CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 11 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 11, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSI's investigate a series of deaths related to an energy company's grotesque cover-up of tainted water.

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  • The crap in PA about fracing is wrong!! "Gas Land" is a Lie! Spreading Fear about a process that can help this country with cheap energy.


    I am sick of hearing about Pennsylvania and how angry you are about people who legally leased their mineral rights to oil and gas companies and are benefiting from it. You are just mad because you are not making money....just like most of the people in this country who feel "entitled" to wealth.

    This episode is full of false lies about the process. The video they show is completely wrong and it doesn't "explode" and almost all the wellbores are THOUSANDS of feet below the groundwater, there are layers of rock that block water traveling from deep within the earth towards the surface. The only way it can travel towards the surface is through faults and most natural gas companies avoid those because they stop the well from producing. A fault is a HAZARD! We respect the land and if it is done RIGHT there is hardly any damage done to the well site or ground water....in fact i bet 99% of methane in PA's water...if there is any...comes from wells drilled sixty years ago and where not plugged correctly ...or surface spills from bad operators...NOT FRACING! And we don't employ secret assassins to kill people....please stop hating us because we work hard to bring people like you electricity and make it so you can drive your car!moreless
  • 0000000000 Left wing liberal crud, this is truly an episode that expresses obamas views towards drilling.

    I used to love SCI untill I saw this left wing liberal crud spashed all over the screen please stop pressing obamas views towards drilling I work fracking and run the equipment that cleans the water and after that water is cleaned It perfectly safe for the env. there has been so many studies all this show did was try and spread fear and lies blah blah blah get real.
  • Not exactly CSI-like

    While the plot was interesting and the matter is or could be an actual public health issue, I don't think the plot was meant for a CSI episode, because even when Ray said the water is the crime, the end of the big case, which is the water contamination, is way out of the hands of the CSI lab. They can help but they cannot solve it.

    However, the content of the case was well developed, the evidence, the bodies, the hypothesis were believable enough to keep me interested the 43 minutes. I like the toughness of the new detective, but somehow I feel she does not have chemistry with the cast like other detectives like Vartan or Lockwood. Good to see Megan Ward again from the old series Dark Skies. I wish she did more TV.moreless
  • It is a current public policy episode addressing real issues with natural gas mining questions, but the show is going of-track with its characters. Get rid of Sackhoff.

    The topic is good. The characters/production is taking the show off the tracks.

    Fishburne's character is taking too much of a leading role.. his character should be secondary to the more senior CSI's rather than having become this sudden genius know-it-all and lead. Very unnatural progression.

    And please, get rid of Sackhoff. She just does not fit and is really just creepy to watch. Between the mechanical acting, that creepy grin and awful hair, she looks like a cylon starbuck tossed into a crime drama. Painful to watch.

    The story is great; natural gas exploration via the use of shale fracturing, which does indeed poison water tables. It is a current social issue and addressing it in the episode was a good idea. The ending was a bit weak - its not clear if there will be follow-on episodes covering the continued investigation of the hit and run to lead to an indictment against the drilling company or its persons; if there isn't it would be a very unsatisfying episode.moreless
  • Worst episode ever! CBS and their President owes the Natural Gas Industry an apology for their gross manipulation of non-facts. There has not been ONE instance of "fracing" (hydraulic fracturing) causing contamination of drinking water aquifers.moreless

    One of the most inaccurate portrayals I have ever seen. CBS and their President owes the Natural Gas Industry an apology for their gross manipulation of non-facts. There has not been ONE instance of "fracing" (hydraulic fracturing) causing contamination of drinking water aquifers. Please do your research before dreaming up such an inflammatory scenario and get your facts right. CSI used to be one of my favorite TV shows but after this episode, I don't think so. Natural gas operators are now posting on their website the chemicals used to "frac" which are over 95% water and 4.5% sand with minor amounts of "chemicals" http://www.eqt.com/docs/pdf/FluidCompositions/Well590585.pdf.moreless
Katee Sackhoff

Katee Sackhoff

Detective Frankie Reed

Guest Star

Christopher Goodman

Christopher Goodman

Richard Adams

Guest Star

Megan Ward

Megan Ward

Lisa Adams

Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Featured Episode Clip

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: After locating the DB in hooker alley, Detective Reed looked up the call history in the victim's iPhone. She used the touch screen to do so, even though she was wearing gloves. iPhones do not respond to touches through gloves (especially leather ones, like the ones she wore) because they operate using capacitive touch. Only things that have electrical conductivity (such as human skin) will cause the receptors to respond.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Man: Can I help you, Officers?
      Nick: You sure can, big man. I gotta take a look at your trucks.
      Man: Why?
      Nick: (handing him the warrant) Because that piece of paper says so.

    • Dr. Robbins: Mrs. Robbins has a birthday. The big one. She doesn't want to make much of it, which means I have to. You got any ideas?
      Catherine: Can't go wrong with diamonds. Girl's BFF.
      Dr. Robbins: Man's worst enemy.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Až se voda sohněm shodne (When the Water Agrees with the Fire)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 11, 2010 on CTV
      Australia: February 10, 2011 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: March 1, 2011 on Five/Five HD
      Norway: March 29, 2011 on TVNorge
      Slovakia: August 18, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: October 20, 2011 on RTL
      Spain: November 1, 2011 on AXN
      Finland: November 16, 2011 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: March 8, 2012 on TV Nova


    • Brass: Drop the Woodward and Bernstein act, okay?

      Referencing Robert Woodward and Carl Bernstein, American journalists of the Washington Post, who together investigated and reported the Watergate Scandal in August 1972, leading to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

    • Conrad: Catherine, you're a crime scene investigator, not Erin Brockovich.

      Erin Brockovich is an American legal clerk and environmental activist who, despite the lack of a formal law school education, was instrumental in constructing a case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California in 1993. The case was settled in 1996 for US$333 million, the largest settlement ever paid in a direct action lawsuit in US history. Marg Helgenberger played Donna Jensen, who was a plaintiff in the case.

    • Frack-Sci Fi Term:

      Ray notes that the term "Frack" sounds like something from a Science Fiction show. The term "Frack" and deriviatives of it such as "Fracked" and "Fracking" were commonly used terms from the series Battlestar Galactica. Katee Sackhoff, who portrays Detective Reed in this episode previously starred in that series as Starbuck.