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Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Gil Grissom

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William PetersenWilliam Petersen
William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor and producer, best known for playing ...

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Gil Grissom Quotes

09x10 - One to Go (Part 2) Season 9 / Episode 10: - One to Go (Part 2)

David Hodges: [Walks in as Grissom is cleaning out his office] Okay. So this is really real. Fine. So, as your friend and colleague I feel that it is my obligation to inform you what a colossal mistake you're making. Grissom:
Gil Grissom: Hodges...
David Hodges: Guys like us just don't get to hang it up. This job is who we are. We are the thin blue line between order and chaos. You take yourself out of the equation, who knows what's gonna happen. That's the Butterfly Effect. You taught me that. The bad guys will win more if we don't have you. Who is Watson without Sherlock Holmes?
Gil Grissom: Watson was a genius in his own right... It's the right time for me to go.
David Hodges: Okay.
09x10 - One to Go (Part 2) Season 9 / Episode 10: - One to Go (Part 2)

Gil Grissom: A penny for your thoughts?
Dr. Raymond Langston: [Pointing up to where the Tom Donover was sitting] He was sitting right there. He was looking at me, I was looking at him. All I saw was another student.
Gil Grissom: That's all I saw.
Dr. Raymond Langston: I guess I'm tired of getting fooled.
Gil Grissom: People lie, Professor. The only thing that we can count on is the evidence.
Dr. Raymond Langston: Thank you for letting me help. It was... [pauses] Well, it was something that I really needed to do. [Starts to walk away]
Gil Grissom: Hey [Langston turns around] I don't know if you'd have any interest, but we have a job position open in our lab.
Dr. Raymond Langston: You're serious? [Grissom nods] I can't imagine myself as a cop.
Gil Grissom: We're not cops. We come from a wide variety of backgrounds. You're a medical doctor. You're totally qualified. It's an entry level position. The hours are terrible, the pay is bad.
Dr. Raymond Langston: But money's not exactly the object, is it?
Gil Grissom: I think that you'd be a great help to CSI and you might really enjoy it.
Dr. Raymond Langston: I'll think on it.
09x09 - 19 Down... (Part 1) Season 9 / Episode 9: - 19 Down... (Part 1)

Captain Jim Brass: [about Langston] He's a little cranky for an academic, isn't he?
Gil Grissom: Actually, he's an M.D from back east. A colleague at his hospital turned out to be an angel of death, killed 27 patients before he was caught. Langston was the staff's research pathologist, all the morbidity evidence came across his desk, but he was unable to connect the dots. He wrote a book about it.
Captain Jim Brass: Was it any good?
Gil Grissom: I liked it.
09x09 - 19 Down... (Part 1) Season 9 / Episode 9: - 19 Down... (Part 1)

Gil Grissom: So, let's assume that 'shoe print' was involved in all four murders. It's possible that he knew, Gerald, right? Is it also possible that he was an accomplice of D.J.K.?
Greg Sanders: That would explain the 9 post-mortem stab wounds in Ian Wallace. It's a continuation of the master's work.
Catherine Willows: But if he was D.J.K.'s helper, back in the day, why go quiet for 10 years then suddenly start killing again?
Greg Sanders: Maybe he was doing time?
Catherine Willows: And when he realized that his old partner turned informant, he got scared and killed him.
Gil Grissom: Maybe that's what brought the old thrill back. Once these guys get a taste, it never seems to go away.
09x08 - Young Man with a Horn Season 9 / Episode 8: - Young Man with a Horn

Gil Grissom: [Questioning Harry about the death of the young singer] Why did you move the body? Why didn't you call for help?
Harry Bastille: Because I didn't want anybody comin' into my space. Wanted to spend my time in the last place that I was ever happy. We were like a family back there, beautiful moment in time
09x08 - Young Man with a Horn Season 9 / Episode 8: - Young Man with a Horn

Sheriff Montgomery: [Grissom has realized that a murder that took place back in the 1958 at the same casino where a murder took place in present day led to the arrest of an innocent man who died in prison] Wilson signed a confession.
Gil Grissom: Yeah, but they say some of you guys used to drive suspects out in to the desert, show 'em a hole in the ground and give 'em a choice of either signing a confession or getting in the hole.
Sheriff Montgomery: We got a good clean print.
Gil Grissom: The file says that you lifted the print from Rosethal's alligator wallet. Now I examined it. Alligator skin would've left voids.
Sheriff Montgomery: Y'know, in the old days, criminals used to be afraid of us. Now it's the other way around.
Gil Grissom: [holds out a photo] Does he look familiar to you? He's been squatting at the Chateau Rouge. I ran his prints against the unidentified from the scene in '58. This man was all over the place.
Sheriff Montgomery: All the crime that's goin' on in Vegas these days, you got time to poke around in my old cases? Good to see you, son. Thanks for the drink. [Leaves the scene]
09x08 - Young Man with a Horn Season 9 / Episode 8: - Young Man with a Horn

Sheriff Montgomery: [Sees Grissom approaching his poker game] Well, I'll be damned. You're two years late, George deal 'em in.
Gil Grissom: No, I can't, Sheriff, I'm working.
Sheriff Montgomery: Well, then what are you doing here?
Gil Grissom: I was hopin' to talk to you, actually. About the Chateau Rouge.
Sheriff Montgomery: [Realizes why Grissom is there] One hand. You win, I'll talk.
09x07 - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Season 9 / Episode 7: - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

Natalie Davis: I'm very sorry for what I did to Sara and to you. My foster father killed himself because of me. I was wrong to blame anybody else for it.
Gil Grissom: Is that how you really feel? Or is that how you think that you should feel?
Natalie Davis: I understand if you don't believe me. Psychopathic personalities are very often skilled at mimicking genuine emotion. But I'm truly sorry
09x07 - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Season 9 / Episode 7: - Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda

DA Monroe: [DA Monroe is questioning Grissom about his motives for attending Natalie's transfer request trial] Then you are here for revenge?
Gil Grissom: I don't care about revenge. I have no stake in the outcome of these proceedings. Whether Natalie stays here or goes to prison is at the discretion of this court. I've been trying to believe that people can change, even people who are damaged. But I don't know if they can... [pauses] I just don't know.
09x06 - Say Uncle Season 9 / Episode 6: - Say Uncle

Gil Grissom: I'm sorry we solved this one. I really am.
08x16 - Two and a Half Deaths Season 8 / Episode 16: - Two and a Half Deaths

Warrick Brown: [showing a Rorschach-like blood stain] What does this look like to you?
Gil Grissom: Hermaphrodite on roller skates.
Catherine Willows: A puppy.

08x16 - Two and a Half Deaths Season 8 / Episode 16: - Two and a Half Deaths

David Phillips: [to Grissom, after pulling a rubber chicken out of the mouth of a murder victim] Oh, come on. You've gotta say something. Uhh, "I suspect fowl play"; or, uh, "that's poultry evidence." You know: something.
Gil Grissom: Dying's easy; comedy's hard.
08x15 - The Theory of Everything Season 8 / Episode 15: - The Theory of Everything

Gil Grissom: Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.
Hodges: Winston Churchill.
Gil Grissom: Ian Fleming. [Goldfinger]
08x15 - The Theory of Everything Season 8 / Episode 15: - The Theory of Everything

Hodges: Anytime you need a sniffer to detect it, my nose has the cyanide gene.
Gil Grissom: What gene turned your nose brown?
08x07 - Goodbye & Good Luck Season 8 / Episode 7: - Goodbye & Good Luck

Nick Stokes: [about Marlon West] He confessed. It was later thrown out on a technicality. We really didn't need it. The prosecution's case against Marlon was very strong.
Sara Sidle: Until Marlon's little sister Hannah got on the stand and confessed to the murder herself.
Catherine Willows: Oh, yes, I remember this case. A high school senior at age 12.
Nick Stokes: She's a pint-size Machiavelli. She manipulated events, fabricated evidence, and in the end...
Sara Sidle: She claimed that she did it because she loved Marlon. Some warped sense of justice... She graduated later that summer, became legally emancipated from her parents and went off to Harvard, pre-med.
Gil Grissom: You keeping tabs on her?
Sara Sidle: Not recently. Look, accident or no accident, Marlon killed before. Hannah sunk this case, Marlon got a free pass, and now he's killed again.
Catherine Willows: Well, we don't know that just yet. I mean, we don't have Marlon's DNA to compare with the semen that was found in the victim. All the old evidence was expunged with the verdict.
Sara Sidle: I want this case.
Gil Grissom: The one that got away?
Sara Sidle: We're not supposed to let them get away, right?
08x07 - Goodbye & Good Luck Season 8 / Episode 7: - Goodbye & Good Luck

Sara Sidle: I don't think Kira punched Marlon. I think Hannah picked up the tooth from a fight that Marlon had earlier in the evening. And I think she planted it on Kira. [Grissom is silent as he thinks about it] That's crazy.
Gil Grissom: It's possible.
Sara Sidle: This kid is spinning me in circles again.
Gil Grissom: You know, Sara, some cases, some suspects, can get under your skin. Like this tooth. But you can't let 'em make you feel bad.
08x06 - Who and What Season 8 / Episode 6: - Who and What

Gil Grissom: I've learned that sometimes you can go faster by going slow.
Jack Malone: Yeah, well, I like to go faster by going fast.
07x24 - Living Doll Season 7 / Episode 24: - Living Doll

Gil Grissom: Hey Natalie. My name's Gil. It's so nice to finally meet you. I-um, probably shouldn't say this, but I'm a huge fan. I've been a crime scene investigator for 22 years, and worked over 2,000 homicides, and you are by far... the best I've ever seen. I mean, you're such a great artist. And to be so young, and so talented, and... so pretty. I've thought about you every night for the last nine months. I even tried to do what you do. I built my own miniature. [Natalie nods her head]
Gil Grissom: You saw it? How'd I do? [Natalie shrugs]
Gil Grissom: You play chess? [Natalie shakes her head]
Gil Grissom: I play. It's a hobby. Quiets my mind, you know? Soothes me. At one point I became so consumed by it, that whenever I closed my eyes I could see the chess pieces moving all around the board. I was obsessed with correcting all my bad moves. I wondered if a game could ever be played without a mistake. I'd love to play you sometime. I'm so impressed by the way you embraced your passion. You'd make a great CSI. This last one was brilliant. You studied our crime scene so well, tracking the car to the junkyard, and then towing it all the way out to the desert where you knew we wouldn't find it. And then, the way you killed Sara.
Natalie: [shaking her head] I didn't kill her.
Gil Grissom: You didn't?
Natalie: [Natalie shakes her head] This is about her. Her, her, her. It's always about her.
Gil Grissom: No, it isn't Natalie. It's about you.
Natalie: [Natalie cuts him off] It's always about her. [she takes a blade from her mouth and slashes Grissom's throat and watches as he bleeds. Then in a baby voice]
Natalie: Oh sad was the day for the little bisque doll, for they cut all her stitches away, and found the seat of the terrible ache. T'was a delicate task...
Gil Grissom: [not cut, for it was all in her imagination] Natalie listen to me. Tell me where she is.
Natalie: For none of the doctor's had ever before...
Gil Grissom: Natalie.
Natalie: ...performed on a dolly's inside...
Gil Grissom: Please tell me where Sara is.
Natalie: ...They tried to re-stuff her, but didn't know how, and this was her wail as she died...
Gil Grissom: [yelling] Stop it! Just stop this! [shaking her]
Gil Grissom: Tell me where Sara is!
Natalie: ...I've got a pain in my sawdust. That's what's the matter with me. [voice over, overturned car]
Natalie: Something is wrong on my little inside. I'm just as sick as can be. Don't let me faint, someone get a fan. [a hand clawing at the ground from under the car]
Natalie: Someone please run for the medicine man. Everyone hurry as fast as you can, 'cause I've got a pain in my sawdust.
07x24 - Living Doll Season 7 / Episode 24: - Living Doll

Gil Grissom: My God. She was at the crime scene.
Nick Stokes: So she salvages the car, and somehow gets it out to the desert, and grabs Sara, and puts her under it?
Warrick Brown: I don't get it. What does Sara have to do with bleach?
Catherine Willows: I don't know. This just feels different.
Gil Grissom: It is different. [flashback to crime scene where Grissom takes a camera from Sara and caresses her arm] This girl holds me responsible for the death of Ernie Dell. I took away the only person she ever loved, so she's gonna do the same thing to me [everyone looks confused]
07x24 - Living Doll Season 7 / Episode 24: - Living Doll

Gil Grissom: I found a thriving miniature hobbyist community on-line. Sites where people meet, chat, exchange building tips, list stores they shop in.
Nick Stokes: [looking at the miniature of Grissom's office] So that's why you built this thing? I mean... other then to creep us all out?
07x24 - Living Doll Season 7 / Episode 24: - Living Doll

Gil Grissom: Somebody likes it cold.
Captain Jim Brass: Las Vegas in May plus global warming.
07x23 - The Good, The Bad and the Dominatrix Season 7 / Episode 23: - The Good, The Bad and the Dominatrix

Gil Grissom: I'm the only one Heather trusts.
Sara Sidle: I get it.
Gil Grissom: Sara.
Sara Sidle: [Grissom can't think of what to say] It's fine. Do what you need to do.
07x23 - The Good, The Bad and the Dominatrix Season 7 / Episode 23: - The Good, The Bad and the Dominatrix

Catherine Willows: You were with her all night, can you explain why? I know you don't go home and cuddle your insects every single night, but why would you go there knowing we're in the middle of an investigation? And now she's a prime suspect with you as her alibi.
Gil Grissom: It was a social call. That's all.
Catherine Willows: So, when your personal life gets tangled up in a case, that's off limits?
Gil Grissom: Yes.
Catherine Willows: Isn't that a little hypocritical?
Gil Grissom: Apparently so.
Catherine Willows: You know, I'd slap you but I think you'd enjoy it too much.
07x23 - The Good, The Bad and the Dominatrix Season 7 / Episode 23: - The Good, The Bad and the Dominatrix

Greg Sanders: [after Grissom tells him that he has to work dayshift because they're shorthanded] Why can't days keep anybody?
Gil Grissom: Money, stress, Ecklie... maybe.
07x22 - Leapin' Lizards Season 7 / Episode 22: - Leapin' Lizards

Sara Sidle: [laying in bed watching Godzilla together] I always feel sorry for the monster.
Gil Grissom: Then you better turn it off before they use the oxygen destroyer on him.
07x22 - Leapin' Lizards Season 7 / Episode 22: - Leapin' Lizards

Gil Grissom: Did you know that pigs are very intelligent animals? Right behind chimps, dolphins, and elephants.
Warrick Brown: Ahead of dogs?
Gil Grissom: And certain politicians.
07x22 - Leapin' Lizards Season 7 / Episode 22: - Leapin' Lizards

Gil Grissom: Do you believe that intelligent life exists on other planets?
Sara Sidle: I'm not sure there's intelligent life on this planet; I just was in the barn.
07x21 - Ending Happy Season 7 / Episode 21: - Ending Happy

Sara Sidle: [after putting her hand in the water] Feels like bath water. It's gotta be ninety degrees. There's no way we're going to get an accurate TOD.
Gil Grissom: Places like this always keep their pools warm, it encourages the girls to swim topless. It's good for business. [at Sara's look] So they tell me.
07x21 - Ending Happy Season 7 / Episode 21: - Ending Happy

Gil Grissom: Where's your coroner?
Sheriff Ned Bastille: Couldn't get him on the horn. Probably out in some barn, up to his elbows in a cow's vagina.
Sara Sidle: Excuse me?
Sheriff Ned Bastille: Oh yeah, coroner's a part time gig here in Bryant County. He's a veterinarian. That's his money gig.
07x21 - Ending Happy Season 7 / Episode 21: - Ending Happy

Gil Grissom: Twenty-five people here last night, and nobody sees anything.
Tanya: [passing by] Nice hat honey.
Sara Sidle: So, uh, you've been to a place like this before?
Gil Grissom: I worked a murder/suicide at the Naughty Kitty once.
Sara Sidle: No, no. Come on, you know what I mean.
Gil Grissom: As a customer? No.
Sara Sidle: You've never paid for sex?
Gil Grissom: I have not. I find the whole idea very... bleak.
Sara Sidle: Really? How come?
Gil Grissom: Sex should provide the opportunity for human connection, but paid sex does the opposite of that. To me, sex without love is... pointless. It makes you sad.
Sara Sidle: Well, I'm pretty sure I don't make you sad.
Gil Grissom: No. You make me happy.

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