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 »


Nick Stokes: Hey.
Sara Sidle: [lively] Hey.
Nick Stokes: Wow, you look...
Sara Sidle: Happy?
Nick Stokes: Smug, acually.
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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-Cats in the Cradle..
2 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Disconcerting episode of CSI has members of the team investigating cases on a "cat lady" stabbed in the chest, found inside the home, her corpse feasted on by the felines she so loved and protected & a car bomb which seemed to be targeting the daughter of a demolition company's owner. The sight of an old woman being fed on by an army of cats is certainly an indelible image that is sure to remain in the memory and the way the car bomb case concludes leaves a bad taste(it concerns setting up someone so that the one responsible could get shares in a company). The killer of the old woman sure chills the bones, that's for sure. The testimony by a mechanic, finger prints of an employee of the demolition company in regards to the pipe bomb used, vice-grips marks, and the exploded car itself all could play a hand in solving the case. A cat with staph infection, a heel shoe print, an empty safe, and a pen could all help Grissom and Catherine finger the particular suspect behind the cat lady's murder. The number of suspects which develop in the cat lady's murder certainly prove that she seemed to rub a lot of people the wrong way, her insistence to devote her entire being to those cats over everything else alienated/polarized her from the suburban community for which she lived.

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