CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 11

Who Shot Sherlock?

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 06, 2005 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Greg, for his final proficiency, has to determine how the Sherlock Holmes of a Sherlock Holmes club was killed. Nick and Warrick try to determine how the driver of jeep was killed when the car ran off the road. They have to do this under budget while Catherine is watched by Ecklie.moreless

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  • This episode is all around great.

    Yay Greg!!!! He finally became an official CSI! Anyway, this episode is one of the most creative of all. I love the connection to Sherlock Holmes (who doesn't?) and the fact that Greg gets to solve it. Also, the way the other impersonators act is hilraious, keeping with the accents and all. This will for sure go down as a classic CSI episode. I have watched it so many times, I've officially lost count. It's such a good representation of why I watch this show, and why it is absolutely the number one show on television, thank you very much.moreless
  • A fantastic episode, possibly my favourite in the entire series.

    There are so many good things to say about this episode. Both cases are interesting, well-thought out and unpredictable, which is essential for a show as routine as CSI.

    The Sherlock Holmes crime scene is one of the best they've had on the show visually and the actual case itself proved to be a very elaborate case of 'whodunnit' yet the ending is still a little surprise. There's some excellent character development for Greg as a CSI, but also for Grissom and Sara as well as they are placed in mentor roles throughout the episode. I do think one of the best twists is that despite Greg coming to the wrong conclusion, he still passes his proficiency, even if that was inevitable from the beginning.

    The other case brought out the more light-hearted side of CSI, shown well through the relationship of Nick and Warrick. The highlight of the case of course being the experiment with "gello-man" and providing the science aspect of the show. Catherine is also seen here as a leader, overlooking the experiment and her snide comments towards Ecklie also provided some humour as well as the appearance of the running "cost of ballistics gel" gag.

    However the highlight of the episode to me is the ending, not just because Greg passed but due to the little snippet of the team celebrating. It's one of those family moments which really highlight the relationship of the team and to some extent, the ensemble cast. Unlike many episodes, which end darkly with the perpetrator being caught, this one ends on a much higher note, and provides one of the best feel-good endings in the series.moreless
  • The Sherlock Holmes of a Sherlock Holmes club gets murdered. Greg passes his final proficiency, and Catherine gets needled by the perpetually politically minded Ecklie. Warrick and Nick investigate a guy who crashed his Jeep into a tree and died.moreless

    The Sherlock Holmes of a Sherlock Holmes club gets murdered. Greg passes his final proficiency, and Catherine gets needled by the perpetually politically minded Ecklie. Warrick and Nick investigate a guy who crashed his Jeep into a tree and died.

    Grissom, Sara and Greg go to the home of a wannabe Sherlock Holmes, who has been shot. The rest of the Sherlock Holmes club people arrive, all with fake British accents, but one, who is actually English. At first Grissom, Sara, and Greg figure that Watson (in the club) was the killer based on blood evidence, but Greg returns to the crime scene and discovers that it's actually a suicide made to look like a murder. THEN Grissom realizes there's something wrong, because Conan Doyle's Holmes used cocaine, not morphine, which was found in a syringe near the fake Sherlock. In the end, we find out that Sherlock's death was a murder made to look like a suicide made to look like a murder. Irene Adler (in the club) was the actual killer. When Brass asks why she had to frame Watson, she says (in her British accent): "Mr. Holmes would have wanted his death to be a perfect puzzle. A mystery, worthy of the master."

    Nick and Warrick get a guy who drove his Jeep into a tree. They suspect foul play but can't find any evidence to support any theory. The driver was high, so Ecklie tells Nick and Warrick that's why he crashed into a tree. Nick and Warrick can't let it go though, and they conduct an experiment on a gel dummy while Catherine watches. They stipulate that the driver was electrocuted, but the dummy isn't lighting up. All three stare for a while, until-"He's naked." So they dress up the dummy, and this time it works. We find out that the Jeep driver got electrocuted by a protruding power line.

    Nick tells Greg that Grissom wants to see him in his office, and Greg is nervous, thinking that he bombed his profiency by closing the case before the morphine discovery. When he enters the office, we see "Grissom" sitting with his back to the door. "Grissom" is actually a gel dummy, which swings around to reveal a large sign: "YOU PASSED!" Everyone comes in to congratulate Greg (even ECKLIE, of all people!) and they all clink glasses and have champagne, ignoring Ecklie who tells them to get back to work.

    I thought this episode was one of the best in Season 5. The Sherlock Holmes club member death was a twist from the usual cases, and I loved the use of the gel dummies. Plus I was just plain happy to see Greg pass his field test.moreless
  • Congratulations Greg!

    Greg Sanders, who previously work in the DNA lab to analysis DNA, must work on a case to prove that he can be a CSI. (He failed in the first episode in this season)

    Catherine, Warrick and Nick investigate the death of a teenage after a car accident.

    Later on, Greg finds out that "Sherlock" commit suicide. But Gil Grissom, his supervisor, finds out that "Sherlock" is murder after he found 7% of morphine in his blood. Greg begins to panic as his thought he will once again failed his test. But actually, he past!

    What should I say more about this episode? As I say, EXACTLY WHY I WATCH THIS SERIES. The best episode ever in this season.moreless
  • Awesome storylines. Greg's case of the murdered Sherlock Holmes wannabe and Nick and Warrick's with their creation MR. WIGGLES!

    This was one of my favorite episodes. Greg is my favorite character so to see the main story line be about him completing his finally proficiency made me happy. I was happy to see him succeed and finally get to do what he really wanted to do...become a CSI. The best part was at the very end when Warrick and Nick were acting all serious when they told Greg that Grissom wanted to see him, he walks in and the chair turns around and it's Mr. Wiggles sitting in the chair saying he passed...it was Priceless to see Greg happy.moreless
Ted Rooney

Ted Rooney

Dennis Kingsley/Sherlock

Guest Star

Rod McLachlan

Rod McLachlan

Nelson Oakes/Dr. Watson

Guest Star

Sebastian Roché

Sebastian Roché

Josh Frost/Moriarty

Guest Star

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Detective Chris Cavaliere

Recurring Role

Wallace Langham

Wallace Langham

David Hodges

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Greg is examining Denny's body in the coroner's office you can see the giant injury on the left side of his head. But then when Sara and Doc Robbins are looking at pictures from the crime scene the injury is on the right side of his head.

    • Goof: Warrick and Nick mix up enough ballistics gel to make a life-size dummy to test their theory. The entire production (getting a mannequin, making a mold from the mannequin, etc,.) takes place in one shift. Ballistics gel needs to cool in a fridge, or on ice, (32-41°F) overnight. That alone eliminates the possibility that it was done in one shift.

    • Greg passes his final proficiency test to fully become a CSI.

    • Goof: At 29:11 the reflection of the camera and light reflection board is visible in Warrick's glasses.

    • Goof: Det. Cavellere isn't wearing gloves when Warrick and Nick hand over the victim's wallet.

    • Goof: When Sara is looking at the victim's laptop, it is clearly an IBM Thinkpad, but during the close up of the monitor, the label on the bezel is Dell.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Nick gets in Jeep to test if the brakes are working, Warrick behind him to push the Jeep)
      Warrick: You ready?
      Nick (smirking): Yeah, put your back into it.

    • Kay Marquette: You see, Detective, (with English accent) Denny would've wanted his murder to be the perfect puzzle.

    • (After they made a ballistics gel dummy to prove a theory)
      Catherine: So I know that I've never said this to you guys before, but... hide the evidence.
      Nick: Thanks for having our back.
      Catherine: We're a team, guys.
      Warrick: Since, we're a team are you gonna help us clean up?
      Nick: Yeah. (looks toward Cath)
      Catherine (laughing): No. I'm the boss. (walks out)

    • Grissom: Deerstalker cap, violin, Meerschaum pipe, even a Persian slipper with tobacco stuffed in the toe, I imagine. All in all, meticulous recreation of 221-B Baker Street: residence of the world's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.
      Brass: Also known as Dennis Kingsley, delivery guy. What do you think?
      Grissom: Ask Greg. It's his case. It's his final proficiency test. Emphasis in the "final".
      Brass: Okay, Dr. Watson, run it.

    • Brass: You know, I think you'd better drop the accent.
      Josh Frost (Prof. Moriarty): I can't. I'm English.

    • Grissom (trying to talk to Greg who's listening to loud music): Greg. (Greg doesn't hear him) Hey, MTV boy!

    • (After Nick and Warrick made a ballistics gel dummy to prove a theory)
      Catherine: What... what are you doing?
      Nick: We're finishing up the case.
      Catherine (scoffs): Do you have any idea how much ballistics gel costs?
      Warrick: We had no idea you did.

    • Ecklie: I thought you told me you closed the Cory Demayo case. Catherine, nothing happens in this lab that I don't know about.
      Catherine: Then I'm sure you know the case is now closed.
      Ecklie: Did I make a mistake promoting you?
      Catherine: Yeah, you should have given me the day shift. But I'm making it work.

    • Catherine (to Nick and Warrick, after they just did an experiment): Congratulations boys, you killed the jeep.

    • (Greg is looking for a bullet in a puddle of blood, mixed with brains)
      Sara: Anyone for pizza?
      Greg: Very funny... got it!
      Sara: That's a BFB... Big frickin' bullet.

    • (Nick bounces on the back of the car to make the ballistics gel dummy shake)
      Catherine: Watch it wiggle, see it jiggle, I get it.

    • Grissom: You do have two suspects with pipes.
      Greg: Yeah. And smoking kills.

    • Greg: So, are you going to say 'the game's afoot'?
      Grissom: I didn't know you were a Conan Doyle fan, Greg.
      Greg: I'm not. I saw a Sherlock Holmes movie once ... by mistake.
      Grissom: Well so you know those movies never ended like this.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Catherine: Watch it wiggle see it jiggle. I get it.

      Said as they are about to test their theory of electrocution with 'gelatine man'. These words are an allusion to the text of an advert for Jello from the 1980s.

    • The name of the character who is Sherlock in the episode is Denis Kingsley. This is a nod to Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes, who had five children, two of whom were named Denis and Kingsley.

    • Grissom expresses admiration for the (dead) Sherlock Holmes' attention to detail, since he has a cape, a deerstalker hat and a Meerschaum pipe. Grissom - and the dead Sherlock - should know better. None of these items appear anywhere in Conan Doyle's books; they were invented by Hollywood as part of Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the character, and are considered to be abominations by Holmes' afficionados.

    • Greg: 7% solution of cocaine; morphine.

      In the Holmes stories, Sherlock used a 7% solution of cocaine, during times of boredom.

      The 7% Solution was later a movie in the 1970's, that dealt with Holmes's growing addiction to cocaine, and his treatment at the hands of Sigmund Freud.

      And, in one of the stories, Holmes was found, by Watson, to be in an opium den, while in disguise. Whether or not he was taking opium is up for debate.

    • Throughout the episode, there were many references to the various items relating to Sherlock Holmes.
      Among the references include:
      1) The violin, the Deerstalker hat, the famous Meerschaum pipe, the 19th century syringe, and the Persian slipper with tobacco in the toe.
      2) The mention of Reichenbach Falls, where Holmes found Professor Moriarty and met his (supposed) death
      3) The segments recreating the Sherlock murder are shot in a visual style reminiscent of movie photography from the turn of the century, Sherlock Holmes' native time period.
      4) The original airdate for this episode was the 151st anniversary of the widely accepted date of the birth of Sherlock Holmes.
      5) The method in which the murder weapon was concealed closely parallels the 1922 Holmes story "The Problem of Thor Bridge" by Arthur Conan Doyle.