're using a baseball analogy.
      Sara: Ah, apparently part of being married is attempting to share in your spouse's interests.
      Catherine (chuckles): Okay. That's a weird side of you.
      Sara (smiles): I know. ... Look, you still have a lot of great players and some new talent. Maybe you just need to reshuffle your lineup.
      Catherine: English, please?
      Sara: You are a great CSI Catherine, and you know how to manage your team. The only thing Grissom had that you don't... is you. (Catherine smiles)

  • NOTES (6)

    • The episode won 2 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Cinematography for a One Hour Series and Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series.

    • The opening shot is the most expensive and technology advanced shot, and the largest effect in the show's history. It took six weeks of planning, two months of adding digital effects, and three days of motion-control shooting. Every regular castmember was present in the second-unit directing (a first) and double or triple of the crew was involved for six weeks. It took six weeks to add effect shots. Finally, the episode was delivered two months after filming ended instead of the usual two weeks.

    • This is the first season premiere in which William Peterson (Gil Grissom) and Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown) do not appear.

    • Garret Dillahunt (Tom O'Neill) previously guest starred as a different character in the Season 1 episode "Face Lift."

    • David Berman and Liz Vassey join the main cast with this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 1, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: November 23, 2009 on Kanal 5
      New Zealand: February 8, 2010 on TV3
      Norway: February 9, 2010 on TVNorge
      Italy: March 4, 2010 FoxTV.it
      Spain: June 29, 2010 on AXN
      Finland: August 4, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: September 8, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: September 16, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: November 18, 2010 on TV Nova


    • Ray: He's too happy being the new Mark David Chapman.

      Chapman murdered John Lennon on December 8, 1980, in New York City. Chapman shot at Lennon four times in the back, outside The Dakota apartment building, in the presence of Lennon's wife Yoko Ono and others. Chapman remained at the scene until arrested by police.

    • Nick: Individual tolerances vary, just ask Keith Richards.

      Keith Richards is a guitarist, songwriter, singer, record producer and a founding member of The Rolling Stones. He has been frank about his habits (cocaine, heroin) and earned notoriety for his decadent outlaw persona.

    • Catherine (after Doc Robbins takes a picture of Olivia for his scrapbook): That's quite the goulish hobby you got there, Doc.

      Doc Robbins collects photos of dead celebrities, we first found this out when he took a photo of Julian Harper in the season 6 episode Room Service.

    • Ecklie: Do you know how much ballistics gel costs?

      This is a running gag on the show, and reference to previous conversations in the episodes Who Shot Sherlock? from Season 5 and A La Cart from season 8.