Viva Las Vegas

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Viva Las Vegas
WriterDanny Cannon
Carol Mendelsohn
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateSeptember 23, 2004

Viva Las Vegas is the first episode in season five of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Grissom works a nightclub shooting with Greg Sanders, who finally found a replacement in the lab and now only has to pass his final proficiency test. Catherine investigates when a stripper is found dead in a hotel room. Warrick investigates when a man is found electrocuted in his bathtub. Sara and Nick are called in when an 'alien' is found in a shallow grave near Area 51.

Major Events

  • It's revealed that Greg has finally found a replacement named Chandra Moore to take over his position in the DNA Lab.
  • As a result of not clearing the restroom and peeing in a toilet at the nightclub, Greg fails his final proficiency test but Grissom decides to give him another chance.
  • Unable to cope with the rest of the team comparing her to Greg, Chandra abruptly quits on her first day, resulting in Nick winning a bet he made with Warrick.
  • Catherine's relationship with Chris Bezich ends when she catches him with another woman.

Main Cast

Recurring Roles

Guest Star

  • Scott Klace as Carl Johnson
  • Marina Black as Crystal
  • Tony Amendola as Landlord
  • Terrell Tilford as George Craven
  • John L. Adams as Manny
  • Bug Hall as Daniel Halburt
  • Reiko Aylesworth as Chandra Moore
  • French Stewart as Alien Minister
  • J.C. Brandy as Nicole 'Raven' Richards
  • Justin Kennedy as Lance Frazer
  • Stacey Linde as Alien Wife
  • Tony Mosti as Al Capone
  • Vincent M. Ward as Space


  • The song played at the very beginning of the episode is "Spitfire" by english electronic dance music group "The Prodigy "
  • Jonathan Penner who portrayed "Detective Travis" would later become a three-time contestant on the reality show, Survivor.

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