CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 4 (2003 - 2004)

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Air date: Sep 25, 2003

CSI launches its fourth season with a two-part story involving a serial killer, a murder trial, a possible coverup, and profound personal crises. In part one, a woman is found in a casino hotel room, her throat cut. Her husband is later found dead in this car. Then another couple, with whom the first victims had been acquainted, turn up murdered. As the CSI team investigates, Nick (George Eads) makes a professional blunder that may allow the perpetrator -- or perpetrators -- to go free. On top of all this, a Vegas judge (John Doman) seems strangely reluctant to issue warrants for the likeliest suspects. And the murder trial of Sam Braun (Scott Wilson), biological father of CSI member Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), drags on.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2003

CSI's fourth season gets off to a lively start with this concluding episode of a two-part story. While the CSI team investigates a double murder, two more bodies turn up. It may be a serial killing -- and worse, a police officer might be involved. The case becomes even more complex when the two likeliest suspects are also murdered. Meanwhile, Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) tries to cope with the murder trial of her casino-owner father, Sam Braun, as she joins Sara (Jorja Fox) in probing the bizarre demise of a college football fan.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2003

The mummified body of an old woman is found in the victim's closet. It was clearly no accident, and the woman was clearly alive when she was entombed. As Grissom (William L. Petersen) investigates, other CSI members look into a case involving a break-in, a teenaged girl, and a rape -- a case that has more in common with the aforementioned death of the old woman than first meets the eye. Likewise linked are two separate investigations conducted by Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) and Warrick (Gary Dourdan), both involving the same weapon.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2003

As Las Vegas swelters under a triple-digit heat wave, Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) investigates the death of a baby, whose body was found locked in a car. Apparently the infant died of suffocation -- but when exactly did the death occur? Likewise yielding more than meets the eye is Warrick's (Gary Dourdan) investigation of a man who allegedly succumbed to a heat stroke. And Nick (George Eads) and Sara (Jorja Fox) arrive on the scene when a young girl's body washes up along a lake shore.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2003

There's some rather unusual "road kill" along a lonely stretch of Nevada highway: the body of a man dressed in a huge raccoon costume. The man had been shot before his body was struck by a car -- and now the car's driver is also dead. As Grissom (William L. Petersen) and Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) investigate, the trail of clues leads to a kinky cult of fur fetishists. And somewhere across town, another corpses is found -- this one literally "on ice."

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Air date: Nov 6, 2003

Grissom (William L. Petersen) receives a grisly special-delivery package: a severed head, found in the woods near the remote Nevada village of Jackpot. Arriving in the town to find the rest of the body -- and, hopefully, the killer -- Grissom runs up against an impenetrable wall of silence. Back in Vegas, Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) is far from happy when she is given a huge check by her father, casino owner Sam Braun (Scott Wilson), presumably for her "help" in getting his murder charge dropped. She doesn't want the money -- and she certainly does not welcome a subsequent visit from Sam.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2003

Warrick (Gary Dourdan) is certain that he has a rape-murder suspect dead to rights when he recovers a key piece of evidence, a bloody knife. But when he drops in at the suspect's preliminary hearing, Warrick is shocked to hear the judge declare that the knife is inadmissible. With only 24 hours remaining before the suspect has to be set free, the CSI team scrambles to prove his guilt. Xander Berkeley makes his first series appearance as Sheriff Rory Atwater.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2003

This episode was co-written by former real-life CSI Elizabeth Devine, who worked on the actual case upon which the story is based. Vegas is put on high alert when an aspiring model turns up missing. The prime suspect is willing to talk -- but only to Catherine (Marg Helgenberger), with whom the man is obviously smitten. As a result, Catherine presumptively takes over the investigation, enraging both Sara (Jorja Fox) and Nick (Gary Dourdan), who had hoped to use this high-profile case to advance their own careers.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2003

Three people are killed in a car bombing outside a Vegas casino. One of the victims was the driver, who turns out to be a federal air marshal. Under pressure from the higher-ups to solve the case, Sheriff Atwater (Xander Berkeley) runs with the prevailing theory that the bombing was an act of terrorism -- but CSI chief Grissom (William L. Petersen) isn't about to hoist the red flag just yet. Meanwhile, Sara (Jorja Fox) and Warrick (Gary Dourdan) investigate the murder of a woman whose husband is a popular Vegas singer.

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Air date: Dec 18, 2003

Grissom (William L. Petersen), Sara (Jorja Fox), and Warrick (Gary Dourdan) arrive at a construction site where a 15-year-old boy has been bludgeoned to death. The key to solving the case would seem to be a hammer -- but no hammer is found. Likewise missing is the weapon used to kill a young bride outside her new home, a case that keeps Nick (George Eads) and Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) occupied throughout most of the episode.

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Some dangling plot strands left over from series 3 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation are tied up in series 4; others are not, and of course, new complications ensue throughout the series' twenty three episodes. Facing surgery to correct (or at the very least forestall) his hereditary hearing loss, CSI team leader Gil Grissom (William L. Petersen) emerges from the operation somewhat better off, though his hearing is still not 100 percent. Struggling to overcome the death of her husband and relieved that injuries sustained by her daughter were not fatal, team member Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) faces several other crises, not least of which is the discovery that unsavory casino owner Sam Braun (Scott Wilson) is in fact her biological father; a hefty check given to Catherine by Braun for her indirect assistance in helping him beat a murder rap also causes a great deal of soul-searching on her part, not to mention an embarrassing situation when she comes up for her annual departmental review. And the already seething tensions between Catherine and her fellow CSI'er Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) are exacerbated by decisions made from the top pertaining to job assignments and promotions. Sara's inner demons threaten to overwhelm her by the end of season four, culminating in a drunk-driving charge that figures into the series-ending cliffhanger.

Critic Reviews for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Season 4

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

Who else but Jerry Bruckheimer could make working at a crime lab look like a head-spinning rock 'n' roll fantasy?

Mar 3, 2004 | Full Review…

Recently, we've been treated to what we like best about CSI, which is lots of novel deaths.

Dec 11, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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