CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 10

Lying Down with Dogs

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The world of illegal dog fighting is explored by Grissom and the rest of the team when they take on the case of a wealthy socialite who was murdered. Meanwhile, Warrick struggles to clear his name in the recent exotic dancer murder case.

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  • The discovery of the body of a popular socialite thrown among a group of dead dogs takes the team into the world of dog fighting. Also, Warrick's troubles continue as he is the prime suspect in the death of a stripper he had been too close to.moreless

    This episode has been influenced by many things. One thing is the plight of vilified NFL star Michael Vick. The dead socialite in this episode was a person everybody thought was terrific and had many admirers, but then it's revealed she was involved in illegal activities. Another outside influence is the Oscar winning film The Departed. There's a mole in the Vegas Police Department tipping off the bad guys. These influences help make a good and entertaining episode, but there have been better episodes of this show this season as well as seasons past. This episode is not terrible however.moreless
  • Great direction, decent story line, superb actors too. Only one thing..see below

    I found this episode very disturbing, even though I know it's all 'staged'. The story I found, however unpalatable, was up to their usual standard. Well writen, excellently acted etc. but disturbing nontheless. All characters played it well. I suspect that this practice is undertaken, but I do not wish to be reminded of it. Perhaps someone in authourity saw this episode & will do more to stamp this unsavourey cruelty out. I gave it a low rating just because of the above. Otherwise this is a pretty decent offering. This will not stop me watching future episodes though. Nick being buried alive, Greg doing his best and gold digging miscreants trying to bring him down, Sarah being at the mercy of a really smart but really flawed genius nutter, all superb story lines & I hope for more. I watch to be entertained & maybe informed of new detection methods. Again I realise it's a show.moreless
  • Odd and chaotic

    The previous episode was intriguing: it showed that Warrick had serious problems, some of them had been hinted before, but that episode was the culmination. And what would be more of a scandal than a murder committed by one of the criminalists? Now this episode should have been an even more character-developing, revealing even more of Warrick's nature. But it was not so.

    In fact, this concentrated more on the other case, that of the dog-fighting. And there some silly things about it: DODIS. As it appears, they also have dogs' DNA analyses, just in case. I think none of us bought that.

    As for the dead exotic dancer - it could have been so much more. But somehow it was decided that Warrick should be let off the hook quite easily, so that everything would be okay. This episode was a real let-down, compared to the previous one.moreless
  • Not a bad episode but one that focused on a difficult subject

    Continuation of the Warrick vs the Vegas mob; I was glad to see Grissom finally take a tough line with Warrick for becoming too involved in the case. Grissom sometimes has the tendency to stick up for his team perhaps a little too much, even when they cross a line. So it was good to see Grissom give Warrick the ultimatum; take a suspension or be fired. Two episodes into the story line and I'm still not a massive fan of it; I don't like the hot-headed nature of Warrick's temperament which comes out a lot in this episode. It's clear to see he is becoming more and more of a loose cannon, and it's not hard to see how each scene involving Warrick will go – with him either arguing with someone or storming off. Moving on to the episodes other storyline (dog fighting), it was, again, not particularly enjoyable. However with this story, this was purely down to how difficult it was to watch dogs in those situations. It was nice, but unsurprising, to see CSI use one of their characters to stamp down their opinion on a grotesque 'sport'. The murderer in this story is one we, as an audience, will find difficult to hate as their cause appears greater than the victims. It's good when CSI, or any of these crime show have a murderer who isn't just an evil person, as it gives the story some more depth.

    Overall, a difficult episode to watch but still enjoyable in partsmoreless
  • update: ive watched the episode but...........

    update: ive watched the episode but...........

    but, like what ive mentioned on my prev review that i skipped some parts, like the dog fighting, when the kind was already telling nick how elizabeth was "training" the dogs...i changed the channel but well they gave justice to the episode, giving light and reality to the truth of dog fighting. warrick is a bit "over acting" cant wait for the ending of his story. so sad to see also that season 8 is his last season...i dont want to see the end of csi.... :(

    or i hope warrick and sara's character will just do "guest appearances" once in a while.moreless
Jamie Luner

Jamie Luner

Elizabeth Rodriguez

Guest Star

Jesse Borrego

Jesse Borrego

Felix Rodriguez

Guest Star

Mark L. Young

Mark L. Young

Tommy Halpert

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Sheeri Rappaport

Sheeri Rappaport

Mandy Webster

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The "fighting dogs" were actually playing and it was through editing and sound that aggressive behavior was portrayed. These two dogs were brought up together and trained to do this all under the supervision of the American Humane Society. In addition for the PSA, William Peterson had his dog, Bruno, appear in it.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode when they turned over the body of the dead girl, hair across her eyes can be seen clearly, during the next shot the hair across her eyes is no longer there but right after that,again we see the hair across the girl's face as David's hands brush it away.

    • Goof: When Mandy gets a hit on a fingerprint from Warrick's car, it comes up as Richard Dorsey's print. The information shows that his date of birth is June 21, 1959. It shows his age as 49. He should only be 48.

    • Goof: Catherine remarks on the presence of phenytoin in the victim's blood, which is used to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy. However, she pronounces the name of the drug as fen'-a-toyne (with the last syllable rhyming with coin); it is actually pronounced fen-a-toe'-in in the US and fen-ee-tone' in Britain.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Henry: I know government employees aren't eligible for reward money, but I think we should at least get a small percentage.
      Catherine: It's called your salary.

    • Grissom: Hey! As of right now, you're suspended for two weeks.
      Warrick: Grissom, you and I both know that Gedda killed that girl and pinned it on that bum. They gave him drugs, got him high, and planted the evidence. You just got to give me a chance to prove it.
      Grissom: You've had all your chances. You take the suspension or you're fired.

    • Nick (to Gino): You know, there are two things a jury can't stand, people who abuse kids and people who abuse animals. So buena suerte.

    • Steve Card: Lizzie was the #1 dog fighter in all of Vegas. That drove Gino nuts 'cause he was like this close to knocking her off the top spot.
      Det. Vega: You seriously want us to believe that Mrs. Rodriguez, humanitarian of the year, was into dog fighting?
      Steve Card: Oh, she was no Mother Theresa. But, see, she'd still be alive if she wasn't a dirty dog fighter. That rub, it made the other dog sick.
      Catherine: Gee, I hate to see the sport tainted like that.
      Steve Card: Why do you think she gave money to my rescue kennel? She didn't even like dogs, but fighting them, that was in her blood. Passed down from her daddy, who taught her the whole family business.

    • Warrick (after putting a file on Grissom's desk): His name is Richard Dorsey.
      Grissom: You know, you keep pursuing this, you're going to end up suspended.
      Warrick: Dorsey's prints were found inside my car under the broken window.
      Grissom: Well, that's consistent with him putting the body in your car.
      Warrick: Grissom, he's a homeless guy. He lives in the alley behind the strip club. Don't you get it? He's Gedda's fall guy. This is a frame job.

    • Warrick: Hey, Grissom.
      Grissom: Did you talk to IA yet?
      Warrick: Yeah. They cleared me. They didn't seem to have much interest in Gedda.
      Grissom: That's because it wasn't about Gedda. It was about you.
      Warrick: It's everything to do with Gedda. Sending me a message. Murders an innocent young girl because I got too close to them. I want this case, Gris.
      Grissom: I hope you know that's not gonna happen. You're in the rotation as of tomorrow, so go home.

    • Brass (about Warrick): You should have put him in your car and driven him home.
      Grissom: I have to trust the people I work with, Jim.
      Brass: Look, Warrick's a loose cannon. We both know that. He was in Gedda's strip club ...
      Grissom: He was off the clock.
      Brass: ... conducting his own police investigation.
      Grissom: He's very passionate about this case.
      Brass: Yeah, passionate enough to sleep with the vic who ended up dead in his car. Look, I know Warrick didn't have anything to do with it, but he needs to back off. Guys like Lou Gedda -- they don't skip on murder and extortion by being lucky.
      Grissom: What does that mean? You think Gedda's got friends inside the department?
      Brass: Well, unlike Warrick, I don't make accusations until I have proof.

    • IAB Investigator: So, in the course of developing this informant, you took her to a motel and had sex with her?
      Warrick: That part was personal.
      IAB Investigator: CSI Brown, in your mind, is there any distinction between personal and official?
      Warrick: Have you guys bothered to call the motel? I checked in with a credit card. I checked out around 5:00. I called a cab. Talk to the cab driver. When I woke up, Candy was gone. When I got back to the club to pick up my car, she was dead. Listen to me. I did not kill her. But I know damn well who did.

    • Greg: Disposing of animals like this is illegal. Whoever dumped the vic must have known about the site from dumping dogs.
      Nick: Yup. It looks like he's moving up the food chain.

    • Wendy: Anytime a dog is impounded in a criminal case, its DNA is collected and profiled.
      Wendy: It's just like CODIS.
      Hodges: DODIS.
      Wendy: Anyway most of the cases in the database are gang-related. But I figured, well, it's worth a shot.
      Hodges: Well, that'll look good on the old Grissom point meter.
      Wendy: It's protocol.
      Hodges: I'm just saying, be careful. No one likes a kiss-ass.

    • Catherine: You gonna be okay with this one?
      Doc Robbins: I'm just not used to seeing them alive.

    • David: Hey Doc.
      Doc Robbins: Hey.
      David: I heard your band killed last night.
      Doc Robbins: Really? Who'd you hear that from.
      David: My wife's second cousin. Works in the mayor's office for the budget and finance director. He was at the country club. Grooved to your moldy oldies all night.
      Doc Robbins: They're classics.

    • Hodges: So how crazy was last night? You. Me. Dinner? I thought the Syrah was quite nice.
      Wendy: Yes, and thank you for offering to split the check. My date really appreciated it.
      Hodges: Oh, no problem. Let it be known, that I am nothing if not a gentleman.
      Wendy: Why were you by yourself at a restaurant like Nob Hill, anyway?
      Hodges: The Golden Rule. Always treat yourself the way you would like others to treat you.
      Wendy: It's not exactly the rule.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kdo se psy spává (Who Sleeps With the Dogs)

    • The "Homeless Box City" is actually under an approach to The 5, The Golden State Highway in Burbank.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: March 11, 2008 on Channel 5
      Denmark: March 21, 2008 on Kanal 5
      New Zealand: April 6, 2008 on TV3
      The Netherlands: April 7, 2008 on RTL4
      Norway: April 8, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: April 14, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: May 11, 2008 on Network 9
      Italy: May 22, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Sweden: September 22, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Spain: November 25, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: January 21, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: October 29, 2009 on TV Nova

    • The dog graveyard was made up of all foam cast animals. Production had to bury a bone under the rubber cast body of the woman so that the dogs would "attack" it, otherwise they would just run about with their tails wagging. Also, The "dying" dog in the fight was filmed at high speed slowing down the action to give the illusion that the dog was barely moving.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Bombtrack- Rage Against the Machine
      Make It Go Away- Holly Cole
      Sweet Jane- The Velvet Underground
      Word Up- Willis
      You Really Got Me- The Kinks (performed by Dr Al Robbins and his band)

    • Pre-production title name was Life's a Bitch


    • Gino: But Card, he thought he had that immunity idol 'cause he worked for her.

      A reference to the TV show Survivor, in which an immunity idol guarantees that the holder cannot be voted off the show.

    • Lying Down With Dogs is also the title of a book (subtitled A Personal Portrait of a Polish Exile) by Mark Zygadlo about his father who was a Polish soldier in World War II. "Lie down with dogs, get up with fleas." was his father's favorite saying.