CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 19

The Descent of Man

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 09, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Nick's case of an injured skydiver takes an interesting turn when Catherine discovers there may be a connection between the skydiver and a mysterious double murder case.

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  • This episode was really good, a improvement after an all-doom 200th episode

    This episode was really great. The death of that saint guy, was so funny, i can't believe that! i'm sorry, but that it's the truth, i never thought that he died that way! Very exciting and thrilling. Geniously the first plot contents a lot of rich dialogue, and more characters, and so "Ray-always-on-episode", and it was very sad but it's was very smart that they writers thought that way, finally, really a good improvement after the stupid, senseless, meaningless and awful 200th episode.moreless
  • Finally a decent episode! After a bad run this was a welcome addition to the season.

    Finally an episode I could get into in this season! Since Grissom left the season has gone downhill, and not just because William Petersen isn't there any more (although that is a large chunk of it). No, in my opinion the problem has been that almost every episode has been entirely Laurence Fishburne orientated. I don't mind the guy, but where is Catherine? Where is Nick? Where is Greg? Well finally in this episode we get to see them all! Nick and Riley investigate the case of the skydiving incident, Langston does unfortunately investigate the case of the man in the desert (how is he investigating cases on his own already?! It took Greg ages to become qualified enough for that!) and then Catherine and Greg investigate two dead guys by a pool.

    I'd still like to see more Catherine, Nick and Greg, but after the previous Langston-orientated episodes, this was good to see. My faith is somewhat restored.moreless
  • An improvement on the previous episode, but still not up to CSI standards.

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. We open this episode with some skydivers, well skydiving. One of them has a camera attached to them, and so we see firsthand what happens to him when his shot doesn't open properly. We also see the aftermath, such as the ambulance arriving and when the CSI's turn up to investigate. The team also deal with a man whose body is discovered in the dessert. When Nick investigates the equipment the jumper used, he finds that it has been tampered with. Soon the team have a 3rd case, of 2 men found dead in their house. Soon the officer at the scene collapses and has a heart attack, and then the wife is also rushed to the hospital. The team soon learn that a toxin was dropped over the backyard, and that has caused the heart attacks and led to the 2 deaths. Soon, following the evidence, we see that Nick's jumper case and Catherine's case (the toxin's one) are both related and connected to each other. Soon the jumper comes to and so Jim goes to question him and his business partner. The jumper was the one who dropped the toxin in the backyard, after he was told too by the man who had him at gun point. Although he was flying the plane, the man with the gun actually dropped the toxin. Then the jumper admits that he tampered with his own kit. And so they give Jim the name of the man who dropped the toxin. One of the men arrested is the bodyguard of one of the victims, in the backyard. At the end of the episode we learn how the man in the dessert died. A tortoise was dropped from the clutches of a bird, and it killed him instantly when it hit him on the head.moreless
  • Lot of things falling from sky.

    Ah.. that was clever - so many different things, separate cases and they all had connection or something common in the end.

    I most say I liked the camera work and the way it was plotted - so it had all the potential but in the end it felt just like another CSI.. so..

    I think the most shocking thing about this episode was how the things are connected, how they all came together and Langston's talks and his lines in the end about his case, about the results and about things falling from sky..

    So.. good but still avarage episode in the end..moreless
  • Stokes investigates a horrific skydiving accident that was caught on film. Katherine looks into a mysterious double murder and soon learns that her's and Nick's cases could be related. Also, a self-proclaimed holy man is found dead in the desert.moreless

    This episode is a definite improvement over "Mascara." However, I feel that it could have been better. The two bimbos that skydived were totally unnecessary to the episode (A step backwards for former "L Word" star Erin Daniels I would say.). Comic relief is not needed here. The story about the death of the Holy Man was also kind of silly. The episode did focus primarily on the best storyline of the episode, but that should have been the only storyline. One positive note is how the stories ended. I think they all came to a very plausible conclusion. Average.moreless
Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter


Guest Star

Greg Germann

Greg Germann


Guest Star

Timothy McLaughlin

Timothy McLaughlin

Flight Mechanic

Guest Star

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • There are a couple of instances where one set of CSI's pass another CSI in the hall who is talking in the background about an "unrelated" case. This is reminiscent of 4x4, where such overheard hallway dialog happened throughout the episode, and characters and events from the various the cases shared some sort of thread, even if only tangentially.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Nick: Those Persian dudes are tough, man.
      Langston: They were once an empire that stretched across the known world. The Greek playwright Aeschylus. wrote about the territorial ambitions of the Persian Empire in his great cycle of tragedy and war, "The Persians..." (pause) Fifth century, B.C.
      Riley (sarcastic): I will definitely put that on my reading list.

    • Greg: Is there a reagent that can detect the digitoxin?
      Henry : Yeah, a diluted solution of perclorite acid exposed to UV light will induce fluorescence. Try saying that ten times fast.

    • Riley: Does any one want to grab some food?
      Nick: Yeah.
      Greg: Why are you always thinking about food?

    • Wendy (entering Ray's office): Well, it's cozy. ... For a morgue.

    • Brass: Wow, this is just like Sunday school. Well, here's the gospal, according to Jim. I think you took that staff, and clubbed the Holy Steve like a baby harp seal. So, that you could become the number 1 and take over this whole operation.
      The George: You do?
      Brass: Yes, I do.
      The George: Yes, I did. I raised the staff like Abraham to Issac, but there was no Angel to stay my hands so I smote him.
      Brass: You smote him? You realize that's a confession, George, you understand that right?
      The George: Y-yes, you going to arrest me?
      Brass: Yes, yes I am.

    • Langston (reading Steven's tattoo): 'Spread the word, I am come.'
      Hodges (to the victim, Steven): You is gone, my friend.

    • Nick: Hey, how's the jumper?
      Riley: Well, you could ask his pelvis, which you would find in his ribcage. (Nick has a pained expression on his face) His neck is broken, his legs are broken, his ribs and fingers are broken, basically all of him is broken.

    • Langston: Officer, you walked in to check out the body and walked out using your own steps?
      Officer: I took a class.

    • Riley: So what do you think?
      Nick: I think that if you jump out of a plane enough times, that one day, one way or another, your luck's gonna run out.

    • Mink (about sky diving): Everything was perfect, it was like... Well, did you ever do it?
      Nick: Well, I've done a little paragliding.
      Mink: You should try the real thing, you know? Bodies falling through air, having the Earth coming at you like the fist of death, and the wind is like... it blows up your leg holes. Pierre lived for that.

    • Nick: Whadd'ya got, Riley?
      Riley: Helmet/video cam. I think it's still on.
      Nick (picks up the video cam, to camera): You gonna help us out, or what?

    • Brass: So according to this, you said that you struck The Steven with his staff. You smote him. That isn't true, is it?
      The George: Yeah-- no.
      Brass: What did you hit him with? Oh, it says here a large rock.
      The George: Yes.
      Brass: No, wait a minute,a branch of a tree.
      The George: Yes.
      Brass: No, a hockey stick.
      The George: Yes.
      Brass: You didn't really kill Steven, did you?
      The George: No.
      Brass: So why'd you confess to murder?
      The George: Well, I try to live my life according to the 17th Proclamation of The Steven. From his second sermon at the Starbucks.
      Brass: Oh, I missed that one.
      The George: "It is better to be... agreeable than to be right."
      Brass: That's not religion, that's marriage.
      The George (laughs): That's... very...
      Brass: So you didn't kill Steven.
      The George: Yes... no.
      Brass: You did?
      The George: Yes.
      Brass: You killed him?
      The George: No.
      Brass: Are you clinically insane or just incredibly annoying?
      The George: What would you prefer?
      Brass: Look, would you mind submitting to a psychological evaluation?
      The George: No.
      Brass: I don't even know why I asked.

    • Langston: You mean you knew that The Steven was going to die?
      The George: Oh, no. There is no death, only transmogrification.
      Brass: Well, that's a relief.

    • Pierre: Uh, what did one dehydrated Frenchman say to the other? (pauses) What do you want me to do, Pee Air?

    • (After Ray explains that Steven died after being hit in the head from a turtle out of the sky)
      Catherine: You really gonna put that in your report?
      Ray: Birds of prey dropped shelled animals onto boulders to gather the meat. Now, from the air, Holy Steven's head must've just looked like another rock. (Catherine looks shocked) You can Google it if you don't believe me. The DNA on the shell is a match.
      Catherine: What are the odds, right?
      Ray: Before it happened, I would've said slim, but since it did happen, 100%.
      Catherine: Seems like a lot of things keep falling out of the sky, right? Poison, people, turtles.
      Ray: Tortoises.
      Catherine: Whatever. Maybe I should start wearing a helmet.
      Ray: Or at least carrying an umbrella.

    • Photographer: Such a lonely place to die.
      Ray: What place isn't, my friend? What place isn't?

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pád člověka (Fall of Man)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: June 2, 2009 on TVNorge
      Australia: June 7, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: June 15, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: July 26, 2009 on JOJ
      Finland: December 23, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: January 26, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: April 15, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 13, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title name for The Case of the Killer Clam.


    • News Anchor: There is speculation that the second man, a Kurdish cropduster, who was reputedly obsessed with the movie North by Northwest, was hired by the owner of rival Iranian marble importers to kill the men, possibly in a dispute over contracts in the dwindling housing market.

      The 1959 film North by Northwest includes a scene with a man being chased through a field by a plane and sprayed with pesticides.