The team is called to a suburban house where the whole family, except the two daughters, have been murdered with no apparent motive.



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Tina Collins
Skip O'Brien ...
Brenda Collins


A teenage girl runs out of her house in the middle of the night screaming for help. The crime scene inside is a mess with four dead bodies, her father, mother and two brothers, lying in pools of blood. The only survivors are the oldest daughter,Tina, and Brenda, the youngest member of the family. Grissom assembles his team together and announces that this will be the only crime scene for his shift. Meanwhile, he assigns Sara to take care of Brenda, much to her dismay as she is not good with children. Nonetheless, during the course of the investigation, Sara discovers a maternal side in her. Written by Ploy P.

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17 November 2000 (USA)  »

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Tish McCarthy is a pseudonym that writer Elizabeth Devine used to sign the story for this episode. When asked why she didn't use Devine, the writer answered: "Primarily because the episode was based on an actual case of mine that had just happened and hadn't been to court yet. Although it was changed for TV, I didn't want to interfere with any aspect of putting away a murderer of a whole family by having my name pop up in a crime scene that might seem familiar. I chose Tish McCarthy because Tish was my nickname when I was a child and McCarthy is a family name." See more »


Catherine Willows: How's the little girl?
Sara Sidle: Uh, well, the *shrink* said she's in a catatonic state as a result of trauma. *I* could have told you that. Oh, but she *did* respond to the name Buffalo.
Gil Grissom: Respond how?
Sara Sidle: She freaked out.
Gil Grissom: And, what are doing about that now?
Sara Sidle: Going back to the girl. She's out in the car. The windows are cracked. Hey, give me a little credit, she's at the hospital.
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Forget it Gil, it's Vegas.
2 July 2007 | by (Mansfield, Pennsylvania.) – See all my reviews

Blood Drops is one of the more calm, character driven episodes of the show. There isn't a lot of fancy editing or thumping music, just a sense of dread. The dark mood is very appropriate to the bloody, quadruple slaying in a six person household. Only a too quick third act, which has the motive reveled all too easily, keeps the episode from being perfect. It's still very good and the first episode to feature a retooling of a major Hollywood motion picture. Dakota Fanning plays one of the young girls whose family is killed and, at times, seems to be looking off camera at someone stabbing a puppy. This episode also features the first appearance of Marc Vann as Conrad Ecklie, Gil Grissom's lab nemesis. Blood Drops is one of the essential episodes of the first season and holds up very well among the run of the series.

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