CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 8, Episode 13

A Thousand Days on Earth (10 Apr. 2008)

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CSI investigates the death of a toddler who was left in a cardboard box in a parking lot. A registered sex offender who is wrongly accused threatens Catherine after the real cause of death is identified.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leo Finley / Dean James
Boyd Waldrip
Donald Balboa
Faith Waldrip
Nora O'Toole
Bobby Hosea ...


Grissom leads the team in the investigation of a murdered 3-year-old child found in a cardboard box near a parking lot. The child died from a severe blow to the head and had chemical burns on much of her body. Catherine Willows in particular takes the death quite hard and will stop at nothing to find the killer. When the box she was found in is traced to a registered sex offender, Willows ignores other evidence that calls his guilt into question. Written by garykmcd

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When the child's corpse is examined the examiner comments there is no rigor and predicts due to this the child must have died only 12 hours before but in reality The rigor is maximum up to 12 hours later and starts to stiffen at 3-4 hours. The rigor usually passes completely at 24 hours postmotem. See more »


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Giving 'Catherine The Nazi' A Piece Of His Mind!
24 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I liked the ending to this episode. It was different, and but I don't think it's going to lead to anything as sometimes its done when we see serial killers or stalkers. They wind up being part of a two-part story, or more.

Here, a guy with a shady past (one incident where he got stoned out of his mind, went outside naked and got charged with a number of things including being put on Megan's List because 20 little kids saw him naked.) Anyway, this guy is a chronic liar but one of the points of this story - apparently - is about being falsely accused of something, and how easy it is once you are a registered sex offender. I don't know if CSI isn't defending sex-offenders as "victims," but with the agenda this program sometimes has, nothing would surprise me.

Nevertheless, the offender who now is proved innocent, gets "Catherine" a nice little speech and a piece of his mind for the "Nazi" tactics and attitude she had toward him. You can't blame him. Marg Helgenberger's character here ("Catherine Willows") has gotten very hard-edged in recent years, I think, so I didn't mind seeing her told off.

The case in this episode is finding out who left a little dead girl in a cardboard box at an intersection in town. Who murdered her and why, and why left in a box? All of those questions are answered.

Note: I still find it odd not to see "Sara" (Jorja Fox) anymore. It's a void. This was mainly a Grissom-Brass-Willows story, with a little Warrick thrown in. "Nick," I think, had the week off.

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