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The Execution of Catherine Willows
WriterElizabeth Devine
Carol Mendelsohn
DirectorKenneth Fink
Original AirdateNovember 7, 2002
Previous Episode: Abra-Cadaver
Next Episode: Fight Night

The Execution of Catherine Willows is the sixth episode of the third season in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Synopsis Edit

Fifteen years ago, Catherine helped to put John Mathers on death row for the rape and murder of a young student at a local college. On the day of his execution, he's granted a stay based on new DNA evidence. Meanwhile, Grissom, Nick and Sara are looking for a missing student, who is found murdered and left in exactly the same fashion as the women in Catherine's case.

Plot Edit

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Cast Edit

Main Cast Edit

Recurring Cast Edit

Guest Cast Edit

  • Beth Grant as Sally Roth
  • Wade Williams as Mr. Reston (credited as Wade Andrew Williams)
  • Wayne Pére as Painter (credited as Wayne Péré)
  • Viola Davis as Attorney Campbell
  • Phe Caplan as Charlene Roth
  • Michael Chieffo as Tom Roth
  • John Goodwin as Psychiatrist
  • Nicole Hayden as Debbie Reston (credited as Nikki Danielle Moore)

Major Events Edit

Trivia/Notes Edit

  • Grissom gets uncomfortable when a suspect could be smarter than him.
  • This is the first episode with a main character name on the title. The next episode will be Grissom Versus the Volcano.

Goofs Edit

  • When Catherine is at the coffee shop and the parents of a murdered girl come to talk to her. She is holding her coffee in the right hand and her cell phone rings and she grabs it with her left. The shot switches angles while Catherine is talking and her cell phone has shifted to her right hand.

Quotes Edit

Brass: I keep racking my brain going over these unsolved murder cases and I keep coming back to the fact that they're fifteen years apart. That means he's either out of town or in the joint.
Grissom: Why wouldn't he take his business to some other college if it was only about young girls?
Brass: It's got to be personal. He wanted to kill those girls.

Grissom (to Catherine): We just learned something we didn't know about the prior murders.
Catherine: Yes, what the paint was all about.
Grissom: And if we just learned about it now, how did the copycat killer know?

Nick: People are pigs.
Grissom: Don't insult the pigs, Nick. They're actually very clean.

Grissom (to Catherine): So, how do you feel about it?
Catherine: Mathers was convicted and sent to death row by a jury of his peers. I played a small part. I presented my findings ...
Grissom: Non-responsive.
Catherine: Okay. I haven't figured out how I feel yet.
Grissom: It's just about evidence. It's not up to you whether he lives or dies. Case has no face.

Catherine: Mathers' execution's back on. The Roths asked me to sit with them.
Grissom: Is that a good idea?
Catherine: I just need to do it.
Grissom: Why?
Catherine: It's like your first autopsy ... your first murdered child. You can make it through that you can keep doing this work.
Grissom (shows her the results): All the paints match all the victims except for Charlene Roth. See, being capable of matching paint samples that are fifteen years apart that's why I keep doing this work.
Catherine (smiles): Well, that's the difference between you and me.

See also Edit

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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