CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 10 Episode 2

Ghost Town

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 01, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The son of a notorious killer is arrested on suspicion of murder, and the CSI team must overcome their natural prejudices against the boy's antecedents in order to track the true culprit.

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  • The son of one of CSI's most terrifying serial killers is a suspect in a case.

    This episode started where the last one ended when Langston is looking inside a victim and finds his intestines have been tied in a knot and Langston is calling him Dr Jekyll This episode got better when the suspect of two murders is the adopted son of Douglas Mason aka Paul Millander and because he was the son of Paul Millander they suspect him more when he wasn't a murderer like his father In this episode we learn about Langston's father when he came back from the war and picked fights Also Langston believes Dr Jekyll will actually kill someone next time instead of finding a someone who died of natural causes and using him Langston believes this because Dr Jekyll taken a bow tie from the victim as a souvenir and it was no coincidence that he tied his intestines and that is what serial killers do Only time will tell.moreless
  • Quite shocking

    What I found quite shocking in the beginning was the mention of Paul Millander, who was a very creepy criminal back in the first seasons of the show. But when everything was solved, it was all right.

    Poor Craig. I believe he needed so much attention and someone to talk to that he hid behind that crazy disguise. I love that Sara is back and I hope she has more episodes, because what she did for Craig was nice.

    I think the addition of a subplot is very interesting, reminds me of the miniature killer plot which was awesome. I liked how Nick talked to the man in the end. He's got this voice that can convince people.moreless
  • Good episode.

    I do not know.. but I think CSI is going to get better. They probably realized their mistakes from last season and now trying to do their best to make the show catching again. Having Sara back, for sure, works and it almost feels like a old times. Also Langston starts to feel more and more in place and the part he opened up about himself in this episode.. I think it was good and worked. Also the possible serial killer case (what will probably follow us through the season) looks promising.

    The case this episode. Not bad.. not bad at all. The sad thing was that it was quite clear from the start who is the killer. It was too obvious but the ending, arresting that guy, was much more unexpected. Great talking by Greg.

    Good episode.moreless
  • I decent ep.

    This episode was good, if a bit predictable. Only because we already know they're going to try for the twist and the twist in this episode was the neighborhood watch guy. (and even though I watched this late I was unspoiled) As soon as the girl ran out to him I was like "that guy did it." The boy was just WAY too obvious so I knew they weren't going to go with him. I think a better twist would have been to have it be the serial killer's wife or even the neighborhood watch guys wife. That would have surprised me a bit more. I'm finally growing to like Langston, mostly because he's not being shoved in our faces at the expense of the other characters. But he is also starting the gel a little more with the cast I'm still annoyed that he is the only one that ever seems to have the answers though. I mean come on! Cath and Nick are in a position of leadership for a reason. Its unrealistic for the newbie to have all the answers all the time and as of yet to even make a probie mistake. I would have liked more Greg, but than I always want more Greg. The poor boy doesn't get enough love. ;)

    So all in all a decent ep. I'm going to go watch the next in the series now.moreless
  • An old serial killer's family returns........but it would have been better if Grissom was there to help out on the case

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. When a murder is committed, the team soon have a suspect, even though there is hardly any evidence pointing towards him. The suspect is the step son of Mason, the serial killer form the first season of CSI. He is arrested on suspicion of murder, and the CSI team must overcome their natural prejudices against the boy's antecedents in order to track the true culprit. But this is harder than it seems. As the team follow the evidence, soon it becomes clear who the killer is and he is arrested. Overall a good episode, with a good link back to the first season.moreless
Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Harvey Wincroft

Guest Star

Cheryl White

Cheryl White

Mrs. Faith Mason

Guest Star

Devon Graye

Devon Graye

Craig Mason

Guest Star

Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox

Sara Sidle

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Larry Sullivan

Larry Sullivan

Officer Akers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Title: Ghost Town is a term often used to describe a town that has been vacant for some time.

    • Goof: Craig Mason is unable to hold a box cutter properly because of his hands' anomaly - so he must have outdone himself by cutting a perfectly square-shaped hole into the cardbox at the window which clearly contradicts his performance in Langston's experiment.

    • Goof: When Harvey Wincroft is talking to Nick during the possible hostage situation in front of his house, his pants are dry but moments later when he gets arrested by police officers and is about to kneel down, you can see that his pants' fabric around his knees is already wet like he had kneeled down before.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Sara: Craig, if we made you feel like you were paying for your father's crimes, then I'm sorry.
      Craig: You know, I never even met Mr. Millander, yet I'm more like a Millander than a Mason. You probably wonder how that happened.
      Sara: It has crossed my mind.
      Craig: My father, Doug Mason used to take me to the Hallo-weird warehouse once a month. He told me that the owner, Mr. Millander was his friend, and he'd play with me with me just like every father would play with his son. Millander's costumes were like toys to me, and I'd tell my father every time that we went to tell this Mr. Millander that he was a genius. And then one day it all stopped, I lost both my father and my idol. And making masks and rubber hands is just my way of keeping the connection alive.

    • Ray: A man who wears a tuxedo every day doesn't forget his bow tie.
      Catherine: So what, someone took it?
      Ray: His bow tie's missing, his intestines are tied into a bow. That can't be a conscidence. I think Dr. Jekyll took it as a souvenir.
      Catherine: A souvenir? That's what serial killers do. JoJo died of natual causes.
      Ray: I have a bad feeling that this isn't the last time we're going to see Dr. Jekyll and I think next time he's not going to be content starting with a dead body.

    • Ray: See, Craig, you and I have something in common: We both have fathers who killed people.
      Craig: Your father was a serial killer?
      Ray: No, he was a soldier in the Korean War. He even got a Bronze Star for his work.
      Craig: That's different.
      Ray: No it's not. See, even after the war was over, my father continued to fight, every once in a while he'd go out to a bar, not so much to drink, but to pick fights. I remember one day, he came home one day and was very excited. He had a black eye and a fat lip, and was bragging about how he had knocked somebody out. Said he hit the man so hard the paramedics had to peel him off the floor, said it was the most fun he had ever had.

    • Ray: I just need your help with a little experiment.
      Craig: Why would I help the crime lab?
      Ray: Who said you'd be helping the crime lab? You'll be helping yourself.

    • Sara: DNA came up empty. There is no sign of either victim on Craig Mason's clothes or shoes. I did notice some scars on his arm, I think he was using the straight razor to cut himself.
      Nick: Hodges analyzed the trace that was found on the outside of the webcam house, and it was a match to Craig's corpse make-up.
      Catherine: So we can put him at the house, but not in the house.
      Greg: And we have nothing so far that puts him at the drug dealer's house.
      Catherine: Keep looking. His mother hasn't bailed him out yet.
      Sara: I don't think she's going to. She had that look in her eye, that maybe he did it. It is classic escalation from peeper to murderer.
      Ray: He was a teenager, there were attractive women coming in and out of that house all the time. It doesn't seem that sinister to me, besides he didn't murder the person he was peeping.
      Nick: Maybe he saw Ryan Lester as competition. Lester was intimate with Marnie, Craig could only watch her from a distance.
      Ray: Alright, say that's true. What about the second victim, Cliff Kilo?
      Catherine: Extensive criminal record. Mostly drug related.
      Ray: Why would Mason murder a drug dealer? Did he have drugs in his system?
      Greg: No. Tox panel came back clean. And it wasn't about money, I mean, there was cash all over the house.
      Ray: If Craig wasn't a ghoul, and his father hadn't come after Grissom, would you be considering him at all? (they all look at each other, saying 'No')

    • Catherine: I'm learning that when I can't find you, I should look down here.
      Ray (is trying to tie organs into a bow using a lathroscope): This is very difficult. It's like attempting to tie a cherry stem in a knot with your tongue.
      Catherine: I can do that. ... After a few drinks.
      Ray: Our Dr. Jekyll has some remarkable surgicial skills.
      Catherine: Dr. Jekyll?
      Ray: Who ever mutilated Mr. Biglow.
      Catherine: What remarkable surgeon steals a dead man off the streets, practices on him and then dumps him in an alley?
      Ray: No surgeon I ever met.
      Catherine: You did get permission from the family to use this body for research?
      Ray: Not necessary. Take a look. (Cath lifts the blanket, revealing a pig, she smiles) I'm hosting a luau later.
      Catherine: Well, don't invite Sara. And before you put on your grass skirt, put Pinky on a spit, I need you in layout.

    • Greg: Porn house, drug house, Millander house in between, they must throw one hell of a block party.

    • Brass: Nature or nuture? You choose. Either way this kid Mason's a freak. And the only thing he hates more than cops is CSIs. He even mentioned Grisson's name a few times.
      Sara: Well, then I won't mention that I am Mrs. Grissom.
      Brass: Oh, you took his last name. (Sara laughs and shakes her head)

    • Sara (after finding a dead crow, and horror props in Craig's room): Scary masks, rubber hands, arts and crafts. What's this kid's name again?
      Nick: Craig... Mason.
      Sara: As in Judge Mason? AKA Paul Millander. Craig Mason is Paul's adopted son. The son of Millander.

    • Sara (after finding a dead crow in Craig's room): Satanists have been known to collect dead crows to keep the smell of death around them.
      Nick: How do you know that? Grissom?
      Sara: Ozzy Osbourne. I loved Black Sabbath... for a summer.
      Nick: Well, in that case, I guess we're lucky that the head's still on it. (Sara smirks)

    • Sara: I have seen this mask before. Is it from a horror movie or something?
      Nick: This job is a horror movie. I don't even watch those anymore.

    • Sara: Las Vegas Police. We need you to step outside.
      Craig (scoffs): You aren't the police.
      Nick: That's alright, we brought one with us. Get your ass up.

    • Greg: So I've been scanning through this webcam footage for the pass two hours.
      Nick: That's a tough job.
      Greg: I manage. By the way, congrats on your new gig, Supervisor. You deserve it.
      Nick: Thanks, Greg.

    • Sara: Did Brian happen to tell you what this peeper looked like?
      Marnie: Have you ever seen Marilyn Manson?

    • Doc Robbins: You're in a room with no doors and windows. How do you get out?
      Ray: The same way you got in. (they laugh) Mm. I heard it this way: You're in a room with no doors and windows, there's a chainsaw and a table in the room. How do you get out?
      Doc Robbins: I give up.
      Ray: You cut the table in half. Two halves make a...
      Doc Robbins: A whole.
      Ray: And out you go. (they chuckle again)

    • Nick (wondering to himself): I wonder if the bedroom across the hall has a webcam, too?
      David: Uh, I'm pretty sure it does.
      Nick: How would you know somethin' like that?
      David: Nick, can I tell you somethin' personal?
      Nick: Maybe.
      David: Mrs. Phillips and I... occasionally enjoy a little... live stimulation to get us into the mood. (Nick smirks) What I'm saying, is that uh... I am intimately familiar with this bedroom. I subscribe to the website.
      Nick: Well, try and maintain your objectivity.
      David: Dude, of course. (they walk over towards the body and Sara)
      Nick: After you.
      Sara: Hey, David, I missed your face.
      David: Aww, it's good to see you.
      Sara: How's your wife?
      David: Why? What have you heard? (Sara looks confused and looks towards Nick who shrugs)

    • David (to Nick): Sorry, I'm late. The freezer is still on the fritz from when those ROC dudes tore up the place. Not like we can hang a closed sign on the door or anything.

    • Catherine (upon seeing the victim's intestines tied in a bow): Okay. Not so typical dead bum case. Is that COD?
      Doc Robbins: Nope. Blood vessels are occluded. He died of natural causes. Myocardial infarc., due to arteriosclerosis.
      Catherine: I'd have a heart attack, too, if someone did that to my guts.
      Doc Robbins: Intestines show no sign of tissue reaction, no signs of peritonitis.
      Ray: He was mutilated post-mortem.
      Catherine: So he died, and someone cut into him and gift-wrapped his guts?
      Doc Robbins: He wasn't cut into. There are no visible incisions on his body.
      Ray: One thing's for sure: He didn't do this to himself.

    • Nick (after turning off the water in the tub the victim is laying in): Killer forgot that we're in a drought.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Ghosts 'N' Stuff- Deadmau5 (ft. Rob Swire)
      Love Like A Sunset Part I- Phoenix

    • Original International Air Date:
      Australia: October 8, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: November 30, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Norway: February 16, 2010 on TVNorge
      Finland: August 11, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: September 15, 2010 on JOJ
      Spain: September 21, 2010 on AXN
      Czech Republic: November 25, 2010 on TV Nova


    • Sara (after finding a dead crow in Craig's room): Satanists have been known to collect dead crows to keep the smell of death around them.
      Nick: How do you know that? Grissom?
      Sara: Ozzy Osbourne. I loved Black Sabbath... for a summer.
      Nick: Well, in that case, I guess we're lucky that the head's still on it. (Sara smirks)

      This is a reference the media claiming that Ozzy's messages on his songs, actions and stage decorations are portrayals of devil worship and glorified Satanism. It is also a reference to after Ozzy signed his first solo career record deal he came in to meet some of the people who worked at the record company. His plan was to release doves into the air as a sign of peace; instead, he grabbed a dove, bit its head off, then spat the head out and had blood dripping from his mouth and also to when a concert goer threw a bat on stage and Ozzy picked it up and bit its head off.

    • This is episode has flashback to all the episodes with Paul Millander in them: Pilot (S1 Ep1), Anonymous (S1 Ep8), and Identity Crisis (S2 Ep13).