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Recap / CSINYS 01 E 14

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Directed by Scot Lautanen

Written by Anthony E. Zuiker, Ann Donahue, Carol Mendelsohn, Erica Shelton & Eli Talbert

"Blood, Sweat and Tears" is the fourteenth episode of Season 1. It originally aired February 9, 2005.


A small wooden box containing the body of a nearly nude young man washes up on the beach. This case leads the team to the circus. Meanwhile, Danny and Flack find the body of a young woman in the garbage chute of an apartment building.

Tropes for the episode:

  • Body in a Breadbox: The box the young man is found in is a perfect 2 foot cube.
  • Break Up Demand / Fantasy-Forbidding Father / Feuding Families: The fathers of the young couple in the first case can't stand each other and forbid their children to continue dating.
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  • Circus Episode: Acts from the circus involved in the first case are shown and discussed.
  • Contortionist: The first victim performed as one in the circus.
  • Suicide Pact: One of the parties goes thru with it; the other does not.
  • Shout-Out: The theme of the traveling circus is "Romeo and Juliet," complete with lines from the play.

Trivia for the episode:

  • Daniel Browning Smith, who plays the young man found in the box, is an actual contortionist. He also portrayed the eponymous character in the CSI episode, "Sqweegel." Like his character here, he has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome.

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