A prostitute is found dead at the same site where a staged photo of the same dead person was taken and posted on a website days earlier, and Hodges theorizes that the parts on his new motorbike were in a fatal accident.
The death of a prominent professor in the deaf community is connected to a feud between two deaf graduate students competing over a grant, and the investigation creates tension between Sara and Grissom's mother.
CSI investigates the discovery of a dead body with cremated remains in his mouth, and whose body parts were cut up and placed in thrift store boxes. Meanwhile, Langston's ex-wife comes to him with a surprise announcement.
While the team discovers body parts of a man and a woman in a barn, a ransom video involving one of Nate Haskell's brides arrives at the crime lab. They soon discover that the two cases are actually connected.
The murder of a popular sideshow performer sends the team behind the scenes at a carnival freak show. Rachel is found sadistically slain, the team goes behind the scenes of the carnival freak show to find her killer.