CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 4 Episode 7

Invisible Evidence

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 13, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Warrick's appearance at the preliminary hearing on a rape and murder case goes terribly wrong when the only piece of evidence is thrown out on a technicality. Grissom and the team have 24 hours to make the case with new evidence or the killer will go free.moreless

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  • My Favourite Episode of the season

    This my favourite episode of the season, Because it was very interesting and the case was very interest. My favourite part of the episode was when Grissom and Sara had their moment togther. Also it was very suspensful. It was a very great episode. In my opition this the best episode of Season 4 of CSI.
  • Excellent episode

    It seems like the writers decided to try something different this year, with a couple of epsiodes deviating from the usual formula.

    This episode kicks off in the middle of a court hearing, where Warrick is giving evidence for the prosecution. All seems to be going well, until it is discovered that the search of the defendants vehicle was performed without a warrant, and the CSIs are left with 24 hours to come up with new evidence or the accused walks free. Within 24 hours, the CSIs are led to believe that the accused is not actually the killer, and indeed find evidence to that effect. The real killer is taken into custody, and in the end we see another court hearing taking place where Warrick is providing his evidence, and the Judge decides to take the case to trial.

    An excellent episode of CSI.moreless
  • The CSI has only 24 hours to find new evidence.

    Warrick makes a mistake when he get the murder weapon without a warrant, and the team has to find new evidence.

    A good episode, but not the best in the fourth season.

    This episode written by Josh Berman and directed by Danny Cannon. During a preliminary trial for the rape and murder of a 19-year-old woman, the crucial evidence, a bloodied knife, is discarded because it was secured from the defendant's car without a warrant. With only 24 hours left before court has to let him walk, the team pools their resources together in an attempt to find other evidence that can place the defendant behind bars.moreless
  • When the key evidence is thrown out of a court case, CSI has 24 hours to find new evidence.

    I thought that this was a fantastic example of such a great show. I alway love noticing the guest actors and recognizing them. The actor I noticed in this episode is Christian Camargo who played Michael Fife, he played Rudy on the show "Dexter". Anyway, one thing that has kept me watching and wanting to see more is the relationship between Grissom and Sara. I'm glad that it's drawn out and it's just a lot of good ol' sexual tension. I just think the anticipation is really hot. This episode had another great moment between the two when Sara asks Grissom to pin her arms down. *sigh* Just watch it already.moreless
  • Interesting......... very interesting

    Poor Warrick Brown. He really doesn't have the best day in this episode. With the release of a rapist and killer on his shoulders, the pressure of the unsympathetic Sheriff, a fight with Nicky, an embarrassing trial- not even mentioning the fact he goes into a ladies bathroom- makes this a very Rick-centered episode. But that's not to say that our other favourite CSI's don't get a look-in.

    For a GSR fan- the sizzling sexual tention between Sara and the Bugman in this eppy is probably the reason why GSR exists in the first place. Let's just say it involves getting "Pinned Down" *smiles knowingly*

    If your taste is more YoBling- there is a scene where Catherine really comforts our defeated Mr Brown. And as stated above- the fact that it's in the ladies bathroom reminds us that this show likes to throw in a little humour. Never a bad thing.

    Even if you detest all the ships and romance- it's still a blooming good episode. The case takes a turn for the unexpected- and a time limit for the submission of evidence combined with the overall tense atmosphere of our favourite lab creates an "edge of your seat" mood.

    Definately above par for this show- and we all know how difficult that is!!moreless
Christian Camargo

Christian Camargo

Michael Fife

Guest Star

Lochlyn Munro

Lochlyn Munro

Officer Watson

Guest Star

James Marshall

James Marshall

Gary Quinn

Guest Star

Xander Berkeley

Xander Berkeley

Sheriff Rory Atwater

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Romy Rosemont

Romy Rosemont

Jacqui Franco

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When Warrick is talking to David while he is holding up a pelvis with a pair of tongs, the tongs change position in between shots.

    • Goof: When Nick is talking to the victim's sister, the same blonde woman walks by in the background twice, going the same direction each time.

    • Goof: When Nick picks up the threads of white fiber with a bloodstain on from the floor of the reconstructed car, in the far shots, the tweezers are holding the fibers horizontally in the middle, so you can see both ends. In the close up the tweezers are holding the fibers vertically from the bottom up.

    • Grissom mentions the title of the episode Invisible Evidence in the episode.

    • Goof: At the end, when Warrick is in court, he's wearing a blue shirt with a white collar. In the next shot, his shirt is all white.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Warrick: This case is twisting me up. Interrogation room ... was a bust. Fife can lie better than I can tell the truth.
      Catherine: Better to know his lies before we go to trial.
      Warrick: I don't think it's going to trial.
      Catherine: We've got time. Seminal DNA's being processed as we speak. This case can break any minute.
      Warrick: I'm not giving up. I'm just being realistic.
      Catherine: Come on, you know, Warrick, we don't just call these cases rush 'cause we're in a hurry. It's a rush 'cause our pulse races, it's a rush when we nail the guy ...
      Warrick: I like that.

    • Sara: Grissom, um, I, um, wanted to talk to you about something.
      Grissom: Go ahead.
      Sara: Well, you know, I applied for the promotion for the key position.
      Grissom: Your application's on my desk.
      Sara: About that, I, um... I needed to know... I... I wanted to make sure, rather, that anything that happened or didn't happen between us won't be a factor. (Grissom looks confused) Never mind. I-I shouldn't have said anything. (Grissom still looks confused) I, um... I'm always over-talking around you. (Sara leaves the room, leaving Grissom still confused)

    • Hodges: Oh, hey! Hey, boss!
      Grissom: Yes?
      Hodges: I just ID'ed the substance from Rachel Lyford's wrist. Same substance found on the sheets.
      Grissom: Have you told Warrick? He's the lead on this.
      Hodges: Yeah, about Warrick, what exactly happened in court today? I tried to talk to him, he just shut down.
      Grissom: He just shut you down. What is the substance?
      Hodges: Uh ... wax.

    • Hodges: Hey, I heard about court today. Must have been embarrassing, huh?
      Warrick: Hodges, why'd you leave L.A. Again? Never mind, it's probably none of my business.

    • Sara: Uh, listen, I recognize the importance of this, but I'm in the middle of my own homicide investigation.
      Grissom: I'll talk to your detective. Explain the deal.
      Sara: Well, it's not about the detective. It's about my own responsibility.
      Grissom (sternly): I'm handing out assignments, Sara. It's not a negotiation.

    • Sheriff Atwater: We have nine hours left on the clock, Grissom.
      Grissom: Well, the investigation, which is under my purview, has taken an unexpected turn. So, when I know something, you'll know something.
      Sheriff Atwater: I don't like surprises.
      Grissom: Me, neither.
      Sheriff Atwater: What, you're not going to tell me anything?
      Grissom: No.
      Sheriff Atwater: Okay. For now. Mm-hmm.

    • Nick: Hey, Grissom, that Sheriff checked with just about every tech in the lab looking for you. He's bugging for an update.
      Warrick: I suggest you avoid him.
      Nick: Why? What happened?
      Catherine: Our only suspect may be innocent.

    • (After finding white threads with blood stains in the car)
      Nick: So ... you still upset about your case being put on hold? (Sara rolls her eyes and glares at Nick and he chuckles mischievously at her)

    • Sara: You know what pisses me off?
      Nick: Lots of things.
      Sara: Victims aren't equal. High profile cases get priority.
      Nick: A ticking clock gets priority.
      Sara: Every case is a ticking clock. The only difference between a cold case and a hot case is time.
      Nick: I don't care if you're working on the hottest case of your career. If your supervisor tells you to leave a scene to go wash his car, you do it. (Sara gives him a look) You don't have a career without a job.

    • Sheriff Atwater: Thanks to the crime lab, some very difficult cases have gone our way. You've elevated the status of the whole bureau.
      Grissom: Uh-huh. Then why are you here?
      Sheriff Atwater: I'm holding a press conference in an hour where I'll be telling the media that this case is under your purview.
      Grissom (chuckles): Oh, it is about perception, isn't it?
      Sheriff Atwater: Glad we understand each other. Uh... why don't you call my office next week? Put a little lunch on the books, hmm? (Sheriff Atwater heads for the door)
      Grissom: I work nights.
      Sheriff Atwater: So make it a dinner. (Sheriff Atwater leaves the office)

    • (Sara stands looking at the bed sheet covered in blood)
      Grissom: Checking my work?
      Sara: No, I'm just looking around.
      Grissom: What are you thinking?
      Sara: Well, her body left behind this void, (gestures with hands, walks to wall, turns to face Grissom) the attacker was on top, he held her down by her wrists.
      Grissom: Which would explain the transfer of wax from him to her?
      Sara: Yes, pin me down. (Grissom pins Sara to sheet, then moves hands down next to her waist)

    • Catherine: I liked your tough guy act yesterday.
      Grissom: Huh?
      Catherine (imitating Grissom): "I hand out the assignments. This isn't a negotiation."
      Grissom: What? Too much?
      Catherine (shakes her head): No, not enough.

    • Grissom: If you need someone to talk to...
      Hodges: Yeah. When's a good time?
      Grissom: We have a psychologist here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    • Grissom: Stop it.
      Warrick: What?
      Grissom: Watching the clock.
      Warrick: It's just that new evidence is coming in and the old evidence hasn't even been processed yet. We're running out of time here, you know?
      Grissom: If we're watching the clock, we're not watching the case.
      Warrick: Well, not even you can stop time.

    • Fife (being interrogated): Then I went back to my apartment and had lunch. A tuna sandwich on wheat. A little mayo, a squirt of relish. (leans forward) Then, I took a leak. I don't want to miss anything.
      Brass (sarcastically): Outstanding.

    • Warrick: How about what you said about never rushing the evidence?
      Grissom: Well, for the next 24 hours, we're breaking the rules.

    • Grissom: I'm sorry, you look lost.
      Sheriff Atwater: I've been calling your cell.
      Grissom: We get bad reception here in CSI. Listen, if this is about dinner I'm free next week. I'll be having the fish.

    • Catherine: Hey you.
      Warrick: Hey.
      Catherine: How... are you holding up?
      Warrick: I'm fine.
      Catherine: You sure?
      Warrick: Yeah.
      Catherine: You're in the women's bathroom.
      Warrick (laughs): Oh, god. I'm sorry.
      Catherine (laughs): Oh, no. I'm all for it.

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