CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 5, Episode 8

Ch-Ch-Changes (18 Nov. 2004)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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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Wendy used to be Walter, like musician/composer Wendy Carlos, who first attained fame as Walter Carlos. See more »


Wendy's surname is Garner throughout the episode, however in the scene where Nick and Warrick are trying to figure out where Wendy was in the time she left her therapy session to the time she was pulled over by the cop for speeding, they identify her landmarks on the screen as "Wendy Jones." 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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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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