CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (season 3)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Season 3
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Season 3 U.S. DVD cover
Starring
  • William Petersen
  • Marg Helgenberger
  • Gary Dourdan
  • George Eads
  • Jorja Fox
  • Eric Szmanda
  • Robert David Hall
  • Paul Guilfoyle
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes23
Release
Original network CBS
Original releaseSeptember 26, 2002 (2002-09-26) 
May 15, 2003 (2003-05-15)
Season chronology
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List of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episodes

The third season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on CBS on September 26, 2002 and ended May 15, 2003. The series stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.

Contents

Plot

Grissom begins to suffer from hearing loss ("Inside the Box"), as Catherine faces the possibility of losing her daughter ("Lady Heather's Box") during the third season of CSI. Alongside their team, including Sara Sidle, Warrick Brown, Nick Stokes, and Jim Brass, Willows and Grissom investigate the death of a poker player ("Revenge is Best Served Cold"), the evisceration of a cheerleader ("Let the Seller Beware"), a death at a little persons convention ("A Little Murder"), the overdose of a rock-star ("Abra-Cadaver"), a jewelry heist ("Fight Night"), a mob murder ("Blood Lust"), the discovery of a body covered in fire-ants ("Snuff"), and a drive-by shooting ("Random Acts of Violence"). Meanwhile, the team are faced with their own past when they testify in court ("The Accused is Entitled"), Sara struggles to cope with the psychological trauma that she is suffering from being caught up in the explosion ("Play with Fire"), and one of Doc Robbins' autopsies goes awry when the victim wakes up ("Got Murder?").

Cast

Changes

Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall, who joined the recurring cast in season one, become main cast members this season.

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

Episodes

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
471"Revenge Is Best Served Cold" Danny Cannon Anthony E. Zuiker & Carol Mendelsohn September 26, 2002 (2002-09-26)30230.47 [2]
Grissom, Sara and Warrick investigate when a poker player drops dead at the table during a high-stakes game. Nick and Catherine investigate a dead body found in an abandoned air strip, which leads them to the world of street racing.
482"The Accused Is Entitled" Kenneth Fink Ann Donahue & Elizabeth Devine October 3, 2002 (2002-10-03)30128.46 [3]
When a famous movie star (played by Chad Michael Murray) is accused of a double murder, his lawyer hires Grissom's former mentor to find errors in the CSIs' work. Things get even worse when their personal lives are used against them in the trial.
493"Let the Seller Beware" Richard J. Lewis Andrew Lipsitz & Anthony E. ZuikerOctober 10, 2002 (2002-10-10)30329.90 [4]
Grissom, Catherine, Nick and Warrick investigate when a wealthy couple is murdered at their house, which was up for sale. Meanwhile Sara is sent to a local high school where a cheerleader was found eviscerated on the football field.
504"A Little Murder" Tucker Gates Naren Shankar & Ann DonahueOctober 17, 2002 (2002-10-17)30430.81 [5]
Grissom, Sara and Nick suspect murder when the body of a dwarf is found hanging from a rope above the stage at a Little People's convention. Catherine and Warrick investigate a murder during a home invasion. While processing the scene, Catherine is attacked by the suspect.
515"Abra-Cadaver"Danny CannonAnthony E. Zuiker & Danny CannonOctober 31, 2002 (2002-10-31)30628.95 [6]
Grissom, Warrick and Sara investigate when a woman who was already missing disappears while taking part in a magician's act. Things get worse when the magician burns to death on the stage. But Grissom soon discovers that all is not what it seems. Nick and Catherine find evidence of murder when a rock star dies from an overdose in his tour bus.
526"The Execution of Catherine Willows"Kenneth FinkCarol Mendelsohn & Elizabeth DevineNovember 7, 2002 (2002-11-07)30527.86 [7]
Fifteen years ago, Catherine helped to put John Mathers on death row for the rape and murder of a young student at a local college. On the day of his execution, he's granted a stay based on new DNA evidence. Meanwhile, Grissom, Nick and Sara are looking for a missing student, who is found murdered and left in exactly the same fashion as the women in Catherine's case.
537"Fight Night"Richard J. LewisAndrew Lipsitz & Naren ShankarNovember 14, 2002 (2002-11-14)30729.94 [8]
Grissom, Sara and Warrick investigate when a boxer dies in the ring during 'Fight Night'. Nick quickly solves a robbery at a jewelry store, but finds reason not to close the case just yet. Catherine investigates when a gang member is shot at a parking lot.
548"Snuff"Kenneth FinkAnn Donahue & Bob Harris November 21, 2002 (2002-11-21)30825.97 [9]
Catherine, Sara and Warrick are left without a body or crime scene when a snuff film shows the real murder of a young woman. Meanwhile Grissom and Nick are trying to find the identity and killer of a body found in a tool chest, covered with fire ants.
559"Blood Lust" Charlie Correll Josh Berman & Carol MendelsohnDecember 5, 2002 (2002-12-05)30929.74 [10]
A taxi driver is beaten to death by a mob after running over a boy with his taxi. When Grissom arrives at the scene, he finds out that the boy was already dying from a stab wound. When Grissom and Sara find the actual crime scene at a basketball court, they discover the body of a man that was shot to death. Are the two murders related?
5610"High and Low"Richard J. LewisEli Talbert & Naren ShankarDecember 12, 2002 (2002-12-12)31025.89 [11]
Grissom, Nick and Warrick investigate when a body falls from the sky and lands between a couple of rollerbladers. But soon Grissom's hearing problem forces him to leave the case to Nick and Warrick. Meanwhile Catherine investigates the death of a man who was shot with his own gun.
5711"Recipe for Murder"Richard J. Lewis & J. Miller Tobin Anthony E. Zuiker & Ann DonahueJanuary 9, 2003 (2003-01-09)31125.48 [12]
Grissom and Catherine investigate when the chef of a fancy restaurant ends up in a meat grinder. They soon discover a lot more went on in the kitchen than cooking. Meanwhile Sara and Warrick find out that the apparent suicide of a young woman who suffered from bipolar disorder is actually a murder.
5812"Got Murder?"Kenneth Fink Sarah Goldfinger January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16)31227.87 [13]
When a raven is spotted with a human eyeball in its beak, it is up to Catherine, Sara and Nick to find the rest of the body and the killer. Meanwhile a normal autopsy turns into a special one when the victim is not dead. David and Dr. Robbins manage to save his life, only to have him die later. Grissom and Warrick then try to find out who wanted the man dead.
5913"Random Acts of Violence"Danny CannonDanny Cannon & Naren ShankarJanuary 30, 2003 (2003-01-30)31327.48 [14]
When the nine-year-old daughter of Warrick's former mentor is killed in a drive-by shooting, Warrick lets his emotions lead him to assume a suspect is guilty without looking at the evidence. Meanwhile Nick investigates when a man is found dead in a sealed computer room. All of the victim's employees had reason to kill him, but none of them claim to have seen a thing.
6014"One Hit Wonder" Félix Enríquez Alcalá Corey MillerFebruary 6, 2003 (2003-02-06)31425.60 [15]
Grissom, Catherine, Nick and Warrick investigate a 'peeping Tom' who escalated into breaking into women's apartments and terrorizing them. Meanwhile Sara reopens the murder case of a colleague's husband. The bullet that is still inside her friend's body can help Sara find the killer, but her friend may not survive the operation to remove it.
6115"Lady Heather's Box"Richard J. LewisStory by: Anthony E. Zuiker & Ann Donahue & Josh Berman & Bob Harris
Teleplay by: Carol Mendelsohn & Andrew Lipsitz & Naren Shankar & Eli Talbert
February 13, 2003 (2003-02-13)31527.21 [16]
Grissom and Brass pay another visit to Lady Heather when one of her employees is found dead in a local club. Meanwhile Catherine is faced with a crisis when she has to save her daughter Lindsey from a flooded car and her former husband Eddie who was driving the car is found murdered.
6216"Lucky Strike"Kenneth FinkEli Talbert & Anthony E. ZuikerFebruary 20, 2003 (2003-02-20)31627.95 [17]
Catherine and Warrick try to find evidence when the 5-year-old son of a professional basketball player is kidnapped. Meanwhile, Grissom and Nick investigate when a man stumbles out of his car and dies ... from a wooden stake lodged in the back of his head.
6317"Crash and Burn"Richard J. LewisJosh BermanMarch 13, 2003 (2003-03-13)31728.60 [18]
Sara finds out some disturbing news about her boyfriend Hank while she, Catherine and Warrick investigate a deadly car crash. Meanwhile Grissom and Nick find out that the death of a woman who died of carbon monoxide poisoning was not an accident.
6418"Precious Metal" Deran Sarafian Naren Shankar & Andrew LipsitzApril 3, 2003 (2003-04-03)31826.37 [19]
Catherine, Nick and Sara investigate a badly decomposed body found in a chemical-waste barrel. They soon learn the victim was involved in something called 'Robot Rumble'. Meanwhile, Greg helps Grissom and Warrick solve the murder of a man whose body is found in an alley, after being killed in his own home.
6519"A Night at the Movies" Matt Earl Beesley Story by: Carol Mendelsohn
Teleplay by: Danny Cannon & Anthony E. Zuiker
April 10, 2003 (2003-04-10)31926.45 [20]
Grissom and Catherine investigate a man murdered in a movie theater during the show. The murder weapon, a screwdriver, is found to possess glove prints. When the incriminating leather gloves are recovered the team discovers a unique combination of chemicals on them that lead them to a suspect. Meanwhile Warrick, Nick and Sara investigate the death of a teenager found shot to death in a bullet-riddled warehouse, where more than 100 rounds were fired from every conceivable angle, but was only hit once.
6620"Last Laugh"Richard J. LewisStory by: Bob Harris & Carol Mendelsohn
Teleplay by: Bob Harris & Anthony E. Zuiker
April 24, 2003 (2003-04-24)32025.22 [21]
Grissom and Catherine investigate the murder of a comic who dropped dead on stage after drinking from a tainted bottle of water. Warrick is sent to a convenience store to investigate the death of a 15-year-old boy only to find out the boy died after drinking the same brand of water. Brass asks Nick and Sara to investigate a case he ruled an accidental death after spotting the 'grieving' husband in a very expensive new car.
6721"Forever" David Grossman Sarah GoldfingerMay 1, 2003 (2003-05-01)32122.66 [22]
Grissom, Nick and Catherine investigate when a horse trainer is found dead in the cargo bay of a private jet. At first it looks like the victim is trampled by the horse, but Grissom and his team soon discover the situation is more complex. Meanwhile Sara and Warrick investigate how two teens could have committed suicide in the middle of the desert.
6822"Play with Fire"Kenneth FinkNaren Shankar & Andrew LipsitzMay 8, 2003 (2003-05-08)32225.10 [23]
Grissom, Sara, and Nick investigate the murder of a young woman who was involved with a shady ex con, found dead in the press box of a high school stadium. They arrive less than an hour after the woman's death. In the aftermath of an explosion in the DNA Lab that leaves Greg seriously injured and hospitalized, Catherine and Warrick try to find out who is responsible, while Sara struggles to cope with the psychological trauma that she is suffering from being caught up in the explosion.
6923"Inside the Box"Danny CannonCarol Mendelsohn & Anthony E. ZuikerMay 15, 2003 (2003-05-15)32323.87 [24]
The CSIs are called upon to investigate a bank robbery during which Detective Lockwood is shot and killed. Things get personal for Catherine when the evidence leads to casino owner Sam Braun. Grissom finally makes a decision about his hearing.

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