CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 2, Episode 20

Cats in the Cradle... (25 Apr. 2002)

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An old lady is found dead with a stabbed wound in her upper chest. There are over 20 cats in her house.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Barclay Tobin
Marcie Tobin
Marcus Remmick
Jonathan Claddon
Ruth Elliott
Frank Military ...
Tyler Elliott


Grissom, Brown and Willows investigate the death of an old woman who lived in a house full of cats. She had been dead for several days and was evidently stabbed. Two children living across the street say they saw the old woman's argue with her next door neighbor. A wall safe in her bedroom was also broken into. Stokes and Sidle meanwhile investigate when a car is blown up and the owner has no idea why anyone would try to kill her. The evidence, including fingerprints on a piece of the pipe bomb, all points to the woman's husband who works in the family demolition business. Written by garykmcd

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Grissom comments that since cats were domesticated "only" 4000 years ago, they still retain many wild instincts. This line appears to be a misreading on the writers part. At the time the episode aired, the oldest known evidence of domestic cats were Egyptian paintings from around 4000 BC, thus meaning that there had been domestic cats for at least 6000 years (New archaeologic evidence published after the episode aired revealed that there were domestic cats in Cyprus and the Levant before that date, possibly going back as far as 9500 years ago). See more »


Greg Sanders: [Grissom and Catherine walk into Greg's lab to see him rocking out to blaring rock and roll music] I could have been a rock star.
Gil Grissom: There's still time, Greg. Tell us about the foreign substance we found in the vic's wound track.
Greg Sanders: Uh, well, I like to rub it all over a lady's body. Even better... I, uh... like it when she rubs it all over me. And it's also used as a stool softner.
Catherine Willows: It's also the only open lead in our case. Spit it out, Greg.
Greg Sanders: Mineral oil.
Gil Grissom: Possibly used as a preservative to prevent ...
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I love It n no doubt about it
6 February 2009 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

When a local cat lady is found dead in her home, Grissom, Catherine and Warrick must discover how she died, and who killed her. Elsewhere, Sara and Nick investigate an explosion from a bomb in the engine of a woman's car.

Marcie Tobin had driven the car to a repair shop to find out the source of a weird noise in her car engine. The mechanic claimed to have looked under the hood, saw the bomb and told her to run. The investigators realize that the bomb aimed at the driver, suggesting that it was intentional and personal, as bombs usually are. Upon sifting through the fragments of the blast, Nick comes across an end cap, indicating that the bomb was a pipe bomb. Brass, having run a background check on the victim's husband, inform them that he works at Tobin C&D, a demolitions company, prompting Sara and Nick to pay him a visit. They interview Jonathan Claddon, the husband, and find that he knows how to make a bomb, raising their suspicion. At that point, the owner of the company, Barclay Tobin, who is also Marcie's father, orders Jonathan away. Barclay Tobin makes it clear that he dislikes his son-in-law, suspecting him to be cheating on his daughter. He also tells them that all his foremen, including Jonathan, has access to dynamite, voluntarily offering them employee fingerprint records. A visit to Greg reveals that dynamite containing sawdust add nitro, identical to those used at Tobin C&D, was used in the bomb. Investigators notice that the latch was blown open so the hood must have been closed when the bomb went off. Sara and Nick surmise that no one would slam the hood on a ticking time bomb. Also there were no fingerprints so they suspect the mechanic was lying. Nick finds that tool marks on a bomb fragment match a vice grip found at the car repair shop, and match the prints to Marcie Tobin, It turns out that she and her father had tried to frame Jonathan for attempted murder to prevent him from getting a stake in the family business in the event of a divorce, as a a criminal can't benefit from his own malfeasance.

In the end it turns out that the 8-year-old girl next door had stabbed the cat lady with a pen because she refused to give her one of the cats as a pet.

The review is simple. Its capture me a little. I was froze the kids blame the mother . All i can say is this is a classic all time CSi episode

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