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The following page is an example of an episode article. Please be sure that when you do implement this article layout, do NOT include these blue boxes, they are here to provide guidance only.
The stub template should be included unless the article is deemed to be complete. This means the stub template should only be removed once all of the sections have been suitably filled.
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The episode template box contains some of the most important pieces of episode data. It is implemented as follows:
|title = EPISODE NAME (Karma to Burn, Family Affair, Shock Waves etc...)
|season = SEASON NUMBER (11, 12, 13 etc...)
|series= SHOW (Las Vegas, New York, Miami)
|number = EPISODE NUMBER (1, 2, 3, 4 etc...)
|image = EPISODE IMAGE (just include the filename, the template will resize the image.)
|writer = [[WRITER 1]],<br/>[[WRITER 2]]
|director = [[DIRECTOR]]
|date = ORIGINAL AIRDATE (Sptember 26, 2012)
|viewers= TOTAL VIEWERS (10.76)
It will then output like this:
Karma to Burn
WriterChristopher Barbour,
Don McGill
DirectorAlec Smight
Original AirdateSeptember 26, 2012
The episode introduction should be as follows:

EPISODE NAME is the EPISODE NUMER (first, second, third etc...) episode of the SEASON NUMBER (eleventh, twelfth, thirteenth etc...) season of SHOW NAME.

So for Karma to Burn, the introduction will be:

Karma to Burn is the first episode of the thirteenth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


The synopsis is a broad overview of the episode. The synopsis provided in the press release can be used but the section heading must be changed to "Official Synopsis". This should really be re-written once the episode has aired.

The team strive to find answers following the kidnapping of Russell's granddaughter and the shooting of Undersheriff Ecklie.


The Plot section provides an indepth "walkthrough" of the episode. This section shouldn't describe the episode on a scene by scene basis but should highlight events that occurr and any interactions between characters. Relevant in-world images can be used providing there is sufficient text to fill the section. So for instance, do not add an image if there is only 2 lines of text, like the text below.

Finn receives a text message from Sara informing her that Ecklie has been shot. She calls Russell to let him know where she is and he tells her that his granddaughter Kaitlyn has been kidnapped.

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The cast section generally contains two subsections, Main Cast and Guest Cast.

Main CastEdit

Main cast credits are added for anyone who apears in the opening credits and/or is credited as main in the press releases.

Guest CastEdit

Guest cast credits are added for anyone mentioned in the end credits and/or mentioned in the press release. Guest, Special guest star and Recurring characters all go in this section.
All actors names should be linked even if their page does not exist. Victims don't usually get linked although it is not always apparent who the victim will be until the episode airs. Do not link a characters name to their article if they don't have a name, like Uniform #4 for example.
If a character naming dispute ever arises (see Peter Onorati below) both names should be added but only the name used on-screen should be linked. The show itself is our best source so always use it if possible.


The gallery should be styled as below by using the "square" orientation. Try and aim for at least 6 gallery images. If more than 6 images are available feel free to add them but do not add images just for the sake of adding them. Images should be of a relatively high quality and an adequate size. In-world images should be used. We appreciate it may often be difficult to tell which images are in-world and which are promotional. Generally if the cast members look as if they are having their picture taken then it's a good bet that the image is promotional

See AlsoEdit

The "See Also" section provides links to related pages. The "EpisodeSeeAlso" template should be included. This will provide all the basic links that are required. You can then add any additional links as required. The template is implemented as follows:
{{EpisodeSeeAlso|series=SHOW|season=SEASON NUMBER}}
It will then be output like this:

The footer navigation box provides links to episodes within the current season. It should be implemented as follows:
{{Navigation|series=SHOW|previous=[[PREVIOUS EPISODE]]|next=[[NEXT EPISODE]]|season=SEASON NUMBER}}
It will then be output like this:
CSI:Las Vegas Season 13
Karma to BurnCode Blue Plate SpecialWild FlowersIt Was a Very Good YearPlay DeadPick and RollFallen AngelsCSI on FireStrip MaulRisky Business ClassDead AirDouble FaultIn Vino VeritasExileForget Me NotLast Woman StandingDead of the ClassShelteredBackfireFearlessGhosts of the PastSkin in the Game

PLEASE NOTE: There should not be any need to manually add categories as the templates provide all the categories required. If you notice a category that you feel should be used then please inform an Administrator so they can update the relevant templates.

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