CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 4 Episode 3


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Warrick get the case of an old woman found mummified in her closet. Sara and Nick arrive to investigate a breaking and entering to find a raped teen. These cases are not as disparate as they first seem. Catherine looks into a gun found by a boy. The gun is connected to a week old murder across town that Warrick caught.moreless

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  • A case that leaves Sara in tears.

    A really good episode which shows two cases connected when an old woman is locked in a closet and in Nick and Sara's case which was a breaking and entering that involved a rape of a teenage girl.The mother and father didn't want to help them but later Grissom knows that they couldn't because they was locked in a room why her daughter was raped by more than one person which must of been really horrible for them to be locked in feeling helpless.As the case went on it got more emotional for Sara when the girl stepped forward to identify one of the suspects and when she did not long after she was found murdered outside of her house.You could see the expression on Grissom and Brass when they saw her and Sara walked off.We don't find out much about the crime and whether they catch the person that did it is unknown.moreless
  • Homebodies

    A very rare episode, written by Naren Shankar and Sarah Goldfinger. Grissom investigates a home invasion which results in the death of an old woman living alone in her house. She is found, mummified, in a closet. Her death is probably unintentional. Another home invasion is also reported. Finger prints from the two crime scenes link the two incidents together. Meanwhile, Catherine must find out how a gun ends up in a front lawn of a house in the suburbs. Only checking through the database, she find out the gun is a murder weapon in Warrick's past case. A very special and rare episode. It's hard for me to understand the story of this episodemoreless
  • Homebodies is one of the rare CSI episodes I find really hard to watch.

    Homebodies is one of the rare CSI episodes I find really, really, really hard to watch because the brutality towards old people pains me deeply. The authors linked together the 2 crimes very smartly and I caught it the moment I saw Nick process the little table. It was a shame that the criminals got away with it but that just proves that even if you do your best you can't always put them behind the bars. It shows that the human factor (the girl simply had to write down the number) in this case was also very important as they had plenty of evidence.

    Also the end of the episode was tough for both Sara and Grissom as she was crying in the car but Grissom had to process the scene as if nothing ruthless had happened, as if it had been just a regular B&E.moreless
  • A woman is found dead and locked in a closet.

    *slight spoilers* As I continue watching CSI episodes from the beginning to the current season that just aired, I always look for those episodes that stand out. This is definitely an episode that stood out for me. Granted, I'm only on season 4 so far, but I loved this episode. Of course it's incredibly frustrating the way the story ended, but then again, it's always frustrating when they get their guy on every single occasion. It just sucks to know that this guy will go and do it again... they all do. Well, at least it's fiction and not real life.moreless
  • At first I was wondering how the case of a mummified body in a closet could be related to the case of a breaking & entering...

    At first I was wondering how the case of a mummified body in a closet could be related to the case of a breaking & entering and a raped teen. It was really cool how the writers managed to tie these 2 cases together, it made the whole story even more interesting.

    This episode was different than any of the others I've seen until now, The CSI's always find a way to catch their bad guy but this time he got away because of a lack of evidence. I'm left wondering if this story will ever be resolved like the Paul Milander crimes, or, because we already know who did it, it'll never be brought up again.

    The end was so sad, with Sara walking away & crying in the car and Grissom having to process the scene alone.

    At first I thought the teen committed suicide but after watching the episode again, it was obvious that she was murdered by the suspect before she could identify him.

Stephen Root

Stephen Root

Mr. Kirkwood

Guest Star

Jeanette Brox

Jeanette Brox

Suzanna Kirkwood

Guest Star

M.C. Gainey

M.C. Gainey

Frank Maddox

Guest Star

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Jacqui Franco

Recurring Role

Skip O'Brien

Skip O'Brien

Det. Ray O'Riley

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Grissom: Do you get the munchies?
      Connor: When?
      Grissom: When you're high.

    • Doc Robbins: Fluoroscope showed no bullet or stab wounds, and apart from multiple fractures of her fingers and hands, no other apparent injuries.
      Grissom: So whoever boarded her up in the closet, maybe didn't intend to kill her.
      Doc Robbins: Well, they must have thought somebody would find her-- a friend or relative.
      Grissom: She lived alone. Only relative was a nephew. Brass is looking for him.
      Doc Robbins: Live alone, die alone. In this case, from massive dehydration. Rule of threes: Three minutes without air, three days without water, three weeks without food.
      Grissom: Three days must have felt like three years.

    • Sara: Hey, guys, we're screwed.
      Greg: The semen from the rape kit doesn't belong to Steve Jansson. No hits off CODIS either.
      Sara: There was more than one guy. She was gang-raped.
      Brass: This gets cheerier by the minute.
      Sara: Jansson's never going to roll over on his partner. They're going to do it again.
      Brass: Yeah.
      Grissom: We've given them no reason to stop.

    • Warrick: The guy with the closet fixation is Steve Jansson.
      Sara: Let's see if he has an oral fixation as well.

    • Grissom: You have to prepare yourself for this. Your aunt was found in an advanced state of decomposition. (David pulls back the sheet. Connor looks at the body and turns away)
      Connor: Oh, this is messed up. This is really messed up. (he looks back at the body and jumps) Whoa! She just moved. Did you see that? (Brass and Grissom share a look) I'm telling you, she just moved.
      Brass: Sometimes, when you see the body of someone you know, someone you've seen move before, you want them to move.
      Connor: That's not her. This lady's too thin. That's not her skin, either. My aunt always wore sunblock.
      Grissom: Dry mouth. Diaphoresis. Red eyes, dilated pupils.
      Connor: Huh?
      Brass: It means you're high.

    • Grissom: Sun Tzu once said "If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your enemies will float by." (opens the door to find a mummified body) But those were brutal times.

    • (Grissom walks up to Mr. Kirkwood)
      Grissom: Mr. Kirkwood, I'm sorry. The other day, I thought you were saying that you wouldn't help me, and now I realize that you couldn't.
      Mr. Kirkwood (shakes his head): I never got a good look at him.

    • Sara: Hey, we heard about your mummy in the closet. Very cool.
      Nick: We got a 406 in Henderson, wanna trade?
      Warrick: Ha! Nothing spells excitement like a B & E.

    • (Fingerprinting the mummy)
      Greg (looking at a thumb from the mummy): You know I coulda swore I heard Grissom telling you to do this.
      Warrick: Yeah. You know what rolls down hill?
      Greg: Apparently bloody finger tips.
      Warrick: C'mon. You got new skills to master. Field work's a little messier than your test tubes and GCMS.
      Greg: Yeah and less accurate.
      Warrick: One continuous motion. Nice and slow. (Greg fingerprints the thumb) It's not bad. Keep practicing, nine more to go. (walks away)

    • (After Greg prints the mummy instead of Warrick)
      Greg: Your uh... mummy prints.
      Grissom (looking at the prints): Warrick's getting sloppy.
      Greg: Yeah someone should have a talk with that guy. (looks at the piece of cake Grissom has as evidence) What's that?
      Grissom: Dessert.

    • (Talking about how the heat mummified the body)
      Warrick: Turns a grape into a raisin.
      Grissom: Yeah. Well, the desert was makin' mummies long before the Egyptians.

    • (About guys who went to jail)
      Sara: It's always nice when they come out worse than when they went in.

    • Catherine: We're always lookin' for a weapon. You'd think it'd be easier when the weapon finds us.

    • Catherine: You leave the city to get away from crime, and guns fall out of the sky.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Grissom: Do you like cake?
      Connor: (laughs) No, I go for burgers. Sonic.

      Sonic started out as a small root beer stand called the Top Hat Cafe in 1953. It was owned by Troy Smith, who'd always wanted to own a restaurant. After discovering a hamburger stand in Louisiana that had speakers that allowed customers to order straight from their car, he had the guy who made those speakers make some for him. They were a tremendous success. In 1956 Charlie Pappe ate at the cafe, and liked it so much that he opened the second Top Hat Cafe. Troy and Charlie were informed by their lawyers that the name Top Hat was copyrighted, so they opened the dictionary, as their slogan was "Service at the speed of sound" when they came across the word Sonic, meaning speed of sound, they knew they had found their name, and the first Sonic was born.

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