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The Case of the Cross-Dressing Carp 

The hanging death of a possible hermaphroditic male is connected to a tainted water supply, while the day crew investigates 40-year-old skeletal remains found at the site of a recently-imploded casino.


Alec Smight


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), David Rambo | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Petersen ... Gil Grissom
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
Gary Dourdan ... Warrick Brown
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Gail O'Grady ... Mrs. Towne
Anita Gillette ... Lily Flynn
Liz Vassey ... Wendy Simms
Jessica Lucas ... Ronnie Lake
William Russ ... Jonah Quinn
Lucas Babin ... Larry Ludwig


Brown and Stokes investigate the death of a young man found hanging from a tree. They believe this to be a hate crime as the man had breasts and is believed to be a pre-operative transsexual. As the investigation continues however, they learn he worked at a local water treatment plant and may have been up to something else entirely. Sidle and Lake investigate when a skeleton is found at the construction site for a new hotel. The site was once the Rampart Hotel owned by Catherine Willows' father. Her mother provides valuable information on the case. Grissom and Sidle decide on their future. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

18 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the detectives are reviewing the gun sale record, the screen says that the gun is a Ruger model SP101 revolver and that it is a "38 Special JHP" caliber firearm. JHP (jacketed hollow point) refers to a bullet design, not to a caliber. Also, while the SP101 is offered in .38 Special, it is established earlier in the episode that the ammunition used for the murder is .357 Magnum, which cannot be fired from a handgun chambered in .38 Special. See more »

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Didn't age all that well
5 July 2016 | by pikach_kaySee all my reviews

Having seen this episode in 2016, I found myself constantly cringing at the wording involved in the case focused on the potentially inter-sex boy and his mother. Now, a lot has changed between 2007 and 2016 and i'm sure it wasn't as bad at the time. However the language is definitely outdated and misinformed. As a result this episode spreads that misinformation every time it plays as a re-run.

I'm new to reviewing through IMDb, but I wanted to put this out there for people who might see this in the present or future like myself. This is a warning to people who might be language sensitive, especially to transgender slurs. Such language can be particularly harmful as well as triggering to some people and the mature subject matter warning doesn't quite prepare someone for the "T- word" being used in the first 5 minutes of the episode and then regularly throughout.

Both cases were pretty interesting to follow though and seemed to flow particularly well. I was definitely interested and didn't feel the need to turn it off in the long run. Low rating for outdated language. A decent episode otherwise.

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