CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 2, Episode 17

Felonious Monk (7 Mar. 2002)

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Grissom studies Ananda's Vegas Buddhist monastery where all other Thai monks where fatally shot in the forehead-chakra, the only other survivor being the just-fired cook. Forensics also ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Jim Brass (credit only)
Jimmy Tadero
Marshall Bell ...
Peter Hutchins Sr.
Peter Hutchins Jr.
Dwight Kelso
Skip O'Brien ...
Col. Isaac Phillips, USAF


Grissom studies Ananda's Vegas Buddhist monastery where all other Thai monks where fatally shot in the forehead-chakra, the only other survivor being the just-fired cook. Forensics also show the lied-about presence of hostile businessman Peter Hutchins senior and his son, Pete junior. Actually theft proves crucial. Catherine's mentor Jimmy Tadero fails to destroy evidence concerning the case of violent repeat-offender Dwight Kelso, who maintains his innocence of his death-bed. Greg shows it wasn't just poorly handled. Written by KGF Vissers

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The title is a play on the name of Thelonious Monk. See more »


When Katherine remembers the video confession of Kelso in the bar, his first name on the TV is written to be Mark Kelso, but throughout the episode and on the mugshot his name is written as Dwight Kelso. See more »


Gil Grissom: [quoting] "Wherever you live is your temple, if you treat it like one."
Sara Sidle: State your source.
Gil Grissom: Buddha.
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Featured in Where Are They Now?: A Delta Alumni Update (2003) See more »

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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-Felonious Monk
24 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Four monks are shot between the eyes with a gang symbol etched into the wall. Gum, a boot print, curry powder, paint from a paint ball gun, and a truck license plate photographed from a satellite could lead the CSI team to the one responsible. Catherine reopens the case of her striptease dancing friend just to tie up loose ends which might just involve her mentor. Blood on the murder weapon and gloves, the lack of photographic evidence, Catherine is tormented by the fact that the one who was a reason she was able to leave club dancing behind for a career in forensic pathology could have planted evidence that wrongfully convicted a man. This episode introduces us to a person from Catherine's past and how her work as a criminalist exposes the very one who helped her chart a successful career path. We see that Robert David Hall's chief medical examiner studied the Buddhist philosophy of the chakrahs and how the killer understood this which is why he chose to shoot the monks between the eyes. Pretty horrific crime in an episode which delves into Buddhism casting a positive light on the religion. This one has Bruce McGill(NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE)as Cat's mentor, Jimmy Tadero, Marshall Bell(A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET II) as the racist, Peter Hutchins Sr., Aaron Paul as his son, Peter Jr., and Mark Dascascos as the only Buddhist monk to survive from his temple.

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