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The Unusual Suspect 

A teenage boy, Marlon, is being prosecuted for a murder of one of his female classmates, Stacey. During his trial, his 12-year-old sister Hannah takes the stand, and admits that she herself... See full summary »

Director:

Alec Smight

Writers:

Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Allen MacDonald
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Gil Grissom (credit only)
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders (credit only)
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass (credit only)
Louise Lombard ... Sofia Curtis
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
Juliette Goglia ... Hannah West
Douglas Smith ... Marlon West
Steven Grayhm ... Scott Baird
Jessica Tuck ... Sally West
James McCauley ... Mr. Baird
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Storyline

A teenage boy, Marlon, is being prosecuted for a murder of one of his female classmates, Stacey. During his trial, his 12-year-old sister Hannah takes the stand, and admits that she herself murdered Stacey, not Marlon. The "CSI" team is now faced with a strange dilemma - two confessions for the one murder. Collusion seems unlikely. As Hannah is a genius, in high school already, even though her confession sounds convincing, some CSI members suspect that she is making up her confession and could not have physically committed the murder. It now has to be decided who should be prosecuted for the crime. Written by Henrietta G. Molgardy

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2006 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Goofs

After Sophia interviewed Stacey's boyfriend, the district attorney said "We're down to Malcolm and Hannah." The character he is referring to is named Marlon. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Estrin: Ms. Sidle... I've had my share of good students over the years, but Hannah... sometimes, right in the middle of a lecture, I'll catch her staring at some little thing in the yard - a tree, a squirrel... and all I can think about is how much I wish I could see it the way she does. If Hannah came up and asked me for a chunk of sodium, I'd give it to her, just to see what she would do with it.
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References The Brady Bunch (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Someday You Will Be Loved
(uncredited)
Written by Benjamin Gibbard and Chris Walla
Performed by Death Cab for Cutie
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This Episode Will Keep You Guessing All The Way
17 April 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a very good episode because it did an above-average job of keeping the viewer guessing. That's normal, but this was really one where you - and the CSI team - went back- and-forth wondering which person among two was the killer. What made it an "unusual suspect" was that the question was which of two young kids did it? Was it the original kid who was charged in the crime, a 15-or-16-year-old boy or was it is gifted 12-year-old daughter. Or, a third scenario which Nick came up with late in the show is that both kids collaborated on the killing. That, too, is plausible.

There are a number of clues which point to either or both the subjects, and even possibly a third party (the boyfriend of the dead high school girl). The girl was killed almost scientifically which leads one to think the smart girl did it, but it also involved some physical strength which she couldn't have had. It's a puzzler.

Juliette Goglia does an outstanding job as the 12-year-old "Hannah." She reminded of gifted young actress Dakota Fanning. Some needed humor is provided by Wallace Langharn as the obnoxious "Hodges," who seems to be getting more screen time of late.

Overall, a solid "whodunnit."


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