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When two unappreciated office workers for a casino decide to pull off a heist, it goes the way of all plans of mice and men, and goes astray... to murder. The CSIs work backwards from the murder to discover the plan

Episode Info

Episode number: 10x3
Production Number: 1003
Airdate: Thursday October 08th, 2009

Director: Naren Shankar
Writer: Naren Shankar

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 5) Jan 26, 2010
NL (RTL 4) Mar 22, 2010


Guest Stars
Tracy MiddendorfTracy Middendorf
As Belinda Martin
Archie KaoArchie Kao
As Archie Johnson
Joseph Patrick KellyJoseph Patrick Kelly
As Officer Metcalf
Larry SullivanLarry Sullivan
As Officer Akers
Tim Blake NelsonTim Blake Nelson
As Paulie Krill
Wayne KnightWayne Knight
As Mr. Terrence Lombard
Ben FeldmanBen Feldman
As Jason Devereaux
Alyson ReedAlyson Reed
As Mrs. Devereaux

Co-Guest Stars
Tom VirtueTom Virtue
As George (Security Guard)
Toni WynneToni Wynne
As CSI Receptionist
Laurence Cohen (1)Laurence Cohen (1)
As Employee #1
Matt DohertyMatt Doherty
As Twitchy Guy
Main Cast
George EadsGeorge Eads
As Nick Stokes
Eric SzmandaEric Szmanda
As Gregory "Greg" Sanders
Robert David HallRobert David Hall
As Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins
Wallace LanghamWallace Langham
As David Hodges
David BermanDavid Berman
As Dr. David Phillips
Marg HelgenbergerMarg Helgenberger
As Catherine Willows
Laurence FishburneLaurence Fishburne
As Dr. Raymond Langston
Liz VasseyLiz Vassey
As Wendy Simms
Paul Guilfoyle (1)Paul Guilfoyle (1)
As Captain Jim Brass
Episode Notes

Tim Blake Nelson is probably best known for his role as one of the trio in O Brother Where Art Thou? and Gideon (the precriminal superintendant) in Minority Report

Wayne Knight is best known for his roles as Jerry Seinfeld's arch-nemesis, Newman, on Seinfeld, and as Officer Don on Third Rock from the Sun.

This is Tracy Middendorf's second appearance on CSI, but both appearances were in different roles.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
David Bowie and QueenUnder Pressureas Paulie prepares to blow the safe

Episode Quotes
Ray: What's the angriest you've ever been?
Nick: I've been mad enough to kill somebody. Didn't do it. What about you?
Ray: High threshold, short fuse.
David: Me, too. In high school, I vented my frustration by devising elaborate tortures for my classmates. (They both look at him quizzically) In comic book form, of course.

Catherine: This looks like an implantable arfid... Radio Frequency Identification Chip.
Al: I know, they're used for tracking inventory at Wal-Mart. But unless the 13th Amendment got repealed while I wasn't looking, (points to a picture of the victim) that is not inventory.
Catherine: Implantable arfids are pretty new. There are some high-end nightclubs that give them to their VIPs to make it easier for them to run up a tab.
Al: Oh, yeah. Having a chip surgically implanted in your body is SO much more convenient than putting a credit card in your pocket....
Catherine: Not everything I wear out has pockets.
Al: I'll buy you a purse...

Cultural References
Title: Working Stiffs

The term working stiff refers to someone who works, particularly in a white collar, non-managerial capacity -- typically and traditionally it refers to men.

Catherine: This looks like an implantable aRFID... Radio Frequency Identification Chip.
Al: I know, they're used for tracking inventory at Wal-Mart. But unless the 13th Amendment got repealed while I wasn't looking, (points to a picture of the victim) that is not inventory.

aRFID -- Active Radio Frequency ID, a chip which can be used to track the location of any object within a certain range. They allow for both a quick checkout (a scanner can recognize, without removal or handling, all the items in your cart, for example, and provide a quick summary for billing), and can reduce shoplifting -- since their location in an object can be difficult to identify, it would be difficult to dispose of them while keeping the object hidden on one's person and walking out with it.

The 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, adopted on December 6, 1865, is the amendment which abolishes slavery, or the notion of human beings as property (and thus a human cannot be "inventory")

Hodges: Desi...
Ray: Luuuucyyy?

Desi Arnaz was married to Lucille Ball, and together they played husband and wife on the immensely popular 1950s show, I Love Lucy. Most of the episodes revolved around Lucy's antics getting herself into a whole mess of trouble. When husband Desi found out, he would often cry out, "Luuuucyyyyy!"

Jason: Hey. There's an ap for that...

There's an app for that is the well-known commercial tag line for the Apple iPhone, which touts the wide array of different software tools available for purchase by the iPhone owner.

Ray: Proof of principle...
Nick: Mythbuster style.

Mythbusters is a popular factual show on The Discovery Channel, which aims to take different well-known claims ("Can the candy Pop Rocks mixed with carbonated soda actually make your stomach explode?") and actually test them to see if they are true by simulating the "myth" in some harmless manner.

Nick: These guys were also renting heist movies, among them, The Score...

The Score is a 2001 movie about a con artist and an expert safe cracker who team up to break into a key safe to retrieve a very valuable artifact worth millions. It is worth seeing if only for the excellent talents involved -- Robert De Niro and Edward Norton, along with Marlon Brando in his final role. The technique used to blow the safe in The Score is much the same as described and used in the episode.

(after Jason talks about the implanted aRFID in his wrist)
Belinda: Did it hurt?
Jason: No, it was a little like getting a vaccination... without the autism.

There are claims that the Thiomersal (no longer) used in vaccination shots as a preservative is linked to an increase in cases of autism in children. Despite many studies, no conclusive indications in support of this idea have been produced, so the current scientific belief is that it is incorrect. More on the controversy can be found at Wikipedia

Episode References
Catherine: You know my dad was a casino boss, right?

Catherine's father, Sam Braun, appeared in nine episodes of CSI, and was a very wealthy man with a long history of mafia connections.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony E. Zuiker
Main Title ThemeThe Who
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