CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 6 Episode 5

Gum Drops

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 20, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Nick takes the lead on a case where in the house a family of four, three pools of blood are found. Nick thinks that the little girl may still be alive, but Sara is doubtful, thinking that Nick's recent near-death experience is affecting his judgement.

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  • Very good episode - BUT! -

    I really liked how Nick kept hoping (against the odds) that the little girl would be found alive plus how he locked into the gum wrapper trail. I was very satisfied with how this episode played out.

    BUT is it just me or doesn't anyone else notice what a dorky haircut Nick is sporting these days. No matter how good the episode is, I just cringe everytime I see his 'shaggy' head. I guess I'm just being shallow but I do think he looks rather silly as if they are trying to make him look like a young kid again. Thank goodness several episodes down the line (6.21), he is back to looking like the old savoir faire Nick.

  • Nick determined to find a girl

    Even without Grissom the episodes are still great and as good as they come when a family is murdered over drugs and their little girl is kidnapped and Nick is determined to find her because he believes if he survived when he was buried alive that she can survived when she is kidnapped.he girl leaves gum drops so that the CSI's can follow them to find her.Nick and the CSI's manage to find her in the end but has trouble speaking when Nick visits her in hospital with a very emotional ending.moreless
  • Nick, you're the hero!

    Just another amazing episode with no bodies are found in a crime scene. Nick is the first CSI to appear in this episode, and he is the one in charge of this case. Together with Warrick, Sara and Greg, they all travel to the small town for the investigation, except for Catherine Willows, who leaves at the crime lab. You call this a good episode? No, this is not a good episode, this is a PERFECT episode with perfect writing and perfect directing. One of the best episode in this series. Nick done a very good job in this case, but I think he is affected by what happened to him in the season 5 finale. But Nick is great, he's a very good CSI. Am I wrong?moreless
  • A wonderful story

    This episode is extraordinary. The CSIs try to solve 3 murders and a possible missing girl. Nick believes that the girl, Cassie, is still alive. The other CSIs believe she is dead. They find suspects from a local high school and figure out eventually what happened. The story of this episode is heartbreaking with narration throughout by Cassie. This episode is one of my favorites because it is so emotional, and simply a well told story. The end is especially a tearjerker. You will want the story to continue when the credits are rolling. This episode is amazing, and such a great one in the CSI series. Well worth watching again and again.moreless
  • Amazing!!! I wish I could rate it higher than 10!!!

    A small Nevada town, hours away from Las Vegas, we find Nick and three blood pools.A family of four missing, cell phones, wallets all there. Sara and the others, minus Grissom, arrive to help Nick.They find pounds of marajuana in the basement, "Motive.", States Sara as she and Nick photograph the drugs. Greg finds a piece of bubble gum in the drive way, along with odd tread marks that could be from a hitch or a boat.They ran DNA on the blood pools, match to Mom, Dad, Son, nothing to prove that the daughter, Cassie, was killed. On top of that none of her shoeprints were found at the scene.The evidence leads them to a local highschool student and his friends. After finding a kitchen-sized trash bag full of marajuana is found in the trunk of his car he is the prime suspect. After searching his car they also find a piece of bubble gum in his back seat. By this time Nick is very emotionally involved in the case, seeing as he had been buried alive six months prior. Sara encourages him not to get too deep into this. "Nick, you're acting like you're going to rescue a person, not find a body and on this job that's not usually the case." she says worried about her friend. " I was rescued." he says smiling. "It wasn't your day to die..." she said.

    Sara and Greg search the suspects boat. Guess what they find. A piece of bubble gum. Nick is convinced that Cassie is leaving them clues. Sara thinks that it is a major stretch, to think that finding a piece of gum is a clue, just didn't work for her. They learn from the suspects mother that he and his friends had taken the boat out the night before. While interagating the suspect Nick goes off and pins him against the wall."Stop messing with me, where is she?".Nick and Sara go to the lake that the suspects had been to the night before.Sara confronts him about what happened at the police station. He apologizes and they search the lake. They find the Mother, Father and Son, No Cassie. Sara goes back to the police station and interviews the suspect while Nick searches the lake again.Cassie is found of the shore of the lake with her throat slashed and a pack of bubble gum by her side. She is taken to the hospital where Nick visits her. She hands him a card that reads: To: goodguys About: badguys, Thanks for finding me. Nick begins to tear up. Of course she asks about her family. Nick tries to shelter her, but she is too smart to be babied. Great Episode!!! My Favoritemoreless
Melora Walters

Melora Walters


Guest Star

Michael McGrady

Michael McGrady

Sheriff Brackett

Guest Star

Scott Paulin

Scott Paulin

Dr. Parker

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Goof: While processing the student's car, just after finding the gum wrapper, Eric Szmanda cracks the back of his head against the door frame as he stands up. Like a pro, he just carries on, even though you can see him wince as he does it.

    • Originally, it was to be Grissom who insisted on continuing to search for Cassie and would not believe she was dead. However, William Petersen did not appear in this ep as he was attending a funeral, and the episode was rewritten with Nick in the key role.

    • Cassie's handmade card to Nick reads,

      Thanks for finding me.
      From: Cassie
      To: Good Guys
      About: Bad Guys

    • The gum Cassie uses to make the trail is the same brand Nick uses to cover his ears in the two-part Season 5 finale " Grave Danger (1) & (2)" when he shoots the light in the coffin.

    • Goof: When Nick has an altercation in the interrogation room, a single tear falls down from the boy's left eye. When the shot changes to a different angle, the tear is coming down from his right eye.

    • At the beginning of the episode Nick tells the officer: "Begin at the beginning." At the end of the episode he says the same thing to Cassie: "We'll begin at the beginning." Thus, the circle is closed.

    • Once again the whole crime scene had not been checked by the police before the CSIs were called, thus leading to Sara to find the marijuana room downstairs on her own.

    • The LVPD patrol boat was registered in California. Las Vegas is in Nevada. That just seems like a long distance to trailer a police boat.

    • The keyboard used by Archie when analyzing the ATM video is a Logitech diNovo.

    • Gum wrapper had the brand, Bubblicious.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Sara: Can I talk to you for a minute?
      Nick: Sure, what's up?
      Sara: I-I think I need to talk about what happened at the station.
      Nick: Oh, yeah.
      Sara: I'm slightly concerned about its effect on the case, but more than that, I'm concerned about the case's effect on you, Nick, and I'm absolutely sure that, six months ago, you wouldn't have lost it like that.
      Nick: I know, I'm sorry. I apologize for that.

    • Nick: What do you know about the family?
      Sheriff Dennis Brackett: Jude McBride - great guy, stay-at-home dad. Nina owns a local coffee shop. Jeremy's a junior in high school, smart kid. Ten-year-old daughter, Cassie. Pip-squeak.
      Nick: Sounds like all that's missing is the white picket fence, huh?
      Sheriff Dennis Brackett: Yeah. We don't even know where to start looking.
      Nick: Begin at the beginning.

    • Greg (after finding a lot of marjiuana): Don't you think it's weird that the McBride's did all this with two kids in the house?
      Nick: Yeah. If they didn't care before, I bet they do now.

    • Warrick: He's trafficking term papers.
      Nick: Man, whatever happened to just flippin' burgers?

    • Sara: Everything in our experience tells us they're dead.. all four of them.
      Nick: Doesn't mean we just give up.
      Sara: No one's giving up. It's just that... you're acting like you're gonna rescue a person, not recover a body. And on this job that's not usually the case.
      Nick: I was rescued.
      Sara: It was not your day to die. When it's your day, it's your day. You know?
      Nick: I don't think it was Cassie's day.

    • Warrick: You know, I was talking to Tina last night and she said something that made me think.
      Greg (coughs): Yoko Ono. (Nick laughs)
      Warrick: Tina's dad's a doctor of anthropology. So one day when she was a little girl she asked her dad where in her body her anthropology was. You know, he's a doctor. Mark's dad's a lawyer maybe Mark was thinkin' you know, habeas corpus, body of the crime.
      Sara: Body of the crime is content of the case, not an actual body.
      Warrick: Yeah but a kid could easily misinterpret. Maybe he's thinkin' no body, no crime, no crime, no punishment.
      Sara: Does Yoko Ono want a job? (Nick laughs)

    • Sara (looking at the chore calendar): I was really into gold stars when I was a kid.
      Greg: As opposed to now? (Greg is looking through the McBride's mail) Whoa! The McBride's must have a broken meter. Even if they left every light on day and night, it wouldn't add up to 2,000 dollars. (Sara clears her throat and rubs her nose) Maybe Brass can check it out.
      Sara: I think this print dust is getting to me. Would you mind finishing up the fridge?
      Greg: Do I get a gold star?
      Sara (dryly): Ha-ha-ha. (Sara walks out of the room. She looks around and sees something's wrong with the lock on the basement door, she opens it and goes down the steps) Greg? I found something.
      Greg (joining her): Is it the bodies?
      Sara: No.
      Greg: Whoa, Sweet Mary Jane. The emerald city.
      Sara: Explains the 2,000 dollar electric bill. And all the foot prints through out the house.
      Greg: It's the ganja graveyard.
      Sara: No... it's motive.

    • Archie (after finding Cassie on the ATM video): Dead people don't suck their thumbs.

    • Greg: If you're not gonna clean it, why take the bodies?

    • Sara (to Nick who is printing the coffeemaker): Are we having a Taster's Choice moment?

    • Sage: You know, your third eye is so open right now. Are you having visions or hearing voices?
      Nick: No.
      Sage: I'm really sorry, but you are really radiating this crazy feminine energy.
      Nick (chuckles): Really?
      Sage: Do you believe in past lives?
      Nick: No, ma'am
      Sage: How come?
      Nick: 'Cause I'm just trying to make it through this one.
      Sage: I think you're doing pretty well. (Sage turns to leave, but Nick stops her)
      Nick: Hey, Sage...thanks.

    • Nick: We'll go slow, okay? And we'll just begin at the beginning, okay?
      Cassie: They came to my house. They had a fight. They couldn't find what they were looking for. I loved my family.

    • Sara: Did it make you feel like a man? To kill a little girl?

  • NOTES (10)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Drobečky (Crumbs)

    • The dvd commentary on this epidode is done by Sarah Goldfinger and Richard J. Lewis.

    • Original story line had these bits included:
      The entire team was to be working in the town of Pioche, Nevada.

      Ecklie is ordering them to stop working. He doesn't want to pay for any more overtime.

      Given that every second may count in finding the family, they decide to stay overnight in the town at a motel. The Dew Drop Inn is a bare bones place, which Nick notes is far less than they deserve after working 24 hours straight.

      They have three rooms, Warrick and Nick take one, Sara has one to herself (lab policy in a situation like this) and that leaves...Grissom and Greg. Greg tries to make a joke about their sharing space, Grissom is not amused. Greg later goes on to warn Grissom off of his towels to avoid catching any "BugMan" DNA cooties. Greg also turns out to be a ferocious snorer. He's so bad that he drives Grissom to seek a bed elsewhere, which leads Griss to knock on Sara's door. Sara and Grissom were to later have a case-related conversation while alone in Grissom's room as well.

      Warrick talks to Tina, his new wife on the phone about her fashion choices (and a few other things) while Nick lies nearby.

      Due to the death in the family that took William Petersen out of town, The focus of this episode was changed to spotlight Nick working the case.

    • Featured Music:
      Mr. Buul Gum - Neely
      Palestine Texas - The Poppy Rocks

    • Michael Slovis, director of photography, received an Emmy Award in Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series for this episode.

    • The plot of the episode was originally going to be how Grissom was convinced that Cassie was still alive. When William Peterson's nephew died, he flew home and was unavailable for the filming of the episode so it became that Nick was still convinced that Cassie was still alive.

    • Twice during the episode, GMC trucks aired a commercial that featured the LVPD CSI version of the Yukon XL.

    • This is the first episode of the CSI franchise to contain a recurring narration from the victim.

    • Nick mentions the title of the episode Gum Drops in the episode.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, William Peterson and Paul Guilfoyle do not appear in this episode.


    • Greg (coughs): Yoko Ono.

      Yoko Ono Lennon is a Japanese-born American musician and artist. She was married to John Lennon and is often accused by Beatles fans of breaking up the band (although many other Beatles fans argue that she did not). To this day, women who have (intentionally or not) come between high-profile musicians and their bandmates are compared to Ono, Nancy Spungen and Courtney Love being just two examples. In a 2003 interview with Ono described the disappointment she felt by the breakup of the Beatles and how it affected the lifestyle that she was used to.

    • "Grissom's teaching a class... at the Body Farm"
      "The Body Farm" is the Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee. Much of what is known about the process of decomposition has been learned from studies conducted there. Dr. Bill Bass, the founder, has written a book entitled "Death's Acre" that describes some of his work.

    • Gum Drops also makes reference to Hansel & Gretel, a Grimm's fairy tale where Gretel uses bread crumbs to find their way out of the forest.

    • This episode shares some similarities to that of the episode, Blood Drops. They both have a family in which almost all of them were killed, and the episode names are also similar.