CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 6 Episode 5

Gum Drops

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

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  • 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.
  • A family of four is murdered in the suburban Vegas, or so we're lead to believe. The show has the youngest vic's (a young girl) voice over in many scenes, and the episode completes it, coming full circle. Very dramatic, but well acted!

    All I can say is WOW! This has to be another classic CSI episode. I mean gees; this kind of show is why it's my favorite show on t.v. Although there was no Grissom in this episode, which was disappointing (Only reason for the 9.9) this was still a stellar episode. The scene where Nick runs from the boat creates an excellent climax, and the scene at the end where the little girl writes to communicate with Nick could not have been more realistic. As for the case itself, the Hansel and Gretel tie-in was awesome. I love these episodes where one of the cast members goes on instinct to solve the case! It really brings it all together and adds a sense of realism that can't be gained any other way.
  • A sad story about a little girl whose family are killed!

    This was one of the saddest episodes of CSI ive seen and with the addition of the little Girls narration throughout it was definitely an interesting way for the story to be told.
    The other thing i liked about this episode is the fact that there was little of Grissom and Catherine, and although i like them it was nice to see the rest of the team go it alone for a change, especially Nick who took the lead in searching for the little girl. The sheer reasoning behined why the girls family were killed was awful in the fact that they didn't have 2 die, the final scene was very well performed and overall this is one of the saddest cases the team have investigated. Top Form.
  • I'm not sure if I breathed at all during this one!

    What a great episode. It was almost like watching another show since Gumdrops was very different. Lots of emotions allowed to come through from the CSIs. I missed Gil, although it was great to see how the CSIs work together without his supervision.

    The little girl's voice coaching Nick through his investigation was both eerie and heart-breaking. Equally heart-breaking were the various images of her, both real and in Nick's mind.

    I'm glad that TPTB are not shying away from the long-term issues of Nick's kidnapping. It is being addressed more & more, and this time it was for the good!
  • This episode was about a probabal quadrupal murder case that Nick took the lead on. But there were only 3 pools of blood in the house. Nick thinks that the little girl might still be alive, but Sara is doubtful, thinking that Nick's near-death experience

    This is exactly why I watch this series. It was very well written and the case was one of the best I've seen yet. I thought it was very exciting and clever and I think Nick did an awesome job on the case! Sara too, of course. And Warick, Greg, Catherine, etc. I was kind of disappointed that Grissom wasn't in the episode, but it was still very great. The best part was the camera angles and the way the camera zoomed through the house in the beginning. That was very cool. The voiceover was unique too. Loved this one!
  • A home is found covered in blood, but no bodies are found. When the CSI team come in to investigate, Nick attaches to the little girl in the house and has hope that she can be found alive.

    This is one of the best episodes ever written for the show. After everything Nick experienced, his reaction to hoping the little girl can be found alive showed a believable reaction to his own survival after Grave Danger.

    When Nick and Sara talk over a picnic table, and she tried to gently let him know that it's probable the little girl is as dead as the rest of the family, Nick takes exception. It's a poignant moment when he talks about his own survival.

    The most chilling part of the entire show is hearing the tale told through the raspy voice of a little girl. It brings an eerie quality to the episode that culminates in Nick's visit to her in the hospital.

    The episode was utterly amazing.
  • Why this show keeps me watching week after week.

    This episode was my favorite episode since Grave Danger. It was just so good. I liked how Nick made the case personal and how he exploded at the kid was just brilliant. I liked how we heard Cassie's voice throughout the episode which made me think of whether she was alive or whether she wasn't. Once again however we were presented with the killer kid. I didn't mind it this time though as the episode was just so great.

    The only let down of the episode was that there was no rumored scene between Grissom and Sara. As soon as someone, I believe it was Sara, said that Grissom was at a conference giving a speech (most likely about bugs) I realized that there would be no Grissom this episode and no GSR. Still, even without the scene, it was a great episode and they managed to do it with only one case.
  • Well done and we see Nick evolve.

    I really enjoyed this episode to say the least. Grissom is gone and the team is by itself. Even Catherine is back in Vegas. Nick, Sara, Warrick, and Greg are all called out to a small town. Possible quadruple murder. Later Catherine becomes slightly involved but from Vegas. The lead on this investigation is Nick. As he states, "We beging at the beginning". So fitting as we begin with a gum trail by a very intelligent little girl. This case feels to Nick like this little girl is still alive. You see Nick become very impassioned and even step a bit out of bounds. We see more of how Nick's live burial affects him. Must watch episode.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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 Favorite
  • "Gum Drops" Probably one of the finest hours of television that this series has ever made.

    Gum Drops is probably my favorite episode of all (next to Comitted). It takes us away from Las Vegas (to a little gold mining town called Pioche) and we hear a haunting and saddening voice of Cassie McBride. This first moment really touched me as we have a glimpse at what had happened even before the episode has really begun. But you soon learn that the entire McBride family is missing, with Nick, Sara, Greg, and Warrick responding to the call (Catherine and Brass are in Las Vegas, and Grissom is MIA).

    But as the group begins to sift through the evidence they find out there are many secrets in Pioche, an example is the McBrides themselves, who are growing mirijuana in their basement. As the crime unfolds, they discover that their is blood at the scene from everyone but Cassie, but while Nick believes she is still alive, Sara (who is in the spotlight with Nick in the episode) and the rest of the team believe that she is dead. But as the crime unfolds, and they find "Gum Drops" (aka: dropped pieces of Bubblicious gum, which is Cassie's favorite). This soon convinces everyone that Cassie is alive (along with some help from an ATM tape showing Cassie). As Nick, Sara, and the rest race to find the killers/kidnappers they find that their culprits are teenage boys, which makes it more shocking.

    The boys are eventually arrested for trying to get some of the marijuana and eventually killed the family. But when they find the bodies Cassie is not there. After a race through the lake, Nick finds Cassie's body by the lake's shore (I, at this point is yelling at the TV for killing Cassie) but then shows her in a hospital bed. It turns out she is alive, and narrated the whole story to Nick in herhospital bed.

    This episode was perfect. It was exciting, sad, horrifying, laughable, and confusing throughout it. Nick and Sara (my favorite character) reacted to one another perfectly, and the race to find Cassie was exilerating. It was the best episode I believe so far, and should be treated as a classic. It is suprising that an episode without much airtime for the main characters (Grissom and Willows) could be so good. I give this episode a 10 and wish for more like it!
  • Quite possibly in my top five CSI episodes


    The CSI writing and production team never ceases to amaze me with their writing and execution. Unlike other shows, CSI bats a thousand when experimenting with subtle, yet powerful new ideas. I am of course, referring to the young girl's voice-overs throughout the episode.

    Being a very big fan of Gil Grissom, I was somewhat disappointed when it appeared he would not be starring in this episode. I must confess that I did not even miss him this week. We now see that the team can function perfectly without him, which I hope is not a subtle indicator that Grissom will be playing a less significant role in the future of the series.

    The character development with Nick and Sara was interesting to watch. Only a few seasons ago, Sara was the one who got emotional on cases, and Nick was one of the guys who reminded her to "follow the evidence". Things now have taken a 360 ever since Nick's incident. This display on human fragility adds a huge dimension to the show's believability, since its characters encounter things on a daily basis that most of us could not imagine encountering once. It only makes sense that the very nature of their occupations takes its toll emotionally.

    The outcome of the episode, was unfortunately somewhat transparent, predictable and has become cliché throughout the CSI series. Nevertheless, the flawless writing, direction and production values of this particular episode made the outcome somewhat immaterial.

    If this season continues producing episodes of this caliber, I don't see CSI jumping the shark anytime this year. The only problem with producing an episode this good, is that the standards get raised, and will tend to make future episodes seem lackluster, regardless of how good they really are.
  • This is why Thursday nights are dedicated to CSI!!! This show rocks!!!

    Nicks character was so felt in this episode. The whole time the voice over kept me guessing if the little girl was alive. The woman Sage saying that Nick had a feminum vibe, had me guessing that Nick was knowing she was still alive. This was a great episode. Kudos to writers!!!!
  • That was damn good!

    The gum drop trail, the little girl, Nick's character development, the murder? What more could I ask for? This episode is fantastic, and very well-written indeed! The only downside, was Grissom's absence. But Sara + Greg chemistry = whoa!

    Definitely looking forward to more episodes as fantastic as this =)

    Yay, season 6!
  • Nick gets the opportunity to fight internal monsters.

    CSI developed a winning formula. The formula has been copied by a multitude of other shows. However, in an attempt to stay the front runner, they sometimes tweak their own formula. This episode is a fine example. Strangely, Grissom is nowhere to be found and the only willows we see are of the garden variety.
    This is the story of how a man who was resuced defies all the odds and goes out to resuce someone else. The story does not play out predictably. There are clues that both point to the girl being alive and dead. The brutality of the crime is on par with the other episodes, but the extent to which the victum gets to tell her story has never been done on the show before. This is one to remember.
  • A quiet episode on the music part of the show, which is always fun to listen to because of some of the unique types of music that they used, allowed the viewer of the episode to really get into this episode and feel for Nick.

    A quiet episode on the music part of the show, which is always fun to listen to because of some of the unique types of music that they used, allowed the viewer of the episode to really get into this episode and feel for Nick as he takes the lead in this episode.
    Now this episode was to have Grissom to take the lead of the case and be the one who believed that the little girl was alive, but was changed at the last second because Petersen had to lead filming of the show because it was filmed when his nephew died.
    It would have been a totally different type of episode than the one that we saw. First, at all I couldn’t see Grissom throwing the kid up against the wall like Nick did, his character isn’t like that. He would of somehow trapped the kid in a puzzle of words that would made the kid break down without the use of physical contact. Secondly I don’t think that Grissom would even allow one of his team members to question him the way that Shara did with Nick. He would focused then on the case at hand and look at the evidence to see if there any proof that the girl is still alive. Third, Grissom wouldn’t gotten a little broken-up would telling her that the rest of her family was dead, he would just told her in a stoic way, but he also would of told her what happen to her family up front and not lighten the emotional load that she would have had to face. While this episode was rewritten at the last second that still didn’t mean that it was a bad episode, because it was a great episode that kept your eye glued on the TV for the entire hour and it also made the episode feel like it ran longer that it did. I also noticed that there was fewer commercials than normal.
    With Grissom out of the picture, Nick took the lead of this case and because of that he was the center attention in this episode and this episode allowed for more character development for him. We all know that Nick feels for the victims long before his experience in Grave Danger, it just now seem to be a little closer to the surface. I didn’t like Shara’s comment about him feeling this way because of what had happen to last year, because she knows just like the viewers know how Nick’s feels about people and that she should of kept that to herself.
    While the girl’s narration through out the episode was a different approach in telling the story it seems that they might of took a hint from the Law & Order:SVU episode “911” with also had a little girl disembodied voice in it, telling a story of what had happen to her, that aired earlier in the year. At first I thought that the girl was dead and that her narration was her ghost telling anybody that wanted to listen to her story. That the investigation that we were seeing was just to visualizes her story for the viewers, but in the end the girl was alive and that her narration was her talking to Nick to what had happen to her.
  • Nick takes the lead on a case where a family of four have gone missing. Nick thinks that the little girl may still be alive, but Sara is doubtful. We see a more caring side to Sara as she helps Nick cope with the emotions of the case.

    This is one of the best episodes to date. What makes this episode so good is Nick not only trying to find the young girl, but Nick trying to deal with his own abduction from the previous season, but the part of the episode that really got me was the heartfelt and emotional ending with Nick and the now safe young girl. Throughout this episode the voiceovers lead me to believe that in the end Nick would find the girl, but it would be too late and she would of died and it was being told as though they were her lasts thoughts, but in the end, Nick finds her in time, and I'm not ashamed to say that I had a tear in my eye.
  • This episode is the best of season 6! It had me hooked all the way through.

    This episode had everything and it had me watching until the end.

    The episode started somber and gradually became fast passed. When a show starts like that, it keeps the viewers in.

    Nick was looking for Cassie hoping she wasn't dead. Although everyone else didn't really think she could be alive. They kept trying to find clues to prove she was okay, but nothing was convincing them.

    It had many great moments from discovering the secret in the basement, to the perfect Nick and Greg scene for us Nick and Greg Shippers.

    The ending was magnificent. It had my sister and me in tears. When they found Cassie, I presumed she was dead, but I was ecstatic to see she was alive and she wanted to thank Nick for finding her. Beautiful moment!

    A fantastic episode! If you haven't seen it, you should!

  • Originally it was supposed to have Grissom take the lead but this worked so much better with Nick in the lead on the case.

    The reincorporation of story threads out of Grave Danger was brilliant. So many shows drop the ball when it comes to showing the effects of a previous pivotal episode on the characters. CSI is doing a fantastic job of letting us see how Nick\\\'s near death is affecting the whole team.

    The four young CSI\\\'s sitting at the picnic table having breakfast was a wonderfully revealing scene that they are more than a group of coworkers, they are a set of siblings. The ribbing Greg and Sara were giving Warrick showed how much they care for at each other while trying to put a light spin on Nick\\\'s intense involvement in the case. You could feel that underneath they were all concerned for Nick but trying to channel it elsewhere.

    More than whether the girl turned up alive or dead, this was the scene that did it for me.
  • amazing episode!

    I love how the end ties back to the beginning of the episode with the girl telling us the story of what happen. It was nice to see a side of Nick we haven't really seen before and tying us back to his abduction in the 5th season finale and how he's been affected by it. This episode was a really sad one not really what i'm accustomed to in CSI but it just shows you how well the series is written.
  • Awesome episode!

    I love how this episode did a full loop - the narration we hear all through is what the little girl tells Nick at the end. It added a lot of mystery, until everything makes sense at the end. The story was very well written. This wasn't the 'usual' CSI crime, they didn't even have Grissom. I'm definitely looking forward to more episodes like this continuing in season 6!
  • By far the best episode of the season.

    This has to be by far the best episode this season. Even though Grissom was no where to be found the team did an outstanding job. Nick was great. He refused to give up on the little girl even when every one else believed she was probably dead. So what if what happened to Nick was influencing him. I would hope until there was concrete proof CSI's/Detectives would continue to investigate a case as if the person was alive.
  • Definitely one of the best episodes. Nick takes the lead on a possible 4 victim homicide, and comes through brilliantly!

    When Nick, Sara, Warrick, and Greg are called to work a possible 4 victim homicide, we see how the team is able to work without Gil. Gil always puts a special spin on the cases on which he works. Though this is something I look forward to each week, this episode was outstanding, even without Gil.

    The character of Nick has definitely come through some changes since his near death experience. On this case, we see him get personally involved, as if Cassie, whose body is still missing, were his own family member. Sara feels he is over-reacting and making decisions based on emotions. In this case though, those emotional decisions turned out to be gut instinct, which helped Nick find the missing little girl Cassie. The final scene, between Nick and Cassie in the hospital, brought tears to my eyes.

    Thank you to all involved in this episode! Great show!
  • Nick takes the lead on a very emotional case, and believes that the youngest daughter is still alive, even with doubts from the other members of the team. Especially Sara

    This episode was AMAZING! Talk about a favourite. The little girl doing the talk over was kind of confusing and a little creepy at some points, but it all came together in the end. George Eads is an amazing actor. He did a great job in this episode ( like all others of course. It really showed how his character has changed over the past 6 months. The rest of the team is now seeing that he may not be the sam ol’ Nicky that he always was.
    Warrick’s new wife was mentioned in this episode. It seems as if the writers are trying to bring a personal touch to the show, which is great. But it seems as if there was a bit of foreshadowing when Greg mentioned Yoko Ono, could Warrick start fading out of the teams life?
    Lets hope the writers keep coming up with great shows like this one!
  • Exceedingly well-done episode.

    Ah-mazing! Great cinemetography, different, but very well done. The voiceovers were an amazing touch. This is why this show is still #1 week after week. Acting is amazing, George Eads does an amazing job. Nick absolutely tears your heart out. His empathy is something we desperately needed to see. And the four CSIs' ability to carry the show without the head honchos in the picture was excellent.

    Sara is noticing, Nick isn't the same Nicky that got buried alive six months ago. He can't be the same, he can't be normal. He has to work things out, and the team needs to help him through that. Great episode, a must-see classic.
  • The blood pools of three family members are found inside their home. Nick feels attached to the little girl, who he thinks is still alive.

    I thought this is one of the saddest (a good thing), well-made, best, episodes ever made! I felt for Nick at the end when he sat down and talked with the little girl. It really makes you think twice about a character, especially when Nick cried for her. I thought it was such a moving episode. For the CSI's to get attached to their cases, truly shows what this show is all about! This and Grave Danger are the top two episodes!
  • My absolute favorite episode

    I can't wait until i get this season on DVD, because this is my absolute favorite episode. It has been over a year since my first (and only) time seeing it, and I love it still. I love how Nick gets so involved with finding Cassie alive, I think it worked better that way than with Grissom, although we will never know. You just feel it.
    I had really expected Cassie to be dead, but I wanted her to be alive. That is what makes the end so amazing. It is just sweet and wonderful. I cannot say how much I love this episode, but it is definitely the best episode ever!
  • Nick is convinced that a little girl is alive after her house looks like a quadruple murder has accured.

    After only three blood pools are found in the house, Nick believes that Cassie, the youngest of the family, may still be alive, through clues that she has left behind. This episode was so great that it is the only CSI episode I have bought on iTunes. The team, minus Grissom, tries to piece together a murder outside of Vegas where the four suspects are teenage boys. The plot reveals that the parents of the family were growing pounds of marijuana, and that the teenage son was doing his classmates homework for money. Because of his near death experience, Nick Stokes takes it upon himself to lead the team in the investigation, without having access to the bodies which have apparently been stolen from the house. This was a classic CSI episode, maybe the best of Season 6.
  • Best episode of the season

    No doubt: this was the best episode of the season. Tension was created on the first seconds when it came clear to all viewers that the drama around the investigation would be exciting. The idea to insert the voiceover of a child whispering along with strong scenes showing a brutal murder filled the purpose.
    All CSIs worked very well playing their caracthers, as usual, but the performance of George Eads as Nick Stoke was brilliant, specially on a storyline combining a case that could bring back to him old memories of his recent trauma.
    The final scene showed the importance of CSI's job. It was very emotional and very rewarding to watch.
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