CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 11

Organ Grinder

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 13, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSI team is called in when a famous real estate entrepreneur is found dead in a hotel elevator. When the body of Bob Fairmont, the real estate developer, is found, the team discovers that the crime scene has been tampered with and that the victim has been re-dressed. After tracing the cause of death to a lethal poison, the team is shocked to discover that Fairmont's organs have already been removed and donated, making the case a bit more difficult to solve.moreless

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  • A good episode

    The problem with watching many crime dramas is that once you've seen a crime commited in a particular way, you're bound to see it done the same way on another show. However this episode was different in that the case was different from anything I have seen in other shows. Sure, I've seen murder pacts in shows before, but never done in this way. An interesting take on this particular crime by the writers of this episode.

    In addition to the interesting case, this was a very Nick & Sara heavy episode. In this episode we see Nick's compassion shine through and we also learn a little of Sara's frustration with the justice system. After watching this episode I feel like I know the characters that little but better.

    Overall, a good episode.moreless
  • This is one truly great show. I don't see many were the murders get away but this one they do.

    A man was found in a elevator still alive. Someone had dressed him and moved his body. The guy was found with ID and was staying in the motel in murder central as Grisson had said. What is murder central you ask, and so did Nick but Sara acted like she new, which Grisson knew she really didn’t have a clue so later he told both Nick and Sara it is easy enter and exit rooms.

    They found two wine classes in the room but no lipstick on either one. The 911 call was a man but there was a women voice in the background. They did find a bra in the room also. So is a male or a female?

    They look into this guy past and find that three years earlier the guy had an accident and shot himself while cleaning his gun. This time the man dies and all his organs are removed and he is cremated which makes it very hard to get any evidence from the body. They look at pictures from the crime scene that was taken before they had got there. The guy had white stripes on his nails which is a sign of poising. They asked people if his breath smelled garlicky lately.

    They discover that his sectary Claudia dressed him and moved him to the elevator because she was told always that business comes first. She didn’t want him found in bed naked and dead.

    His wife Julia had shot him three years ago they find evidence of this and then she admits to it.

    They also find that Claudia takes medication that has the same thing in it that killed him. She takes it for a skin disorder that makes her lose her skin and that is how they knew she was in the elevator.

    Soon Julia gets sick and they start to blame Claudia for the poising. They do some research on her and find that her husband had died to from poising and at the time Julia was his sectary. They two were working together but they couldn’t prove it so they got away with murder. (For now)

Anne Ramsay

Anne Ramsay

Claudia Richards

Guest Star

Kelly Connell

Kelly Connell

Randy Gesek

Guest Star

John F. O'Donohue

John F. O'Donohue

Carl Mercer

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Greg is researching Julia Fairmount using an Internet search engine, he types "Nevada" into a SELECT element. This is not possible, since SELECT elements always consist of pre-defined values, and do not accept user input free-text.

    • Goof: Most states have a 24 hour rule for cremation. The person must be dead for 24 hours before a cremation is permitted.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Claudia: I didn't shoot Bob.
      Brass: Yeah, you didn't poison him either, all these bad things just keep happening to him.

    • Grissom: Oh, and Sara?
      Sara: Hm?
      Grissom: Last hotel room nearest the stairwell-- easy entry and egress for an intruder and if the victim fights back, fifty percent less chance of being heard.
      Sara: Rooms only on one side. Murder Central. (Grissom nods his head and leaves the room. The door closes behind him)
      Nick (smiling): You are so busted.

    • (In the vic's hotel room)
      Sara: The average American hotel room is covered with stains invisible to the naked eye.
      Grissom: Yeah, but they're not all biological. Some are soda stains, food stains, whiskey stains, you know.
      Sara: No matter how clean or expensive the room seems that why I always travel with nonoxynol-9.
      Grissom: You sound like you're making a commercial.

    • (Grissom walks toward room 2927. In front of them is the door to the stairs.
      Nick, Sara and Cath follow. They all stop in front of the closed room door)

      Grisson: Mr. Fairmont was staying in Murder Central.
      Catherine (agrees): Mmm.
      Nick: "Murder Central"?
      Sara: You never heard that phrase?
      Nick (exasperated): Well, if I did, would I have asked the question? (Sara looks smug as she got a reaction from Nick)
      Grissom: Sara, you're with me in here. (to Catherine and Nick) You guys get the elevator.
      Catherine: All yours, girl.
      Sara: Thanks. (Grissom unlocks the hotel room door. He and Sara enter. Cath and Nick walk back down the hallway)
      Nick (disgruntled): Sara doesn't know what Murder Central means any more than I do.
      Catherine (puts a hand on Nick's shoulder): Oh, Nick, give it up. We got a death imminent to worry about.

    • (Examining a crime scene)
      Nick: What do you think, cocaine?
      Catherine: Nope.
      Nick: How can you tell just by looking at it?
      Catherine: Never you mind.

    • Grissom: What's the most important component in a poisoning?
      Sara: Poison?
      Grissom: Patience.

    • Grissom: The courts are like dice. They have no memory. What works one week doesn't work the next.

    • Brass: Well, there's only two reasons a woman shoots a man: she either loves him or hates him.
      Catherine: Or both.

    • Greg: Hey, Catherine? Do you think Sara would ever go out with me?
      Catherine: Sure. As long as you don't tell her it's a date.

    • Greg: Sara! I was just looking for you. Still up for break?
      Sara: Sorry, Greggo, hot case. I'm going to go look at Nick's champagne bottle. How you doing with our DNA?
      Greg: Uh ... inside-outside we're still looking for a reference for comparison but the epidermals are looking promising.
      Sara: Nice. (walks away)
      Grissom: You want to clue me in?
      Greg: Sara and I were just going out for dinner.
      Grissom: On the case, "Greggo."

    • Claudia Gideon: You don't know what you're talking about.
      Catherine: Well, that's a pretty dangerous thing to say to a scientist.

    • Grissom: It's impossible to redress an unconscious person to make it look like they dressed themselves. You notice anything about the suit coat?
      Brass: Well, unless he's going to court or to church, there's no way he buttons all three buttons.
      Grissom: Very good, Jim. (to Sara) Why do they think they can fool us?

  • NOTES (3)


    • Grissom: Star light, Star bright, first star I see tonight.

      This is part of a late 19th century American nursery song called "Star Light Star Bright" and the lyrics allude to the fantasy that you can wish upon a star.

    • Grissom: Well, that's as fake as a Chappaquiddick neck-brace.

      In describing the staging of a victim's body, Grissom refers to the 1969 controversy involving Ted Kennedy. Driving from a party in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts, Kennedy drove off a bridge. The only apparent injury Kennedy sustained was to his neck while his passenger (and Senator Robert F. Kennedy's secretary) Mary Jo Kopechne, was killed. Kennedy abandoned the scene of the accident and did not report it until eight hours after the car had sunk to the bottom of the river. Kennedy always claimed that he didn't report the accident right away because he had been in a state of shock, yet some people believe he hesitated in order to avoid speculation of an extramarital affair.