Season 3 Episode 5

Oedipus Hex

Aired Friday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 2006 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The CSI's handle two puzzling cases; Carensa is a young Suicide Girl who at 17, wanted a change of scenery and to become a Suicide girl; at 18 she gets her wish only to lose her life. Chopper, a rising street basketball star, a homeless man trying to change his life for the better is killed and leaves a painful trail of blood which leaves Mac to figure out where and how he died.moreless

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  • Suicide Queen OR A Series of Misfortunate Events

    First of all I never knew the Suicide girls were a real thing. I thought they were a made up story for this episode, and I never Knew all the suicide girls played themselves!

    Now, I thought the Murdered Suicide girl was good. They girls acting was good, better then I expected. I didn't really know who did it, which you would think would be a good thing, but there was no lead up. Just all of a sudden, They knew who killed her!

    Now, I thought the planning of the basketball players death was good. There were a series of events that happened to him to get him to be killed, and even if one element changed he wouldn't be dead, so that was good. Other than that the acting was ok, and again the murder just appeared out of no where.

    All-in-all not that great of an episode of CSI NY!moreless
  • Not the greatest thing they've created.

    So they started this episode with a chick talking about how she wanted to become a suicide girl. I thought, "cool, this is looking good." Then it shows a year later and she pole -er- rope dancing on a stage with other fellow Sucicde Girls, who're dressed like dudes and babes. Fast forward and we come across her dead body. Linsdey just stared at her like she knew her or something. Going to Stella's crime scene, she's working s dude who has obvious signs of being hit by a car (after being through autopsy) and blunt for trauma to the head. Poor guy, I kind of felt sorry for him.

    When Danny and Lindsey were interviewing the Suicide Girls I thought their hair designs were pretty cool and original (from what I've seen anyway). The one chick who liked Danny's cheek bones was my favorite. I thought she was funny. Even though, these girls looked sexy and all, I give this episode an 8.1 The motive for killing Omen was really lame. That tattoo artist really did need his ego deflated, it's just too bad Omen died for doing that. Chopper's killer's motive, wasn't there but the way he died was sad. Those tourists may have been scared after being mugged, but they shouldn't have jumped the gun like that.moreless
  • Another 10 for this season. Man they are doing great!


    A girl's recording of her wanting to become a Suicide Girl from a year ago. Brilliant. I love it. Suicide girls! I love them hahah. All power to em. And then I love a year later we see the girl who looked all homegrown, now in full punk gear dancing with her fellow girls on stage, though she is all alone on a rope. Loved Mac's lines, as always he's got such great lines!!


    First is the case of the poor suicide girl. Very sad bit indeed. All she wanted was a bit of change, and she got death. Poor girl with her tattoo and the name beat right off the chest! Danny was wonderful when he dealt with the grief stricken mother. He was so sweet and he attempted to be kind to her even though she was like “this is not the daughter I raised” And he was very nice to her even after she slapped him for saying, “I do know, she loved you.” And he responded to the slap by saying, “I’m sorry for offending you.” Bless him, and then he shows her the I love you Mom tattoo. (of course it was also sweet of him to take on the mom with barely any questions asked.)

    I love that the murder weapon in this case was a shoe. HOW original can you get? I mean really. And no, she wasn’t stomped, someone used it to smack her in the skull with it. It was definitely very sweet to see Al cry when she saw that Omen really did love her. It was heartbreaking to think that they got into a fight, and last thing Omen wanted to do was say how much Al meant to her. But before she could, crazy tattoo guy thought he was the one that meant so much to her and he killed her. JERK.

    Second case is about the poor basketball player. And here we get a bit of info on Shane Casey before it technically starts. This case is a very depressing case of a man who was just trying to make good on his life. He had a horrible start, with drugs and being homeless, but he was changing that all around, going clean, winning at B-ball. And as someone said, what should have been the best day in his life, he just won 50 grand at a basketball tournament, ends up not being that at all. Poor guy was attacked several times throughout the day. If only people would stop to listen. The love of his life ignored him because she thought he wouldn’t changed. When he died, he died crawling to the courts hoping she would see him and be able to help. Definitely a huge twist to this one. Stupid family who up and killed him because they got mugged earlier in the day. Anyone with eyes coulda seen he was hurt and needed help. Poor guy, all he did was want help and he gets smashed in the face by people two stupid to notice it was a guy they had watched win basketball earlier in the day.


    Has to be when they are interviewing the Suicide Girls. I mean come on. With all of them being so hilarious and funny. And as for a touching scene, it had to be near the end with the montage of everything that happened to Chopper. It broke my heart. The poor guy!

    And finally, when Lindsay is with Omen’s mom and she is there for her. Also very touching.


    I loved the entire episode. Loved that they involved the suicide girls (they are so cool even if I am soooo unlike them- all power to em) and loved the tie in with the two people: both trying to change their lives. It was a very touching episode, to see how this seemingly uninnocent girl, was really rather innocent, and the same goes for Chopper, the rising basketball player. I also have to add I loved that the suicide girls involved were REAL suicide girls. I also loved that they didn’t make fun of them. Much appreciated Zuiker. Although Lindsay did say the only sane one wasmoreless
  • A great episode with a brilliant plot.

    I loved this episode, full of exitement, and not too ordinary.

    My favourite case out the two in this episode was the Suicide Girls case. I loved the idea of a community, where everyone looks out for each other and each are treated equally. The case itself was a strange one, the vic having been beaten to death with a lime green boot. The real case-breaker, I think, was the tattoo on the vic's chest, when they realised the guy who'd done it had also had a fling with the vic. Also in this case we saw that Lindsay couldn't deal with upset mothers, something perhaps to do with this dark secret in her past, no????

    The basketball case I didn't like as much. I found the fact that a complete stranger commited the murder a bit dissatifying.

    Although I did find it a good episode the lack of D/L and one unsatisfying case didn't make it as good as previous episodes this season.moreless
  • Great episode of the show we all love!

    Two crime scenes.

    1- Danny, Lindsay and Sheldon. - The death of a suicide girl.

    2- Mac, Stella and Flack. - The death a man who had just beaten a pro basketball player. Interesting storylines kept me entertained I just wish Flack was on more.

    No D/L moments although they do share scenes together.

    Intersting choice of murder weapon and blood.

    Teacher of the year award and syrup. Danny while doing an experiment gets it all over his head gear.

    You could tell Anna was pregnant if you didn't already know when this was first aired. Overall a good episode but not quite that perfect 10moreless
Anna Belknap

Anna Belknap

Lindsay Monroe

Carmine Giovinazzo

Carmine Giovinazzo

Danny Messer

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Detective Donald "Don" Flack, Jr.

Gary Sinise

Gary Sinise

Detective Mack "Mac" Taylor

Hill Harper

Hill Harper

Dr. Sheldon Hawkes

Melina Kanakaredes

Melina Kanakaredes

Detective Stella Bonasera

Mary-Margaret Humes

Mary-Margaret Humes

Helen Sanders

Guest Star

Missy Suicide

Missy Suicide


Guest Star

Al Suicide

Al Suicide


Guest Star

Robert Joy

Robert Joy

Dr. Sid Hammerback

Recurring Role

A.J. Buckley

A.J. Buckley

Adam Ross

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (13)

    • At the beginning of the episode, when Lindsay takes pictures of the scene, it is clearly noticeable that Anna Belknap is pregnant even though her character is not. It is also visible at the end of the episode when Lindsay tells Danny that it is her turn to talk to Mrs. Sanders and in several other scenes during the episode.

    • Goof: When Danny finds the SG on Omen's underwear and prints them onto paper they appear correctly to the viewers, therefore Danny would be seeing them backwards if he could see them through the paper at all.

    • When Danny is re-enacting the blood spatter thing with the shoe and Hawkes walks in, the two shots have some editing oddness as if they were shot together.

    • When this episode was edited, it looks as if it came out short on time due to the video montages that have been added to it. First one runs for over a minute, then there's the Suicide Girls photo shoot which lasts for another minute, then the slow motion scene of the group in the precinct. It would have been nicer to fill the episode giving some more screen time to the regulars.

    • Danny likes horror movies.

    • Despite this episode seems to take place in an at least two days span time, none of the cast does ever change clothes.

    • We keep getting hints pointing to a mysterious past of Lindsay's. Some kind of storyline seems to be building up for her.

    • Flack helps out kids at the YMCA taking them to basketball games.

    • Goof: When Danny finds the garbage picker at the Suicide Girls photo shoot he tests it for blood. It comes up positive but there is no visible signs of blood there. However when Sheldon gets the picker in the lab it's covered in thick red blood.

    • Goof: Mac asks the priest about Chopper's confession, and the priest tells him. This wouldn't actually happen, seeing as even after death, a priest is not allowed to reveal a confession. But the priest would disclosure a conversation that could take place before the confession, as if Chopper was looking for advice.

    • The chinese word tattooed on Albert/Y Monster's neck means True Love.

    • Goof: Hawkes says: Nine suicide girls, all wearing stilettos.

      However, in the promotional image he shows Danny and Lindsay, Amina Suicide (credited as Amina Munster) is wearing heavy sneakers, in the same colour as the other girls' shoes.

    • Flack's nickname on the streetball courts is Blue, most likely because of his eye color.
      It could also be a reference to his his job as a cop, as in the tv show NYPD Blue.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Flack: Where did you get the watch, Moody? From your goons that killed Chopper?
      Moody: No some young entrepreneur sold it to me, yeah, he lifted it off some tourist.
      Flack: Yeah… and might you have a name for this young business minded fellow?

    • (Danny is interviewing Albert/Y Monster about Omen's death)
      Danny: You thought "Omen 'n' Al" meant you and her. (chuckling) What you never figured was, it was her and her.

    • Stella: (reading off the note found in Chopper's sock)
      "In my darkest moment
      when all seems lost,
      You are at my side."
      Mac: (coming up behind her) Well I appreciate you too, Stell.

    • (Mac, Danny and Lindsay are at the scene, Lindsay notes something red all over the vic's body).
      Mac: It's not blood, looks like fake blood, movie blood.
      Danny: Maybe cherry syrup, like from that movie Scream.
      Mac: Something tells me we're not going to like how this movie ends.

    • Danny: (To a girl with pink hair) Is that your natural hair color?

    • (Stella and Flack interrogate a suspect)
      Moody: I'm all about the business.
      Stella: That's right, loan shark, drugs, gambling, fencing stolen goods, how much was Chopper Tevis in to you for?
      Moody: Interests mount up.
      Flack: The only things mounting up in your world brother, are charges.

    • Suicide Girl: (to Danny while she's being questioned) You have a nice jawline. Maybe I'll take you home with me?

  • NOTES (5)

    • Mary-Margaret Humes, who plays Helen Sanders in this episode, has appeared in the C.S.I. episode Let the Seller Beware.

      Hector Atreyu Ruiz, who plays Moody, also C.S.I. episode The List and in the CSI: Miami one Nothing To Lose.

    • Spanish episode title: El embrujo de Edipo, meaning Oedipus' Spell.

    • The Suicide Girls is a real web site and traveling burlesque show. The Suicide Girls featured in the episode, including Missy Suicide are on the website (www.suicidegirls.com).

      The names of the SG characters in the show are the same ones as they use on the website. The show used Missy and the others to play themselves.

    • International Airdates:
      Turkey: Monday, March 26, 2007 on CNBC-e.
      Norway: Wednesday, July 25, 2007 on TVNorge.
      Germany: Monday, October 8, 2007 on Vox (Kopfwunden).
      Finland: Sunday, November 25, 2007 on MTV3.
      Greece: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 on SKAI.

    • Music Featured:
      Walk by Pantera.
      New York by Rakim.
      Hour of Zero (Don't Mess with Illinoize Remix) by My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult & TRS-80.
      Don't Go by Scratch Track.
      Get Myself Into It by The Rapture.
      Distant City by The Cassandra Project.
      I'm Not Worried at All by Moby.
      You Love It by Peaches.


    • The title Oedipus Hex is a play on the name of a tragic play written by Sophocles, Oedipus Rex.

    • Hawkes: If the shoe fits, right?

      This is an allusion to the classical fairy tale Cinderella.

    • Danny: Don't I look like something out of the movie Saw?

      Saw is the first installment of the Saw horror film series. Emmanuelle Vaugier starred in the second isntallment of the horror movie series.

    • It is mentioned that Shane Casey is still on the run, an allusion to 3x04 Hung out to Dry.

    • Missy Suicide: We do this skit from Carrie.

      Carrie was a 1976 horror film starring Sissy Spacek in the eponymous role. The scene The Suicide Girls reenact is a play one one of the most famous in the film where a bucket of pigs blood is dumped on Carrie's head and she uses her telekenetic ability to wipe out her tormentors.

    • Danny: Like that movie Scream?

      This is an obvious allusion to the movie Scream, starring Neve Campbell.

    • Suicide Girl: We're this generation's Bettie Pages.

      Bettie Page (born April 22, 1923) was perhaps the top pinup model of the 1950s. She started posing for private camera clubs, but soon her photos found their way into magazines, where they became enormously popular. She appeared as Playboy magazine's January 1955 playmate, and, unlike many models of the time, remained a favorite for many years, becoming perhaps the most photographed woman of the 20th century. Her image was a combination of sensuality and innocence, a "good bad girl". Although she posed both nude and in bondage scenes, she turned down any offers to pose for sexual content.

      Bettie faded from the modeling scene in the latter 1950s, and remained obscure for about twenty years, when an intense following developed for her work and image. Collectors' editions of her photos began appearing and her look has been copied by artists and models through the present day; several comic books have featured heroines based on her image.

      In 2005, a film based on her career, The Notorious Bettie Page was released. She no longer makes public appearences or lets herself be photographed, preferring to be remembered "...as I was".

    • Episode title: Oedipus Hex.

      Oedipus was the mythical king of Thebes, son of Laius and Jocasta, who unknowingly killed his father and married his mother. Greek poets explain the name (Greek Ïἰäßðïõò, transliterated directly as Oidipous) as meaning "swollen-foot," but this is probably a pun rather than an etymology; historically the name is more likely to have come from two elements meaning "he who knew (oid-) the Sphinx' riddle of the feet (-pous).