CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 8

You Kill Me

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Nov 22, 2007 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
491 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Hodges stages hypothetical murders in the lab in order to give his fellow lab techs a chance to play CSI, but unbeknownst to them he has other motives behind his actions. Meanwhile, after Sara's farewell, everyone tries to comfort Grissom.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
  • There is one role for Hodges outside CSI

    One of the worst episodes of all. Hodges would be kicked out everywhere, and it is not fun to give him this kind op credits in CSI. It is sad that it seems to be so that in every good series there always has to be one idiot
  • Massive fan - Still loved this episode

    After a fairly dark and depressing previous episode, this episode was just what I needed to get me feeling happier again.

    I was saddened by Sara's departure and a comedy episode was just what I needed. The running gags through the segments of Bobby being a suspect and Super Dave making the comment about sexual assault just added to the humor. It's funny to see what the lab techs imagine each of the other main characters to be like, especially the whole Jim Brass shooting Bobby at the end.

    The absurd methods of death just show what goes on in Hodges' mind and all the winks to the camera and partial breaking of the fourth wall were not, as the characters themselves were explaining it to each other, what they were imagining.

    While not the best episode of CSI in terms of storyline, it was welcome as a comedy break from the previous episode, which I'm guessing is what the writers were going for. This is easily the funniest episode of CSI ever made.moreless
  • Jorja Fox should be thankful she jumped ship before this Thanksgiving waste of time was filmed.

    From the beginning minutes, you knew the episode was going to be agitating and not that good. In trying to provide a light-hearted episode, it was ruined by the fact that everyone just seemed to be trying way to hard. Knowing winks to the audience, head bobs to direct the camera, and other cartoonish conventions were just silly and detracted further from the presentation.

    Broken up into several non-simultaneous mini-cases that Hodges had pawned off as "thinking exercises" to test his new Lab Rats board game, each one dealt with the death of a techie in the lab. Several continuing jokes either weren't that funny the first time, or ran flat by the episode's end from overuse. The final act provided some salvation to the episode, with Hodges and Grissom bonding nicely over a game scenario. It may be coincidence, but this simplistic episode (it featured no new guest stars) very much felt like a script rushed to completion by a team of writers more worried about squeezing another story out before being forced to join the WGA strike than in actually making sure the story's quality was what show fans expect and deserve.moreless
  • Well despite the CSI purist I enjoyed this escape into full unabashed fantasy. They gave a small nod to Sarah being gone appropriate since a long drawn out exercise would've been bad. It was fun to watch Hodges in action whenever hemoreless

    Well despite the CSI purist I enjoyed this escape into full unabashed fantasy. They gave a small nod to Sarah being gone appropriate since a long drawn out exercise would've been bad. It was fun to watch Hodges in action whenever he's on comedy abounds. His center of the world mentality, his fascination with a techs average bust size that he swears is enormous, and only he would be creating a board game of all things. The proposed murders were hilarious due to the absurd nature of them. Finally in the end a wonderful scene with Grissom and Hodges playing the board game. Hodges having the nerve to bring up Sara was so gutsy it was beautiful and watching Grissom school him in his own game was priceless. Nice fun episode you've got to give a show an opportunity to experiment some time lighten up people.moreless
  • Great episode! What more needs to be said in a summary? Isn't that the point of the review?

    I think the Jorja Fox fans have been at the scores eh ;-) Hardly reflective of a strong episode. I love Jorja as much as the next fan, but fact is, CSI goes on, and as it showed last night, it can go on from stregth to strength. Characters like David Hodges certainly can take more air time, to pick up the slack. Not that I'm suggesting he has an affair with Grissom, as much as he'd like too. This was a great episode. Hodges, Brass, Grissom, Doc Robbins, Wendy, Super Dave - all excellent! Well acted, well written. Not often does a serious programme do comedy so very very well. The final scenes with Hodges and Grissom where nicely done, and it was nice to see Grissom back doing his super-sleuthing.

    The way the storyline of the team trying to comfort Grissom was woven into the show was good as well, as was his typical reaction. Nice to see a bit more of Grissom in this episode than the last one as well.moreless
Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (10)

  • QUOTES (32)

    • Wendy (during their 'murder' investigation): No, no. Captain Brass is not the kind of cop who smacks a suspect around.
      Henry: Really? He scares me.

    • Wendy: Well, Bobby's a gun guy. Gun guys shoot people.
      Mandy: Gun guys don't shoot people. People shoot people.
      Hodges: Actually, bullets shoot people, shot from guns which are usually in the hands of gun guys.

    • Wendy: You said that the emergency release plunger was bent.
      Hodges: Mm-hmm.
      Wendy: Well, that thing is made of solid steel. How could Henry do that?
      Mandy: Adrenaline kicks in when he finally realizes that he's dying. So, maybe in the moment of crisis, Henry has the strength of ten men. (beat) Ten small men. (laughs)
      Hodges: "Maybe." That word always looks so good on a case report.

    • Archie: Why would Henry wanna kill me?
      Wendy: We're not supposed to care about the why.
      Archie: Whatever.

    • Hodges: Excuse me, we're--
      Archie: Playing a murder game. I know, I get it. I wanna play.
      Wendy: He says it's not a game.
      Archie: Well, I wanna play anyway.
      Hodges: No.
      Archie: Why not?
      Hodges: You're the dead guy.
      Archie: Oh. Well, then I'd have a vested interest in the outcome then, wouldn't I?

    • Archie (while Wendy and Hodges are trying to solve his 'murder'): Hey, people. What's going on?
      Hodges: Nothing.
      Wendy: You look ... better.

    • (referring to the frozen solid vic)
      Robbins: Why don't you let me know when he softens up, and we'll start cutting.
      Phillips: Wait. So. We're just going to wait for him to thaw?
      Robbins: What do you want me to do? Stick him in a microwave?

    • Wendy: Why is even potential advancement so threatening to you?
      Hodges: Hey, Sanders left the lab, he got his ass kicked. I'm just saying...
      Henry: Alright, come on, let's do another one.
      Hodges: Okay, fine. Let's.
      (camera pans over a body lying in a large pool of blood and it's Wendy)
      Wendy: Well now that's a little passive-aggressive, don't you think?

    • Henry: A duster? You made me a lousy duster? That is totally bogus! Okay, aside from the ten thousand other reasons why I'd be crazy to even try that junk, if I were a closet PCP freak I wouldn't do it in the lab!
      Hodges: That's very professional.
      Henry: Archie told me about your sick little "thought experiment" and I want to play, but I still can't believe, even hypothetically, you'd do something like this to me.
      Mandy: Well, Henry, I hypothetically called your mother and I explained everything. That woman is a crier...

    • Mandy (to Wendy and Hodges): Hi! Rack 'em up!
      Hodges: Excuse me?
      Mandy: Well, word on campus is there's a murder game going on...
      Wendy: Oh, no, no, no - it's not a game, it's a "thought experiment".
      Hodges: Sounds like the late Archie Johnson has a big mouth.
      Mandy: Come on, please, it's been really slow at prints all day - who we killing?

    • (Archie has just been blown up)
      Wendy: So Archie is in the garage, he's documenting evidence from a drug bust, he picks up a thing of coke and then it blows up in his face?
      Hodges: No, he picks up a cellophane and duct tape wrapped kilo of coke, and the third one from the top of the stack, blows up in his face. It's important to be specific.
      Wendy: Well, this game is not as much fun as I thought it was going to be.
      Hodges: It's not a game it's a thought experiment. If you want to be a good criminalist-
      Wendy: I am a good criminalist.
      Hodges: If you want to be a better criminalist, then you have to learn to train to...
      Wendy: Learn to think like a criminal. I know.
      Hodges: Look I'm sure Grissom's told you, well maybe not you, but he's told me many times that we speak for the dead. Think of this exercise as a way for the dead to speak for themselves.

    • Greg: There's the vic's other shoe.
      Wendy (about her shoe): Square toe, low heel, stylish but affordable. Flirty, not whorey.
      Henry: You will be missed.

    • Wendy: So, you got time for one more?
      Hodges: Someone's having fun.
      Wendy: Maybe a little.
      Hodges: You're not bad at this. (Henry rolls his eyes)
      Wendy: Thanks, I'm thinking about taking the CSI field test. This is actually really good theory and practice for me.
      Hodges: The field test?
      Wendy: Yeah. (Hodges looks at her strangely) What?..Why?
      Hodges: Nothing.
      Wendy: Nothing?
      Hodges: That's right, a great big pile of nothing from me to you.

    • (Hodges is playing with a mini Wendy)
      Hodges: Oh Hodges I'm so sorry, it's just that I'm jealous of your intellect. (puts Wendy doll over a glass of water) But Wendy you have so much to live for, don't do it your too close to the edge. (drops the Wendy doll in the water) Oh no, I'm drowning, oh God, oh God help me! (makes drowning noises)
      Grissom: What are you doing?
      Hodges: Oh errm.. I was trying to develop a board game based on this place, but not in any legally actionable sense. You get evidence, scenarios, analysis and try to solve diabolical murders.
      Grissom: I like games.
      Hodges: Really?
      Grissom: Yeah.

    • Wendy: Okay are you allergic to being honest with me, because the thing is, if you had actually asked me to help you with this game, I would have. But no, you had to hide a tape recorder under a table, and engage us all in this great big "thought experiment", when in reality it doesn't even matter what I think, because I'm just Mindy big boobs to you. And I... You're the dumbest smart guy I know.
      Hodges: You think I'm smart? (Wendy walks out)

    • Wendy: Aww little lab techs. Sandy Baxter, fingerprint fanatic, Reggie Chang, eagle-eyed AV expert. Andrew Henrys, top notch tox tech. Hodgekins... Hodgekins, you named yourself after cancer. (Wendy picks up the mini Wendy)
      Hodges: Ohhh.
      Wendy: Mindy Bimms, clumsy yet buxom DNA tech. (turning to look at Hodges) Clumsy yet buxom.
      Hodges: It's a redeeming feature. It's a prototype.
      Wendy: So tell me do you think Mindy Bimms is clumsy because she is top-heavy (chucks the mini at Hodges) Or do you just mean clumsy like this (pushes Hodges' game on the floor) Whoops!

    • Hodges: After Hazmat cleans up the scene the coroner does his thing.
      David: No sign of sexual trauma.
      Wendy: What?
      Hodges: I believe he's legally required to check. What the CSI's realize is..
      Nick (crying): I can't believe Archie's gone.
      Warrick (crying): He was too good for this world.
      Wendy: What? They would be very upset.
      Hodges: Can we at least stipulate that they heroically contained their bereavement?
      Wendy: Yes, I think Archie could live with that. So to speak.

    • Hodges: See it's like Clue, but CSI-ier.
      Wendy: Hodges, this is er, kind of impressive. In a painfully, sad, geek type of way.
      Hodges: Well painfully, sad geeks have a lot of spare time on their hands.

    • Grissom (to Hodges): Do I have to walk over to the GCMS or will you just tell me?

    • Nick: Alright Grissom. That's it for me, I'm outta here.
      Grissom: Have a nice day.
      Nick: Yeah, I'm going over to Frank's to grab something to eat. I'll probably be there for at least an hour if you want to, if you want to join me. You know, we don't have to talk about anything particular. Just two guys having breakfast. I just don't think it's good for people to be alone too much. If you want to cool, if not cool. Whatever.

    • Grissom: Ecklie's been on me to finish the monthly stats. So I need a list of all the lab call outs from dispatch as soon as you can.
      Brass: You'll have it by the end of shift tomorrow.
      Grissom: Thanks.
      Brass: So you've been pulling a lot of doubles this week.
      Grissom: Yeah, it's about all I do.
      Brass: Have you been in touch with Sara?
      Grissom: We've talked a little.
      Brass: So, where's she at?
      Grissom: San Francisco. Visiting her mother.
      Brass: No, I mean that's nice. No, but I meant where's she at emotionally? You know, in respect of the two of you?
      Grissom: I can't speak for her.
      Brass: So speak for yourself.
      Grissom: I can't talk. I'm really busy.

    • Hodges: You weren't ready. To leave this, the challenges, the puzzles, the job?
      Grissom: No.
      Hodges: But Sara was?
      Grissom: Yes, she was.
      Hodges: You can't stand in the way of that. When it's time for someone to move on you just gotta let them go.
      Grissom: Let's play the game shall we?
      Hodges: Okay.

    • Catherine: Oh hey! How are you?
      Grissom: Why!?
      Catherine: I can't ask how your doing?
      Grissom: Oh, I'm sorry. I've just had a lot of uh... I've been busy.
      Catherine: Oh, well... maybe you should take a few days off. For once in your career. I mean, you've got enough stored up. Go after her.
      Grissom: It's not what she wants.
      Catherine: What do you want?
      Grissom: I want her to be happy.

    • Grissom: What have you got against Bobby Dawson?
      Hodges: Nothing, running gag.

    • Doc Robbins (David has a huge smile on his face): Oh, get it out of your system.
      David: No sign of sexual trauma.
      Doc Robbins: Get out now! (David runs)

    • Catherine: This could be a case of lab geek-humor gone wrong.

    • Doc Robbins: David, if you feel that your emotion are going to run too--
      David: Look, he's crunchy!

    • Wendy: What about the chemicals that where used to make the explosives? Did we get anything back from trace?
      Hodges: You always get something from trace.

    • Wendy: For something that's not a game, this sure has a lot of rules.

    • Hodges: What the CSIs realize---
      Wendy: They sorted everything already?! That was quick!
      Hodges: Will you let me finish?

    • Hodges: The only thing you need to do is answer two simple questions...
      Archie: Whodunnit and how? (flops back 'dead')

    • Grissom: Hi Greg.
      Greg: Yeah, whatever.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dám se zabít (I Will Have Myself Killed)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Denmark: January 25, 2008 on Kanal 5
      United Kingdom: February 26, 2008 on Channel 5
      New Zealand: March 24, 2008 on TV3
      The Netherlands: March 24, 2008 on RTL4
      Norway: March 25, 2008 on TVNorge
      Latin America: March 31, 2008 on AXN
      Australia: April 21, 2008 on Nine
      Italy: May 8, 2008 on FoxCrime
      Sweden: May 19, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Germany: October 30, 2008 on RTL
      Austria: October 30, 2008 on ORF1
      Spain: November 4, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: January 7, 2009 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: October 15, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      That's Life - Karaoke Tribute

    • This is the first episode of the series to not feature a real murder, or, in fact, a crime of any kind.

    • Starting with this episode, the opening credits no longer feature Jorja Fox and each cast member's pictures are from this season.


    • Greg erases the "1659" from the OSHA safety sign (DAYS WITHOUT A LOST TIME ACCIDENT) and replaces it with "0".

      This episode aired 1659 days after the Season 3 "Play With Fire," in which Greg was seriously injured when part of the lab exploded.

    • This episode is filled with references to the Season 7 episode"Lab Rats."
      Among the references include:
      1) Hodges creating a board game called "Lab Rats."
      2) Hodges eating "Lucky Chips", the same kind of potato chips he eats in "Lab Rats."
      3) The episode revolves around the the "Lab Rats": Hodges, Wendy, Mandy, Henry and Archie.
      4) Archie is the second lab tech to have the final words before the beginning credits roll (after Hodges in the episode "Lab Rats").
      5) This episode is filmed completely in the CSI lab, with only the Main Stars and Recurring Guest "Lab Rat" cast appearing.

    • Warrick asks Nick to play Blackjack and Pai Gow. "Pai Gow" poker (or Double-hand poker) is an Americanized version of Pai Gow, in that it is played with playing cards using poker hand rankings, while Pai Gow is played with Chinese dominoes.

    • Near the end of the episode, Hodges refers to himself as a "Padawan" and to Grissom as a "Jedi Master" from the 1977 film Star Wars.

    • Wendy: There was a motorcycle battery in the ventilation duct?
      Henry: Wired to the ladder and the evidence box?
      Hodges: Precisely. Devilishly clever wouldn't you say?
      Henry: No.
      Wendy: Well who's the killer Wile E. Coyote?

      Wile E. Coyote (also known simply as "The Coyote") and the Road Runner are cartoon characters from a series of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons. The Coyote tries to capture the Road Runner often using Rube Goldberg devices (exceedingly complex apparatuses that perform a very simple task in a very indirect and convoluted way).

    • Episode Title: You Kill Me

      The title of this episode is a reference to the 2007 film You Kill Me.

    • Clue: Hodges' game is directly referred to as "Clue for Forensics Buffs". Clue is a similar real-life boardgame where players solve a murder with several possible outcomes.

    • Wendy: You are the dumbest smart guy I know.

      This is a reference to a quote that Det. Del Spooner tells Dr. Calvin, who is very intelligent but lacks people skills, from the 2004 film I, Robot.

    • Hodges: Hey, Sanders left the lab and got his ass kicked.

      This is a reference to the Season 7 episode "Fannysmackin'."