CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 3 Episode 18

Precious Metal

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 03, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Catherine, Nick, and Sara investigate a seemingly months old body found in the mountains. Discovery of the man's identity lead the team to the world of robot wars. Warrick and Grissom look into the case of a man found murdered in an alley. Complicating their efforts, the medical examiner "lost" the body for 11 days. Greg helps this case by doing some undercover work.moreless

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  • Foreshawding for Greg's future as a CSI.

    Haha, "go home to smack the money," that's funny. ^^ Ginger is fiesty and not someone I'd want to mess with. I thought the whole switching the reciever transmitter thingies was a pretty interesting idea. Then stuffing the dead body into a chemical waste barrel was a half-good place to put a body. I feel sorry for Brian though, thinking he killed Christian when in reality it was Luke who did it all because his "baby" was totalled by SMASH-N-BURN.

    By the way guys, just because a woman canpush a baby out between her legs, doesn't mean anyone can do it. I wouldn't know from persinal experience, but the horror stories are enough to give me a good idea of what the painful experience is like.

    After watching this episode and other episodes all the way up to season seven, I saw that it was sort of forshadowing Greg's decision to get out of the lab and into the field. I mean think about it; Greg got his first taste out the great outdoors in Chasing the Bus, in season two, then this episode. And in Play with Fire, I think getting blown up in his "domain" made him come to the conclusion that he needed to get out into the field. It took almost a whole season of shadowing the other CSIs and screwing up his proficiency, but in the end he got it.

    Sorry, that was a bit of a rant. >_<moreless
  • An ok episode. I didn't really find it that interesting, except for the parts with Greg.

    An ok episode. I didn't really find it that interesting, except for the parts with Greg.

    The body they found drum reminded me of an episode in the 2nd season.

    Greg helps Grissom with a case & gets to venture out of the lab on an undercover assignment for him.

    It was nice to see Greg in the field for a 2nd time especially after his first time was a disaster (Chasing the Bus).

    After solving the case Greg decides that his world in the lab is too small & he wants to go out into the field more often, even though it might mean a pay cut for him.moreless
  • As bad as this sounds, I loved this ep because I got to see a lot more of Greg, and that makes me very happy!

    I loved this ep, simply because it features a lot more of Greg than your normal ep when he is in the lab. Esp love the quote when Grissom is questioning Gregs interests and hobbies. Plus love the robots. You don't see so much of that in Australia so interesting to watch. Especially good to see a guy crying on TV, esp over his family. Very compelling stuff... Loved all the ooey gooey dead guy in the drum. I may be a girl, but the first time I see something like that esp in all that detail... Great sfx and props used in every ep, but that one takes the cake!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Sara and Catherine are viewing Christian Cutler's DOD record, Christian's name is spelled 'Christian' everywhere except the bottom, where it's misspelled 'Christain.'

    • Luna Cable, Nigel Crane's place of employment from the Season 2 episode"Stalker," appears in Keith Mercer's cell phone records.

    • In this episode we learn that Grissom has worked in Minnesota.

    • Goof: When Warrick is spraying for blood at the house of the coin collection, he starts numbering the foot prints that appear with yellow marker cards. When he lays down number 4, he very openly drops it. The card lands fallen on its side, but don't you think he would fix it if he were going to document the evidence in a photo?

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Brass: With all this wind and weather, any evidence of the dump is long gone.
      Grissom (nods towards the barrel): We got evidence. Signed, sealed and delivered.

    • (finding the body in the barrel)
      Catherine: Soap mummy.
      Grissom: Adipocere, a.k.a. Mortuary wax. This is what you get when fatty tissue decomposes in an alkaline environment with limited oxygen.
      Catherine: All you need is a little moisture and enough time. Anaerobic bacteria digest body fats, converting them into a waxy solid. Kind of like the way they make vegetable shortening.
      Brass: I'll never eat another french fry again.

    • Grissom: So, let's see. You surf, you scuba dive. You're into latex, you like fashion models and Marilyn Manson. And you also have a coin collection?
      Greg: Weird, ha?
      Grissom: Well, I race cockroaches.

    • Grissom: What happened to your enthusiasm, Greg?
      Greg: Well, everytime I make a DNA match in here my world gets a little smaller. Out there I felt large.
      Grissom: Out there... means a pay cut.
      Greg: It's not about the money.
      Grissom: That's good to know.

    • Ginger: I'm at home with this. (hands her a picture of a guy)
      Catherine: Does it have a name or did it come with the wallet?
      Ginger: Pretty funny for a scientist.

    • Catherine: I know what it must've been like for you having created something only to lose it.
      Luke: Lemme guess, you have a kid?
      Catherine: Yes, I have a daughter.
      Luke: And you think that just because you squeezed a baby out from between your legs you know how I feel. That's biology, any animal could do that.
      Catherine: Uh-huh.
      Luke: I took a thought from my head and made it real. It was... perfect.
      Catherine: Then I guess the only flaw was you.

    • (At a robot battle)
      Catherine: Metal objects, money and testosterone.
      Brass: We got a room full of murder suspects.

    • (In the autopsy room, looking over fragmented bones)
      Dr. Robbins: You want a breast or a thigh?
      Catherine: It's your kitchen.

    • Dr. Robbins: Hand me that foot there, would you?

    • Nick: Hey, Sara, I don't want to cross any lines here, but, uh, I've got this buddy who's not going out with anybody...
      Sara: No. No, no, forget it.
      Nick: He's a cool guy.
      Sara: No.
      Nick: I mean, you don't ...
      Sara: No, Nick ...
      Nick: Listen, just hear me out for a second.

    • Catherine: Hello.
      Bouncer: The cover's 25 bucks each.
      Brass (pointing at his badge): I got a coupon.

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