CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 2

The Happy Place

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 16, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Nick and Catherine investigate why a woman who was about to be married would have taken a swan dive off of her balcony. Also Grissom investigates the brutal murder of a woman found in an alley. The investigation gets tougher with the discovery that her two-year-old was with her when she was murdered.moreless

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  • Not a good episode, following the death of Warrick Brown

    I was 50/50 on this episode, the cases were good, espcially with the bank tellers being hypnotised. What made this episode one of the worst i've seen, is how they played out Sara leaving again. The woman didn't even say goodbye this time, she just packed her bags and left. And after the opening scene with GSR, the relationship seemed to go downhill from there, it left me with the question are they still together? because it feels like they aren't. Following the death of Warrick, they could have come up with a better episode, though I understand, that this is all leading up to the departure of Grissom, but come on?moreless
  • An attractive young woman is at home cooking dinner when she receives a phone call. Afterwards she puts on a bikini and dives off her apartment balcony to her death. Elsewhere, a woman is found brutally murdered in an alley.moreless

    I did like this episode, but parts are greater than the whole. I did not like the part of the episode which involved the "suicide" of the young woman. When Nick and Katherine meet with the hypnotist she says she can't make her subjects do anything they don't want to and also says hypnotism is not what it seems. That said, she then commands two people two bank tellers to give her $10,000 and then directs a woman to kill herself. The story tries to have it both ways and I did not care for that. There are better episodes.moreless
  • A Scintilating Episode

    I loved this episode. So much is going on, that you will only be able to draw breath during the commercial breaks.

    Primarily there are a number of sub-plots going through this particular episode. Three crimes are investigated. Though neither are particularly novel I did find them to possess enough twists to make keep my interest till the end. Add to this the brief return of Sara against the backdrop of Warrick departure and the intrigue and mystery of the two crimes are well matched against the emotion of grief and the confusion of changes that pervade the the LVPD.

    Dialogue is of a little grander order than your usual episode, while the cast mainly flips from the field CSIs, not showing much in the way of backroom CSIs. The cops put a good showing to, as they get their fair share of screen-time solving the cases.

    While different locations will keep your focus on screen as the crimes are worked through the system.

    Whats more the actual endings to two of the stories - the dead hooker and the case of death by euthansia were I thought, what makes this episode worth watching.moreless
  • Another good episode

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. A body falls on top of a moving bus, the victim is a female. We learn that she was due to get married in 2 weeks and was recently fired from her job. The team find out that she was fired for her drawer being short. They learn that it may have been a scam and there is another victim involved, Nick & Catherine go to see a hypnotherapist who may be involved, as both victims had been to see her. Another victim whose case Grissom is investigating is a school guidance councillor who has been murdered. We soon learn that she had her 2 year old daughter with her. She has a terrible gambling problem. They manage to track down the 2 year old and she is given back to her brother. We learn that the woman who jumped to her death has been hypnotised and believed that she was jumping into the water. The team track down the man who the guidance councillor was with and he admits to roughing her up, but not killing her. He claims she was alive when he left her. Sara deals with a case from 8 years ago. He claims he switched off his wife's life support machine after she was abused again by the man who put her in the coma. But it was all a lie.

    The guidance councillor's son is arrested after he cashes the chip which she had on her when she died. When DNA is run, they learn that the mother, who was murdered, was not his mother. They also learn that Lexi is his daughter, not his sister. We learn that he is in the missing children's database. He admits to killing her after he learned that she had given Lexi away, to pay off her debts. We then see Sara packing up her stuff and leaving Vegas again.moreless
  • 3 cases in one night. Each conveys different message and reflects different emotions of the CSI's after the death of Warrick. Even though not much forsenic stuff, CG effect; I still think this is a classic.moreless

    So glad to see the comeback of the CSI. The case with Catherine and Nick, I believe, reveals the fact that Catherine and Nick are sort of like being hypnotized by the job, trying to ignore the grief and pain of losing someone close. Grissom's case blows my mind... the victim and the killer's relationship is just a duplicate of him and Sara's. It makes him realizing the consequence of their unhealthy romantic relationship. And the case with Sara of course let her to understand the current status of her relationship with Grissom. All 3 cases carry different messages and in certain level reflect the emotions of the corresponding CSI's. That's what I expect after Warrick's death... That's classic!moreless
Glenne Headly

Glenne Headly

Viviana Conway aka Madame Marvelous

Guest Star

Sam Murphy

Sam Murphy

Scott Bonfilio

Guest Star

Bruno Campos

Bruno Campos

Randy Hopper

Guest Star

Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox

Sara Sidle

Recurring Role

Sheeri Rappaport

Sheeri Rappaport

Mandy Webster

Recurring Role

Geoffrey Rivas

Geoffrey Rivas

Det. Sam Vega

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: About 32 minutes into the episode, when Grissom is checking the timeline of the disappearance, the screen of the computer shows: "ATM Withdrawl".

      Withdrawal should be spelled with 2 "a"s.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Sara: We, uh, found Thorpe. Why'd you lie to me, Tom?
      Tom: I can't win for losing. People told me I was selfish for keeping her alive for so long, and now look at me. Mostly, I was pissed that he was up walking around, and whenever I wasn't working or paying for her care, I was just sitting by that bed. After a while I realized that the only one who was feeling any suffering was me. I just wasn't living, but I just couldn't move on and leave her there like that.
      Sara: You could've asked the doctors to help you.
      Tom: By telling them what? That I was tired? That I wanted them to kill my wife so that I could have a weekend to myself?
      Sara: At least that would've been honest.

    • Trixie: Like I told you, I can't make people do anything that they don't want to do.
      Catherine: I can. Get in jail.

    • Nick: Those people trusted you, and you got them fired from their jobs. Why would you do somethin' like that?
      Trixie: Because I could.

    • Sara (seeing Tom Alder in custody): Is this justice? He is the victim in this.
      Det. Vega: He had admitted to killing his wife. Active euthanasia is felony murder. I feel for the guy, but it's out of my hands.
      Sara: He said that Thorpe went to Pam's room, did God only knows what, called his house, bragged about it...
      Det. Vega: We're checking into that. It would've helped if he had saved the note.
      Sara: Would you? If it was your wife?
      Det. Vega: Sara, the fact is that he unplugged her tube and he watched her die.
      Sara (while walking away): This is why I can't do this anymore.

    • Catherine: Ms. Powell, do you recognize this man?
      Grace Powell: If I knew who he was I'd hunt him down myself. (picks up the picture) You know, memory is a funny thing, even when they showed me the video, I couldn't remember this guy. Now, my mind starts thinking that I do know him. But, I'm just recognizing him from all the times you cops keep showing me his damn ugly picture.
      Catherine: You don't remember anything from that day?
      Grace Powell: You always remember the day you got fired. What I can't remember is light-fingers Louie.

    • Grissom (going over the victim's debit card transactions with Archie): Casino day-care. There's the 5th sign of the apocalypse.

    • Catherine: Mr. Davidson, I'm sorry for your loss.
      Mr. Davidson: How often do you have to say that?
      Catherine: Often.

    • Det. Vega: Sorry about Brown, gonna miss 'em.
      Greg: Yeah, me too.

    • Doc Robbins (looking at the victim): Globes of her eyeballs are ruptured. Looks like someone pushed them back into the orbital socket. You know, uh, the squish like grapes.
      Grissom: This was rage, pure rage.

    • Det. Williams: What took so long for the lab to get here?
      Grissom: We're a little short-handed, Detective.
      Det. Williams: Sorry, forgot.

    • Catherine (at the crime scene where the victim fell on the train): The fall is like flying, it's the stop that gets 'ya.
      Nick: Momentum's a bitch.

    • (Grissom and Sara are laying in bed, his phone keeps ringing)
      Sara: That's the lab again. Do you wanna get it?
      Grissom: No.
      Sara (strokes his hand): Maybe we should go away for a while.
      Grissom: I can't. We're so short. ... Why don't you stay?
      Sara: I can't stay here. (she lays down and puts her head on his chest) It'd be nice to take a trip. I don't know, get on a sea shuttle, go to the Galapogos, we could literally walk in the footsteps of Darwin.

    • (David is putting the body in a body bag, the victim's limbs are all mush)
      Catherine: Soup sandwich.
      Nick: Should've taken the elevator down.

    • Grissom: There's no evidence that Thorpe was ever in Pam Alder's room. No trace of him, on her or in her. Doc Robbins found no sign of sexual assault.
      Sara: Yeah, but we don't know when that happened. And we both know that semen deteriorates within 12 to 24 hours.
      Grissom: Sara, you have to consider the possibility that the husband made up this story to justify his actions.
      Sara: No, absolutely not.
      Grissom: I'm not saying that he didn't love her. He loved her so much that he kept her alive for eight years. You're still a scientist, you know that after that many years of atrophy she wasn't coming back to him. I mean, sooner or later a relationship in stasis withers, you get angry. You need more than the safety of knowing you're not alone.
      Sara: Then he should have just walked away.
      Grissom: Maybe he couldn't. Maybe he needed her to leave him. (they look at each other for a moment)
      Sara: Who are we talking about right now?

    • (Nick is going over the victims final moments)
      Nick: Turn on the news, make a pot roast, put on a bikini, and commit suicide?
      Catherine: Yeah, it doesn't make a whole lot of sense.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Viviana Conway: I can't sing and I'm not a surgeon.

      Glenne Headly, the actress who plays Viviana Conway in this episode, had a recurring role as a surgeon named Dr. Abby Keaton in the 3rd season of ER. The quote could be an allusion to that previous character.

    • When Detective Vega talks to Tony Thorpe (who's now in a wheelchair), asking him what happened. Tony says that the gang was a bad shot and he is just Too Tough To Die. This is also the title of the Season 1 episode in which he raped Pam Adler.