CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Tell-Tale Hearts

Series 12 - Episode 2 Tell-Tale Hearts



The arrival of Ted Danson as DB Russell has lifted CSI right out of the doldrums, giving the series a touch of comedy without detracting from the seriousness of the subject matter. After the lugubriousness of Laurence Fishburne, Danson is a breath of fresh air.

In this episode he’s faced with a bloody quadruple homicide in a nice eco-friendly neighbourhood. So he starts as usual by “getting into the head of the victim or suspect to understand their story”, which is complicated, because three people confess to the crime. But it’s an English nursery rhyme, not a story, that gives him the key to solving the case. Odd but effective.


The murder of a family on an eco-friendly housing estate initially seems to be a straightforward case when the evidence points to a neighbour, who quickly confesses. However, a woman then walks into the precinct and admits carrying out the killings - but her testimony leads the investigators to another potential suspect, who also claims to be the sole culprit. As Russell, Willows and the team try to make sense of what is happening, they begin to realise all three of the supposed perpetrators might be hiding something. Crime drama, starring Ted Danson and Marg Helgenberger, with Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules).

Cast & Crew

DB Russell Ted Danson
Catherine Willows Marg Helgenberger
Nick Stokes George Eads
Sara Sidle Jorja Fox
Dr Al Robbins Robert David Hall
Capt Jim Brass Paul Guilfoyle
Conrad Ecklie Marc Vann
Morgan Brody Elisabeth Harnois
Greg Sanders Eric Szmanda
David Hodges Wallace Langham
David Philips David Berman
Officer Mitchell Larry Mitchell
John Lee James Harvey Ward
Leslie Gitig Amy Davidson
Maurice Gallows Chris Mulkey
Xiomara Garcia Monique Gabriela Curnen
Director Brad Tanenbaum
Writer Larry Mitchell
Writer Joe Pokaski
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