CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 6, Episode 18

The Unusual Suspect (30 Mar. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A teenage boy, Marlon, is being prosecuted for a murder of one of his female classmates, Stacey. During his trial, his 12-year-old sister Hannah takes the stand, and admits that she herself... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Grissom (credit only)
Greg Sanders (credit only)
Captain Jim Brass (credit only)
Scott Baird
Sally West
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A teenage boy, Marlon, is being prosecuted for a murder of one of his female classmates, Stacey. During his trial, his 12-year-old sister Hannah takes the stand, and admits that she herself murdered Stacey, not Marlon. The "CSI" team is now faced with a strange dilemma - two confessions for the one murder. Collusion seems unlikely. As Hannah is a genius, in high school already, even though her confession sounds convincing, some CSI members suspect that she is making up her confession and could not have physically committed the murder. It now has to be decided who should be prosecuted for the crime. Written by Henrietta G. Molgardy

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After Sophia interviewed Stacey's boyfriend, the district attorney said "We're down to Malcolm and Hannah." The character he is referring to is named Marlon. See more »


Nick Stokes: The evidence says either one of them could have done it, but I think they were in it together.
A.D.A. Jeffrey Sinclair: Okay, I'll proceed against Marlon for the murder and bring charges against Hannah for conspiracy.
Conrad Ecklie: Another trial? You sure you want to go through all this again?
A.D.A. Jeffrey Sinclair: Stacy's parents and the community will have my ass if I don't.
Sara Sidle: Well, then maybe this is good news. I was just going over Sofia's notes from the original investigation. The night of the murder, Hannah and Marlon's parents had left them alone in...
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This Episode Will Keep You Guessing All The Way
17 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a very good episode because it did an above-average job of keeping the viewer guessing. That's normal, but this was really one where you - and the CSI team - went back- and-forth wondering which person among two was the killer. What made it an "unusual suspect" was that the question was which of two young kids did it? Was it the original kid who was charged in the crime, a 15-or-16-year-old boy or was it is gifted 12-year-old daughter. Or, a third scenario which Nick came up with late in the show is that both kids collaborated on the killing. That, too, is plausible.

There are a number of clues which point to either or both the subjects, and even possibly a third party (the boyfriend of the dead high school girl). The girl was killed almost scientifically which leads one to think the smart girl did it, but it also involved some physical strength which she couldn't have had. It's a puzzler.

Juliette Goglia does an outstanding job as the 12-year-old "Hannah." She reminded of gifted young actress Dakota Fanning. Some needed humor is provided by Wallace Langharn as the obnoxious "Hodges," who seems to be getting more screen time of late.

Overall, a solid "whodunnit."

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