CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 2 Episode 23

The Hunger Artist

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 16, 2002 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • It is shown in this episode that Grissom is starting to become deaf.

    • Goof: When we see Ashleigh picking at her face with the cosmetic tools all her hair is in a clip and in the next shot part of her hair is down then in the next shot it's all in a clip again.

    • Goof: During the flashback of the death of Ashley James, she is shown falling onto her bed on her back, her arms spread away from her chest. In the next scene, when her living sister enters the room, Ashley is shown lying on her side with both arms to one side of her body.

  • Quotes

    • Grissom: So the victim and the killer became one and the same. The very nature of addiction -- whether it be self-medicating herself or self-mutilating -- is that the very behavior we use to survive it becomes a behavior that ends up killing us.

    • Warrick: Well, that makes sense why the blood and skin under Ashleigh James's fingernails is a perfect match to Ashleigh James.
      Grissom: She attacked herself. I mean, Ashleigh was convinced that everything about her needed to be fixed. The real problem was inside her head. She couldn't deal with that so she tried to fix the outside. Hence, the digging and picking and purging and bleeding. To us, it would be torture. To her ... some sort of release.

    • Grissom: Cassie threw her life away and her sister Ashleigh recycled it.

    • Grissom: Hey, Cassie, you know that scarf you gave Tookie?
      Cassie: Yeah, I know it.
      Grissom: Did your sister give that to you or ... did you steal it from her?
      Cassie: I should have stole it. Because sh-sh-she stole from me.
      Grissom: What did she steal from you?
      Cassie: My life.

    • Grissom: So, you're pretty careful about what you eat?
      Cassie: Yeah, you know, you-you have to be careful, you know 'cause what goes down, you know it's got to come out. It's got to come up. Out.
      Grissom (smiles): Newton's theory twisted again.
      Cassie: Everybody's twisted.

    • Grissom: The tools of the trade; the weapons of beauty.
      Warrick: Yeah. If other people inflicted as much torture as women inflict upon themselves, there would be lawsuits.

    • Frank McBride: You just don't get it, do you?
      Brass: No, I don't. I mean, I don't know. I care about a woman, I put her picture in a frame. Maybe put it on my desk but to tear it up and throw it in the garbage with old cole slaw that just doesn't say "love" to me.

    • Sara (about where Ashleigh was found): She was under her own billboard.
      Grissom: Coincidence?
      Sara: Somebody was making a point.

    • Nick (seeing a magazine the victim was in): Ooh, pretty girl.
      Warrick: Yeah. Dangerous being a pretty girl in this town.

    • Grissom (going through the victim's stuff): The secret life of women.
      Catherine: Don't generalize. It's not very scientific of you.
      Grissom: You're right. I'm sorry.

    • Nick (going through the vic's car, and it has junk food wrappers every where): You, uh, you sure this is the vic's?
      Brass: You are what you eat.

    • Grissom (seeing many pictures of the victim in her house): Well, Narcissus would be proud.

    • Grissom (after Catherine puts a magazine on his desk): Why are you showing me this?
      Catherine: The cover girl, Ashleigh James, she's your girl in the shopping cart. P.D.'s tracking down her agency now. Somebody wanted her dead.
      Grissom: They also wanted her ugly.

    • (Sara and Warrick are looking at the victim's day planner, and everything is written in code)
      Sara: I write everything down in shorthand. You couldn't read it.
      Warrick: Shorthand?
      Sara: Keeps things in order.
      Warrick: You're not a control freak or anything?
      Sara: No.

    • Greg: It's like prince and the pauper. No. Princess and the pauper. The Princess is a dead supermodel.
      Grissom: Yeah. And her Pauper sister could be the killer.

    • Doc Robbins: Educated guess: Beautification. She was injected with pig botulism. Botox ... the ultimate wrinkle cream.
      Grissom: How did it get into her bloodstream?
      Doc Robbins: Bad doctor. Missed the muscle. Shot directly into her supratrochlear vein.
      Grissom: Amazing the advances we make in science and the primitive uses we find for them.

    • Sara: She literally means even. A large number of BDD (Body Dysmorphic Disorder) sufferers are convinced that they're not symmetric. That one side of their body or their face doesn't match the other.
      Grissom: All animals prefer symmetry in their mates. The male Japanese scorpion flies with the most symmetrical wings gets the most mates.
      Warrick: So, really we're not talking about being beautiful at all.
      Grissom: In terms of entomology being beautiful is about being even. It signals the fitness to procreate.
      Nick: So, we're not really talking about looks. We're talking about survival of the species.

    • Cassie James (while holding up a flashlight): Now I can see what the dark looks like.
      Grissom: I've been trying to do that for years.

    • Grissom (voiceover): Obviously most of crime scene investigation is about seeing. But much of it is about hearing as well. Listening. Knowing how to listen. Not just to what people are saying but how they say it... how their tone of voice matches their facial expressions or body posture. So, even if I read lips and know what they're saying... it's not enough.

    • Sara: I've got crabs.
      Grissom: Excuse me?
      Sara: I've got crabs, take a look. (pointing to microscope)

    • (After a rat crawls out of the dead woman's mouth)
      Grissom: Looks like she ratted herself out.
      (Later, in autopsy)
      Doc Robbins: Heard about the rat. Hope it didn't have any children.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Otrok hladu (The Slave of Hunger)

    • Music:
      Baba O' Riley - The Who
      Gorecki - Lamb
      Hallo Spaceboy - David Bowie
      Hayling - FC Kahuna
      In Trance As Mission - Simple Minds
      Me and Jesus - Stellar Kart
      Smiling Faces - Stellar Kart
      Unbound - Robbie Robertson
      Wild Horses - Natasha Bedingfield
      Gave Up - Nine Inch Nails
      Von - Sigur Rós.

  • Allusions

    • Episode Title: The Hunger Artist

      The title of this episode is a reference perhaps to Kafka's short story Hunger Artist.