The cases this week are marked by Dismembered Body Parts, as these two young ladies
are pulled over for speeding… but turn out to have a severed head in the back of their car
– and Sara and Nick find themselves investigating a distended, skinless handless footless headless body found in the middle of the desert (standard).
Doc Robbins doesn’t know WOT THE HELL IT IS
but luckily there is A SCIENTIST OF TERRI’S CALIBRE (clue: it’s Terri) around to provide some answers.
It’s a gorilla!
Nick is promptly whipped off the case
Grissom: You’re working it alone; Catherine needed Nick. [- WHAT ABOUT MY NEEDS?]
and Sara left to deal with this decidedly low priority issue. Animal trafficking just isn’t as interesting as MURDER AND DISMEMBERMENT.
You just know that if it were anyone but Sara, Grissom wouldn’t have let them follow up on it at all. (Hence her evaluation: overall, outstanding; ability to prioritise, needs improvement.) Even with his blessing, though, there’s not much she can do but give her (not-so) furry friend a decent burial.
Back in humantown (??!), Catherine is feelin’ feisty
Griss: (re: hacked off head) Do you think a female could do this?
Cath: I could’ve.
Griss: Scared of you…
and Nick has something to prove, after Grissom tells him STRAIGHT OUT in his evaluation that he’s not ready to work cases alone.
Much is made of a DUMBASS RIDDLE involving cows which supposedly indicates Nick’s Southern Doofus status as he falls for it:
Grissom: Repeat after me, silk, silk, silk.
Nick: Silk, silk, silk.
Grissom: What do cows drink?
Apparently this is WRONG and cows drink water, but produce milk.
Anyway Nick is spurred on by this harsh assessment of his abilities (about which he doesn’t tell Sara – like the geeky kid in school, she’s desperate to hear how his evaluation went) to discover the KEY PIECE OF EVIDENCE in the severed head case.
It takes them to this unfortunately-earringed chappie
and gives Brass a line which I find inexplicably hilarious.
“Nobody gives a rat’s ass”? Does that really count as a gimmick?!!
Anyway most important about the whole thing is that NICK GIVES CREDIT FOR THE WONDROUS CLUE TO GREG!
This is probably the first step towards Greg becoming a CSI. And he owes it all to Nick.
For those wondering what Warrick is up to (I know I know it’s hard to distract oneself from Stokes and his beauteous jawline, but do spare a thought for Pleo), well, it’s not so much of a change from last week.
Hans Moleman’s grandson is in trouble as there’s been a stabbing at the junior detention unit and he’s the only witness; so Warrick has to sort things out without getting him in trouble for snitching. Two points of interest:
and this guy, the big bad boy on the unit
who has the episode’s other most excellent line:
Juvie kid: They answer to me because I’m the macaroni.
At least Warrick is rewarded for his toilet tribulations with THE GREATEST PLEASURE OF WHICH ANY MAN MIGHT DREAM.