A body of a woman, her throat slit, is found in her car next to the highway. Autopsy reveals that Wendy was once a man who underwent a sex change operation. To solve this case, Grissom and ... See full summary »



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Dr. Mona Lavelle
Francis Lavelle
Amber Hamshaw
Dr. Mercer


A body of a woman, her throat slit, is found in her car next to the highway. Autopsy reveals that Wendy was once a man who underwent a sex change operation. To solve this case, Grissom and his team ventures into the world of transsexual people where no one is as they seem. Their investigation leads them to a therapist with a hidden past. Written by Ploy P.

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18 November 2004 (USA)  »

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There is mention of a quack doctor named "Carl Benway". "Dr. Benway" was an incompetent physician who was a recurring character in the literature of William S. Burroughs. See more »


Toward the end of the episode, the CSIs recover a video tape with fingerprints that leads them to the killer. However, in the opening, the killer is shown handling the video camera that contained the tape without gloves, so his or her fingerprints should have been all over it. The killer is shown tossing the camera away, and the CSIs recover it at the scene. They should have been able to get prints from the camera and identified the killer at the outset, or should have explained why usable prints couldn't be recovered. See more »


Gil Grissom: I thought you'd want to know what happened to Wendy.
Mimosa: I appreciate your telling me. Killed by someone in our own community. As if we don't have enough enemies. Her parents never understood her, but still I think they should know. What do I say?
Gil Grissom: Show them an oyster.
Mimosa: I'm sorry?
Gil Grissom: There are two types of male oysters, and one of them can change genders at will. And before man crawled out of the muck, maybe he had the same option. Maybe originally we were supposed to be able to switch genders, and ...
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References Dressed to Kill (1980) See more »


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22 April 2007 | by (Mansfield, Pennsylvania.) – See all my reviews

Usually CSI handles what Grissom calls, "aberrent behavior", with a deft touch, but this episode dissolves into cliché and makes the trans-genders come across as freaks or take a back seat to the yucky details of the crimes. By the time that Lindsay Crouse starts talking about how she was in Vietnam, "cutting the arms off grunts", you spend more time rolling your eyes at the writing then watching the characters. Then, we find out her husband spit into his victim's mouth when he was killing her. Why is this important? He had gone down on his wife earlier in the day, so he spit some of his wife's semen into the victim's mouth. Yeah, thanks for that. Ironically, with all the surgery, it's the good doctor's murderous husband who is the most disgusting character. This is one of the weakest episodes of the series.

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