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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 10

Loco Motives

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 07, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom investigates when a worker at a poultry processing plant is found dead in a stun bath used to electrocute chickens before they are slaughtered. Nearby, a miniature replica of the crime scene is discovered. It's eerily similar to two other replicas left at scenes of homicides. Also, a man and a dead woman are found stuck in cement at a construction site; and an elderly Russian woman is discovered dead in her apartment with her head in a gas stove, but Warrick thinks she was murdered.moreless

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  • The miniature killer shoots himself and somehow a man kills his wife and neighbour.

    This season is just getting better with the miniature killer is back when they electrocute Raymundo Suarez in a chicken factory and when the CSI's look back at the video of the miniature killer from the Post Mortem episode you can see the logo leading them to Ernie Dell who is the miniature killer and the tension built when he sent his last recording to Grissom.Also this episode was quite funny on the other case when a man somehow killed his wife and neighbour in what you would think would be impossible ways and he has turned into a serial killer and it was all just an unlucky accident.I think this episode has everything and that's why I gave it a ten.moreless
  • Funniest episode ever

    Allthough the situation is more or less tragic, it becomes so funny when you see one bad thing happening on the other to a guy who must be the most unfortunate in the world. I know it is horrible to laugh, but I just can't help but laugh. And I am sure that there are quite a few who has enjoyed that guilty pleasure. Imagine the worst day you have had in your life, compound that a thousandfold and you won't be close to having the kind of day the guy in this episode had. And still you just can't help but laugh when thinking about the fate of this guy. It's like all the fates and gods has decided to say "Let's dump all the crap we have gathered on this guy, and see what happens".moreless
  • End of miniature killer

    I really liked this episode, mainly for the part dedicated to the unlucky guy who accidentally killed his wife and a young lady: it was strange and funny to see Catherine laugh at the guy imprisoned in the cement and after hearing him telling the story about how he passed over the feet of his daughter...grotesque and original I would say, hope not to pass a day like the one Max lives in this episode.

    I didn't understand why they ended the miniature killer story so soon: it was compelling and seemed a great challenge for Grissom, he needed a nemesis since Paul Millander times...well, let's see how the season goes on now, I hope that, like others said, we'll see some more miniature killer stuff in the next episodes.moreless
  • The miniature crime scene killer is back in action. A poor man has the worse day of his life.

    It is always a surprise when the miniature crime scene killer attacks. There really was no connection between the murders. As I understand he was in love with the lady. I expected to see a miniature Gil somewhere in his place. Maybe we will see his suicide miniature in the next episode. The most weird part was Gil using the computer and finding out the detail of the picture that an experienced video technician couldn’t do. It was great to see Catherine laugh, she had some rough time this season. Finding funny the Max situation in the cement - she reminded me of Scully laughing at the poor guy who’s mouth disappeared in Je Souhaite. A bit out of character but good to warm your hart and have a good laugh.

    Nick still needs more screen time. And he even didn’t guess that is was yello?? I loved this episode.moreless
  • Is this really the last of the miniature killer???????

    Something in me screams that we are not done with the miniature killer. Ernie Dell (sorry if I got his name wrong)never really gave us a sufficient reason as to why he committ these very well thought out murders. I really liked the whole idea of the miniatures, but am a littled disapointed in the end. But I still don't think this is the last we have heard about the miniatures. Now to switch gears to the funnier part of the episode. What isn't comical about a man stuck in cement? Catherine had every right to laugh through this whole episode. It was nice that they added this part to the episode. It changed the tone of the series and it was a nice addition.moreless
Danny Bonaduce

Danny Bonaduce

Izzy Delancey

Guest Star

Matt Malloy

Matt Malloy

Max Sullivan

Guest Star

Michael Rispoli

Michael Rispoli

Ike Mannleigh

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Brass (about Ernie): So was he right? Are we really just picking on an old man or is he the bad guy?
      Grissom: Well, he's associated peripherally with all the victims, and he certainly has the right skills.
      Brass: Yeah ... he spent half his life in Locomotiveville.
      Grissom: I know what it's like to lose yourself in little things. After a while it gets to you.

    • David: You know, we're getting kind of backed up in here.
      Doc Robbins: The only one I hear complaining about it is you.

    • Sara: Mannleigh chickens.
      Grissom: What about?
      Sara: I'll let you know. (Sara begins to leave the room. Grissom looks at her confused) See how it feels.

    • Suzy (to Warrick): I like you. You're a giant.
      Warrick (laughs): And you're a princess.
      Suzy: Thank you. (giggles, playing with her hair)

    • Greg: You got somethin'?
      Grissom: Yeah, I think so. (seeing the mini replica of the crime scene) One more chance.

    • Brass: Construction crew found him this morning. Woman's dead, and he's not talking. Wouldn't even give me his name even after I gave him my name! (Catherine is laughing in the background)
      Grissom: Did you, uh, pull his wallet?
      Brass: Everything is just the way I found him. (Catherine is still heard laughing) You know, I figured some knuckle head came in off the street, found him figured he had a free pass and picked his pocket. (Catherine is still laughing) Anyway, I'm talking to people on the street (starts to laugh) I'll let you know what we find.
      Grissom (smiling): Catherine, do you need a minute?
      Catherine (snickering behind her hand): Yes, yes, I mean...I mean no, Gil, I-I'm good. (to Max, the guy in cement) So how's your day going? (she starts to laugh again)
      Max: Lady, the best day I've ever had is worse than the worst day you've ever imagined.
      Catherine (smirks): Oh, I doubt that.

    • Catherine (to Max, who's in cement): Look, you're not going anywhere. It'll be a lot better for you if you just cooperate and just tell us what happened.
      Max: You wanna know what happened?
      Catherine (trying not to laugh): Mmhmm.
      Max: Figure it out yourself.
      Grissom (smiling): That's the fun part. (Catherine starts to laugh again)

    • Max: Do you have the time Jim?
      Brass: Yeah. (looks at his watch)
      Max: Cause it looks like it's half past you owe me ten bucks.
      Brass (goes into his pocket and pulls out his money clip): This goes in his personal effects. Now I'm going to suggest you get a name tag. Put the name Trixie on it, because that's what your cell mates will be calling you. Take him to the cell.

    • Catherine (to Max, while he's stuck in cement): Are you ready to give me a name? You know, you are in a very deep hole, in every sense of the word my friend. Think about that while we chisel you out. It's going to take a few hours. Assuming we're careful. See you!

    • (About Max)
      Catherine (laughing): I'm sorry -- it's -- it's horrible, but it's really funny -- I mean it's horrible and funny... (stops laughing when she sees that Grissom is unamused) Are you okay?
      Grissom: A guy kills two people before breakfast, that he had no intention of killing when he woke up that morning. By all accounts he led a meager life, an unnoticed life, and than all of a sudden, in a flash, it's over, and now for him, the real suffering begins.
      Catherine: You're tired.
      Grissom: Yeah.
      Sara (walking in): Hey, guess what?
      Grissom: Mankind has reached a new evolutionary plateau, and starting tomorrow, no one will rape, murder, or maim again.
      Sara: Uhm... no.
      Grissom: Too bad.
      Sara: But we did catch a break on that disposable cell phone number.
      Grissom: Raymundo Suarez called it as well.
      Sara: Uh, no, he didn't but according to the carrier, additional minutes were recently purchased with a credit card belonging to Ernie Dell. Brass is already on it, they're picking him up... we got the miniature killer.

    • Sara (to Grissom): You look like the kid who just found the prize in the bottom of the Cracker Jack box.

    • Hodges: Woowoo!
      Grissom (exasperated): Yes Hodges, I can see it's a train.
      Hodges: It's Locamotiville. I thought you might be a member.

    • Brass: Hey, how's Mr. Hoffa doing?
      Max: Hey, Jim! Cathy and I are just getting reacquainted. Will Gilbert be stopping by?
      Brass (to Catherine): I take it we don't have a name yet.
      Catherine: No.
      Brass: I bet you ten bucks that I'll have your name by nine PM.
      Max: You're on.

    • Mannleigh: I have no idea how Raymundo ended up dead. I liked that boy.
      Brass: Apparently, so did your wife. She was spending some quality time with Raymundo down at the plant.
      Mannleigh: If I killed every guy that banged my Bubbles, they'd be stacking up like cord wood.
      Brass: So you have no problem with it?
      Mannleigh: Look, Bubbles is an insatiable slut. But she's my slut, and I love her.

    • (Grissom is watching the video email Ernie has sent to him confessing to the murders)
      Ernie: My name is Ernest Edward Dell, I was born in 1946, in Ames, Iowa. My life's been hard, but I don't complain, I never expected better. I'm good with my hands, I make things, I fix things. I'm a handyman. It's what I am. A man has a right to a... an honest day's pay. Me, I service the machinery of death, so that people can eat. If that makes me evil, then so be it. I'm not the sociable type, I... I know that. Spend any amount of time around people, you get your heart broke. Treachery, hypocrisy, promise of love. Look into the mouth of a person and you'll find lies, wriggling there like maggots, waiting to grow wings. The world has gone mad. A man could kill from sun up, to sunset, and still his work would never be done. (kills himself)

    • Max: I'm the guy who buys his daughter a puppy for her eighth birthday. And the next day, he backs out on the driveway and...
      Brass: No... No ... Don't tell me you ran over the puppy.
      Max: No, I ran over my daughter. (Catherine starts to laugh on the other side of the glass) Twenty years later and she still walks funny.

    • Max: Look at me, generating income my first day in the joint. Yeah, Mom would be so proud.

    • Greg: Unappetizing place to get your rocks off.
      Grissom: Not if you have a poultry fetish.

    • Grissom (to Greg): Hey, you're coming with me, we got another 419 out by Nellis.
      Greg: Wow, busy night. Any details?
      Grissom: They tell me it tastes just like chicken.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Hodges: Oh come on, there's always room for it.

      There's always room for Jell-O is the most well known of the campaign slogans of a simple gelatin dessert called Jell-O that has grown to be called America's favourite dessert.

    • Sara (to Grissom): You look like the kid who just found the prize in the bottom of the Cracker Jack box.

      Frederick William Rueckheim and his brother, Louis, mass produced Cracker Jacks and sold them at the first Chicago World's Fair in 1893. At the time, it was a mixture of popcorn, molasses, and peanuts and was called "Candied Popcorn and Peanuts". In 1896 Rueckheim devised a way to keep the popcorn kernels separate. Before this the mixture was difficult to handle as it stuck together in chunks.

      In 1912 Prizes were included in Cracker Jack boxes. In recent years, the toy and trinket prizes have been replaced with paper prizes displaying riddles and jokes.