Season 5 Episode 10

Corporal Punishment

Aired Tuesday 8:00 PM Nov 27, 2007 on CBS



  • Allusions

    • McGee (To Tony): You know that's how Houdini died.

      Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was a famous magician known for escaping handcuffs and a tank full of water while hanging upside-down. It's commonly believed that Houdini died from being punched in the stomach before he could prepare for the stunt. He did give permission to a McGill University student (J. Gordon Whitehead) to punch him in the stomach (claiming he could take blows above the waist without any injuries), but the student started to punch him before Houdini had time to make preparations by tightening his stomach muscles. However, this is not actually why he died. Days before this stunt even occurred, he was diagnosed with appendicitis though he refused medical treatment. It's been stated that even if the stunt never took place he would have died anyway due to the lack of medical treatment.