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Shooting Stars
WriterDanny Cannon
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateOctober 13, 2005
Previous Episode: Bite Me
Next Episode: Gum Drops

Shooting Stars is the fourth episode in season six of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Synopsis Edit

The CSIs are called in when a homeowner finds a disheveled group of teenagers dumping a body in his yard. It is soon discovered that the group is a cult, but when Grissom and Catherine find the cult's headquarters, they find the members all dead from what appears to be a mass suicide. As the team investigates further, they find out that the mass suicide didn't go as the cult leader planned.

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Grissom: The methodology here appears to be similar to the Heavens Gate Cult in California several years ago. They committed mass suicide to shed their Earthly bodies and hitch a ride on the spaceship hidden in the tail of a Hale-Bopp comet.
Catherine (after finding semen on the bed sheets): Well, these Earthly bodies got a good workout first. Big room, big bed, light show. This cult was about gettin' laid.
Grissom: Well, Jim Jones and Charles Manson used sex to manipulate their followers. I'm guessing that they were timing their suicide to the Orionid meteor shower last night.
Catherine: So while you were watching shooting stars, they were dying?
Grissom: There's 12 bunks in there, one bed in here, there should be 13 bodies.
Catherine: Two people are missing.
Grissom: Maybe they caught the space ship.
Catherine (pulls out the bowl of burnt letters): Would you settle for a flying saucer?

Goofs Edit

  • When Grissom goes to enter the underground compound he only has his flashlight on his belt (on his back). What happened to the canteen he was wearing when he started? In later scenes inside the compound, he has it back on.
  • In the scene showing the meteor shower we can estimate five meteors per second (300 per minute) The actual maximum rate of the Orionids is 15 per minute or one every four seconds. A less than impressive shower from Comet Halley's particles.
  • Grissom looks up at a meteor shower he identifies as the Orionid shower. The camera shows a sky scene with the constellation Orion in the background, and a number of meteor trails moving from left to right across the star formation. This is dead wrong. Meteor showers are named for the region of the sky they appear to be coming from, e.g., Leonid (Leo), Perseid (Perseus). The meteor trails should appear to be coming straight at the viewer from Orion, not crossing it.
  • When Catherine finds the bowl full of burnt letters, Grissom tries to photograph the bowl in the state the cult members left it in. However, she rifled through and disturb the scene before he takes the pictures.

Notes Edit

  • Warrick's wife Tina is featured in this episode. She works at a hospital with her ex.
  • Nick hesitates at first to go into the bunker. This is a reminder of when he was buried alive in the two-part Season 5 "Grave Danger, Part 1" and "Grave Danger, Part 2."

Trivia Edit

  • The Orionids Meteor Showers are considered a Major meteor shower. They scheduled to appear October 21, 2005.

See Also Edit

CSI:Las Vegas Season 6
Bodies in MotionRoom ServiceBite MeShooting StarsGum DropsSecrets and FliesA Bullet Runs Through It, Part 1A Bullet Runs Through It, Part 2Dog Eat DogStill LifeWerewolvesDaddy's Little GirlKiss-Kiss, Bye-ByeKillerPirates of the Third ReichUp in SmokeI Like to WatchThe Unusual SuspectSpellboundPoppin' TagsRashomamaTime of your DeathBang-BangWay to Go