CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 2, Episode 6

Alter Boys (1 Nov. 2001)

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A woman is found dead at a spa while a young man is found burying dead bodies.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Jennings
Roger Jennings
District Attorney Robin Childs
Skip O'Brien ...
Kim Marita


A patrolling cop accidentally catches Ben Jennings, who has no criminal record, burying lawyer Oliver Dunne's corpse. His priest priest Powell tries to convince ex-Catholic Grissom Ben must be innocent, having been an altar boy like his brother Roger, a hardened violent criminal. Ben gives away there's another corpse, David Ramirez, denies killing anyone but refuses to incriminate Roger. Shelley Danvers is found in a casino spa, died from cardiac arrest. The team finds the body was moved to the gym, actually from the sauna, where she has a fatal allergic reaction. Both staff, concerned for the hotel reputation, and her own room mate friend lied. Written by KGF Vissers

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(at around 34 mins) Just as Sarah finishes talking, a female voice immediately says "Sorry." Although it appears to be in answer to Sarah's question it differs to the pitch of the man who they are questioning. See more »


Father Powell: He needs spiritual guidance.
[Grissom looks at the suspect, then looks at the dead body]
Gil Grissom: Yeah, I imagine he does.
Father Powell: Ah. Then you'd have no problem with my talking to him.
Gil Grissom: It's the 11th hour. I wouldn't expect anything less.
Father Powell: Eleventh hour?
Gil Grissom: When the reality of their actions set in, they usually turn to religion.
Father Powell: Can you think of a better time?
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Dialogue not consistent with character's character
23 March 2006 | by (California) – See all my reviews

First off let me say that I love this show. I have been renting episodes on DVD for a while now, and have grown to really appreciate CSI more than any TV show in quite a long time. That said, I had a real problem with two little lines from this one specific episode. And please understand, I am not one of those people that picks apart every little thing in a movie or show on IMDb. I love CSI. You really have to be familiar with the show and have seen this episode for me not to sound like a raving lunatic:

When Grissom, Nick, and Sarah are at the crime scene in the desert digging up the second body, they find a wallet in his pocket that helps them to identify the victim as "Ramirez".

NICK: "A 25-year old Latino and a 42-year old white guy...?"

SARAH: "Strangers. Doesn't make sense, there's no connection."

OK, come on. This is CSI! We know these characters, we've seen in countless episodes how they approach everything scientifically and without bias (or at least it's a plot-driven bias that is specific to one character in one episode, and helps that character's development by revealing some hardship in their distant past). For two CSI's to come to the lightning fast assumption that two men MUST be strangers because they differ slightly in age and ethnicity is laughable to me. These guys were 17 years apart in age. The mens ethnicity makes even less of a difference than the age gap. We are in the Western U.S., almost everyone's either white or Latino. And sure, maybe one of the younger CSI's would conceivably jump to a conclusion like that... maybe. On a longshot. But for both Nick and Sarah to be so blatantly short-sighted, in front of Grissom on top of it, and NOT have it somehow be part of the episode....?? (The two did in fact turn out to be strangers, and they never even brushed the topic again.)

How bout they work together? Go to the same church? The same bar? Share a hobby? Maybe they both have kids in the same school? How could anyone possibly say they ARE strangers with such certainty, especially a CSI?

It just rubbed me the wrong way, because it seemed so completely out of character for this group. Also, the episode ended on a bad note, with a known murderer getting away scott free, and the innocent brother killing himself.... not standard fare for CSI. I was about to question whether the writer, Ann Donahue, was any good; but then I looked up her writing credits and saw she wrote a number of CSI episodes, including the last episode from season 1, "The Strip Strangler" which thus far is probably my favorite. I'll have to pay attention as I continue to watch and see what I think of her other work.

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