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The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp 

The hanging death of a possible hermaphroditic male is connected to a tainted water supply, while the day crew investigates 40-year-old skeletal remains found at the site of a recently-imploded casino.



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Mrs. Towne
Jonah Quinn
Larry Ludwig


Brown and Stokes investigate the death of a young man found hanging from a tree. They believe this to be a hate crime as the man had breasts and is believed to be a pre-operative transsexual. As the investigation continues however, they learn he worked at a local water treatment plant and may have been up to something else entirely. Sidle and Lake investigate when a skeleton is found at the construction site for a new hotel. The site was once the Rampart Hotel owned by Catherine Willows' father. Her mother provides valuable information on the case. Grissom and Sidle decide on their future. Written by garykmcd

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18 October 2007 (USA)  »

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When the detectives are reviewing the gun sale record, the screen says that the gun is a Ruger model SP101 revolver and that it is a "38 Special JHP" caliber firearm. JHP (jacketed hollow point) refers to a bullet design, not to a caliber. Also, while the SP101 is offered in .38 Special, it is established earlier in the episode that the ammunition used for the murder is .357 Magnum, which cannot be fired from a handgun chambered in .38 Special. See more »

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There Must Be Something In The Water
14 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The title to this episode kind of clues you in that it is going to be another weird one.....and it is.

An apparent "tranny" is found with his boobs slashed and hanging from a tree near a lake. That's crime number one. Crime number two is a dead body from the sand where the Rampart Hotel/Casino used to be. Construction of a new hotel is beginning but has to be halted to figure out if this is some 40-year-old mob hit or an old Indian burial site.

Case number one involves environmental pollution at a water treatment plan, where the victim worked. The hate-crime victim, it turns out, wasn't murdered; he "hated" himself and killed himself. His mother then kills the person she thought was responsible, even though he was a good guy. But, because she's a female and has cancer, CSI isn't interested in punishing her. Wow, good thing for her she wasn't a man. What a sexist show! The other crime involved an Indian-turned-reporter. He, too, was going to blow the whistle on his corrupt bosses and was killed.

Veteran TV actress Anita Gillette guest-stars as "Sam"s" wife and "Catherine Willow's" mother. She gives some important information which helps solve the case involving the hotel owned by her late husband.

Boy, there is a lot of Liberal comments in this episode, but that's no surprise. This is the way it was in the fifth and sixth seasons but last year it stayed away from left wing agendas and concentrated on crimes, which is what it is supposed to be.

P.S. Oh, by the way - Gil proposes to Sara while they are in beekeepers clothes and head protection. Yeah, it's an odd program.

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