The body of a woman is found in a shopping cart, wrapped in a blanket with her mutilated face protruding out. The woman was a model named Ashley James whose face can be found all over Las Vegas, on billboards and magazine covers.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Greg Sanders
Frank McBride
Rod Darling (as Mark A. Sheppard)
Catherine MacNeal ...
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Jimmie F. Skaggs ...


A well-groomed female corps is found in a homeless's cart in a back-alley, face grossly scarred. Grissom's astonished team identifies her as photographer Rod Darling's model Ashley James. The cart rather fits her crazy sister Cassie, a former model. Written by KGF Vissers

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16 May 2002 (USA)  »

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The title of this episode comes from a Franz Kafka story, "A Hunger Artist". See more »


At the end, an elderly couple walk past Grissom and Cassie, who talk for a few minutes, but in the next shot, the couple are still only just walking by. See more »


Sara Sidle: [looking at a hair sample through a microscope] I got crabs.
Gil Grissom: [looks up] Excuse me?
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CSI:Crime Scene Investigation-The Hunger Artist
2 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

We see in this episode of CSI(the second season finale)Grissom's hearing loss and a visit to a specialist specify a possible future of complete deafness, but the case concerns a popular super model(all over magazines and billboards)found dead in a pauper's baggage cart under an overpass(for extra yuck, a rat exits the corpse's mouth!). The CSI team learn that she was suffering from both bulimia and anorexia, and that she had this notebook with formulas which Sara attempts to decipher. This model, Ashleigh(Tricia Helfer of BATTLESTAR GALACTICA fame), had a visitor to her home the night of her death, a coat with crabs and finger print found in blood in the sink could find out who that mysterious person is. A sister who is a mental case(herself once a model, ruined by a ruthlessly cruel agent demanding skinniness through any means, including eating disorder or drugs)living on the streets, an agent demanding perfection who had previously left her, and a fan who loved her all are potential suspects. This episode speaks seriously about the psychological and physical consequences of the pursuit of perfection in the modeling world, the detrimental and mental anguish because of the demands for maintaining a certain body weight and beauty. Grissom's conversations with Cassie(an excellent Susan Misner;her character quite a philosopher, albeit in a haphazard way)are quite interesting and rather enlightening. What the CSI team uncover about Ashleigh as they work on her case turns up plenty of disturbing facts. The modeling world is definitely put under the microscope and the examination of what goes on speaks for itself.

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