CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 17

Felonius Monk

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 07, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom investigates the murders of four monks who were shot point blank while chanting in a Buddhist temple; Catherine reopens a cold case in which her best friend was murdered, after the man convicted of the crime claims he's innocent shortly before he dies.

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  • Two very different stories - the shooting of Buddhist monks in their temple and the murder of a dancer 15 years before.

    I didn't like this episode too much when I first saw it, but it's actually very good and well plotted. The juxtaposition of the temple story with that of an exotic dancer, some scenes of which take place in a strip club, is very clever. It also shows up how easy it is to jump to conclusions about people based on initial impressions.

    When five monks are killed, initial suspicion falls on everything from the surviving monk to possible gang-related links - then onto discovery of local neighborhood kids who might blame the monks for economic losses. The story is well played out and has a calmness about it, as well as a nicely tied-up ending.

    The other story concerns one of Catherine's best friends when they were both stripping together. She was murdered and the murderer caught. It's now fifteen years later and the evidence in the case is due to be destroyed. Catherine wants one last look and what she finds suggests that the case was not watertight and begins to wonder if her mentor who investigated the case missed something - or worse. A good little story too, and one which shows Catherine's character off well, especially in the final scenes.moreless
  • Excellent how you can jump to the wrong conclusion

    This is a great episode for several reasons. Part of it is about how a community becomes a suspect as to how they react to these monks. Part of it is how they seem to have a greater effect then the investigation could reveal and in the end, even though the guilty party is revealed, the mmotive for the murder is plain to all who watch the episode. I thought the fact that Grissom saw a reason in the wounds and the revealed truth hits him after the fact is gold!

    Catherine has her own ghosts to deal with and in the end, her choice is the right thing to do, one that we all can admire.moreless
Bruce McGill

Bruce McGill

Jimmy Tadero

Guest Star

Marshall Bell

Marshall Bell

Peter Hutchins Sr.

Guest Star

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul

Peter Hutchins Jr.

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Skip O'Brien

Skip O'Brien

Det. Ray O'Riley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Grissom, Nick and Sara go to talk to Pete at the paintball arena, Pete takes off his facemask, a major rule in paintball is that the facemask is never removed . In addition, spectators are supposed to wear facemasks to avoid serious injury.

    • Goof: All throughout the episode, Catherine and Warrick kept calling Stephanie's presumed killer Dwight Kelso. But on the televison broadcast confession, the name on the screen was Mark Kelso.

    • Goof: When Doc Robbins is examining the corpses, they are still breathing.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Grissom If you see the Buddha on the side of the road, kill him.
      Ananda Because the true Buddha is inside of us, so that is the false Buddha, or a tired monk who doesn't drive because he can't control his anger.

    • Jimmy: I helped the evidence along.
      Catherine: Good evidence doesn't need help. You taught me that one. I'm going to have to ask you for a sample of your blood.
      Jimmy: What?
      Catherine: New technology. We isolated male blood on the murder weapon. It doesn't belong to Kelso.
      Jimmy: You think I killed Stephanie?
      Catherine: You were in love with her, Jimmy. That was no secret. But the ring was. (this seems to get his attention) Three karats and she turned you down. Same week she died. I never thought anything of it till now.
      Jimmy: You're good. You are.
      Catherine: I'll get a warrant.
      Jimmy: Yeah, you do that. You go get a warrant.

    • Ted Benton: Jimmy's running late. Nothing changes, huh?
      Catherine: Oh, uh ... (laughs) Some things do.
      Ted Benton: Aw, you kidding, Catherine? Any day of the week, honey, you can still have them three deep, lined up at the bar.
      Catherine: You were always nice to me, Ted.
      Ted Benton: Nice has nothing to do with it, kid. Let's face it, you and this CSI stuff ... that's where you light up-- you're a natural.
      Catherine: Jimmy changed my life. And no funny stuff, just mentor and pupil. Guy delivered me into a whole new life.

    • Sara: Ananda never fingered the trigger.
      Grissom: What about the prints?
      Sara: On the weapon, but definitely not where they should be. (Sara starts the simulation. The computer beeps and the models on the monitor grip the rifle handle and calculates the grip angle) He held the rifle by the stock, barrel pointing down.
      Grissom: He never fired it.
      Sara: No. Anticipating your next question, the rifle's not registered.
      Grissom: Well, Nevada doesn't require rifle registration. What's my next question?
      Sara (smiles): That chewing gum -- is with DNA.

    • Ecklie: I just signed off on the authorization to destroy evidence in the Stephanie Watson homicides since I was the primary, and then I learned tonight that the evidence has been checked out by you and Warrick. You care to explain that?
      Catherine: Found a third donor on the knife. Blood's from a male. Unknown.
      Ecklie: But Kelso didn't have an accomplice.
      Catherine: Then you know why we're looking at the file.

    • Grissom: Well, we've got ourselves a murder weapon.
      Nick: Well, we've got more than that. Sara and I found prints off the rifle.
      Grissom: And?
      Nick: Well, I'll give you a hint. He's bald, he wears a robe and he likes his co-eds bodacious.
      Grissom (sighs): One survivor, one suspect.
      Nick: And a whole lot of bad karma.

    • Nick: How do you get one vic, let alone four... To sit still while you put a bullet between their eyes.
      Grissom: They were praying.
      Nick: Yeah, for mercy.
      Grissom: For whoever was shooting them.

    • Nick: Guy in the robe flagged down an officer.
      Grissom: Guy in the robe is a monk, Nick.
      Nick: Yeah. Well. (Nick looks at the monk for several seconds then turns back to Grissom) He's a quiet monk.

    • (Nick and Sara are talking and putting their shoes on, on the front steps of the Temple)
      Sara: Monks don't do that, right Nick?
      Nick: Right or read porn.
      Sara: I think this was an inside job.
      Nick: Outside, inside, why shoot four men then hide the weapon where even a blind man could find it? And I hate taking off my shoes.

    • Grissom: 'Wherever you live is your temple. If you treat it like one.'
      Sara: State your source.
      Grissom: Buddha.

    • (Cath holds up a g-string)
      Catherine: This was my old life.
      Warrick: Yeah? We all have a past, huh?

    • Catherine (to Jimmy): You always used to say if something doesn't feel right, it usually isn't.

    • Catherine: You put a man away for life on planted evidence, Jimmy.
      Jimmy: He was a scumbag. He copped to another murder.
      Catherine: Scumbag or saint, what you did is a capital crime. You can't play with evidence, especially in a murder.
      Jimmy: I can get life in prison if you turn me in, do you know that? Maybe even the death penalty. Do you know that?!
      Catherine: What do you want me to do? What do you want me to do? Do you want me to look the other way? Do you want me to dummy my report?
      Jimmy: I can't believe you're doing this to me. I gave you your career.
      Catherine: I earned my career. And you did this to yourself. You fabricated evidence.
      Jimmy: You were two steps from turning tricks. And this is the thanks I get?
      Catherine: I danced - period. And instead of feeling sorry for yourself, think about this: While you were out there planting evidence on a case that you couldn't break, Stephanie's real killer got away. And he's still out there. Because you sold the one thing that a cop can't afford to sell: your integrity. So you tell me, between the two of us, who's the whore?

    • Ananda: The past is in the past.
      Grissom: It's true. But sometimes it leaves its fingerprints in the future.

    • David: Excuse me, sir? I'm sorry to interrupt.
      Grissom: David, stop calling me "sir." What's up with the Air Force?
      David: You're all clear for tonight.
      Nick: Air Force?
      David: My dad's a Colonel out at Nellis. Grissom's requested a meeting.
      Nick: Why?
      Grissom: I'm enlisting.

  • NOTES (3)