CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 10 Episode 3

Working Stiffs

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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

  • Allusions

    • 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.