CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 19

Gentle, Gentle

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 12, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The entire team investigates the abduction of the infant child of a well to do family. Suspicion immediately falls on the child's parents.

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  • Grissom and the team investigate the kidnapping and murder of a four month-old infant. The team soon discovers it is not such a simple case.

    You cannot help but notice the real life tragedy that inspired this excellent but tough to watch episode. I am of course referring to the case of six year-old JonBenet Ramsey who was found murdered in her home on Christmas morning 1996. In fact, Catherine even mentions it in the episode though she refers to it just as "The JonBenet Case". That just makes this episode even more difficult to watch. However despite that, it is one of the inaugural season's best. One scene I particularly liked was when Sara called out Grissom for getting too close to the case. Something he harshly criticized her for not too long ago. Sometimes even the best men need to be reminded to stay on their game. It shows he is human like the rest of us. It was obvious that the family was not telling the truth about what actually happened to their infant son, but I did not see the revelation of the killer coming which made me like this episode even more. You may have a difficult time watching this episode but it is one well worth seeing. I recommend you do so if you haven't already.moreless
  • this episode is painful to watch but it is reality

    although this episode is painful to watch and is a real tear jerker it also teaches a life lession that life really is fragile and you need to take it one day at a time cause you never know what will happen from one day to the next i honestly don't blame the 3 yr old cause at that age they are not only innocent but vulnarable and really don't understand what they are doing right nor wrong it is up to there parents,or other care givers to teach them now the older brother should never have been on the phone he should have been watching his little brother's and maybe the situation could have been different or might not have happened at all and by the brother and parents covering up it kinda made it worse they should have done the right thing and call 911 now that is one heavy guilt trip to have on your mind and one heavy load for all to carry with them forever

    this is just my opinion as a mother of a young childmoreless
  • The team is called to investigate an alleged kidnapping.

    This episode was absolutely heartbreaking. I did suspect that someone in the family was involved pretty early on, but I was certainly not anticipating the end. It was pretty clear something was up when Grissom grabbed the soda bottle and took it to the lab. I figured they wouldn't put that part in if it didn't mean something. The accused mother was heartbreaking, especially in retrospect. She had to fight her way through a crowd of people who are screaming that she is a baby killer all for the sake of protecting one of her children. I loved Catherine in this episode, too. She held on for so long to the belief that the mother couldn't have killed her baby and that she genuinely loved her child. It was really sad to see that mother at the end going back to her family and knowing that they were all wondering how they would ever recover from something like that. This was definitely one of the best episodes of CSI.moreless
  • An Amazing, Touching Episode.

    So, I absolutely love this episode. I've watched it several times and the more I watch it, the more I get from it. First off, the storyline was amazing. It wasn't one of those shaky story lines that, by the middle of the episode, you knew who did what. It was carefully thought out and the ending was amazing. It was a very touching episode and quite sad. The ending by far being one of my favorites. I won't give it away for those who haven't seen it but the whole episode is worth the watch!

    The acting of it...well, kudos to William Petersen. I think he did a superb job in this episode. His character was really brought to life and it showed in this episode. He had a sense of feeling and strong emotion and you could perceive it throughout the episode. We got to see a side of him that we've only seen bits and pieces of. We know how emotional he gets when the crimes involve children. It was very moving when he held the deseased child in his arms. The hall scene with him and Sara was reassuring...he does have a heart after all...

    In all, a classic. Very well done all around!

  • a great episode. A baby was murdered.

    So this baby was killed and that is horriable. They invesagated the whole family and they figured out that the oldest boy was babysitting and that he called 911. The killer ended up being the middle child. I felt so bad because it was an accident and once he gets older hes gonna know that he killed his baby brother and probably wont be the same.The parents felt as though they had to protect him from all of that so they made it look like an abduction so he wouldnt have to deal with it. In the end they figured it all out.moreless
Wayne Thomas Yorke

Wayne Thomas Yorke

CSI Tech

Guest Star

Kevin Will

Kevin Will

Male Parent

Guest Star

Stewart Skelton

Stewart Skelton


Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet

Ronnie Litre

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene where you see the older brother doing CPR on the baby brother Zachary, in the closeup you can definitely tell that it is a doll by the way it moves.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Tyler Anderson: People are calling us killers. And I miss my little brother.
      Grissom: That still doesn't mean you didn't kill him.

    • (Grissom's examining the baby bed when Warrick comes from outside the window and startles him)
      Warrick: You see this spiderweb?
      Grissom (jolts upright): Damn, Warrick!
      Warrick: I'm sorry. Your ticker okay?

    • Warrick: I'm all over it like a cheap suit.

    • Grissom: Have you let anyone else touch this note? Police, a relative, anyone?
      Dad: No, just us. Why?
      Grissom: Well, because the person who touched it before you has your son, and he's just left us the first piece of the puzzle.

    • Gwen Anderson: He was choking.
      Brass: All on his own?
      Brad Lewis: Change your tone or I'll end this right now.
      Brass: Well, it's a legitimate question. But I have to work on my tone. You're right. (clears his throat) I'll try again. All on his own?

    • Catherine: A guy cheats, but the wife commits murder. How come moms always end up the bad guy with you Freud types?

    • Brass: Geez. Haven't these people ever heard of divorce?

    • Sara: You told me a few weeks ago that nothing is personal. No victim should be special. Everyone follows your lead.
      Grissom: Everyone didn't find that baby. I did. And that little boy is dead because someone lost their temper or screwed up, or god knows what. So, excuse me, but this victim is special.

    • (Grissom hands Nick two soda bottles to process)
      Nick: No, thanks, I'm an iced tea man.

    • (After getting punched in the head by a paparazzi)
      Catherine (hands him an ice pack): Ice.
      Grissom: I don't need this.
      Catherine: Just do it. (Grissom holds the ice pack on his head)

    • Catherine: You're an average family, burdened with a tragedy that put you under a microscope. That close, nobody can look good.

  • NOTES (1)


    • In this episode Catherine mentions what she calls "The JonBenet Case".  She is referring to the case of JonBenet Ramsey. JonBenet was found murdered in her home in Boulder, Colorado on Christmas morning in 1996.  She was only six years old. The case remains unsolved to this day.

    • When Sara mentions that Grissom told her a few weeks ago that no victim is special she's referring to what he said to her in the earlier episode "Too Tough to Die."