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Blood Drops 

The team is called to a suburban house where the whole family, except the two daughters, have been murdered with no apparent motive.


Kenneth Fink


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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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
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Timothy Carhart ... Eddie Willows
Allison Lange ... Tina Collins
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Glenn Morshower ... Sheriff Brian Mobley
Marc Vann ... Conrad Ecklie
Skip O'Brien ... Sergeant Ray O'Riley
Eric Nenninger ... Jesse Overton
Dakota Fanning ... Brenda Collins
Aasif Mandvi ... Dr. Leever


A teenage girl runs out of her house in the middle of the night screaming for help. The crime scene inside is a mess with four dead bodies, her father, mother and two brothers, lying in pools of blood. The only survivors are the oldest daughter,Tina, and Brenda, the youngest member of the family. Grissom assembles his team together and announces that this will be the only crime scene for his shift. Meanwhile, he assigns Sara to take care of Brenda, much to her dismay as she is not good with children. Nonetheless, during the course of the investigation, Sara discovers a maternal side in her. Written by Ploy P.

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Release Date:

17 November 2000 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | DTS (DTS 5.1)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Tish McCarthy is a pseudonym that writer Elizabeth Devine used to sign the story for this episode. When asked why she didn't use Devine, the writer answered: "Primarily because the episode was based on an actual case of mine that had just happened and hadn't been to court yet. Although it was changed for TV, I didn't want to interfere with any aspect of putting away a murderer of a whole family by having my name pop up in a crime scene that might seem familiar. I chose Tish McCarthy because Tish was my nickname when I was a child and McCarthy is a family name." See more »


Sara Sidle: [about Brenda] Look, Brass, I don't see why I got to take her. I'm a scientist. Catherine's the mom. Ask her.
Jim Brass: O'Riley was primary on this till it passed over to me. Big deal.
Sara Sidle: What about Family Services? Can't they take her?
Jim Brass: They sent their caseworker over to the hospital, so meet her there with the kid.
Sara Sidle: I am not good with kids.
Jim Brass: Look, I'm not asking you to adopt her. Just take her over to Sunrise for a psych eval, will you?
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References Basic Instinct (1992) See more »


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Almost worth a feature film
3 June 2019 | by velijnSee all my reviews

The ppwer of CSI Las Vegas is, that in between the pretty standard weekly murder/investigation/solution episodes a single story can pop out, so powerful that it will blow you out of your small screen lethargy. The average of 8.9 shows that many people agreed about the power of a real good story, especially if it is so well told and acted, that I can't even hint about the plot or the twists in it, but every year when I'm cobbling together a kind of bing-weekend, this one still tops the list. If you have seen it, no need for expatiation. If you haven't, be in for a pretty serious surprise. With the emphasis on serious.

And, yes, it's one of the first appearances of Dakota Fanning on the small screen. What a performance it was!

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