CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Who Shot Sherlock? - S5-E11

Corrected entry: Grissom expresses admiration for the (dead) Sherlock Holmes' attention to detail, since he has a cape, a deerstalker hat and a Meerschaum pipe. Grissom - and the dead Sherlock - should know better. None of these items appear anywhere in Conan Doyle's books; they were invented by Hollywood as part of Basil Rathbone's portrayal of the character, and are considered to be abominations by Holmes' afficionados.

Correction: The Deerstalker was not "invented" for the Basil Rathbone series. The artist for the original stories printed in The Strand Magazine, Sidney Paget, illustrated Sherlock with a Deerstalker in such adventures as "The Dancing Men", "Hound of the Baskervilles", and "The Boscombe Valley Mystery". As these were published during the author's original run of the stories, it was there since the beginning.Conan Doyle also mentions Holmes wearing a "ear-flapped travelling cap" in at least one story - "The Adventure of Silver Blaze".He also mentioned a handful of times of Holmes smoking a pipe. Meerschaum is a mineral that a pipe can be carved out of, So while they may not have been a hat (or pipe) that Holmes always used - a deerstalker is mainly used in the countryside, not the city, it certainly was used if only a handful of times.

Bad Words - S4-E19

Corrected entry: In the flashback that shows Adam Brenner playing his opponent using the word "Exvin", we can see that the X is also used in "Juxtapose". When the opponent adds an S to "Exvin", he is challenged and made to take back his tiles. However, the X would remain where it is because it is a part of another word. Since the opponent plays a word using an X later in the game ("Loxodrome"), we know that he must have taken back the X as well. However, that cannot be the case as then "Juxtapose" would not be able to stand without the X.

Correction: He can play Loxodrome by using the X still on the table from Juxtapose. He didn't need to play it from his hand, just play it vertically like the removed exvin.

Caged - S2-E7

Corrected entry: The CSI team determine a woman died after accidentally ingesting ricin (which she tried to use to kill someone else). She died within minutes of sticking her ricin covered pen into her mouth. According to the CDC, death by ingestion of ricin will occur within 36-72 hours (depending on potency, amount, etc.), not a matter of minutes. And, death could not have been from inhalation during her manufacturing of the ricin. They make it a point to show her burnt-looking tongue as the place where ricin was introduced to the body.

Rlvlk

Correction: It is true that Ricin was introduced in the mouth, but it does not state when. Yes, Aaron saw the woman put the pen in her mouth, but this didn't necessarily have to be the only point when she did so. She showed she does have a habit of chewing on her pen so the poison could have been introduced to her body before she was in the cage.

Show generally

Corrected entry: Season 9, Episode 3: "Art Imitates Life." Dr. Robbins is performing an autopsy with his glasses hanging around his neck, while his apron is covered in blood.

Correction: This is not a mistake, you're just saying that he does not take good care of his glasses.

Lady Heather's Box - S3-E15

Corrected entry: In the scene where Lindsay is being questioned she says that the car driver got out of the car, then Eddie (Lindsay's father and Catherine's Ex) fell out of the car and into the water. This is not possible. The passenger side door was closed and as the car was on an angle and wedged against the ground and unable to open. It is not possible that he fell upwards and out of the driver side door.

Scrappy

Correction: Eyewitness testimony is notoriously unreliable - a case can rarely be tried on that alone. In this case, the testimony is even more unreliable, as it comes from a child who was in grave danger at the time and was easily confused. The CSIs would not take what she said as the exact truth, but rather a starting point in the absence of anything else.

Snakes - S5-E12

Corrected entry: The singer performing at the bar (the man we later see working in the tire shop) is lip-syncing. At one point, when the camera cuts to him on stage, for a moment the vocals don't match his lips.

Correction: So a singer is lip syncing. This isn't a mistake. Just ask Ashley Simpson.

SexyIrishLeprechaun

High and Low - S3-E10

Corrected entry: When the detective is talking to Warrick about 'la lluvia de los peces,' he calls him 'Rick' ("Point is, Rick, they gotta come from somewhere").

Correction: He's shortening Warrick's name, like how Grissom goes by Gil instead of Gilbert.

Xofer

Ellie - S2-E10

Corrected entry: In the parking garage, Nick Stokes is taking pictures and says he has one picture left then takes a picture of Sara Sidle, but when Warrick comes onto the scene Nick takes a picture of Warrick.

Correction: He means he has one more photograph to take of the crime scene, then he is free to take personal photographs. Since he is using a digital camera, he isn't going to run out of film.

Snuff - S3-E8

Corrected entry: Catherine tells the snuff film producer that they know he was infected with HIV by accidental blood transfer from the actress he killed because they 'tested the DNA of the HIV'. No, they didn't. HIV is a retrovirus - it has no DNA. It has RNA, a far simpler nucleic acid which is completely distinct from DNA. Catherine is a scientist, trained and experienced in genetic 'fingerprinting' - she would never make a mistake like that.

Correction: On the other hand, the producer in question isn't a scientist, trained or otherwise. She has to use terminology that he'll understand, rather than being 100% accurate. It's not the actual truth, but, you know, people do that sort of thing when they need to convince people. Most laypersons know about DNA, but few are familiar with RNA. And police are entirely allowed to lie to you, so that's not an issue either.

Tailkinker

Evaluation Day - S1-E22

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sidle is watching the gorilla documentary, the cover of the pamphlet reads "The Gorilla In It's Natural Habitat." The correct possessive form would be "The Gorilla In ITS Natural Habitat."

Correction: So whoever typed it made a mistake. Character stupidity and bad spelling are not mistakes.

Living Doll - S7-E24

Corrected entry: In "Living Doll," you see Natalie, while working as a cleaning woman, push her cart down the hall of the CSI lab with the miniture on it to place it on Grissom's desk. In Episode 7-11, "Leaving Las Vegas" (when the minature is delivered) you see a man placing it on the desk.

Boobra

Correction: The model the deliveryman leaves on Gils desk is the scene of the Doctor who was killed by Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with the device in the fire, The model that Natalie ledt was the scene of the car on top of Sara so not an error.

Steven Gee

A Night at the Movies - S3-E19

Corrected entry: Greg Sanders while reviewing evidence, tells Stokes the song "He Ain't Heavy (He's My Brother)" is by Harold Melvin. It is actually a song by The Hollies.

Correction: Character mistake.

Show generally

Corrected entry: In episode 8-3, "Go to Hell": When Warrick and Nick are in the reverend's apartment and slice open the ironing board, Rick pulls back the cover and tape VI is lying beside the ditch furrowed out for the tapes to sit in. When the shot changes, it is in the ditch.

Boobra

Correction: Not so, just watched the scene and all four tapes are side by side in the hollowed out portion of the ironing board. Tape I and IV's labels are on the left sides of the cases, while II and III are marked on the right. There is a fifth tape (with the red label) visible outside the "ditch" but neither it, nor any other tape, changes position during the scene.

OneHappyHusky

A La Cart - S8-E2

Corrected entry: When one of the kitties was telling of what happened with Hux, the scene shows him leaning his head on her shoulder her moving and him falling on the floor and the waiter rushing over and pressing the panic button. When the waiter is interviewed, he claims he found Hux slumped over the table and then checked for a pulse. He was already on the floor by the time the waiter arrived.

Boobra

Correction: The waiter obviously lies, as he's the one who killed him. He wanted to make it sound like a heart attack.

CocoCami

You've Got Male - S2-E12

Corrected entry: In the pre title sequence the rider calls the spooked horse "Gunner" yet when Gil asks Jim who discovered the body in the pipe Jim says "Flicka" as it cuts to the horse.

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Steven Gee

Correction: Jim is making a joke. There is a famous kids film called "My Friend Flicka" and Jim is calling the horse Flicka as a joking reference to that film.

wizard_of_gore

The Good, the Bad, and the Dominatrix - S7-E23

Corrected entry: Sara claims that all the prints at the saloon belong to Lady Heather. Lady Heather was wearing lace gloves. She wouldn't have left fingerprints, and it's unlikely that she came out of costume.

Boobra

Correction: By definition, lace gloves do not offer full coverage of the hand and fingers. Heather would have left easily-identifiable partial prints all over.

Sereenie

Swap Meet - S5-E5

Corrected entry: When Greg is coming to see if Hodges has processed the water from the fountain, Hodges asks if Greg can't spell since he wrote "funtain water" on the glass. Greg answers that his folks are Norwegian and this is the way they spell it. That is incorrect. Fountain in Norwegian is "fontene."

Correction: Greg only says that to cover his mistake.

MoonFaery

Show generally

Corrected entry: In episode "Living Doll" Brass and Grissom go to see Trevor Dell, one of the Dell foster children. Foster children do not take the last name of the Foster Family unless they are adopted and they never adopted any of the 13 Foster Children.

Boobra

Correction: It's entirely possible that they shared the same last name without being related. Dell isn't that unusual.

Sereenie

The Good, the Bad, and the Dominatrix - S7-E23

Corrected entry: Brass is interviewing Benjamin Oakley, but he calls him Vinny when he says "your dad's not going to like that, Vinny."

Boobra

Correction: He says Benny, not Vinny.

Sereenie

Show generally

Corrected entry: In Episode "Ending Happy," the wounds on Happy's throat don't substantiate the premise that he was shot through the throat with an arrow. The arrow has feathers on the end, which would have passed through the skin. It would have left a ragged edge, not perfectly round holes.

Boobra

Correction: We can't say that the feathers on this arrow would have broken the skin, they could just as easily folded back and passed through without altering the shape of the hole.

pross79

Sex, Lies and Larvae - S1-E10

Corrected entry: In the flashback scene, where we see the abusive husband shooting his wife in the head against a wall in their home, Sarah and Grissom do not discover any plastering or other repair to the wall (although they do discover the victim's blood). However, during the victim's autopsy scene, we learn that the shot to the victim's head was through-and-through. (This is an important plot point, since it means that the bullet's distinctive composition is not immediately discovered.) Wouldn't the bullet have gone into the wall? Is there any realistic way the murderer could have repaired the damage without Sarah or Grissom discovering it?

Correction: The blood spatter went on the wall from the exit wound BUT the woman's husband shot her in the temple, right to left, (as Doc Robbins said) so it's possible that the bullet went somewhere else other than the wall.

Assume Nothing (1) - S4-E1

Corrected entry: While the CSI Scooby gang are recovering ice from a cooler in which a body was found, Nick Stokes is busy taping up buckets of ice. Grissom asks him "Come with me". Nick finishes taping the bucket, places the tape on top and follows Grissom. When the camera cuts to the wide shot, the bucket is miraculously untaped.

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Correction: There were 15 buckets, the wide shot could have shown any of the other 14 without tape on them.

Abra Cadaver - S3-E5

Corrected entry: When Catherine and Nick are investigating the rock star's death and find the needle in his arm, why wouldn't they have just checked for prints on the syringe? In the flashback later on, it is shown that the murderer did not use gloves, and therefore her prints should be on the syringe.

Correction: The scene and show did not remotely indicate whether or not the villain wiped their fingerprints or not, which most guilty people do. Nor did the sequence indicate at all how much time the crime scene took place over as oppsed to time spent on screen. These two concepts together imply a legitimate counter to your mistake/

Blood Lust - S3-E9

Corrected entry: In this episode, the CSIs discover that the father of the murdered boy had a handgun registered to him that was found at the crime scene. The gun was registered in California. California does not have handgun registration and prohibits any local registration laws.

Correction: In California they don't register guns but they keep records of who they are sold to.

Happenstance - S7-E8

Corrected entry: When they run fingerprints on the envelope from "Dora" they put the fingerprints from the left side and the right side of the envelope together to make one print from two partials but this would be impossible as one partial would be from the right thumb and one partial would be from the left thumb by the way the envelope is held.

Correction: If it had been held that way, sure. But there's nothing that says it was. It's possible the daughter held it with her left thumb in two different places, leaving two partials.

CocoCami

Grave Danger (2) - S5-E25

Corrected entry: Nick was supposed to have a 12 hour air supply while in the coffin, as the suspect mentioned in his e-mail. Nick was buried at night, a whole day passed and he was rescued at night. That was more then 12 hours underground.

Correction: No, the 12 hours was to get the money to the kidnapper. If you recall, Nick's coffin had a fan that was connected to the light. That fan was in a tube that ran to the surface thereby providing him with the necessary air. You are confusing fact CSI determined there was a limited amount of battery time on the fan itself.

moviemogul

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the episode "Way To Go", the season finale, the opening shows Jim Brass being wheeled in to the ER. He is intubated but no one is compressing the bag to facilitate his breathing, he would die without this action.

OneHappyHusky

Correction: It's in slow motion. However, you can see the attendant on Brass's left squeeze the bag just before the scene cuts out.

CocoCami

Paper or Plastic - S4-E14

Corrected entry: A major subplot is why officer Fromansky killed the wife. The good officer maintains he was firing at a third villain running along the back aisle of the store. The husband and wife are established early in the episode running the opposite direction in the back aisle. But apparently, the husband never sees the third assailant, for otherwise there would be no mystery as to officer Fromansky's actions, as the husband would have corroborated the officer. How can the husband fail to see an assailant who is charging straight at him and his wife?

Correction: Because he's focused on his wife and trying to get her to get out of the way. Tunnel vision, he's blind to everything else going on around him. It's common in times of extreme stress/concentration.

CocoCami

Face Lift - S1-E17

Corrected entry: Sara states that she couldn't eat meat because of Gil's last experiment with a rotting pig. But two episodes before (S01-15 "Table stakes") she was so exhausted that all she wants was a steak and a shot.

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Correction: I am teetotal, but have been known to say "I need a drink". It's called a metaphorical statement.

Viva Las Vegas - S5-E1

Corrected entry: In the teaser before the theme song, we see Lance Frazer sobbing with the bath water running. Normally, people don't run baths and then go gambling. The owner of the casino said that he had serious B.O., suggesting that Lance hadn't washed. Therefore, we can assume that he has already come back from the casino. However, he didn't lose his money on the way back, it was stolen after his death. He wouldn't be crying and running a bath at the same time. What would he be crying about? It just doesn't make sense.

Correction: What, he could not be crying about something else? This entry moves WAY into the land of speculation and assumption about what people should or could do in a given situation (of which you only see a short instance).

Twotall

Spark of Life - S5-E18

Corrected entry: In the initial view of the drowning victim, we see an EMT performing CPR on the child. Later in the show, they say it was recently her fifth birthday. The EMT, however, was performing CPR with two hands. On a child of her age, you would only use one hand to perform CPR. Brass also says that they're "just going through the motions", but the EMT would most likely out of habit do it correctly. It makes no sense that a trained lifesaving professional would perform a lifesaving treatment incorrectly, even if he knew it would be ineffective anyway.

Correction: I've been on two health and saftey courses and on both I was told to use both hands whilst performing CPR, even on children.

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

Corrected entry: When Nick and Greg are in the lab Greg is looking at his date's epithelials through the microscope. Nick wants him to look at some hairs so Greg puts them under the microscope without taking out the epithelials.

Correction: The entire scene is shot from shoulders up, so we can't see what Greg is doing other than he is clearly aware that Nick is prepping the slide with the hair. So it is reasonable to assume that one of the many movements we see in Greg's arms is his removing the epithelial slide in anticipation of Nick's request to view the hairs. At any rate, he obviously places the hair slide into a completely empty microscope.

OneHappyHusky

Gentle, Gentle - S1-E19

Corrected entry: When the older brother is doing CPR on Zachary at the end it is obvious that it is a doll.

Correction: While I know this simply comes down to a matter of opinion, I disagree. As a nanny and a mother, I think this is very "life like" (considering it depicts a dead child) infant doll, especially considering the harsh light the face is under. They are not trying to hide anything.

OneHappyHusky

Face Lift - S1-E17

Corrected entry: After the store clerks enter their pottery store and find the store robbed and a dead body, it shows the Las Vegas Police and the CSI team drive into the front of the building in patrol cars and Suburbans. On one Suburban, you can see the police lights on the right passenger side strapped on to the visor, on the other side you can see the rear-view mirror is directly above the steering mirror. Last time I checked, rear-view mirrors are NEVER above the steering wheel.

Correction: The key here is the phrase "ON THE OTHER SIDE". On the front view, as the vehicle passes coming towards the camera the mirror is properly placed. "On the other side" after vehicle passes the camera and the view is now back through the drivers window the CAMERA ANGLE makes is appear to be over the steering wheel, when in fact it is still properly placed in the middle where it belongs.

OneHappyHusky

Boom - S1-E13

Corrected entry: When Catherine goes to the autopsy of Kristy Hopkins, it is Dr Al Robbins who is performing it. However, she calls him David, who is a different coroner.

Correction: Character mistake, not a film mistake.

Show generally

Corrected entry: In the episode "Iced" the girl at the beginning takes off her bra. Later, when the Sara and Nick find her, her bra is on.

Correction: I noticed this when I saw it too. However, the bodies are not found in the last position we see them. There is no reason that after the couple finished making love, the girl couldn't have put her bra back on prior to falling asleep on the floor.

Guy

Feeling the Heat - S4-E4

Corrected entry: The baby's car seat goes from front facing when they find him to rear facing and still strapped in when they go to investigate the car. Also, a baby that young would be in a rear facing car seat anyway.

Melissa

Correction: The seat is rear-facing in all shots. Due to the angle in some shots, it looks forward-facing, but it's not.

Gentle, Gentle - S1-E19

Corrected entry: Forensics notices 3 small dots on a piece of paper on the ransom letter, and states its from the drum of the printer - and if the ransom note was from the printer of the family of the kidnapped child, the paper would have that same mark. Sara grabs a piece of paper out of the in tray on the printer, and says that mark doesn't appear. Of course - the mark is left when the printer prints and the paper gets fed through the printer. She took a piece of paper from the in tray - paper that has yet to go through the printer.

Correction: She has sent it through and set it in the out tray to wait for Grissom to get to the lab.

Overload - S2-E3

Corrected entry: When Grissom is showing the pickle experiment, Warrick says, that the body didn't make any resistance, because of the high ironlevel in the blood, but that can't be, because anything makes some resistance to electric power, but iron just doesn't make that much. So therefore, he should have said, that the body didn't make ENOUGH resistance to make enough heat to make burn marks.

Correction: True, but it's a common usage to say that conductors don't make any resistance while isolant materials make absolute resistance to electric power. It's like saying that you slide on ice because there is no friction between the floor and your foot - there is, but it's too little.

Boom - S1-E13

Corrected entry: At the end, Grissom tears a article from the newspaper. When he sticks it to the message board, it has nicely cut edges.

Correction: It's possible that he could have detoured to cut the edges, it just wasn't shown explicitly.

Fur and Loathing - S4-E5

Corrected entry: While discussing with Catherine the dead Furry in the road, Grissom uses the phrase "which begs the question ..." Begging the question has a very specific meaning in logical argument: to unjustly assume the truth of that which is being proved in the argument. It does NOT mean "causes the question to be posed." Someone as exacting and well-educated as Grissom would know this and would not misuse the phrase thus.

Rooster of Doom

Correction: As all language specialists will tell you, oral language evolves much faster than dictionaries do. It can sometimes be years before a new acception (or meaning) of a word or a phrase is added in language resources, even though it is widely used and understood by native speakers. The same goes for acceptions which go into disuse: they'll still be listed long after no one uses them. Nowadays, the first and most common meaning of "which begs the question" is the one for which Grissom uses it. It is not a mistake, only proof that Grissom is a man of his time.

Sereenie

Ellie - S2-E10

Corrected entry: When Grissom puts Warrick in charge of the shift he asks why he didn't ask Nick since "he's more senior than me". However both Nick and Warrick were promoted to CSI-3 in the first season

Correction: This probably implies that despite the fact that they were both promoted, Nick was hired first.

Sereenie

Invisible Evidence - S4-E7

Corrected entry: In the final interview, Warrick tells the murder suspect that he saw him go into the toilet with dog tags, and come out without them. He subsequently found them in a toilet cistern. However an officer was detailed to go into the toilet with him, so the suspect shouldn't have been able to dispose of the dog tags

Correction: The officer did go to the toilet with him, but he didn't go into the stall with him. He could have quite easily slipped it off and put it in the tank then.

Show generally

Corrected entry: DNA results usually take weeks instead of just days like usually happens on the show.

Sol Parker

Correction: They have the lab in-house, so they don't have to send the samples off to another lab; and they prioritise the cases by importance, so samples from the 'big' cases go first. DNA tests themselves don't take weeks, sending them off to a lab, and waiting for the lab to get around to testing them, does. Them having the lab in-house relies on suspension of disbelief, but isn't inherently a mistake.

J I Cohen

Cool Change - S1-E2

Corrected entry: When we switch back to flashback mode and Holly is scratching the man who shot her, she was working a crime scene and therefore should be wearing latex gloves. Catherine takes the DNA sample from under her fingernail. Do gloves scratch?

Correction: You can see in both this episode and the previous one, that Holly has taken off her gloves before scratching her attacker.

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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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Season 5 Episode 18 "Spark of Life": when they show a closeup of the badly-burned woman during her debridement, it can be seen that even though her eyebrows and hair and, in fact, 90% of her skin has been burned away, she still has long, full eyelashes.

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This episode featured a guest appearance by Tom Noonan. Noonan and series star William Petersen played villain and hero, respectively, in the film "Manhunter."

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