CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 6 Episode 17

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 09, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSIs become the focus of a reality TV series, which follows them while they investigate a serial rapist, who recently gained access to a woman's apartment by posing as a fireman. Also, Warrick's work on the late-shift is causing problems with his marriage to Tina.

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  • Here is another case of the media villifying people with foot fetishes. I have had quite enough.

    This episode of this show had a guy with a foot fetish as a rapist and a murderer. It focused on his foot fetish, and how his fetish drove him to commit the crimes.

    I hate when the media portrays us as harmful criminals, or as jokes. This episode was disgusting. We are not people who have not control or are cumpulsory, so that we prey upon women. I wrote the show with my comments, and I would hope that others do the same.

    It appears obvious that the writer or writers for this show don't realize what a common fetish this is, and how many very normal, very harmless people have it. We get enough abuse as it is, and this episode didn't help it all. To me, it's like portaying all homosexual men as pedophiles and indiscriminate HIV carriers.

    For shame CSImoreless
  • Who ran out of ideas when they penned this lot? Programs with members discussing their problems with a psychiatrist was enough to ruin any episode of any program. The distractions of the film crew in CSI [to the viewer] was too much to take.moreless

    The story of a killer with a foot fetish is something I had not seen before. Disguising himself as a fireman could be a good twist [from the usual cop] and the painting of the toenails a good touch. This episode could have been a winner...had it not been ruined by constant interruptions from a film crew! The gathering of evidence, usually of some interest, was made ludicrous by the inclusion of the film team. Up until now the episodes have been reasonably believable. This one was not since I cannot perceive of any forensic team or police investigators allowing anyone, even so-called "authorised" film crews, from entering the crime scene. Nor can I imagine them being furnished with all the information of the crime, the names of possible suspects and worst of all, access to laboratories where they could and probably would, contaminate evidence samples. All in all a pain to watch!moreless
  • This episode is special, but not good enough.

    This episode looks like "The Making of...CSI". I don't like those reality crew, they makes this episode looks awful. The story in this episode is kind of boring, or in another way of saying it, filler. This is a crime DRAMA, but I think this episode has way too much drama than usual, lacked of scientific investigation in this episode.

    Serial rapist is on loose, and he dressed like a fireman so that he made his victim open the door. I have to admit this is clever. This is only a good episode. Compared this episode to the previous, I think this episode is awful. But I still love the series. Just more science than drama.moreless
  • An off-key CSI episode

    What made this episode really stand out was the presence of a documentary crew that follows the CSI team around. A couple of times the crew causes serious problems when they upset a victim and pose a very inappropriate question to Brass. They mostly follow the team as they attempt to uncover the mystery of a serial rapist who gains access to his victims by posing as a fireman. I really enjoyed Grissom's remarks regarding forensics shows on television. I think the writers wanted to take a stab back at the critics who claim the show teaches criminals how to get away with their crimes.moreless
  • I just watched my favorite CSI-episode!

    A completely different P.O.V., a new atmosphere. CSI on handy-cam, even the Lars-von-Trier-Effect (you know, watch and get nauseous from the handycam-on-a-rollercaster-effect *smiles*) was included. And the CSI\'s all whispered in some scenes, when the crew was around, it was unbelievable. I almost felt guilty to pry into their privacy, watching them thru the lens of the handy-cam.

    I just liked the opening scene very much, when the camera followed the staggering feet of the drunken lady, as a hint what will follow next.

    I know, it\'s not a comedy-show, but there were a lot of scenes which made me laugh or which I found most intriguing and I\'d like to share:

    -No-nonsense-Nick, first a bit nervous but then explaining his work very thoroughly.

    -Sofia and Brass right before the interrogation, Sofia opening the last but one button of her shirt before entering the interrogation.

    -Grissom and his satelites (the crew) in the background of a scene when Cath is in DNA-lab (it is really hard to see, cuz far in the background and out of focus, but it sent me to the floor, laughing)

    -Yay, and Hodges IS vain,

    Sara: (whispers)\"Hodges, what\'s wrong with you??\"

    (my bet: 50 takes of the scene with Jorja Fox bursting into laughter)

    -poor Warrick and a quarrel with his wife on the phone. (It hinted very god, what it actually means to juggle working overtime and private life.)

    -Several stares of Grissom, for instance: \"Mr. Grissom, we made a mistake, could you please repeat your last sentence for the camera?\"

    Grissom: *stares*

    -and Doc Robbins goes paralympic - that was a cool hint.

    I found it amazing, how the actors played \"real\".

    That episode was challenging for me in the most unexpected way.moreless
Taraji Henson

Taraji Henson


Guest Star

Brett Rickaby

Brett Rickaby

Maintenance Man

Guest Star

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson


Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Sofia Curtis

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Robbins begins the autopsy at the end, the cut shouldn't bleed. It would only bleed like that if she was alive (and Robbins once discovered a body in autopsy was alive because it bled that way when he started the autopsy).

    • Goof: When the girl at the begining walks into the elevator, you can see two monitors. On one, she enters from a floor covered completely with carpet, on the other you see her enter from a floor covered in tiles (the first floor). Then after the doors open again the floor is the same carpet, apparently the elevator didn't move at all...

  • QUOTES (23)

    • Nick: Two pieces of duct tape both have been swabbed for DNA and fingerprinted. Grissom wants you to compare adhesives, he's lookin' for a match.
      Hodges: Okay, that'll take a laser ablation test, it's good. (looks around)
      Nick: Why's that good?
      Hodges: Well, laser ablation is both visual and dramatic. (looks over Nick's shoulder)
      Nick: Are you looking for the video crew right now?
      Hodges (scoffs): I would think that they would be looking for me.
      Nick: Relax man, their show is only like an hour long, laser ablation takes like six.
      Hodges: Yeah, but when they cut it all together it'll only take 30 seconds. (Nick shakes his head, smiles, and walks away)

    • Sara: (she watches Hodges making sure his hair and everything is okay) Hey there, gorgeous. (smiles) I'm gonna be running with the trace from the victim's apartment, would you mind bringing me up to speed?
      Hodges: Certainly. (Hodges pauses and looks around)
      Sara: Take your time. (the camera crew come in)
      Cameraman: Did you page us?
      Hodges: Uh... (looks at Sara)
      Sara: (deadpanned) No, uh uh.
      Hodges: According to the gas-chromatograph mass-spectrometer the glossy red drop you found on the foot board was nail polish.
      Sara: Well, that's not unusual in a woman's apartment.
      Hodges: What is far more intriguing is the reflective yellow flakes. Follow me to the Fourier Transform Infrared microscope.
      Sara: Hodges, what's wrong with you?

    • Cameraman: Do you think forensic shows are just teaching the criminals how to get away with crimes?
      Grissom: Everyone learns from science. It all depends on how you use the knowledge.

    • Catherine (to camera crew): Well one thing you learn during this job is that bad things happen to people who don't expect it... everyday.

    • Greg: I've got hundreds of names of people who purchased nitrous oxide in the last six months.
      Catherine: Well, you gotta narrow that down.
      Greg: That is narrowed down.

    • Sara: Anything useful from the janitor?
      Greg: Yeah, he gave us a full description, he said he looked like a fireman. (Sara gives him a look)

    • Grissom: Foot fetish is a visual pathology. The suspect would have had to have been close enough to the vic to see her toes and then get aroused.
      Catherine: We live in a desert, Gil. If you wanna see a women's bare feet all you have to do is look down.

    • Catherine: Low-profile entry, sedatives, duct tape, and if he's not a serial he will be soon.

    • Nick (to the camera crew): We don't like it when the bad guy walks.

    • Cameraman: Ms. Willows, all you have is the guy's face, how do you figure out who he is?
      Catherine: Good question.

    • (Walking by the AV lab to see the camera crew in there)
      Hodges (scoffs): Now that's a waste of film.

    • (Processing the victim's house)
      Catherine: Flowers and candles sure seems like a date.
      Grissom: Some date.

    • Cameraman: You were a CSI, right?
      Sofia: Yeah.
      Cameraman: But now you're a detective. So, which side of the fence to you prefer?
      Sofia: It's the same side.

    • Sofia: You try something like that and you're gone; I don't give a damn what the Sheriff says.
      Cameraman: We don't put anyone on the screen without a signed release.
      Sofia: You invaded her privacy at her most vulnerable moment.
      Cameraman: I'm trying to give the crime a face.
      Sofia: Yeah, well, we're going to lose an hour waiting for her to calm down. That's on you.

    • Brass: Hey, check this out. (points to pictures of feet) God bless the internet.

    • Greg: So they have nothing in common?
      Grissom: Sure they both have feet.

    • Cameraman: Mr. Grissom can you please describe what you are seeing?
      Grissom: A long night.

    • Brass: We got a confession, "He didn't choose womens' feet, they chose him."

    • Richard McQueen: She wouldn't let me touch her feet.

    • Cameraman: Ever hear the saying "only the dumb ones get caught?"
      Greg: Yeah, but we catch the smart ones too.

    • Archie: What kind of fireman goes to the fire 22 minutes before the fire happens?
      Grissom: Somebody that knows it's going to happen.
      Cameraman: Sorry about that Grissom, we may not have gotten that. Can you repeat that?

    • Brass: What'd he blow?
      Sofia: 1.9.
      Brass: Wow, that's almost enough to wash away your sins.
      Sofia: Yeah, we're gonna have to wait until he sobers up.
      Brass: Now now, wait, let's move on this---look why don't you come in there with me? Maybe pop a few buttons. (Sofia laughs) Seriously, see how he reacts.
      Sofia: He tries to hard not to look it may be a guilty conscience? (she makes a face)
      Brass: Yeah, maybe something like that.

    • Grissom: What is this?
      Cameraman: It's a reality crime show, we are following you for this investigation. Sheriff promised full cooperation.
      Catherine (to Grissom): Ah, we got that memo. They're Hard Crime.
      Cameraman: That's us, we put the people who look into the microscopes under the microscope.
      Catherine (to Grissom): Right. It's good PR for the department, try not to bust their chops, okay?
      Cameraman: Did you ever see our show? It's got a lot of forensics.
      Grissom: There's too many forensics shows on TV.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Nick: Their show is only like an hour long, laser ablation takes like six.
      Hodges: Yeah, but when they cut it all together it'll only take 30 seconds.

      When Hodges is running trace samples, and stuff in his lab in most episodes it is only about 30 seconds when it's all cut together.

    • Grissom: What is this?
      Cameraman: It's a reality crime show, we are following you for this investigation. Sheriff promised full cooperation.
      Catherine: We got that memo. They're Hard Crime.

      This refers back to the Season 2 episode "Ellie" in which Grissom doesn't read memos.

    • Catherine (to Grissom): It's good PR for the department.. Try not to bust their chops, OK.

      This refers back to the Season 2 episode "Alter Boys" when the two of them have the talk about PR and spa safety.

    • The opening sequence with the monitors is a reference to the beginning of the 2000 film Snatch.

    • Grissom: Everyone learns from science; it all depends on how you use the knowledge.

      Apparently this is another case of joking around, and refers to the recent headlines claiming that shows like CSI teach crooks how not to get caught.

    • Grissom: There are too many forensic shows on TV.

      This is an inside joke about the CSI franchise and William Peterson's own feelings towards the creation of the spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, which he feels dilutes the brand of CSI.