CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 6 Episode 18

The Unusual Suspect

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 30, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a student is arrested and tried for the murder of a popular high-school girl, the suspect's 12-year-old sister confesses to the crime. This results in the judge giving the prosecution 72 hours to re-examine the evidence before the jury delivers its verdict.

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  • One of the biggest mysteries of CSI

    This episode was a real mystery which made it such a brilliant episode when a student called Marlon is arrested and tried for murder his 12 year old little sister Hannah confesses with a bloody shirt and the judge re opens the case for 72 hours.Hannah who has an IQ of 167 and she makes them think the whole time that she committed the murder and gives the CSI's a running and proves to be too clever for them when they vote who should be tried they pick Marlon and he is found not guilty and Hannah tells Sara that she actually did it and she was covering for Marlon.moreless
  • No Brass, Greg or Grissom! Can you really call it an episode?

    A genius girl, a wonderful plot, crazy ending, but it wasn't that good. A prodigal kid shows up on the show. Man! I would have loved to see her interact with Grissom, but no! Its a Sarah and Nic episode. Also this entire season has been nothing but one case shows. Am i the only one whos misses the good ol' two or more cases. It gives more of the characters room to shine instead of cutting them out completly. Come on CSI you can do better!moreless
  • A great mystery with a twist.

    What a wonderful episode.

    I found myself going through the same steps as the characters. First totally believing that she was lying to cover for her brother. Then wondering if she could have really done this, but believing that she would have needed help.

    Then was it the brother or maybe the victim's boyfriend?? Then to see Warrick's niece dragging that body, I was surprised that she got the body as far as she did. Then Hannah came up with the cart, wow.....

    When she went up to hug her brother after he was found not guilty, I had feeling that she would do anything for him and started to suspect that she had lied.

    In her conversation with Sara, she was explaining that she could sell the story, I never expected her to actual confess at the end that she lied....

  • Fantastic episode! The writers really did a good job with this episode. Throughout the entire episode, you never quite new if she did it or not. Everytime that you thought that you had it all figured out, something was revealed that made you doubt you assmoreless

    Aside from the great writing, the acting was superb. Juliette Goglia as Hannah West did a great job, and easily kept up with the adults. Through out the entire episode, everyone kept saying how smart she was, almost to the point where it was annoying. All right, we get the point. She's smart! But the pay off in the end showed that the twelve year old really was the smartest person in the episode. Although in all fairness, Grissom was noticeably absent from this episode.moreless
  • A great mystery tonight.

    Tonight a gifted child confesses to killing a girl that her brother has been charged with killing, while she is on the witness stand.

    The girl only 12, but she is a genius, so she is capable of thinking up the crime and c over up, but isn't physically strong enough to commit the act.

    Nick believes the girl is covering for her brother, Sarah believes the girl did it.

    The brother is acquitted and the girl confesses to Sarah that she didn't kill the girl, her brother did.

    Sarah sat there with a dumbfounded look on her face. It was great, you could tell she felt suckered.

Meredith Scott Lynn

Meredith Scott Lynn

Carol Allred

Guest Star

Maitland McConnell

Maitland McConnell

Stacy Vollmer

Guest Star

Steven Grayhm

Steven Grayhm

Scott Baird

Guest Star

Louise Lombard

Louise Lombard

Sofia Curtis

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When the CSI's are talking behind the glass with the Lawyer after the boyfriend has been interviewed (and cleared) the lawyer should say "so we're back to Marlon and Hannah" instead he says Malcolm and Hannah.

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Sara: Stacy landed here and bled out from the trauma to her skull.
      Nick: Darcy, why don't you put those headphones back on?
      Darcy: Like I didn't hear what you just said. (Warrick smirks)

    • Sara: I bet you really liked high school.
      Nick: Yeah playin' football, chasin' girls, books when I wanted to learn somethin', what's not to like?
      Warrick: Hey, guys.
      Nick: Hey.
      Warrick: This is Darcy, my wife Tina's niece.
      Sara: Hey, Darcy. (Darcy kinda waves)
      Nick: Yeah, you were right she's about Hannah's size.
      Warrick: More or less.
      Darcy: Stop talkin' about me. (Warrick pulls an earbud out of her ear) Hey, that was the best part!
      Warrick: That's what the pause button is for. It's time to work, it's child labor day. (Sara laughs)

    • Hodges: Ah, teen lust. It starts with some chemistry, mess around with some biology. (Nick and Sara give each other looks) And once you have some experience under your belt then you introduce the physics. Apparently chivalry is not dead. The bloody fingerprint tested positive for nonoxynol spermicide.
      Nick: So much for the boyfriend.
      Sara: If we can't pin this on Hannah or Marlon they could both walk.
      Hodges: You could flip a coin.

    • Mandy: Twelve year old killer, huh?
      Nick: Starting to look that way.
      Mandy: I bet that Grand Theft Auto had something to do with it.
      Nick: Mmm, I don't know, I don't think Hannah is the video game type.
      Mandy: You never know. Between you and me, I actually think it's a ton of fun.

    • Sara (reading what was written on Hannah's dress): Rainbow party?
      Nick: Yeah, it's a party game where the boys get the girls to wear different colored lipsticks while they have oral sex. The boy with the most colors wins. It's supposed to be trendy.
      Sara: So much for spin the bottle.

    • Mrs. West: You have to understand my child is not capable of murder.
      Sofia: I assume you mean Hannah.
      Mrs. West: Of course.
      Sofia: Well, Marlon is your child too.

    • (About the sodium she put in the shower head, that inadvertently caused Stacy to die)
      Sara: You miscalculated.
      Hannah (coldly): I guess I did.

    • Hannah: You don't think I could have done it. Either one of you.
      Sara: That's a big job...for a little girl.
      Hannah: Not if you have the right tools.
      Sara: Smart kid like you, knows your brother is suffering, you feel bad, you wanna help...so you fabricate some evidence.
      Hannah: Uh, if you thought the evidence was fake I wouldn't still be in jail. (Sofia and Sara both give each other looks knowing that Hannah is right) Don't you wanna know why I did it?

    • Sofia (to Hannah): Two confessions: One crime. We don't get that a lot.

    • (About Stacy)
      Sofia: She even took a public virginity pledge with some of her classmates. Did they have those in your high school?
      Sara (deadpanned): No.

    • Sara: Do you have any physical evidence that would conclusively rule Hannah out as a suspect?
      Nick: Well...yeah. She's four-foot three and sixty-five pounds. The crime just required more strength than she's got.
      Catherine: How old is she?
      Nick: Twelve.
      Warrick: In high school?
      Nick: She's a high school senior. She skipped six grades. She's a prodigy.
      Sara: Which means that she has the brains for murder.

    • Professor: There is no way that Hannah could have done it.

    • Sara: Hey there.
      Hannah: Did you come to say bye?
      Sara: No, actually you and I are going to be seeing a lot of each other. If you thought the DA wouldn't prosecute a twelve year old for murder, you were wrong. He wants justice for Stacy and her family.
      Hannah: Of course, he's a total linear thinker. Most of you guys are.
      Mrs. West: Shame on you Miss Sidle. Come on, Hannah, you don't need to listen to this.
      Hannah: Mom...just give us a second. (her mom walks away) You were saying?
      Sara: Here. (she goes and sits on the bench and Hannah stands in front of her) Hannah with your gifts you could have done anything you could have wanted and you picked murder, you can't take that back.
      Hannah: You're worried how I'm gonna turn out?
      Sara: Of course I am. I know it seems like a really long time but...in five years all the Stacy's of the world would have been behind you.
      Hannah: Let me guess? You were a smart kid in school, maybe you feel that we're a little bit alike?
      Sara: There aren't many people like you.
      Hannah: That's what my parents always say too. The last four months all they cared about was the effect of the trial on me not Marlon. It's been that way ever since I was 14 months old and was spelling words with plastic letters. It's so unfair and nobody ever sees it. He doesn't deserve to go to jail. If I get convicted, what's the worst case scenario? I mean, I'll be out in five years with an undergraduate degree. There's no Son of Sam law in Nevada. That was ruled unconstitutional, so I'm free to write a book about all of this. (Sara is staring opened mouthed at her, shaking her head) The story will be worth millions. Freaks are always good box office.
      Sara (still shocked): You're not a freak.
      Hannah: When was the last time you had to sit down to be eye level with a murder suspect who was standing up?
      Sara: Hannah you are smart.
      Hannah: So I've been told.
      Sara: But you are not smart enough to get away with murder.
      Hannah: I think I am. A lot of people are smart enough to get away with murder. You probably are too, but you have to be really smart to get people to think that something happened that never did.
      Sara (deadpanned): What do you mean... exactly?
      Hannah: Please don't worry about me, I'm gonna be fine. (Sara is staring at her completely shocked and Hannah leans in close to her ear and whispers) I didn't kill Stacy, Marlon did. (Hannah walks away, leaving Sara looking completely shocked)

    • D.A: I asked you guys to rule out one suspect...now we have three.
      Nick: If he's willing to talk I'd say we caught a break.
      Sara: The father's gonna sue.
      D.A.: Ooh, I'd put money on that.

    • Darcy: So did I help the dead girl? (the CSIs look at each other sadly)

    • Sara: Shared bathroom... very Brady.

    • Warrick: You rang.
      Catherine: I got the DNA results from the blood on Hannah's sweater.
      Warrick: Stacy?
      Catherine: Hannah.
      Warrick: So, she fabricated evidence and put her own blood on the shirt.
      Catherine: Maybe, maybe not. I mean, the soil was consistent with the dump site. Hannah could have been at the scene. She could have cut herself burying the body.
      Warrick: Or she could have gone back to the field any time in the last four months and rubbed her shirt in the same kind of dirt.
      Catherine: And counted on us to make the match? (Warrick shrugs) Well, that's just plain scary smart. I mean, my daughter is a few years older than her and the most important thing on her mind right now is how much belly-button to show off at the mall...I never thought I'd be grateful for that.

    • Hodges: Does that make Doogie Howserette our killer?
      Nick: Nah, I kinda doubt it.
      Hodges: Don't be so sure. It's not easy.
      Nick: What isn't easy, Hodges?
      Hodges: Being profoundly gifted. Knowing that everybody knows that you're always ten steps ahead of them. It's a lot of pressure. (Nick gives him a look, and starts walking away) Some days you just feel like you're going to snap.
      Nick: I know the feeling.

    • Hannah (on the stand in court room): Marlon didn't kill Stacy. I did. (stands up and opens her sweater to reveal a dirty and bloody shirt) I was wearing this when I did.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Mandy mentions the video game Grand Theft Auto in this episode.

      Grand Theft Auto is a video game in which you are a thug/gangster/hustler basically, a criminal. You steal cars, run drugs, steal money, murder people, amoung other things.

    • Hannah's mother reports her IQ at 177. IQ stands for Intelligence Quotient, and is determined by a written test. Average IQ is 100, a person is considered retarded at 75 and a person is considered genius at 130. Super geniuses like Steven Hawking have 200+. The test is supposed to measure a person's capacity for learning and the result should not greatly alter over time, barring extraordinary events. However, the IQ test is debated because although many people with high IQs excel in academic areas, not all do.

    • Hodges: Does that make Doogie Howserette our killer?
      Nick: No.

      Hodges is obviously referring to the Doogie Howser character on the TV series, Doogie Howser, M.D., which is about an exceptionally intelligent young man who was able to become a doctor at a very young age.

    • Sara: Shared bathroom... very Brady.

      Sara's brief note about the sister and brother sharing a bathroom is an obvious reference to the TV series The Brady Bunch.

    • Episode Title: The Unusual Suspect

      The title of this episode is a reference to the 1995 film The Usual Suspects.