First Aired: Oct. 29, 2007 on CBS
Summary: After several odd occurances, the CSIs must find a serial killer who killed during a total solar eclipse.
Main Characters in this Episode
Sgt. Frank Tripp: It is what it is, it ain't what it ain't, don't make it what it isn't.
Horatio Caine: Mr. Wolfe, at the end of the day, if we don't hang together, we'll die alone.
- Goof (revealing mistake): The boy at the end of the episode shown playing Xbox 360 is just mashing buttons. Xbox 360 controller in the boy's hands has 4 green lights flashing. Four green flashing lights on an Xbox 360 controller means that the controller itself is turned on, but the console is not connected to a power source.
- Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): During the solar eclipse everyone looks up at the eclipse without any eye protection, during a solar eclipse if you don't protect your eyes with something you cause retina damage
- Goof (factual errors): The initial murder occurs during an solar eclipse, which must occur on a new moon. A couple days later, a full moon is shown. This would have to be two weeks later.
- Goof (factual errors): Solar eclipses are rare and usually highly publicized events, yet this one seems to have taken everyone by surprise. Their occurrence is highly predictable - the date, time and location of every eclipse, whether lunar or solar, total or partial, for the 21st century, is known. Typically, on a public open area such as a beach, there are observers using the proper apparatus to safely view the event. Furthermore, the last total solar eclipse visible in the southeast US was 7 March 1970; the next total eclipse to be visible in the southern US is on 12 August 12 2045.
- Goof (revealing mistake): The depiction of the eclipse is inaccurate in several ways. From the beginning of the eclipse, it takes only about a minute or two for the moon to completely block the sun, whereas in an actual total solar eclipse, it takes well over an hour. The behavior of the shadows as depicted is nothing like what shadows do during an actual eclipse. Several features of an actual total solar eclipse, such as the "diamond ring" effect, are absent.