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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode: "Monster in the Box"

Season 7, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: Grissom is shocked when he opens a package sent to him through the mail and finds a miniature crime scene inside. The discovery is all the more baffling since the serial killer responsible for other similar miniatures is now dead. The probe reveals the murder depicted has yet to take place but is likely to occur soon, so Grissom works to analyze the miniature and find the real location.
Original Air Date: Feb 15, 2007
Guest Cast Brendan Fletcher: Mitch Douglas Cate Cohen: Officer Kamen Dayton Callie: Ernie Edward Dell Archie Kao: Archie Johnson Louise Lombard: Sofia Curtis Kathleen Quinlan: Barbara Tallman Harry Groener: Peyton Tallman Scott Wilson: Delivery Guy Larry Mitchell: Officer Mitchell
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Season 7, Episode 16
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Length: 04:12:15
Aired: 2/15/2007
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February 15, 2007: The Miniatures Season 7, Episode 16

I love the miniature killer! OK, so I don't love the killer himself, obviously, but I love what he brings to CSI. Once again, I was on the edge of my seat the entire episode, right from the start when we saw what essentially was a Grissom freak-out. I loved the opening scene when he was scurrying down the hall with a very panicked look on his face. After all, Gil is the guy who always believes the evidence will point to the suspect, and at the moment he was holding a fourth model, he knew it had led him astray this time. I must give my props to Gil, though. I know he's great at noticing the little details, and, well, it's his job, but I would have driven myself nuts trying to find the ever so slightest of clues in a miniature model. But he found the date on the newspaper (kudos to the producers for using the correct date), the cat behind the books, the menus that were able to help them find the right building, the notes on the dolls, and best of all, he did an autopsy on the body to find the lungs! The notes on the bloody doll faces were certainly the most intriguing of the findings. We've talked about what the dolls meant at length in previous blogs, and there have been lots of theories. I don't know if we're actually done with them yet, but I wasn't anticipating a message on them of "You Were Wrong." (Sorry, those were the three words I saw, but I know there were four miniatures, so I'm assuming there's another word that I just missed, right?) The best part is that I'm incredibly intrigued, and really, this could go in many directions now. I don't understand how the killer could possibly know they were going to get the wrong person, unless he and Ernie Dell had this plan going the entire time. Maybe they were all there for just this reason, but there has to be some significance to the doll itself. I was half expecting one of Ernie's old home videos to have the doll in it, with the blood on her face. And of course, I was sure the killer was the doctor's brother, after everything that went down. So of course, when they found his tear at the crime scene I leaned back in the chair thinking he was caught. I just figured all three of the other victims were former patients and did something to the doctor that her brother didn't like. Of course, they threw me for a loop when it was revealed that he helped her commit suicide because he thought he could just blame it on the miniature killer. But of course, however far away the crew might still be from catching the killer, they finally figured out a common bond between all the victims - Ernie's son. I suppose that's one step, because before this they were confused as to what the victims had in common. There was a (very) brief point where I wanted this story line to close, but I must have been crazy to think like that. This is an exciting part of the season, and it keeps getting better. Give me some more every two or three episodes, and that's OK with me. Oh, and we had a minute or so of Greg talking about the deposition, so I suppose we'll be seeing more of that soon as well. I'm excited, how about you? Until next week, friends. show less
I love the miniature killer! OK, so I don't love the killer himself, obviously, but I love what he brings to CSI. Once again, I was on the edge of my seat the entire episode, right from the start when we saw what essentially was a Grissom freak-out. I loved the opening scene when he was scurrying down the hall with a very panicked look on his face. After all, Gil is the guy who always believes the evidence will point to the suspect, and at the moment he was holding a fourth model, he knew it had led him astray this time.I must give my props to Gil, though. I know he's great at noticing the little details, and, well, it's his job, but I would have driven myself nuts trying to find the ever so slightest of clues in a miniature model. But he found the date on the newspaper (kudos to the producers for using the correct date), the cat behind the books, the menus that were able to help them find the right building, the notes on the dolls, and best of all, he did an autopsy on the body to ... read more

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Premiered: October 06, 2000, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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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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