CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 16

Primum Non Nocere

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 28, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When Terry Rivers barrels into the opposing team's goalie, a fight breaks out and Terry ends up at the bottom of a huge pile of bodies. After the players are separated, he is found dead...with a deep, bloody gash across his neck. Grissom, Catherine and Sara are called in to investigate. Across town, Warrick and Nick look into the apparent drug-related death of a sax player at a casino. While working on the case, Warrick finds himself drawn to a rising young singer who worked with the dead musician.moreless

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  • A good storyline but one with a possibly fatal mistake. The story mentions Quinine, when I believe you mean QUINIDINE, not the same and they have opposite effects, so this may cause confusion if not corrected. 1 in 1000 get this and its mostly men!moreless

    Three comments, the middle one is most important. 1) Ice hockey aside, the camera work and episode were of good order and interest enough to get people to believe the storyline. 2 Points to re-watch 2) Fatal Flaw Quinine was mentioned as the drug that caused the death, I am sure that as a sufferer of WpW you mean QUINIDINE, these are not the same and I understand that they have opposite effects. I am not a doctor but if this is true- it needs correcting to avoid future confusion! 3) Best Goof This was when corpse (stretched out) laid dead on bench spectators seat being looked over in very solemn scene, is then seen to move throat and gulp. I told my wife all do this as theysettle after death- to cover up mistake, was I correct or was it just poor editing? Make your own mind up.moreless
  • Sorry, have to give it bad marks, for complete and total fabrication of rec hockey is like. Inaccurate portrayal. And it gives it a bad name.

    Anyone from Canada will know what I mean. This episode has always bothered me, and I felt I finally had to write a review after I found it on a re-run. Rec-Hockey is not a bunch of guys with big egos and too much testosterone trying to capture something that slipped through their grasp when they were younger because they could not get in the NHL. It is not that rough, and it is not that violent. Almost every single town in Canada will have a rink where hockey is played from ages 5 to 75. Rec hockey is a way to get together with friends and have fun. It's not competitive to any extreme, least of all murder, that is just plain pathetic.

    Sure, there is the odd guy who likes to think he's hot sh*t, but there is not that many of them.

    I love the series, but it's an American show. And football is the sport that everyone plays. Hockey is just the 'violent' sport that the weird northern neighbors play.... please... If i didn't love this show so much I might have stopped at this episode.moreless
  • Primum non nocere

    Pile up on boy from a hockey team. The blades from the crime scene showed blood spladders indirectly that the woman did it. Woman threw up and said she had shrimp last night. but 6-8 hours food posioning starts to nausiate. Stock brock w/ multiple partners. Woman was a mother-to-be. Now that Terry Rivers had a heart problem doc gave him quinine. Sax player dead. Died of cocaine. 91% pure cocaine which is VERY rare. Found needle and womans scarf w/ the needle. Man covering for the woman. Bartender belied to kill the 2 costers meant they had cocaine. Mans head over hills for Lily. Lily was a drug user.moreless
  • I love zambonies as well.

    Well this was certainly a good episode. I liked the case of the hockey player best though. It was funny when Greg was talking to Sara about team sports, I must admit that I never saw him as a sports type person. Grissom, interested in beauty since he met Sara, so sweet. The look an Sara's face was priceless, I don't think she believed what she heard from Grissom.

    Nick and Warrick's case was equally cool. Well, the entire thing was kinda boring but I liked the end when Nick played cards with his friend. Another nice touching moment from the episode. Pretty good episode when you think about it with just the right amount of GSR.

  • Loved the eminent GSR in this episode.

    Loved this episode. Not only was the plot line good, but the GSR was great. I thought it was so sweet what Grissom said and how Sara reacted; it was great. Now all i need to do is keep writing random words so i can submit the review. Oh look, its 50 words bye bye now.
Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker

Lillie Ivers

Guest Star

Jeremy Ratchford

Jeremy Ratchford

Tommy Sconzo

Guest Star

Abby Brammell

Abby Brammell

Jane Gallagher

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Jeffrey D. Sams

Jeffrey D. Sams

Det. Lockwood

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Greg was captain of his high school chess team.

    • Goof: The team says that Quinine is deadly to someone with Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome but it's actually the opposite. Quinine is used to treat heart palpitations - a primary sympton of WPW syndrome.

    • In this episode we find out that Warrick can play the piano.

    • Goof: On the table where Warrick and Nick's victim is found, Warrick finds a contact lens which is still wet. It was dropped by the drug dealer before he died, and by the time it would take for the body to be discovered and Nick and Warrick to arrive, it would have dried up.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Doc Robbins: What is it about organized sports?
      Grissom: Well, organized sports is the paradigmatic model of a just society. Everyone knows the same language, everyone knows the rules, and there's a specific punishment handed out the moment someone tries to cheat. It's instant morality.

    • Nick (to Warrick): Hey Sara. (Warrick looks at him) You come up on your nights off. People will gonna start confusing the two of you.

    • (Upon entering Terry River's apartment)
      Catherine: How do men live like this?
      Grissom: What's wrong with it?
      Catherine: Well, it's a cave, with hardwood floors.
      Grissom: It's clean. Television, couch. What else does a guy need?
      Catherine: Well, how about a plant? Anything to makes it a little more...human. I mean, it doesn't seem like this guy had any...connection to anybody.
      Grissom (looking at the bed): I don't know about that. (Grissom walks over to the closet. Catherine takes out her ALS and starts examining the sheets)
      Catherine: It's never a good sign when a guy has more women than furniture.
      Grissom: What's the ratio here?
      Catherine: Judging from these stains, I'd say four women for every piece of furniture including the TV. At least we know what this guy was about: bucks, pucks and... (Grissom gives her a look, so she changes what she was about to say) ...chicks.

    • Sara: Boys will be boys.
      Grissom: Yeah, it looks like these boys went to a fight and a hockey game broke out.
      Sara: You just don't like sports.
      Grissom: That's not true I've been a baseball fan my whole life.
      Sara: Baseball that makes sense, all those stats.
      Grissom: It's a beautiful game.
      Sara: Since when are you interested in beauty?
      Grissom: Since I met you.

    • Sara: You sucked at team sports, didn't you Greg?
      Greg: I was captain of the high school chess team.
      Sara: Chess is not a sport, Greg.
      Greg: Then why is there a World Chess Champion?
      Sara: Sports are physical by definition.
      Greg: Well, sex is physical. Is that a sport?
      Sara: Not to me.

    • Sara: Looking for blood on a hockey jersey is like handing out jay-walking tickets during a marathon.

    • Warrick: What are you doing here?
      Nick: I'm playing cards. With my friend.

    • Sara: With all the sex these people are having maybe I should take up hockey.

    • Sara: 120 minutes for a tooth ... the whole tooth ... and nothing but the tooth.

    • Grissom: What is Victoria's Secret, anyway?
      Sara: Beauty, Grissom. Remember?

    • Brass: Hockey, rough game.
      Grissom: Yeah, it's murder.

    • Grissom: There are three things in life people like to stare at: a rippling stream; a fire in a fireplace; and a zamboni going 'round and 'round.
      Sara: Charlie Brown: "I love a zamboni."
      Grissom: We all do.

  • NOTES (6)


    • When Grissom names baseball has his favorite sport, this is an inside reference to William Peterson's devoted support for the Chicago Cubs.

    • Episode Title: Primum Non Nocere

      'Primum Non Nocere' is a Latin phrase meaning "first do no harm." This is often thought of as part of the Hippocratic Oath that doctors and medical professionals adhere to. In fact, this exact translation is not in the Oath. Hippocrates actually wrote 'As to disease, make a habit of two things - to help, or at least to do no harm'. However, so ingrained is the First Do No Harm that even medical dictionaries suggest it is part of the Oath.

    • Sara: 120 minutes for the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.

      This is a play on the oath taken by witnesses before they testify in court. "Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you God?"