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Random Acts of Violence
WriterDanny Cannon,
Naren Shankar
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateJanuary 30, 2003

Random Acts of Violence is the thirteenth episode of season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


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.


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Main CastEdit

(Credit order)

Recurring RolesEdit

Guest StarsEdit

  • Keith David as Matt Phelps
  • Dwayne L. Barnes as Gene Jacobs
  • Maury Sterling as Anders Molyneaux
  • Melissa Marsala as Serena Chase
  • Kevin Chapman as Bartender
  • David Packer as Hugo Karlin
  • Jim Rash as Todd Benton
  • Tom Virtue as Doctor
  • Daniel Farris as Tyrel Constantine
  • Chanel Gaines as Aimee Phelps
  • Barry Sigismondi as Police Officer
  • Shawn Smith as Travis Phelps (credited as Shawn H. Smith)
  • David Robert May as Jason Gilbert (uncredited)
  • Simon Rhee as Garrett Kwan (uncredited)

Major EventsEdit

Episode TitleEdit

  • Random Acts of Violence is a play on the old adage random acts of kindness.


  • This marks Archie's first time in the field, but he's not seen in action.
  • The room where Nick and Vega first talk to the repairman is actually the CSI locker room set without the lockers.


  • Just after they arrest the Janitor, they are walking out of the building past the employee's. The girl sitting at her chair is not actually typing on her keyboard, her fingers never even press on the keys and her screen-saver is displayed on the screen.
  • When Grissom gives an unfired gun cartridge to a tech for possible fingerprints he says it is a stovepipe and was never fired nor exposed to heat, which is impossible since a stovepipe occurs when a spent casing is caught in the slide before it is completely ejected from a semi-automatic gun.


Greg: All work and no play makes Greg a dull boy.
Grissom: All play and no work makes Greg an unemployed boy.

Warrick (to Grissom): What's this? I've been putting guys away like this for years and now that it matters it seems like you're holding me back here!
Grissom: The job, Warrick, is to process evidence objectively and without prejudice.
Warrick: I'm so sick of hearing that. I've heard it a million times! I can't be a robot like you. I actually care about these people!

Nick: You gotta get a girlfriend.
Archie: You first.

Featured MusicEdit

  • Roxanne by Bauchklang.

See AlsoEdit

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

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