CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 22

Leapin' Lizards

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 03, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Several suspects in a murder case are UFO-club members who believe shape-shifting aliens have been working to conquer the human race for centuries

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Looking for a murdered woman, the CSIs stumble upon one strange UFO cult.

    Worst one of a wonderful season for me.

    It seemed like the writers/director/editor couldn't decide if this should be a funny or a serious ep and it ended up awfully unbalanced. I think this would have worked much better as an ep á la "Fur and Loathing", but as it stands, the direction and editing were all over the place.

    Some nice character moments, though. Grissom and Sara at home and seeing William Petersen's dog were awesome. As was Grissom's fascination with the whole "club", that was in character for him.

    But overall, too unbalanced and choppy to really work. S6's "Shooting Stars" was far superior, when it comes to an episode about cults and people using others for their personal gain.moreless
  • Confusing much?

    I liked the episode, I did, but I think I was stuck in a perpetual state of confusion for all but about 5 minutes of it. I was kinda convinced that Warrick and Tina were already no more, but this episode seemed to indicate that they were still together - at least until recently?? Where exactly did the dog come from that was lying on Grissom's bed? Why were the police heading for the farm at the start of the episode anyway? I'm not sure if I missed bits or not, but I was seriously confused about who was who and why they were there and what was happening! The graphics for the aliens were fun though! Very good to see Enrico Colantoni as a guest in CSI, I love him so I was thrilled to see him guest starring. Oh, and once more, Archie was in the episode...hurrah! I like the more recent episodes in this season purely for the amount of Archie I am seeing!moreless
  • Beware of the shape shifting aliens..

    The team investigates the death of a woman after her head is found mounted on a piece of wood just like a taxidermy work. Upon further search, the team discovers that they are dealing with UFO-club members believing that reptiles shape shifting aliens are coming to conquer the planet. There was great visual effect offered by the production when one of the cult members is being interrogated and imagines Brass with a reptile tongue. Little by little details about Grissom and Sara’s relationship are being disclosed and it was nice to see the two comfortable together with the dog on the bed. Also, there must be a logical explanation behind Grissom’s building miniatures..moreless
  • This episode had it all. Aliens, GSR, and a little recap from "Silence of the Lambs". Scary but funny and very interesting.

    I thought this episode was very inconsistent, but very interesting. The idea of people seeing the rest of humanity as either lizards or other humanoids. Then the scene with Sara and Grissom was very touching. It just showed that their relationship is very evolved and they are very comfortable with each other. Then when Sara read the letter Grissom wrote, it was all very amazing. I think the writers are going to use these scenes in the 8th episode with the MCSK. The idea of pigs eating humans was all very funny. This exact same idea was used in the "Silence of the Lambs". It was all very impressive.moreless
  • When I watched this, I thought...wow. This was a great episode. Although it was not their best one, it was still good.


    At the beginning, when they were hunting down that man, that cop got hit, It reminded me a little of 'A bullet runs through it'.

    It's basically about these bunch of people who believe that nearly every person that holds any power what so ever is a serpant, an evil being. Shannon (I think she was called) bit Greg because she thought that he was a serpant that wanted to harm her. We even saw Brass with a snake's tongue. Mind control was also in use. When a man wanted to murder his wife, he uses Shannon (Chanel?) to kill her. He then fed her to a pig and mount it up!moreless
Ally Sheedy

Ally Sheedy


Guest Star

Enrico Colantoni

Enrico Colantoni

Preston De Vere

Guest Star

Scott DeFoe

Scott DeFoe

Swat Team Leader

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • (Sara is reading the unsent letter from Grissom. Grissom voiceovers)
      Grissom: I don't know why I find it so difficult to express my feelings to you. Even though we're far apart I can see you as vividly as if you were here with me. I said I'll miss you and I do. As Shakespeare more ably wrote my sentiment in Sonnet 47. "Thyself away art resent still with me; for thou not father than my thoughts canst move, and I am still with them and they with thee; or, if thy sleep, thy picture in my sight, awakes my heart to heart's and eye's delight."

    • Shannon: Preston can't be killed. His cells don't die. He's over 4,000 years old.
      Brass: Oh, 4,000...the new 50!

    • Grisson: Hey, did Shannon Turner have a cat?
      Catherine: Yeah.
      Grissom: So did Hank Conners. Figures. Cats are a natural enemy of reptiles.
      Catherine (pauses to give Grissom a look of disbelief): I'll keep that in mind.

    • Brass: I'm just a phone booth away from changing into my tights and saving the world.

    • Preston: Chyna was sucking the life out of me. She deserved none of what she wanted and all of what she got in the end. I'm glad it took a long time for her to die. I can only imagine the pain.
      Brass: You know, everytime I think about leaving this job, a guy like you comes along and reminds me why I can't.

    • Warrick: Fire in the hole! (Warrick fires gun)
      Nick (flinching): You're supposed to let me get these things on. (he indicates the muffs around his neck)
      Warrick: Hey, you were supposed to be ready. I don't know man. Maybe it would work out better if Tina was someone who did what we did. At least she'd understand the hours.
      Nick: Well, I don't know. I don't think it's a good idea to date someone you work with. You never really get to get away from work, or them the way you need to.
      Warrick: You mean like you and me, baby?
      Nick: Yeah exactly, honey.

    • Catherine: Hey Greg. you up for a bite? (Greg laughs maniacally)
      Greg (soberly): No. I am on antibiotics, I had a tetanus shot. I'm having a pretty bad year.
      Catherine: Oh it's only a bad year if you do a bad job Greg. You're having a great year. (she winks at him, Greg rolls his eyes)

    • Doc. Robbins: Why would anybody want to taxidermy a human head?
      Grissom: I'm still working on the how.
      Doc. Robbins: That I can tell you. Mounted one myself… a deer. Dad was a hunter. First our guy had to separate the head from the body. For that, he used a serrated-edge knife. Dad used a carving knife, same one we used at Thanksgiving. When mom found out she almost killed him.
      Grissom: Heartwarming.
      Doc. Robbins: So, then he had to flesh the skin away from the underlying muscle. Next, he would have stretched the skin out on a board, rubbed it with rock salt... then waited for two days. Then he tanned the skin to preserve it. Hydrated it with a borax and water solution to keep the bugs away. Next he cleaned the skull, filling the imperfections with clay, sawdust, anything at hand. Popped in two glass eyes, and then...
      Grissom: And he got the best looking wall-mount in the neighborhood.

    • Warrick (both are looking at rings): To Chyna, Love Preston.
      Nick: To Preston, Love Chyna.
      Warrick: 'Til death do us part.

    • Sara: Hi.
      Nick: Hey.
      Sara: What are you doing?
      Nick: Well, I read about this farmer in Canada who killed a bunch of women and fed them to his pigs.
      Sara: Oh.
      Nick: Yeah, their health department had to put out a bulletin that said "Warning, your pork may be contaminated with human."
      Sara: I'm so glad I'm a vegetarian.

    • David (looking at stuffed head): This is a career first.
      Warrick: A little tip for you. The new Mrs. Phillips doesn't need to hear that.
      David: Are you kidding me, she'll want to hear every detail. Why do you think I married her?

    • Grissom: Hey Warrick.
      Warrick: Yeah?
      Grissom: I feel like Marco Polo.
      Warrick: Why's that?
      Grissom: I just discovered Chyna. (camera zooms in on Chyna's stuffed head)

    • Sara (laying in bed, watching Godzilla): I always feel sorry for the monster.
      Grissom: Then you better turn it off before they use the oxygen destroyer on him.

    • Sara: What is this?
      Grissom: I think their UFO club is based on the teachings of this guy. (they watch more of the movie)
      Sara: So, Connors cut off her head because he thought she was a serpent from outer space?

    • Nick (pointing to his fingers): Want my theory? This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went home, and this little piggy had Chyna.

    • Grissom: Did you know that pigs are very intelligent animals? Right behind chimps, dolphins, and elephants.
      Warrick: Ahead of dogs?
      Grissom: And certain politicians.

    • (After being attacked by a suspect)
      Greg: That bitch just bit me!

    • Grissom: Do you believe that intelligent life exists on other planets?
      Sara: I'm not sure there's intelligent life on this planet; I just was in the barn.

    • Sara (looking at the pigs): I think the fat one likes you.
      Nick: They always do.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Sara mentions she is glad she is a vegetarian, which she became after seeing Grissom conduct an experiment using a pig in the Season 1 episode "Sex, Lies, and Larvae."

    • This case was based on the Diazien Hossencofft case where he manipulated a women to kill his wife and he claimed to cure her cancer and convinced her about reptilian humanoids.

    • Nick mentioned a serial killer in Canada who fed his victims to his pigs. The man he was referring to is Robert "Willy" Pickton who at the time that this episode first aired was on trial in British Columbia for some of these murders.

    • The teachings of Dr. Sidney Buckman are strongly reminiscent of the theories of David Icke, namely that many world leaders and other prominent members of society are secretly lizard creatures manipulating the rest of humanity.

    • Greg: Practically grew up on The X-Files.

      This is a reference to the 1990s sci-fi show The X-Files which had a regular thread of alien visitations.

    • Brass: I'm just a phone booth away from changing into my tights and saving the world.

      In Superman, Clark Kent would enter a phone box in his usual day to day clothing and would come out dressed in his Superman outfit before dashing off to save the world.

    • Xena: Warrior Princess

      Xena Warrior Princess is referenced several times in this episode- the sketch resembles Xena, and the woman is dressed in a costume that looks a lot like Xena's outfit. Xena Warrior Princess is a television show that aired from 1995 to 2001. The series, set in Ancient Greece, centered around a female warrior named Xena who used to be evil but turned to the Greater Good after she was betrayed by her own officers. The series follows her and her sidekick Gabrielle, bard and eventual warrior herself, through their travels. They often twist many Greek and Roman myths and legends and famous events, including the battle of Pompei, the Odyssey, and Cleopatra.

    • Grissom: I feel like Marco Polo.
      Warrick: Why?
      Grissom: I just discovered Chyna.

      Polo, together with his father Niccolò and his uncle Maffeo, was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China and visit the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire, Kublai Khan (grandson of Genghis Khan).

    • Episode Title: Leapin' Lizards

      This a famous line said by Little Orphan Annie.