CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 24

Grave Danger (1)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 19, 2005 on CBS
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The CSI teams come together to save one of their own when they learn one team member has been kidnapped and buried alive, and now they must find him before he suffocates under 5 feet of dirt.

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  • The best ones!!! I cant separate I and II, talking about both. It was really painful to watch, George Eads - Nick, was great in both episodes. He played so well that I could feel his pain!!!moreless

    The best ones!!! I can't separate I and II, talking about both. Nick was buried alive, the bad guy dies and his daughter don't want to help! When I thought finally they found him, things got worse (talking about the ants) and when he was found, more to happen... (bombs). It was really painful to watch and I couldn't help thinking what someone would really do in that situation. Just like Warrick, I don't think I could go that far having a gun there to end the pain! But Nick is all sensible and C'ome guys, Nick is so nice!!! Just breaks my heart to see him crying, George Eads(Nick, )makes it look so real! This reminds me, we had Nick crying quite a few times and each time I feel silly for crying with him!!! I know it's just a show but Nick, is one cute crying baby, and George Eads played so well that I could feel his pain. When he was rescued and you can see his hand moving slowly, that makes feel so sorry for him... Anyway, George was perfect in these episodes. I am really glad they didn't kill Nick. I would miss him...moreless
  • It's the beginning of the end of the fifth season with part one of the two part season finale. While working on a case Nick Stokes is kidnapped and buried alive. The kidnapper sends a live video feed of Stokes in his grave with a ransom demand.moreless

    One of the best film makers working today joins forces with one of the best television shows in history. The result is one of the greatest season finales ever seen. Quentin Tarantino's terrific directing skills easily cross over to televison with this first part of what looks to be an excellent season finale. There are many reasons why this episode works so well. One of them is having the live video feed of Stokes in his grave. Seeing him suffer through his ordeal adds to the level of suspense through out this episode. The cast, as usual, is just fantastic.moreless
  • A good episode, but not the best.

    Nick Stokes gets abducted and buried alive, the criminal buries him in a clear coffin, enabling him to see the dirt. Every two minutes, the CSIs back at the lab can turn on the hidden video camera, an object about which Nick has no knowledge, which activates the lights, giving him less and less air everytime because they are using the lights to take up most of the battery. Catherine Willows goes to her father and talks him into giving her one million dollars to use to pay for Nick's ransom. Grissom brings the money, but the criminal blows himself up before revealing the location. A good episode, with two of Hollywood's finest from the 1950s (Tony Curtis and Frank Gorshin, better known as the Riddler from Batman from 1966).moreless
  • Nick is kidnapped and buried alive, and the CSI must find him before he runs out of air.

    Congratulations to the Anthony E. Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Naren Shankar and our special guest star: Quentin Tarantino for an excellent episode. So far the best episode in this season. This episode is interesting, exciting, nerve-wracking or god it's just way to many. I just love this episode. It's just perfect, just perfect. But I think the second part is better.

    Special guest star Quentin Tarantino, who narrated and directed Kill Bill, directed this episode of CSI. Is this why this episode is rated as one of the highest episode in CSI? Ha. But I'm not surprise because this episode is AWESOME. Great!moreless
  • Nick's in "grave danger" and all the CSI's have to race the clock to save him.

    This and it's second half make up the very finest example of television drama I have ever seen. I don't know if it's because of Quinten Tarentino or what but this really was the best one. I've been a fan of this show for years and I keep holding my breath for them to live up to this one and they never quite make it. Not an episode for people who aren't fans though, because a lot of it hinges on the bond that the viewer has with both Nick, and the entire team. I only hope that they bring Quinten back and do another one of this great quality.moreless
Shannon Hazlett

Shannon Hazlett

Young Woman #1

Guest Star

Stephanie Hazlett-Gregg

Stephanie Hazlett-Gregg

Young Woman #2

Guest Star

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis


Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson

Sam Braun

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Warrick: You know, Tina doesn't like me carrying a gun. I play down the fact
      that I'm a cop when I'm with her anyway.
      Nick: Yeah, yeah, you play the scientist card. You're a "copologist." (they laugh)

    • Archie: Aw, come on, you can't unfund me now. I ... I'm committed to presenting the paper at SWAFS next month.
      Ecklie: If it means that much to you, pay your own way. Show a little dedication to your discipline.
      Archie: Oh, yeah. Tragically, my banking account isn't as dedicated as I am.
      Ecklie: One word: Plastic.
      Archie: Wait. How 'bout you kick me a little overtime under the table, huh?
      Ecklie: Over my dead body. Have you been to Grissom's office? You think the City of Las Vegas pays for his etymology library, his insect collection, his shrunken head collection? No. Take initiative. People notice.

    • Sara: What's this? (picks up a framed certificate)
      Grissom (excited): I just got it. It's a certificate of honorary ownership of Trigger, "The Smartest Horse in the Movies," issued by Roy Rogers to the Children of America. Roy felt that the children of America were the true owners of Trigger, so any kid that would write him, he'd send 'em one of those.
      Sara: And where did you get it?
      Grissom: The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum, which used to be in Victorville,California, and is now in Branson, Missouri.
      Sara: Roy Rogers, the cowboy?
      Grissom: King of the cowboys. (Sara nods) I wrote to him when I was four. He sent me one of those. I lost it, so I thought I'd replace it.
      Sara (amused): And then you thought you would frame it.
      Grissom (smiles): Yeah.

    • Catherine: Why'd you bag that?
      Grissom: I didn't. (Catherine kneels down next to Grissom and looks at the bag)
      Catherine: It's the wrong color tape. No initials on the seal. That's not Nick's evidence.
      Grissom: Maybe it's a message.

    • Nick: What's going on out here?
      Officer: Well, an anonymous 911 caller reported body parts in this area. I rolled, and found this. (shines flashlight on a pile of intestines)
      Nick: Mmm, tasty.

    • Undersheriff McKeen: Tell me you found him so I can tell the sheriff when his plane lands.
      Ecklie: I wish I could. Listen, I've been looking over my budget. There are a number of things we can do within the lab itself to raise the ransom.
      Undersheriff McKeen: There's no way -- not even a situation like this -- that's going to make the sheriff cut back on services to our taxpayers.
      Ecklie: We wouldn't have to. I'm proposing we eliminate all overtime on lab work except for priority cases, stop hiring based on attrition, reassign existing personnel based on peak staffing needs. Over the next fiscal year, that should clear at least a million.
      Undersheriff McKeen: Assuming any of those measures actually saves money, which isn't really the issue here, is it?
      Ecklie: I'll take the heat.
      Undersheriff McKeen (nods): You want to do something for your people. Get 'em ready for a funeral.

    • (Walter Gordon is sitting behind a desk, watching Nick on the computer)
      Mr. Gordon: Pretty quiet outside. Almost sounds like you came alone.
      Grissom: I've got your money.
      Mr. Gordon: Put it down. (Grissom sets the duffle bag down, Mr. Gordon gets up from his chair) Slide it over. (Grissom kicks it over, Mr. Gordon slowly walks over to it and stands right by it) You're telling me there's a million dollars in here?
      Grissom: Yes.
      Mr. Gordon: Along with some little cute booby trap? Which is it-- tracer, a dye pack?
      Grissom: Normally, you'd be a 100% right, but this time you're 100% wrong. We want Nick back, no tricks. (Walter bends down and opens up the bag and takes out a 10,000 bank stack and laughs)
      Mr. Gordon: This looks real.
      Grissom: It is real. Where is Nick?
      Mr. Gordon: You know, I was under the impression that it was against departmental policy to negotiate with terrorists.
      Grissom: Are you a terrorist?
      Mr. Gordon: Depends. (he shines his flashlight on Grissom's face) Are you terrified?
      Grissom: Look, I really don't wanna talk to you. Where is my guy?
      Mr. Gordon: Oh, so... he is your guy, huh?
      Grissom: Yes, he is. Where is he buried?
      Mr. Gordon: Are you two close?
      Grissom: That is none of your business.
      Mr. Gordon: What does Nick Stokes mean to you? How do you feel when you see him in that coffin? Does your soul die every time you push that button? How do you feel, knowing that there is nothing you can do to get him out of that hell? Helpless... useless ... impotent? (Grissom doesn't say anything, but his look says it all) Good. Welcome to my world. (he unbuttons his jacket two red bars of SEMTEX he has his thumb on the detonator) Uh, if I were you I'd back up a little. (Grissom takes a couple steps back. He presses the button and explodes)

    • (Catherine comes into Grissom's office carrying a duffle bag and she puts it on his desk)
      Catherine: I got the money.
      Grissom: From where?
      Catherine: Where do you think? (Grissom opens the bag and pulls out a stack of hundreds)
      Grissom: Catherine if the press finds out about this it'll look like Sam Braun bribed the lab.
      Catherine: He's a casino owner. A leader of industry. Never convicted of any crime. And right now I don't care about the integrity of the lab at the moment. I care about Nick.
      Grissom: Yeah, well, so do I, but nonetheless...
      Catherine (interrupting): You're sitting here like Jack Handy with all your deep thoughts staring at a coffee cup. You got a better plan, I'm all ears.
      Grissom (sighs): All right. But I make the drop. You're hands off.
      Catherine: That's my money.
      Grissom: You can't be seen any where near this money. It was given to the lab anonymously. Agreed?
      Catherine: Agreed.

    • Catherine: One of my guys is in trouble. He's been kidnapped. I need a million dollars in cash. Large bills. And I need it now.
      Sam Braun: Let me guess, Muggs. The department won't pay the ransom.
      Catherine: No.
      Sam Braun: Why should I?
      Catherine: Considering the problems that you've had with the law, you could use some good publicity.
      Sam Braun: Do I look like a man who needs publicity? If you're coming to me like a cop with a tin cup in your hand, the answer is no.
      Catherine: I'm not here as a cop.
      Sam Braun: Then ask me like you were my daughter.

    • (Nick is buried alive and he listens to the tape left for him)
      Mr. Gordan (on the tape): Hi, CSI guy. You wondering why you're here? Because you followed the evidence because that's what CSI's do. So breathe quick, breathe slow, put your gun in your mouth and pull the trigger. Any way you like you're gonna die here.

    • Doc Robbins: Catherine... has Nick's family been notified?
      Catherine (sighs): No, that would be my job.

    • (After Nick is kidnapped)
      Ecklie: Gil, Catherine, as far as I'm concerned there is only one case in the lab tonight. Same goes for the department.

    • Catherine: Ah, my two favorite guys. Okay, I have an assault at Stripperama and a trash run at Flamigo and Kovalt. (hands them the assignments) I'm too busy to play favorites so duke it out. (she walks back into her office)
      Nick (raises his fists): Duke it out. (pulls a coin out of his pocket) Boy, we better flip a coin. I'll hurt 'ya.
      Warrick: Yeah, you better flip that coin. (Nick flips the coin up)
      Nick: Call it in the air.
      Warrick: Heads. (Nick catches the coin, they look at it) Have fun at the trash run.
      Nick (sighs): You know, I'd do two out of three, but you got a gambling problem. (Warrick laughs) No, hey, you know what? (he holds up the coin) You keep this. It's bad luck. (tosses it back to Warrick)

    • (Playing a Dukes of Hazzard game and Greg takes the safer route)
      Hodges: I kinda miss the old Greg. Ugly t-shirts, goofy hair, semi-pornographic magazines...
      Greg: Yeah, well, at least I had a style change. (Greg rolls the dice and moves the amount)
      Hodges: Oh, by the way, this is the work me. You haven't had the full David Hodges expierence.
      Greg: I think I'm having it right now.

  • NOTES (9)

    • This episode of CSI along with "Grave Digger (2)" made 'T.V. Guide's: Top 100 Episodes of All Time List' coming in at #47 in the June 15-28 2009 issue.

    • Channel 9 (Australia) showed Grave Danger Part 1 at the end of the fifth season, but didn't show Part 2 until the beginning of the sixth season meaning Australian viewers had to wait until after summer to see the conclusion of this episode.

    • This episode was postponed by Channel Five when it was due to be shown in the United Kingdom as it featured a suicide bomber. The episode was planned to be shown on 12 July 2005, just days after the London Bombings. However, the day it was planned to be shown, it was revealed suicide bombers committed the atrocities in London. Five quickly pulled it from schedules and showed it the next week instead.

    • Hollywood mogul Quentin Tarantino received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for this two-hour episode. In addition, the two-part episode is credited as Vol: 1 & 2 like his films Kill Bill Vol: 1 & 2.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Turtles- Outside Chance
      Bob Neuwirth- Lucky Too
      Christmas in Las Vegas- Los Straightjackets
      Come Into Our Room- Clinic
      Corazon, Corazon- Mario Luis
      Don't Pay The Ransom- Studio Group
      Melon- Home Video
      One Million Faces- Sean McConnel
      Running Battle- Kasabian

    • This episode aired at 8pm instead of the normal CSI time slot of 9pm to accommodate the two-hour long episode.

    • A new forensics vehicle will be used in this final episode called Mobile Analysis Unit, designed and sponsored by GMC.

    • This was Frank Gorshin's last performance as he passed away on May. 17, 2005, two days before this episode aired. This episode ends with a credit, "In loving memory of Frank Gorshin 1934-2005".

    • This is the first season to have a 24th & 25th episode, rather than the normal 23.


    • Among the possibilities for Nick's kidnapper, Grissom mentions the stalker from the Season 2 episode "Stalker."

    • Delivery Man: It was a hundred bucks. If you want it back, you're gonna have to ask Steve Wynn.

      Steve Wynn is an American casino resort developer who is credited with spearheading the dramatic resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas, Nevada, Strip in the 1990s. His companies refurbished or built some of the most currently widely recognized resorts in Las Vegas such as the Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore.

    • When Brass and the LVPD Swat team kick in the door at the residence where the "ransom package" had originated, a poster for the 2002 film Cabin Fever can be seen on the front wall. Cabin Fever was directed by Eli Roth who was subsequently given "special thanks" by Quentin Tarantino in the credits of 2004 film Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

    • Catherine: You're sitting here like Jack Handy with all your deep thoughts staring at a coffee cup.

      This is a reference to an old recurring Saturday Night Live sketch about an unseen author named Jack Handy who would always share his insight and memories about life, love, and other things. But of course, none of them ever made any sense.

    • Nick and his father Judge Stokes have called each other Pancho and Cisco. This is a reference to the old TV western, The Cisco Kid. At the end of almost every episode, the two characters would laugh about something and say to each other "Oh, Cisco!" "Oh, Pancho!" followed by laughter.

    • The board game David and Greg were playing was based on the 1980s show The Dukes of Hazzard.

    • Warrick: I found an edge. Greg: Another over here.
      Catherine: Greg, get some crowbars.

      This is directly from the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark, from the scene where Indy finds stone lid covering the Ark's resting place.

    • Grissom: Any other time you'd be 100% right. This time, you're 100% wrong.

      This line was also said in Quentin Tarantino's 2004 film Kill Bill: Vol. 2.