IAB Sergeant Rick Stetler's vile informer Ron Saris pushes his host and former Jimmy Castigan in his pool during an argument after a party. However, the criminal is boiled alive by the high concentration of sodium hydroxide in the pool, having been added via the filtering system. Pool cleaner Pete Bishop's master-keys were stolen recently. Saris says he was threatened by Julia, who denies this but the note wasn't hers. Ryan shows Horatio Dr. Price is addicted and stole the missing pills from evidence. The alkali is traced to two more decomposing corpses. Saris points out Jimmy's accomplice. Written by
Did You Know?
Travers correctly explains you can use a flame test to discern if it is sodium or potassium hydroxide. What he then actually performs though is not a flame test, because in that, you don't heat up some sort of test strip to a color reaction but you dip a magnesia stick into the solution and hold it into a burner whose flame then turns either orange or red. (It also helps not to use a yellow flame in the first place or else the sodium flame coloration won't be noticeable.) See more
You're showing up late to crime scenes, you're taking pills at work. What is that? Is that oxy? You know, you got a problem. There comes a point in addiction when you don't care if you get caught anymore. You're there. What's gonna happen when you mess up in autopsy?
Dr. Tara Price
It's not gonna happen.
Oh, I used to say the same thing when I was gambling.