CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 4


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 12, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Three tourists are beat up, badly. One is dead, Alfonzo. Jessica is badly beaten but is still alive. Stanley, the last tourist is saved by Greg who ends up severely hurt in turn and ends up hospitalized after having to make a life altering decision.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • A gang terrorise Vegas and Greg is attacked by them.

    This is one of the best all time CSI episodes when its not just one killer its a whole gang of them beating people up and killing them.It proves to be no longer safe to go outside in Vegas when Greg runs into the gang beating someone up but in trying to save him he runs over one of the thugs and the rest pull him out the car and brutally beat him up and they would have killed him if it wasn't for the police showing up.Greg very badly wounded saved the man's life.The CSI's knew it was a dangerous case but in they end they did well to catch all the gang and shockingly the youngest member was 14.moreless
  • A gang of thugs are out on the streets of Vegas robbing and brutally beating tourists at random. By chance Greg Sanders witnesses one such assault and rushes to help. In the process he becomes the gang's next victim.moreless

    Definitely one of the best episodes of CSI ever. You will see both how good and how evil humanity can get in this great episode and that will make emotions run wild for the viewer. Seeing how Grissom and his team put together the pieces to bring the gang to justice is another reason to enjoy it. The only negative thing about this episode is Kevin Federline's absolutely abysmal performance. It can be safely said that he has no talent as a rapper or an actor. Go home Kevin!moreless
  • This is just another great episode from CBS.

    The classification says it all, this is why I watch this series.

    Greg is a fantastic character and all throughout the series his character is just getting stronger and stronger. Who would of thought in this series that an actor who starts out as a lab rat could end up in the field, and risking his life for the job he has been showing so much commitment to.

    This episode also highlights the fact that even though you see Sara flirting with Grissom, she still cares enough for him in her heart to run onto the crime scene in a frenzied search.

    All the relationships within the lab are shown whenever one of the team gets hurt but the friendship that are shared among everyone are especially emotive in the episode, the guys don't like it when one of theirs gets hurt.

    Can't wait to see what comes next.moreless
  • The CSI team investigate the case of large gangs going around and beating up tourists, killing one and severly injuring others, including Greg, when he heroically tries to save a beating he witnesses.moreless

    I thought this episode of CSI was one of the best of the 7th series so far. Gangs of mostly teenagers who were "fannysmakin", ambushing tourists in alleys and beating them.

    One man is dead and one woman is in a very critical condition. The story becomes very interesting when Greg is sent out to process some of the evidence on his own. He comes across the gang beating up a man. Greg is unarmed and backup is taking too long. He must make a decision, watch and let a man die, or act.

    You could see the conflict in Greg's mind and it was definitely the best moment of the episode. Greg decides to drive at them to try and break up the gang, there is one attacker left. The attacker picks up a stone and is charging at Greg, who instinctively presses the accelerator and runs the attacker over. Greg is then very badly beaten and left in a critical condition in hospital.

    The episode was interesting, exciting and enthralling. The plot was realistic and quite relevant. We got to know more about Greg and his history and I think the character will really grow after his attack.

    I thought the only weak part of the episode was the scene between Sarah Sidle and Greg when Sarah came and saw Greg on the ground after his attack. When he tells her to process the scene she tears up and tells him she came for him. I thought the scene didn't really fit and raised questions about Sarah's feelings for Greg when there were no indicators previously that she had any romantic feelings for him. I also thought the acting wasn't good in this particular scene.moreless
  • The unpunished gratuitous violence and the emerging storyline involving Greg's legal troubles are too unpleasant to watch and shift the emphasis from the show's unique focus on solving crimes through the use of scientific logic and modern technology.moreless

    Gratuitous violence that essentially goes unpunished is unacceptable. The new storyline involving Greg and his legal troubles is discomforting. I love the series, but this episode and resulting storyline are too unpleasant to watch. Additionally, my fascination with this show has always been with the trajectory of the plot lines, specifically how they ricochet unexpectedly along the path from crime to solution. The personal lives and relationships of the main characters are most satisfactory when they are only hinted at (e.g., with a glance, raised eyebrow, or multilayered line of dialog). Shifting the balance from crime scene investigations to the trials and tribulations of the characters submerges the uniqueness of the series and makes this just another 60 minute television drama.moreless
Omar Leyva

Omar Leyva

Vasco Ruiz

Guest Star

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis


Guest Star

Tom Ayers

Tom Ayers

Liquor Store Clerk

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Goof: When the fannysmackers attack Greg, they smash his car back window out. The next morning, when Warrick and Nick are processing the SUV, Greg's car window is completely intact.

    • The camera Sara uses when photographing the second beating victim is a Nikon.

    • Goof: After the attack on Greg, when Sara rushes to his side, we can see the sun's rays on the ground change at each scene.

      While talking to Sofia and walking, all the victims are in the shade. But as Sara kneels by Greg, his head is directly under the sun's rays while Stanley is fully under it. Though during the close-up of Greg's face, we see that he's in the shade again. Then, when they pull back on the scene, the sun-rays reappear but retreated further.

    • Goof: Guy said he was beat-up "On the corner of Decatur and Jones."

      In Las Vegas, the streets Jones and Decatur do not intersect. They run parallel to each other (North/South) and are one city block apart.

    • Goof: In the locker scene in the end you see Sara take her sun glasses off her shirt and put them on her head, shot changes to Warrick, and Nick, and when it goes back to Sara her sun glasses are back on her shirt.
      Shot changes again to Nick, Warrick and Grissom and when it is back to Sara her sun glasses are on her head again.

    • Greg Sanders reveals that he is an only child.

    • Fannysmackin' is a 'thug' thing to do, they get a group together and go around beating up tourists.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Cole Tritt: Man, there has been an ass whoppin' on every block!
      Nick: There's about to be an ass whoppin' on this one.

    • Grissom: Has someone called your parents? You should let them know-- (Greg groans) What's the matter?
      Greg: They still think I'm in the lab.
      Grissom: Why do they think that?
      Greg: When I was in high school I never played any sports, no football, no basketball, definitely no hockey.
      Grissom (sarcastic): I never would have guessed.
      Greg: Well, it wasn't my choice. My mom wanted four kids, ended up with only one. She always made sure I stayed close and if I got a nosebleed she'd take me to the ER.
      Grissom: Well, now would be the time to come clean.
      Greg (beginning to cry): My mom's gonna freak.
      Grissom: You tell her that you risked your life to save someone else's and I think she'll be very proud of you.

    • Nick: I am sick of these punks, man. I'm serious, I'm sick of it.
      Warrick: Then you're in the wrong town.
      Nick: Maybe.

    • Catherine: Pig and the piglets are in the pigpen.
      Warrick: About time. Finally some good news.
      Catherine: Did you know Pig, a.k.a Cole Tritt, was the only adult? The rest were all under 18. One was 14.
      Warrick: You're kidding. Who raises these kids?
      Catherine: I mean, they weren't all delinquents. Demetrius James was a college student.
      Nick: Hangin' out with the wrong crowd in the wrong town. I'm tellin' ya, havin' a fake I.D in Las Vegas is like havin' a--a free ticket on the hell train. Sex, drugs, gambling, no adult supervision, 24/7, by the time they're 21 they've done and seen it all.
      Catherine: Make me slit my wrists why don't ya? I'm raising a teenager here.
      Warrick: Ah, you're doin' a great job, Linds is gonna turn out to be a beautiful young woman. Besides, I grew up in Vegas, I didn't turn out so bad, did I?
      Nick: Yeah. That was pre-Mirage. Back when you were goin' to the casino, playin' the arcade games. Nah, Vegas is a different animal now.
      Warrick: Yeah, these kids need to beat people up in the street to be entertained. They need some good discipline, they need their grandmother whuppin' their ass like I had.
      Nick: Yeah, a good slap.
      Sara: You know, it kinda sounds like you guys are blaming everyone but these kids. I mean, you don't get a bye just because you grew up here or your parents are on drugs or--- those kids were perfectly capable of telling the difference between a wild night out and beating somebody to death.
      Grissom: The truth is, a moral compass can only point you in the right direction, it can't make you go there. (beat) Our culture preaches that you shouldn't be ashamed of anything you do anymore. And unfortunately this city is built on the principle that there's no such thing as guilt. "Do whatever you want, we won't tell." So without a conscience, there's nothing to stop you from killing someone. And evidently you don't even have to feel bad about it.

    • Greg: You should process the scene now; me later.
      Sara (chokes up): I came here for you, Greg.

    • Sara: Why isn't there a medic on Greg?
      Sofia: He's been stabilized. Sara, he's gonna be okay. (Sara walks over to where Greg is lying and brushes hair out of his face)
      Greg: Sara.
      Sara: I didn't think you could see me.
      Greg: I can't. I know that "Sidle Scent".
      Sara: I'm... going to take that as a compliment.

    • Cole Tritt: Man, you're weak, weak, weak, weak. (Nick walks up to him) I'm sorry, you're not weak. You're a joke.
      Warrick: Nick, Nick. (Nick looks at Warrick, grinning. Warrick shakes his head. Nick hits Tritt. Warrick runs over and pulls Nick back)
      Cole Tritt: Man, anyone get that on video? (holds up his cell phone) I'll take a picture myself.

    • Warrick: I think I just found a piece of Sanders' hair. (Nick looks down, doesn't say anything)

    • Hodges: We're talking about humans here, not bugs.

    • Man: I need to talk to a cop!
      Brass (same time as Sofia): She's the cop.
      Sofia (same time as Brass): He's the cop.

    • Grissom (visiting Greg at the hospital): Greg.
      Greg: Grissom.
      Grissom: Just another day at the office.

    • Greg (after Grissom assigns him a case): Who's my wingman?
      Grissom: Greg, you're a big boy now; you don't need a wingman.

    • Catherine: What do you know about work boots? I'm guessing you haven't worked a day of hard labor in your life.
      Greg: I wore Doc Martens in high school. It was the style.
      Catherine: Yeah for skinheads.
      Greg: Yeah, they kinda ruined it for everyone.

    • Jessica: Try the whole "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas".
      Sara: Been there.

    • David (pulls a red chip out of the victim's mouth): Looks like a woman's toenail.
      Catherine: It's not necessarily a woman's.

    • (Grissom walks in as Sara is repeatedly kicking a dummy)
      Grissom: Whoa! Pick on somebody your own size.
      Sara: Are you volunteering?
      Grissom (long pause): No.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Grissom: This city is built on the principle that there's no such thing as guilt. "Do whatever you want, we won't tell."

      This is a pun on anything that advertises for Las Vegas. In every ad, they always say 'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas'.

    • Brass (talking about jail): You know it's funky in there. No Posh Spice, no parties, no purses or pedicures or pasta primavera.

      Posh Spice (a.k.a. Victoria Beckham), wife of famous soccer player David Beckham. She was nicknamed Posh Spice back in the days when a girl group of 5 hit fame in the late 90's calling themselves Spice Girls.

    • Brass: I want the rest of the Mickey Mouse Club. Guest star Kevin Federline's then-wife, Britney Spears, was in The Mickey Mouse Club when she was younger.