Season 8 Episode 15

Kill Screen

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Apr 06, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Mac's team has to figure out if a high stakes tournament lead to murder and hence the CSIs find themselves immersed in the world of competitive video gaming.

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  • boring

    its so boring now, cant stand this anymore
  • Slow at first

    But as another commented - you wonder why it is called kill screen, where is the video geeks, etc. But it gets going pretty quick and you stay tuned to the show. well made and, to me, seems like it could actually happen today.
  • If your a gears of war fan you'll love this !

    A good episode thats a lttle slow to start off and at first you wonder why is it called kill screen,

    This episode isn't named this way because someone finishes a game and waits out the credits it's because of how the body was moved/dumped.

    as for the games shown seems like epic allowed use of test footage as i'm guessing the time this show was filmed it was rather close to release date or not long after it, nice play on games being dangerous to your health, the lengths pro gamers go to and of course game hacking/cheating..

    the end with adam and danny was funny too :)moreless
Sela Ward

Sela Ward

Josephine "Jo" Danville

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

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

Christopher Carley

Christopher Carley

Mitch Johnson

Guest Star

Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Steve Blanton

Guest Star

Dov Tiefenbach

Dov Tiefenbach

Walter Danzig

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (11)

    • Ever since Sid became a millionaire (in ep 8x13 The Ripple Effect we learnt that he sold the patent of his Hammerback Sleeper for $27 million to a Japanese company), he has indulged himself on a Dyson vacuum cleaner. He made a list of all the things he wanted to buy and it only came to $56,374.63.

    • Onycholysis is an injury where the fingernails detach from the nail beds. Even though it can be caused from fungal infection or psoriasis lately it's affecting people who do repetitive manual tasks for long hours, above all young people, hence it's come to be known as 'Blackberry thumb' or 'Nintendinitis'.

    • Like many other characters in the show (Flack, Mac, Lindsay, Jo and Hawkes) Adam borrows Danny's distinctive line 'boom' in this episode.

    • Despite claiming to have been good at videogames some years ago (having a perfect Sunday deliveryin 'Paperboy') Lindsay beats Danny at 'Halo' and Adam beats him at 'Gears Of War 3'.

    • Flack used to be very good at 'Street Fighter 2'.

    • Mac used to bring a bag full of quarters to the arcade and set up in front of the 'Asteroids' machine for a whole Saturday.
      Gary Sinise used to spend his evenings and weekends playing 'Asteroids' at the mall by himself when he was performing True West in NYC.

    • The case they work on during this episode is case #2012/52001.

    • Adam, Mac and Jo are good players at 'Gears of War 3'.

    • When Mac was a kid, his dad used to take him to the carnival in the summer. Mac loved to do the milk bottle toss but never won.

    • Both of the games featured in this episode, 'Gears of War' and 'Halo' as well as the Xbox video game console are manufactured by Microsoft, a huge sponsor of the CSI franchise.

    • Goof: The paper that Flack finds in the car is HTML code, but it has several errors. It looks as if someone took the source of the website of a company that does graphic design for props and set dressing but attempted to remove identifying information and made the code invalid in the process. It is not 'step-by-step guide on how to hack the game'.

  • QUOTES (37)

    • Mac: Process server I.D. Walter Danzig.
      Flack: Process server? What's with the referee uniform?
      Mac: Looks like the game he was calling ended in sudden death.

    • Flack: (About Walter Danzig, a process server) He liked to dress up, posing as delivery guys, plumbers, you name it. He was creative.
      Mac: I'm guessing some of his targets didn't enjoy his artistic approach.
      Flack: And he served over 200 summons just last month.
      Hawkes: That's one hell of a suspect pool.

    • Jo: Sid, you're a millionaire inventor now. Tell me you've indulged just a little.
      Sid: Well, last week, I'd always lusted after one of these and I finally did it. I bought a Dyson.
      Jo: As in vacuum cleaner?
      Sid: A great vacuum cleaner.

    • Sid: I made a list of all the things I want to buy, everything I could think of, and it only came to $56,374.63.
      Jo: (Scoffs) If I had it, I'd spend that much on bracelets.

    • (Lindsay approaches with a helmet)
      Jo: You ride?
      Lindsay: Not unless they start making them with training wheels.

    • Lindsay: (Showing Jo a helmet with spikes) What do you see... here?
      Jo: Something I hope to never see my son wearing.

    • Jo: Wow. That's neat.
      (Lindsay gives her a look)
      Jo: I'm Southern, we still say 'neat'.

    • Jo: Can you tell us where you were at 2:00am last night?
      Darren Gorland: Asleep in bed.
      Jo: Someone can vouch for that?
      Darren Gorland: No. I wasn't just trying to get an investor... I was also trying to get laid. (Chuckles) 0 for two.

    • Flack: You guys, spending all your time looking for hairs and fibers, missed the one thing that tells us exactly where this car was when Walter died... his parking stub.

    • Lindsay: (About the people at the video game competition) Maybe one of them can teach you how to beat your wife at 'Halo'.
      Danny: (Scoffs) You think you can beat me on the boardwalk?
      Lindsay: I've done it before. I'll do it again.
      Flack: Save it for the bedroom, you two.

    • Lindsay: Walter Danzig is a champion gamer?
      Flack: Was a champion. Game over.

    • Danny: I had a perfect Sunday delivery in 'Paperboy'... never got a trophy.
      Lindsay: Guess video games have come a long way since then.

    • Flack: Geez, you'd think this guy's Mark Sanchez or something.
      Vera Channing: Except this guy wins championships.
      Flack: Ouch. Hurts because it's true.

    • Flack: What is this stuff anyway?
      Vera Channing: Ah, the only stuff you need to play all night long. Theanine, guarana, caffeine,
      ginkgo, and taurine... 'cause the dweebs think it does something, so they want to see it on the label.
      Flack: Watch who you're calling a dweeb. Back in the day, I ruled over 'Street Fighter 2'.
      Vera Channing: Oh, is that right?
      Flack: From Playland all the way to the Chinatown Fair Arcade.

    • Lindsay: How old is your son?
      Steve Blanton: Seven. I know, 'Gears' is a very violent game, but... my son's a tough kid and it's something we can do together.

    • Jo: Walter was playing video games at least 35 hours a week. That's practically a full-time job.
      Mac: For some people it is. The highest paid professional gamers make over $500,000 a year in tournament winnings and endorsements.

    • Mac: You know, when I was a kid, I used to bring a bag full of quarters to the arcade and set up in front of the Asteroids machine for a whole Saturday.
      Jo: Really? I would have never clocked you as a nerd.

    • Danny: took another look at the energy packets that we found in Danzig's car and
      compared them to the ones that Flack took off the booth babe.
      Jo: The what?
      Danny: Sorry, that's what they call them, not me.

    • Flack: (Arresting Vera Channing) She's got a date. Let's go.

    • Flack: I'm disappointed, Vera. I really thought we had something.
      Vera Channing: Oh, well, we'll always have Paris.

    • Flack: So, how does it work?
      Vera Channing: What?
      Flack: Is there a code word or something? Is it one blink for caffeine, two blinks for rocket fuel?

    • (Flack pushes pen and paper towards her)
      Vera Channing: You want my number?
      Flack: (Chuckles) Write down your friend's handles.

    • Flack: The handles Vera gave Walt correspond to the list of names we found on his body. Of those gamers, three were knocked out in the first round, one was disqualified, and two said Walt gave them the option of resigning to save face.
      Mac: Sounds like six good motives.

    • Danny: (Playing 'Gears of War' video game) Come on, I... I move left, he goes right.
      Adam: That's me.
      Danny: Oh.

    • Adam: (Playing 'Gears of War' video game) Solving murders one awesome kill at a time. What up?

    • Adam: It's 'Gears of War' 3 and it is awesome.
      Danny: Stupid.
      Adam: Well, maybe if you didn't play sports so much as a teenager and played some video games, you'd be winning like me.

    • Adam: The hard drive that's in this Xbox was actually the one that was used in the final round of the tournament. But the game, 'Gears of War', was rigged.
      Danny: Ah, that's why you killed me.

    • Gears Girl: You're MJDiesel?
      Mitch Johnson: You're looking at the one and only.
      Flack: (Handcuffing him) And if you want to look at him again, you're going to have to look through bars.

    • Mitch Johnson: (About the world of video games competitions) There's always younger and younger kids coming up. Born holding iPads and hopped up on ADD meds.

    • Mac: When I was a kid, my dad used to take me to the carnival in the summer. I loved to do the milk bottle toss. But I never won. When I was older, my dad explained to me that it was rigged. That one of the bottles was weighted so it couldn't fall over. I was so mad. Then my dad told me that life wasn't fair.

    • Steve Blanton: I know that life isn't fair, I get that, I get... My wife left me, and I only see my kid once a week. But video games are supposed to be fair. The best player wins.
      Mac: If you're searching for fairness, you're focused on the wrong things, Steve. You have a son. Who's going to grow up without his father. How is that fair?

    • Danny: (To Adam, as he is being beaten at a video game) Come on, did you rig this game again?

    • Jo: (To Mac, who had previously confessed being addicted to 'Asteroids' as a kid) Let's go play a game. Come on. 'Asteroids' has to translate.

    • Adam: (Playing an Xbox video game) Hey, Mac. Listen, why don't you pull up a chair and challenge the champ, okay? Now, look. I just want to warn you, this is not like the old-school games. Grab this. See these little buttons here? Press those. It's not like in the olden days, with the black and white screen and the little ball, or Ms. Pac-Man...

    • (Mac is beating Adam at videogames)
      Adam: Mac, what is it? How come you're so good at everything?

    • Jo: (Asking for a video game controller) Give me one of those.
      Adam: What? All right. Let's see what you got.
      Jo: Watch out. Coming after you.
      Adam: Oh, who's shooting me?
      Jo: That would be me.
      Adam: What?
      Jo: Ha!

    • (Jo is beating Adam playing a video game)
      Danny: Who's so good now, you little geek?

  • NOTES (3)

    • Music Featured:
      Hardcore Girls by The Count & Sinden, feat Rye Rye (Danny, Lindsay and Flack go to the video convention).
      Internet Friends by Knife Party (Opening Scene).
      Straight Sun by Orbital (Danny is processing the plastic tarp).
      Shield & Sword by Active Child (Sid is examining the body).
      Pressure Point by Cinephile.
      Falling Down by Sub Focus (Trophies are handed out at the convention).
      Robotech by Hyper Crush (Danny and Flack chase after Vera).

    • Dov Tiefenbach, who plays Walter Danzig, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Fannysmackin.

      Becky O'Donohue, who plays Vera Channing, also appears in the CSI: Miami episode Blood Lust.

      Blake Gibbons, who plays Darren Gorland, also appears in the C.S.I. episode Man Up and in the CSI: Miami one Backfire.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: April 6, 2012 on CTV 2.
      United Kingdom: May 5, 2012 on Channel 5.
      Czech Republic: June 20, 2012 on AXN.
      Turkey: December 17, 2012 on CNBC-e.
      Germany: December 17, 2012 on Vox.
      Norway: December 19, 2012 on TVNorge.
      Finland: June 11, 2014 on MTV3.


    • Flack: Geez, you'd think this guy's Mark Sanchez or something.
      Vera Channing: Except this guy wins championships.

      Mark Sanchez (1986-) is an American football quarterback for the New York Jets.

    • Vera Channing: We'll always have Paris.

      'We'll always have Paris' is a famous line in the 1942 Michael Curtiz's movie Casablanca. The line is spoken by lead actor Humphrey Bogart.