CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 2

The Happy Place

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Pro pocit štěstí (For Feeling of Happiness)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: January 20, 2009 on Five
      Norway: February 3, 2009 on TVNorge
      New Zealand: February 9, 2009 on TV3
      Latin America: February 9, 2009 on AXN
      Lithuania: March 17, 2009 on TV3
      Belgium: April 27, 2009 on VT4
      Finland: August 19, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: September 22, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: January 14, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Music:
      42 - Coldplay
      Footsteps in the Sky - Mount Cyanide
      I'm Movin' On - Rascal Flatts

    • The opening credits change for this episode with William Peterson and Marg Helgenberger having three screen captures, George Eads and Eric Szmanda getting third and fourth billing for the first time respectively.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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