CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 1

Viva Las Vegas

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A feverish night in Las Vegas results in one dead male in an alien suit, one more dead male in a bathtub, one dead female with two suspicious men at the scene, and another dead male with a polaroid of yet another dead male, but on the other hand, we get to meet Greg´s replacement DNA person.moreless

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  • Busy night for the CSI's

    A perfect start to season 5 when there is 4 cases and one of them is Greg's test to see how he copes with being a CSI,Nick and Sara investigate a murder just outside of area 51,Catherine investigates a death of a stripper and Warrick investigates the electrocution of a man in his bathtub.Things don't work out for Greg when he fails his test and Chandra Moore his replacement quits on the first day because she can't cope with the team comparing her to Greg and Nick wins a bet with Warrick that she would leave on the first day.At the end Catherine finds Chris Bezich her boyfriend with another woman and she just walks away.moreless
  • Aliens?

    I loved this episode! My favorit case was Nick and sara's. These kids were shooting off their dads guns and tripped over something and they thought they found an alein and it was at are 51 i think. I loved how his wrist watch said ET on the back of it and how david was freaking out because the body was making noise and sara walked up behind him and told him that it was his hearing aid. I think this episode was just all around funny. I like how they showed like a bunch of different chapels that people get hitched.moreless
  • Nice way to start the season. 4 cases!!!

    Nice way to start the season. 4 cases!!!

    Greg finally gets to go out into the field with Grissom, just a shame he failed the test.

    I din't really like Greg's replacement in the lab Chandra (who I recognised from 24). I love her in 24 but her role as Chandra was different she was a little mean.

    Warrick's & Catherine's cases weren't that interesting.

    Now Sara & Nicks case...the dead guy in the alien suit burried in the desert, was the best out of the 4 & the funniest. The funny part was in the morgue when David heard the noise comming from the corpse & probably thought that the "alien" was trying to communicate (that's what I thought anyway), and it turns out the dead guy had a hearing aid.

    Sara mentioning her childhood problems at the beginning...nice touch. It's about time we found out more about her & ner family.moreless
  • Great start to the season.

    They couldn't have started the season in a better way (will they could have but this was still a good start). Everyone had an interesting case and for once some continuity is present both for Greg and Sara. It was great at the beginning when Greg introduces Chandra and the replacement for him in the lab, thereby proving that he is going out in the field. Grissom asking for a pint of her blood was funny, I'm surprised he doesn't scare off everyone who comes to work at the lab. I actually felt sorry for the new lab tech, she had a lot to deal with and I was not shocked when she quit. Nick and Warrick having the bet on her was funny too. You could tell that Sara still has some issues to deal with but they can always wait, the season still started well.moreless
  • Area 51

    I like the way this episode came together. The scene with the dead woman hacked up in the bed was a little creepy, and it was even creepier how she died. I hope I never slip in fall in my bathroom. Greg is in his final test of his proficiency test and fails horribly when he uses the bathroom at a crime scene...Duh Greg!!! Luckily Grissom give him another chance to redeem himself. I like how Warrick put himself in the victim's shoes in order to solve the crime. At the end, the area 51 guy's murder was just an accident.moreless
Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

Chandra Moore

Guest Star

Nicholas Lea

Nicholas Lea

Chris Bezich

Guest Star

William Allison

William Allison

Old Man/Store Owner

Guest Star

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Detective Vartann

Recurring Role

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Detective Chris Cavaliere

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Sara's "You are so late" comment to Nick is an inside joke about George Eads' brief firing from CSI because he was late to shooting around the time this episode was filmed. Due to the brief firing, Eads got a new hairstyle which changed his character's look. In an interview he said something along the lines of: "I was going to play the exact same look, the exact same hairstyle for as long as the show went. And then I was late for work and got fired, and that made me mad, so I shaved my head."

    • Goof: When Brass and Grissom first enter the house of Ken Willard (the guy in the Polaroid), and Greg makes a noise at the door, the two of them turn around to see him. Then the angle changes, and they turn around again, repeating motion.

    • Goof: When Grissom, Brass, and Greg go to the house of the guy in the Polaroid, Brass picks up a credit card from a table. First, he is holding it by his middle finger and thumb from the back, then the shot changes to a close-up and he is holding it with his index finger and thumb along the sides. Then, we return to the previous angle and he is once again holding it with his middle finger and thumb from the back.

    • Goof: When Warrick finds the dead guy in the bathtub, the vic is wearing underwear.

    • Goof: At the first murder scene in the nightclub, it's visible that the person pulling the trigger on the gun has red nail polish on her fingernails so it shouldn't have been a surprise that the killer is a woman.

    • Nick mentions the title of the episode Viva Las Vegas in the episode.

  • QUOTES (26)

    • Detective Cavalier: Electrocution. That's a quick way to go.
      Warrick: Not always.

    • Detective Travis: Hey! E.T. phone home.

    • Grissom: You committed a fatal error, Greg. You compromised evidence at a crime scene. A judgment like that can cost us a conviction. In order to solo in the field, you have to successfully complete three proficiencies.
      Greg: I failed this one.
      Grissom: Yeah. (Greg stands up, sighs and heads for the door) But...(Greg stops and turns around) Since you found a suitable replacement in the lab, I'm going to give you one more chance.
      Greg: Thank you. Thank you.

    • Sara: It's very neat in here. You're very neat, Chandra.

    • Grissom: So, Greg, how do you explain adhesive and toilet bowl cleanser on the gun?
      Greg: I don't know. I can tell you the toilets in the club had blue water.
      Grissom: You inspected the toilet bowls for evidence?
      Greg: Well, when you got to go, you got to go.
      Hodges: Whew.
      Grissom: At a crime scene, Greg?
      Hodges: Everybody knows you hold it.
      Grissom: You go across the street or next-door, somewhere other than the scene, until you've cleared the restroom. Did you clear the restroom?
      Greg: No.
      Grissom: Well, you could've flushed away evidence, wiped away fingerprints from the handle. Make sure you include this in your field notes.

    • Grissom (about why the killer brought the Polaroid with him): 'Bring me the head of John the Baptist.' Salome- wanted proof that he was dead. They didn't have Polaroids back then.
      Brass: So you're saying our first victim was a hired killer. Hired by whom?
      Greg: Whoever shot him?

    • Catherine: It's uh, quiet in here. Greg played music.
      Chandra: Well, I find it distracting.

    • Grissom (to Greg while looking at a gun): What's this blue stuff on the slide and the grip? (Greg doesn't answer) It's okay to say you don't know, Greg. That's why we have a trace lab.

    • Chandra Moore: Warrick, right?
      Warrick: Yeah.
      Chandra Moore: I saw your presentation on longitudinal striations of the toenail in Dallas, A.A.F.S.? Really good work.
      Warrick: Thank you. Thank you so much. And you are?
      Chandra Moore: Oh, I'm Chandra. Chandra Moore. I'm the new DNA person.
      Greg: Well, that's the plan anyway.

    • Greg: Nick! This is Chandra.
      Chandra Moore: Chandra Moore.
      Nick: Oh, yeah. Yeah, the new DNA girl. Right?
      Chandra Moore: B.S. in bio-chem. M.S. in molecular biology. Five years of service in DNA at the CCL.
      Nick: O-kay, well, I'm going to go use the no-pressure, no-AC, stinks-of-feet shower. So... welcome.

    • Greg: Grissom, I'd like to introduce you to Chandra Moore.
      Chandra: Pleased to meet you sir, I'm a fan.
      Grissom: Wow, you're hot.
      Chandra: I'm... I'm sorry.
      Grissom: You're eminating heat. This is a new infared camera. It's good for looking at evidence in the dark. (to Greg) Did you get her blood yet?
      Chandra: My...why?
      Grissom: So many reasons.
      Catherine (walking towards Grissom angry): Grissom? You can't possibly call that thing my office it's a cupboard.
      Grissom: Catherine, I'd like you to meet Chandra Moore. She'll be doing DNA when Greg's in the field.
      Catherine: Hello, I'm Catherine. (she turns right back to Grissom without giving Chandra a chance to introduce herself) We need to talk.
      Grissom: Well, not now... too much work.

    • (At a wedding that is being performed by "aliens")
      Sara (to Nick): Don't get all misty on me now.

    • Alien Wedding Guy: Are you two married?
      Sara (quicky): No.
      Alien Wedding Guy: No? Well we're open 24 hours. There's a toll free number right on the back. (to Nick) She's gonna getcha. (Nick chuckles)

    • (At a crime scene which is a night club)
      Greg: I've never seen this place with the lights on before. Kinda like seeing a one night stand for the first time in the morning. (Grissom gives him a look) Beer goggles.

    • Catherine: Greg mentioned to you that my stuff gets done first, right?
      Chandra: Yeah, well, in my lab, I decide what gets run and when. Unless Mr. Grissom tells me otherwise.

    • Brass: So witnesses heard multiple gunshots, they think. Because it was during the blitz. You know the lights were out; sirens were going off, search lights, the whole World War II experience.
      Grissom: When exactly did war became a party?

    • Catherine: Why is it you guys can never hit the bowl?
      Detective Vartann: You know if this guy took viagra, you're lucky he hit the floor and not the ceiling.

    • Crystal: He says he'll kill me if I roll over on him. The way I saw it, I had two choices: Either kill him or go to jail.
      Grissom: Congratulations, you got both.

    • (Examining corpse found in the desert near Area 51 and David really thinks it could be an alien)
      Sara: David, I think I know where he's from! Planet Seiko... (shows watch to Nick) E.T.
      Nick: Oh, you gotta be kidding me.

    • (Nick was complaining that it would take a long time to dig out a body found next to Area 51)
      Cop: Can't you just beam the body back to the morgue?

    • Greg: How was it?
      Warrick: Sucked. I hate lawyers. I hate court; they all need to dry up and die.

    • Catherine (to Dr. Robbins): Have you ever tried to shake your ass in four inch heels? (before Dr. Robbins can answer) Don't answer that.

    • Sara (to a mirror): So I had some time to think while I was away... enough time to figure out why I made such a stupid mistake. I do not have a drinking problem... I have a me problem. My P.E.A.P. counselor suggested that it would be a good idea for me to talk to my supervisor... and that's you... Grissom. (pause) I never told you about my family... I never told anyone about my family, why would I--

    • Greg: So there's good news and bad news. Good news is, this is the busiest lab in the country. Bad news is, this is the busiest lab in the country.
      Chandra: That's why I'm here.
      Greg: I waited for you forever. I love you!

    • Chandra (to Greg): They all want... they all want you, and I can't be you. I'm going back to Connecticut. (Greg turns to see Nick and Warrick exchange bet money)

    • Brass: Hey Gil, wait. You got something stuck to your shoe. Oh no, It's just Sanders.

  • NOTES (2)


    • This episode is filled with references to the "Pilot." When Greg is showing around his replacement, her introduction is filled with references to Holly Gribbs.
      1) Her name is Chandra, a reference to Chandra West, the actress who played Holly Gribbs.
      2) Greg says it's the busiest lab in the country, while Brass said it was the #2 to Holly.
      3) When she meets Warrick, she says she caught a lecture he gave about longitudinal toenail striations; Warrick's case in that episode was cracked by matching a toenail striation from inside the victim's shoe with the suspect.
      4) When she meets Grissom, he asks Greg if he'd gotten her blood yet; she asks why, and he says, "So many reasons," the same line he gives Holly when he takes hers.

      In addition, Grissom's case in the pilot, and Warrick's case in this episode, a middle-aged man was killed in a bath tub, and the killer made it look like suicide. Also, Dr. Klausbach in pilot and Hodges in this episode each used the line, "She's cute," to describe the new girl. Catherine's case involves a stripper/hooker who drugs her client, while Nick's case in the pilot was a hooker who also drugged her client, both of whom end up dead. Finally, both characters lasted only one episode!

    • Greg: Duct tape. So the shooter stuck the gun in the toilet earlier to avoid the metal detector.
      Grissom: Echoes of Michael Corleone.

      This is an allusion to the 1972 classic The Godfather where Michael Corleone also stuck the gun in the toilet.

    • When Nick and Sara catch up with French Stewart in his Elvis garb and he recognizes them, Sara holds her hands up with the first/second and third/fourth fingers splayed into a V - a reference to the Vulcan greeting Mr. Spock used in the 1960s sci-fi show Star Trek.

    • Grissom: "Bring me the head of John the Baptist"

      A reference to the beheading of John the Baptist in the Bible, found in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 14, Verse 8.