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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Unfriendly Skies - S1-E9

Question: When the CSI team run through Tony Candlewell's last moments on the plane, what does Sara Sidel mean when she says the Flight Attendant, Shannon is "vapour-locked"?

New this month Answer: Being vapor-locked, in the simplest terms, is when the person has bad gas and is unable to expel it.

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Question: Is there an episode in which someone gets impaled by an icicle? I seem to recall the team not being able to find the murder weapon, and then someone realized that it had melted. This could also be CSI: New York.

Answer: The episode on CSI:NY was called "Love Runs Cold" and first aired on October 4, 2006 (Season 3, Episode 3) and involves the investigation of a model found stabbed to death by an ice dagger.


Caged - S2-E7

Question: In this episode, Catherine says, "I think I know the word that made her throw her coffee," and Sarah says she hates that word. While I could take a few educated guesses, I'm not sure what word they mean and I can't tell from Croft's mouth movements either. Can someone enlighten me?

Answer: I believe that she is referring to the 'C' word.

Feeling the Heat - S4-E4

Question: According to IMDb, Kaley Cuoco stars in this episode as "Zoe Young" but I've just watched the episode and can't see her anywhere. Is this a mistake on IMDb or is it just a blink and you'll miss it appearance?

Answer: This site includes a screenshot of her in the episode: http://www.aveleyman.com/TVEpisode.aspx?FilmID=1512&Episode=20031023 In this 2003 episode, she was 17, although in the screenshot, she appears to be about 12, and not at all like her current look.


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Question: Why do characters refer to Langston as "Dr. Ray" instead of "Dr. Langston"?

Answer: The CSI team is very close-knit and use each others first name all the time. Calling him Dr. Ray is their way of including him in the closeness of the team and still giving him the respect of his title.


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Question: While with family we started watching an episode of this, but never finished. It involved a convention or meeting of Achondroplasiacs/Dwarfs, and one part involved interviewing an Achondroplasiac while she was playing a slot machine, with a discussion on Achondroplasia and Psuedo-Achondroplasia. What episode is this called?

Answer: I believe the one you are thinking of is "A Little Murder" with Phil Fondacaro - season 3, episode 4.


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Question: What is the point of having different methods of firing the guns for ballistic analysis? They've got the one where they shoot into water, the one where they shoot it into a tub of rubber balls, and the one where they shoot it into some sort of Jell-o type material.

Answer: Different calliber guns fire at stronger trajectories. A smaller calibre gun will need less friction to stop it. The Jell is used for larger calibre guns.


Homebodies - S4-E3

Question: OK, I don't get it. Who killed Suzanna? Was it the same guy that raped her? And how were the two cases interlinked?

Answer: As I understand the episode, yes the man that raped Suzanna then killed her. She makes the comment during the line up that "he already knows it's me" and I guess you are to assume that he tied up the loose end by killing her since she didn't pick him in the line up and he was set free. And I believe they get fingerprint results that confirm that Kelly James was also responsible for the first crime scene.

Angela Brown

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Question: I'm aware that William Petersen will be leaving the show this year, but will he continue to serve as a producer?

Answer: He will continue to occasionally act (he wants to persue live theater) and serve as executive producer.


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Question: What is the order of seniority between Nick, Sarah and Warick?

Answer: Warrick first, Nick next, Sarah last.

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Question: OK, why does the title song have nothing to do with the show? It keeps saying "haaaawaii!" over and over, yet the show takes place in Vegas, not Hawaii. I never got that.

Answer: It's actually "Who Are You," which is the title of the theme song by The Who. A bit more fitting for a crime show's theme than constantly saying Hawaii.

The Strip Strangler - S1-E23

Question: Does anybody know the name and composer of the piece of classical music that Grissom plays in his apartment, as soon as he is suspended?

Answer: Holberg Suite, 4th movement, by Edvard Grieg.

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Question: What is the name of and from which season is the episode where a woman (who I think was a dietitian) eats her victims' hearts and livers because she has some disease and if she doesn't eat them something weird happens to her skin?

Answer: Justice Is Served: Season 1, episode 21. http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0534709/


Cats in the Cradle... - S2-E20

Question: I've always wondered as to what would happen to the young girls that murdered the old woman. Would they go to juvenile hall? Or would they be let off because they are young? The episode ends without the audience being told what would happen.

Answer: While it is impossible to know for certain, it is highly unlikely they would be let go and would be prosecuted to some extent. In support of this is the statement made by real life Nevada Judge Mills Lane (Ret.), "In Nevada, if you commit murder or attempted murder you do not go to juvenile court, you go right to adult court."


Loco Motives - S7-E10

Question: Ernie dell makes a video email of his suicide and Gil opens it. How did it get emailed? He would have been dead and therefor unable to hit the send button. If it was a live feed, when gill opened the email he would have had to click on the link to the feed, and he would have come into the feed at the live point not at the beginning.

Answer: He could have set the email to be sent at a later time automatically. Many mail programs have this feature. If the email was set to send itself with an attachment, it would have sent whatever video had been recorded.

Jason Hoffman

Bad to the Bone - S4-E18

Question: What is the translation of the song "Ein seltener Vogel" played in this episode when Warrick and Grissom are exhuming the body from the back yard?

Answer: The English title is ' A Rare Bird'. This is the link for the lyrics: http://neubauten.org/en-disca-10-06.html.


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Question: What happened to Warrick's wife Tina? I know they had an argument in one episode but I don't remember what happened after this. Can anyone let me know?

Answer: We have not seen her since the episode where he accused her of cheating on him, when she was in fact setting up something for his birthday, or something like that.


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Question: When did George Eads grow the awful moustache?

Answer: He grew it at the beginning of Season 6.


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Question: What season did Eckley come in and rearrange the teams? And what exactly was the outcome? I don't even understand why he did it in the first place.

Answer: Eckley felt that Grissom's team where not efficient enough and were too close to each other. This all took place in Season 5. At the end of Season 5 when Nick is kidnapped (Grave Danger - Directed by Tarantino) Grissom asks for his team back. Eckley does not respond, but we see them all back together for Season 6.


$35K O.B.O. - S1-E18

Question: Please forgive my ignorance, but what does "O.B.O." stand for?

Answer: Or Best Offer. Frequently seen in want ads to mean the price is not firm. I'll take $10 or the best other price of all the people who make a bid.


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Nick Stokes: There's a sucker born every minute.
Gil Grissom: Yep, and they all come to Vegas.



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