CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 5

Scuba Doobie-Doo

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 25, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom, Sara and Warrick are called in to investigate an abandoned, blood-splattered apartment and Nick and Catherine must examine a dead scuba diver lodged in a tree.

The team members are suspicious when the former tenant of the bloody apartment claims that his missing girlfriend is visiting her parents -- and the parents say she never showed up.

Meanwhile, Nick and Catherine are called to the site of a large fire and are confronted with the scuba diver found dead in the top of a tree near Lake Mead. Is it a murder or an urban legend turned fact?moreless

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  • Grissom struggles to find a dead body and Nick and Catherine investigate the mystery of the scuba diver.

    This was a very good episode when Grissom finds a room full of blood which he finds is a man's who made it come out of his nose to get back at the landlord and shows Grissom and Brass how he did and I am glad they didn't actually show him doing it because it is just disgusting.When Grissom finds there is another body around the area they use a fly to get the warrant to knock the walls down and still can't be found.Grissom finds the body by luck in the end when he tries to run the water after Sara rubs chalk on his face.Grissom finds that it isn't running so he goes to the basement and looks in the tank and finds the body.Then he finds that the motive was because she nagged him.Nick and Catherine also solve the mystery of the scuba diver when they find the killer and he puts the matches near the scuba diver and it makes him fly off into the tree.moreless
  • Episodes like this make me wonder...

    Whenever CSI runs an episode like this, I have to wonder which came first: the silly title or the plot? There have been quite a few (Felonious Monk, Crate 'n' Burial and Abra Cadaver come to mind) where the writers worked backwards from the title and concocted a convoluted plot to go with it.

    Even bad (comparatively speaking) writing on CSI is still better than average (or even good) writing on many other shows. However, that's no excuse to tolerate or condone it. In this case, the plot twists worked out okay, but whether by accident or by design doesn't matter. The only criterion should be the story.moreless
  • CSI Epiosde Review.

    In this season 2 episode of CSI titled Scuba Doobie-Doo Grissom Warrick and Sara are called too a apartment the has blood-splattered wall Nick and Catherine look into the death of a scuba diver found in the top of a tree over all a average episode the cases wert my favorite but still pretty good the scuba diver story is much better then the other it is interesting on how a scuba diver got on top of a tree over all a ok episode the has a good balance of both stories my over all episode rating for this episode is 9.1 out of 10moreless
  • Urban legend or clever episode of CSI with a GSR moment?

    When I saw the scuba diver in the tree the first thing I thought of was: It's the urban legend! Although I was a little disappointed that it wasn't, that was still a really cool case. It makes you wonder where they got the inspiration to base it on that. The other case? Awesome! Imagine walking into a room that has blood splattered all other the walls, and what your first though of how it got there? Murder was suspected first, the previous owner of the room left along with his girlfriend. "Our big murder's a nose bleed?" Demonstrated before them the suspect shows them his unique talent... he can blow blood through his nose. He expatriated blood all over his walls to get back at his land lord. But on the lamp that they recover from "nose man" they find female blood and his girlfriend hasn't turned up yet.. that causes them to continue their investigation. With a warrant they start bringing down the house by breaking through the walls looking for her... in the land lords room they recover evidence that there is a body around there.. some where. After a GSR moment out side.. they end up discovering the body, of the land lord's wife... "She nagged me." He says. With the combination of the Rocket-Man Scuba Diver, the Nose Bleed, a Sara and Grissom moment and a clever case I say that this was a great episode!

  • This is such a great episode.

    This episode reminds me of why I watch CSI week after week. The idea of a scuba diver was great, it was a case that provided some laughs, especially when Nick said he still believes in Santa Claus. It was one of the funniest moments in CSI history.

    I also loved the other case of the episode. It was a case that kept me guessing until the very end. There was another reason why I loved this episode, the GSR. It made me laugh when Sara said there was chalk on Grissom's face. I checked many times and can I just say that there was no chalk on his face or at least not that I could see. It must just have been invisible chalk. Great episode with GSR which always makes GSR great!moreless
Brad Johnson

Brad Johnson

Paul Newsome

Guest Star

Mark Tymchyshyn

Mark Tymchyshyn

Mr. Evans

Guest Star

David DeLuise

David DeLuise

Cliff Renteria

Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Skip O'Brien

Skip O'Brien

Det. Ray O'Riley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • The day that this episode began filming, a real forest fire broke out nearby. The directors took the opportunity and ordered some shots of the rescue effort, which resulted in the shots of helicopters dropping water over the fire.

    • Goof: When Nick and Catherine are interviewing Walden, Catherine's fringe moves from right to left and back to right. This continues throughout the interview.

    • Goof: The flashback showing the cigarette delay device being set up shows the cigarette being placed deep inside the matchbook. The heat won't set off the matches from there. It should be up near the heads of the matches.

    • Goof: During demolition of the walls, no masks were worn.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Nick: You just made yourself useful, my friend.
      Greg: Oh yeah?
      Nick: Yeah.
      Greg: How?

    • Grissom: You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
      Sara: A square of nine dots on paper and you can only draw four lines to connect them... without the pen ever leaving the paper.
      Grissom: Right. Think outside the box.

    • Grissom: Mr. Renteria, your apartment walls are covered in human blood. Are you aware of that?
      Clifford Renteria: Yeah.
      Grissom: Do you have an explanation?
      Clifford Renteria: It's my blood.
      Grissom: Your blood?
      Brass: You got a stigmata?
      Clifford Renteria: No. I get nosebleeds.

    • Detective O'Riley: Hey. I don't even know where to start with this one. Take a look at that. A scuba diver... up a tree.
      Nick: Wow.
      Catherine: How the hell he'd get up there?

    • Grissom: For all we know, this is animal blood.
      Brass: Yeah, sure. Deer, sheep, llama.
      Grissom: A deer hunter comes home from the mountains drunk decides to play butcher clean his kill. Chops his game up into oven-sized pieces for the winter. I mean, what does he care? He's renting.

    • Catherine: Hey, coffee boy. Where's my DNA? Cigarette butt? Match book time-delay device? Hair spray? Any of this sound familiar?
      Greg: Bags under the eyes, coffee cups, stress face. Any of this look familiar? I'm working on it.
      Catherine: Did Grissom put his stuff in front of mine?

    • Nick: Rocket man.
      Catherine: Yeah. Got to love this job.

    • Catherine: Well, they only get us something if they match Walden's ninja coffee table.

    • Grissom: Yeah, well... as it turns out our guy stands very close to the wall and blows almost sideways.
      Warrick: This is unreal. You actually saw him do this?
      Grissom: Right through his Jimmy Durante. Ambidextrous, both nostrils.
      Sara: Great. Our big murder is a nosebleed.

    • Sara: What are we looking for exactly?
      Grissom: Same thing we're always looking for; evidence to a crime scene.

    • (Seeing a bug at a crime scene)
      Grissom: Dermastidae masculatus.
      (Suspect looks confused)
      Sara: That's Latin for "You're hiding a dead body."

    • (Catherine is walking by DNA)
      Greg: Hey! Yo, Cat!
      Catherine (she walks into DNA): I'm going to forget you called me that.
      Greg: Sorry.

    • Grissom: Two things that have nothing to do with each other.
      Sara: Or everything.

    • (Sara walks out to find Grissom pacing furiously)
      Sara: You okay?
      Grissom: Ninety-five.
      Sara: Excuse me?
      Grissom: Normally my pulse is seventy, when it gets up to ninety-five, I realize just how mad I am. I- I have ten people working around the clock on this thing.
      Sara: You're too hard on yourself.
      Grissom: No, no. I'm not mad at me. There's a body in there and that guy knows where it is!
      Sara: So what's your pulse at now? You wanna... take a walk around the block? Get some air.
      Grissom: No.
      Sara: Clear your head.
      Grissom: I'm fine.
      Sara: Okay. (touches his cheek, he looks surprised) Chalk... from plaster.
      Grissom (rubs his face): Oh.
      Sara: Better go wash up.

    • Catherine: So I suppose you believe in Santa Claus?
      Nick: After this... oh yeah.

    • Nick: Hey, leggo my Greggo!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Grissom: And I don't want to hear any rumors that Paul is dead...

      Grissom might be talking about not wanting the beetle he and Sara are looking at to die since it might hurt the case, but he is alluding to "Paul is Dead", the most famous hoax surrounding The Beatles. In the late 1960s, rumors circulated that Paul McCartney died and he was being replaced on stage by a look-alike. People began claiming that evidence of his passing could be found in lyrics and album artwork, such as the cover of Abbey Road being his funeral procession.

    • Sara: Flies don't spontaneously generate.

      When the theory of evolution was in its infancy, Lamark, Darwin's predecessor suggested that simple life forms, like maggots, spontaneously came into existence. He was later proven wrong by Francesco Redi, who proved that maggots don't appear when flies are isolated from the meat.

    • Doc Robbins suggests "Jaques Cousteau" as the name of the dead man in a tree- in a reference to the famous scuba diver.

    • Grissom: Right through his Jimmy Durante.

      Jimmy Durante was a famous actor/comedian known for having an oversized nose.

    • Nick: Leggo my Greggo!

      Nick makes a reference to the slogan of popular breakfast food, Eggo Waffles. The actual slogan is "Leggo my Eggo!"

    • Episode Title: Scuba Doobie-Doo

      The title of this episode could possible be a reference to three different things. 

      First it is a play on the popular cartoon character Scooby Doo, whose trademark line is "Scooby-Doobie-Doo".

      Second, it could be a nod to the Frank Sinatra song, "Strangers in the Night" which contains the scat line, "Dooby dooby doo".

      Lastly, though most obscurely, it could also reference a poem turned song by Shel Silverstein entitled Floobie Doobie Doo."