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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  • When one of their own must face what seems like the last hours of life, the whole CSI unit comes to aid, only to find the only thing they can do is WATCH. The question is, what will he do with the gun beside him? Answer? Hold on.

    This episode of CSI is truly what drama television should be… completely eye-popping, fist-quenching, nail-biting, and jaw-dropping-ly amazing. Quentin Tarantino co-writes and directs this episode, which indubitably became a pivotal moment in CBS history. Over 30 million tuned in to this 2-hr episode to witness the brilliance that the trailers had promised, and needless to say, I certainly left the theatre happy. Tarantino delivered a realistic and passionate plot. Possibly despite his innate abilities, he kept the story real… and only in the perfect moment was the audience graced with his undeniable talent for blood and dismemberment, in all of its ‘gore-y’. In this episode, every man has his moment. As it seems, the personality of every character on the show was probed, and as it turns out, they all have new facets that we have never seen. Conrad’s sincerity was surprising, but completely moving; Grissom’s fathering was pure; and Warrick’s anger, though previously seen, was unmatched in his guilt. The entire cast delivered a moving performance. The acting was formidable; especially that of George Eads’. His acting was…convincing… to say the Least. His every scream brought chills to my spine. Truly amazing acting. None of the cast were actors in this episode; they were only CSI’s trying to find a way to help their friend.

    A gallon of talent, a pint of drama, a pinch of humour and equal parts signature Tarantino, and a bucketful of suspense and what do you get?
    Answer: CSI Season 5 finale; drama television at its very best.
    My Verdict: a completely Explosive finale.
  • 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!!!

    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...
  • Only one word: supper

    I have no doubts when I say - this is my favorite episode. I have not seen anything like this in this serie before and after. Maybe it is the Tarantino whose manners in making movies (in this case tv serie), his special humor, way of seeing things. Anyway - the result by this episode is superb. The plot is striking, the tempo killing and there is no way you get board. It can be so thrilling, taking turns not expected and almost everyone will get emotionally involved - and not only characters - I am sure that the people behind Tv screen will also.

    If you want something what is just unspeakable - then this episode is for you
  • 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.

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • How could Nick get kidnapped...though cudo's to the killer. They set it up good. An awesome episode.

    That was a really good trap with the guts because the killer knew that someone would follow the evidence though it could have been anyone in the lab even grissom were it not for the fact that he was busy. But now the CSI's don't know that they are turning off Nick's air supply. The killers want a million dollars but the state won't issue it. But the killers really don't want the money, because they blow the place up trying to take another CSI with them. This is such a sad episode but it is only half of the show and the rest of it is even more suspensful. A must see.
  • OMG one of the greatest episodes!

    The first time I watched this episode was just about an hour ago.(I taped it from SpikeTV.) It starts out fine just like any other episode and bam, Nick is taken and the whole CSI family is working on the case. I wasn't thinking anything was going to happen but it kept me on the edge of my seat. I knew that Nick was going to survive but I was still hanging on every word. During this episode you understand how close these CSIs are to one another. I was able to watch both Grave Danger episodes which I am glad of because I was so nervos and wanting to know exactly what happened to Nick. This episode shows how great of an actor George E. aka Nick Stokes is. He acts just like anyone would act in that place.
  • This episode as well as part 2 are very rivoting. they keep you on the edge of your chair especially when it comes to Hot Nick!

    I could watch this episode (part 1 and part 2) over and over again. the first time i watched it, i acctually felt like i was there with Nick. like i could feel his pain. I was acctually crying everytime i saw Nick in the "box" and everytime i saw Warrick helpless in trying to "save" Nick. I say thumbs up to the ones who wrote this script and to the awesome actors!
  • Can they save Nick?

    Omg! The season finale was AMAZING!!!!! Nick did such a great job!!! We finally saw something in Nick we've never seen before and it was good. I was glad to see how he's developed throughout the show and to see his limits and strengths. I felt sooo bad for him because I dont know what I would have done if I were in his position. I was just glad they found him and got him out alive. I cried....it was just amazing! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time!!! It was such a good episode!
  • One of the best episode of CSI ...

    This episode was really packed, and is among the best episodes of CSI. Nick Stokes is kidnapped and the team has a limited time to figure out where he is and rescue him before he runs out of oxygen and hope. It showed that the CSI are not just a team working together but have become like a family caring for each other. It is worthwhile to mention a great performance by George Eads, his acting was really credible and we could really feel the fear and despair. We could clearly notice the Quentin Tarantino style in it – buried alive under a pile of dirt.
  • Wow, just Wow.

    I've always enjoyed CSI. Criminal investigation has always been an interesting subject to me, but I always new CSI as a show that was just about catching the criminals through the evidence, but the drama and trajedy placed in this episode (as well as the second part) was an interesting and decent change of pace for the series. The plot was rather compelling, and instead of showing the unemotional robots we knew, we were greeted with a new side of character by the cast. Their devotion to the case (as well as surprising concern from eckly) was great to see, warrick's guilt, the cast's quick and full response and devotion to finding Nick was great. And I never new how much suspense one could fit with a man trapped in a box. I mean, with all the obstacles surrounding his burial (the cracking of the glass, the ants, the bombs, the heat, the lack of oxygen). This review goes for both parts so I particularly enjoyed how they found where Nick was. Peicing all the evidence together was an exciting performance, along with the score, made it a perfectly executed scene. I thoughroly enjoyed this episode, and it goes down as a personal favorite.
  • 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).
  • Tarantino does us proud. It's very much his style, but it's still a CSI episode and one that takes us to places we don't want to go.

    Some SPOILERS might follow.

    Nick is called out to a scene where body parts have been found. All seems very routine until he's kidnapped!

    Everyone else is called out to find his abductor, but the guy has a very bizarre motive and has buried Nick in a glass coffin with an internet feed so that his friends can see his suffering.

    Tarantino has described himself as a fan of the show and it's good that he keeps the tone of the show real, whilst putting his own very distinctive mark on it (witness the Dukes of Hazzard game, the very odd attorney representing the guy who picked up the package, the Trigger certificate - lots of stuff that might not have made it into CSI lore without QT.)

    At the same time, it's a story that would enthrall audiences anyway - and the reactions of the different characters are well played out - especially when it becomes obvious that Nick has been taken simply because he's the one who responded to the call out. So it could have been any of them.

    The ending to the episode is also unusual. Catherine does the unthinkable in many ways, by asking her (murderer) father for money, Grissom does the drop off, but the bomber has other things in mind. I think it would have been better if we'd just seen the building blow up and not known whether Grissom was okay at the end, as a cliffhanger, but knowing that the one link to Nick, that they don't even know yet, is gone, is pretty good.
  • *WARNING SPOILERS* Nick stokes is kidnapped after going on a case with body parts. he is buried alive

    From beginning to end (that includes grave danger episode 2)
    This episode is my favourite. i have seen it so many times i even have it on dvd but i always cry at the end when they find nick. I think George Eads is very good in this episodes. He has immense acting skills and is very talented. All in all i love the determination from his fellow csi's to find him and save him. They are all willing to get him safe. the bit with the suicide bomber, (i am watching this as i write. grissom is with the bomber!) i thaught was really random and a big turn in the episode. apparently this episode was due to air just after the london bombings but obviously didnt. the first time i watched it i was crying saying "find nick please!" i am 14 and i collect csi and i hope to write many more reveiws.

    p.s. i was so sad to hear about steve irwins death. we'll miss you steve.
  • Best episode I have ever seen. This episode had it all, and the cast gave their best performances ever.

    This episode will go down in the books as the GREATEST episode EVER. The surprise and suspense that you felt from the moment Nick is kidnapped the end of the first hour when they leave off with the cliffhanger of a dog in the box. It just kept your nerves on end, and kept the viewer at the edge of their seat not wanting to miss a single second. You could feel the helplessness the rest of the team and Nick's parents felt watching Nick on the computer screen while they couldn't do anything but wait for the kidnapper to contact them again, or until they got the results from the evidence.
  • Nick is kidnapped and buried alive. He is left with a tape recorder and a…gun.

    Wow what an episode and under the direction of Tarantino this CSI episode stands above all the rest. This episode has it all: writing, acting, camera work, direction, and heart. When the rest of the team realizes Nick is missing they all jump together to help bring him home.

    When a tape is delivered to the lab the team realizes all they can do…is watch. We see the story from both perspectives: the torment that Nick goes though and heart wrenching torment the team goes through. I am still not sure which one was worse.

    Overall a great episode, I am pretty sure this could be the best CSI to date!
  • Nick is kidnapped & the whole team come together to find him.

    Nick is kidnapped & the whole team come together to find him.

    The fact that the kidnapper wasn't after a certain member of the team was what made this episode so special & amazing. It could have been Warrick if he lost the couin toss, or Catherine had she chosen to take that case, or anyone from Grissoms team if it was during the graveyard shift.

    It was an emotional episode, especially when they were watching the live feed of Nick in the coffin, the looks on their faces, especially Sara & Catherine who both had tears in their eyes. You can see how much they really care for each other. Especially when Catherine swallowed her pride & went to her father for the money to get Nick back.

    One of the best episodes this season & a great finale.
  • Nick is kidnapped and the rest of the team must find him

    I\'ve been looking forward for this episode for quite some time. And I was one the edge of my seat during the intire episode.
    All the angst from not only Nick, but from everyone involved.
    A tearjerking episode that took your breath away, and left with this question. How will he coop?
    that is what I\'m askign myself at least.
    But I absololutely loved this show
  • Exactly why I watch this series!!

    This was such a good episode!! It was very exciting! But ofcourse it was good...who wrote it? Quentin Tarantino..who else!!?!!!
    You need to see this episode! But watch it with someone!! I think the actors really performed well in this episode, but then again..they always do!!!!! :)
    Hope Tarantino comes back to CSI!
  • This episode was riveting right to the end.

    This episode was a thrill to watch and captivating. It shows that even CSI guys have got to watch each others backs or there is no telling what might happen. It also showed how they all care about each other and are there when they are needed. My family has always enjoyed CSI and we cannot wait to see what happens next.
  • TV at its best!!!

    I totally, absolutely LOVED this episode. Well, nothing less could be expected when the best show on TV is being written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Everything about this episode was absolutely great... the plot, the writing, the setting, the directing and of course... the acting! Everyone was amazing through out the whole episode, specially, of course, George Eads. What I really loved about it, was that it had everything on it, I actually laugh, scream, cry... everything! Now, onto the big director... Tarantino demostrated that he actually IS a huge CSI fan... you could tell that he has seen every episode, just because of the fact that he introduced a lot of the characters\' personal facts on it (Grissom\'s facination with bugs and his ability to read lips, Catherine\'s father,...). He also introduced a lot of his movie\'s characteristics on it (camera angles, first shots, camera going around in circles,...). Overall, the whole episode was amazing, definitely CSI\'s best, and I\'m sure, as a CSI fanatic and a Tarantino fan, that both CSI and Tarantino fans loved it. Let\'s just hope for a Grave Danger vol.3!!! hahaha.
  • Poor little Nicky! Nobody saw it coming...

    The whole episode based around Nick. Now that hardly ever happens. Obviously Nick is my favorite character. He is so cute and even though his jokes are never funny, I still love him anyway.
    This whole episode I cried so much! It is so sad. George Eads played Nick so well this time. It must have been so hard but I give him a big pat on the back for his performance. He really made people believe he wasn't going to make it to next season. I'm so glad though that he's fine!
    I don't think that Grissom should have acted like that. He was the only person who wasn't sad or shocked by what was happening to Nick. When he was watching all the clips, he was almost smiling. That disterbed me heaps.
    Overall though this episode was great! One of the best ever CSI episodes!
  • The first time I saw his was last night, and I must say, it was amazing, off-the seat intensity. It was the best episode ever. When it aired, I missed it but it was great.

    Gotta be the best CSI episodes ever. When I saw the preview for the season 6 premiere,(which is on right now), im like, i gotta see it more... and i was like omg...this is great. This is the most original episode, and im sorry this review is a bit, ummm,sloppy. So great episode. Watch it. Regards-jandrew
  • What an amazing episode. I must have seen "Grave Danger" about 10 times now and it's just as good as the first time I saw it.

    I liked eveything about this episode and I would advise anyone who hasn't seen it to make sure and check it out. If you like suspence then you will absolutly love "Grave Danger" vol 1 & 2. Just writing this is making me want to go and watch it. Can't wait for Season 6 WOOT!
  • Nick is kidnapped and the team has to find him before time runs out.

    OMG! This is the reason that I watch CSI!!! This show had me on the edge of my chair the whole time. I don't think I moved from my seat during this episode.
    But has any one else noticed that all the bad stuff seems to happen to Nick? He\'s had a gun pointed at him twice, had a pretty terribal experience at the age of 9, and now he\'s not only been kidnapped but burried alive as well.
    This episode was really ground breaking, I don\'t think I\'ve ever seen another show that had an episode that was almost painful to watch but kept you in your place. I can only hope that the creativeness of the show doesn\'t go down from here, like that of so many other shows.

    Nick fans will seriously enjoy this episode. I was sitting on the edge of my sofa the whole way through and at a few points was shaking with fear, anticipation and excitement. The storyline is amazing, especially for a season finale.

    Nick is kidnapped and buried alive with a gun, tape recorder and a glowing rod. Theres a webcam in the plexiglass coffin. The anxious and worried CSI team get a package in the post, the webcam link to Nick. Slowly, they have to watch him dying and suffering- it was a very hard scene not to cry through. Grissom puts all cases on hold so he and the others can find their friend. But will they make it before he runs out of oxygen????

    Anyone from England will know that the episode got postponed a week due to the London terroist attack, and I bet they were as upset as I was. I had shut the curtains and turned off the lights to really get the effect of the episode. But waiting a week was well worth it.

    If you love excitement, a good crime investigation and a load of buff actors, then CSI is the show for you... but make sure you watch this episode first!

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  • i woke my dad and my brother up when i saw the dream scene.... i was screaming... my brother thought i was absolutely nuts....

    i woke my dad and my brother up when i saw the dream scene.... i was screaming... my brother thought i was absolutely nuts.... i was practically crying... im trying to become a csi and ive learned a lot from the show.... i was screaming though i only managed to see the last half of the episode.... and then when he almost shot himself.... i screamed again.... if he hadnt of gotte out i wouldnt have continued to watch it... so, im glad they got him out in time. not a good way to go, eaten alive by fire-amts.... fun...and painful... kno its a tv show but i felt so sorry for him....
  • Oh My God, this is the most amazing episode of CSI EVER! and is a perfect end to an amzing season!

    I both Love and hate Quentin Tarantino in this episode of CSI, i hate him for making me sit through 2 hours of edge of my seat suspense about whether they would kill Nick or not, and then when it looked like they did, i couldnt believe my eyes. i love him for all of the same reasons. this was by far the most nerve wracking episode of this series yet, i do not know if they will ever be able to top it. i thought it was a great touch to bring in Tony Curtis and Frank Gorshin to play themselves (especially with mr. Gorshin dying the week that the episode airs, that is divine intervention if you ask me). again, all i can say is WOW! i can only look forward to next season, and i will be happy if it is even half as good as this one
  • The season 5 season finale, and by far the best CSI episode ever...

    Best episode ever!!!!! That is the only way I can think of to describe Grave Danger. It was the most cleverly written imaginative episode I have ever seen. And when I say best episode ever, I mean of any show. Now being a huge Tarantino fan, I am admitedly biased. But Tarantino, or no Tarantino, these were clearly the best CSI episodes I have ever seen. (I am writing my reweiw in the part 1 section, but it is actually a reveiw for the entire 1 hour finale) I love CSI anyway, and it is hands down one of the most imaginitive shows around. When you throw Tarantino into the mix as not only the director, but writer as well, you can't help but create the most amazing 1 hour episode of telivision that I have ever seen!
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