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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

S5-E13 Nesting Dolls

S5-E13 Nesting Dolls

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Faced with what seems like the near-impossible task of separating two skeletons buried on top of each other and encased in tar, Gil Grissom (William Petersen) announces immediately, “Tar becomes as brittle as glass at about minus 200 degrees,” and waves phials of liquid nitrogen around. Well, everyone knows that, don’t they?

It’s an investigation that has a profound effect on Sara (Jorja Fox). In this story from 2005, Nesting Dolls, she earns a suspension for her aggressive and insubordinate attitude, but also provokes a rare display of emotion from the usually implacable Grissom.


Two bodies are found buried under tar at a construction site, one of which is identified as a mail-order bride who went missing. The team tracks down her husband, who had previously been arrested for beating her up and had not reported her disappearance. Meanwhile, Grissom presses Sara to reveal a secret from her past.

Cast & Crew

Gil Grissom William Petersen
Catherine Willows Marg Helgenberger
Warrick Brown Gary Dourdan
Nick Stokes George Eads
Sara Sidle Jorja Fox
Greg Sanders Eric Szmanda
Dr Al Robbins Robert David Hall
Capt Jim Brass Paul Guilfoyle
Ronnie Litre Eric Stonestreet
Sofia Curtis Louise Lombard
Conrad Ecklie Marc Vann
David Hodges Wallace Langham
David Phillips David Berman
Melton Zeljko Ivanek
Svetlana Melton Natasha Alam
Ken Wellstone Justin Louis
Chloe Daniels Lisa Thornhill
Vlad Misha Collins
Joe Bill Dearth
Willis Ben Reed
Annie Taneka Johnson
June Melton Christina Stacy
Alexandra Sanya Mateyas
Director Bill Eagles
Writer Sarah Goldfinger
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