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A body suffering from head trauma found one morning in a store, near the safe, appears to have been the result of an interrupted robbery. A fingerprint found at the store connects the robbery in some way to a young girl kidnapped twenty years before. Sara and Warrick find themselves assigned to investigate a woman who burned to death while the house around her was hardly affected. Sara claims it's a case of mythical "spontaneous human combustion", while Warrick insists there is a simpler explanation. They compete to find the true answer.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x17
Airdate: Thursday March 08th, 2001

Director: Lou Antonio
Writer: Josh Berman

  • Currently 9.3/10
9.3/10 (3 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Brian Howe
As Mr. Winstons
Brigid Brannagh
As Melissa Marlow/Tammy Felton
David Berman
As David Phillips
Eric Szmanda
As Greg Sanders
Greg Collins
As Officer Arvington
James Eckhouse
As Mr. Marlow
James Wellington
As Joseph Felton
Larry Holden
As Darin Hanson
Pamela Gidley
As Teri Miller
Reginald VelJohnson
As Dr. Philip Kane
Robert David Hall
As Dr. Al Robbins
Skip O'Brien
As Det. Ray O'Riley
Tom Gallop
As Attorney Randy Painter
Joan McMurtrey
As Mrs. Marlowe

Co-Guest Stars
Teddy Lane, Jr.
As Uniform Officer
Main Cast
George Eads
As Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox
As Sara Sidle
Marg Helgenberger
As Catherine Willows
William Petersen
As Gil Grissom
Gary Dourdan
As Warrick Brown
Paul Guilfoyle (1)
As Captain Jim Brass
Episode Notes
Melissa Marlowe/Tammy Felton will later appear in the episode "And Then There Were None".

Episode Quotes
Sara: Interesting voicemail you left me.
Warrick: What's that?
Sara: Meet me behind CSI and bring a night gown? I'll wear it for you but uh, I prefer pajamas.

Warrick: Oh, you're only siding with Sara because you have a crush on her.
David: No, that's why I wore a clean coat.

Grissom: I have a question.
Teri: Ok?
Grissom: Since I screwed up our last date, would we ever have dinner again?
Teri: Oh we'll have dinner ... just not together.

Gil: (to Catherine)You and I have an appointment with our shrink.

Gil: Catherine, say hello to Melissa Marlowe.
Catherine: Oh, my god.
Gil: What?
Catherine: That's Tammy Felton and we've already met.

Catherine: Tammy Felton needs help. She may be a suspect, but she's also a victim.

Dr. Philip Kane: Gil ... be careful. Sociopaths are dangerous because they don't function by the same... moral code as the rest of us.
Gil: Welcome to my world.

Greg: Don't you ever goof off, huh? Do you ever get a little lost in life?
Nick: No.
Greg: Well, you should.

Nick: (to Gil) Tell me, am I radiating a green glow?

Catherine: What were you thinking?
Gil: I don't know. I wanted to observe them, I guess.
Catherine: That woman hasn't seen her daughter in 21 years. You actually thought a glass wall would keep them apart?
Gil: I never thought about that.
Catherine: I know. You're not good with people.
Gil: Yeah.

Jim: Maybe, uh, Miss Mirror-has-two-faces is playing us for fools. We corner her with the evidence, she goes nuts sets the groundwork for an insanity plea.

Sara: Why didn't you say something when you gave us the case?
Gil: Well, in science we learn through experimentation, right? Sometimes we need to see it to believe it. You guys did a nice job.

Sara: Well, I would've looked like an idiot. Thanks for covering.
Warrick: Well, you can show your appreciation by, uh, cleaning up.

Melissa Marlow/Tammy Felton: The only memories I have are of being a little kid. The last 21 years are blank -- like they never happened.
Catherine: Then you shouldn't have any memories of me ... Tammy.

Melissa Marlow/Tammy Felton: Just practicing for court. Not bad, huh?

Episode Goofs
While talking about Spiderman, Grissom mentioned that Peter Parker became Spiderman "back in the fifties". However, Spiderman was first published in 1962.

Cultural References
Title: Face Lift

The term Face Lift refers specifically to plastic surgery designed to restore the appearance of youth to a person's countenance, or any procedure aimed for that purpose. It has since been extended to mean anything done to something -- including buildings and cars, for example -- which restores that thing to a newer, less worn condition of appearance. It can reflect re-working the internal structure to make it more viable, but often refers to things which only apply to the external appearance.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorAnthony E. Zuiker
Main Title ThemeThe Who
Warning: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season 1 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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