Grissom receives a video tape from an inmate called Frank Damon who is on trial for the arson which resulted in his wife and son's death. On the tape, Damon claims that he is innocent and ... See full summary »
Grissom receives a video tape from an inmate called Frank Damon who is on trial for the arson which resulted in his wife and son's death. On the tape, Damon claims that he is innocent and asks Grissom to help him. Grissom agrees to re-examine the evidence, despite knowing that this will anger Ecklie who originally worked on the case. Nick and Catherine, meanwhile, work on the case of a young man found shot in the head inside his car. Written by
The title is a homage of sorts to the classic Ray Bradbury novel "Fahrenheit 451," so named because it is the temperature at which paper burns. See more »
Throughout the episode, the team keeps referring to a flash over as when smoke in the room ignites due to heat. This term is only half right. During a flash over, the fire burns hot enough to ignite everything around it, including the smoke. A back draft is when the fire burns in the room, depleting most of the oxygen in the space but remains incredibly hot and is not completely out and waits on oxygen to be introduced into the space. In the scene when Frank Damon opens the bedroom door thus burning his hand, this scene can be argued that it's a back draft by the sudden explosion of fire as soon as he opens the door allowing oxygen to enter the room and reignite the blaze and the oxygen supply, rather than a flash over as indicated by the title of the episode. See more »
Hey Grissom! This guy sent me away to prison... shoeprints! Next time I'm going barefoot.
Even better... footprints
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Anatomy of a fire and how a man on death row might just be rescued thanks in part to his appeal to Gil Grissom to explain his innocence. Glass melted into the floor of a closet due to a specific kind of accelerant. Credit card receipt showing the purchase of gasoline. The supposed night before a camping trip. A marriage about to fall apart, even though the man on death row was a good father. A frequent visitor he tells Grissom is his sister (but they are awfully chummy). A burnt hand and a door burn (alligatoring, Gil calls it) that might help the man even though he keeps concealing certain things from Gil. The man being a volunteer fireman, hoping to be a full time fireman prior to his conviction. Gil earning the ire of his dayshift equal, Conrad Eckle, who was the forensics lead on the case that led to the death row inmate's conviction. With Sara and Warrick's help, Grissom just might discover that the inmate could be innocent. Meanwhile, Catherine and Nick are working the case of a kid "running bets" who was shot in the back of the head when getting in his car this could tie to another runner wanting his route. This episode will probably be best remembered for its dissection of an arson case, how a fire could start in a number of ways and examining the scene where it took place to possibly identify a different reason behind its cause. The tension between Conrad and Gil is once again exposed and, plain and simple, they don't like each other. Ego obviously motivates Conrad to confront Gil over looking at the case he supposedly solved, but the pursuit of the truth always trumps how a reevaluation might prove the former was wrong. Office politics also shows us how Conrad continues to dissuade Gil to leave the "done case" alone, regardless if the results might prove that an innocent man was put behind bars. In Cat and Nick's case, a sneeze and the mucus deposited from it might just implicate the shooter of the kid in his car. Tragically, the other loser brother and his use of a client's money blown in a casino could have been the catalyst in the shooting.
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