|The Execution of Catherine Willows|
|Original Airdate||November 7, 2002|
|Previous Episode: Abra-Cadaver|
|Next Episode: Fight Night|
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.
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Main Cast Edit
- William Petersen as Gil Grissom
- Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows
- Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown
- George Eads as Nick Stokes
- Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle
- Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders
- Robert David Hall as Dr. Al Robbins
- Paul Guilfoyle as Jim Brass
Recurring Cast Edit
- David Berman as David Phillips
- Skip O'Brien as Detective Ray O'Riley
- Romy Rosemont as Jacqui Franco
- David Lee Smith as Cody Lewis
- Victor Bevine as John Mathers
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
- Romy Rosemont makes her first appearance as Jacqui Franco.
- The Blue Paint Killer case is introduced for the first time in this episode, his story will be concluded, two years later, in What's Eating Gilbert Grissom? on season five.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- List of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episodes
- CSI:Crime Scene Investigation Season 3
- Category:Images from The Execution of Catherine Willows
|CSI:Las Vegas Season 3|
|Revenge is Best Served Cold • The Accused is Entitled • Let the Seller Beware • A Little Murder • Abra-Cadaver • The Execution of Catherine Willows • Fight Night • Snuff • Blood Lust • High and Low • Recipe for Murder • Got Murder? • Random Acts of Violence • One Hit Wonder • Lady Heather's Box • Lucky Strike • Crash & Burn • Precious Metal • A Night at the Movies • Last Laugh • Forever • Play with Fire • Inside the Box|