|Original Airdate||February 3, 2005|
|Previous Episode: Snakes|
|Next Episode: Unbearable|
"Nesting Dolls" is the thirteenth episode in Season 5 of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Catherine Willows, Warrick Brown, Nick Stokes and Sara Sidle go to investigate two recently found bodies that are buried in tar. The case goes in the direction of spousal abuse from a man named Andrew Melton, who had a Russian mail-order bride named Svetlana. Melton claims he hasn't seen Svetlana for two years, and that she had "just disappeared" one day. Mr. Melton has since gone on to "purchase" a new Asian bride. Sara becomes very emotionally involved and clashes with Catherine and Conrad Ecklie, landing her in a full week of suspension without pay.
Grissom speaks with Sara that evening at her apartment and a terrible truth about her past is revealed; that her mother stabbed her abusive father to death. Sara mentions that before her mother murdered her abusive father, she thought that the violence and yelling was "the way that everybody lived." The case is closed when evidence ultimately leads them to the abusive husband. Ecklie wants Grissom to fire Sara, but Grissom refuses, saying "She's a great criminalist, Conrad. And I need her."
- As a result of clashing with Catherine, Sara is suspended for a full week without pay.
- Sara reveals to Grissom that she had a trauma childhood in which her father was very abusive towards her and her mother until one day her mother stabbed her father to death.
- William Petersen as Gil Grissom
- Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows
- Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown
- George Eads as Nick Stokes
- Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders
- Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle
- Paul Guilfoyle as Jim Brass
- Robert David Hall as Dr. Al Robbins
- Wallace Langham as David Hodges
- Marc Vann as Conrad Ecklie
- Eric Stonestreet as Ronnie Litre
- David Berman as David Phillips
- Zeljko Ivanek as Andrew Melton
- Louis Ferreira as Ken Wellstone
- Lisa Thornhill as Chloe Daniels
- Misha Collins as Vlad
- Natasha Alam as Svetlana Melton
- Bill Dearth as Joe
- Taneka Johnson as Annie
- Sanya Mateyas as Alexandra
- Christina Ahn as June Melton