CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 5

The Chick Chop Flick Shop

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 01, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom and his team investigate when an actress is killed on the set of a horror porn film.

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  • One of the worst episodes - Guest Actress could not act!

    I hope this is the exception and not the norm! I also couldn't work out whether this episode was supposed to be scary, or silly.

    It didn't do anything for me. It felt as though they were so desperately trying to do a "scary movie" but didn't quite manage it. It was neither scary nor silly, but somewhere in the middle - most of the time I wasn't sure whether I should be laughing or whether it was supposed to be something serious. I did giggle at the cheesy CGI effects of Wendy getting hacked in half though!

    The scene between Greg and Sara in the locker room felt very out of place, very thrown in at the last minute, maybe if it had some follow through it would have been better, but it just seemed so out of place with the rest of the episode.

    All in all, it was an OK episode, not CSI's worst, but certainly no-where near the best IMHO.moreless
  • A murder on the set of a movie set.

    I really didnt like this episode at all. First there was way too much of ronnie and i really think she should have gotten killed off. They dont need her on there so why, what was the point of even putting her in danger...no one cares about her yet. The best part of this episode was the little person thaat was hitting on catherine it made me laugh because of how he talked to her. When they showed the set and he was hanging there upside down i thought that catherine did it because it was REALLY close to what she said on the phone so i was kinda freaking out.moreless
  • This is probably the first time that those lab people shared something unrelated to their work.

    It is wonderful to see those lab staff had a sharing session of their own, not on cases. They have contributed a lot to the success of the show.

    When Ronnie was offered a place in the cult horror film industry, I thought this was exactly the right place for her, not in the crime lab. All the rookies that had been brought into the lab before were very professional, subtle and intelligent. She totally does not fit in. Cath's interaction with Dickie was hilarious. Sara was so unpredictable. How come a very dedicated criminologist suddenly getting sick of dealing with dead people? What a poor character development! Plotting for her exit? Maybe... But you just can't pick up anything handy. That's why this show cannot get a perfect 10.moreless
  • CSI Horror Style!!!

    Ok i know alot of people have mixed views of this episode but i loved it!! Throwing the CSI Team into a mini horror movie was a great idea.

    The funniest scene in the episode was without a doubt when the "little person" flirted with Catherine, her reaction and his comments where just histerical. The scene with Captain Brass and the director was also pretty funny.

    I liked the addition of the new girl (who's name i can't remember)and although she didn't make many appearences after this episode she certainly should have, she added a great feel to this episode and was a good actress, i'd have been happy to see her fill the gap left by Jorja Fox. For any CSI fans who havent yet caught this episode i highly recommend it, wierd, creepy and funny, one of my fave episodes of CSI!moreless
  • Not bad but not that good.

    I guess the reason I didn't like this episode is because they tried to fit in the horror movie in the actual case and it seemed a little predictable. Starting with Ronnie visiting the crime scene with Nick and Catherine. I never liked Ronnie. She isn't as tough as the others. You might say that it is because she's young but it's not that. She lacks interest and passion.

    Catherine, on the other hand, was great here. Her interaction with the little man was hilarious. Sara... I knew there was something wrong with her from the beginning. It seems like she doesn't know what she wants. She felt she was always the victim. Yes, she might've had a troubled past but that is gone and she should focus on the present and the people that care about her. So she's tired of fighting crime? If she spent all those years studying to become a CSI, where's her passion? She has none. Too bad we didn't get much of Grissom. It was fun to see Doc and David having a good time together. Hope the next episode is better.moreless
Jessica Lucas

Jessica Lucas

Ronnie Lake

Guest Star

John Mallory Asher

John Mallory Asher

Zack Putrid

Guest Star

John Ventimiglia

John Ventimiglia

Stanley Vespucci

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Catherine doesn't like being called "pooky".

    • Zack: This is life imitating art imitating life.

      Subtle self reference, as this CSI episode is art imitating life imitating art imitating life.

    • In the episode, horror-movie posters adorn the walls of the studio, including I Have to Axe My Mother, Can I Lick the Spoon?, Vortex of Evil, Into the Mouth of Hell and Chop Chop Fizz Fizz. Each of these was considered (and rejected) as the title of the episode itself.

    • Goof: When Nick says to Catherine, that there was between two to three hundred ml(s) of Weatherly's actual blood outside the body, he says it's less than a cup. In actuality a cup is 250ml, making his statement inaccurate.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Ronnie: Catherine, I left my phone at the scene. I need to go back and get it.
      Catherine: Yeah, you better. They're department issue, and if you lose it, you replace it.
      Ronnie: Does that include the cost of the contract?
      Catherine: Oh, yeah.
      Ronnie: Damn it. I'll see 'ya later.

    • Ronnie: This place is creepin' me out.
      Catherine: It's supposed to.

    • Vincent: You're making a big mistake, you've got the wrong dude.
      Brass: Yeah, a lotta guys tell me that.

    • Wendy: Have you seen Catherine around?
      Grissom: No. Why?
      Wendy: Because I just got the DNA results back for Weatherly Adams, and the skin under her nails and the semen from her SAE, they both belong to Von Krunty.
      Grissom: Who?
      Wendy: Von Krunty. A.K.A Zack Putrid.
      Grissom: Who's that?
      Wendy: The titan of terror, the sultan of slash... he's the movie director. I just found him in CODIS on a statutory rape charge in Laughlin. He was 18 and the girl was 16. Can you believe that?
      Grissom: What's the matter with you?
      Wendy: Nothing.
      Grissom: Go tell Catherine what you've found. Make sure you pull all the old evidence out of storange in case she needs it.

    • David (during Weatherly's autopsy): You really don't recognize her?
      Doc Robbins: No.
      David: Did you ever see Chop, Chop, Fizz, Fizz?
      Doc Robbins: No.
      David: Can I Lick the Spoon?
      Doc Robbins: Please, David.
      David: They're classics.
      Doc Robbins: Those are not classics. The Exorcist, The Shining, Rosemary's Baby... Those are classics.

    • Catherine (about Weatherly): I got a spiral note book filled with dates, times and weights. It looks like she was a bit concerned about her size.
      Nick (shrugs): Actors. (Catherine gives him a look)

    • (looking at Weatherly's dead body which is under a movie poster of her's for the movie, 'I Have to Axe My Mother')
      Nick: Whoever stuck her under here is trying to send a twisted message.
      Catherine: Either that or the killer's got a wicked sense of humor.

    • (Dickie rings Catherine and she answers the phone)
      Catherine: What do you want?
      Dickie: Pooky, it's me Dickie.
      Catherine: I know.
      Dickie: I've got information I think you might be interested in.
      Catherine: Okay, shoot.
      Dickie: No, it has to be in person.
      Catherine: Where are you?
      Dickie: I'm at the studio.
      Catherine: I thought there was no phone transmission from there.
      Dickie: There wasn't, now there is. That's how it is with phones and electrical storms. Look it's urgent, get down here as soon as you can.
      Catherine: I just came from there, why didn't you tell me then you annoying little man?
      Dickie: The situation is evolving.
      Catherine: If your screwing with me, I will string you up and beat you senseless.
      Dickie: I look forward to it. Just hurry.

    • (watching a movie in the autopsy room, eating popcorn out of a very large beaker)
      Doc Robbins: That is impressive. As the woman's throat is being slashed you can actually see the entire transverse view of the trachea.
      David: That's all you've got to say?
      Doc Robbins (puts on his glasses): I believe I can see the epiglottis.
      David: Epiglottis! What about the pathos? I mean, what about the humanity? This may have been Weatherly's best film and that's how you've got to say? Just watch the movie.

    • Zack Putrid: (groaning as he falls to the floor) You gotta help me, I'm shot! I'm shot! You gotta get us outta here!
      Ronnie: It's gonna be okay. Keep your voice down.
      Zack Putrid: Do you know how many people I've killed in this place?
      Ronnie: Shhhh!
      Zack Putrid: The pain is more formidable, you know? I think the pain is preventing me from enjoying the irony.

    • (Wendy is playing them the slasher movie she was in)
      Henry: That is so cool. I can't believe that you worked for Repulsion Pictures.
      Wendy: I did it on a whim. I was supposed to be an extra but then they like me, so they gave me this whole featured bit. I got 600 bucks for that. (she notices Hodges who is shaking his head) What? What? I was fresh outta college, I really needed the money.
      Ronnie: I don't get it - what's the thrill here? It's always hot babes with huge breasts falling out of their shirts getting hacked up...
      Wendy: I don't have huge breasts. (looks down) Mine are kind of, hm, medium.
      Hodges: But perfect... (Wendy glares at him) ... ly, adequate. Better, in fact.
      Sara (smiles): Okay, I am outta here.
      Henry: Okay, let's watch it again.

    • Stanley Vespucci: Ah, Weatherly, how has she died for us, let me count the ways - bludgeoned, boiled, filleted... Defenestrated, decapitated, disemboweled, and oh yeah, strangled with her own intestines. Autopsied while still alive, made to eat her own liver, fed slowly through a tree-chipper, roasted and served on a bed of Belgian endive. When Weatherly Adams dies, there's money in the bank. Here you are, gentlemen.
      Nick: Looks like somebody broke the glass, reached in and unlocked it.
      Stanley: Yep, that's the way I found it when I got here this evening.
      Nick (walks around, looking at the scene, and finds Weatherly dead): Uh, Jim? I got her. (pauses) And I believe she's died for the last time.

    • (Sara is in the locker room, Greg walks in)
      Greg: What's up?
      Sara: You know in the slasher movies, when they go after the dark haired girl, she always dies?
      Greg: Yeah, and the blonde always lives. Well aren't you glad it wasn't a movie?
      Sara: I think um.. I think I am sick of having my face shoved in death everyday. The murder rate has gone up every year since I've been here, it's totally out of control, and we're not even slowing them down.

    • Zack Putrid: Detective Brass. (laughs) Man, I love that. Detective Brass. You're a detective and your name is Brass. I mean, I could use that. That's like a cop named Officer Cooper. Or- Or a tin horn sheriff named Sheriff Tin. (laughs) Dude, you cannot write that stuff.
      Brass: Listen, buddy...
      Zack Putrid: Dude, I know why you're here, okay? Weatherly and I, yes, we were knockin' boots, man.
      Brass: So, you acknowledge having sex with her?
      Zack Putrid: Wha- Yes. I just said I had sex -- Why would I deny it? I bang all my stars. It builds trust. It's part of my process.
      Brass: We found traces of your skin under her fingernails. Maybe she wasn't into your 'process' so you raped her. (Zack laughs) You find that funny?
      Zack Putrid: Dude, dude. You gotta see this. (he flips on a porn that he and Weatherly made) Ooooh yeahhh!
      Camera Guy: I cannot believe that this is my life.
      Brass: Is this what you do all day?
      Zack Putrid: Look, does that look like a woman being taken against her will?
      Brass: That still doesn't explain how your skin got underneath her fingernails.
      Zack Putrid: Look, Weatherly was... How can I put this delicately? She was an ass scratcher, man. She liked to scratch my ass. She wasn't pushing me away, man. She was pullin' me in. Brass, look at my ass. (drops his drawers) Freakin' claw marks!
      Brass: Are you trying to make me throw up, Mr. Putrid?

    • Dickie Jones: Hi, Dickie Jones - and you are?
      Catherine: Busy.
      Dickie Jones: How about after your shift I take you out for a cup of coffee. I could tell you my whole life story.
      Catherine: No thanks.
      Dickie Jones: It's just a cup of coffee, doll. I'm not asking you to make love... (Catherine tries to walk away, he follows) Not right away, anyway. You know I could open up new worlds to you. Have you ever had the back of those thighs kissed by a man standing up? (Catherine starts laughing) So you find dwarves funny?
      Catherine (still laughing): Sometimes, yeah.
      Dickie Jones: Come on what do you say? Is it because of my receding hairline?
      Catherine: I don't go out with persons of interest in an ongoing investigation.
      Dickie Jones: Well I just think you might be missing out, pooky.
      Catherine: Don't call me pooky.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The place where Ronnie gasses her car up in the rainstorm is actually the set of the Bates Motel from the 1960 film Psycho.

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Smrt na sekeru (Death on an Axe)

    • The "movie-in-a-movie" sequence in which CSI DNA Tech Wendy Sims Liz Vassey is chased down a hall by a chainsaw wielding maniac was filmed in the CSI production offices.

    • For the horror production company and studio lot of "Repulsion Pictures," Los Angeles' legendary Lacey Street Studios was used, which has been home to many low-budget horror movies. The name "Repulsion Pictures" is a nod to director Roman Polanski and his 1965 film Repulsion.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 4, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: February 5, 2008 on Channel 5
      Norway: February 26, 2008 on TVNorge
      New Zealand: March 2, 2008 on TV3
      Netherlands: March 3, 2008 on RTL4
      Latin America: March 10, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: April 6, 2008 on Network 9
      Italy: April 17, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Sweden: April 28, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Germany: October 9, 2008 on RTL
      Austria: October 9, 2008 on ORF1
      Portugal: October 14, 2008 on AXN
      Spain: October 14, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: December 10, 2008 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: September 24, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title for this episode was Death.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, Gary Dourdan does not appear in this episode.