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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Grissom (credit only)
Jim Brass (credit only)
Sheriff Dennis Brackett
Dr. Malcolm Parker
Cassie McBride (as Mary Matilyn Mouser)
Jill Locke
Matt Funke ...
Mark Horvatin


With Grissom teaching at a conference, Nick Stokes and the remaining CSIs investigate a murder of a family in a house in a small town outside Las Vegas. In the house there is evidence of violence, blood and gunfire. The rest of the team thinks that the entire family was murdered, but Nick has the feeling that the little girl, Cassie, is still alive. So they start investigating and discovering the motive why the family was murdered (an illegal green house full of pot) and a chew gum in every place they go for searching clues. So Nick believes that Cassie left them telltale clues in the form of gum drops. Written by James_ Corck

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20 October 2005 (USA)  »

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In the original script Grissom and Sara share a hotel room because Greg snores. They lay in separate beds talking about love and death. In the morning Greg walks in on Sara showering in his room. See more »


JROTC programs do not collect fingerprints. See more »


[walks into a basement filled with marijuana]
Greg Sanders: Sweet Mary Jane!
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Easily one of the best of the lot
18 September 2012 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

I think the only CSI episode I rate as highly as this is "Unfriendly skies" - a quite different type of story (the Milander and Miniature killer episodes are other favourites that come to mind)

If true, it's fascinating how 'Gum Drops' was originally written with Grissom in mind. I wonder if it could have possibly been as good as what we got here with Nick and Sara leading (ironic after both actors had disputes with the shows makers). Certainly one of the good things here is that we're breaking the mould, abandoning the standard formula.

(plenty spoilers from here on)

There is another experiment with the girl's voice speaking at the beginning. Is she alive or is her spirit talking to Nick, the only one able to hear it, although distantly.

On the same theme, we get one of those archetypal moments* where a character (unconnected to the rest of the plot) comes in and tells the hero an insight. In this case, a 'spiritual' hippy girl appears and tells Nick that his 'third eye' (Hindu idea of the eye that provides perception beyond ordinary sight) is predominant at that time. This is perhaps because of his recent ordeal, still fresh in his memory (the producers rightly left this open to the viewers interpretation)

Anyway Nick and Sara mull over whether the little girl is still alive, the evidence unfolds, and the resolution is VERY moving indeed. Quite beautiful I think. My partner and I watched this again recently and both had tears in our eyes, though we more or less remembered what happens.

The CSI series is consistently superior to any other crime drama I've seen for years, and this particular episode stands out from all the others in quality.

* this reminded me of the Big Lebowski, though I know there are better examples

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