CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 15

Table Stakes

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 22, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

At a swanky fundraiser, attended by the sheriff, a woman turns up dead in the pool. The owner of the house is away and a young couple is housesitting. Warrick looks into an apparent professional hit in the glass elevator of one of the hotels.

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  • Classic CSI!

    "Table Stakes" is probably one of the most memorable episodes of the entires series, even if it is the very first season.

    Grissom's case was very good and interesting, while Warrick's was also good. Warrick's linked into his gambling addiction which was also a plus to the case.

    However, the most memorable moment of the episode was of course Greg dressing up in the Showgirl headdress and dancing around the lab's hallway with Catherine and Grissom watching him!

    The episode had humour, twists, a bit of character development and of course a bit of science.

    Probably my personal all time favourite episode of CSI.moreless
  • One of my my favourite episodes!!!!!!!!

    this episode is one of my favourites because i like the way catherine is going to shows where the gals perform and she is possible remembering? anyway. i love greg in this one. apart from being drop dead gorgous he is a bit daft in more or less all episodes. i am in stitches when greg is dancing with portia richmonds headgear on his head. i have noticed that gregs true friends are probably catherine willows, and warrick brown . . . anyway i love the word incomunnicado. soo wowza! ! very very godd episode definatly one of my favourites

    peace out wooooo!!!!!

  • Absolutely amazing. Quite possibly my favorite episode ever.

    Both of the cases were entertaining to watch. I love how they ended the episode with Warrick in the Casino, and Grissom's words kept echoing through his head. Very nicely done.

    I also loved some of the quotes. Especially when Sara gets called in on her day off, and she says to Greg, "You're awake...I hate you". She seemed so grumpy throughout the entire episode :)

    And Grissom flirting with the Showgirls! Billy was so cute :D It was a definite 'Aww...' moment.

    Greg in the headdress kind of scared me. He looked like he was having a seizure. But still, it made for a funny scene ;)moreless
  • One of my favorite episodes

    This was one of the funniest episodes of CSI I've ever watched. I couldn't stop laughing and I even forgot to pay attention to Warricks case to see if he solved it or not.

    There was alot of Greg in this episode and all his scenes were funny, especially when he put the headress on & started dancing out in the hall. The look on Grissoms face was priceless. I couldn't stop laughing. And Greg asking Nick if he wanted a Valium for Sara, that was a great one as well.

    The old lady's murder was a hard one to prove with no body, and it was very creative.

    Gotta hand it to the writers. Excellent job.moreless
  • I love this episode...one of my favorites!!

    I really love this episode. It's one of my favorites (along w/ Butterflied, Blood Drops, Too Tough to Die and a couple others). It's a very fun but yet original CSI episode. One of my fav scenes is the one with Nick, Sara and Greg when Sara comes into work. It was really great.
Shawn Christian

Shawn Christian

Patrick Haynes/Chad Matthews

Guest Star

Elizabeth Lackey

Elizabeth Lackey

Amanda Haynes

Guest Star

Nichole Hiltz

Nichole Hiltz


Guest Star

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Sheeri Rappaport

Sheeri Rappaport


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Catherine: 419 at The Sphere, glass elevator. You're on it.
      Warrick: This is a big case. I'm in a groove here.
      Catherine: Well, groove on down to the Strip.
      Warrick: Whatever happened to "You cross the tape, you go the distance"?
      Catherine: I was probably saying that to get you to service my needs at the time.

    • (Greg is wearing a showgirl's headdress and dancing)
      Catherine (smiles): You want to take that thing off your head, Greg? It's evidence.
      Greg: Cool your jets, Cath. I already got all the evidence out of it. Now, it's all woman. Did you ever wear one of these when you were dancing?
      Catherine: I wore nothing but skin.
      Greg: Ooh. (standing behind Greg is Grissom. Catherine sees Grissom and clears her throat. Greg turns around and finds himself face to face with Grissom. He takes the headpiece off of his head and reports) I, uh, compared the DNA from the tooth with hair follicles found inside the headdress. I think we have a match, sir. And I think we may have a homicide. Excuse me. (Greg steps back into his lab. Catherine suppresses a grin and looks at Grissom)

    • Catherine (to Grissom, who is staring in awe at a group of showgirls who pass by): Close your mouth.

    • (Warrick has just gone in a pool to collect evidence)
      Nick (laughing): Marco? (Warrick dives under the water and gets the evidence and comes back up)
      Warrick: Polo.
      Nick (teasing): You want to get out of there, sir? Pool closed at sundown.
      Catherine (joining in on teasing): Can I get you a towel, sir? (Warrick gets out of the pool)
      Warrick (dryly): Yeah, please.

    • (Sara's mad after getting called into work on her day off)
      Sara: What am I? Working food and beverage at one of the hotels? I haven't had a day off in three weeks. I mean if they're gonna call me in at least throw me a bone. Gimme the 419 on the elevator.
      Nick: Someone's bitter.
      Sara: I'm tired!
      Nick: You? Tired? I thought you never sleep. (Sara fakes a yawn, Nick chuckles) Nice, nice. (they walk into DNA and Greg's blasting music)
      Nick: What up, G?
      Sara: You're awake. I hate you.
      Greg: Couple glasses of Merlot, a rack of lamb on my day off. I slept like a baby yesterday. You look horrible.
      Sara: Thanks, Greg. (Greg looks at Nick)
      Nick: Don't look at me. I got 'sunshine' all night. (Nick glances over at Sara who glares back at him, definitely catching exactly who he's calling "sunshine") Check for DNA in the sexual assault kit and the fingernail, please.
      Sara: Everything has to be in CODIS ASAP.
      Greg: Oh, is that all? I want to know who's going to authorize my overtime?
      Sara: Suck it up, Greg. You're well-rested. (walks away)
      Greg (to Nick): You want a valium for her?
      Sara: I heard that!

    • Sara: This Chilean sea bass is excellent.
      Catherine: So is this.
      Sara: Okay, you got your missing widow. Her bloody tooth found in her own
      bedroom which is currently occupied by two moes.
      Brass: "Moes." I'm rubbing off on you. (Brass steals a bite of Sara's food)
      Sara: No, you're not, and stay away from my seabass.

    • Grissom: Who found her?
      Brass: Look around you. (sighs) This is gonna take all night.
      Grissom: Come for the hors d'oeuvres... stay for the interrogation.

    • Dancer: Hi. Do you need a hand with that?
      Grissom: Uh... no, thanks. I'll be fine.
      Dancer: Are you a doctor?
      Grissom: Of sorts. I'm just, um... looking around.
      Dancer: See anything you like?
      Grissom: Yes. I do. (he picks up a music box, the dancer walks away)
      Grissom: Catherine? (he opens the box and it play music) Tchaikovsky's "Waltz of the Flowers". (he looks underneath the music box and grins)
      Catherine: What? Why are you smiling?
      Grissom: It's playing our song.

    • Grissom (finding a tooth in the fireplace): I think the tooth fairy might have just left us a piece of Portia Richmond.

    • Grissom (angry): Are you looking for work?
      Nick: I just...
      Grissom: The sign says, "Do Not Enter," Nick. You can't read anymore? You're blind? What?
      Nick Grissom, this is important.
      Grissom (furious): This is important. Sometimes in interrogations, Nick, you get one chance, one answer. And while I'm out here screwing around with you he's in there thinking up an answer that he didn't have before you walked in.
      Nick: We matched the DNA taken from Lacey Duvall to a cold case in Texas ten years ago.
      Grissom: And?
      Nick: The suspect's name was Chad Matthews.
      Grissom: C.M. The cuff link. Okay, I'm starting to forgive you.
      Nick: Sara ran Patrick Haynes' social. The real Haynes is deceased. So
      Patrick Haynes is Chad Matthews and Chad Matthews is on the run.
      Grissom: And he just ran into us.

    • Grissom: Have you got the DNA results from the fingernail Catherine found?
      Greg: Yeah. They're not a match to Patrick Haynes.
      Grissom: I never figured a man for the fingernail, Greg.
      Greg: But this is where you break out the can of creep repellent. Half of the DNA markers are in common.
      Grissom: A possible first degree relative?

    • (About fingerprints in an elevator)
      Warrick: It's like the Circle Bar on a Friday night - three million people on top of each other.

    • (Nick hands Sara a cup of coffee)
      Sara: No, I can't drink any more coffee. My body clock is so screwed up. I just want a steak and a shot.
      Nick: Tut's Tomb, steak and eggs $1.99.
      Sara: Food?
      Nick: Mmhmm.
      Sara: Good idea. You're on.
      Greg (runs in the room): It's what I live for. You guys are not gonna believe this. You ready?
      Sara: So much for the steak, I'll take the coffee.

    • Catherine: Well, according to her credit card records Portia Richmond hasn't spent a dime since she's been in the Mediterranean.
      Sara: She's dead.
      Catherine: Not necessarily. She may have been... swept off her feet.
      Nick: Some guys still like to foot the bill.
      Sara: Really? How would you know?
      Nick: Hey, I only go dutch if girls ask the wrong question.
      Catherine: What's that?
      Nick: "What do you drive?"
      Sara: It's a honest question.
      Nick: No it's not. What it means is "how much do you make so you can take care of me".
      Sara (grinning): Well, not this girl.

    • Grissom: The Old Testament? The book of Jonah? And the Lord arranged for a fish to swallow up Jonah. You know what the problem with the piranha, though? They have high cholesterol.
      Catherine: Cholesterol is found in humans, not fish. So how does a fish acquire human cholesterol?

    • (They catch the couple having sex)
      Catherine: Caught in the act.
      Grissom: I think that was the point.
      Catherine: Oh yeah.

    • Brass: I hate having lunch with you CSIs, you notice everything.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Grissom: Now I see it...the family resemblance. Donny and Marie; brother and sister.

      Donny and Marie Osmond are a famous brother-and-sister singing duo who had their own show, The Donny & Marie Show.

    • Catherine: We have a forgery!
      Nick: Either that, or a dimpled ballot.

      Nick's reference to a dimpled ballot is an allusion to the infamous 2000 Presidential elections in the US, and the recount difficulties encountered, including many ballots being disqualified as 'dimpled'.

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