CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 2, Episode 11

Organ Grinder (13 Dec. 2001)

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Major home developer Robert Fairmont is found unconscious in a hotel elevator, probably staged. Widow Julia knew about his serial adultery and approved his organs to be donated and the rest... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Fairmont
Claudia Gideon
Kelly Connell ...
Carl Mercer
Mercer's Doctor
Blond Woman
Blond Man


Major home developer Robert Fairmont is found unconscious in a hotel elevator, probably staged. Widow Julia knew about his serial adultery and approved his organs to be donated and the rest of his body cremated, having been released as he died naturally of an aneurysm, but the doc may have overseen heavy metal poisoning. Dandrum traces to his suspiciously devoted secretary and confidant Claudia Gideon. The ladies have a surprising common past. Written by KGF Vissers

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[Examining a crime scene]
Nick Stokes: So, what do you think it is? Cocaine maybe?
Catherine Willows: Nope.
Nick Stokes: How can you tell just by looking at it?
Catherine Willows: Never you mind.
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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-Organ Grinder
10 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Philandering aneurysm victim has his organs quickly harvested and body cremated at the bequest of his wife and circular lines on the finger nails in photographs Sara eyeballs could indicate heavy metal poisoning. Selenium in the body is resistant to heat so it remained after cremation proving that the victim was indeed poisoned. The wife is an obvious suspect and his adulterous ways gave her the possible motive to poison him overtime. A secretary with dandruff(dandruff was found near the body)could add a clue as to the unidentified woman in the victim's room the night he died. There's also the history of a supposed accidental shooting of the victim(which turns out to be something different entirely; Warrick admitting that his being new and green contributed to the miscalculation in this incident confirmed as an accident) and a used condom with a woman's DNA on the outer edge of it which could prove helpful in filling in the mysterious details needed to solve the case. A prescribed shampoo for seborrhea(dandruff)does have selenium and could've been used to poison the victim. A kidney extracted from the body of dying donor victim might just help Grissom's team. Then when the team dig up evidence linking the secretary and victim's wife to another murder from the past, things only get more complicated. The ending is troubling, to say the least. Marcia Cross of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES fame and Anne Ramsey star in chilling performances as two partners in crime the CSI team may not be able to convict.

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