|The Hunger Artist|
|Director||Richard J. Lewis|
|Original Airdate||May 16, 2002|
The Hunger Artist is the twenty-third episode and the season two finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
The CSIs investigate when the body of an unidentified young woman is discovered stuffed in an overturned shopping cart near a freeway underpass. Her horribly disfigured and partially decomposed face is a nightmare of blood, scabs and scars, as if she'd been shoved into a fan. The team soon discovers the victim was a fashion model and that her homeless sister is a likely suspect.
- 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
- Paul Guilfoyle as Jim Brass
- Susan Misner as Cassie James
- Bill Sage as Frank McBride
- Mark Sheppard as Rod Darling (credited as Mark A. Sheppard)
- Tricia Helfer as Ashleigh James
- Catherine MacNeal as Grissom's Doctor
- Jimmie F. Skaggs as Tookie
- Bonnie Burroughs as Dusty
- Keith Allan as Fashion Photographer
- Erin Guzowski as Lola the Model
- Nicole Randall Johnson as Nurse
- A Hunger Artist is a short story by Franz Kafka. In addition, the plot of the episode is very similar to that of the short story.
- A hunger artists or starvation artists are performers who starved themselves for extended periods of time, for the amusement of audiences who paid to watch them.
- Grissom begins experiencing problems with his hearing, because he finds out that he suffers from Otosclerosis, the same disease that made his mother deaf.
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- Me and Jesus by Stellar Kart
- Smiling Faces by Stellar Kart