CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 5

Friends & Lovers

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2000 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Warrick take the case of a young man who is found naked in the desert without an obvious cause of death. Sara gets to find out why the body of a woman who was buried last week is in a dumpster. Catherine and Nick investigate the killing of a school's dean by the school's founder.moreless

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  • Grissom and his team investigate two strange cases. A naked body in the desert and a killing at an upscale school.

    "Friends and Lovers" is a very fitting title for this episode. Kind of says it all. It is also a very good episode that is just as good today as the day it premiered. The episode benefits from a very well written script. Both stories are very plausible. The main cast is as always, terrific. One small flaw is the scene where Grissom confronts the drug dealer. I just found that to be a little too contrived. Still, this is a very small flaw in an otherwise very good episode. The story line concerning the death at the school was very well done also. The two ladies at the center of the investigation were very good and had great chemistry together. I actually found myself feeling sorry for them. I hope the judge was lenient in their sentencing! The first season of this excellent season got off to a great start. "Friends and Lovers" is one of the reasons why.moreless
  • Grissom and Warrick investigate the odd death of a naked man in the desert.

    This episode like the others had multiple cases and all was pretty good one with Grissom and Warrick finding a man in the desert but when it came down to it the killer didn't intend to kill the victim which left Grissom feeling sorry for the killer Catherine and Nick got a case where they had the killers but had to find the motive and in the end it wasn't worth killing him over.moreless
  • the tea is bad and the druggy needs to go to jail wake up people we kill ourselves more than we die of natural causes.

    Grissom and Warrick take the case of a young man who is found naked in the desert without an obvious cause of death. Sara gets to find out why the body of a woman who was buried last week is in a dumpster. Catherine and Nick investigate the killing of a school's dean by the school's founder.

  • an average episode - teaching everyone about drugs are bad.

    so really this epsiode was boring, not bad, just boring.

    i dont even remember much about it and i watched it only two nights ago (bless season box sets that provide countless hourse of entertainment)

    so pretty much a guy dies in the desert, a dean dies and a girl ends up in a dumpster but shes already dead.

    the guy who died in the desert was killed by his best friend - i felt realy bad for him cause it seemed like he really did regret it and didn't care what happened to him cause he had killed his best friend. must be awful

    dean gets killed by two female teachers cause they were getting blackmailed and girl in dumpster cause the dude was re-using caskets.

    boring episode - okay cases but could be improved.moreless
  • Sarah investigates and woman found in a dumpster who apparently was buried a week prior, Catherine and Nick investigates the death of a dean while Warrick and Grisom takes on a case of a boy found naked and dead in the dessert.moreless

    I thought this episode was real suspenseful. I would have never guessed that it was the guy's best friend who killed him. But I guess when you are on a drug as powerful as they were than it may have that type of effect. Personally I don't see the thrill in not remembering what occurred the night before. Sara's case wasn't a surprise to me because we hear all the time about casket robbers. And as far as Catherine and Nick's case, it wasn't as interesting as the case Warrick and Grisom had but it was better than Sara's case. I enjoyed it!moreless
Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Randy Gesek

Guest Star

Milo Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia

Bobby Taylor

Guest Star

Amy Carlson

Amy Carlson

Kate Armstrong

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Judith Scott

Judith Scott

Dr. Jenna Williams

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Sara runs the lint brush in the coffin to collect her samples, the brush has some very dark hairs visible on it. But when the shot changes to a close-up, the dark hairs are gone, only to reappear when the shot changes again.

    • Goof: When Sara wipes embalming fluid from the face of the female victim found in the dumpster, victim can be seen blinking.

    • At the end, Grissom is riding the rollercoaster at the New York New York Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

    • Goof: Grissom can be seen saying the word Prick but the audio has him saying "Punk".

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Warrick and Grissom sit side by side as they watch police car drive away. Grissom stands up and walks off)
      Warrick: Where you going?
      Grissom: Away.

    • Kimberley Cassano: I can tell you right now we're going to plead diminished capacity.
      Grissom: Good, I hope you win.
      Bobby: Doesn't matter.
      Kimberley Cassano: It's the difference between prison and a hospital, Bobby. It matters.
      Bobby: You don't understand. I don't care what happens to me. I killed my best friend.

    • Grissom: Let me tell you something, Humbert. You're twice the age of these kids and most of them couldn't find their ass with a map. You prey on innocent children concocting god-knows-what from god-knows-where selling Russian roulette in a bottle and you think we came all the way out here to bust you for "possession", you dumb punk? (beat) I'm gonna get you for murder. (Ethan looks back at Grissom, surprised) Cool.

    • David (flusters): I, uh, I just want to say I-I...well, I really admire the gusto with which you approach your job. (David walks around and stands in front of Sara. He smiles)
      Sara (glances from the monitor to David): Are you hitting on me, David?
      David: Uh... (David smiles and looks down at his shoes bashfully. Sara is flattered)
      Sara: Let me give you some friendly advice. If you want to pull chicks, you've got to get aggressive. You've gotta drop the glasses, lose the coat grow some scruff. (David appears quietly dejected at the advice)
      Sara (smiles): You do get a "C" for cute, though.

    • (Warrick and Catherine walk into Grissom's office after he's been interrupted many times, by his cell phone and stuff)
      Catherine: Hey, you want to give us our assignments or do you want us to
      take... the night off? (Grissom adjusts the light)
      Grissom (irritated): Paperwork, paper clips, paper-punchers-- all these people want me to do is push paper; nobody wants me to solve crimes.
      Catherine: Hey, (shrugs)...you could've turned the job down.
      Grissom: Yeah, the grass is always greener, Catherine. (Grissom adjusts the light again, not making a move to get up. Catherine waits a moment, then reaches out to help him)
      Catherine: Well let's just hurry this up. (she grabs the lamp and pulls it down into the pan below. It immediately catches fire. Grissom sighs)
      Warrick: Cool.
      Catherine: You really want to see flash paper flash? Walk in on a bookie.
      Grissom: That's what this was about-- bookies. (Grissom's phone rings again. Catherine turns and walks over to Grissom's desk)
      Catherine: Don't answer it. (she grabs the assignment sheets off of the desk and hands them to Grissom) We've got work to do... boss.

    • (Looking at the first victim, a young body)
      Grissom: You want to know what killed this kid? Benihana the maggots.
      Warrick: What the maggots?!

    • Grissom (referring to young people at a rave): Teenage wasteland.
      Warrick: Who?
      Grissom: Yeah.

    • Grissom: Someone chased this kid to death.

    • Nick: It's our job to know how. You heard Grissom: the more "how" the less "why". The less the "how" the more the "why".
      Catherine: Hey, Nick. Grissom's not always right. Do yourself a favor ; think for yourself. I mean that as a friend, okay?

    • Grissom: I was flying to a seminar in New Hampshire a couple of summers ago. I was sitting in the plane next to a Philosophy Professor from Harvard. He told me this story about how every morning he takes a leak right after his three-hour philosophy class. He flushed the toilet there'd be this tiny brown spider fighting for its life against the swirling water. He came back the next day, flush. Same spider, clawing its way back from oblivion. A week goes by, he decides to liberate the spider. Grabs a paper towel, Scoops him up and sets him on the floor in the corner of the stall. Comes back the next day and what do you think happened to the spider?
      Warrick: Dead.
      Grissom: On his back, eight legs up. Why? Because one life imposed itself on another. Right then I realized, where we stand. For the first time I understood our role. We don't impose our will. We don't impose our hopes on the evidence.

    • Nick: Blood's like my grandfather. Never lies.

    • Rave Girl: Hi!
      Grissom: Hi. (she motions him closer. She puts her arms around him and tells him)
      Rave Girl (smiles): I love you. (she hugs Grissom and he laughs nervously)
      Grissom: Uh, thank you. You're a total stranger to me. (the rave girl doesn't care, she's in her own little world. Warrick takes pity on Grissom and explains)
      Warrick: It's ecstasy. It makes everyone fall in love. (Warrick pulls the rave girl off of Grissom) Don't take it personally miss, but he's kind of married to his job. (Grissom watches as the rave girl walks off, and does the exact same thing to a woman. Grissom stares perplexed, until Warrick pulls him away)

    • Grissom: There are three kinds of people I hate. Men who hit their wives, sexual violation towards children, and the scum who sell death to underage kids.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Jenna: Grissom, Grissom...tin man with a heart.

      Jenna compares Grissom to the Tin Man from The Wizard Of Oz, indicating he has more feeling that she would have imagined.

    • Grissom: Benihana the maggots.

      A reference to the famous Japanese chain of restaurants, where food is freshly prepared by very skilled chefs in front of guests. Everything is freshly chopped and cooked at a Hibachi Grill in a very theatrical style. Grissom is telling Warrick he needs to slice and dice a maggot in order to get out the good stuff inside it basically!

    • Grissom: Let me tell you something Humbert...

      Said by Gil to Ethan the jimson tea drug seller, followed by more lines about him picking on and exploiting those much younger than him. Humbert Humbert was the main character in Vladimir Nabokov's famously controversial novel Lolita about a much older man becoming sexually obsessed with a twelve-year old girl.

    • Funeral Director: I see the world from a completely different perspective than most people.
      Sara: Yeah I know, you see dead people, so do I.

      This a reference to the famous 'I see dead people' line from The Sixth Sense.

    • Catherine: The walls in his office look like the Dean went a couple rounds with Mike Tyson.

      Mike Tyson is the former World Heavyweight Champion.

    • Greg: My name is Paul and this is between y'all.
      Warrick: Talk about Pulp Fiction.

      Greg says the famous line, "Hey, my name's Paul and this s***'s between y'all.", from Pulp Fiction.

    • Grissom (referring to young people at a rave): Teenage wasteland.
      Warrick: Who?
      Grissom: Yeah.

      "Teenage Wasteland" is a lyric in the song Baba O'Riley by The Who. They perform the theme songs for all three CSI's and this specific song later become the theme for CSI: NY.