CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 1 Episode 14

To Halve and to Hold

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 15, 2001 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a single human bone is discovered in the desert, Grissom and Catherine must cover miles of territory to find the rest of the skeleton. And Warrick and Sara trace the death of a male stripper to members of a wedding party who may have celebrated a little too hard the night before the nuptials.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Grissom and Catherine find a skeleton scattered in the desert. Warrick and Sara investigate the death of a bachelorette party stripper.

    "To Halve and Hold" is one of the better episodes of the season. The episode's very well written script had a number of clever twists and turns which did an excellent job of keeping my interest from start to finish. What also helped was the twists were very plausible. The better of the two stories here is the one focusing on the murdered male stripper. Mainly because I felt it was complete. As far as the skeleton in the desert, it was well written also, but I did not like how it ended with the widow getting away. I understand it is impossible to determine if she murdered her husband. However she is not innocent. She should have been prosecuted for Social Security fraud. The fact that she claimed she had her husband's permission to do so is irrelevant. The second story more than made up for it and made "The Halve and Hold" one of the best episodes of the inaugural season.moreless
  • This episode was not one of my favorites, but it was ok nevertheless.

    This episode was not one of my favorites, but it was ok nevertheless.

    Grissom, & Cath have to find pieces of a skeleton when a single bone is found in the desert. Catherine calls Terri back to help them with the investigation.

    Nick is also helping with the investigation but he doesn't get much screentime in this episode. We also see a romantic side to Grissom when he invites Terri out to dinner at the end.

    Sara & Warrick investigate the murder of a male stripper and have 3 suspects who are all lying.

    There was a funny moment in this episode when Sara was explaining to the 3 women about the clock and the detective looked embarrassed & left the room.moreless
  • this is a cool episode that os full of twists

    When a single human bone is discovered in the desert, Grissom and Catherine must cover miles of territory to find the rest of the skeleton. And Warrick and Sarah trace the death of a male stripper to members of a wedding party who may have celebrated a little too hard the night before the nuptials.

Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan

Mrs. Rose Bennett

Guest Star

Dorie Barton

Dorie Barton

Meg Wheeler

Guest Star

Lisa Dean Ryan

Lisa Dean Ryan

Lynn Henry

Guest Star

Pamela Gidley

Pamela Gidley

Teri Miller

Recurring Role

Eric Szmanda

Eric Szmanda

Greg Sanders

Recurring Role

Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall

Dr. Al Robbins

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Sara and Warrick are interviewing Meg, the scene cuts between a medium shot of the dynamic duo, a close up of Meg's face and a close up of her hands which remain clasped on the table. The first cut to Meg there are tears in her eyes, but her face is dry. The second cut to her, there's a drying tear track on her right cheek. The third cut back to her, the tear track is gone, but there is a tear halfway down her left cheek.

    • Goof: CZ is weaker than diamond and is considered "brittle". While quality CZ might cut glass, a diamond certainly would have cut the glass table with the heavy finger pressure that Warrick applied.

    • Goof: At the end when Grissom is on his date with Teri Miller, Grissom gets a page. Teri reaches for her drink with her left hand and brings it to her lips, but in the next shot she's sipping with her right hand.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • Grissom: You failed to report him missing for seven months because ... ?
      Rose Bennett: I don't like your tone, young man.

    • Sara: So, ladies of the wedding party, you get a free course in the forensics of sexual intercourse. Secrets of our trade. Lynn, when you had your exam for sexual assault a SART nurse makes a clock like this. (turns around and picks up a piece of chalk to illustrate on the blackboard) This is the vagina. It does tell a monologue. Some bruising is normal when sex occurs. Injuries at 11:00 ... 12:00 or 1:00 indicate consensual sex or what we would call "avid." Injuries around the dinner hour ... five, six, or seven, indicate forced entry. The woman hasn't done anything to help her partner thus sustaining serious bruising.
      Sgt. O'Riley: Sidle, I'm going to be just outside the door.
      Sara: Okay, O'Riley. Lynn ... your exam showed no evidence of sex in the last 48 hours. Actually, in months. (Joyce snickers quietly) But the epithelials indicate that Darren had sex right before he died and the coroner puts time of death when you've all admitted to being present. So... Meg? Joyce? (they are all silent) Look, we can run the clock exam on each of you. And the clock is going to tell us what happened. So who wants to go first?
      Meg: I had sex with Darren ... and it wasn't rape.

    • Catherine: So, are you thinking what I'm thinking?
      Grissom: How amazing the universe is. Everything made from the same carbon, stars to trees, trucks to human bones.
      Catherine: Uh, no, I was thinking that we have about 100 bone fragments. We could ID this body before the end of the shift.
      Grissom: Hmm.
      Catherine: Stars and trucks?

    • (They may have found a piece of bone and Grissom sticks it in his mouth)
      Catherine (alarmed): What are you doing?
      Grissom: Bones are porous. They stick to the tongue (puts piece in mouth again) and this doesn't stick. (puts it back down) It's a piece of rock.
      Catherine: I-I hope you had your hepatitis B shot. (Grissom gets up and starts searching for more bones, Catherine follows) Did you? (Cuts to Grissom and Catherine walking toward a cadet, who may have found a piece of bone)
      Grissom: Could be a piece of wrist bone.
      Catherine: Well, do you want to suck on it... to be sure?

    • (About a bone that was found in the desert)
      Catherine: Well, it is a leg bone and my guess is that it didn't walk out here by itself.
      Grissom: It could have been a hiker who got lost. It's interesting to me how you always expect the worst.
      Catherine: You see, that way I'm never disappointed. And sometimes I'm nicely surprised. So, is this a crime scene?
      Grissom: Potential crime scene. Did you know there are 206 bones in the human body?
      Catherine: Yes professor. I, too, took osteology.
      Grissom: Well, 205 more bones and we have a complete skelton. If we find the rest then we can determine if or if not it was a murder.
      Catherine: Well, I feel it in everyone of my 206 bones that this was a murder.

    • Greg: Skeletal muscle of Mel Bennett. It goes in... contents come out. In 30 seconds.. bioassay. I like saying that word. Bioassay. Sounds nubian.

    • Grissom (trying to reconstruct the skeleton): "All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again."

    • Warrick: Who's the room registered to? (the officer hands Sara the registration slip. She looks at it)
      Sara: Well, you know, that would be Celine Dion.

    • (Picks up bone pieces)
      Grissom: I'll take toe bones for $200, Alex.

    • (Piecing together a skelton)
      Catherine: That is correct...according to this book.

    • Grissom: You bring in a specialist without my approval?
      Catherine: What? And you don't bring one in, possibly compromise the case because you two had a relationship?
      Grissom: Relationship? I hardly know that woman.
      Catherine: Oh, so I guess that dopey look in your eye whenever she's around is just that.

    • Teri (to Grissom): Well you are the bug guy.

    • (When Grissom puts his ear up to the pile of bones on the table)
      Catherine: Are the bones whispering to you?

    • Grissom: What's next?
      Teri Miller: Mutilation in the Everglades.
      Grissom: Maybe it was just an alligator.

    • Brass: How'd you guys do?
      Catherine: We found blood in the drain.
      Grissom: You find anything?
      Brass: Just the murder weapon.

    • Teri Miller: It's kind of like that old saying: 'How a person does one thing is...
      Grissom:... how a person does everything.'

  • NOTES (4)

    • As a result of the cancellations of C.S.I. Miami and C.S.I. New York, this episode is now the only first season episode of the original series to never put a guest star on the spin-offs. It's complete isolated.

    • This episode features guest stars who each played girlfriends of characters played by Neil Patrick Harris. Lisa Dean Ryan, known for her lead role as Wanda Plenn with Harris in the title role of Doogie Howser, M.D. and Dorie Barton who was Harris' love interest on Stark Raving Mad.

    • Recurring performer Pamela Gidley and guest star Ele Keats first worked together in the 1991 film Liebestraum. It was a film Keats had done early in her career.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kde končí zákon (Where the Law Ends)


    • Catherine: We're using Cliff Notes to put that skeleton together...

      Cliffs Notes started in 1958 as a study guide to various kinds of literature, explaining complex concepts and pointing out the worthy story points.

    • (The team is trying to piece together the skeleton.)
      Grissom: I'll take toe bones for 200 Alex.

      This is a reference to the famous game show Jeopardy, hosted by Alex Trebek since 1984, where contestants try to find the question from a posed answer.

    • Episode Title: To Halve and to Hold

      The title of this episode is a clever play on words, mirroring the traditional wedding vow to have and to hold from this day forward.

    • Grissom: All the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

      Grissom quote's the children's nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.

    • Sara: It does tell a monologue.

      This quote is a reference to the stage show known as The Vagina Monologues.