Hodge: It's not a game, it's a thought experiment. If you want to be a good criminalist– Wendy: I am a good criminalist. Hodges: If you want to be a better criminalist, then you have to learn to train to– Wendy: Learn to think like a criminal. I know.
Brass: Hodges, who is a genius and tragically underpaid, used the powers of his brilliant mind and the scientific method to discover that the oil that was brushed on the ladder was a Teflon-based two-part oil.
"What makes it hard to catch a killer? Is it the sheer destructive power of the murder itself that obliterates evidence as it snuffs out life? Or is it the chain of events the murder sets into motion which obscure the true crime? That was good. Or is it a mechanism so complexand diabolical that it borders on the incredible? In truth, it is all these things, and all these things are the same. Because the only real way to catch a killer, is to outsmart him. And hope that he's not smarter than you.
Hodges: I am a mere Padawan in the presence of the Jedi Master.
Hodges: You weren't ready. To leave. This. The challenges, the puzzles, the job. Grissom: No. Hodges: But Sara was. Grissom: Yeah, she was. Hodges: You can't stand in the way of that. When it's time for someone to move on, you just gotta let them go.
--- Director: Paris Barclay Writer: Naren Shankar, Sarah Goldfinger
Star: Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows William Petersen as Gil Grissom Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown George Eads as Nick Stokes Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders Paul Guilfoyle as Captain Jim Brass Robert David Hall as Dr. Al Robbins Wallace Langham as David Hodges
Archie Kao as Archie Johnson David Berman as David Phillips
Guest Star: Liz Vassey as Wendy Simms Sheeri Rappaport as Mandy Webster Jon Wellner as Henry Andrews Gerald McCullouch as Bobby Dawson