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Grissom and Warrick investigate the death of a young man who is found naked in the desert, but the case becomes more challenging when the cause of death fails to match any obvious reasons. Sara is sent to investigate when a woman who was buried the week before unexpectedly turns up in a dumpster. Catherine and Nick find problems with the story of a classy private school's founder regarding her part in the death of the school's dean.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x5
Airdate: Friday November 03rd, 2000

Director: Lou Antonio
Writer: Andrew Lipsitz

Guest Stars
Eric SzmandaEric Szmanda
As Greg Sanders
Judith ScottJudith Scott
As Dr. Jenna Williams
Kelly ConnellKelly Connell
As Randy Gesek
Mark CollverMark Collver
As Det. B. Evans
Paul Terrell ClaytonPaul Terrell Clayton
As Homicide Det. P. Kane
Tom BeyerTom Beyer
As L. Collins
Amy CarlsonAmy Carlson
As Kate Armstrong
Elena LyonsElena Lyons
As Julia Eastman
Elkin AntoniouElkin Antoniou
As Rave Girl
Jeff PariseJeff Parise
As Ethan Zalasky
Mike GreybealMike Greybeal
As Eric R. Barkley
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
As Bobby Taylor
Timothy LandfieldTimothy Landfield
As Alexander Woods

David BermanDavid Berman
As David Phillips
Main Cast
George EadsGeorge Eads
As Nick Stokes
Jorja FoxJorja Fox
As Sara Sidle
Marg HelgenbergerMarg Helgenberger
As Catherine Willows
William PetersenWilliam Petersen
As Gil Grissom
Gary DourdanGary Dourdan
As Warrick Brown
Paul Guilfoyle (1)Paul Guilfoyle (1)
As Captain Jim Brass
Episode Notes
Ratings: 15.2 million viewers

Episode Quotes
Nick: Blood's like my grandfather. Never lies.

(about Grissom)
Warrick: Don't take it personally miss, but he's kind of married to his job.

Catherine: Hey, Nick. Grissom's not always right. Do yourself a favor. Think for yourself. I mean that as a friend, okay?

Sara: What are you selling, time share coffins?

Gil: Paperwork, paperclips, paperpunchers. All these people want me to do is push paper. Nobody wants me to solve crimes.

Gil: There are three things I have a real problem with. Guys that hit their wives, sexual assault on children, and the scum that deal death to kids.

Warrick: Evidence. A double-edged sword.

Catherine: The walls in his office look like the Dean went a couple rounds with Mike Tyson.

Gil: No gunshot wounds. No stab marks. No signs of strangulation.
Warrick: It's a long way out in the sticks just to drop dead.
(Grissom stands up and looks around.)
Gil: (sighs) Not if you're being chased.
(Grissom starts to walk around to look at the ground around the body.)
Gil: Look at the foot patterns leading up to the body. See the strides? This kid was running.
(Grissom kneels down by a footprint impression in the dirt.)
Gil: See the left foot impression? It's straight; that's normal.
(Grissom looks at the next print.)
Gil: But look at the right foot impression. It's turned outward. Almost 90 degrees.
Warrick: He was looking over his shoulder when he was running. Think there was somebody else here?
Gil: Based on these prints, it's hard to tell.
Warrick: (to the Officer) Can I get this taped off here?
Officer: Yes, sir.
(Grissom kneels down back at the body and looks at it again.)
Warrick: So you want to call it? How do you think he died?
Gil: Fear. Someone chased this kid to death.

Gil: Warrick, you and I are on the four-nineteen -- our dead body in the desert.
(Grissom hands the assignment sheet to Warrick. He takes it.)
Gil: Sara, dead body of your own. Dumpsite out near Henderson.
(Sara takes the assignment sheet from Grissom and looks at it.)
Sara: Oh, I'll dress down.
Gil: Catherine, Verbum Dei Charter School. Four-twenty homicide. The school dean was killed in his office. Suspect called it in; could be self-defense.
(Catherine takes the sheet. She and Sara continue down one hallway, while Grissom stops at the intersection.)
Catherine: Did some kid off him with a silver spoon?

Dr. Jenna Williams: Skin's not consistent with elemental damage. (stumped) Warrick told me what you said about the cause of death being fear. I never read about that in any medical book.
Gil: Try the Forensic Medical Journal. Read the four canons on the cause of death: Homicide, suicide, natural and unexplained. Talks about fear in the last part of "unexplained."
Dr. Jenna Williams: (to Warrick) I had to ask.
Gil: You want to know what killed this kid? Benihana the maggots.
Warrick: What the maggots?
Gil: Tox the maggots we found on the victim. Whatever he ingested has probably evaporated from the sun. But the maggots are like little refrigerators. They preserve what we digest for longer periods of time.
Warrick: Entomology is our friend.
Gil: Yes.

Cultural References
Grissom: Teenage wasteland.
Warrick: Who?
Grissom: Exactly.

Grissom and Warrick are referencing the song "Baba O'Riley" by The Who, which is also often called "Teenage Wasteland" as a result of that as a repeated chorus line. In fact, "Teenage Wasteland" was a working title for the song. A remixed version of the song was later selected for the intro music to CSI:New York, rather slavishly following the tradition of using "Who" songs for CSI (the first two, Who Are You, and Won't Get Fooled Again quite clearly fit well with the notion of what CSIs do, but the song Baba O'Riley has no lyrical connection with the CSI concept, and was chosen as one of the most successful and well-known remaining Who songs. Arguably, "Can't Explain", by its titular-lyrical hook, would seem to have been a more appropriate choice.

Grissom: Benihana the maggots.

Benihana, Inc. is the owner/franchiser of a worldwide chain of over 75 restaurants. The restaurants serve typical Japanese cuisine, and are known for their signature style knife-wielding comic performance art by the chefs that prepare the meals right in front of the customers, which has itself become a cultural meme. By "Benihana the maggots", Gil clearly means to chop them up, much as a Benihana chef does with the food while preparing it.

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CreatorAnthony E. Zuiker
Main Title ThemeThe Who
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