No matter how hard you work to get big, there's always someone bigger. It could be what keeps them going. Like Freud said, "Anatomy is destiny". What do you think Freud would have to say about one of these being the murder weapon? Episode "Fur And Loathing" Grissom: Well, Freud said that the only unusual sexual behavior was to have none at all. Episode "Lab Rats" Hodges: Freud's theory on the uncanny raises the point that as children we want the doll to come to life.
But as adults, we are terrified by the idea. The doll could represent the uncanny that is feared. At the end of the episode we meet the victim's mother, who mentions she never breastfed her son, believing it would make her soft.
Gil Grissom is all sorts of quirky and odd, a bit too literal, not exactly social, but not exactly unsocial either, kinda fumbling Amusement Park of Doom: When Catherine is assigned to investigate the death of a six-year old girl named Sandy Dantini during a tunnel ride with her mother at a carnival in the Season One episode, Justice is Served, the death of the girl is built up to be because of this trope. The manager is a registered sex offender who is now running place designed especially for small children, and happened to be seen near the ride during the time of the murder which happened to be the only ride in the carnival that went into the dark.
After finding a hammer in said ride, deduces that Pickenns either abducted Sandy from the ride and killed her with the hammer because there was no way for him to escape unnoticed with her, or that Sandy was killed by Pickett's non-code conforming ride and tried to repair it to cover the evidence. It turns out that the real murderer was Sandy's own mother, as parenthood was getting in the way of her relationship with her boyfriend, and intentionally killed Sandy at a carnival as several of them fit this trope to a perfect T, and knew that the authorities would immediately suspect the carnival staff or the shoddy ride itself as the cause of Sandy's death rather than her.
Laurence Fishburne - because he is, well, Laurence Fishburne - goes first in the order. Ditto with Ted Danson. Ellie Brass, in all of her appearances. Especially in the season 14 premiere, "The Devil and D. Russell," where it turns out she's the mastermind behind the killings who also offs her mother. Applied Phlebotinum An Arm and a Leg: While hiding a pistol inside a computer case could cause issues with cooling - either due to interfering with airflow, or the fans themselves, it would not prevent a computer from booting up.
The pipes in the episode "Who Shot Sherlock? The series plays fast and loose with various aspects of biology, particularly on the subject of fingerprints, which aren't necessarily left as easily or on as many surfaces as the show would have one believe.
Real ants only bite to get hold and then inject venom through their abdomen stings, like bees and wasps. Mainly due to the fact that having sex while wearing a fur suit can lead to massive heat exhaustion.
In the Episode "Overload", a man is electrocuted because somebody drove a nail through his rubber soles, circumventing the insulation. So far, so good - but then Grissom explains that you are safe from lightning in your car, because tyres are made from insulating rubber. Nate Haskell, the Dick and Jane Killer. As the various forensic specialists build a case. Given a Take That! Bad Guys Play Pool: In "Loco Motives", one suspect suffered from a string of incredibly bad luck; after he was caught, he related the incident to one where he got his daughter a puppy, and later backed out of the driveway.
The investigator expects him to say he killed the puppy. He replies, "No, I ran over my daughter. Ten years later, and she still walks funny. A bar brawl erupts in a country and western bar in "Bull"; an episode that employs a lot of tropes associated with The Western.
Be as Unhelpful as Possible: When a member of CSI intimates that the husband is always the first suspect when a wife is murdered, the husband's response is typically "You think I did this?
This interview is over! But again, Truth in Television ; police expect ordinary people to get angry when accused of crimes they didn't commit. Not so much used as abused.
Oftentimes, during the course of an investigation, someone's life will be ruined, as Leo Finley can attest. Though the best example of this is "Say Uncle", where Grissom eventually learns that an eight-year-old boy, driven over the Despair Event Horizon when his drug addict mother shot his uncle to death, took the uncle's gun and shot his mother to death.
The episode ends with the boy going off to juvie, and Grissom expressing regret over the whole situation. In addition to this trope being the motive for crime, Grissom himself states that he absolutely can't stand spouse abusers, drug dealers, and people who hurt children. On a wider scale, each investigator has their own. Catherine can't handle cases that even tangentially involve kids without going nuts, Sara can't deal with spousal abusers, etc In "Hitting for the Cycle", various people bet on which team member will be first to catch a "natural" death, completing the full Cycle of four potential causes homicide, suicide, accidental, natural.
Doc Robbins wins the pot, having sensibly bet on his own assistant David, who examines every corpse. Deconstructed in an episode where the team investigates an obese man that apparently ate himself to death. What looks like a silly comedic episode at first gets a really sad ending when it is revealed that the victim was a mentally ill person with Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes insatiable hunger among other symptoms, and that he had been let loose by an irresponsible caretaker who wanted to use him to win an eating contest.
So many forensic miracles on this show, and yet this trick doesn't work! In Season Eight's "The Theory of Everything", a number of dead people wound up with avocado-green blood. Black Bra and Panties: In the montage that opens "Viva Las Vegas", a woman appears in black bra and panties. She later becomes a Victim of the Week in a The Murder After scenario, still clad in the black bra and panties. Pretty much a given in a show about police officers and CSIs dealing with death on a daily basis.
Flashbacks later show that is was triggered by a Blast Out , and the man responsible walked away without a scratch despite standing at the centre of the hail of bullets. Brody, Sara, and Catherine within the show until Catherine left; among the female leads across the spinoffs there's blonde Calleigh and brunettes Stella and Danville.
Blood Is the New Black: In "Alter Boys", a suspected blood stain turns out to be red sauce. Body in a Breadbox: Every two or three episodes, a corpse turns up someplace really odd.
In "All for Our Country", Catherine and Sara investigate what happened to a college football fan whose body is found bloated in the bath tub. Sara examines a shirt and finds the number 7 traced on the inside.
Catherine says it comes from the mans chest where it was printed in makeup. In "Skin in the Game", the Theme Serial Killer leaves hollowed out bibles containing dowels at the scene of his crimes.