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Two dead bodies lead CSI to an old-school mobster who runs a strip club. Meanwhile, divorce proceedings and prescription drug addictions cause Warrick's life to begin spinning out of control.


William Friedkin


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Dustin Lee Abraham




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Gil Grissom
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges (credit only)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Rick Hoffman ... Michael Raykirk
Beth Broderick ... Belinda / Linda
John Capodice ... Lou Gedda
Rebecca Budig ... Joanna 'Candy' Krumsky
Conor O'Farrell ... Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen
Dennis Christopher ... Homeless Guy
Archie Kao ... Archie Johnson


The team investigates two deaths after the police chase a garbage truck. The driver, Brody Biggs, was killed when he was struck by a car and a club owner, Jason Crewes, whose body was compacted with the garbage. They find a link between the garbage truck and a former member of an old-time mafia crew, Lou Gedda, who now owns a popular strip club. Warrick is working the case but prescription drug use and his divorce are having a negative impact on the job. Warrick's troubles are compounded when one of the strippers is found dead in his car. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 December 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Academy Award Winner and guest director William Friedkin has been friends with William Petersen since they did together To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), a vital thing in getting Friedkin to work on the show. See more »


In the convertible, before the titles, the rear view mirror is turned to the right in the inside shot. In the exterior shot right after, it is back in normal position. Used to show the passenger behind the driver to a camera placed in the right side of the rear seat. See more »


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Academy award winning director William Friedkin takes CSI to the dark side
4 March 2014 | by stevenfreekinSee all my reviews

This episode opens in classic Friedkin fashion with a spectacular car chase. Although CSI has been on the air for 8 years with an established style, this one is specifically molded into a Friedkin little film. All of his signatures as a director stands out with the chase, induced documentary style, dark character themes, and subliminal cuts. Much of the episode is a character study into Warrick Browns psyche and how he's living on the edge along with the future consequences of his actions.

The episode is dark, intense, thrilling, and more feature like than all of the other episodes. As a regular viewer of the show, it was easy to notice that this episode in particular was directed by a master director than a regular TV director. The difference here is the acting is more believable, the pacing is slower, every shot was not all filmed in close-ups, and every shot told the story visually. This episode is best one of the whole series along with Grave Danger, directed by Quentin Tarantino.

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