While CSI tackles cases involving a teen beheaded in a go-cart accident and the murder of an iconic gentleman's magazine publisher, Ecklie confronts Gil and Sara about their concealed affair.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pippa Sanchez
Michael, the Waiter
Peter Ellis
Nancy Katz, soon to be Ellis
Shasta McCloud (as Danneel Harris)


Death of a go Kart rider, whose head was found spinning down a highway is investigated. The rest of the team investigates the death of a Hugh Hefner-like magazine magnate in a restaurant that has diners literally eating in the dark. (SPOILER) Investigation by Conrad into the romantic relationship between Sara and Grissom may lead to Sara departing the LVPD CSI. Written by Dave Goldhirsch

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4 October 2007 (USA)  »

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A Headless Go-Kart Driver, A Dark Restaurant & Assorted Other Goodies
14 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While "Sara" is being interviewed by "Conrad Ecklie" (Marc Vann), head of the crime unit, on her no-no - meaning having a romantic relationship with a fellow employee "Grissom" (William Petersen) we wind up with two murders for this week's episode.

The first is dramatically discovered when a severed head in a football helmet comes bouncing down the highway! The other is a Hugh Hefner-type who is found with a fatal head wound while dining in a "dark restaurant." Yes, dining in total darkness with blind waiters is the deal in this bizarre story, meaning "normal" for CSI.

Interesting to see Karina Lombard again. ("Pippa Sanchez"), the owner of the weird restaurant. I hadn't seen her since 1996 when she had a role in "Last Man Standing" with Bruce Willis. About 39 years old now, Karina looks better than ever and I liked her accent in this episode. Her bio here at IMDb notes she is fluent in five languages!

Meanwhile, is this the end of "Sara Sidle?" Apparently as I think she made a remark to "Gil" at the end of the show about moving to Sweden or something. I may have heard wrong. She said she didn't want to mess up the CSI team with this "scandal" with "Grissom." That's a shame; she will really be missed. The regulars on this CSI show have been here now for eight years and any one of them leaving would be a big loss. (I've watched this series strictly on DVD the last three years, so I'm a little behind the "real time" of these episodes.)

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