CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 11

Leaving Las Vegas

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 04, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Catherine testifies in a murder trial in which a man is accused of murdering his own mother three years ago, but the suspect is found not guilty. Catherine, however, believes he did commit the crime and that he may also have killed two other people, so she sets out to find the other victims. Grissom prepares to leave on a four-week sabbatical.moreless

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Danielle Kennedy

Danielle Kennedy

Addie Finch

Guest Star

Alan Rosenberg

Alan Rosenberg

Adam Novak

Guest Star

Anne-Marie Johnson

Anne-Marie Johnson

ADA Jasmine Davis

Guest Star

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: While explaining the circumstances under which Laura Montoya and her daughter disappeared, the sheriff says that someone named "Luke Hansen" closed up the ice cream shop, but in the flashback scene, Laura says "Say hi to your mom, Jake," to the boy who closed up the shop.

    • Goof: When Sheriff McGuire tells Nick and Catherine that she can 'do one better' in regards to obtaining blood samples from the Curtis murder by bringing them to the home. The problem is, we already know that these murders took place 3 years ago. Even if the house is a 'time capsule', in the Nevada temperature, the blood on the floor would have denatured and degraded over time making it useless for DNA samples. Catherine and Nick should have known that and taken their samples from the Reno Lab instead. (Of course, this is also a good way for the viewers to see the crime scene and given a reason to find the bullets in the rabbit hutch.)

    • Goof: Nick used needle-nose pliers to remove the bullet from under the picnic table. This could leave marks on the bullet, potentially making it difficult to match the bullet in ballistics.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Adam Novak: Why the hell is your department tailing my client?
      Nick: Concern for his safety?
      Adam Novak: That's cute. Jay Finch was acquitted of his mother's murder; he deserves all the rights of a free man.
      Nick: With all due respect, Mr. Novak, no laws have been broken here.
      Adam Novak: You can't try Finch twice for the same crime.
      Nick: No, but you can for a different crime.
      Adam Novak: Oh, I see. This is a personal vendetta by CSI Willows.
      Nick: Personal, to who?
      Adam Novak: Me! She's a man-hater. No surprise, but how long do we have to pay for the sins of her father?
      Nick: Y'know, Catherine and I get along just great, maybe it's you.

    • Grissom: Hey, how's it going on your civil case? Did you get a lawyer?
      Greg: LVPD said they'd provide me with an attorney.
      Grissom: Get your own counsel, Greg. That's your right.
      Greg: Well, are you gonna give me a raise because otherwise I can't afford that.
      Grissom: Call the PPAC and talk to your union rep. This was an on-duty incident, they'll provide you with an attorney.
      Greg: How's the union lawyer gonna be any different?
      Grissom: The department's only interest is the department. They'll throw you under the bus to protect themselves. When's your deposition?
      Greg: Three weeks from tomorrow.
      Grissom: Stick to whatever you put in the report. Don't waver, be consistent. Everything's gonna be fine.

    • Warrick: Hey, Griss. So Hodges told me that you're flying the coop. What's the matter, you sick of babysittin'?
      Grissom: Just the opposite, I'm a teacher with no students.
      Warrick: I've still got a lot to learn. And besides, having you around kinda keeps me honest.
      Grissom: Whether you know it or not, you're the rock of my team. Catherine's gonna be in charge for a while, while I'm gone. Just be there for her like you've been there for me and it'll all be fine.
      Warrick: Thanks man, that means a lot. You know I got you covered. (about the miniature crime scenes that Grissom is putting into boxes) What're you sending those to the Louvre?
      Grissom: Well, Ernie Dell did kill with an artistic touch.

    • Grissom: Why are we talkin' about this? Finch got off didn't he?
      Catherine: Yeah and I don't buy it. I need to go to Larkston.
      Grissom: You can't.
      Catherine: Look, I want a second shot at this guy. I wanna get him before he kills again.
      Grissom: I'm going on sabbatical. You're going to be the acting supervisor while I'm gone.
      Catherine: When are you leaving?
      Grissom: Tomorrow night.
      Catherine: I'll be back before then. (she turns to walk away, she reaches the door and turns back to him) How long have you known about this? (Grissom goes to answer but Catherine rolls her eyes and walks out)

    • Nick: "Sabbatical" is usually a euphemism for "sayonara". I don't think Grissom's comin' back.
      Catherine: Why wouldn't he?
      Nick: I don't know, he shaved his beard, lost a little weight, he's been leaving when shift is over- I think he even took a day off last week.
      Catherine: Maybe he's got himself a girlfriend.
      Nick: That's what I'm saying! You know, I thought you were gonna leave a few months back.
      Catherine: Why, 'cause I shaved my beard?
      Nick (laughs): No, uh...you really don't have to work anymore if you don't want to, right?
      Catherine: What're you talking about?
      Nick: With...Sam, your dad and the whole thing.
      Catherine: Oh, is that what people think? That daddy's little girl got herself a big inheritance? Well, lemme tell you somethin' Nicky, all of Sam's money is tied up in a big hole in the ground on a very nice piece of strip real estate, but I got no dog in that fight.

    • Catherine: Hi Danny, I'm Catherine. I'm trying to catch the bad guy who hurt your mom and grandma, and I could really use your help.
      Danny: Do you think they're with God?
      Catherine: What do you think?
      Danny (indicating the house): I think they're still in there.
      Catherine: Why?
      Danny: They're waiting to fly up to heaven.
      Catherine: What are they waiting for?
      Danny: For me to say goodbye.

    • Grissom (after opening a gift of a Williams College sweatshirt from Hodges): How did you know about this?
      Hodges: I saw an approved leave of absence form on Ecklie's desk. Don't worry, I didn't say anything to anyone else. Did you really think that you were going to teach at my alma mater in the dead of winter, without warm clothes?
      Grissom: I thought you went to college in San Diego.
      Hodges: Graduate school. Undergraduate was all about the Bay State. Crazy times, my friend, crazy times. Those Hampshire girls down in Amherst? Insane.
      Grissom (with an amused smile): Thank you.
      Hodges: Eh, you're welcome. (Hodges sits down) What are you teaching?
      Grissom: The Seasonal Fluctuations and Observed Behaviors of the Walden Pond Swamp Mosquito.
      Hodges: Excellent. Yeah, I don't know what college was like for you, but for me it was a new beginning. A chance to reinvent myself. For the first time in my life, I felt like I fit in. Not like now. I mean... you and I are close, but sometimes I just don't think the others get me. (Catherine knocks on the door and walks in)
      Catherine: You got a second?
      Hodges: He's kind of busy. (Catherine gives Hodges a look) Oh. (stands up) When you get a chance, hit Purple Pint. Ask for Cookie, tell her Davey Hodges sent you. Drinks'll be on the house.
      Grissom (still smiling): Crazy times.
      Hodges: Yeah.

    • Robert Guffey: I don't know you.
      Catherine: You can call me Catherine.
      Robert Guffey: If you're not here for conjugal I'm not callin' you anything.
      Catherine: What do you like to be called?
      Robert Guffey: Best I ever had. (blows a kiss at her and looks at her chest, Catherine sees and smiles at him)
      Catherine: There was a murder that was commited in Vegas two days before the Acheson and Curtis murders. I think that the same person commited both crimes and I think that person is you. (Guffey shrugs) Mr. Guffey, this is how this is going to work, everytime you answer one of my question, I unbutton a button. Are you ready?
      Robert Guffey (laughs): Does that count as a question? (Catherine unbuttons a button)

    • Nick: It's a needle in a haystack.
      Catherine: It's our job to look for a needle in a haystack.

    • Catherine: He's guilty.
      Adam Novak: You said the same thing about me once.
      Catherine: Yeah, you're not a murderer. You just set them free.

    • Catherine: I guess I should be grateful you didn't stop by my house.
      Adam Novak: And get a gun in my face? No, thank you. I can take a hint.
      Catherine: What do you want?
      Adam Novak: I'm here waving a white flag. Look, I owe you an apology. I regret the way I've behaved toward you in the past. I've sobered up and I wanna make amends.
      Catherine: Climbing the 12 steps.
      Adam Novak: I've got a few more to go.
      Catherine: Well, you can check me off the list. Thank you for stopping by.
      Adam Novak: Hey, which pissed you off more? That Finch went free or that I won?
      Catherine: I'm 50/50.
      Adam Novak: Ah, there's still hope for me.

    • Grissom: Hey...My cab's here.
      Sara: So, you're going then?
      Grissom: Yeah. (pause)
      Sara: I'll see you when you get back.
      Grissom (wrings his hands and pauses): I'll miss you.

    • Grissom: Hey Nick!
      Nick: Hey.
      Grissom: Where's Catherine?
      Nick: Not back yet. I got a ride in with the local deputy.
      Grissom: She told me she was going to be back before I left.
      Nick: Oh yeah... listen, about that... I told my folks when I went to college that I'd be back, you know? Go to work at the D.A.'s office with my dad. You can kind of see how that turned out. Anyway, I just wanted to say it's been great, man... (Nick gives Grissom a big hug and holds on for a little while) really, I've learned a lot from you, man...
      Grissom: I'll be back in four weeks. Stop hugging me. (Nick slowly lets go of Grissom, looking chastened and a little embarrassed)
      Nick: Yes, sir. (Grissom gives Nick a strange look, shakes his head slightly at him and then walks away)

  • NOTES (4)


    • Warrick (about the miniature crime scenes that Grissom is putting into boxes): What're you sending those to the Louvre?

      The Louvre is a famous French art museum and gallery in Paris. The Mona Lisa, possibly the most famous painting in the world hangs in the Louvre.

    • Catherine: Norman Bates has kept mother alive and well.

      That quote is a reference to the 1960 film Psycho, in which the main charatcer is discovered to have kept his mother's body in his basement and acts like she is still alive.

    • Jay Finch's composition notebook: There's no place like home, there's no place like home, there's no place like home.

      This is a reference to the 1939 film The Wizard Of Oz, one of the most famous movies of all time when a young girl named Dorothy is swept away in a tornado to a fantastical land. In order to return home, Dorothy must click her heels three times, and repeat the phrase above.

    • Catherine: I guess I should be grateful you didn't stop by my house.

      This alludes to the Season 5 episode, "Weeping Willows," in which Adam Novak stops by Catherine's house to talk to her. Catherine calls 911 on him.

    • Episode Title: Leaving Las Vegas

      Leaving Las Vegas is the title of a novel by John O'Brien, which was the basis for the 1995 film. Sheryl Crow also did a song by the same title on her album, Tuesday Night Music Club.