CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 3 Episode 7

Fight Night

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 14, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A boxing champ dies in the ring after taking a brutal beating from his nemesis, but Grissom finds evidence that points to murder. Outside, in a nearby parking lot, Catherine works a crime scene where a Los Angeles gang member was gunned down, apparently by a rival gang. Also, Nick investigates a jewelry-store robbery.moreless

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  • Nick works solo for the first time

    Fight night and it's chaos in Vegas. And the team has an unusual night.

    Didn't really find Catherine's case interesting a all, but she got to work alone with a detective and well, she's got the experience to handle the situation.

    The fighter's case was interesting enough. Sara and Warrick work well together. How anger a man can become to find a way to beat a man to death, even in a legal fight like boxing. Nick's case was okay but that's not the best part of his storyline. Him questioning Grissom why he gets this kind of cases, Grissom's answer and Nick's reaction to it is why he is one of my favorite characters.moreless
  • The team investigates homosides that take place duroing fight night including a dead boxer, a parking lot shooting and a jewelry hiest.

    This is a perfect example of the genius of the concept of this show. It starts by showing a brutal boxing match that is one of the best I've seen filmed for a fictional program. Not only did it showcase the glitz and glamour of the sport but also the violence and danger behind it. Showing what happens to the face and body when it is excessively battered. The boxer was hit repeatedly until he fell down dead. At the same time a shooting took place and someone robbed a jewelry store. The show usually juggles multiple plot lines and in this edisode the strongest one is the boxing story which exlores and exploits all the aspects that go on in a boxing match from betting, fixing, promoting, and training, to the damage the sport can cause both physically and emotionally. And the depths people go through to win a match. The C.S.I. team has to prove whiether the death was caused by the fight or if it was murder. This episode builds a good case for making the sport illegal. Showing with trade mark illustrations the physical damage that this much infliction can cause. The next subplot was about "The Man" an arrogant clothing designer that used to be affiliated with a gang, and the team trying to prove his involvement with a murder that took place in the parking lot outside of the arena. I thought it was intresting how they showed the hazards of shooting a guns sideways. The only subplot that was disapointing was the jewelry hiest story which started out interesting but ended kind of mediocre. Even the character on the case thought so. But other then that this was one of best episodes of the season.moreless
Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Adelle Cross

Guest Star

Greg Serano

Greg Serano

Javier Molina

Guest Star

Jennifer Aspen

Jennifer Aspen

Mrs. Ramsey

Guest Star

Christopher Wiehl

Christopher Wiehl


Recurring Role

Skip O'Brien

Skip O'Brien

Det. Ray O'Riley

Recurring Role

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Officer Metcalf

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the first episode where Nick gets to work alone on a case.

    • Goof: A large part of Nick's plotline revolves around the discovery that the couple's stolen ring has a fake diamond switched out for the real one. But the ring was left as collateral for a very expensive necklace for the woman to wear that night. There is no way that a jewelery store would accept a ring for collateral without appraising the ring's/stone's value first. And in that inspection, they would have discovered the switch and not accepted it.

    • Sara's problem area in criminalistics is saliva.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sara: You knew there was no way you could beat Steele in a fair fight.
      Warrick: The best way to punish a guy is to beat him to death in the ring in front of two million people on pay-per-view.
      Molina (smiling): That's boxing.
      Brass: No, that's murder. I'll see you in court.

    • Lawyer: Laroi Steele's death was a tragedy not a murder.
      Brass: It became when your client injected mercury into his gloves.
      Sara: And your hands, Molina, literally, became lethal weapons.

    • Warrick: There was this one case where a boxer put lead shot in his gloves to increase his punching power. And also ancient Greek and Roman pugilists used a glove weighted with metal, called a "cestus."
      Grissom You making a classical reference?
      Warrick: Yeah. I thought you'd like that.

    • Grissom: I guess clothes do make "The Man."
      Catherine: In this case, "The Man" makes the clothes ... and produces the music ... and represents the athletes ... when he's not involved in street shootings, of course.
      Grissom: And when you asked him what he was wearing the night of the murder, he couldn't remember?
      Catherine: As far as he's concerned murder is just another way to separate himself from the Calvins and Ralphs of the world.
      Grissom: Calvin and Ralph?
      Catherine: Klein and Lauren. Fashion.
      Grissom: Oh. Well, for most CSIs, fashion is irrelevant.
      Catherine: Speak for yourself. The only thing between me and a wardrobe like this is a few extra zeros on my paycheck.

    • Greg: Well, in the interests of posterity, I took it upon myself to establish provenance for the killer gloves... I mean DNA-wise. On my own time of course, of which I have precious little so that should count for something.
      Grissom (exasperated): Greg, why are you always doing this?
      Greg: Because you make me nervous.

    • Doc Robbins: It's a basilar subarachnoid hematoma the result of a massive vertical blunt force trauma to the chin. The sudden forced rotation of the neck tears the vertebral artery...and blood pours out into the surrounding soft tissue.
      Grissom: It's called an uppercut.
      Doc Robbins: You say tomato and I say Cause of Death ... Gil, I never had you pegged as a fight fan.
      Grissom: I'm not, really. My first year as a criminalist, I thought boxing would be a good place to observe live blood spatter. So, I went to a couple of bouts. There wasn't much spatter. Some interesting bruise formations, though.
      Doc Robbins: So, uh, this is a socially acceptable live-subject laboratory for you?
      Grissom (shakes his head): Yeah. Not in this case.

    • Grissom: Welcome to fight night.

    • Catherine: So crime pays.
      The Man: Don't hate the player, hate the game, baby.
      Catherine: Right, you don't make the rules, you just exploit them.
      The Man: Ain't that a bitch.

    • Nick: Yeah, but it's like Night of the Pifflings out there and I'm on a smash and grab.
      Grissom: Pifflings?
      Nick: Puffin offspring. First time out of the nest every year they crash land in this town near Iceland because they are attracted to the lights of human civilization. It's the same way people flock to Vegas for a fight. (pause, then Grissom's face lights up)
      Grissom: Animal Planet.
      Nick: How come when you talk about bugs everyone says you're a genius but when I talk about birds everyone says I watch too much television?
      Grissom: I don't know. The woes of life....try reading a book.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music:
      Subway - Weekend Players
      Mr Tiddles - Sasha
      Basstrap - Overseer

    • This is the first (and possibly only) time thus-far that the pre-title sequence opener was used to mislead the audience. If you listen carefully, the telltale music used to signify the transition between opener and opening sequence begins playing during Grissom's last few bits of dialog in the boxing-ring crime scene, but stops when he gets a page. No doubt that many viewers thought the show was going to start at this point, only to be surprised as the opener continued longer than usual, to show just how busy the team will be in the episode.

    • In 2003, this episode won an Emmy for 'Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series'.