CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 10

Sex, Lies and Larvae

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 22, 2000 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Sara investigate a bug riddled body found in the desert. Warrick and Catherine look into the theft of some valuable art. Nick gets to find out why a missing woman's car is found at the bus station. Warrick is suspected of having gambled on duty.moreless

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  • Grissom and Sara try to solve the mystery of a dead woman found in the mountains while Stokes covers a missing persons case.

    When I originally watched this episode I was worried t would be a little formulaic. Sara is convinced the husband of the dead woman is guilty of her murder. The powers that be don't believe her and tell her to let it go. Sara mounts an endless investigation. All seems lost until... I have seen that too many times before. However I will admit it was quite entertaining to see Grissom's experiment with the pig. That did help this episode to a certain degree. The secondary story focusing on Nick's investigation in to the missing woman was not too bad. The ultimate conclusion was pretty clever I will admit. Overall this was a mediocre episode to say the least. There are better ones.moreless
  • Sara becomes determined to prove a husband is giulty of killing his wife.

    In this episode Grissom and Sara had a case where a husband killed his wife but struggle to find the right amount of evidence Grissom and Sara never stopped there because Grissom used a pig to determine the victim was there was five not three days Sara was happy to find that they have got the husband for murder because of their confrontation at his house and the way he treated his wife This was another good episode into a good first season.moreless
  • Grissom and Sara have a domestic abuse homicide case, Catherine and Warrick investigate a missing painting, and Nick gets a missing person.

    Grissom and Sara have a domestic abuse homicide case, Catherine and Warrick investigate a missing painting, and Nick gets a missing person. Grissom and Sara get a dead body covered with bugs, which was dumped in the mountains. Grissom says according to the bugs she's been dead three days, but that eliminates their only suspect, her husband. So he and Sara conduct an experiment using a dead pig, which proves that the husband was indeed at home when Kaye Shelton was killed. The meanie Sheriff says a jury won't understand bugs, so they look at bullets instead. The bullets provide even more evidence, and that's better than bugs, because as Sara said: There's "less Latin."

    Catherine and Warrick get a supposed missing person, a Paul Sorenson, but upon arriving at Richard Zeigler's house, they find out they've been called in to investigate a stolen painting. They gather ear prints and find out that Zeigler's son, Jason, stole the painting. The case is apparently solved, but Catherine feels it isn't finished. So she, Warrick and some tech discover that Zeigler has ten grand of forgeries in his house, and that Jason swapped them with the real ones to get attention.

    Nick has to look at a missing person, Sheryl Applegate's car, which is slightly suspicious because there's blood all over the carpet. However, in the end he finds out that Sheryl merely ran away from her husband to be with someone else, and that the blood was from an injured stray dog she picked up.

    This episode was one of the best in Season 1, not only because of the great cases. Usually when there are three cases, I feel slightly confused, but not in "Sex, Lies and Larvae." The three cases are just too drastically different. Apart from the investigations, we learn more about the characters. Sara gets overly sensitive to a domestic abuse case, we don't know why until Season 5 when she reveals the truth about her past to Grissom. There was quite a lot of GSR in this episode. Other than that, Catherine discovers that her ex-husband Eddie has "sic-ed" Child Services on her, because she won't let him back into her life. Warrick tells her they called him, and that he told them: "As far as mothers are concerned, you're the bomb." Lastly, Warrick gets busted for missing a court date, because he was, apparently, gambling at the Monaco.moreless
  • The pig was gross!!!

    I like this episode but it wasn't one of my favorites. Sara did good acting in this episode. My favorite part was when she got all up in the dudes face after seeing signs of domestic abuse on the walls. I thought the pig experiment was a little gross but it worked and it proved that the husband was capable of killing his wife. The story that Catherine and Warrick was working on was interesting. I couldn't believe it was the son who was stealing the painting from his father. I was glad he pressed charges against his son at the end. It was a hard lesson to learn.moreless
  • body,bugs, great episode

    I love this episode. I feel really bad for sara though because she gets so into it and she just blows up on that guy. I love it when sara asks grissom to sleep wit her oh i laughed sooo hard and then shes like so when i hear her screams and then i was like oh dang it i was hoping she was really asking cause it was funny. Then that girl went missing and nick ended up finding her with a guy and she was like dont tell my husband lol that was so funny. All around a pretty good episode.moreless
John Getz

John Getz

Richard Zeigler

Guest Star

Mark Moses

Mark Moses

Scott Shelton

Guest Star

Jennifer Sommerfield

Jennifer Sommerfield

Detective Joyce Secula

Guest Star

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Glenn Morshower

Glenn Morshower

Sheriff Brian Mobley

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Gil Grissom has a diploma from the University of Chicago. William Peterson, who plays Grissom, is from Chicago.

    • Goof: When checking the Sorenson paintings for fakes, they use a special light and the tech says that titanium wasn't used in white oil pigments until the 1950s. However, starting in 1921, the pigment was able to be mass produced so it could be used as oil color suitable for artists.

    • Goof: When the tea-kettle is whistling and Grissom goes to pick it up you can clearly see the cameramen in the reflection.

    • This is the episode in which Sara becomes a vegetarian after the experiment with the pig. Jorja Fox herself is a vegetarian and a supporter of PETA.

    • Goof: When Grissom tells the story about the how forensic science was born, Sara incorrectly identifies the investigator as Song Tzu (it's actually Song Ci).

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Sara: I wish I was like you, Grissom, I wish I didn't feel anything.

    • Sara (to Grissom): I heard you were going into an autopsy. How can you just move on to another case? They're laughing at us. You know that, right? They think we're a couple of 'science nerds'. They threw out our findings.

    • Sara: Any idea how long she's been dead?
      Doc Robbins: The elements really got to her. Grissom and his insects are going to have to figure that one out. (Doc Robbins turns around and sees Grissom picking up a bug from the body) Have we lost you, Grissom?
      Grissom (muttering): "The worms go in the worms go out the worms play pinochle on your snout."
      Sara: Shakespeare again?
      Grissom: An old nursery rhyme.
      Doc Robbins: A very special insect, Dr. Seuss?

    • Catherine: Hey, how's the body with the bugs?
      Grissom: How do you know about that already? (he turns around and looks at Sara)
      Sara: Hey, don't look at me.
      Nick: We, uh, played a hunch; checked with homicide. You were late.

    • Sara: I hate bees.
      Grissom: Just paper wasps. They're having too much fun to worry about us.
      Sara: I never get used to this part, you know when the bugs get going.
      Grissom: Just doing what god intended, recycling us back to the earth.

    • Brass: I ID'd her body through AFIS, and located her husband.
      Grissom: Let me guess. Downtown? The Fremont District? (Brass looks disappointed)
      Brass: You know, I'm not even going to ask.

    • (Warrick and Catherine are looking at the Sorenson painting and Nick walks in)
      Nick: Hey.
      Warrick: Hey.
      Catherine: Nicky, how's it going?
      Warrick: What's up?
      Nick: Good, good. (he looks at the painting) Are you putting one of Lindsey's drawings into evidence? (Cath and Warrick laugh)
      Catherine: If only her artwork brought in this kind of dough I wouldn't need to worry about her college tuition.
      Nick: Yeah, I heard your missing person was a "painting".
      Warrick (scoffs): At least we solved our case.
      Nick: Oh! (Nick puts a hand to his chest as if wounded)
      Catherine: Keep walking. (Nick laughs and leaves the room)

    • Grissom (collecting bugs and he names them): John... Paul... George... Ringo.
      Sara: Beetles. No alkali fluids in the dirt so she wasn't killed here. Whoever dumped her must have been in a hurry. Didn't take the time to bury her. What do you think?
      Grissom: Have you got any of that beef jerky you're always gnawing on?
      Sara: You can eat?
      Grissom: I want to keep these little fellas alive. They're our first witnesses to the crime.

    • Scott Shelton (about Sara): You have your hands full with her.
      Grissom: So do you.
      Sara: We're going to investigate your apartment. Do we need a warrant or are you going to play nice?
      Scott Shelton: Come on over. I've got nothing to hide.
      Sara: We'll be the judge of that.

    • Richard Zeigler: Well, this is, uh where the Sorenson was displayed.
      Catherine: Sorenson is a painting.
      Richard Zeigler: Paul Sorenson was an artist. Early 1900s. (walks away)
      Catherine (shrugs, to Warrick): How dumb are we?
      Warrick (scoffs): What's he know about the forensic analysis of a friction ridge?
      Catherine: Right on.

    • Grissom (to Ecklie): Then you must feel very small today by association.

    • Catherine: It's like a fingerprint, for your ear.

    • Grisson: No, Sara's gonna work with me. You've got a missing person, Sheryl Applegate. Her husband notified the police that she took the car and headed to LA, but she never showed up. A few hours ago, the PD found her car at the bus station. They requested a CSI.
      Nick: She took the bus instead, case solved.

    • Grissom: You've still got to convince a jury.
      Sara: On guns. It's got to be better than bugs. Less Latin.

    • Sara: You're the one who said one piece of evidence is better than ten eyewitnesses.
      Grissom: What do you tape everything I say?

    • Scott Shelton (after Sara discovers blood that has been wiped clean off the wall): I have no idea how it got there.
      Sara: Oh... How it "got there" was when you shot your wife in the head, wrapped her in a blanket and left her on the side of a mountains! (points her finger in his face)
      Scott Shelton: Get that finger out of my face, bitch! (he pushes her finger away, and she pushes him back)
      Grissom: Sara! (Grissom pulls her back)
      Sara: You touch me again, you draw back a stump!
      Scott Shelton: Look at her.
      Grissom: Sara!
      Scott Shelton: Can't you control her?
      Grissom: Get him out of here, Jim!
      Scott Shelton: Told you she was a handful.
      Sara: Oh, you don't know a handful! (Brass leaves with Scott Shelton)
      Grissom: Hey, Sara, what's the matter with you?
      Sara: I am a woman, and I have a gun and look how he treated me! I can only imagine how he treated his wife!

    • Grissom: You have empathy for her, Sara. You want someone to pay for what was done to her. That's normal.
      Sara: You want to sleep with me?
      Grissom: Did you just say what I think you did?
      Sara: That way, when I wake up in cold sweat under the blanket, hearing Kaye's screams ... You can tell me it's nothing. It's just empathy.

    • Brass: So, you planning a little late-night luau? Roast pig?
      Grissom: It's an experiment. Maybe Kaye was dead five days.
      Brass: I thought your bugs never made mistakes.
      Grissom: They don't. People do. The victim was wrapped in a blanket. Normally a blanket or clothing doesn't impact insect maturation. The insects usually fight their way in anyway. But I examined the folds in Kaye's blanket. She was wrapped tight---maybe tighter than I realized---which would have decreased the corpse's exposure to insects
      Brass: So it took longer for the insects to get in there?
      Grissom: And deposit their eggs. Maybe two whole days. I've wrapped porky here pretty tight.
      Brass: Well, let me ask you this. You killed a pig just for this?
      Grissom: This poor ham was already on its way to someone's Christmas dinner
      Brass: Wouldn't a rabbit be easier?
      Grissom: Gotta be a pig. Interestingly, they're the most like humans.
      Brass: Yeah, I've been saying that since I was a rookie. You're on your own, pal.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Grissom: ..full of sound and fury and signifying...what, Doc? A paraphrase from a line by Macbeth (from Shakespeare's play of the same name) having been confronted with the death of his wife and a reflection on the fact that no matter how we start out and spend our lives, we all end up in the same place eventually. The original quote is: ...it is a tale / Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury / Signifying nothing.

    • When Grissom picks beetles off of the dead woman, he names them "John, Paul, George and Ringo"- after the famous Beatles musicians.

    • Grissom: The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinochle in your snout.

      This is part of a children's rhyme called "The Hearse Song." It's a song about death and what happens to the body after one dies. Popular during World War I, it's most modern variation can be found in the Alvin Schwartz book, Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark.

    • The Title: Sex, Lies and Larvae
      This episode title comes from the 1989 film "Sex, Lies, and Videotape".