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This episode shows Catherine being dropped off at work by her sister, Nancy. This is one of only two times that her sister is ever mentioned during the course of the show. The other mention was fifteen episodes later in "Too Tough to Die" to Warrick when working with the dummy.
This episode shows that Jeep Liberties are the standard issue vehicles at the moment.
The terms "CSI" and "Crime Scene Investigations" are not used in the pilot episode. The CSI's are referred to as "Criminalistics Techs" and where they work is called the "Criminalistics Lab".
The extreme popularity of this TV series was credited for a large surge of applications for courses in forensic science.
Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows were ranked 82nd on Bravo's list of 100 Greatest TV Characters.
Goof: The first shot of the shoe print on the door faces left, with the toe slightly over the indent. But when Warrick compares the print he took from the shoe to the print on the door, the print is now going straight up and down and is away from the indent.
Grissom is an entomologist.
While the majority of the techniques and technologies used in the show are accurate and true to reality, the writers and crew readily admit that they "time cheat". Tests that take seconds in the show often take days or even weeks in real life.
Goof: When Holly is first in Grissom's office and says that she feels light headed, Grissom offers her a chocolate-covered grasshopper and takes one for himself. She asks, "Is there a grasshopper in there?" and his right hand is near his waist. When the shot changes, he merely smiles and eats the grasshopper, but his hand started off much closer to his chin without there being an opportunity for him to move it.
Goof: When Grissom is smashing the simulation dummies head with the golf club; to examine blood spatter from a crime committed at the Country Club. He is using Holly's blood and is only wearing eye protection. In reality, he would have been wearing a full face shield to protect himself from the blood spatter.
Goof: When Grissom is searching the toilet for toe nail clippings, the seat of the toilet changes from being down to up between shots.
The characters Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows are loosely based on real-life LVMPD criminalists Daniel Holstein and Yolanda McCrery.
All the equipment in the lab is fully functional, and was either purchased outright, or donated/loaned to the show for product placement.
Under the glass top of Grissom's desk, there is a photo of the series' executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Cath's call number is P-3901
Warrick's silver jeep has the license plate number 574-GZI.
Warrick's call number is P-4442.
Catherine Willows and Nick Stokes were supposed to have a love affair in this episode, but the writers wrote it out of the show.
The original name of William Petersen's character was Gil Scheinbaum. Petersen changed the name to Gil Grissom because of his admiration for astronaut Gus Grissom.
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