CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 2, Episode 21

Anatomy of a Lye (2 May 2002)

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Grissom and Sidle investigate the death of someone who was buried in a shallow grave in a park and covered in lye. The autopsy reveals that the victim was struck by a car in the last 72 ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Weston
Mitchell Sullivan
Reed Collins, Bob Martin's Roommate
Bob Martin


Grissom and Sidle investigate the death of someone who was buried in a shallow grave in a park and covered in lye. The autopsy reveals that the victim was struck by a car in the last 72 hours and bled to death. There was no blood at the grave site, however. The accident is traced to a young lawyer who has just started as an associate with a major law firm. Stokes looks into the death of Stacy Warner who is found in the middle of the desert but is determined to have drowned. She was a an extreme sports enthusiast out on a challenging trek but she seemed ill-prepared for the route she took. Written by garykmcd

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This episode is indeed very loosely based on the now notorious Chante Mallard case. This same incident also formed the basis for the Stuart Gordon film, Stuck (2007). See more »


When Catherine Willows talks about the ignition lock being punched out if it was stolen, it is not a Mercedes lock but one from a Volvo. See more »


Dr. Al Robbins: You know, sometimes I'm glad I only deal with dead people.
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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-Anatomy of a Lye
2 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ghoulish case about a corpse found in the city park covered in lye highlights this episode of CSI which might remind viewers of Stuart Gordon's film with Mena Suvari and Stephen Rea called STUCK. The suspect is a lawyer who claims his BMW was stolen while he was picking up Chinese food take-out, but Grissom and Sara believes otherwise as the evidence slowly unravels a hit-and-murder. The lye body shows all the signs of being hit by a car, knees damaged, face torn up, upper torso bruised and battered. It seems that the suspect has all the answers to keep himself in clear:bleach in the garage corrupts any possible blood trace, while they find that the lock hadn't been tampered with he says he left the keys in the ignition while picking up his food, and a seat belt bruise signifying stomping of brakes for which he claims to have hit something but couldn't determine what. A 15 second phone call could be a detrimental factor against him, though. While Warrick and Catherine are stuck in court, Nick is on an interesting case where a drown victim(!)was found in the desert, the girlfriend of an extreme sports nut. Blood on her forehead from a blunt force against the noggin, goose feather found in her mouth, a certain kind of rock piece located on her person, and a frozen maggot in her ear(its pupa cycle disrupted), all evidence points to her having scaled up a mountain. How a possibly doctored map and a specific kind of weather pattern bringing forth a dumping of rain could have significance in the victim's demise. Its kind of neat seeing Nick on his own, putting together the case with some help from Greg(Greg's role continues to evolve as he becomes a more vital part of the CSI team, besides his work as a DNA analyst)who offers some knowledge about the weather pattern which comes over a certain mountainous region in Nevada. Seeing Grissom and Sara up against a smug, self-assured lawyer is also exciting to watch, particularly the final result which is quite satisfying.

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