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Lucky Strike
WriterEli Talbert,
Anthony E. Zuiker
DirectorKenneth Fink
Original AirdateFebruary 20, 2003
Previous Episode: Lady Heather's Box
Next Episode: Crash & Burn

Lucky Strike is the sixteenth episode in season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Catherine and Warrick try to find evidence when Isaiah, 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.


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Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Jeffrey D. Sams as Cyrus Lockwood
  • Joseph Patrick Kelly as Officer Joe Metcalf
  • Dwayne Adway as Tavian Tombs
  • Tracy Middendorf as Bridget Willis
  • Leslie Silva as The Nanny
  • Mahershala Ali as Tombs' Security Guard
  • Cameron Daddo as Hotel Manager
  • Sam Jaeger as Kevin the Bellman
  • Loren Lazerine as Alex James
  • Christina Christian as Kenisha Jones
  • Tequan Richmond as Tramelle Willis-Tombs
  • Alexandra Lee as Josie Willis
  • Jimm Giannini as Joe McPherson
  • Steffon Sam Jr. as Isaiah Jones-Tombs
  • Angela Casassa as Blonde at Black Jack Table (uncredited)

Episode Title

  • Lucky Strike, comes from one of the more historically popular brands of cigarettes dating from 1916. It relates, from before that, to gold prospecting, and encountering a valuable "strike" by chance rather than knowledge or experience.


Nick: There's a sucker born every minute.
Grissom: Yep, and they all come to Vegas.


  • Get Free by The Vines.
  • No Sugar Mama by The Von Bondies.


  • When Nick and Grissom enter the mine, they turn on their flashlights. In the camera angles facing them, they have medium sized flashlights, but in the shots looking at them from behind, they have very large sized flashlights.


  • As said by Grissom, many people didn't leave because of account of a kitchen fire, but in the aftermath, many people died, still at the tables or slot machines.

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 3
Revenge is Best Served ColdThe Accused is EntitledLet the Seller BewareA Little MurderAbra-CadaverThe Execution of Catherine WillowsFight NightSnuffBlood LustHigh and LowRecipe for MurderGot Murder?Random Acts of ViolenceOne Hit WonderLady Heather's BoxLucky StrikeCrash & BurnPrecious MetalA Night at the MoviesLast LaughForeverPlay with FireInside the Box