1,653 Pages

Revenge is Best Served Cold
WriterAnthony E. Zuiker,
Carol Mendelsohn
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateSeptember 26, 2002
Previous Episode: The Hunger Artist
Next Episode: The Accused is Entitled

Revenge is Best Served Cold is the first episode in season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Grissom, Warrick and Sara investigate when a poker player drops dead at the table during a high-stakes game. Meanwhile, Catherine and Nick investigate a dead body found in an abandoned air strip, which leads them to the world of street racing.


Hodges This section is a stub and requires expanding


Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Christopher Wiehl as Hank Peddigrew
  • Gerald McCullouch as Bobby Dawson
  • Jeffrey D. Sams as Cyrus Lockwood
  • David Berman as David Phillips
  • Eric Stonestreet as Ronnie Litre
  • Ian Somerhalder as Tony Del Nagro
  • Cliff De Young as Mr. Del Nagro
  • Carmine Giovinazzo as Thumpy G
  • Madison Mason as Doyle "Candyman" Pfeiffer
  • John Paul Pitoc as Michelangelo
  • Todd Stashwick as Matt
  • Donna W. Scott as Waitress Nancy
  • Brent Hinkley as Steven Masters
  • Walter Jones as Street Racer
  • Michael Bunin as Bartender
  • Andrea de Oliveira as Waitress
  • Christopher Gehrman as Adam Masters
  • Doug Jones as Grinder
  • Damara Reilly as Lita Gibbons
  • Hilary Shepard as Mrs. Del Nagro
  • Josef Cannon as Fireman
  • Anthony Vaughan as Vip Guest / Featured, Swat / Featured, Pimp Featured

Major Events

  • From this episode, Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall has joined as a main cast.

Featured Music

  • The Watcher by Dr. Dre
  • Sky Blue by Peter Gabriel
  • Lapdance by N.E.R.D.
  • Just Like I Imagined You by Rick Ryan
  • Giving Up the Ghost by DJ Shadow
  • Breathe by T.L. Popmusik
  • You Walk Away by Filter


Grissom: essentially, it was... death by chocolate.


  • In this (and other episodes) one of the CSIs uses the metal pliers on his multi-tool to extract a bullet from where it was embedded in something. In real life, a forensics tech would never use their own multi-tool, because of the possibility of cross-contamination between scenes. In addition, bullets are never extracted with metal pliers, because they may damage the unique markings on the bullet. Typically plastic, or rubber coated tools are used to extract an embedded bullet.


  • Carmine Giovinazzo stars in this episode as Thumpy G. He will later star as Danny Messer in CSI: NY.
  • Ian Somerholder made him a special guest as Tony Del Nagro in this episode, then he is the star from The Vampire Diaries.

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