CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 11, Episode 16

Turn On, Tune In, Drop Dead (24 Feb. 2011)

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When two people who were thought to be dead come back to life, the evidence leads CSI back to a discredited ex-professor who conducted bizarre death-related experiments in the 1970s.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Calgrove
Max Ferris
Alice Katsu
Kurt Dawson


The team expects bloody murder after Nate's escape, but in stead two 'corpses' seem resurrected, in Max Ferris's case even during 'autopsy'. The crucial factor is a natural toxins combination, not unlike voodoo-zombie-powder. This and the subjects' identity all lead to retired professor Dr. Aden, who used it in secret 1970s near-death research for the Pentagon. Written by KGF Vissers

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At one point Dr. Aden exclaims that the treatment of his work is like "Philo Farnsworth all over again." Philo Farnsworth was an eccentric inventor who had to spend many years in court battling with the RCA corporation to finally receive the credit for inventing television. See more »


David is about to perform an autopsy. He's been touching the body, clothes, and personal effects, when he gets a call. He doesn't take off the rubber gloves to answer the call, transferring germs to the phone, leaving himself and other liable to pick up the germs. See more »


References Altered States (1980) See more »

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The Counter-Culture Actor Back In A Familiar Role
17 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Remember the old, whacked out hippie from the old TV series, "WKRP In Cincinnati?" He was played by Howard Hesseman. Thirty years later, Hesseman is still playing that role....at least in this episode.

This time he's a raving, lunatic ex-professor who worked on a project in which people can go into other worlds, or heaven, or wherever they wish. As usual it's a hard lesson he and others use when they try to play God. Two people wind up dead and Hesseman ("Dr. Aden") wind up mentally screwed up big-time. The cool part was in the beginning when one of the kids was pronounced dead and then gets up and walks out of the medical examiner's room. Assistant "David Phillips" (David Berman) passes out from the shock!

Once in awhile - a couple of times each season - CSI (Las Vegas) goes way off the deep end on some stories. This is one of them.

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