CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 4, Episode 21

Turn of the Screws (6 May 2004)

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Three crimes are explored in this episode. Firstly, an employee of an amusement park is found dead due to head injury, near a roller coaster accident where a car came off the tracks, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zack Lawrence
Raina Press
Lisa 'Cleopatra' Hunt (as Alex Breckenridge)
Tessa Press


Three crimes are explored in this episode. Firstly, an employee of an amusement park is found dead due to head injury, near a roller coaster accident where a car came off the tracks, leaving several passengers dead. Foul play is suspected. It is believed the murder and the roller coaster damage are linked. Also, a 13-year-old girl is found dead outside, again cause of death from a head injury. Written by Henrietta G. Molgardy

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The Egyptian-themed amusement park in which the roller coaster flies off the tracks is actually Pharaoh's Lost Kingdom in Redlands, California. See more »


When they find the young girl, the marks on her face disappear and reappear in different shots. See more »


Gil Grissom: [after a rollercoaster has derailed] Photograph the scene. Bag and tag all the detritus. Forklift anything bigger than Greg.
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Three creepy crimes
19 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Three different and gruesome crimes are investigated in this episode. The first two are originally thought to be just one accident - a car on a roller coaster flying off the tracks and landing below, killing all on board and apparently one poor bystander. A quick examination reveals that the so-called bystander had not been struck down by the runaway carriage, but had been previously killed by a blow to the head. Foul play is also suspected with regard to the carriage going off rails. And, the body of a 13-year-old girl is found starting to decompose in woods nearby. She has also died from a head injury.

I thought the episode was okay. I'm not a fan of the show anyway really, I watched this one for the guest appearances. It is pretty cool how they figure stuff out. There were some really interesting clues in this one. But really it wasn't anything special. The crime of the dead girl in particular I found to be rather similar to a whole bunch of other plots from crime shows. I don't know if it was similar to anything specifically, but it just seemed to me kind of obvious. The other plot line involved a little more investigation, but was still kind of boring. And scary.

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