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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  • Good case, good ep but...

    I expected a little more. So Warrick is the rock of the team? Funny, because he hasn't been around like... forever! I totally loved the Grissom/Hodges scene, you just have to love Hodges. This ep was about Grissom leaving and letting the others say their goodbyes (Way to go Nicky!)and it was a Cath centric ep where she ran with the ball, I think I was disappointed at the end. First, the whole Sara/Grissom scene was heart wrenching, but since we have gathered they are a couple...why so less said? It was just a little disappointing IMO and I expected (and hoped for) more than a little "I'll miss you".moreless

    This was the best episode of the new season. It was funny, dramatic, and just wonderful. Kudos to the whole cast. I hope that the rest of the season can match this episode. The young boy who played one of the victims sons was outstanding. His expressions made me think of Dakota Fanning. I see big things in his future. Once again, this was absolutely the BEST!!!!! Congrats CSI!
  • This is exactly why I watch this show! Nick investigating not only with Catherine but also Gil's relationship status. Catherine doing what it takes to bring in a killer! Wonderful!!!

    What a show!! This episode is exactly why I watch CSI. Nick and Catherine's case was wonderful. When Catherine gets the idea in her head that it is a certain suspect, she stops at nothing to get the evidence to prove it...even if it means stripping to get what she wants! The look into the way the Sheriff interogated was a good look into how interrogations can actually happen and how emotions can take a toll on an officer as well as a suspect.

    Nick is getting very close to finding out about GSR! If Nick is the great investigator he is, I think he will be the first to find out about it! It is also great seeing Nick with his saying "goodbye" to Grissom..."I'll miss you" "I'll be back in 4 weeks!!" It made me laugh!!! Also, what is going on with Catherine and Gil? They used to be such close friends?

    I did miss Sara in this episode but it is understandable to make the pivotal statement at the end. Gil seemed to be fighting with himself about embracing Sara and maybe even kissing her. Sara also seemed to be fighting not to cry. I'm sad that Gil will be gone for several episodes but it may do him some good to get away for a while and get his bearings again. He will need it when he tackles the Miniature Killer! I just can't wait for the next episode and whenever Gil returns. Also looking forward to any messages that Gil may leave Sara over the next couple weeks!

    Looking forward to the next episode!! Yay!!moreless
  • Wow! I really enjoyed this episode. It was really well done. I enjoyed the scene between Nick and Grissom, as well as Grissom one with Warrick. And He is back (the MCSK of course) just like many of us thought it is not over yet.moreless

    I was so psyched to find out that us fans who thought that the MCSK thing was not done were right. Of course, we have to wait four weeks to find out what is going to go down with that actually more than that for us because we have weeks with reruns so more like four episodes. I thought the case that Cath and Nick were working on was interesting. And all I could think when she was talking to Gruffy was Catherine stop that stop it stop it. But it was interesting all the same. Finally, they brought up the idea that at least a couple of the guys have some idea that Gil probably has a girlfriend (of course we know he does and who). I thought it was so funny when Nick thought Gris was like leaving for like good and went and hugged him. It really was a humourous(do not know if I spelled that right) moment. I am still laughing at it. Now for the part with Sara. So sweet and I do not know what else to say it was the moment I had been looking forward to seeing. With the way he said it you know he loves her well okay so it has not been said yet or anything but well it is just I think he most likely does. Alrighty that is my review for this episode.moreless
  • Very interesting... Grissom is leaving and the miniature replica killer is back!

    Wonderful GSR. I like it so much. Sara hold back the tears but it was really hard for her. She hardly try to smile and to say him "goodbye" with a smile. I think she just didn't want to make him feel guilty about leaving her. And Grissom still have problems in confessing his feelings but he had advance. Actually I missed Sara in this episode.

    Catherine's case was really... hard. Her interrogation methods were realy interesting. Actually for a first time I really accepted her as a stripper. And I am glad that she actually catch the guy.

    Nick was so close to find out about the GS relationship. He figured out that Grissom had a girlfriend and I think that soon he will discover who she is.

    I noticed that Nick said that Grisson was strange for the last few months? How do you think how many months he means?moreless
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.