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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode: "Loco Motives"

Season 7, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: Grissom investigates when a worker at a poultry processing plant is found dead in a stun bath used to electrocute chickens before they are slaughtered. Nearby, a miniature replica of the crime scene is discovered. It's eerily similar to two other replicas left at scenes of homicides. Also, a man and a dead woman are found stuck in cement at a construction site; and an elderly Russian woman is discovered dead in her apartment with her head in a gas stove, but Warrick thinks she was murdered.
Original Air Date: Dec 7, 2006
Guest Cast Louise Lombard: Sofia Curtis Lexi Jourden: Suzy Lilyan Chauvin: Aloyna Ivanovna Parker Goris: Young Max Sullivan Michael Rispoli: Ike Mannleigh Dayton Callie: Ernie Dell Joleen Lutz: Paula Sullivan Becky Wahlstrom: Suzy's Mom Matt Malloy: Max Sullivan E.J. Callahan: Plant Foreman Danny Bonaduce: Izzy Delancey
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Season 7, Episode 10
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Length: 15:27:28
Aired: 12/7/2006
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December 7, 2006: Hi, Max Season 7, Episode 10

What a weird way to close out 2006 for CSI. We ended up with one of the funniest cases in recent memory and found out the identity of the miniature killer. But at least for me, many things just didn't make any sense. As usual, I'm probably the only one that can't understand some of these quirks in the story line, but that's why I have you to help me out. Bumbling Max Sullivan made for the unusually funny story line. Max's "bad day" started when he was a kid and killed his grandmother by putting his chair on her oxygen tube. And he ran his daughter over at one point. On this particular morning, he breaks a bowl of jello and accidentally stabs his wife in the heart with a broken piece of the glass, then follows that up by accidentally knocking the neighbor into the wall phone, killing her. Oh, let's not forget that he got stuck in cement while trying to dump his wife's body, after his car broke down on the way to do it. Or the fact that he was exposed by two words from a little girl: "Hi, Max." You know, young children make the best witnesses. Being too young to request a lawyer or to be scared of what might happen if you expose killers really works well for the cops, don't you think? I had to laugh at Catherine throughout this case. She just couldn't control herself through the "horrible and funny" stories. Even Grissom thought it was funny at the beginning. Getting Gil to laugh at a crime scene is not the easiest task. The main story, though, was about Ernie Dell. Gil was finally able to locate the miniature killer. Stressed after not capturing him the first two times he killed, I'm sure a little bit of Grissom is relieved now. But only a very tiny bit. Gil likes justice, and he likes having his questions answered, which might be a little tough now that Dell is dead. I'm not going to run through everything that led up to the killer's being caught - that's better left for TiVo to take care of. But I do want to bring up quite a few pieces of this story that either didn't make sense or remain open. I really don't know if I should make the assumption that this story line is complete now, but it certainly appears to be the end. So, I'd love for anyone to tie up the loose ends for me, if that's even possible. - Obviously, Ernie had a keen sense of detail; but there's no way he could have worked out the details of the live webcast at the end, right? I mean, he sends an e-mail to Grissom, who just happens to be right there to open it at the same time that the squad is sent out to get him, and then Dell kills himself on camera right before they find him? My mind can't even process how this could have happened. - Is it me or are the lab techs just not up to par this year? How come Grissom had to sit down with the video shot of the perp walking up to the house to see the back of the jacket? In all this time, no one else was able to get this shot for him? - When questioned about how the scale models got to the scene of the crimes, Ernie states that he sells them anyway he can and they could have been anywhere, with anyone. Brass releases him and then appears to legitimately question if he really was the wrong guy. Did Brass really believe that? I mean, I can certainly fathom that the guy made models and sold them, but exact scale models of random houses that became crime scenes? - When Brass was in Ernie's house and we got a glimpse at the models there, one of the scenes looked remarkably like the kids in the alley pounding on Greg. But then there was the model of the person that appeared to be pushed off of a roof and then decapitated. I don't remember that one happening. Was the alley beating just some random coincidence, or could Dell have been involved in some way? - I get the link behind why Izzy and Raymundo got killed. But how was the second murder with the cancer-ridden lady linked to all of this? I don't think I understand how she fit into this equation. - The last question I'll ask is this: What was up with the picture of the dead doll? It was in all three crime scenes and Grissom himself questions it, but I didn't see one thing that gave it some meaning when it was all over. A buddy has already suggested to me that "doll" and "dell" are awfully close, but that doesn't seem like a plausible explanation to me. Am I wrong? So, this could be the final straw for Gil - the case that puts him over the edge and forces him to take a leave of absence. I'm sure that after searching long and hard for this guy, only to have him commit suicide at the end, was not an outcome that gives very much closure to the situation. I suppose it's better than not finding him at all, but you know Grissom would have wanted to sit him down and get in his head. Even if he couldn't, help me get some closure on this story, so that I can enjoy a few repeats over the next couple weeks and gear up for CSI in 2007. Until next week, friends. show less
What a weird way to close out 2006 for CSI. We ended up with one of the funniest cases in recent memory and found out the identity of the miniature killer. But at least for me, many things just didn't make any sense. As usual, I'm probably the only one that can't understand some of these quirks in the story line, but that's why I have you to help me out. Bumbling Max Sullivan made for the unusually funny story line. Max's "bad day" started when he was a kid and killed his grandmother by putting his chair on her oxygen tube. And he ran his daughter over at one point. On this particular morning, he breaks a bowl of jello and accidentally stabs his wife in the heart with a broken piece of the glass, then follows that up by accidentally knocking the neighbor into the wall phone, killing her. Oh, let's not forget that he got stuck in cement while trying to dump his wife's body, after his car broke down on the way to do it. Or the fact that he was exposed by two words from a little girl: ... read more

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Premise: Las Vegas criminologists use scientific methods to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic (and hugely popular) drama, which inspired a host of other cop-show 'procedurals.' An immediate ratings smash for CBS, the series adroitly mixes painstaking deduction, gritty subject matter and intriguing characters.a The network quickly capitalized on its megahit with spin-offs 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY.'

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