CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 3

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 05, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Coming straight from the perspectives of five people: Donna, Rebecca, Jack, Lou and Ray. All with one thing in common. They’re all dead. Brass and Catherine get to handle the case of Donna, who’s a cop from San Francisco, moonlighting as a bodyguard. Warrick and Greg work the case of Rebecca, who’s a former supermodel who died while hiking with her new husband Gavin. Nick and Sofia handle the case of Jack, a returning veteran from Iraq, who was killed in front of his wife and baby daughter who he just met for the first time. Grissom and Sara take the case of Lou and Ray whose bodies were found in Lou’s garage.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • This episode of CSI takes a little different approach and has several dead people, who recently arrived at the mourge, tell the stories of how they got there. The episode cuts back between their stores and Grissom's teams' efforts to solve thmoreless

    There are some good things to say about this particular episode of CSI. For one thing the performances by the actors who rose from the dead to tell their stories to one another were all quite good, but as I watched the episode I kept asking myself if I was watching CSI or Six Feet Under. The idea of having the dead speak has been done before on the popular HBO series and took away from my enjoyment of the epsiode. I hope this is something the producers of CSI don't repeat any time soon.moreless
  • Great idea, despite the fact some people didnt like it and some thought it jumped the shark, per tv guide-- extremely innovative

    The opening to this episode was fantastic, and the piano music of sleepers awake definately added to that

    the week before the episode, i read the description and i thought, WOW- this is a great idea, and it was--now, i wished they had made the dead people more involved in the telling of their stories, and i wished that there had been only 2 or 3 murders, and in the end they all linked, but i still loved the idea. While others may say that this episode caused the show to jump the shark--because dead people were \'talking\'- i though this was an innovative idea thats never been done before, and shows how csi is still one of the best shows on tvmoreless
  • I didn't really care for the format of this episode.

    Four separate cases are told from the point of some of the victims lying dead in the morgue while Grissom takes a class of students on a tour.

    I didn't like the "chapter" separations of the 4 told stories. It was like watching 4 separate 15 minute episodes with no connection except the bodies were all lying in the morgue at the same time. I found it a little unsettling to watch the corpses sit up and have discussions about what had happened to put them in the morgue. Each case was covered by a separate team of CSIs so there was quite a bit of the cast used but they had little interaction with each other as the cases were not connected. They weren't really chapters of the same book it was more like 4 short stories, and I've never been a fan of short stories. They could have expanded each one of these cases and loaded them with details and made 4 separate episodes. The format was creative but I don't think CSI needs to change their format. I like the format exactly the way it is. This episode might have been ok if it were later in the season as a break from the normal format, but in episode 3? It just didn't sit well with me.moreless
  • If the dead could talk, CSIs would be out of a job.

    Pretty interesting treatment here. Murder from the mouths of the victims. A tad bit freaky, but still interesting.

    This episode kind of reminded me of that one episode in a past season (I think it was S5, I'm not so sure, but I'm sure the episode was called "4x4"), where the team had to do 4 separate cases simultaneously, and showing one crime solved before the next one somehow made it really cool and fun to watch. It also gave the illusion that they worked really fast. Anyway, I got the same vibe from this episode, but with a freak factor because of the dead bodies.

    Out of the four chapters, the last one was what I liked best (not because of the gore, mind you) because it was the case where I had no clue whodunnit. The first and the second was pretty obvious. The third, with a soldier falling victim to a random act of murder after only being home for a week and just meeting his baby girl, is sad. I did like how that soldier seemed to be at peace because his family is unharmed.

    All in all, a great episode. But I wouldn't watch it again, lest I dream about corpses.moreless
  • Tales from the morgue...oooooOOOooooo

    I thought that this was an exceptional episode in that it dared to delve deep into the minds and perceptions of the victims rather than have their stories played out how they otherwise normally would. That way, you get to see how they perceive their own deaths and how the csi's and even the viewers perceive them...as well as where they match up and where they differ. It also was an interesting touch to have the episode divided up into 4 separate chapters...obviously one for each case/story. I especially loved the last story:"The Nevada Chainsaw Massacre" haha...awesome(I sooooooo can't wait to see that movie btw).moreless
Jessica Steen

Jessica Steen

Donna Basset

Guest Star

Alexondra Lee

Alexondra Lee

Rebecca McGill

Guest Star

Brenda Canela

Brenda Canela

Gloria Torres

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Many websites, including myspace, were saying that this would be the first episode of the season.

    • Four Chapters:
      1. American Beauty
      2. No Brainer
      3. Embalmy Day
      4. The Nevada Chainsaw Massacre

    • Goof: Donna Basset's police badge has her rank listed as 'Detective'. In the San Francisco Police Department, the title for a detective is 'Inspector'.

    • Goof: When Sara arrives at the chainsaw massacre, she opens the door (which had been forced) with ungloved fingers.

    • Goof: In the first chapter "American Beauty", when the Asian player is talking to the CSI, you can clearly see the head of an audio operator in the lower left corner of the screen.

    • Goof: In chapter four of this episode, as Grissom says "was attacked from the front", you can clearly see the actor playing the chain saw victim Lou Beitran, breathing whilst on the autopsy table. Also, the monitor above the table shows the victim's head turned to the right, whereas he is actually facing forward.

    • David Phillips is getting married in 3 weeks (21 days).

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Greg (about the victim): She's hot.
      Warrick: You pay for hot, believe me.
      (Later, in interrogation with Warrick)
      Gavin: You try having a hot wife. You pay for it, every day.

    • Doc Robbins (after Nick finds a knife in the car of Russel Caris, who's dead): Why wouldn't he have thrown that knife away?
      Nick: He's not smart.
      Doc Robbins (laughs): This is natural selection, the dumb ones die.

    • Warrick (talking about Gavin McGill): Well, if he is lying somebody should give him an Emmy Award.

    • Donna (to Rebecca): I changed his luck and he took my life. Every time we came to Vegas he would gamble for four hours exactly. You know what? I took that bath every time.

    • Grissom: Hello David.
      David: Hello Grissom.
      Grissom: David Phillips everyone, our assistant coroner and baseball trivia expert.

    • Grissom: 2500 left-handed people die each year using products designed for right-handed people.

    • Sara: You know what this reminds me of? The time we first met. San Francisco. Your lecture. Double murder in a garage. (makes a face) I'd heard you were a little dull as a speaker, but you can't rely on your first blush. (they give each other looks) That was the, uh, the subject of your talk.
      Grissom: I believe that I said "First opinions are crucial, but if the evidence changes, so must the theory."
      Sara (smiles): Exactly.

    • Warrick (to Grissom): Well, if I know women, their husband is usually the last person to know anything.

    • Warrick: Okay, Mr. Boyscout.
      Greg: Eagle scout. I didn't earn a chest full of merit badges for nothin'.

    • Catherine: Any chance that it was an accident?
      Doc Robbins: When was the last time that you took a nap in Grissom's tub?(Catherine smiles up at him)

    • Brass: Are you okay? I mean, working in Sam's hotel so soon after-- after the, y'know--
      Catherine: I think working helps. You know that.

    • David (looking at the victim's skull which has no brain): It's a no-brainer.
      Greg: I guess that makes me the search party.

    • Warrick (looking over the cliff that the victim fell off): Hiking accident?
      Sofia: It's gonna take you a while to get down there.
      Warrick: Better than the express route she took.

    • Brass: This guy doesn't live here. This is Ray Gaynor.
      Sara: Maybe the other one is Lou.
      Brass (looking at Ray's severed left arm): I bet my right arm that's his left. (he chuckles while Grissom and Sara exchange a look)

    • Catherine: Rose petals in the bathtub had traces of grapeseed oil. Killer's sleeves were wet.
      Grissom: So you get the clothes, you get your guy.
      Catherine: Dry cleaners screwed us.

    • Brass: So, changing your skivvies can change your luck?

    • Henry: Well, you're persistent. I'll give you that. I tested the remaining marijuana in the paper wrapper. You were right. Your joint was dipped.
      Nick: PCP?
      Henry: No, embalming fluid.
      Nick: Embalming fluid is the street name for PCP.
      Henry: Yeah, but I don't use street names when I don't mean to. No, I mean real, inject into a dead person embalming fluid. Made of formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol, all that bad stuff.

    • Sara (looking at the crime scene): I thought this only happened in the movies.
      Grissom: Life imitates art.

    • (David rolls over the body, and water spills out of the victim's mouth)
      Catherine: I'm gonna take a stab at this and say drowning?
      Brass: How do you drown in an elevator?
      (A little later Catherine and Brass come upon a bathtub filled with rose petals)
      Catherine: Now we know how you drown in an elevator. You don't.

  • NOTES (3)


    • The concept of the victims in the morgue telling the story of their death came from the 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. It starts with the main character, already dead, speaking to the audience. There was a scene cut from the final film where they take him to the morgue and he and the other bodies wake up and start talking to each other about the ways they died.

    • Brass: So you believe in all this Feng-Shui stuff?

      Brass is talking here about the ancient practice from China of placement and arrangement of space which is claimed to achieve harmony with the environment. This practice is considered superstitious by skeptics.

    • Catherine: A rose petal. A true American Beauty.

      American Beauty
      This is a reference to the 1999 drama film written by Alan Ball directed by Sam Mendes and with the performances of Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening.
      This drama explored themes of love, freedom, self-liberation, the search of happiness and family against the backdrop of modern American suburbia.

      An American Beauty is also a type of rose. Catherine is referring to a scene from the movie in which one character is filmed laying in a bathtub filled with rose petals.

    • Warrick: If he's lying, someone should present him an Emmy award.

      William Peterson was a presenter at the 2006 Primetime Emmys. The Emmys are an awards show that honors television shows and their cast and crew.

    • Chapter 4 Title: The Nevada Chainsaw Massacre

      This is play on the 1974 horror film title of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre which was based on true story about a chainsaw-yielding cannibalistic serial killer.

    • Dividing the episode into chapters is possibly an homage to famed Hollywood director Quentin Tarantino (directed the two-part Season 5 finale " Grave Danger (1) & (2)"). His movies like Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill Vol: 1 & 2 are divided into different chapters, with accompanying title cards that are similar to the ones in this episode.