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A Kiss Before Frying 

While the team searches for a killer who is killing his victims with an electric chair, Greg falls for a classic film noir "femme fatale" who may be connected to the case.


Brad Tanenbaum


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Evan Dunsky

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Raymond Langston
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle (credit only)
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
David Berman ... David Phillips
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Dita Von Teese ... Ellen Whitebridge / Agnes
Andrew Howard ... Johannes Desmoot
Archie Kao ... Archie Johnson
Jon Wellner ... Henry Andrews
Tim Aslin ... Young Uni
Kathleen M. Darcy ... Nice Lady on Tour


When a man is found by the roadside with oddly distributed burns, which ultimately kill him by infection, resulting from electrocution, Lagnston comes up with an amateur chair execution theory, soon confirmed by new, fatal victims. While road cameras help identify the truck they were dumped from, Greg solves the mystery that they have nothing in common, thanks to his knowledge of early mob-controlled las Vegas. Written by KGF Vissers

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20 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Dita Von Teese, who plays Ellen the burlesque dancer, is a highly regarded burlesque dancer in reality. The martini glass act she performs in the night club is her real life signature performance. See more »


David Phillips: Why can't people die closer to the road?
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Great Film Noir-Type Story
12 January 2012 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a great episode. It had a wonderful film-noir episode, complete with a femme fatale, and featured "Greg Sanders," a likable character on this TV show.

The opening shot is a gruesome one with a man lying at the base of a hill outside of town, still smoking. His head has been burned so badly it looks like a ripe cantaloupe. There are also burn marks on his ankles, wrist and one across his chest. It's quickly deduced this man has been electrocuted and then dumped to this place!

Anyway, the story winds up with three of these electrocutions and along the way we get a budding romance with Eric Szmanda ("Greg") and a woman who comes into the CSI building as part of a tour. She kinda flirts with him and "Nick" urges him to "go for it, man. Get her phone number." He does, the two hit it off and "Greg" is in dreamland with this new hot-looking woman: "Ellen Whitebridge" (Dita Von Teese). Only one problem; this fourth grade teacher seems a little too interested in this recent case and may not be who she claims to be.

It turns out to be a fascinating story, not only with the odd portable executions (all done in the back of a truck!) but also with this lady, "Ellen" who "Greg" has a crush on.

Note: Dita Von Teese (not real name) was once married to Marilyn Manson (not his real name either), the atheist singer freak. Talk about a strange pair.

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