CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 4 Episode 9

Grissom Versus the Volcano

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 11, 2003 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The sheriff is under political pressure to find who killed an air marshal with a car bomb that the sheriff witnessed. Grissom, Catherine and Nick are pressured to produce results. Warrick and Sara try to find the murderer of the wife of a singer who headlines on the strip.moreless

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  • An average episode.

    A good episode but not the best in the fourth season. Grissom, Catherine and Nick investigates a car bomb which resulted in the death of three people, one of whom was an air marshal who rented the car. Due to the imprecision of the detonator, the CSIs conclude that the target may not have been the air marshal but the person who had previously rented the car. The man is a mystery himself, as he seems to be leading a double life. In town, Sara and Warrick works on the death of Amelia, the wife of Myles Reuben who is a famous singer. She was found in her hotel's bathtub while her husband is performing downstairs. Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony E.Zuiker and Josh Berman wrote this episode. I think this is just an average episode. It's not very good but it's not very bad. Just average and nothing surprising happened.moreless
  • Nothing special.

    I thought this was an average episode. Nothing was that great about this one. The story was ok but something about this episode was not that good. An explosion causes the CSI team to look further and slowly they track down the perosn responsible for setting the bomb off. Meanwhile Sara investigates when a young women is found death in a pool. But after some time it appears that it may be suicide not murder. Overall as i said earlier this episode was ok, i hope the next one is better but overall so far this season has been very good.moreless
  • Emptey

    In the episode of CSI titled Grissom Versus The Volcano Grissom Catherine and Nick investigate a car bomb of a federal air marshal while Warrick and Sara in investigate the death of a singer wife in a Las Vegas hotel room over the episode has some good story plots both cases are interesting and are good twist and turns to keep you guessing threw out the episode the A story is better and written better then the B story my over all rating for Grissom Versus The Volcano is 8.9 out of 10 for good cases and good twist and turnsmoreless
  • Great ep!

    This episode had me guessing through out the hour, Atwater almost gets blown to pieces, and a pop stars wife is found dead. When the gunfire erurpted I thought that at least a uniform was going to get hurt, but god forbid Rory Atwater, no, no, not the Sheriff, well someone could boast that "they shot the sheriff." Myles looked very hurt that Amelia was dead, I didn't really thing that someone killed her, she was clearly unhappy. There was some good detective work in this ep. The first appearence of Detective Tony Vartann, my personal favorite dectective, really made my night.moreless
  • Good episode & both cases were very interesting.

    A car bomb goes off in front of a hotel which almost kills the sheriff who happened to be having dinner there at the time (I kinda wish that he did die, it would have made the episode much better) I loved Grissom's "Thank god you're alright". Nice to see Greg helping Grissom out on the case. I was surprised to find out that it was the wife who made & planted the bomb.

    Sara & Warrick's case was pretty interesting too. Who would have thought that it would end up being suicide. I thought it was the manager for most of the episode.moreless
Tricia O'Kelley

Tricia O'Kelley

Debbie Dunbar

Guest Star

Randy J. Goodwin

Randy J. Goodwin

Myles Rueben

Guest Star

Daphnée Duplaix Samuel

Daphnée Duplaix Samuel

Amelia Rueben

Guest Star

Eric Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet

Ronnie Litre

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Detective Vartann

Recurring Role

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Sheriff Rory Atwater

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: At the beginning, a visible Myles Reuben billboard is spelled as 'Myles Reuben.' When Sara and Warrick match the fingerprints on the dial of the hot tub to the manager, Sam Hopkins, the name of the performer is spelled 'Myles Ruben'.

    • Goof: In the re-creation of Amelia's death scene, she is shown thrashing about and going under-water, yet the coroner said she didn't drown because she didn't have water in her nasal sinuses. They were "clear as a bell".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Sara: The life of a celebrity. I don't know, I think it sounds kind of isolating, living in a fishbowl.
      Warrick: Wouldn't be isolated. You'd have a butler, a maid service, laundry service.

    • Nick: Compromised the timing device. Made the bomb unpredictable.
      Grissom: We may never know when that bomb was supposed to explode.

    • Grissom: I believe the, uh, glass pressure traveled from the rear of the vehicle, through the front... (Grissom shines a flashlight into the car and finds a pair of dismembered feet) ... and evidently separated the driver's body at the ankles. (to David) David, we have body parts in the car!
      David: I've been looking for the feet.
      Grissom: I found 'em.

    • (looking at a science project volcano)
      Catherine: In fifth grade I built one of these as my science fair project, it was awesome. First place should have been mine, but they ended up giving it to this kid with some lame red ant colony. (Grissom is smiling) That was you!
      Grissom: Yeah, only my ants were black Argentineans.
      Catherine: Uh-huh.
      Grissom: I learned at a very early age that the bugs always win.
      Catherine: Right.

    • Sheriff Atwater: Car bomb. Driver and valet are dead. Another valet is critical. At least a dozen injured. I was having dinner here. I was on my way out. If it had gone off a couple seconds later you'd be picking my badge up off the ground.
      Grissom (sarcastic): Thank God you're all right.

    • Grissom: So, one of us has to call the Sheriff.
      Brass: I'll flip 'ya for it.

    • Grissom: Here comes the press. You're on. I wish I could help but I got a vehicle to process.
      Sheriff Atwater: C'mon, Grissom. Bomb goes off and everyone thinks it's a hit. What do you think?
      Grissom: I'm not thinkin'. I'm lookin'.
      Sheriff Atwater: That's good. Can I use that?

    • Warrick: I got your page. You'd be a good maitre d'. Checking glassware for spots?
      Greg: You know, a hot tub is just like a dishwasher. Washes away all of the impurities.
      Warrick: Including hydrofluoric acid, huh?
      Greg (speaking in a French accent and showing Warrick a sample jar of wine): '93 Pinot. Either it was a bad year for wine or a bad year for Amelia. I found trace amounts of hydrofluoric acid in the vino.
      Warrick: So, somebody did spike the wine?
      Greg: Oui.

    • (Coming in to see Grissom with the volcano)
      Nick: Hey I made one those in third grade. Science fair, Should've won too.
      Grissom (cutting Nick off): You gotta let it go, Nick.

  • NOTES (2)