The deaths of a rancher and an engineer are tied together by their connections to a tainted water supply and the small-town newspaper reporter trying to expose it.


Martha Coolidge


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Bradley Thompson | 1 more credit »

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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
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
David Berman ... David Phillips
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Angela Bettis ... Rosalind Johnson
Henry G. Sanders ... Bill Gibson
Megan Ward ... Lisa Adams
Archie Kao ... Archie Johnson
Marc Vann ... Conrad Ecklie
Katee Sackhoff ... Detective Frankie Reed


In desert town Cable Springs, skinny dipping teenagers are surprised by the corpse of local petty rancher Walter Burns. He was dumped after drowning elsewhere. the only car traces lead to the corpse in Las Vegas of natural gas company Conservo's engineer Richard Adams, who was hot and hidden in a dumpster. the trail leads back to Burns' neighbor Bill Gibson, who commits suicide in a spectacularly surprising way, desperate because of extreme pollution, most likely the result of Conservo's 'fracking'. All three had contact with the local one woman-newspaper maker. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

11 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guest star Katee Sackhoff previously starred on Battlestar Galactica (2004) which used "frack" as a euphemism for "fuck". In addition, Rosalind asks Langston if he's familiar with "fracking", and he comments that it sounds like a sci-fi curse word. The writers and producers of this episode also wrote and produced several episodes of Battlestar Galactica. See more »


In the report on contamination of the well water the concentration is listed in "ppL". There is no such measure. This should be perhaps ppB (parts per billion) or ppM (parts per million) but ppL is not a real measure. See more »


References Battlestar Galactica (1978) See more »

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The single worst episode in CSI history. What happened.
12 November 2010 | by pepethedog-1See all my reviews

The single worst episode in CSI history. What happened. I'm the only one left in my home still willing to watch CSI. With this episode I leave as well. I can't believe it was written by the show's creator. The writing is so overwrought that it reminds me of the sort of thing one finds in student written high school plays. I have sat through a few, much better written than this.

My only hope is that Zuiker had to step in the last moment and just couldn't save this mess. The only other result is that no one was willing to tell him how it read.

I hope they cancel this show before they ruin the legacy of the first great nine years.

Btw your spell checker rejects csi unless capitalized

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