CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 22

Weeping Willows

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 05, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A man (Alan Rosenberg) whom Catherine flirted with at a bar reappears in her life as a suspect in a murder investigation of a woman who was shot and killed.

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  • Catherine is in a bit of trouble.

    This epidode is mainly about Catherine, which I think is quite good due to the fact she wasn't really a main character in the previous 3. The storyline is well written as this could easily happen in real life, (especially with the cross contamination)and was well acted especially by the actors of Catherine Willows and Adam Novac (who are married in real life). I was also pleased that they showed a bit of Catherine's personal life, and how she deals with being a single parent and her job (mainly getting her mum to look after Lindsey). I think that Adam Novac was really creepy and well acted, because I really thought he was the murderer when he showed up at Catherine's house. Overall it was a great episode, it would have been a ten if it contained more of the main cast.(i.e Jim Brass,and more of Sara Sidle, Warrick Brown and Nick Stokes.)moreless
  • A more enjoyable episode.

    Weeping Willows features Catherine Willows. She goes to a bar and meets a lawyer who starts to hit on her. They go to her car where thay make out on the parking lot. She goes home and throws out his number, only to get to work and find out that the number may be influential in solving a case. She rushes back home and looks through the garbage can, only to be told by her daughter that the garbage was put on the curb today. She rushes outside to the garbage bin to discover that it had already bin taken. Another woman gets murdered, apparently the same way as the first. The first victim had had a stalker, and he was a prime suspect until he revealed that while he was following the first vic, he was pulled over by the police and detained for an hour. Who did it, the lawyer or the stalker?moreless
  • Excellent

    Marg Helgenberger's acting in this episode was phenomenal! Her husband (at the time) played the suspect and I could not believe that these two people were married in real life. They both are excellent in this episode.

    Catherine goes to a bar after work and is assaulted by a man she meets there. Forward a few hours later, all signs point to the same man as a suspect in two murders. Catherine comes clean about her involvement with the suspect. I liked this episode more after the second time I watched it. It was very emotional and outstanding. One of my favorites!moreless
  • Lack of scientific investigation.

    I think Catherine appears 90% in this episode. This episode is full with Catherine's drama, where she met a man in the club who hits her. Then after that, a blonde lady is found dead and went to the same club where Catherine was.

    This is a filler episode. Lacked of scientific investigation. Wasn't the full name of CSI is Crime Scene Investigation and it is suppose to be a show about forensic scientist. But this episode is a little similar to Criminal Minds instead of solving the crime by scientific investigation by forensic scientist. However, this episode is still good. Good plot, good directing, but please, more scientific investigation.moreless
  • A big "Catherine" episode that turned out great!

    In my own opinion this was a great episode. The best part was the cleverly twisted plot. The writers did a great job on writing this one. I really like the female characters in the CSI series. They could not be replaced. Catherine's struggle at home and at work come into play in this episode. I wonder what it's like to pull a gun on your husband? Haha. Once again Great Plot!! Catherine's a fighter.moreless
Lauren Birkell

Lauren Birkell


Guest Star

Lauren Bowles

Lauren Bowles


Guest Star

Elaine Curtis

Elaine Curtis

Holly Pierson

Guest Star

Madison McReynolds

Madison McReynolds

Lindsey Willows

Recurring Role

Aisha Tyler

Aisha Tyler

Mia Dickerson

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Detective Vartann

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Catherine: What the hell are you doing here?
      Novak: I want to know why you're setting me up, manipulating evidence to make me look guilty. All because I came on too strong?
      Catherine: I want you out of here.
      Novak: I didn't get my signals crossed. You changed the play, and you're screaming foul. That's some power trip, babe. Who's the guilty one here?
      Catherine: You want to talk to me, call your lawyer. Set up an appointment down at PD.

    • Ecklie: Just walk me through your interaction with the suspect.
      Catherine: I met Adam Novak in a bar called the Highball.
      Ecklie: Were you drinking?
      Catherine: I had one cocktail, on his tab. He walked me out to my car. Things got physical.
      Ecklie: Could you define "physical"?
      Catherine: I believe that I outlined the specifics in my memo.
      Ecklie: Catherine, you know what I'm asking, and it's not in the memo.
      Catherine: I didn't have sex with him, though he clearly wanted it.
      Ecklie: And you didn't?
      Catherine: I went out after shift to unwind. I even invited Warrick and Nick to come along. They had other plans.
      Ecklie: All right. So ... when you put on the brakes, Mr. Novak ... got angry.
      Catherine: Yeah. I got into my car. He went back inside.

    • Sara: So, Judge Wilson tells me I'd have better luck with a blue suit than a gray suit. What is that? Do you think he meant that? Do you think he was flirting with me or ... ?
      Catherine: I thought judges were supposed to be color blind.
      Sara: Yeah, right. That's cute.

    • Doc Robbins (about the victim): Abrasions on her knees.
      Grissom: So ... maybe she was kneeling.
      Doc Robbins: Begging for her life.

    • Novak: No way you were never married. Oh, let me guess. You were young, he seemed more mature than he really was, he swept you off your feet, and, uh, he let you fall.
      Catherine: Bruised, but not broken.

    • Grissom (about Novak's case): You have to recuse yourself from processing evidence. This guy's a lawyer. He could claim prejudicial treatment. Your whole life could become public record.
      Catherine: I have nothing to be ashamed of.
      Grissom: We all live in glass houses, Catherine. You gotta be careful where you take your shower.

    • (Grissom and Catherine are watching the interrogation through the mirror)
      Novak: At the bar at that time of the night we're all looking for the same thing, aren't we? I came to her. She was into me, I know when a woman is going to give way and believe me she was there.
      Det. Vartann: And then what?
      Novak: I walked her out. I put my arm around her waist. She moved in. One minute she's got her tongue down my throat. The next, she puts on the brakes. She's a bitch and a tease. She told me to get lost. I'm a gentleman...
      (Camera zooms to outside the room, showing Cath and Grissom standing in the observation room listening)
      Catherine: We should ask for his clothes. Black leather jacket, black t-shirt, jeans.
      Grissom: What else should we ask him, Catherine?
      Catherine: This is what I was trying to tell you.
      Grissom: Yeah but you didn't so now I'm way behind. Is he telling the truth?
      Catherine: He's not lying about anything that pertains to me.
      Grissom: He hit you.
      Catherine: No, it was an accident. But... by the time it happened, he wasn't who I thought he was, and... that scared me.

    • Det. Vartaan: Okay, why don't you, uh, walk us through your evening? Start with "I left the office..."
      Novak: I was deposing a witness. Left the office late. Stopped at the Peppermill for a burger. Medium rare. No onions. Got to the Highball around 11:00. Met this redhead. Bought her a drink and ... (Novak stops when he sees Catherine Willows walk into the interview room. Grissom turns to look at Catherine)
      Catherine: Mr. Novak ... I'm Catherine Willows, CSI.
      Novak (scoffs): You wanna know what happened next? Ask the redhead.
      (Grissom and Vartann slowly turn their heads to look at Catherine)

    • Grissom: Did you hear the one about the cop and the monkey who walk into a bar?
      Catherine: I'm not in the mood.
      Grissom: Neither was the monkey.

    • Hodges: Results from Alice Granger's jacket. Found trace elements of iron, chromium, manganese and carbon.
      Grissom: Metals.
      Hodges: More specific, automotive sheet metal. The metallic balls would've been released into the air during the welding process.
      Grissom: So you're saying our killer has metal balls?
      Hodges: Yes ... maybe. Turns out that the victim worked in a car dealership, so she could've gotten metal balls on the job. And just in case you're wondering, working here, I'm developing them too.

    • Catherine: Gil. I'd ask you out for a drink, but under the circumstances, it's, uh ... (Grissom looks at her, then goes back to his file. He doesn't say anything) Okay, how long is this going to go on?
      Grissom: I don't know, Catherine.
      Catherine: Gil, it was an act of omission.
      Grissom: How many times have we heard a public defender say that?
      Catherine: I went out after work. Is it a crime to want a little human contact?
      Grissom: I guess that's why I don't go out.

    • (After discovering a woman in the morgue fought her attacker)
      Doc Robbins: This woman did not go gentle into that good night.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Weeping Willow- Sebastien Schuller

    • This is the last appearence of Madison McReynolds as Lindsey Willows. The role would taken over by another actress in Season 7.

    • The original plan for this episode was having all the victims looking strikingly like Catherine but this idea was already used in the Season 4 episode "Butterflied" in which the victim had a striking resemblance to Sara. Instead, the victims are both blond and were at the same club as Catherine.


    • Grissom: What happened to you?
      Catherine: I walked into a door.

      A common excuse used when someone has been hit and doesn't want to discuss it. Catherine gets the excuse from her mother in the previous scene...

      Lily: What did you do, walk into a door?

      This theme is followed up later in the ep with this...

      Grissom: He hit you.
      Catherine: No, it was an accident.

      The implication is that they've been down this road before, most likely with her marriage with Eddie.

    • Episode Title: Weeping Willows

      The title of this episode is a reference to Catherine and her past. The willow tree is know for its ability to withstand strong storms because it can bend.

      Adam Novak: No way you were never married. Oh, let me guess. You were young, he seemed more mature than he really was, he swept you off your feet, and uh, he let you fall.
      Catherine: Bruised, but not broken.

      The second allusion is based on the use of the weeping willow in literature to represent sadness, loss and grief, along with the opportunity for new growth.

    • Lily: I was a working mother too, you know.
      Catherine: There but for the grace of God...

      This refers back to Catherine's conversation with Lady Heather in "Slaves of Las Vegas" (Season 2) when she tells Heather "all my mother taught me was cash up front."

    • Dr. Robbins: This woman did not go gentle into that good night.

      "Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night " is the title of a famous poem by Dylan Thomas.

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