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For Gedda
WriterDustin Lee Abraham,
Kenneth Fink,
Richard Catalani
DirectorKenneth Fink
Original AirdateMay 15, 2008

For Gedda is the seventeenth episode and season finale of the eighth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


The team investigates the murder of a man who was stuffed in an occupied coffin. The victim ends up being someone Warrick is familiar with. Then the police discover Warrick covered in blood with a dead Lou Gedda next to him. Warrick can't remember what happened.


Mourners are gathered at a funeral. The pallbearers are straining under the weight of the body. It starts to creak and two bodies fall out of the bottom of the coffin: one white man, one black man. The team arrives. Grissom says the bodies were separated in the casket by a board and the top body, the one the funeral was for, was too heavy. The gatherers give Nick and Grissom grief. Brass interviews the mortician, who is keeping as silent as his subjects.

In the hallway, Greg tells Catherine he has meetings with book publishers in a few days. Nick looks over the other body, Warrick comes in and asks him how much he owes him. Nick tries to brush him off, but Warrick offers him a wad of cash and says that should cover it. Warrick visits Doc Robbins to ask about cause of death. Doc says it seems to be suffocation and Warrick recognizes the corpse as a PI he knows. Warrick must be angry, because he walks in slow motion down a poorly lit hallway.

The PI was Lenny Harper, a former cop. Brass finds a million complaints against him, but he's told by Undersheriff McKeen that he's a priority. Nick and Grissom check out Harper's office. It's tidy. Grissom notices there's no liner in a trashcan and that the paper shredder has been emptied. Nick finds car keys in the drawer. He beeps the car. They go check it out. It's clean. Grissom thinks it was just detailed and that maybe it was used to transport the body.

Back at the office, Warrick is having flashbacks to Lou Gedda's strip club and Joanna's death. He gets a call. Hodges hear him ask someone how they got his number. Then he says, "Should I bring my own shovel?" and walks out angry. Archie tells Nick what he's found on Harper's laptop: lots of tapings. Including one with Warrick on it. Nick figures it out and tells Grissom that the PI was working for Warrick and he was spying on Gedda. They think Gedda might have found out and killed the PI. Grissom leaves Warrick an angry message.

Warrick calls back. He's got a gun in his hand, he tells Grissom he doesn't know what happened. He's at Gedda's club. The police arrive, guns drawn. Grissom heads to the scene. Warrick's on his knees, blood everywhere in front of him. Gedda is in a chair, dead. Warrick tells Grissom he doesn't know what happened. The policeman who responded said no one else was in the building. Grissom asks the cop to leave. He asks Warrick again what happened.

Warrick tells him again that he doesn't know, that his head is throbbing. Grissom asks if it's his gun and cuffs. They are. Grissom tells him he needs a lawyer, a point Brass reiterates when he arrives. Leading him away he says to Warrick, "You couldn't just let it go." As Warrick is placed in the car, the CSIs arrive and look at him, seriously, in slo-mo. Grissom tells them Gedda is dead. The day shift is handling the case. Ecklie checks Warrick's hands for gun shot residue and takes his clothes. Even Ecklie tells Warrick to get a lawyer. He says he doesn't know what he'd tell one.

Nick sees Hodges talking to IA. He tells Nick about the phone call. An IA officer interviews Warrick. He says he doesn't know what happened. The IA guy asks Warrick if he remembers hiring Harper. He does. Warrick says Gedda called him, but it came from a disposable cell phone, so they can't confirm it. A flashback shows Warrick checking the place out, gun drawn. The next thing he remembers is waking up bloodied, holding the gun.

The IA guy (or Officer Wagenbach) shows Warrick pictures of himself covered in blood. Wagenbach asks Warrick what the evidence looks like. He says it looks like he did it, but then he flips out, grabbing at Wagenbach, telling him he doesn't know what happened. Grissom asks Ecklie for copies of his reports.

Catherine stops by to see Warrick. Warrick asks her if she thinks he did it. She says she can't discuss the case, indicating they're being listened to. She tells him to stay strong. Wagenbach starts in again with Warrick, asking if he ever thinks about "her." Warrick thinks he means Joanna. But Wagenbach reminds him of Holly, the CSI who was killed at a crime scene eight years ago when Warrick left to go place bets for a crooked judge.

Catherine goes to Warrick's apartment to get him a change of clothes, but Ecklie is examining it. Wagenbach tries to break Warrick, he asks for a lawyer. Grissom reads Wendy's report, which says the blood matches Gedda. Catherine reads the report that says the bullets came from Warrick's gun. Doc Robbings finds that Gedda was bound and beaten at least an hour prior to death. It all points to Warrick. Grissom asks Nick, Catherine and Greg what they'd think if it was any other suspect. Greg says they'd think he was guilty.

A CSI reports they found chloroform in Gedda's blood. Grissom orders Warrick's blood tested because chloroform can cause short term memory loss. But it's too late, it disappears in the blood too quickly. Grissom finds clean spots on Warrick's blood-spattered shirt. They find a void in the spatter pattern indicating he might have been passed out and held up when the blood sprayed. Grissom thinks Warrick was framed.

The team starts looking for other suspects. Grissom finds the marks on Gedda's wrists don't match Warrick's cuffs. He reminds Catherine that Brass suspected there was a mole in the department. They think they're looking for a cop. They think if they solve the PI's murder they can find who killed Gedda. McKeen tries to get Warrick to take a deal.

Grissom looks at police officers' prints found at the PI scene and at the mortuary. They find one officer, Pritchard, didn't sign the log. His print was also found on the casket.Brass and Grissom go to inspect Pritchard's locker. His cuffs are missing. But Grissom finds blood residue on the cuff key. They present the evidence to McKeen and Wagenbach. Grissom assures them he'll prove Warrick was framed.

He goes to talk to Warrick. He tells Warrick he was framed. He tells him about the mole but says Pritchard isn't in custody yet. He tells Warrick they'll drop the charges, but that Grissom and Ecklie are going to recommend he be suspended and demoted, but not fired. They man hug. Brass reminds him not to forget how lucky he is.

Later the team sits around at a diner and talks. Warrick says there's no place he'd rather be. Warrick picks up the tab. They leave, one by one.Warrick walks out, alone. He walks to his car and gets in. There's a tap on the window. It's McKeen. He says he wants to congratulate him in person. He says he's not going to fire him, he just needs to know he's not going to go off on his own anymore. Warrick vows to get the one guy who's gotten away. McKeen says that's what makes him a good CSI.

McKeen is seen shooting Warrick through the neck from driver's side window perspective. Then, looking at the car head on, McKeen fires again. He wipes off the gun and throws it in the passenger seat. Warrick slumps over the steering wheel.


  • The note Jim Brass holds up to the undertaker reads "You are under arrest."
  • Goof: The newspaper article's headline at Warrick's house refers to a slain stripper, but the article's body is about a political story.
  • Greg Sanders has finished writing his book on the Las Vegas mob and is showing it around to publishers. He began writing the book after meeting Faye Dunaway's character in the Season 6 episode, "Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye."
  • This is the first season finale in which Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) does not appear.
  • During the filming of this episode, Gary Dourdan was arrested on drug charges. He was found asleep in his car at 5:14 AM, posted a $5,000 bail, and was back on the set filming later that day.


  • Music Featured In This Episode:
  • All My Days - Alexi Murdoch
  • Come Tenderness - Lisa Gerrard (Shooting of Warrick Brown)
  • Mr. Blue Sky - Electric Light Orchestra
  • Paper Heart - Gram Rabbit
  • Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean - Explosions in the Sky
  • What Becomes of Us - Holly Throsby
  • Word Up - Willis


Nick: Crime scene at a funeral. Can't get much deader than this.

Grissom (to Warrick): What happened?
Warrick: I don't know. My head is throbbing.
Grissom: Is that your gun?
Warrick: Yeah.
Grissom: Are those your cuffs?
Warrick: I guess so.
Grissom: We need to get you a lawyer.
Warrick: Grissom...
Brass: Don't say another word.
Warrick: Jim...
Brass: Just get on your feet.
Warrick: I don't know what happened.
Brass: Hey, it's for your own good. Just keep your mouth shut until we get to the station. ... You couldn't just let it go.

Catherine (to Greg): What is this? More research for your mob book? I hope you're not starting to admire those thugs.
Greg: I don't admire them, but I'm grateful.
Catherine: For what?
Greg: Well, for starters, my book is done. I have meetings with three different publishers out in L.A. and I fly out the day after tomorrow.

Grissom: What if the killer used the victim's car to transport the body?
Nick: He drives the victim's own car back to the funeral home, stuffs the body in a double-decker coffin, hits a car wash, comes back cleans the office, then leaves us the keys. That's pretty considerate.
Grissom: Or very smart.

Nick: Warrick couldn't investigate Gedda himself, so he had the P.I do it for him. Archie tracked down thousands of photos, sound bite files, videos, everything's connected to Lou Gedda. I think Gedda caught Harper spying on him, killed him and had the mortician put the body in the double-decker casket.
Grissom (dials Warrick's phone and it goes straight to voicemail): Warrick, call me. Now! (hangs up and turns to Nick) Anybody hears from him I wanna know.

Grissom (answering his phone): Where the hell have you been?
Warrick: Grissom, I gotta talk with you.
Grissom: Where are you?!
Warrick: Pigalle.
Grissom: What are you thinking?
Warrick: I don't know. I don't know!
Grissom: You don't.. You don't know what?
Warrick: I don't know what I did here. I don't know what happened.

[Catherine and Nick see Warrick in the back of the cop car]
Catherine: The 419 went out as officer involved, no details.
Nick: Yeah, we got here as quick as we could.
Catherine: What the hell happened?
Grissom: Gedda's dead.
Undersheriff McKeen (after taking a long look at Warrick): Put your kits away. Day shift will be processing the scene. I.A's taking the case from here.

Ecklie (to Warrick): Get a lawyer.
Warrick: I don't want one.
Ecklie: This isn't going away, Warrick. In 48 hours, they're gonna charge you.
Warrick: I wouldn't know what to tell a lawyer anyway.

Nick (after Hodges was talking to I.A): I don't care, what'd you say?
Hodges: I said that I saw Warrick sitting alone in Grissom's office in the dark.
Nick: So what?
Hodges: He got a phone call and he got really pissed at the person that he was talking to.
Nick: So what?
Hodges: Then he was found an hour later in a pool of Gedda's blood.
Nick: Hey, you don't know what happened in there.
Hodges: Look, Nick, all I did was tell the truth as I saw it. That's what we're supposed to do, right?

I.A. Officer Wagenbach (to Warrick): Do you remember hiring Lenny Harper to investigate Lou Gedda in violation of direct orders.
Warrick: Yeah.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: You think Gedda was responsible?
Warrick: I'd bet on it.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: I heard that about you. Is that why you went to Pigalle?
Warrick: I went to Pigalle because Lou Gedda called me.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: (laying out photos in front of Warrick) Your gun with blood tissue and hair at the scene. Your cuffs, on the vic. You covered in blood. You went to Pigalle to get revenge by giving Lou Gedda a taste of his own medicine. You're a CSI, what's the evidence telling you?
Warrick: (pauses) The evidence is ... is suggesting that I did it.
Officer Wagenbach: Let's backup a little. You get involved with a pretty young thing, you go away to do your business, she winds up dead. You ever think about that?
Warrick: I think about Joanna every day. There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about her.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: No, no. I'm sorry. I was talking about Holly Gribbs. You remember Holly, don't 'ya? Rookie CSI you left alone at a crime scene eight years ago to go place bets for a crooked judge. Suspect came back and shot her.
Warrick: I remember.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: Poor innocent girl, just tryin' to do her job, and winds up dead because of you.
Warrick: That has nothing to do with this.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: Do two points make a straight line? It's a pattern of behavior. Reckless, obsessive, compulsive, self-destructive behavior. You get Holly killed, you get Joanna killed, and you just can't take anymore so you kill Gedda. That's how jury's gonna see it.
Warrick: There's nothin' that I can do about that.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: Sure there is. Look, Lou Gedda was a slimeball, that's common knowledge. Nobody is gonna miss him. In fact the world is arguably a better place without him.
Warrick: So, if I admit to killing him they'll take it easy on me and you're just tryin' to help me out, right? You know how many times I used that on a suspect? Don't waste your game, pal.

Grissom: Okay, if there were any other suspect, what would be our conclusion?
(Everyone is silent for a long moment)
Greg: That he did it.
Grissom: Which is what Warrick told Internal Affairs.
Catherine: He confessed?
Grissom: No, but he didn't deny it. He says that he can't remember.
Greg: Yeah, we've all heard that one before.
Nick: What's that supposed to mean?
Greg: It's not supposed to mean anything, we're just talking.
Nick: Well, we can't just sit here and watch him go down.
Catherine: We're not going to. He asked for a lawyer, and we're going to get him a shark.
Greg: The only thing that a jury is gonna see is a rogue cop with a vendetta. I've been there before. They're gonna crucify him.
Grissom: Brass always suspected that there was a mole in the department that worked for Gedda. I bet we're lookin' for a cop.
Catherine: A P.I. investigating Gedda gets killed, then Gedda gets killed. Maybe this dirty cop did 'em both.
Grissom: Yeah, but we can't prove it because we're not allowed to investigate Gedda's murder.
Catherine: We're still investigating the P.I. if the cases are linked, we solve one, we solve the other.

Undersheriff McKeen: Do your client and this department a favor, and make a deal. The District Attorney said that he might consider manslaughter.
Warrick: I can't do that.
Undersheriff McKeen: Are you telling me that you're innocent? Because I.A. said that those words never crossed your lips.
Warrick: Are you charging me?
Undersheriff McKeen: Not yet. But in about five hours, it's gonna be first degree murder.

Undersheriff McKeen: So, it's all on Pritchard. Is this gonna hold up in court?
Grissom: It will.
I.A. Officer Wagenbach: You know what the defense is gonna say, right? Who better than a CSI to make a murder look like a frame.
Grissom: He was framed, and I'll prove it.

Warrick: Listen, Grissom, I'm so sorry about all of this. (sighs) And... yeah.
Grissom: You were framed.
Warrick: Framed? (Grissom nods and he breathes a sigh of relief) By who?
Grissom: Gedda has a mole in the department.
Warrick: A cop?
Grissom: Daniel Pritchard. We think that he had him kill Lenny Harper. And probably Joanna as well.
Warrick: And why would he kill Gedda?
Grissom: Who knows? Old mobsters, crooked cops, it's a long history.
Warrick: I don't know. I mean, come on, Grissom, Gedda's been killin' and barbaquin' people for 25 years. It would take more than a beat cop to get one over on that fat bastard. It's gotta be someone higher up than that.
Grissom: Probably, but Pritchard's all we got for now.

Grissom: The D.A's gonna drop the charges. (Warrick sighs in relief) But there's still the question of administrative violation. So, Ecklie and I are recommending to the Undersheriff that you be suspended and demoted, but not terminated.
Warrick: So I still have a job?
Grissom: Well, the Undersheriff says that he has to think about it, but he just wants to make you sweat.
Warrick: I've sweat enough.
Grissom: I'd imagine.
(Warrick hugs Grissom and holds on to him for a moment)
Warrick: Thank you. Thank you.

Undersheriff McKeen (to Warrick) I just wanted to congratulate you in person. Sure made a believer outta me.
Warrick: Thanks.
Undersheriff McKeen: Look, I don't wanna fire you. I just need to know that you're through running the streets on your own lookin' for bad guys.
Warrick: Look, I'm done being a rogue in the streets. But there's one son of a bitch still out there and I promise you that we're gonna get him.
Undersheriff McKeen: Grissom taught you well.
Warrick: I'd like to think so.
Undersheriff McKeen: You never give up.
Warrick: Nope.
Undersheriff McKeen: That's what makes you a great CSI. (takes out his gun and shoots Warrick)


Main CastEdit

  • William Petersen ... Gil Grissom
  • Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
  • Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
  • George Eads ... Nick Stokes
  • Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
  • Robert David Hall ... Dr. Al Robbins
  • Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
  • Paul Guilfoyle ... Captain Jim Brass

Guest CastEdit

  • Archie Kao ... Archie Johnson
  • David Berman ... David Phillips
  • Liz Vassey ... Wendy Simms
  • Sheeri Rappaport ... Mandy Webster
  • Jon Wellner ... Henry Andrews
  • Conor O'Farrell ... Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen
  • Jay Karnes ... IA Officer Wagenbach
  • Marc Vann ... Conrad Ecklie
  • John Capodice ... Lou Gedda
  • David Gianopoulos ... Daniel Pritchard
  • Donzaleigh Abernathy ... Carolina Bell
  • Gerald McCullouch ... Bobby Dawson
  • Larry Sullivan ... Officer Akers
  • James Earl ... Pallbearer #1
  • Kwame Patterson ... Cedric
  • Deborah Ann Woll ... Stephanie (Waitress)
  • DeLon Howell ... Officer Devlin
  • Joseph Patrick Kelly ... Officer Joe Metcalf
  • Randy Mulkey ... Benny Harper
  • Lee Weaver ... Kerwinkle Lord
  • Nina Nayebi ... IA Officer (uncredited)

See AlsoEdit

CSI:Las Vegas Season 8
Dead DollA La CartGo to HellThe Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp The Chick Chop Flick ShopWho and WhatWhere and WhyGoodbye and Good LuckYou Kill MeCockroachesLying Down With DogsBullGrissom's Divine ComedyA Thousand Days On EarthDrops OutThe Theory of EverythingTwo And A Half DeathsFor Gedda

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