A murder is caught on tape. With no body or a crime scene, Sara, Warrick and Catherine must get as much information as possible from the grainy 16 mm film. Grissom and Nick must brave a colony of fire ants to recover a body.


Kenneth Fink


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Gil Grissom
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Tyler Christopher ... Billy Rattison
Pamela Gidley ... Teri Miller
Sam Hennings ... Pete Banson
Archie Kao ... Archie Johnson
Niecy Nash ... Snuff Film Processor
Sal Lopez ... Enrique Vasquez
Stephen Spacek Stephen Spacek ... Security Guard


Brass urges Grissom for hastily examination of a corpse that is covered in fire ants, who made their nest in the casket and completely cleaned up bones. A black fly pupa case allows Grissom and Greg Sanders to establish an entomological time-line of about 19 months. Facial reconstruction from the skull for victim identification is extremely difficult, so he enlists the help of specialist 'artist' Teri Miller- it's stable boy Randy Traschell, Down syndrome, missing for 17 months from a horse ranch, which fits the dun beetle found in the skull. Geometrical extrapolation allows Nick Stokes to conclude a cheep spur was used; the broken-off tooth fits present stable-boy Enrique Vasquez, an illegal immigrant. Two symmetrical wounds in the corps fit - Catherine and Warwick examine a pornographic snuff movie, send to a studio, about a murdered porn star. Archie's triangulation identifies the abandoned Mandolin Tower hotel where it was made. The security guard admits having had paid sex with ... Written by KGF Vissers

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21 November 2002 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The case Catherine and Sara investigate is loosely based on a real-life case in which a doctor who worked with patients with terminal infections, injects HIV and Hepatitis C tainted blood into a nurse he is having an affair with, after telling him their affair was over, and investigators were able to genetically compare the viruses she had to the patients from the doctor had gotten the viruses. See more »


Gil Grissom: [to Billy Rattison about how he called Randy Traschel, the man with Down Syndrome that he murdered, a 'retard'] By the way, the definition of the word retard is to hinder or to hold someone back. I think your life is about to become retarded.
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Written by Antonio Straughn, Clive Bright, Aston Harvey, Ryan Smith, Michael W. Smith, Lincoln Minnot, Lincoln Minott, John Moore, Abdul Lafta, Jonathan Eric Sutter, Wes King, Clement Dodd and Matthew David Cantor
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