CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 9

Living Legend

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 23, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Cadillac of an infamous 1970’s mob boss turns up in a lake, even though he disappeared years ago. A photo of current murder victims also turns up in the car, so the team must determine whether this current murder spree is related to the missing gangster.moreless

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  • Intelligent

    Even without all that "science besides" all crime solving that characterizes the show it had been a fantastic episode.

    It was nice to see how was Catherine as a young girl (and I have to say that she was quite hot).

    It was also very good to see that game played between the "legend" and the reality.

    To sum up, it was not the best episode of the show, but it was very interesting and good to watch.

    I didn't saw it for the first time but I'm happy because I had the opportunity to watch it later.

    Keep things going like this writers, please ;)moreless
  • A monster of a million faces has his revenge

    Checked the score of the episode and read most of the reviews here before I watched this episode. Since the score was not higher than 9 and many people wrote that it's not as good as the other episodes, I didn't have much of expectation for this one. But, anyway I watched it and got to love it. If you like the episodes in which smart and meticulous killer(s) appear, I bet you will like this one too.

    The past between Catherine and the killer, Mickey Dunn, 30 years ago was interesting to see. (Especially, it seems like there is a close resemblance between the young girl ,who played 16-year-old Catherine, and real Catherine now.)moreless
  • It was fun to watch, as long as you didn't think too hard.

    I just watched this for the first time, on DVD, and have read all the reviews. 1. So far no one seems to have noticed that the young Mickey Dylan had brown eyes, and the older one, played by Roger Daltrey, had blue eyes! I thought it unusual they didn't catch that detail, since the directors and such usually are pretty attentive to detail. 2. Like some others, I also wondered why it took them so long to find out it was one guy disguised as 3. They usually go by fingerprints. 3. I did like the connection between Mickey and Catherine 30 years ago, and how important it was for her to find out her father protected her. They did a great job casting the girl who played the younger Catherine.moreless
  • Pretty good episode.

    I liked this episode because it went back in time. I also like that it was kinda like a myth but people say that they saw his comming out of the lake. I also thought it was cool because Catherine had had a run in with the guy before and he was there to. I thought this was a more funny episode than most but i still liked it because i got a laugh out of it so that was a good part. I liked how they investaged it but then kin of found him and interagated him to see why he did it. I also thought it was cool how they talked about how they shot a cop and put him in it.moreless
  • Good display of costume/make up ...

    The team must investigate a case that happened several years ago when the car of a mob boss is retrieved from a lake. When three other murders occur with each victim having a copy of the same picture stuck in their mouth, the team figures that they must be somehow connected. Turns out the killer was the mob boss Mickey Dunn, who disguised himself each time wearing masks. This episode was really good for the costume/make up department. Catherine learns that Sam cared for her since she was really young and that Sam warned Mickey to stay away from her.moreless
Nico Samano

Nico Samano

Edward Sanchez

Guest Star

Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey

Mickey Dunn

Guest Star

Brian Goodman

Brian Goodman

Derek Paul

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 (4)

    • Goof: When the victim is hit by the car, it shows him get run over by the front right wheel of the limo. Later on, the body is "thrown 45 feet" and is ahead of the stopped limo.

    • Goof: Near the end of the episode during the flashback of the crime, Mickey Dunn's car is pushed into the water. A cable can be seen trailing behind the car, most likely to make it easy to pull it back out later.

    • Goof: When Mickey Dunn is singing karaoke, the words he is singing don't always match up with the words scrolling across the screen behind him.

    • The photograph used to show the mob hit that brought down Mickey Dunn is an actual photo of the corpse of Bonanno crime boss Carmine Galante, who was gunned down in July of 1979.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Hodges: Doc told me to tell you, your last vic, the one all pretzel-ed up in the oven, lividity's fixed, dead two days.
      Grissom: Before the Cadillac was found.
      Hodges: Ah, and I got trace analysis on the sample Phillips collected on Chicken Johnny.
      Grissom: And?
      Hodges: Alginate and Plaster of Paris, a combination used to make dental impressions. And... you don't even seem to be the teeniest bit surprised.
      Grissom: I'm not.

    • (Mickey Dunn is waking up in the hospital)
      Catherine: Let me give you a hint: You're not in heaven.

    • Catherine: Thank god I blew you off when I didn't know any better. (starts walking away)
      Mickey: Sam Braun's daughter. (Catherine turns towards him) You think I would ever forget a face? That face? Ask yourself what force on Earth would've kept me from your soft, teenage graces. Only one, Daddy.
      Catherine: Sam Braun stopped you?
      Mickey: Sam always said that if I ever touched you, he'd tear me apart. That took a big pair to say that to me, he said that you were family. Still, now he's gone. We could always give it a go.
      Catherine: You're not going anywhere.

    • Catherine: Chainsaw. Sound familar?
      Mickey: You get to be my age all kinds of things ring a bell.
      Brass: (showing him a picture of the 'ghostrider' Eddie Sanchez) What about him? Any chimes?
      Mickey: That's a good lookin' boy. But as the poet said: (taking off his beard) "It ain't me, baby."
      Catherine: Mickey Dunn.
      Mickey: Back from the dead.

    • Grissom: Our Mexican Fisherman signed his television release form "F. Krueger."
      Catherine: Freddy Krueger. Nightmare on Elm Street.
      Archie: The karoke singer was Michael Myers. Halloween.
      Catherine: Parts 1-9.
      Archie: Yeah, but our hotel killer was Pamela Voorhees.
      Catherine: Friday the 13th?
      Archie: No, that's Jason. Wait, Jason was the sequel, Pamela was the killer in the original. That's the question that tripped up Drew Barrymore in Scream.
      Catherine: Yeah, and look how far it got her.
      Archie: You watch slasher flicks?
      Catherine: With Lindsey, I do. They never get the spatter right.
      Grissom: All I know, the master of all scary movies was Lon Chaney Sr., the man of a thousand faces, and that's what we're looking for.

    • Warrick (looking at a bullet): Lead .38 brown nose. I like it. It's kinda 70's.
      Catherine: You were a kid in the 70's.
      Warrick: Yeah, but I was Vegas kid so I grew up knowing all the stories. Like the 'ghostrider' story. You ever hear of that one?
      Catherine (laughs): No.
      Warrick: You've never heard of the 'ghostrider' story? (Catherine shakes her head) That has everything to do with Mickey Dunn. August 12th, 1976. Officer...Eddie Sanchez, was the real life radio cop who radios in the last known sighting of Mickey Dunn's funky gold Cadillac.
      Catherine: Is this on record?
      Warrick: Stuff's layin' in a police file somewhere. Know what happened to the cop? (Catherine shakes her head) No one does. Officer Sanchez and his motorcycle disappeared that night.
      Catherine: What in a puff of smoke?
      Warrick: In a puff of smoke, never to be heard from again. Legend has it that you can still hear the 'ghostrider' gunning it up and down that highway. My grandmother tried to scare me into good behavior with that one.
      Catherine: Did it work?
      Warrick: Not when I was six, no. But .38 lead, brown nose bullet is what Nevada Highway Patrol used back in the day and I don't need to tell you that there were a lotta dirty cops back then.
      Catherine: There was a lotta dirty everything back then.
      Warrick: Think about this: You're a motorcycle cop and you pull over a speeding gold Cadillac, sittin' in the driver's seat was Mickey Dunn--
      Catherine: --skippin' town with a lotta cash.
      Warrick: Bang. You put a cap in Mickey Dunn.
      Catherine: So you think that this motorcycle cop killed him?
      Warrick: I'd like to find that police file. (pauses) What? You got a better story?
      Catherine: I was 16, Jaws was sold out. So I went looking for trouble. Found Mickey Dunn. (shows a flashback of a young Catherine in a casino and Mickey Dunn catches her eye, he walks over to her and whispers in her ear) All he said was: "If I met him outside at 2am sharp, he'd show me the time of my life."
      Warrick (smiling): No way, you and Mickey Dunn?
      Catherine: Well, I showed.. .and he didn't.
      Warrick: You were 16, hot and ready and he stood you up?
      Catherine: All I know is that, I dodged a bullet... and he didn't.

    • (After Mickey Dunn's car was pulled out of a lake)
      Greg: Mickey Dunn's ride, I bet it looked better in the 70's.
      Catherine: Live fast, die young. Doubt he left a good looking corpse. (Catherine opens the car door and water and sewage and stuff comes out)
      Greg: Look at this: 30 years of toxins and pesticides, heavy metal and maybe some decomp.
      Catherine: A real piece of Vegas history right here.
      Greg: You know, in Kicks and Kisses Lois O'Neill wrote a whole chapter about Mickey Dunn.
      Catherine: What? That he was a thrill in the sack?
      Greg: No. No, that was Tony Constantine. Apparently Mickey wanted to go down in a barrage of bullets like Sonny in The Godfather.
      Catherine: Yeah, quite the ego on that guy. Even in death he was larger than life.
      Greg: Well, sure, but all the original mobsters were like that. Tony, Mickey, Sam Braun...
      Catherine: My father was not a mob guy.
      Greg: Well, I wasn't comparing them, just speaking of the dead. (Catherine finds a skull that has a bullet hole in it, in the passenger seat) Well, I guess we know how Dunn done died.

    • Catherine: You ready for this?
      Warrick: Ready to waste my morning on another Mickey Dunn sighting? Yeah, right.
      Catherine: Yeah. That guys been spotted in more places than Elvis.
      Warrick: Mickey Dunn and his pal Jimmy Hoffa are in hell somewhere laughing their asses off.

    • Brass: At least the driver was sober, I can't say the same about the boatload of high school kids he was driving around. Listen to some of the wonderful statements I got... We go "urrrr" dude goes "arrrghh" we go "bam!" dude goes "waaaah!"

    • (Catherine sits down next to Mickey Dunn's hospital bed and smiles at him)
      Catherine: You like horror movies Mickey?
      Mickey: Yeah... I love 'em
      Catherine: I got one for 'ya.
      Mickey (grins): Has it got a monster in it?
      Catherine (laughs and a flashback starts of what went down when Mickey Dunn got shot as she narrates): Yeah. I bet you've heard it. It's strictly B-List stuff. No-name cast, never released. Four Vegas punks run a mobster off the road. They shoot him, they rob him, they leave him for dead. But everybody knows shooting the monster and killing him y'know are never the same. A young honest cop arrives, and with him comes an opportunity. Monster changes his name, his face, passes for human, rides off into the night. (flashback ends)
      Mickey: And a legend is born. The end.
      Catherine: Mickey... you know that real horror stories never end.
      Mickey (semi-laughing): Oh-ho but this one does. (breathes in, chuckles) It's been huge fun. Coming back, trying new faces, leading you all around town by the nostrils, setting up the big discovery (flashback of news story "Everybody, he know Mickey Dunn" and then his crimes) Going after Kenneth, (in flashback he whispers "I'm Mickey Dunn" to Kenneth) taking out Mason, and the best by far, the look on poor Johnny's face, not the most handsome guy in the world. (flashback ends) But a face worth wearing. And the hardest part? Learning Spanish. (chuckles) Good times.
      Catherine: But why now?
      Mickey: Because that tiny piece of metal that Derek shot in my chest has finally moved. Doctors gave me a week, maybe two to live. Figured I'd go out with a bang, never see the inside of a cell. It's really funny you know, one little bullet could make things suddenly seem so clear.
      Catherine (standing and holding up a bullet): You mean this bullet? Mob doctors become mob doctors because they sucked in the first place. But we got a licensed surgeon who fixed you up good. Cheer up Mickey, you're going to live another 20 … 30 years, and you'll be spending everyday in the federal penitentiary... but only until you die. (she starts walking out)
      Mickey: But I'll still go out a legend (Catherine turns) You haven't changed that.
      Catherine: Ooh you've been out of the game a while. The homies they have in the pen these days never heard of you.
      Mickey: That's impossible.
      Catherine: No Mickey, that's life. (Catherine winks at him and walks out)

    • Doc. Robbins: Book that moron. Keep the camera.

    • Hodges: You wanna know what makes human bones glow?
      Greg: Love?

    • Johnny: Now get out there and arrest the ghost of Mickey Dunn, or get off my property.
      Brass: We're the cops, not the Ghostbusters.

    • Sara: David, can you give us a TOD?
      David (opening the victim's mouth): No problem. Ah, there's something in the mouth.
      Sofia: Bizarre. (David pulls a photograph out of the victim's mouth)
      David: That's my second one today. (he points to a person in the picture) That guy got hit by a limo.
      Sara: I guess that makes this a hit list.

    • Brass: Looks like we have a homicide-related road pizza.
      Grissom: Yeah, who ordered it?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Roger Daltrey guest stars in this episode. He is the lead singer of the band The Who. The Who do all the songs of the opening credits in the CSI franchise

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Živoucí legenda (Living Legend)

    • Original International Airdates:
      Denmark: January 12, 2007 on Kanal 5
      Czech Republic: October 23, 2008 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Island: Come and See- The Decemberists
      Love Machine- The Miracles
      That's Life- Frank Sinatra
      Slow Dancing in a Burning Room- John Mayer
      Teenage Wasteland- Eli Bingham


    • Mickey Dunn's license plate, "CHAINSAW", is most likely a reference to the 1974 slasher film The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    • Mickey: That's a real good looking boy!

      This is the title of one of The Who's songs, Real Good Lookin' Boy.

    • Warrick: Mickey Dunn and his pal Jimmy Hoffa are in hell some where laughing their asses off.

      Jimmy Hoffa was a noted American labor leader with ties to the mafia. Jimmy Hoffa has 'disappeared' since 1975. No theory has been proven and his body has never been found. Hoffa was declared legally dead and a death certificate issued on 30 July 1982, seven years after his disappearance.

    • Greg: Apparently Mickey wanted to go down in a barrage of bullets like Sonny in The Godfather.

      The 1972 film The Godfather is about an aging father of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. The scene in which Greg is talking about is when Don Vito Corleone's (a.k.a "The Godfather") son Sonny, has received a call from his sister, Connie. His mother initially answers the phone and hands it to Sonny in which he demands she (Connie) wait there; he's on the way. Sonny's furious and out the door he goes not knowing his death by a barrage of gunfire awaits him at the toll booth.

    • Catherine: I was 16, Jaws was sold out. So I went looking for trouble. Found Mickey Dunn.

      The 1975 film Jaws is about a gigantic great white shark that begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and grizzled fisherman set out to stop it.

    • Grissom: Our Mexican Fisherman signed his television release form "F. Krueger."
      Catherine: Freddy Krueger. Nightmare on Elm Street.
      Archie: The karaoke singer was Michael Myers. Halloween.
      Catherine: Parts 1-9.
      Archie: Yeah, but our hotel killer was Pamela Voorhees.
      Catherine: Friday the 13th?
      Archie: No, that's Jason. Wait, Jason was the sequel, Pamela was the killer in the original. That's the question that tripped up Drew Barrymore in Scream.

      There are many references to various slasher movies in this quote:

      Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Freddy Krueger is a child murderer who stalks the children of the lynch mob that killed them in their dreams. The Nightmare on Elm Street series was made into about 7 movies.

      Halloween (1978) Mike Myers is a psychotic murderer who has been institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets. The Halloween series ran about 10 movies.

      Friday the 13th (1980) is about a series of grisly murders at Camp Crystal Lake. Pamela Voorhees is the killer in the original, Jason, her son takes over the killings throughout the rest of the movies. Friday the 13th has about 7 movies in it's series.

      Scream (1996) is about a psychopathic serial killer is stalking a group of teens just like in the movies. In the movie, Drew Barrymore's character dies within five minutes.

    • Grissom: All I know, the master of all scary movies was Lon Chaney Sr., the man of a thousand faces.

      Lon Chaney was born on April 1, 1883. He was the son of deaf mute parents. Lon would reenact skits via sign language and pantomime silently mimicking the towns citizens and events for his family. Due to his ability to portray an endless variety of characters throughout his career, he became known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces".

    • Brass: We're the cops, not the Ghostbusters.

      Brass references the 1984 film, Ghostbusters, about 3 unemployed parapsychology professors who set up a business collecting ghosts.

    • While processing Mickey Dunn's car, Greg mentions Lois O'Neill and her book. This is a reference to the Season 6 episode "Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye."