CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 12


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 13, 2005 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

The swing shift has a busy time. Warrick looks into the murder of man by someone who apparently needs a wheelchair. Nick looks into the murder of woman in the subculture of the narcocorrido, songs about drug murders. The night shift is slow and lends help to Catherine's team.moreless

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  • Not one of my favorite episodes, if I were to clasify it I would have to say it was the worst episode this season

    Not one of my favorite episodes , if I were to clasify it I would have to say it was the worst episode this season , the only reason I gave it an 8 is because of the tiny bit of GSR . I wasn't at all fond of the whole A - case.

    The only part of this epiosde that I liked was Sara's talk with Grissom . She tells him that he's always been more than a boss to her , & Grissoms reaction - he was totally speachless - he didn't know how to respond to that.moreless
  • Best CSI scene ever

    For me this episode was not memorable save for two things. First and foremost was the scene between Grissom and Sara in his office. "You've always been a little more than a boss to me." You just gotta love how that scene and Grissom's reaction sums up their relationship. This scene is simply perfection; every second of that scene was played as well as could be. Sara's character is so upfront and Grissom just can't get the words out. I love it. And then we have the killer's creepy performance at the end. Very creepy. I believe the actor has gone on to do movies. I think he was in 'shooter' with Mark Wahlberg but it was definitely a creepy performance worth watching. But nothing tops the look on Grissom's face when Sara thanks him and gets up to leave his office. And her 'it's Okay, Okay" ranks up there with "That's a stupid reason" for the top 5 best delivered lines on CSI ever. And you can't overlook the fact that we get to see alot of Nick in this ep. I enjoy him and Vega.moreless
  • Death, drugs and rock and roll

    This one didn't carry beyond the end of the episode, which has to rank it as a rarity in the CSI-verse, but not in a good way. There was a dearth of interaction mostly due to the change in personnel shifts which has separated the team, but even given that handicap this episode was mediocre. The two main storylines involving the underworld of mexican narcocorrido, and the exploitation of an eldery lady by a greedy telemarketer were badly paired, both too weak to carry a full episode, either would have worked as secondary to a stronger first stream story. Ther was really only few moments that took this episode from abysmal to mediocre, and the best of these was the exchange between Grissom & Sara, once again she managed to leave him speechless with just a few words and a look. It's a talent many would envy.moreless
  • Sort of a filler episode...

    Snakes, though beginning with a gross premise -- a snake in a head, doesn\'t do anything to build on that momentum. It delves into a sect of the Las Vegas Hispanic community, and unless you speak Spanish, it\'s likely that you\'ll find you\'re a tad bit lost as the story continues on.

    Kudos to an appropirately creepy portrayal by Tony Plana as the creepy witch doctor, though. But as the episode develops, it just gets more and more farfetched, ending with an \"almost shoot-out\" that\'s supposed to seem dramatic of climatic -- Nick\'s screaming in Spanish with his gun drawn that the man they\'re collecting harmed an innocent girl, Detective Vega looks a little afraid -- but the whole thing seemed farfetched, including the murderer\'s motive for murdering the girl.

    All in all, not their best work.moreless
  • Add a little GSR and you get a nearly good episode.

    So the episode itself was rather bad. It's so bad I can't even remember what the case was really about. Nick would have been right at home if he had grown a 'stache for this episode but fortunately he was 'stache free. The part with the snake was creepy but added to the dark tone of the episode.

    Now the greatest part of the episode was the GSR. Now it wasn't a lot of GSR as GSR episode go but it still was there. When it comes to GSR Grissom says something that crosses the line then Sara feels that she needs to say something. Not that I'm complaining or anything, bring on the GSR!!!!!

Doan Ly

Doan Ly

Jessie Menken

Guest Star

Michael Pena

Michael Pena

Juanito Concha/Barback

Guest Star

Yancey Arias

Yancey Arias

Rafael Salinas

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Sofia Curtis

Recurring Role

Geoffrey Rivas

Geoffrey Rivas

Detective Vega

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: The victim was called "Veronica Juarez", but her degree certificate was made out to "Veroncia Juarez".

    • Goof: In this episode the CSI team identified a tire as a Toyo Open Country MT, when it was in fact a Goodyear Wrangler MTR. These tires would never be retreaded.

    • Goof: When Warrick removes contents from victim's wallet, the $100 bills clearly say "For Motion Picture Use Only" on them.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Sofia jumps right in and starts helping Warrick and Warrick looks confused)
      Sofia: Swing's tapped out. So, Catherine asked if I could lend a hand.
      Warrick: Thanks.

    • (Sara knocks on Grissom's door)
      Sara: Hi, you got a minute?
      Grissom: Sure
      Sara: We really haven't had a chance to talk since the staff changes. I...ah, I wanted to let you know that I said some things to Ecklie that might have done the team a disservice.
      Grissom: Ecklie wanted to break up the team and he did.
      Sara: He asked me if you and I had our post PEAP counseling session.
      Grissom: And we didn't. Regardless, you should never have to cover for your boss. I'm sorry.
      Sara: You've always been a little more than a boss to me. (pause) Why do you think I moved to Vegas? Look, I... I know our relationship has been a little complicated, it's probably my fault, it's probably definitely my fault.
      Grissom: You, uh completed your counseling, right?
      Sara: Yeah. Yes.
      Grissom: And...?
      Sara: Let's just say that, sometimes I look for validation in inappropriate places. (brief pause)
      Grissom: Look, let's... um...
      Sara: It's okay. Okay. You know what we, we did our session. Don't forget to document this for Ecklie.
      Grissom: Right.
      Sara: Thanks.

    • (looking at a university degree on the deceased's wall)
      Catherine: Gang-banger girlfriend with a degree?
      Nick: Sounds like a rock band.

  • NOTES (3)


    • When Sofia discovered that the bullet was from World War II she said "Deutschland, über alles", the German anthem from that time, which roughly translates as: "Germany, above all!".

    • Sofia: Off we go into the wild blue yonder.

      This is the opening line of The U.S. Air Force the official song of the United States Air Force, often incorrectly referred to as Wild Blue Yonder. In this case Sofia was more than likely indicating the bullet had disappeared beyond retrieval.

    • In this episode one of the suspects claims to be a descendant of Joaquin Murietta the Mexican Robin Hood. Nick says that the Mexican Robin Hood ended up being hanged but this is incorrect. Murietta is a real historical character who robbed Californians in the 1850s and who was never irrefuteably "proven" to be dead. Bounty hunters claimed that he died in a shootout and brought in a head that they claimed was his. Many of his victims agreed but the head was his but his sister denied it and the head was eventually lost in the Great San Francisco earthquake.