CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 24

Living Doll (1)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 17, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

As the CSI's continue their search for and discover the identity of the "Miniature Killer", Grissom and Sara's relationship gets exposed to the rest of the team as she goes missing during the investigation. The "Miniature Killer" is finally captured, but not before a member of CSI becomes the killer's final victim.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The miniature killer is revealed but Sara is in danger

    This was the best episode of the season and it has been a really good season because the CSI's have been trying to catch the miniature killer for all of it and now they have finally caught her.The miniature killer is Natalie Davis and you see her at the beginning of the episode and you see a lot of her throughout the episode and you see how talented she is because she has a photographic memory which is how she builds the models so precise.The part that I couldn't believe is that Natalie works in CSI so she was able to give the model with Sara in to Grissom's desk.Natalie was probably caught because she got sloppy and the CSI's was able to track her down but she was able to kidnap Sara and put her under a car and with the rain she will drown.With Natalie not giving away Sara's location the episode will continue into season 8.moreless
  • 7x24

    I think I´m talking for everybody when I´m saying that this is one of the best chapters in the CSI storie, this one and "5x25 Grave danger" were great, I really miss this kinf of episodes. I started Watching season eleven and all I can say is "PLEASE SAVE CSI".

    I loved this episode not only by the plot but also by the good acting here, Emily is an exellent character and she was very convincent, I loved the scene where she was talking in that interview and she could remember each detail perfectly in the wait room, it was so scary.

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • The seventh season ends with the Miniature Killer finally being captured, but not before the killer commits one last crime that hits right at Grissom's heart. The team finds out that there is still a chance to save the victim, but will they?moreless

    After watching this episode, I can safely say that CSI is definitely one of the best shows on television today. One thing I like about the episode is the Miniature Killer saga is finally drawing to a close. It was a good story arc for the seventh season but it's going to come to an end before it wears out it's welcome and becomes tedious which I think is a very good idea. It leaves the viewer hooked to the end not just to see if the victim will be saved, but also how the team will be effected personally.moreless
  • They got the miniature killer...but at the cost of Sarah's life???

    I so love season finales, they're often so intense, and with lots of nice character development. In tonight's finale we finally see the miniature killer caught, and it's not who the CSI's expected it to be at all. It was sorta weird how they showed the killer so much, especially at the beginning of the episode, but I guess it worked. She was pretty freakin psysho too! The story was centered around the miniature killer, and therefore Grissom (and Sarah), so we didn't get much from everyone else. And sucks for Greg, he wasn't even in the finale at all. At least Sofia got her one scene in there. Anyways...it was pretty cool to see Grissom and the others closing in on the killer, and finally figuring out who she was. And Grissom's talk with her at the end - intense. I was definitely convinced by the hallucination throat-slitting. The killer really did outsmart Grissom and everyone else, and she got Sarah too. But now we've gotta wait 4 months to see if Sarah will be okay! I feel a good season premiere on the way! Good ending for the season, and I hope CSI doesn't slip too much in the ratings anytime soon!moreless
  • The miniature killer's final strike... and it hits very close to home.

    Now when I say that this show was painful to watch, I mean it in the best possible way. I loved most of it, because it flowed well.

    Miniature Killer, Natalie, definitely the freakiest character they’ve ever had. Her father freaked me out, and so did his doll, which he named after the younger daughter! *shiver* Natalie was apparently crazy for awhile, like since childhood, although killing your baby sister and watching your father clean up her blood could do that to you. It reminded me of Candice Bergen, whose father was a ventriloquist, and she said that the doll was her sibling… Natalie’s attention to detail was an interesting trait (she could’ve been on Psych) which I suppose made sense due to her detailed models. They tied everything together in ways that made sense, yay, which of course is always a good thing to see in a multi-episode story arc.

    Sara, Sara, Sara, apparently she got under Natalie’s skin. There is I suppose a poeticness to Sara’s impending demise being orchestrated by someone a little more obsessed than herself, and that the only person who could end the Grissom Sidle affair, two obsessive people in love, snicker, was an even more obsessive human being. How exactly such a small woman could over power Sara, played by a woman who is nearly six feet tall, is still a mystery. Sara’s disappearance led Grissom to saying that she was the only thing he loved in front of his colleagues, who all dropped their jaws in a beautiful moment of acting that was priceless to see.

    I pause a moment from Sara’s story to go to Grissom. He was WAY too calm when interrogating Natalie, even if he was pretending to be calm while inwardly seething, we should have seen something in the form of a struggle from him. His scene with Natalie was bizarre; I know she’s crazy, but the whole neck slashing thing was a little much. Her singing her father’s song, so apparently she’s seen his show what a way to screw up her mind even more, was very, very creepy. Especially as it was being sung as we see Sara struggling beneath the car.

    Now I know we’re supposed to think this is a major cliff-hanger with the hope that Sara will be alive next season, however we’ll find out whether or not Jorja’s contract has been signed over the summer. I’m of the opinion that she’s not coming back, after all it was kind of obvious that it wasn’t her in the final scene, plus it’s been reported that she didn’t shoot the scene. So this may be the last time we see Sara, who was and is my favorite character, despite my dissatisfaction with the way she was used in a few seasons.moreless
Dayton Callie

Dayton Callie

Ernie Edward Dell

Guest Star

Tahmus Rounds

Tahmus Rounds


Guest Star

Sean Bridgers

Sean Bridgers

Art Schuster

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Victoria Prescott

Victoria Prescott

Judy Tremont

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Grissom says that he became obsessed with chess to the point that "...whenever I closed my eyes I could see the chess pieces moving all around the board...", this is an example of what is known as the Tetris Effect. The Tetris effect is the result of any activity that sufficient time is spent on, to the point that it dominates your thoughts.

    • Gil's worked at CSI for 22 years and has worked over 2,000 murder cases.

    • This is the first episode where the team really finds out about Grissom and Sara with Grissom's words about why Natalie kidnapped Sara. Although a relationship is never specifically mentioned, by the reactions of the team they certainly figured something out.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • (Greg, Nick, Warrick and Catherine are in the room examining the latest miniature)
      Greg: The doll's still alive. That means Sara's still alive.
      Nick: Generic stretch of desert. She could be anywhere in a four-state radius.
      Catherine: Let's just focus on the details. There's always something to go on.
      Warrick: She has to make these in advance, right? But how do you plan a car wreck? There's no way to know how the car's going to land. (Nick examines the car) Unless you wreck the car first, and then put her under it.

    • (Grissom walks in the layout room with a file)
      Grissom: Her name is Natalie Davis, and she works for our janitorial service.
      Warrick: What?
      Catherine: Here in the lab? (Catherine looks at a copy of her ID badge and info)
      Grissom: For over a month. She's never been arrested, so there's nothing to flag on a security check. She used Ernie Dell's address on her work form. She has no home phone and no driver's license.

    • Grissom: My God. She was at the crime scene.
      Nick: So she salvages the car, and somehow gets it out to the desert, and grabs Sara, and puts her under it?
      Warrick: I don't get it. What does Sara have to do with bleach?
      Catherine: I don't know. This just feels different.
      Grissom: It is different. (flashback to crime scene where Grissom takes a camera from Sara and caresses her arm) This girl holds me responsible for the death of Ernie Dell. I took away the only person she ever loved, so she's gonna do the same thing to me. (everyone looks shocked, they all remain silent) It's not about a psychotic reaction to bleach, or some dead sister or
      the doll...

    • Grissom (talking about the miniature killer): Do you remember what she looked like?
      Art: Late 20s, early 30s ... She's about yay high. Uh ... brown hair. Uh ... she's kind of a skinny chick. Weird.
      Grissom: Weird how?
      Art: I got guys who come in here trying to recreate Civil War battles hoping for a different outcome. I get the desperate housewives who are trying to build the perfect Thanksgiving dinner. Control freaks with social problems that's my bread and butter, but ... uh ... this chick, she had ... crazy eyes, you know.

    • Wendy: Hey, I got DNA off the Trevor doll. There were two contributors: the vic and an unknown. There was nothing in CODIS, but ... the unknown was XX.
      Nick: The Miniature Killer's a woman? (Wendy nods)
      Grissom: Female serial killers are rare enough. Delusional psychosis in women ... rarer still.
      Nick: Well, "female" cuts the list down a little bit.
      Wendy: We could also narrow it down even further by cross-referencing the dates that Trevor lived with Ernie. I mean, that's got to be enough to get the foster records released, right?
      Grissom: Family court judge was explicit: "No fishing expeditions." We need to go in with a name.

    • (Using a magnifying glass, Nick is looking at the miniature items on Grissom's shelves in Grissom's miniature)
      Grissom: I found a thriving miniature hobbyist community on line. Sites where people meet, chat, exchange building tips, list stores they shop in. (Grissom is looking at the modelmarket.com site, for all things Small and Small. He's on the message boards)
      Nick: So that's why you built this thing? I mean ... other than to creep us all out?

    • (Natalie sits among other applicants in the waiting room. She has her sketchbook with her and flips through the pages. One of the pages has a pencil sketch outline of the Raymundo Suarez miniature with a body on the table. She flips through the pages showing Penny Garden's face through her broken window. She flips through earlier sketches of Izzy Delancy dead. She glances around, then continues a sketch she's working on. Rochelle Dorley calls out the next name)
      Rochelle Dorley: Uh, Natalie? Davis? Natalie Davis? (Natalie timidly raises her hand) You're next, hon. (cut to office. Rochelle Dorley sits behind her desk and interviews Natalie) Ooh-ee. Izzy Delancy. Hoity-toity, hmm? It's a real shame what happened to him, huh? Were you there for all that nonsense? (Natalie shakes her head) Too bad, huh? (giggles) You're a little lawbreaker. Says here, you ... uh ... prefer to be paid in cash. You like working off the books, huh? Good ol' Uncle Sam probably not too happy about that, huh?
      Natalie: (stutters) That's ... because ... I-I ...
      Rochelle Dorley: (taunts) Uh, uh, uh, ooh, uh, uh. (laughs) You speak English, you got all your papers. No, fine. It's fine. But in a seriousness, you wouldn't mind having your fingerprints done? See, we were lucky enough to get a contract for the municipal buildings downtown. You know, mayor's office, police department.
      Natalie: Yeah. (looks at her fingertips)
      Rochelle Dorley: But, you know, they require a background check for anyone going to work in that building, even temps.
      Natalie: Sure. That'd be okay.
      Rochelle Dorley: Yeah ... Listen, hon, you seem like a real nice girl, real nice, but we're called Platinum Maids for a reason. I-I just don't see the sparkle.
      Natalie: No. No, I'm very good. And I have exceptional attention to detail.
      Rochelle Dorley: You clean in between the blinds?
      Natalie: No. More like memory. I can see a room one time and remember where everything is.
      Rochelle Dorley: After just one time?
      Natalie: Uh-huh.
      Rochelle Dorley: Okay. Describe the reception area.
      Natalie: There's a lavender orchid on the reception desk. It's top bloom is about to open. A glass coffee cup with a chip on the edge, a half inch of coffee still in the cup. Cut glass bowl full of chocolate kisses -- two gold, one purple. A glass vase with a rose etched in the glass, three leaves etched on its stalk.
      Rochelle Dorley: You sit tight. I got some choices for you. (gets up and steps away from her desk for a moment)

    • (flashback)
      Ernie Dell: I just come from the police. They showed me your miniatures and they showed me some pictures of some dead people. The cops know I helped you put some of that stuff together. They know I-I-I delivered that package to the old lady's house, like you asked me to. They think I killed, I killed all those people.
      Natalie: You didn't.
      Ernie Dell: Natalie, did you kill them? (insistent) Did you kill those people?
      Natalie: Yes.

    • Grissom: Hey Natalie. My name's Gil. It's so nice to finally meet you. I-um, probably shouldn't say this, but I'm a huge fan. I've been a crime scene investigator for 22 years, and worked over 2,000 homicides, and you are by far... the best I've ever seen. I mean, you're such a great artist. And to be so young, and so talented, and... so pretty. I've thought about you every night for the last nine months. I even tried to do what you do. I built my own miniature.(Natalie nods her head) You saw it? How'd I do? (Natalie shrugs) You play chess? (Natalie shakes her head) I play. It's a hobby. Quiets my mind, you know? Soothes me. At one point I became so consumed by it, that whenever I closed my eyes I could see the chess pieces moving all around the board. I was obsessed with correcting all my bad moves. I wondered if a game could ever be played without a mistake. I'd love to play you sometime. I'm so impressed by the way you embraced your passion. You'd make a great CSI. This last one was brilliant. You studied our crime scene so well, tracking the car to the junkyard, and then towing it all the way out to the desert where you knew we wouldn't find it. And then, the way you killed Sara.
      Natalie (shaking her head): I didn't kill her.
      Grissom: You didn't? (Natalie shakes her head)
      Natalie: This is about her. Her, her, her. It's always about her.
      Grissom: No, it isn't Natalie. It's about you. (Natalie cuts him off)
      Natalie: It's always about her. (she takes a blade from her mouth and slashes Grissom's throat and watches as he bleeds. Then in a baby voice) Oh sad was the day for the little bisque doll, for they cut all her stitches away, and found the seat of the terrible ache. T'was a delicate task...
      Grissom (not cut, for it was all in her imagination): Natalie listen to me. Tell me where she is.
      Natalie: For none of the doctor's had ever before...
      Grissom: Natalie.
      Natalie: ... performed on a dolly's inside...
      Grissom: Please tell me where Sara is.
      Natalie: ...They tried to re-stuff her, but didn't know how, and this was her wail as she died...
      Grissom (yelling): Stop it! Just stop this! (shaking her) Tell me where Sara is!
      Natalie: ... I've got a pain in my sawdust. That's what's the matter with me. (voice over, over turned car) Something is wrong on my inside. I'm just as sick as can be. Don't let me faint, someone get a fan. (a hand clawing at the ground from under the car) Someone please run for the medicine man. Everyone hurry as fast as you can, 'cause I've got a pain in my sawdust.

    • Catherine (after watching Natalie's father a ventriloquist perform): We're in a David Lynch movie. Where's the dwarf?

    • Grissom (about Natalie): Her biological father was Christopher Davis, a ventriloquist.
      Catherine: A grown man, sticks his hand up the back of a doll, and speaks like a girl. Sounds healthy.

    • Nick: Unless the female killer's an Amazon, I kinda doubt she beat a guy like this around in his own bathroom.
      Doc Robbins: You have another theory?
      Nick: The Penny Garden case the victim was poisoned, then died falling out of a window, after going into convulsions.
      Doc Robbins: Right.
      Nick: In the Barbara Tolman case, the method of murder was gassing, but was disguised by potential poisoning, and suffocation.
      Doc Robbins: You think I overlooked something? You know I asked for an extended tox panel, came back clean as a whistle.
      Nick: Take a look at this. A little round spot. Is that discoloration consistent with a decomp?
      Doc Robbins: Maybe not.
      Nick: Any idea what it is?
      Doc Robbins: No, but I can find out.

    • Brass: I don't want to waste time screwing around with this nut case. I'm going to get some bleach, and drip it on her until she gives up the location. I mean they can't accuse us of police brutality for that.
      Grissom: I want to talk to her, Jim. Alone.

    • Catherine: Comparing construction materials in the new doll to see if it's the same work as the others?
      Grissom: Yeah.
      Catherine: Is there any doubt?
      Grissom: I live by the uncertainty principle. The mere act of observing a phenomenon changes its nature.
      Catherine: In trying to catch a killer we've changed its behavior.
      Grissom: I'm certain we have. (Grissom notices something on the doll)
      Catherine: What?
      Grissom: A fingerprint.
      Catherine: Well, there was no physical trace on any of the other dolls, or the miniatures.
      Grissom: Maybe he's finally gotten careless.

    • Sara: Maybe this one wasn't planned. Maybe the killer has to make the miniature after the fact, which is why it's so cold in here, to preserve the body.
      Grissom: I don't think we can rule anything out. It's all yours, my dear.

    • Nick: He was electrocuted, by what?
      Doc Robbins: If I could tell you that, you'd be out of a job.

    • Grissom: Somebody likes it cold.
      Brass: Las Vegas in May plus global warming.

    • Brass: What's the matter Gil, lost your interest in dead bodies?
      Grissom: No. But I'm afraid the Miniature Killer was here first.

  • NOTES (6)

    • The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour).

    • Louise Lombard (Sofia Curtis) makes her last appearance as a series regular.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: June 8, 2007 on Kanal 5
      Australia: November 25, 2007 on Network 9
      Saudi Arabia: January 19, 2008 on ShowSeries
      Italy: May 28, 2008 on Italia 1
      Finland: July 9, 2008 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: February 19, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Jorja Fox (Sara) only appears in the first half of this episode.

    • This marks the first time in the series that the season-finale has ended with a cliffhanger.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      I've Got A Pain In My Sawdust- Henry Edward Warner & Herman Avery Wade
      Survivalism- Nine Inch Nails
      Your Heart is an Empty Room- Death Cab for Cutie
      Unbound- Robbie Robertson
      This Womens Work- Kate Bush
      Sweet Jane- Cowboy Junkies
      Rise- Will Dailey
      Million Faces- Brian Leisure
      Metamorphosis Two (Glass)- Aleck Karis
      Man on the Moon- R.E.M.
      Mad World- Michael Andrews & Gary Jules
      Let's Make Love- Faith Hill & Tim McGraw
      Amelia- Carlos Ponce
      Abandon Opening Titles- Clint Mansell
      9 Crimes- Damien Rice