Season 5 Episode 12


Aired Friday 9:00 PM Jan 14, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The sale of a wedding dress turns deadly. Sheldon's next case gets personal for him and gives him the answer to a question from his past.

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  • Oh, the censorship...!

    This was a good episode, although as soon as the boyfriend appeared it was obvious that him was the rapist and that the junkie was a misdirectional suspect. Also the Sheldon storyline was pretty lame and smelled like filler from here to China (if they needed filler material I - and many other fans - would preffered Adam doing anything - playing Second Life, mastering in paper planes, eating a banana, whatever - rather than the broken heartness of Sheldon).

    But what bothered me most was the scene of the bathtub. OK, I know, they couldn't show a naked body and if it was Apocalypse when Janet Jackson showed a fake nipple I imagine what should have been if the dead girl was totally naked, but... but... the guy raped and killed her and then put her some underwear before geting her into the tub?


    After seeing this scene it was too dificult for me to believe anything of the episode.moreless
  • Err hello, this was a great episode!

    Well written, well thought out and a clear focused episode had me glued to the interesting cases - Sheldon's case was more interesting due to the history but the other was still good. Maybe because of the connection. I dunno why I really enjoyed this one. I really thought it was going to end badly for Sheldon but thank goodness it didnt and the killer was not only found but able to be taken down. But it was stupid for Stella to have gone to the house alone. I mean isnt it at least two officers that make a house visit? Anyway, seeing Hawkes' ex and the story of how they almost married was heart-breaking and I felt for them both. And Lindsay's random facts provided a comic relief too.moreless
  • At a huge wedding dress sale, a woman turns up dead. The investigation leads Mac and the team on the trail of a serial rapist who may have assaulted the victim. This case brings up a dark time in Sheldon's past which threatens the evidence collected.moreless

    I think it's safe to say that when this episode began nobody could figure out where it ended up. That's why I enjoyed it as much as I did. I was very much interested in how this case would pan out. When it did, it reached a plausible conclusion and made the episode worth your time. The slight flaw in this episode is how Sheldon conducts himself. I understand why he is so passionate about bringing the rapist to justice, but he should have realized that him working on the case would cause problems and should have removed himself immediately.moreless
  • Sheldon finally got a storyline again, and thank goodness it didn't end badly for him.

    Right off the bat I enjoyed the setting for the crime. A big warehouse wedding dress sale is conducive to a frantic, chaotic environment. I liked the contrast of a somber crime scene investigation going on in what should normally be a place of happiness.

    It was great to see Sheldon get another storyline that put him front and center in the investigation. It did concern me that he didn't think to take himself off the case when he realized he had connections to it. I was worried he would jeopardize his career in the lab by tainting the evidence. Fortunately, he seems to have escaped without with any serious reprimands. I'll be disappointed if he disappears into the background for a prolonged period of time again.moreless
  • Finally, Sheldon, front and center!

    Sheldon is always, underused, as I have said. Time and again, on here. But, this time, he is used, front and center. As something, or even someone, from his past. Comes back to haunt him. Over the case, of a singer. In another case, a bunch of brides, think Bridezella, the infamous reality show. But one of the brides, gets killed, in this one. And fingers start to point in each, and every direction, possible. Stella, going at it, alone. You need backup, or a partner. To do this. Even though, glad she got in the action. Flack was missing. Thought this show would, be funny. But no Flack, means no comedy, with Danny.moreless
Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack 'Mac' Taylor

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Meg Conni

Meg Conni

Marie Lowe

Guest Star

Ashley Cusato

Ashley Cusato

Laurel Downs

Guest Star

Eyal Podell

Eyal Podell

Colin Clark

Guest Star

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Emmanuelle Vaugier

Detective Jessica Angell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

    • Goof: Colin Clark supposedly contracted the schistosoma worms while "scouting locations for a new club" in Brazil. But the infection by schistosoma worms is associated with poverty-stricken areas, with no water and sewage treatment systems - not really the kind of place he'd be visiting.

    • Goof: the water in the tub moves as they watch the dead body - water in tub with dead body shouldn't move!

    • In this episode we learn the news that the FBI sets DNA protocols for the New York crime lab to observe. However, in the course of the preceding seasons we've seen how rather degraded samples were enough evidence. Mac himself considered an admissible evidence for the 333 case the t-shirt he got in his luggage, even though that suitcase could have been handled by anyone before being returned to him, clearly compromising the chain of custody.

    • Mac tells Hawkes that since the evidence he ordered Adam to process doesn't follow FBI and DNA protocol, he can't take it to the Court because in that case he'd have no option but throwing Adam out. However, Adam couldn't know that Hawkes was connected to the case and moreover, Sheldon ordered him to run the test before he was removed from the case.

    • Even though Anna Belknap is pregnant, Lindsay can be seen wearing heels in this episode.

    • Mac believes in fate but not in coincidences. It sounds like a contradiction.

    • The CSIs first theory on Laurel Downs's death was that she bled off from the cuts made by the embedded ornament stones in the gown. Seeing as a bride comes in contact with many people during the wedding, people to embrace, to closely dance with and so... isn't it a bit of a too dangerous dress to wear?

    • The worm parasite depicted in this episode it called schistosoma. It actually gets harder to get rid of it than simply bleed it away. And the worms shown weren't a male and a female: they looked like two females since there's a significant difference between both genders (the male is usually smaller and has a different shape).

  • QUOTES (24)

    • Lindsay: I've got something we can use in court. I was able to sequence the worm DNA. The exact genus and species is from Brazil. Now this might
      be just a coincidence, but Colin Clark was in Brazil a month ago, scouting locations for a new club.

    • Stella: Some women dream their whole lives about that killer dress.

    • (After chasing and tackling a suspect)
      Angell: Stupid idiot! Is that redundant?
      Flack: Not with this guy, no.

    • Sid: (After examining Eleanor's body) I knew her. She played in the subway. She had a beautiful voice.

    • Stella: Still, if Laurel hadn't seen that necklace on Eleanor's neck and followed her into the store, we might never have found our killer.
      Mac: Sounds like fate to me.

    • Colin Clark: You'd never be able to pin those vics on me.
      Stella: You're dead wrong about that.

    • Hawkes: Kara needed me. She tried to reach out. And when she did, I wasn't there. No. I wasn't there for her.
      Mac: Sheldon we are gonna get this guy.

    • Hawkes: What he did to her, it broke me. I could fix the cuts and the bruises but I couldn't change what happened. And I tried, Mac. I tried.

    • Stella: Hawkes should have followed proper protocol but he stepped over the line because somebody he loved got hurt by this guy.
      Mac: Oh c'mon, you know I know that.
      Stella: I know. Just... I want you to hold on for a second. You gotta realize that people can't just turn off their emotions when something horrible happens.
      Mac: That's exactly why I pulled him off this case.

    • Hawkes: So what do you want me to do? Just ignore the fact that Colin's sweat is on our murdered victim's clothes?
      Mac: The reason we follow FBI DNA protocol is to ensure an unquestionable conviction.
      Hawkes: So we sit in here waiting for that perfect scientific connection while Colin could be out there raping and killing another innocent victim? I don't know about you, Mac but I can't live with that.

    • (About her rape)
      Kara: You can train yourself to forget.

    • (About Kara's rape)
      Hawkes: I hate that this happened to her.
      Stella: It happened to both of you, Hawkes.
      Hawkes: Maybe. But I wasn't the one who moved out.

    • Lindsay: Is there such a thing as a warrant for worms?

    • Danny: Eleanor's rape report says that the rapist stole jewelery from her.
      Stella: So did the necklace around Laurel Downs' neck belong to Laurel Downs?

    • Mac: Where were you yesterday morning?
      Trey Fager: Grand Central, got huh… let's see... a thousand alibis?
      Mac: We'll check on that. Don't take any out of town gigs.

    • Lindsay: How does a worm from Brazil end up in a bathtub in Brooklyn?
      Mac: Worms are like humans. You wanna know exactly where they came from, you can sequence their DNA.
      Lindsay: We are talking wormtopsy.

    • (After Sid mentions some random trivia about coincidences)
      Danny: Wow. You've been hanging out with Lindsay, Sid?

    • Danny: Eleanor Ravelle's blood was in the cuts of Laurel Downs' hand?
      Sid: Any way Laurel could have killed Eleanor, dumped her in the bathtub, then jogged over to the wedding dress sell?
      Danny: No, I mean crime scenes are in opposite sides of town, TODs are much too close together.

    • Sheldon: And ex girlfriend of mine was attacked.
      Mac: You've already processed evidence in this case that Court could call into question.
      Hawkes: You pulling me?

    • Stella: It is a really strange coincidence that we recover two victims within 24 hours that they were both raped by the same man.

    • Mac: You sure it's the same guy and not a copycat?
      Sheldon: These marks, that brutality... you can't copy that. This guy is back. Only this time he didn't just keep the victim quiet: he killed her.

    • Stella: She was not here for the running of the gowns. She was in the middle of a race.
      Danny: I guess it was a sale she couldn't pass by?

    • Flack:So our vic's Laurel Downs. She's 28 years old. Found her id couple of power bars, (Checks out the vic's belongings) No cash, no credit cards.
      Danny: Who would come to a sale without any money?

    • Danny: I know running of the bulls is dangerous but... running for the gowns?

  • NOTES (4)

    • Meg Cionni, who plays Marie Lowe, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Point of Impact.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Turkey: April 6, 2009 on CNBC-e.
      Spain: April 14, 2009 on AXN.
      Czech Republic: May 20, 2009 on AXN.
      Ireland: May 27, 2009 on RTÉ 2.
      Greece: June 2, 2009 on SKAI.
      Sweden: August 10, 2009 on Kanal 5.
      Norway: September 2, 2009 on TVNorge.
      Germany: November 23, 2009 on Vox.
      Slovakia: November 29, 2009 on JOJ.
      Australia: December 10, 2009 on Channel 9.
      Finland: April 21, 2010 on MTV3.

    • Alex Band, who plays Trey Fager, is the former lead singer of the band The Calling. One of the bigger hits of the band was Wherever You Will Go.

    • Music featured:
      Spaceship by Sharon Little.
      Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups.
      Teenage Wasteland by The Who.
      The Fresh Hills of Cein Mhic Cainte by Sweetfire.
      Follow That Sound by Sharon Little.
      Get It Up (Radioclit Mix) by Santogold feat. M.I.A. and Gorilla Zoe.
      Baditude (Club Mix) by Spoon, Harris & Obernik.


    • Flack makes a reference to Frankenstein as he looks at Laurel Downs' dead body.

      Frankenstein is British author Mary Shelley's best known novel.

    • Trey: Hendrix with a little Bob Johnson on the side.
      Angell: Way off.
      Trey: (looking from her to Mac)Muddy Waters?

      Jimmy Hendrix (1942-1970) was an influential American guitarist, singer and songwriter. Robert Johnson (1911-1938) was a bluesman, whose work influenced many later artists, including another famous bluesman: Muddy Waters.

    • Lindsay: Coincidences happen. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson they both died on the same day exactly 50 years after signing the Declaration of Independence.

      John Adams (October 30, 1735 – July 4, 1826) was the second President of the United States (1797–1801).

      Thomas Jefferson (April 13, 1743 – July 4, 1826) was the third President of the United States (1801–1809).

    • Sid: Stranger things have been known to happen. Mark Twain was born on the day Halley Comet first appeared. He died on its next appear 75 years later.

      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910) was an American author who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. His best well known work are the series of novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.