CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 7

Post Mortem

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 09, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

While investigating an elderly woman's murder, Grissom receives a miniature crime scene replica; Greg attends a hearing to ascertain his culpability in a teenager's accidental death.

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  • The miniature killer kills again and Greg is in court after running over Demetrius James

    Another great episode this season when the miniature killer poison's an old woman and the miniature had to be changed because the woman gets up from the chair she was poisoned in and goes through a window.The good thing was the street had cameras and showed the miniature killer bring the miniature back to the house but you can't make an ID off it.While all this is happening Greg is not charged as he shouldn't be because he saved someone's life and risked his own.moreless
  • Greg heads to court, while another murder takes place.

    This episode was somewhat in a small way dissapointing, it was still a good episode no doubt, but it kind of did not live up to the hype that they gave promoting it.

    Greg goes to a hearing involving his earlier case (Built to Kill part I and II) that basically is like he said a curcus. He is bombarded with questions, the judge is biased in regards to the "victim" and his family for mere political reasons, the hearing in its self was not fair at all. Thanks to the work of Warrick and Nick curve the outcome of it all. I liked the part that the judge came forward with the reciept of a meal that Greg had had earlier that day, and Greg gave those statistics and basically told the judge to off, respectedly of course, and showed his new found prominence. I also loved the fact that Nick and Warrick decided to put the Jury in Gregs spot, how many seconds it took to kill Demetri.

    I was actually quite scraed for Greg in both scenes involving the victims brother. If it werent for certain events, I would of said that the brother could of possibly took out his revenge in the latter part of the episode.

    As for the other killing, to have Grissom's keen eye catch a futile mistake by the miniture serial killer, is just a way to show how respectable he is. But in all regards, the episode was just slightly above average.moreless
  • Loved the back and forth between the death of Penny garden and the inquest of Greg Sanders. Great episode, even thought very little was resolved. It's not over for Greg or for the killer.moreless

    Yeah, it's Thursday (and I'm listening to "Sunday Morning", and I keep thinking, no it's Thursday Night, where's a song about that, and how great it is)

    Back to CSI . . . first off we have Sara & Grissom and a little bit of Cath with the murder of Penny Garden . . which first off I found funny for no reason at all. It just sounded like the name of some 60s rock groupie (hmmm wasn't the fist victim a 60s rocker? . . . how closely did they look into the past of both victims?) Before we can start to say, "ho hum, who really cares if it was the nephew addicted to drugs or the drug dealer living next door, we get a miniature crime scene and the whole thing gets interesting. Loved Hodges dancing and the bright pink cherry liquor. Nicotine poisoning looked like a gruesome way to die. What is up with the doll with the bloody head? Again, more questions than answers.

    Then we have Greg and the coroner's inquest. Interesting set up/concept. Not a court, not really a judge, and the jurors can ask questions - very interesting. So why did that guy have it in for Greg? The "Judge" (who we are supposed to think of as a traffic cop), I get, he's up for election, but the juror? What is his story? Was he being paid off by someone? I can see why they found Greg excusable instead of justifiable. Feel bad about the wrongful death suit. Hope that Warrick and Nick and Sara (why was she not there, I mean she processed Greg?) can recreate the crime a little better for the court case. Poor Greg. And he has trouble sleeping at night. I'd help him sleep. I was worried the brother was going to run over him with the car, until the guy with the papers showed up. The last scene with Sara & Grissom and then Greg stops by - I loved the line Grissom said about taking his suit off - come one, he looked older and sexy - he should wear suits all the time - and then the look Sara gave Grissom "Thanks for being nicer to him, you'll be rewarded later." Side Note: We've been focusing on Catherine, Greg, and Grissom so far this season. Sara and Nick have been getting a lot of scenes as well. Where's Warrick? He needs to have the A storyline. Please?moreless
  • Greg Sanders is involved in an inquisition regarding the death of Demetrius James, the teenage student involved in the fannysmackin gang who Greg ran over in self-defense.

    This episode is great for Greg fans like myself because he finally gets more screen time and we finally get to see more dramatic development in the this lovable character. While the other CSIs are working on a case, Greg is being questioned in court for the incident of Demetrius James, the teenage student involved with the fannysmackin' mob who Greg ran over in self-defense. Throughout the episode, just when the viewer thinks that Greg would surely be considered blameless in this rather-clear-cut case of survival instinct in the face of an imminent attack, something happens to jeopardize his case. Like the overly aggressive male jury member who seems to think all cops are dirty; like the overly dramatic mother and brother of the deceased who flew to the press with accusations against Greg; like the judge who intentionally make things difficult for Greg by questioning his alcohol intake on the night of the incident, just to garner public support for his own political agenda. In the end, i was worried that Greg really might not get out of this bind. The jury gave the verdict of Excusable for this hearing, which is fine though not ideal, and Greg, having been so obviously saddened and guilty throughout the whole thing, still does not get to put the incident behind him because, as we realise at the end of the episode, he gets served with a lawsuit from the deceased's family. The only thing that i was a bit disappointed in was that while Greg was struggling with his hearing, other than Warrick and Nick's contribution and support, the other CSIs don't seem overly concerned for him, which is a pity. There's more to come with Greg's case, so i'd be looking forward to that. More of Greg Sanders is always welcome!moreless
  • Poor Greg!

    Wow this was such a witch hunt for Greggo. I can see why the vic's family was rambling excuses to get "justice" on Greg, but let's face this hard cold fact: If DJ's so innocent, why was in the alleyway beating the snot out of a tourist?! That's should have been pointed out. And what was up with that juror? I saw him telling reporters that he didn't have anything against Greg, but I dunno, I think there's a distinct possiblity that he might be coming back sometime soon. Civil suit, man I hope Greg wins it, at least he has a lab full of cool gadgets to back his side of the story up.

    On to the mini crime scene. Well, it was interesting to see that the vic died in a different place than what the serial killer wanted. It's almost like a blow to his ego that things didn't go the way he wanted them to. GRR!! I apparently missed the scene with Hodges dancing! lol, would have loved to have seen that!moreless
Juliana Bellinger

Juliana Bellinger

Penny Graden

Guest Star

Amy Aquino

Amy Aquino

A.D.A. Valerie Nichols

Guest Star

Randall Arney

Randall Arney

Judge Clayton Trueblood

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)

    • Episode Title: Post Mortem

      The title of this episode means, "after death," can refer to both cases. The miniature crime scene arrived after the death of the victim, as opposed to the previous crime, and the inquest was about and held after the death of Demetrius James.

    • The event that Greg's trial relates to is from the earlier Season 7 episode "Fannysmackin'."

    • Goof: When the woman first falls through the glass, she obviously breaks it all, toward the bottom of the window. Then her position changes and there is cracked glass in place. We then see several more shots of the dead woman, none of which have matching blood spatter or position of her body.

    • Goof: When Greg is asked to read the transcript of his radio report of the incident, it's not pointed out that dispatch advised Greg to wait for backup. Since departmental policy was called into question, this might have been a relevant point.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Grissom (on finding the victim's lung covered with tumors during autopsy): Man! Her cancer had cancer. I guess she liked smoking more than living, huh?
      Doc Robbins: Or she wanted to die with a cigarette in her mouth.

    • Valerie Nichols (after the jury ruled the case excusable): Excusable. You see, excusable is a lawful act with no intention to kill. Justifable means that the action was the only alternative. That's what they should have found.
      Greg: It's okay. I think they may have it right.

    • Greg: This isn't a trial, it's a circus.
      Sofia: Yeah, starring the mother.
      Greg: I feel like I should say something?
      Sofia: Like what?
      Greg: I don't know.
      Sofia: Sorry? You're gonna apologize to the mother of a guy who beat one man to death and was tryin' to do the same to you? That's as good as saying you're guilty and setting yourself up for one hell of a civil suit besides. You did nothing wrong.
      Greg: I just wanna be able to sleep again.
      Sofia: We put ourselves in harms way every single day and sometimes we pay one hell of a price for surviving it. Other people will never understand that.

    • (At Greg's hearing)
      Juror: So this was a death at the hands of another?
      Doc Robbins: Yes.
      Juror: And what do you call that kind of death?
      Doc Robbins (sighs and pauses): A homicide. (looks over at Greg)

    • Catherine: Hey, Grissom said you could use some help. What haven't you done?
      Sara: The rest of the house. (smiles)

    • Sara: There's nothing particularly valuable here.
      Grissom (looking at the victim): Well, there used to be.

    • Greg: Hey boss, unless you need me for something, I'm going to take off.
      Grissom: Yeah. Take off that suit, too. And Greg, you did a good job.
      Greg: I'm glad you think so. (Grissom and Sara exchange a glance)

    • (Grissom is studying the miniature crime scene when Hodges enters the room)
      Hodges: I know that look. You just figured something out. (looks in the mini replica) This is much better than the dead rock star kitchen. The whole al fresco thing. Come on share. Please?
      Grissom: Look carefully at the back of the doll and the pillow on the back of the chair. There appears to be remnants of glue on both.
      Hodges: So the doll was originally glued to the back of the chair.
      Grissom: I think that the killer expected the victim to die in this chair.
      Hodges: Well, if that's the case how did the killer expect to...kill her?

    • (Sara and Grissom are looking at the two crime scene models)
      Sara: If one was horrifying, what is two?
      Grissom: Possible serial killer.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Catherine (when finding the vic's many pill bottles): I hope I die before I get old.

      "I hope I die before I get old" is a line from the song "My Generation" by The Who who also perform the theme songs for all three CSI shows.