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Revenge is Best Served Cold
WriterAnthony E. Zuiker,
Carol Mendelsohn
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateSeptember 26, 2002

Revenge is Best Served Cold is the season three premiere 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.


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Main CastEdit

(Credit order)

Recurring RolesEdit

Guest StarsEdit

  • Ian Somerhalder as Tony Del Nagro
  • Cliff De Young as Mr. Del Nagro (credited as Cliff DeYoung)
  • Carmine Giovinazzo as Thumpy G
  • Madison Mason as Doyle 'Candyman' Pfeiffer
  • John Paul Pitoc as Michelangelo (credited as J.P. Pitoc)
  • Todd Stashwick as Matt
  • Donna W. Scott as Waitress Nancy (credited as Donna Scott)
  • Brent Hinkley as Steven Masters
  • Walter Jones as Street Racer (credited as Walter Emanuel Jones)
  • Michael Bunin as Bartender (credited as Mike Bunin)
  • 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 (credited as Hilary Shepard Turner)
  • Josef Cannon as Fireman
  • Anthony Vaughan as Vip Guest / Featured, Swat / Featured, Pimp Featured

Major EventEdit



  • 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.


Grissom (while looking at the victim's hand): Pair of aces. No river card, though. Burn one, turn one.
Warrick: Ace of spades.
Grissom: The Death Card.

Greg: What do cowboys drink?
Warrick: Whiskey.
Greg: And when I chew on a lemon wedge, boy is it ...
Warrick: Sour.
Greg: And vacuums are great because they... (puts the test results in front of Grissom and Warrick to look at) ... suck.
Grissom: Reverse suction.

Grissom: You ever played poker, Warrick?
Warrick: Nah. Poker's not gambling. It's playing against percentages. It's a skill. I like to play for the thrill.

Greg (to Sara): A whiskey sour, huh? Yeah, I'm a "thug passion" man, myself. It's a Tupack thing.
Sara: Tupac?
Greg: So, what does your paramedic like to drink? I bet with a name like "Hank," he's probably got some ho's sipping on 'yac.
Sara: "Yac"? Cognac? No. "Ho's?" I'm not going there and um, that's none of your business. It's nobody's business, as a matter of fact.
Greg: All right, well, I won't tell Warrick and Nick about Hank on one condition. You tell me what he's got that I don't got?
(Sara smiles at Greg just as the printer prints out the test results. She picks up the paper and reads it)
Sara: There was tetrahydrozoline in the victim's drink. (moves to leave the room. Greg stops her)
Greg: Uh, I never got my answer.
Sara: I got mine. You don't even like Tupac, Greg.

Catherine: Okay, Mr. Masters. You've just confessed to grand larceny. Tampering with a crime scene. Detective Lockwood will get back to you on the murder charge.
Nick: Make yourself at home, boss.
(Nick and Catherine leave the room)
Catherine: Jackass.
Nick: Dumbass.
Catherine: "Opportunity knocked."

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

Featured MusicEdit

  • 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

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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