The discovery of a badly burned corpse uncovers a plot to illegally harvest bones and tissues, and the death of a middle-aged wife appears to be connected to her relationship with a high-priced male companion.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gil Grissom
Greg Sanders
Al Robbins
David Hodges
Salvatore Heinz
Wendy Simms
Bill Dorton
Ty Miloni


The burned corps found in a fire in an ex-con's auto shop appears that of recently released ex-con Ross Neddy, but is a fake, made from the remains of bodies illegally robbed to harvest bones and tissues, probably also meant to give him the ideal alibi. Businessman Bill Dorton finds the bloody corps of his middle-aged wife Margo Dorton at home. She visited a pole dancing cabaret but was a client of the host club, where she enjoyed the high-priced male escort services (no sex) of Jesse Hottman, and had a scuffle with strip dancer Cotton Candy, who was obsessed with Jesse, who works same two dozen clients simultaneously... Written by KGF Vissers

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1 February 2007 (USA)  »

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Cotton Candy: [carefully lays down some hundred-dollar bills that she says will confirm her alibi]
Catherine Willows: And what would you like us to do with those?
Cotton Candy: You're CSI! You can take a print off of there, easy. Duh!
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Keep Those Umbrellas Handy, Even If It Doesn't Rain
22 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An umbrella used as a fake bone in a man's body?

Yup, that's part of yet another bizarre opening scene. CSI is tremendous at doing that. Here, Medical Examiner "Doc Robbins" has a dead man who has pipes for bones and an umbrella for another bone. (I guess he ran out of pipes.) The body also has been completely stapled up. It appears most of his body parts, including his bones, are missing.

That's all part of a mortuary/body parts scam, which is one of the stories here.

The second story involves a married lady found dead in her dwelling. She had been seeing a younger man in a "relationship" escort service. That's not the normal "escort service:" this is one without any sex, just a relationship. The ending to this story is a shocker.

Much of the middle segment of this episode is just so-so but it really picks up with some interesting revelations in the last dozen minutes. The man who harvests the illegal body parts is played by veteran Gordon Clapp, a very good actor who received notoriety as "Det. Greg Medavoy" in "NYPD Blue."

Finally, in the end, we have another mystery. Apparently, "Keppler" has some ghosts in his past. I assume, with series star "Grissom" coming back in another two weeks, that this personal problem of Keppler's will be dealt with next week.

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