CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 06, 2000 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • This episode shows Catherine being dropped off at work by her sister, Nancy. This is one of only two times that her sister is ever mentioned during the course of the show. The other mention was fifteen episodes later in "Too Tough to Die" to Warrick when working with the dummy.

    • This episode shows that Jeep Liberties are the standard issue vehicles at the moment.

    • The terms "CSI" and "Crime Scene Investigations" are not used in the pilot episode. The CSI's are referred to as "Criminalistics Techs" and where they work is called the "Criminalistics Lab".

    • The extreme popularity of this TV series was credited for a large surge of applications for courses in forensic science.

    • Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows were ranked 82nd on Bravo's list of 100 Greatest TV Characters.

    • Goof: The first shot of the shoe print on the door faces left, with the toe slightly over the indent. But when Warrick compares the print he took from the shoe to the print on the door, the print is now going straight up and down and is away from the indent.

    • Grissom is an entomologist.

    • While the majority of the techniques and technologies used in the show are accurate and true to reality, the writers and crew readily admit that they "time cheat". Tests that take seconds in the show often take days or even weeks in real life.

    • Goof: When Holly is first in Grissom's office and says that she feels light headed, Grissom offers her a chocolate-covered grasshopper and takes one for himself. She asks, "Is there a grasshopper in there?" and his right hand is near his waist. When the shot changes, he merely smiles and eats the grasshopper, but his hand started off much closer to his chin without there being an opportunity for him to move it.

    • Goof: When Grissom is smashing the simulation dummies head with the golf club; to examine blood spatter from a crime committed at the Country Club. He is using Holly's blood and is only wearing eye protection. In reality, he would have been wearing a full face shield to protect himself from the blood spatter.

    • Goof: When Grissom is searching the toilet for toe nail clippings, the seat of the toilet changes from being down to up between shots.

    • Goof: In the opening credits, you see a clip of Jorja Fox's back combing through a crime scene. However, she doesn't appear and join the cast until the next episode, "Cool Change".

    • The characters Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows are loosely based on real-life LVMPD criminalists Daniel Holstein and Yolanda McCrery.

    • All the equipment in the lab is fully functional, and was either purchased outright, or donated/loaned to the show for product placement.

    • Under the glass top of Grissom's desk, there is a photo of the series' executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

    • Cath's call number is P-3901

    • Warrick's silver jeep has the license plate number 574-GZI.

    • Warrick's call number is P-4442.

    • Catherine Willows and Nick Stokes were supposed to have a love affair in this episode, but the writers wrote it out of the show.

    • The original name of William Petersen's character was Gil Scheinbaum. Petersen changed the name to Gil Grissom because of his admiration for astronaut Gus Grissom.

  • Quotes

    • Grissom (to Holly): We scrutinize the crime scene. Collect the evidence. Recreate what had happened without ever having been there. It's pretty cool actually.

    • Holly (gasping): There were...bodies. I could feel them.....breathing...
      Grissom (chuckling): It's okay, Holly. It's alright. (turns around to yell at the bodies through the door) You assholes! (Holly laughs) There. Okay?

    • Brass: Suicide.
      Grissom: You think so, huh?
      Brass: You got the sleeping bag for easy cleanup, the bathtub to catch the bullet, open window so the stench alerts the neighbors ... god bless him.
      (Brass coughs. He flips the lights on. Grissom puts on his glasses to look
      at the scene. Brass clears his throat. Grissom looks around and finds a bug and he picks it up)

      Grissom: Pupa, stage three.
      Brass: English. I'm not an entomologist.
      Grissom: It's the third stage of larva metamorphosis. This guy's been dead seven days. (Grissom puts the larva into a container)
      Brass: That's a maggot, and he stinks. Oh, good, it's almost 11:00. Maybe if I'm lucky I can break out of here in time for a shot at the first rack of the Krispy Kreme.

    • (Grissom plays suicide tape for Royce Harmon's Mom and Sister)
      Grissom: We are so sorry about this Mrs. Harmon. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you.
      Mrs. Harmon: No, you don't understand. This is his picture, but that's not my son's voice.

    • Warrick: Twenty bucks, by the end of shift, I'm the man.
      Nick: Is there anything you won't bet on?
      Warrick: Nah. It's college football season, man. I won eight of ten this weekend. Kilt 'em. Outside the Huskers and them punk-ass Irish, I'm up about four G's.
      Nick: Hmm, what's the line on us?
      Warrick: On us? I'm like Tiger, man! I'm heavily favored.

    • Holly Gribbs (to Grissom): No offence, but I don't want to eat anything that's been in this office.

    • (Catherine enters the store with her gun drawn)
      Catherine: Gun down!
      Store Owner: What? I'm getting robbed again?
      Catherine: Everything okay?
      Holly: Yes, ma'am. (Catherine radios in everything's fine)
      Catherine: You the new girl?
      Holly: Yeah. Hi, I'm Holly Gribbs.
      Catherine: Thanks. I'm Catherine Willows.
      Store Owner: And I'm Lesley Stahl. Look, let's forget the formalities. Which one of you people's gonna clean my counter here?
      Catherine: Let me tell you something, Lady-- if you don't care about catching the suspect neither do we. We're out of here. You can pick your gun up tomorrow. (Cath and Holly turn and start walking towards the door)
      Holly (whispers): You can do that?
      Catherine (scoffs): No.

    • Grissom: Forget about making a hundred, forget about the victim, forget about the suspect and focus on the only thing that can't lie: the evidence. Follow the reason we're having this conversation.
      Warrick (nods): Follow the shoe.

    • Catherine: What do you think?
      Warrick: Oh, he's lying. That's why I took this job. I can always tell when whitey's talking out his ass. It's a gift.

    • Brass: You're the fifth person I've been forced to hire. We're the number two crime lab in the country. We solve crimes most labs render unsolvable. Now what makes you think you belong here? (Holly glances at Grissom. When it's apparent that he's not going to answer for her, Holly turns back to Brass)
      Holly Gribbs: Sir, with all due respect I thought the key to being a lucid crime scene investigator was to reserve judgment until the evidence vindicates or eliminates assumption. (Brass glances at Grissom and smiles) You're prejudging me. I graduated with honors in criminal justice at UNLV.
      Brass (flippantly): Yeah, so?
      Holly Gribbs: That's not fair.
      Brass: Fair? Well, you think putting a juiced-in Lieutenant's daughter on this shift is fair? You know, I've been in the field 22 years. I've seen it
      all. I've seen people like you come and go, and you know what? They don't
      amount to nothing but headaches and bad press. Dismissed. (Brass takes a seat at his desk)
      Holly Gribbs: Fine. (she leaves)
      Grissom: Think you got through to her?
      Brass: You're scheduled to appear at an autopsy at 12:30 A.M. (Grissom stands up) They're cutting up that bozo who put a hole in his chest. Take her with. I think every new hire should experience an autopsy on their first night. (Grissom leaves)

    • Grissom: Morning. Gil Grissom, forensics. I'm taking over the case for Warrick Brown. Mind if I come in?
      Husband (sighs): How can I help you?
      Grissom: I need to give you a pedicure.
      Husband: Come again?

    • Grissom (ponders): If latex rubber and cooking spray went on a blind date, how would the night end?
      Charlotte: A lot better than ours did.
      Grissom: I know, Pink Floyd's not your thing.
      Charlotte: I have on cowboy boots. I work in a lab. What makes you think "Dark Side of the Moon" synched to the Wizard of Oz is going to warm my damn barn?
      Grissom: I just thought it'd be something different.
      Charlotte: You want to be different? Pin me up against a wall; lay one on me like you mean it. (Charlotte gets up and walks past Grissom) You're slacking, pal. (She sits down in front of the computer database. The computer beeps and starts running through print comparisons)
      Grissom: How long til' we get a hit?
      Charlotte: It could be four minutes, could be four days but you can bet your ass she'll give you something. She always does.
      Grissom: "Pin you against a wall?" (Grissom casts Charlotte a sideways glance)

    • Dr. Klausbach (to Grissom, referring to Holly): She is cute.

    • Royce Harmon (voiceover): My name is Royce Harmon. I reside at 7642 Carpenter Street, Las Vegas, Nevada. I am 41 years of age ... and I'm going to kill myself.

    • Holly Gribbs: Look, um, I got to be honest. This isn't me. I was pushed into it by my mom. She's a Lieutenant in Traffic. She's never going to get out of
      traffic so, um, I'm fulfilling her dreams, not mine.
      Catherine: I can sit here and I can baby you and I can tell you to quit but I'm not going to do that, because I really love my job. We're just a bunch of kids that are getting paid to work on puzzles. Sometimes there's a piece that's missing. Sometimes we solve it in one night.
      Holly Gribbs: So you think I should stick with it?
      Catherine: Stick with it? The cops? Forget it. They wouldn't know
      fingerprints from paw prints and the detectives...chase the lie. We solve. We restore peace of mind. And when you're a victim, that's everything. Stick it out. At least until you solve your first. And after that, if you don't feel like King Kong on cocaine, then you can quit. But if you stay, with my right hand to God, you will never regret it.

    • Sergeant O'Riley (describing Brass and Grissom): Here comes the nerd squad.

    • Greg (holding a swab Nick gave him): So this is it, huh? The 8,000 dollar Q-Tip.
      Nick: Well, you're the chemist. I just need to know what knocked the
      old man out.
      Greg: In 20 seconds, this'll give us a complete chemical breakdown
      right down to the atom. But, I've got to warn you, oral swabs don't always read right. Vaginal swabs? No problem. Anal swabs? Money.
      Nick: Anal swabs?
      Greg: Anal swabs. (pauses and sits down) Ouch.

    • Grissom (to Warrick): Yes, you had him and the minute you started thinking about yourself instead of the case, you lost him. There is no room for subjectivity in this department, Warrick. You know that. We handle each case objectively without presupposition regardless of race, color, creed, or bubble gum flavor.

    • Grissom: I need you to roll up your sleeve and give me a pint of your blood
      Holly Gribbs: What for?
      Grissom: It's customary for all new hires.
      Holly Gribbs: Why?
      Grissom: So many reasons.
      Warrick: Whose blood is it?
      Grissom: The new girl. Want to donate?
      Warrick: Hell, no.

    • (Holly Gribbs is observing her first autopsy)
      Grissom: You gotta breathe through your ears, Gribbs.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Důkazy nelžou (Evidence Does Not Lie)

    • In the televised cut, O'Reilly mispronounces Milander's last name. In the Blu-Ray director's cut, O'Reilly says it correctly.

    • Real Vegas locations included XO Liquors, Bally's (Warrick was filmed in front of it), and the Fremont Street Experience. The aftermath of a traffic collision (Kristy Hopkins' accident) was filmed there. A temporary median was set up on Casino Center Drive.

    • Most filming of CSI is actually filmed in Santa Clarita, CA.

    • This show was first offered to the Disney-owned American network ABC in 1999, but was rejected as "too confusing for the average viewer". The show was then shopped at CBS, but very late in the development season. It was put on the network's fall schedule by Les Moonves, the network's boss, at the last minute, and since then its consistently high ratings (frequently #1 in Nielsen rankings) have helped spur a renaissance for that network.

    • The choice to place this series in Las Vegas was not random. Among US crime labs, Las Vegas is the second-most active, surpassed only by the FBI lab at Quantico, Virginia.

    • All theme melodies for the different CSI shows are made by The Who.

    • International Show Titles:
      Brasil: CSI - Investigacao Criminal ("CSI - Criminal Investigation")

      - Croatia: Ekipa za ocevid ("Crime scene investigating team"), later CSI: Las Vegas

      - Czech Republic: Kriminalka Las Vegas ("Crime Department Las Vegas")

      - France: Les Experts ("The Experts")

      - Germany: CSI: Tatort Las Vegas ("CSI: Crime Scene Las Vegas"), later CSI: Den Taetern auf der Spur ("CSI: Hunting the Offenders")

      - Italy: C.S.I.: Scena del crimine ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation")

      - Portugal: CSI: Crime Sob Investigacao ("CSI: Crime Under Investigation")

      - Romania: CSI: Investigatii ("CSI: Investigations")

      - Serbia: Mesto zlocina (Crime Scene)

      - Slovakia: C.S.I.: Kriminálka Las Vegas (C.S.I.: Crime Department Las Vegas)

      - Poland: Kryminalne zagadki (Criminal Stories)

    • Series creator Anthony E. Zuiker appeared as "Chip, the ticket writer" in the sports scene.

    • The Royce Harmon case is continued in the later episodes "Anonymous" and "Identity Crisis."

  • Allusions

    • Brass: That's a maggot, and he stinks. Oh, good, it's almost 11:00. Maybe if I'm lucky I can break out of here in time for a shot at the first rack of the Krispy Kreme.

      Krispy Kreme doughnuts are a yeast based doughnut. The original is a plain glazed doughnut. Today they come with many toppings, and fillings. Vernon Rudolph bought the recipe from a French chef in New Orleans, July 13, 1937. He started by baking and selling to grocery stores, until the demand for hot, fresh doughnuts inspired him to open his own store to sell to the public.

    • The liquor store owner (Nancy Fish) sarcastically identifies herself as "Lesley Stahl".

      Lesley Stahl is a veteran CBS newscaster, having served as White House correspondent and anchor for shows like Face The Nation and 60 Minutes.

      Although she made appearances (as herself) on non-news shows like Murphy Brown and Frasier, she has never personally appeared on any of the CSI shows.

    • When Greg and Nick are waiting for test results, they discuss NFL 2K for Sega Dreamcast (a video game and system which were released shortly before this episode aired).

    • Lab Tech: What makes you think Dark Side of the Moon set to Wizard of Oz is going to warm the barn?

      This is a reference to the "Dark Side of the Oz" trick; by starting the Dark Side of the Moon album just as the third lion roar of the MGM logo screen is heard the lyrics of the album match up remarkably well with the images of the movie.