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


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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The bar-code that Grissom examines is not genuine. If you pause the episode at the right moment, you can clearly see the bar-code's text display the 'E-like' summation symbol as he examines it in Photoshop. No form of bar-code can display this symbol. The numbers on the bottom also change between the scanned-in image and the final image displayed. Grissom then proceeds to scan the printed bar-code with bar-code gun, into the shipping company's website. Not only is the idea that every consumer is expected to have a bar-code reader handy completely ludicrous, the site does not even seem to provide any method to upload the bar-code image. Furthermore, the bar-code itself seems to have been created with random lines instead of being generated as a real bar-code, as it does not conform to any bar-code standard. 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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