CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 13


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 25, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

At Keppler's request Catherine uses a different approach to catch the killer, and in doing so she deceives the rest of the CSI team. The team soon discovers that something is amiss in Catherine’s investigation.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • In an attempt to catch the killer of a prominent Assemlyman, Kepler suggests trying something called "reverse forensics" in which a crime scene and reports are faked. Katherine, not happy with having to decieve the team, reluctantly agrees.moreless

    CSI continues to deliver terrific episodes with well written scripts. Liev Schreiber has certainly fit well into the show and does a very good job filling in for William Peterson. He now feels like a regular cast member and not just a guest. What I enjoyed most about this episode was how the members of the team expected something was not right and decided to investiagte the staged case themselves. That showed a real comraderie among the team members and their strong desire to search for the truth. Their reaction after having leaned the truth is terrific also.moreless
  • A cocoon is worth a thousand words.

    Okay, I've just finished watching this episode, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Nice nod to continuity, with the Danilo Zamesca story. I love it when they do that. I have to tell you, there must be something really interesting in that drawer of Grissoms'. That's the third time this season that we've seen it. Also good to see that the box is still there, ominous music included. Great to see Bobby Dawson back. I was about to get worried he wouldn't be back this season. Ohh, Cath's in trouble, and Sara is gonna lay into her. I'd love to see that conversation. I was worried that ignoring the evidence in Sara's case would be what let the killer go. I mean, you can't just ignore evidence like that. Glad to see it actually helped nab the killer, when Keppler and Catherine’s plan went under. On a lighter note, what, Grissom can't write a note. I like the symbolism of the butterfly in the cocoon, but c'mon! A note saying "I miss you" wouldn't go amiss. And were Catherine and Keppler on a date? I guess they don't feel the need to hide that relationship. Overall I really liked this episode, but I still miss Grissom.moreless
  • For about the millionth time, Catherine has succeeded in making everyone mad at her.

    I don't know how she does it, lol.

    Great episode- but I'm still missing Grissom. I couldn't believe that Sara walked in to the office to get the key, and din't notice the suspicious package that has been lying on his desk for at least two weeks now. That was very unperceptive, even for someone who was doing another task at the time.

    But Sara's present! A cocoon!!! AIIIEEE!!! So great. She didn't seem too enthused though, especially when she realized that that was all that was in the box. Her initial reaction was great, but it slowly declined from there. I don't know if I can take all of this angst. :(

    Catherine and Keppler getting outed was great. I love Nick's little rebelious huddle outside, and how Warrick, Sara, and Nick all agreed, but Greg just kind of gave shrug. :D Very cute, Greggo.

    The Catherine/Keppler flirting is odd. Very odd. And I think this episode might have destroyed all CatNip dreams, unless you chalk the reason up that Nick was so upset was because he harbors unyielding passion for Catherine, and was dissapointed in her. :D lol

    A great episode, and I can't wait until next week. :)moreless
  • Crazy.

    Wow, what an episode. The whole radio thing was kind of interesting. Reverse forensics, that's a totally new one. I still don't like Keppler and with his reverse forensics idea, it's really torn apart the trust between Catherine and her team. Especially with Nicky.

    After watching this episode, I've come to the conclusion that with Greg in the field, Hodges has taken the responsibility as lab clown. He's really becoming a funny guy. I think with the fannysmackin' Greg undeservingly recieved, he's ort of lost his back bone. I say this because when he and the others were outside and making the decision to be a team without Catherine or Keppler, it was kind of like peer pressure to agree to Nick proposal. He didn't voice any sort of reason or comment much. Grissom is who I feel bad for the most because he's gonna have a big mess on his hands when Keppler finally scre-- er, leaves.

    If there's one thing I completely agree with Catherine on is that her team cannot be decieved that easily. They're too good for that.moreless
  • Keppler and Catherine try a new strategy to catch the suspect, deceiving the other team members.

    An assemblyman and an attorney were killed by Simon, the most notorious drug dealer on the West Coast. The killer holed up, so the CSI team has to track down him to put him in jail. Keppler convinced Catherine and Brass to approach this case in a different way, so-called 'reverse forensics', in which investigators manipulate a crime scene and arrest a fake suspect in an attempt to make the real suspect think he is off the hook and feel free to do something. Frankly, that's the way I've always thought about personally that the CSI team could try, at least once, in order to catch the suspect. (Probably, it would not have happened with Grissom in charge.)

    When the other four members - Nick, Warrick, Sara, and Greg - noticed something fishy going on between Catherine and Keppler, they decided to work on the investigation by themselves. Especially, it seemed like Nick felt betrayed really bad. Anyway, the team managed to nail Simon, but Nick is still angry at the fact that he was deceived by someone he has always trusted.moreless
Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber

Michael Keppler

Guest Star

Adam Nee

Adam Nee

Edwin "Rat" Dennison

Guest Star

Darris Love

Darris Love

Ezekiel Holstein

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: Keppler supposedly smashes the car window with a spark plug, but if you look closely, he actually appears to use some kind of metal pipe.

    • Hodges comments to Nick that Keppler & Catherine's mysteriousness implies an Internal Affairs investigation so much so that the department has started a pool on who is being investigated. The top three in the pool are claimed to be (in order) Nick, Hodges & Grissom.

    • When Nick is in Hodges lab and prints a result, for the first time the laser printer outputs the result with the upside down (like a normal printer will do). In all previous times and episodes the laser printers of the lab always printed the pages with the face up something that no laser printer does. In the first seasons of CSI (mentioned before) the laser printers was also making a dot-matrix sound-like.

    • Goof: In different moments, in all shots in the fake crime scene you can see the reflection of the shooting (filming) team in Brass' and Keppler's sunglasses. You can even see two big white objects that from the reflection seem to be in front of the actors all the time, even when they move. These are used to help redirect both natural and lamps to help light the scene.

    • Goof: When Keppler takes the SIM card out of the phone after calling 911 the card is backwards. The golden platine should be on the lower side, not the upper side. Also the card wouldn't fit in that way because one corner of the card is generally cut so people can insert the card only one way.

      Even if he could get the card in that way, the phone shouldn't work because the pins can't connect to the platine.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Undersheriff McKeen: Alright, which one of you screwed this up?
      Brass: I'm looking at him. You dropped the ball, man. You never cleared this with the D.A and now she says she can't tell fact from fiction. She's not gonna file charges against Simon.
      Undersheriff McKeen: She's a tight ass. I told her what I thought she needed to know.
      Brass: Did you hear what I said? Now what're you gonna tell the Sheriff?

    • Warrick: This glass wasn't shot out. Take a look at that. (Nick looks)
      Nick: Spark plug?
      Warrick: The only mark a spark plug makes is a knick in the center, now who would know about that?
      Nick: Crooks... and cops. And hey, get this... the blood found in Holstein's car had high levels of EDTA... anti-coagulant.
      Warrick: That means that the blood didn't come from his head, it came from his arm.
      Nick: Which means this crime scene was staged.
      Warrick: If Keppler is IA that means Catherine couldn't tell us anything even if she wanted to.
      Nick: If this is all IA... B.S, then why play it out in the press?

    • Nick: I can't find the evidence in the Holstein case.
      Catherine: What do you want it for?
      Nick: Because that guy who confessed to killing Zameesca didn't do it. The sheriff's jumping the gun.
      Catherine: We have evidence and a confession, you can't just come in here and take over my case.
      Nick: Is there a reason that you don't want me to see that file, Catherine?
      Catherine: Nick, as your supervisor I'm ordering you to back off.

    • Sara: Uh, it's freezing why are we having a meeting outside?
      Nick: Because Catherine and Keppler are in there.
      Greg: Have you guys been listening to Hodges?
      Nick: No, and this isn't about Keppler being IA anyway, this is about Catherine having a false confession and standing by it.
      Warrick: You'd better be able to back that one up, man.
      Nick: Zameesca knew Sara and Greg's vic. He's dead, she's dead. Same drugs are found at both crime scenes. And then those same drugs were found at your crime scene?
      Warrick: Could've came from the same supplier.
      Greg: We see that all the time.
      Nick: I don't think it's a coincidence.
      Sara: You know, Catherine...(looks around) Catherine ordered Henry to step out of his lab without putting drug evidence away.
      Greg: Why would she do that?
      Warrick: I did see Keppler checkin' out Zameesca's file the yesterday, I didn't think anything strange of it then, but now...
      Sara: Okay, so maybe there is a IA investigation.
      Nick: I can't find the Holstein evidence.
      Sara: What?
      Warrick: Catherine put it in the temporary locker.
      Nick: Yeah but why didn't she put it where it belongs?
      Warrick: The Holstein bullet is a little too clean and Keppler didn't seem at all concerned about it, he said we'd see it in autopsy.
      Nick: It's kinda hard to have an autopsy when you don't have a body, man. I talked to Doc Robbins and he's still tryin' to track it down. And the mortuary has no record of Catherine's call whatsoever.
      Sara: Do we have access to any of the Holstein evidence?
      Warrick: We got the car. (laughs and realizes) Catherine sent it to the impound.
      Greg: Well, at least we know where it is.
      Nick: Alright that's it, we're a team now, the four of us. We can't trust Catherine and we can't trust Keppler. I'm serious, I'm going to roll with this one.
      Warrick: I'll roll wit'chu. You? (looks at Sara)
      Sara (pauses): I'm in. (all look at Greg, he looks around nervously and then nods/shrugs)

    • Catherine: I grew up in this town, I know all about playing the odds, you are gambling with my team.
      Keppler: We talked about the risks going in, it's not like we can quit now.
      Catherine: I'm not quitting, but I don't like it. And I hate lying to my guys.

    • (After Undersheriff McKeen walks out after lunch)
      Keppler: You ever notice how the guys that have all the money never end up paying?
      Brass: Sure, that's how they keep all the money.

    • Keppler: We can try something I did in Philly. It's uh, a little unorthodox.
      Undersheriff McKeen: I only want to know if it works.
      Keppler: Philly, yes, Baltimore, no.
      Catherine: Is that why you're in Vegas? (Keppler smiles)
      Undersheriff McKeen: 50/50 I can live with those odds.
      Brass: So are you waitin' for a drumroll?
      Keppler: It's called reverse forensics.
      Catherine: Oh, we fake a crime scene?
      Keppler: Basically.
      Undersheriff McKeen: How do we get around entrapment?
      Keppler: Well it's not entrapment if you're not enticing anyone to commit a crime. The goal is to make Simon think he's off the hook.
      Brass: So what's the catch?
      Keppler: The whole thing's a catch. The hardest part is stopping leaks. You gotta be willing to deceive the people you work with.
      Catherine: Assuming they can be deceived, which they can't.
      Undersheriff McKeen: Not your call.
      Brass: You know I can name nine, no ten ways this can go wrong.
      Keppler: At least.

    • Keppler: It's called reverse forensics.
      Greg: Reverse forensics?
      Catherine: Simon had to believe it when he saw it on the news.
      Keppler: He was a fugitive, the only way to get him to show his face was to make him think that he was off the hook.
      Warrick: And your only option was fabricate evidence and make me process it?
      Greg: How could you think we wouldn't figure it out? It's kinda what we do.
      Catherine: I understand how you must all feel, I am sorry. I had no choice.
      Nick: We trust you with our lives, Catherine, you could have trusted us with this.
      (long pause)
      Catherine: Sara?
      Sara: If I have something to say to you Catherine, I'm going to say it in private. (to Keppler) No offence.

    • Sara: You know... I really hate deceiving people, because eventually you get what you give.
      Warrick: I hate being deceived.

    • Hodges (to Sara): Ten to one, it's Internal Affairs. I got a vibe off Keppler the minute he blew in. Always with a suit. If you got any dirty laundry, I hope you use bleach.

    • Keppler: My eggs are runny. I couldn't have been more specific to the waitress. (he looks around for the waitress, then over at Brass' plate) You gonna eat those?
      Brass: Oh, you want my pancakes? (he hands over the plate) Sure, knock yourself out.

    • Warrick: You wanna, uh, get a drink or somethin'?
      Nick: Not tonight, man. I'm tired. (Nick walks away)
      Warrick: Nick....Nick! Let it go, man.

    • Nick (about Catherine): Man, she has got it in for me today!
      Warrick: Well... giddyap.

    • Keppler: Stealing cars gets old fast. I like a challenge.
      Catherine: Note. To. Self.

    • Keppler: So what do you think- does the dyslexic athiest believe in Dog?
      Warrick: What? (long pause)....Oh. I get it.

    • Catherine: I'm not used to faking it.
      Keppler: When's the last time you had to?

    • Keppler: If we do our job right and catch the guy, no one will remember the rest.
      Catherine (quieter): I'll remember.

    • Hodges: Interesting that Grissom, the little man's guy, is on sabbatical.
      Keppler: Maybe he planned it that way.

    • Nick: Want to shoot our way in?
      Warrick: I'd love to bust a cap in his knee.

  • NOTES (5)