CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 5

Swap Meet

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 28, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and Sara investigate the murder of a woman after a swap party where the married couples in the neighborhood meet and switch partners. Nick & Warrick investigate the murder of a landlord killed by a band saw. With the help of a crime scene cleaner, they find there was more to their crime scene than they first thought. Ecklie is promoted and Catherine wants a promotion to day shift supervisor.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • this one is kind of a kinky csi. we find out that the people had a swapping party and the lady ends up dead. she has a few type of sperms in her body and we see she died in water but no one admits to where she found body.moreless

    one of the best dealing with a delicate subject. we see a lot of people having a good time. we see that it is some kind of wife swapping party. we find one of the women die and she has quite a few types of semen in her body and she wasnt a submarine. we find out that her daughter killed her when she found out that she was having sex with the same man. she was sending the man her picture and then having sex with him.moreless
  • Nick and Warrick investigate a dead landlord and the others take the case of a dead woman found after a swingers party.

    Great episode. Loved the comedy, especially from Marty the clean up guy. His characted was funny to me. I love it when Nick and Warrick work a case together. It definitly makes for a good storyline. Hodges is another character who offers comic relief during this episode. the whole latex glove conversation was funny as well the fountain dialect between him and Greg. The daughter ending up being the killer of her step mom at the end. Wasn't really a big shock, she looked suspect during the whole episode. I figured something was up with her. What was with the vibrators in the dishwasher...eww gross!moreless
  • wife swap.

    So these people have like an alternative life style and then one of them are killed and in a fountian. i love when sara is explaining to greg why stlitteos are not sexy. I also like when hodges is making fun of greg and said good thing you didnt have to take a spelling test to go into the feild. Funtian water and then he replies with im norweign thats how my people spell it! oh i laughed so hard. Okay well it ended up being the girls step daughter and then she was in love with this older guy. All the rules of the life style were broken.moreless
  • A woman is found dead in a fountain in a residential neighborhood, and Warrick & Nick team up to tackle the murder of a landlord with an unexpected twist.

    This is a very underrated episode in my book, a die hard CSI fan. For some reason, this episode never gets old. Both the A story and B story are very interesting, funny, and unpredictable. After a woman is found dead in a fountain after attending a swingers party, all the residents of the neighborhood are questioned. Warrick & Nick try to figure out who cut up a landlord with a table-saw, and uncover that the main suspect's girlfriend is missing, and may be hidden at the crime scene. Great music and comedy make this one of the more laid back CSI episodes.moreless
  • It was worth it if only for the line with Greg and Hodges. A predictable plot. \"Twist\" at the end was witty, but as stated... pretty standard as every episode is written the same.moreless

    Nevertheless, it was a very very cool episode. I hurt myself laughing at this line:

    Hodges: Good thing you didn\'t need to pass a spelling test to work the field.

    (David picks up the jar and shows the label to Greg.)

    Hodges: \"Funtain\" water?

    Greg: My people are Norwegian, that\'s how we spell it. So was the funtain water in her lungs?

    (later on...)

    Greg: So Vanessas Keaton dies in a pool?

    Hodges: Or a spa. And by the way, that\'s spelled S-P-A, in any language

    And it\'s still hurting me today!

    Greg rocks and it was suckful to have to wait 5 seasons to see him in the feild.moreless
Pruitt Taylor Vince

Pruitt Taylor Vince

Marty Gleason

Guest Star

Pam Green

Pam Green

Vanessa Keaton

Guest Star

Robert Curtis Brown

Robert Curtis Brown

Dan Keaton

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Mia Dickerson

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The porn magazine that Sara finds in the desk drawer in this episode is the same magazine that Nick finds in the drawer of the monk in episode 2-17 Felonious Monk which first aired 2 1/2 years before this one.

    • Warrick states that the graveyard shift catches about 15 to 20 cases a week.

    • Goof: When Greg takes a sample from the pool at the Brady's, we first have a plan of him taking the sample in a labelled box and closing it. A bit later, he's still sitting on the side of the pool, and is closing a sample. Again, a little later, we see him labelling an empty box. He finally get up, showing one labelled and half full sample box and saying "Got it".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Doc Robbins: You don't wear LaPerla to a tupperware party.
      Grissom: LaPerla?
      Doc Robbins: Very expensive. I gave some to my wife once. She accused me of having an affair.

    • Sara: Arrive as a couple, leave as a couple.
      Grissom: No photos, no video.
      Sara: No affairs.
      Grissom: And the kids must never know.

    • Catherine: I know that you got the memo, I'm not sure that you read it. Ecklie is being promoted to Assistant Director. They are taking applications for his supervisor spot on days. I want it. (Gil sits down and doesn't say anything) What? You want the day spot for yourself? You're worried about giving me a good A.P. score and breaking up the team? Or maybe you just think that I'm incapable of the position? Not worthy of the promotion? Is that it? I'm just always, always, always defending myself to you. I'm unbelievable. I have a daughter who is so starved for my attention, she is thumbing rides to Fremont Street to see her grandfather. The last person I want her around. I mean, not that it's much better with my mother, who sees Lindsay much more often than I do. I am missing out on my daughter's life. I have no life of my own. Would you just stop me and say something here? (Gil takes off his glasses and looks at her)
      Grissom: You want the job because you're worried about Lindsay?
      Catherine: That's part of it, but...
      Grissom: The position calls for leadership, Catherine. You have to inspire others, solve problems, which means you have to leave your own problems at home.
      Catherine: I want the job because I can do it. I'm qualified, I'm motivated and I'm ready, Gil. You know that I am.
      Grissom: I do. Which is why I already sent in your A.P. I gave you 100 percent. I even put in a good word with the Director. The rest is up to you. And...I hope you get it. (Gil puts his glasses back on. Catherine's touched)
      Catherine: Thank you. (Catherine stands up and walks out of the office. Gil sighs as he watches her go)

    • Mia: Nine vibrators, five plugs and four strands of beads.
      Greg: And a partridge in a pear tree. Some kids are happy playing in the sandbox, others want every toy in the store. And apparently these are dishwasher safe.
      Mia: I'll swab the nooks and crannies for semen and vaginal secretions and epithelials, but don't get your hopes up.
      Greg: Oh, my money's on bag number two.
      Mia: Twenty-six used condoms.
      Greg: Just like being back in college, right?
      Mia: Sara said you didn't lose your virginity until you were twenty-two.
      Greg (ignoring her): Grissom and I figured that they practiced safe sex so we checked their trash. Check them inside and out, please.
      Mia: I've analyzed condoms before, Greg. Just not in bulk.

    • Doc Robbins: Have you no poet in you?
      Grissom: Beauty is truth, truth beauty. That is all you know on Earth and all you need to know ... Except cause of death.

    • Grissom: As Lord Byron once said: "In a desert, a fountain is springing."
      Brass: Well this one sprung a dead woman.

    • Hodges: Good thing you didn't need to pass a spelling test to work the field. (he picks up the jar and shows the label to Greg) "Funtain" water?
      Greg: My people are Norwegian, that's how we spell it. So was the funtain water in her lungs?
      (later on...)
      Greg: So Vanessa Keaton dies in a pool?
      Hodges: Or a spa. And by the way, that's spelled S-P-A, in any language.

    • Grissom (opening dishwasher and pulling out a vibrator): Well, cleanliness is next to Godliness.

    • Grissom: What kind of party was this?
      Woman: A mixer. (Greg laughs)

  • NOTES (2)


    • When describing the vicims probable actions just before her death, Greg says Dolce Vita. This could be a reference to the 1960's Italian film La Dolce Vita, The Sweet Life.

    • Notice the last names of the couples involved in the swap party murder. They are Brady, Cunningham and Keaton. An inside joke by the writer maybe - these are all last names of families from TV shows (The Brady Bunch, Happy Days and Family Ties) where you never saw the marital relations of the parents.

    • Grissom: As Lord Byron once said, 'In the desert a fountain is springing.'

      This is yet another of Grissom's literary references - this time from Byron's Stanzas to Augusta, the full reference being:
      In the desert a fountain is springing,
      In the wide waste there is still a tree,
      And a bird in the solitude singing,
      Which speaks to my spirit of thee.

    • Grissom quotes the poet John Keats' poem "Ode on a Grecian Urn" ("Beauty is truth, truth beauty") during the autopsy and then, having discovered evidence has been suspiciously washed, cites John Wesley's famous maxim "Cleanliness is next to godliness".