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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode: "A La Cart"

Season 8, Episode 2
Episode Synopsis: The suspicious death of a go-kart racer who is killed while riding on a highway is investigated; and a murder at a restaurant where patrons dine in the dark is probed.
Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2007
Guest Cast Neil Jackson: Michael Bowie Ken Lerner: Jerry Nivens Mary Gordon Murray: Mona Nivens Darris Love: Det. Ezekiel Holstein Brando Eaton: Rodney Banks Jake McLaughlin: Matt Bartley Tyler Kain: Christin Gillis Karina Lombard: Pippa Sanchez Sheeri Rappaport: Mandy Webster John Ross Bowie: Peter Ellis Michael Olifiers: Frankie Manducci Melanie Paxson: Nanci Katz Marc Vann: Conrad Ecklie William Wellman Jr.: Hampton Huxley
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Season 8, Episode 2
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Length: 21:54:07
Aired: 10/4/2007
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Episode Recap: "A La Cart" Sara is striding through the office, cleaned up but bruised and bandaged, with her arm in a sling. Everyone is giving her strange looks as she walks toward Conrad Eckles' office. Eckles is trying to reach Grissom - he's leaving what is apparently his third message - but Sara claims she doesn't know where he is, either. And I have to wonder, is she lying? She looks awfully sad as she says it, so maybe she really doesn't know where he is. Eckles starts rights in. It's an administrative hearing, being held because she and Grissom were - are, Sara corrects him - in direct violation of lab policy. And, Eckles wants to know, when did it start? Two years ago, Sara says. She thinks it was a Sunday. Suddenly we're watching what looks like a motorcycle helmet bounce down a road, being hit by several trucks before it lands at the feet of men doing some road work. I don't know about the rest of you, but I thought we were flashing back to that fateful Sunday when Sara and Grissom got together, and it took me a while to realize otherwise. Maybe all of last week's flashbacks got the best of me! Anyway, it turns out that it wasn't in the past but now, and it wasn't a motorcycle helmet but a football helmet - and it has a head inside of it! Grissom, Nick and Greg follow the trail of blood up the road where they find the body, which, incidentally, is also missing a hand. Back at the lab, it turns out that the body and head are covered in black powder. Kind of weird. OK, crazy newsflash! Warrick is getting a divorce. And immediately cue inappropriate flirtation between Warrick and Catherine. Talk about weird! The interaction between the two of them has always creeped me out. The scene is one of those odd restaurants where everybody eats in the dark, and the victim is - get this - a faux Hugh Hefner! Hampton Huxley owned a magazine that featured "Kitties" of the month, and has been stabbed while dining with a few of said Kitties. Because of the darkened conditions, no one saw anything and no one knows what happened. To keep the illusion of darkness, we kept seeing certain people and plates of food highlighted in a spotlight. Those of you who have seen the show will catch the reference, but I felt like I was watching Chicago. I didn't like it! Back to the decapitated boy. It turns out that the black powder was from worn-out tires, which Hodges can pinpoint as being from go-karts. Finally, the early publicity photos from this episode make sense! Nick and Greg head over to the go-kart track, and Nick remarks that he used to build go-karts when he was a kid. Not Greg. He says that he made bombs! Small ones, though, he's quick to add. As if that makes it better. Turns out the go-kart victim had beaten one boy three times in a row the last time he visited the track. When Nick confronts the boy, he bolts, a sure sign of innocence! He has the victim's bloody belt in his truck, and they take him to the station. He explains that he challenged the victim to a rematch on the road. They were weaving in and out of trucks when suddenly the victim was headless! He used the belt to tow the go-karts back to the track but swears he doesn't know anything else. So why would he have run, or not called authorities? Fishy. Back at the restaurant, Warrick and Catherine are following a number of false (and kind of ridiculous) leads. The night-vision goggles they find? A man was just trying to catch his cheating wife in the act. The fibers all over the drunk guy's suit? He was trying to grope the Kitties without being caught. Finally we figure out that the waiter stabbed faux-Hugh in the head with a pen. He was trying to frame his boss, the owner of the restaurant who just happened to be an ex-Kitty. My disdain for this story line is showing, so . . . Back, once again, to the decapitated boy. Grissom, Greg and Nick are able to prove their hypothesis that the boy was killed when the truck in front of him blew a tire. Eckles finally tracks down Grissom, who says that he and Sara have been together for nine years! Something doesn't add up here. It sounded to me like their flirtation began nine years ago, but that their actual relationship is only two years old. But will it last? Sara tells Grissom she's going to switch to a different shift so that they won't break up the team, but I'm guessing that this is how they'll start to phase her out. Her character is supposed to be gone in about a month! The episode ended with the whole team - minus Sara - go-karting. A vision of what the future will look like? And didn't you love the "Talladega Nights" reference? I know I did! For more CSI, check out our Online Video Guide. show less
Episode Recap: "A La Cart" Sara is striding through the office, cleaned up but bruised and bandaged, with her arm in a sling. Everyone is giving her strange looks as she walks toward Conrad Eckles’ office. Eckles is trying to reach Grissom — he’s leaving what is apparently his third message — but Sara claims she doesn’t know where he is, either. And I have to wonder, is she lying? She looks awfully sad as she says it, so maybe she really doesn’t know where he is.Eckles starts rights in. It’s an administrative hearing, being held because she and Grissom were — are, Sara corrects him — in direct violation of lab policy. And, Eckles wants to know, when did it start? Two years ago, Sara says. She thinks it was a Sunday.Suddenly we’re watching what looks like a motorcycle helmet bounce down a road, being hit by several trucks before it lands at the feet of men doing some road work. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I thought we... read more

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