CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 7

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 20, 2008 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • After Sara's rescue in the Season 8 premiere "Dead Doll (2)," Natalie Davis (the miniature killer) was sentenced to therapy where she dealt with her fear of bleach. At the end of the episode, she's transferred to jail where she plans to hang herself (Grissom finds a miniature in her therapy room depicting this act).

  • Quotes

    • Natalie (to Grissom): You're wrong about me. I really have changed. ... I have changed and I really do believe that people who do bad things need to be punished.

    • DA Monroe: Then you are here for revenge?
      Grissom: I don't care about revenge. I have no stake in the outcome of these proceedings. Whether Natalie stays here or goes to prison is at the discretion of this court. I've been trying to believe that people can change, even people who are damaged. But I don't know if they can ... I just don't know.

    • Natalie: I'm very sorry for what I did to Sara and to you. My foster father killed himself because of me. I was wrong to blame anybody else for it.
      Grissom: Is that how you really feel? Or is that how you think that you should feel?
      Natalie: I understand if you don't believe me. Psychopathic personalities are very often skilled at mimicking genuine emotion. But I'm truly sorry.

    • Natalie: I wasn't suprised to see you yesterday.
      Grissom: You weren't?
      Natalie: You wanna make sure that I go to jail. I understand that. People who do bad things need to be punished.
      Grissom: Well, I think that you're already being punished.
      Natalie: Then why did you come here?
      Grissom: The only time I ever really saw you, you weren't yourself. I wanna see the person that you really are.
      Natalie: Well, here I am. ... Is Sara gonna speak at the hearing too?
      Grissom: No. She doesn't work with us anymore.
      Natalie: Because of what I did to her?
      Grissom: I don't know.

    • Nick: These guys were playin' mailbox baseball. That would explain the weird fracture to his right arm.
      Catherine: You're serious?
      Nick: Oh, yeah. I'm dead serious, it's really fun. (Catherine's eyebrows shoot up) ... When you're a bored teenager who's feelin' destructive. If you knock the box cleanly off it's post then that's a homerun, everything else is just a base hit.
      Catherine (amused): That's pathetic.
      Hodges: Actually, it's awesome.
      Nick (smiles): It's a release.
      Hodges: Y'know in high school, in chem club, I once painted iodine berilium on the inside of my best friend's desk drawer. Let it dry over night, so when he opened up the drawer the next morning, he got this 'poof' explosion of pink powder in his face. (Nick and Hodges laugh) For no reason.
      Catherine: While this is all very fascinating, and really quite sad, and while it might explain the roots of violent crime; it doesn't explain why you didn't find a bat at the scene or how a mailbox full of air could shatter an arm. Recess is over. (leaves)
      Nick: And did it go in his mouth?
      Hodges: Oh, yeah, it went in his mouth. He's walkin' around school like a lizard. (sticks his tongue in and out a few times, as Nick and him laugh)

    • Riley: Log on to Facebook lately, Doc?
      Doc Robbins: I've been a little busy.
      Riley: That's too bad. I just schooled you in Logolous. Played 'quilt', crossed the 'T', made 'ire' into 'tire', on the double word score, 36 points.
      Doc Robbins: Very impressive. (after they go over his findings on the body) Oh, I almost forgot. I played 'quartz' off of your 'Q', with a triple word score of 72 points. So much for youth and enthusiasm.
      Riley: I look foward to old age and treachery.

    • Hodges: If the car veered on to the shoulder then one tire is on the asphalt while the other is spinning on the gravel; which would activiate the ABS... And you did find this gravel in the soft top, right?
      Nick: Mmhmm.
      Hodges: But you do not appear to be convinced.
      Nick (looking at pictures of the scene): The shoulder was undisturbed. We're still missin' somethin' there, Columbo.

    • Nick: Well, maybe the arm just broke itself.
      Doc Robbins: Well, that'd be a first.

    • Peter Rowe: I didn't kill anybody, okay?!
      Brass: Yeah, but bodies keep piling up around you. Why is that? You just havin' a string of bad luck?
      Peter Rowe: Listen, I think I know who might've killed Janelle.
      Brass: I think I do too...

    • Nick: Take a coupla high school kids, put 'em in a fast car, add a few beers and a driver with a lead foot, throw in an unexpected obstacle, and a little bit of physics, ... (looking at the car which is smashed into a tree) ... and what you get is a very abrupt end to a party on wheels.
      Det. Caviliere: You just described my whole senior year, which admittedly ended better than theirs.

    • Greg (after watching Peter Rowe come home and freak out): No one should have to come home to this.
      Grissom: Yeah, but was it grief or guilt?

    • Greg (looking at the crime scene that is filled with medical supplies): Leave it to the paramedics, they keep things interesting.
      Grissom: Yeah, well, life does take priority.

    • Catherine (upon seeing Nick and Hodges play mailbox baseball in the parking ramp): Nicky, for god sake's are you tryin' to break your arm?
      Nick: Relax. We tried it on the dummy first. If it didn't break his arm, it's not gonna break mine.
      Hodges: It became clear through our experience that it would take something far more massive to generate the force necessary to cause the fracture in the victim's arm.
      Nick: We're thinking telephone pole, sign post … I want to go back out to the crime scene, and check it out.
      Catherine: Then why are you guys still in here smashing mailboxes?
      David: Because its fun … My turn.
      Nick: I'm gonna go a little bit faster than you did last time.
      David: Please go faster …
      Catherine: And I wonder why I'm still single.

    • Nick: Whatever stabbed him, it wasn't that tree.
      Hodges: It was, uh, treated hardwood and white ash, known for its durable bending quality and hardness. Not unlike me.
      Catherine: You didn't learn anything in sensitivity training, did you?
      Hodges: I took what I needed and I left the rest.

    • (Greg finds a bullet lodged in a phone book)
      Greg: Hey, look what I found. I let my fingers do the walking.
      Riley: What does that mean?
      Greg: Never mind.

    • Peter Rowe: You think I did this? (Brass just looks at him with a questioning look) I want to see my Nora. I want to see my little girl.
      Brass: She's in Desert Palm Hospital. Severe head trauma. She hasn't even regained consciousness yet.
      Peter Rowe: I want ... I want to see her now.
      Brass: We're going to see her, okay, when we're done. Now, help me out. Think about this. Who would want to do this to your wife and daughter?
      Peter Rowe: I don't know.
      Brass: So what do you think, it's just a tragic, random act of violence?
      Peter Rowe: Why don't you tell me? That's your job.

  • Notes

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Kdyby, třeba, možná (If, Possibly, Maybe)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 1, 2009 on Channel 9
      Norway: March 10, 2009 on TVNorge
      Belgium: June 1, 2009 on VT4
      Germany: September 17, 2009 on RTL
      Finland: September 30, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: October 27, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: February 18, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Dura- Ratatat
      Rock and Roll Train- AC/DC
      Sweet Jean- King Lewman
      War Machine- AC/DC

  • Allusions

    • (Greg finds a bullet lodged in a phone book)
      Greg: Hey, look what I found. I let my fingers do the walking.

      This is in reference to Media ads about the Yellow Pages: "Let your fingers do the walking."