CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 10 Episode 3

Working Stiffs

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 08, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team investigates the murder of Jason, a troubled computer geek working at a low-level casino support industry job who lures a colleague, Paulie, into a dangerous plan to make a working stiff's dream come true.

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  • The view of a killer.

    This episode was something new when we look at the episode from the viewpoint of the killer We know from the start that he is the killer and through the episode it cuts back in time to show how he came to killing his co worker In the present time as the episode goes on it reveals the motive behind the killing and it was a robbery that the killer had been planning but his co worker found out about it an wanted to help but things went wrong when the killer wanted to back out When the killer attempted to rob the vault things didn't go so well from him from that point after all that planning he gets himself killed.moreless
  • Walking in the shoes of a murderer

    I loved how this episode put the focus on the killer, rather than CSI. The entire episode was well written and well played out. It kept me interested throughout the whole episode.

    I loved the last scene, with Paulie blowing the safe and getting to safety. In fact, I was basically shouting at him to run, instead of just watch the police cars, as I wanted him to get away. Very few episodes make it so you want the killer to get away so this episode was special.

    Then, it turned out that it was a fantasy and the door of the safe actually crushed him to death... Ah well, what an unlucky guy.moreless
  • Interesting and amusing one.

    At the beginning we see the murderer but we don't know anything about the crime. Our criminal is abused and humiliated by his colleagues and nobody has ever asked an opinion to him. This episode reminds me a Christian Slater's film called He Was a Quiet Man. The two are similar in many ways.

    Anyway, this is a definitely a different episode. A little change of story telling can be good for one episode. Less Greg, no Sara. And I didn't feel right about that. Not a great episode but a good one. And I have to say, the actor who played the criminal is a right choice for the role. He does his job very well.moreless
  • awesome~! way to bring it back from the edge.

    this episode was really fun... but sad in the end.

    its been awhile since i really rooted for the murder to get away. Like i did for the man who went after the d-bag who ratted him out to the cops but i really felt bed for the little geekling in the end.

    This episode had much of what i hated to admit it was missing last season. Teamwork. Not one cast member completely carried the investigation but everyone was working together. I almost expected because of how insane the victim was for it to come out that he was just trying to play the part of a classic nerd and was blackmailing the killer into doing his work for him. that almost would have been better, seeing as all people who are geeks do not crowd themselves with action figures and anime (ok i do, but not all my nerdilicious friends do) but otherwise, i loved this episode. Who lit the fire under the writers bums?moreless
  • Interesting though not spellbinding

    This episode was okay. I didn't hate it by any stretch of the word, but I did get rather bored during some of it. I think that was because part of the fun of watching CSI is figuring out who did it along with the cast. In this case we, the audience, already knew so we just watched the gang figure it out. I thought the ending was clever though, making us think he had gotten away with it only to find out that no he didn't in a very big rather shocking way. I felt kind of sorry for the guy in the end.

    I'm going to put out my token MORE GREG! Because I always do. ;) Though, truthfully, I would like to see the boy get something a little more meaty to work with. We are seeing him more than we did last year but he's still very much the wallpaper filler most of the time.moreless
Tim Blake Nelson

Tim Blake Nelson

Paulie Krill

Guest Star

Ben Feldman

Ben Feldman

Jason Devereaux

Guest Star

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight

Mr. Terrence Lombard

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Larry Sullivan

Larry Sullivan

Officer Akers

Recurring Role

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Officer Metcalf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goof: When Paulie is crushed blood runs from his mouth down to the bottom of his neck but a few seconds later it only reaches his chin.

    • Goof: As Belinda is being arrested, we see Paulie nervously fingering the flash drive he stole from Jason as he slips it into her purse. Later we hear the flash drive mentioned but the CSI's, who often go to enormous lengths to lift prints from almost anything, either didn't find or didn't look for prints on the drive. Finding Paulie's but not Belinda's prints on it should have quickly altered the direction of their investigation.

    • We learn in this episode that Langston has a genetic illness called "monoamine oxidase A" which, we are told, can cause violent behaviour

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Catherine: So Jason and whoever killed him were out in the woods blowing up a safe?
      Ray: Which suggests that they were planning a good old fashioned robbery.
      Catherine: You know that my dad was a casino boss, right? Every few weeks he had to collect the revenue from all of his low-end, low-volume operations. Nickel slots from bars, mini-marts, grocery store keno, that kind of thing. And we're not talking small potatoes, either. A quarter mil, easy, even on a bad month. An armored truck would go around town making the pick-ups. But when they were done, the bank would be closed. So they would drive to Sam's business office, where he kept a big ol' vault in a room all by itself. Sam loved showing it off to me as the sacks of coin and bricks of cash went into it. Anyway, the money would go into the vault and stay there until the next morning when the armored car guys would return and take it to the bank. I think we need to find out if there's a safe on the premises.

    • Nick: Knowing the deep, dark secrets of your co-workers is a slippery slope.
      Ray: There was a time in my life where that could've come in handy. (they all give him a look) I used to work along side an angel of death.
      Catherine (looks at the files): It's mostly online shopping and DVD rentals. I take it the office firewalls porn.
      Greg: Don't they all.

    • (Ray is reading his dad's DNA profile and finds out he has monoamine oxidase A gene)
      Wendy (walks in and sees monoamine oxidase A on the file, but nothing else): Ooh, monoamine oxidase A. Ask me anything. What do you wanna know?
      Ray: What do you know about it?
      Wendy: Kind of a lot. My research group in grad school developed a protocol to synthesize the gene. What's the case?
      Ray: It's just something that I'm working on.
      Wendy: You know, that specific mutation there has actually been linked to violence. For example, there was this Dutch family, and all the males who had that were rapists or arsonists. And in mice without the MOA gene all exhibited highly aggressive behavior.
      Ray (gets up and starts to walk off): MOA deficiency doesn't make you violent.
      Wendy: I didn't say it did.
      Ray (as he's walking out): Just because something might happen doesn't mean it will. It's genetics, not destiny.

    • Ray: Action figures and anime, for the computer guy, that's always the cliche.
      Nick: Lemme guess, you were a G.I Joe guy?
      Ray: No, but my dad was.

    • Ray (seeing Hodges looking at himself through the computer camera): So, they say some people have a good side and a bad side. What's the verdict?
      Hodges: I don't seem to have a bad side.

    • Catherine: This looks like an implantable RFID. Radio frequency identification chip?
      Doc Robbins: Yeah, I know they're used for tracking inventory at Walmart. And unless the 13th Amendment got repealed while I wasn't looking, (points to a picture of the victim) that's not inventory.
      Catherine: Implantable RFID are pretty new. There's some high-end nightclubs that give them to their VIPs to make it easy for them to run up a tab.
      Doc Robbins: Oh, yeah. Having a chip surgically implanted in your body is so much more convenient than putting a credit card in your pocket.
      Catherine: Well, not everything I wear out has pockets.
      Doc Robbins: I'll buy you a purse.

    • Ray: What's the angriest you've ever been?
      Nick: I've been mad enough to kill somebody, didn't do it. You?
      Ray: High threshold, short fuse.
      David: Me too. In high school, I vented my frustrations by devising elaborate tortures for my classmates. In comic book form, of course.
      Nick: Well, whether the killer woke up this morning with the intention to beat this guy to death or not, right now, he's a new man, with a new plan and a big fat secret.
      Ray: Secrets are hard to keep.

    • Nick: If the killer is smart, he is already out of town, laying on a beach somewhere and drinking a margarita.
      Langston: Well, let's hope he is not that smart, then.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: October 15, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: December 7, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Norway: February 23, 2010 on TVNorge
      Finland: August 18, 2010 on MTV3
      Slovakia: September 22, 2010 on JOJ
      Germany: September 30, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: December 2, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured in this Episode:
      Any Way You Want It - Journey
      Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie


    • Ray: What's the angriest you've ever been?
      Nick: I've been mad enough to kill somebody, didn't do it.

      This is a reference to "For Warrick (2)," where Nick was alone with Warrick's killer, Undersheriff Jeffery McKeen. McKeen tried to tempt Nick to shoot him, finally causing Nick to fire his weapon near the Undersheriff, scaring him.

    • Hodges: Desi.
      Ray: Lucy.

      This is a reference to the famous married/divorced couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez. They starred and produced their own show I Love Lucy.

    • Paulie: Belinda, I have those TPS reports...

      The 1999 comedy Office Space has several scenes with an office worker being harassed about TPS reports. An actual document used in software engineering, the term has come to denote any pointless paperwork.

    • Jason: There's an app for that.

      When Paulie is talking about how dark it is in the service tunnel, Jason pulls out his iPhone and says "there's and app for that" which is the Apple iPhone slogan.