Nick accidentally stumbles upon a badly decomposing dead body in the home of a mother with a severe hoarding disorder, but that is only the first of a number of grisly surprises the team finds in the house.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Willows (credit only)
David Hodges (credit only)
Dr. Priscilla Prescott
Mrs. Marta Santiago
Julian Santiago
Alisa Santiago


After stench complaints from the neighbors, the home of pathological hoarder Marta Santiago, who was ordered by the court to vacate the premises in a few days, helped by one daughter, it's searched. Nick's shoes become evidence by stepping into a terribly decomposing corpse, later identified as the missing other daughter. After everything is thoroughly searched, more remains are found while the team and a psychologist look into the dysfunctional family, which also includes son Julian Santiago. Written by KGF Vissers

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21 October 2010 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


It is said that the victims died of arsenic poisoning, and eventually the source of the arsenic (rat poison) was found in the house.

However, on the cans of poison it says "brodifacoum". Brodifacoum is an organic compound devoid of arsenic, related to naturally occurring coumarin and its semi-synthetic derivatives like warfarin, which are more or less potent anticoagulants. Arsenic is a metalloid element that can be found in elemental form, alloys, and organic or inorganic compounds, in a variety of industries and uses, and its main mode of causing poisoning in the body is inhibition of ATP synthesis. See more »


Sara Sidle: Mrs Santiago, I need you to look at something
Mrs. Marta Santiago: If I do, will you leave?
Sara Sidle: I can't promise that.
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I know I left a dead body around here somewhere....
23 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of every CSI episode made so far, none has made my skin crawl quite like this one, and I don't say that lightly. I can watch the autopsy scenes while eating food, but Nick crawling through tunnels in the junk and stepping "in" a dead body half buried in clutter was just...disgusting.

The general premise is a house owned by a woman who "hoards" things, and it's so full of piles upon piles upon piles of junk that even a decomposing body can get lost in the clutter. Naturally, as the three clean up the house, they find another decomposed body (so, so gross), which leads to questioning the owner, the family, etc. As the body count grows, so does the "ick" factor, but the case is unraveled and solved as usual.

It was great to see Nick, Sara, and Greg working a scene together (where was Catherine?), and the dialogue was good and reminiscent of the "old days." Langston's presence was minimal (yay!) which is always a good thing as I really, really can't stand him. There was quite a bit of talk about the psychology of hoarding, which got a tiny bit eye-roll-inducing toward the end for me. Otherwise, it was a solid episode that I enjoyed quite a bit.

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