CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 5 Episode 11

Who Shot Sherlock?

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

  • Allusions

    • 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.