CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 22

The Gone Dead Train

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 30, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A series of indeterminate deaths test the deductive powers of the CSI team, who fear that a public health emergency may be in the offing. Meanwhile, a friendly rivalry over who will win an upcoming bikini contest takes a deadly turn...

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  • Not so bad, but still missing something

    I think this episode is good, well surely better than some episodes this season, but still not great...it's missing something...I feel like the stories are weak and seems kinda the writers have lost their capacities. But always better than others.
  • Back to the "classic" CSI. Loved it.

    Finally -- an old school CSI. Yes, we miss Grissom and Warrick and Sara but the new team is starting to gel. Langston and Nick are intersting. I bet they're going to butt heads next season. Two Alpha Males. Riley and Greg are funny together. David's first autopsy was adorable. And Dr. Robbins rocks! Funny and intriguing stories. Plus, whoa -- on the tattoo parlor scene and tongue forking. Gross but cool. Loved Greg with the diet club girls, too. And Vartann should be used more, he's great.moreless
  • The CSI team investigates a series of deaths that may signal the start of an epidemic not seen in Las Vegas for decades. Elsewhere, a young girl who was competing in an upcoming bikini contest turns up dead.moreless

    Definitely one of the best episodes of the season. This episode reminded me why I have been a fan of "CSI" since the beginning. All the elements that make this show great are present here. A very well written script, terrific acting, turns and twists that keep you guessing and a plausible conclusion. What also makes this episode work is seeing a slight diversion from the norm. This is the first time we have seen Nick in a supervisory role and he did quite well. Seeing Robert David Hall out in the field was also a welcome change. Great episode.moreless
  • Not the best but not the worst...

    I found the two cases within this episode as different as night and day. I liked seeing Dr. Robbins facing a challenging in regards to the "undetermined" deaths. I LOVED seeing the kinship between Robbins and Langston grow even more. Nick being put into the position of acting supervisor was interesting to see play out with confronted with a new angle. I figured out early that Dr. Shaw was being set up but it was interesting to see by who and why. However, Kayla Nooten's death over a competition over essentially amounts to numbers on a scale, I found just beneath the franchise.moreless
  • Morgue case

    Ok.. I most say I liked the approach of this episode - doc has some unsolved cases and he thinks about investigating it by himself and so he and Cathrine go to little solo what ends up.. mm.. I was really scared when she was attacked and they had really amazing camera work... the whole movement, craziness.. what we later learned was rabies. So, I most say I liked the concept of the episode.. the way the case they had was quite interesting.. those multiply suspects and the way doc and Langston taking the trip to Reno.. great episode in my opinion.moreless
Jere Burns

Jere Burns

Dr. Shaw

Guest Star

Danielle Nicolet

Danielle Nicolet


Guest Star

Stacey Oristano

Stacey Oristano


Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Detective Tony Vartann

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Rhonda: I didn't know that you could kill someone with a pork chop.

    • (Doc Robbins brings Catherine flowers. She reads the card, it reads 'Catherine, I know you got rabies, but it solved the case. Love, Al')
      Catherine: Remember that solid you owe me?
      Doc Robbins: It's gonna take more than show tickets, isn't it?
      Catherine (laughs): Oh, yeah. (Doc Robbins laughs)

    • Frank: Haven't seen you guys before, are you attendings or surgeons?
      Langston: We're researchers.
      Doc Robbins: Yeah, we're from St. Anne's. We're doing research for the, um... For the Cardinal. Not the team in Arizona, the guy who wears the pointy red hat, Cardinal.
      Frank: Medical ID's, please? (they show him their ID's, and keep their thumbs over where they work) You're not allowed to remove any files from this room, photo copy any files without permission, mutilate or destroy any files. Got it, Ebony and Ivory?
      Doc Robbins (laughs): Yeah, uh, we got it Frank. (they walk off)
      Langston (whispers): Next time, you don't talk.
      Doc Robbins (whispers back): I don't talk? You don't talk!

    • Doc Robbins: Did you tell Nick what we were doing?
      Langston: I did not tell Nick what we're doing, just in case things don't go according to plan.
      Doc Robbins: Gives him plausible deniablity.
      Langston: Correct.
      Doc Robbins: You know, we're kinda screwed if the hospital doesn't have hard copies of the documents?
      Langston: Mmhmm.
      Doc Robbins: You know, good thing being a doctor has more advantages than just getting hot chicks. (Langston laughs)

    • Hodges: Your victim was a messy eater, not too proficient with a fork. The white substance on the clothes is not semen. It's potatoes, butter, milk and a pinch of garlic.
      Greg: Mashed potatoes?
      Hodges: Mmhmm.
      Riley: She was cheating on her diet.
      Hodges: More like a food orgy. The trace on the neck showed apple, cinnamon and grease.
      Riley: What about the fragment that David extracted?
      Hodges: Well, that would be the main course. It was animal bone, although it was too small for me to identify the species, I think we all know it's pretty obvious. (Greg and Riley look at him blankly) Babe. Wilbur.
      Riley: Pork.
      Hodges: Yes, the other white meat. It's the only type of flesh that you would season that way. And suddenly, I'm very hungry. Break time.
      Greg: Uh, hold on there, Spuds. How much do you weigh?
      Hodges: Uh, excuse you. That's not public information.
      Riley: I'd say a buck forty-five. Same as our victim. (Riley and Greg smile at each other, then at Hodges)

    • Riley: At least gimme a hint.
      David: I wish I could, but Dr. Robbins has to sign off on my work first.
      Riley: Where is he?
      David: At the hospital, visiting Catherine.
      Riley: He must feel really guilty.

    • Langston: We have COD on Darla Kelly. It's rabies.
      Catherine (looks at her bandaged wrist, and drops her pen and hold her wrist) Okay, uh... So, what, uh I'll get and shot a be fine?
      Langston: Human rabies cases are very rare, treatment is extremely expensive, which is why the state doesn't have any available.
      Catherine: Oookay, so you're telling me that there aren't any available shots in the entire state of Nevada?
      Langston: If the treatment is administered in the within the first 72 hours of transmission, you should be fine.
      Catherine: It's already been 24.
      Langston: And we've located a supply, it's in Atlanta.
      Catherine: Atlanta?!
      Langston: Georgia. You need a test to confirm whether you've got it and I'm taking you to the hospital right now.
      Catherine: I-I need to call Nick and let him know that he's the acting supervisor.
      Langston: Use your cell phone.

    • David: I don't have COD yet, so please don't ask.
      Riley: You want some help?
      David: No, I have to do this myself. It's my first solo. ... Sorry. Didn't mean to lose my temper.
      Riley: That was you losing your temper?
      David: My wife calls me a snapping alligator.
      Riley: Well, your bad temper is better than my good one.

    • Vartann: (about Elvis' injuries) Or maybe they're from when you raped your ex Kayla Nunez.
      Elvis: I didn't rape K. We had sex.
      Vartann: You had the kinda sex where she said 'no'.
      Elvis: Oh, hold up, this is crazy. Me and K broke up.
      Greg: Yeah because you thought she was fat.
      Elvis: You ever seen her? She used to look like a little Coke bottle. Then she got all messy in the middle. Couldn't have that on my arm.
      Vartann: So when Kayla dropped a few lb's, you wanted her back?
      Greg: No, remember he wanted a free trip to Hawaii.
      Elvis: That's why I had sex with her, to seal the deal. She was easy that way and I need a vay-cay.
      Vartann: What time was this?
      Elvis: Around 6, maybe. Then she went to go see some friends and I had to pick up my new girlfriend's kid from daycare.
      Vartann: Where'd you go after?
      Elvis: I dropped the kid off and my new girlfriend was tired so I went home.
      Vartann: That means you don't have an alibi.
      Elvis: Why do I need an alibi for?
      Vartann: Because I'm charging you with the rape and murder of Kayla Nunez.
      Greg: Congratulations. You may have just won a 20 year vay-cay.

    • Eric: Dudes, walk-ins always welcome. We're actually running a special on matching tattooed hearts. Or are you guys more into rough trade?
      Nick: Dude, we're CSI. We're here on police business.
      Langston: Are you the owner?
      Eric: No, I wish. It's Jack's body shop and my name's Eric, Eric Tilban. I'm the manager and receptionist. The manceptionist.

    • Catherine: That tetanus shot hurt more than the crazy lady attacking me.
      Riley: You gonna turn into a vampire now?
      Catherine: Well, I already work nights so I don't think anybody's going to notice.

    • Brass: I talked to all the neighbors, no one had anything bad to say about Mrs. Kelly. In fact, they all say she's a saint. She's a special ed teacher, a friend to kids, stray dogs and anybody with a problem.
      Catherine: Well, I must've met her evil clone.
      Brass: You know, there's a reason there's a protocol. You should've called me first.
      Catherine: I- I was doin' this as a favor to Doc.
      Brass: You know, things could have easily escalated and got outta hand. Next time, you call me.
      Catherine: Yes, you're right.
      Brass: I'm glad you're okay. (walks off)
      Catherine: Thank you.
      Langston (to the paramedic): How is she?
      Paramedic: Her vitals are stable, but the attacker bit her and she's not sure when she had her last tetanus shot.
      Langston: Lemme see.
      Catherine: I just called you so you could work the case, 'cause I'm a witness. Nick's already inside.
      Langston: Catherine, don't be a tough guy. Jeff, get her to the hospital.
      Paramedic: Yes, sir.

    • (After Catherine is attacked by Mrs. Kelly)
      Catherine: She jumped me. I pulled my gun and she just collapsed.
      Doc Robbins: She's dead... and you're bleeding.
      Catherine: That's better than the other way around.

    • Catherine: I'm doin' 'ya a solid here, Doc. Technically I can't investigate until you rule Mr. Kelly's death a homicide or suspicious circs.
      Doc Robbins: I'll give you my tickets to Love.
      Catherine: I've seen it, twice!
      Doc Robbins: Alright.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Vlak na věčnost (Train to Eternity)

    • Music Featured in This Episode:
      Baby Brother- The White Stripes
      It's Nice To Know You Work Alone- Silversun Pickups
      Dead Shrimp Blues- Robert Johnson

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: June 21, 2009 on Channel 9
      Norway: June 23, 2009 on TVNorge
      Slovakia: August 16, 2009 on JOJ
      Sweden: November 2, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Finland: January 13, 2010 on MTV3
      Spain: February 16, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: May 27, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: June 3, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title name of LVPD.


    • Frank: Got it, Ebony and Ivory?

      This is a reference to the musical Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney duet from 1982.

    • Doc Robbins: I'll give you my tickets to Love.

      Love is a 2006 theatrical production by Cirque du Soleil which combines the re-produced and re-imagined music of The Beatles with an interpretive, circus-based artistic and athletic stage performance. Love plays at a specially-built theatre at The Mirage in Las Vegas.