One Hit Wonder
Season 3
Number 14
Writer Corey Miller
Director Félix Enríquez Alcalá
Original Airdate February 6, 2003
Previous Episode: Random Acts of Violence
Next Episode: Lady Heather's Box

One Hit Wonder is the fourteenth episode in season three of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


Grissom, Catherine, Warrick and Nick investigate a 'peeping Tom' who escalated into breaking into women's apartments and terrorizing them. Meanwhile, Sara reopens the murder case of a colleague's husband. The bullet that is still inside her friend's body can help Sara find the killer, but her friend may not survive the operation to remove it.


Victim: Joanne Crooks (alive)

On the case: Catherine Willows, Gil Grissom, Nick Stokes, Warrick Brown, Jim Brass

A woman is awaken in the middle of the night by sounds of a window opening. She heads downstairs in her apartment and find a breeze from an open window and a glass of water sitting on a table, neither of which she apparently knows about. Next door, a woman is heard screaming in the process of being sexually assaulted.

Catherine, Grissom, and Brass arrive on the scene. It turns out the first woman, Doreen Bainbridge, was not assaulted because a treadmill was blocking her bedroom door. The second woman, Joanne Crooks, will not talk to anyone but a female. Catherine goes inside the apartment and gets the officers (all male) to vacate the premises. Next door in Doreen's apartment, Grissom sees face prints on the sliding glass doors, indicating that someone was watching her.

Catherine speaks to Joanne and tells her all of the male officers have left. Joanne is trying to get rid of her clothes, bed sheets, and anything else that reminds her of her encounter. She also has the perpetrator's semen in her hair. Catherine tells her she needs these things for evidence and to prevent this from happening to any other women.

Outside, Warrick finds a shoe impression in the dirt and makes a mold of it, while Grissom tape lifts a fingerprint found on one of the windows. Nick informs Grissom that he found a crusted semen stain under a windowsill, meaning that the peeper has been watching Joanne for a while. However, Grissom walks next door before Nick can finish telling him this information. Nick walks over and Grissom tells him that the pepper has been watching a lot of women. Nick points out that there hedges around the apartments to conceal the peeper, but Grissom has entered the apartment before Nick finishes telling him.

In the lab, Greg tells Catherine that the semen recovered from Joanne's hair was low volume and had no sperm in it. Catherine relays this information to Grissom, who is researching something on the computer. However, his hearing is giving him trouble as Catherine's words sound muffled. He needs to read her lips in order to understand what she is saying. He then tells her he went back to the crime stats and pulled up all of the "Peeping Tom" incidents within a two block radius over the past year. There are eight unsolved cases with very little descriptions from the women. There were also no follow-up reports. Grissom says that the peeper has escalated from merely looking to breaking and entering and sexual assault. Catherine notes that it's only a matter of time before he escalates to rape and murder.

Catherine informs the team that the profiles for Doreen and Joanne are that they are both single, under the age of 30, and live next door to each other in a large apartment complex. Doreen and Joanne work different jobs, meaning their social circles likely do not coincide to have men in common. Grissom says both women live in the peeper's comfort zone, so he must live nearby. Greg interrupts to say that he found DNA in the semen stain Nick found under the windowsill; however, there is no match in CODIS. He also notes that the semen had a very low sperm count.

Warrick finds that the shoe print found outside of the house is a size 8. Meanwhile, Catherine speaks to Jacqui Franco, who is able to reshape the smudged print Grissom lifted. The print comes back to a Justin Lamond, who has a non-gaming permit. He is a pool boy at the Tangiers and lives one block from the crime scene. Brass and Catherine go to the Tangiers and find out from Justin's boss where he hangs out during lunch. At a mall, Catherine identifies him as he is riding up an escalator. They pull him aside and find a small computer hidden in his fanny pack as well as a camera in the tip of his shoe, both of which are used to film up women's skirts. Justin is arrested on the spot.

Brass and Catherine interrogate Justin, who says that what he does is legal as long as he doesn't record anyone's voices. Justin defends himself by saying that the girls are asking for it by dressing provocatively. He denies knowing Doreen Brainbridge, but when he's told his fingerprint was found on her window, he admits to spying. Catherine measures his shoe print, but finds that it's three sizes bigger than the one found outside of Joanne's window. Despite that, Brass arrests Justin for a sexually motivated offense, indecent exposure, and gross lewdness.

Warrick summons Catherine and shows her that he found a yellow substance in the shoe mold that could be paint. Under the microscope, Catherine sees that the paint has bits of reflective glass in it; Warrick thinks it could be from road paint. He notes that road paint dries pretty quickly, which means the suspect had to step in the paint on his way to the house. Catherine believes they can narrow down where the suspect originally came from.

Catherine stops by to talk to Grissom, who is looking at the floor plans of the apartments in the complex. He finds that all apartments with "Floor Plan C" are on corner lots, have sliding glass doors, and have high foot traffic, making it easy to break in and leave quickly. Catherine informs Grissom that they're narrowing down the suspect's point of origin. She tells him the road department painted double yellow lines on Avon Avenue at 10PM the night of the assault. Based on the speed of the crew, they would be outside of the apartments at about 10:20 PM. Grissom notes that predators usually widen their comfort zone in a spiral pattern outward. When he inputs the data into the system, he finds that there a lot of C-level apartments in the area.

Grissom says that the suspect is becoming more compulsive, as he previously hit two apartments in one night. Catherine replies that the suspect is probably becoming smarter; since the news is covering the crimes, he may be wearing gloves now. Grissom believes the suspect is evolving and perfecting his crimes, as the suspect is shown entering a woman's house and attacking her.

Grissom gets a call from Brass, who tells him that the sexual assault has moved up to rape. He gets the address from Brass, but tells Catherine that she can handle it because "she looks better on camera." Catherine meets Brass at the scene. The victim is Susie Spiegel, who told police she didn't get a good look at her attacker, but that her attacker was "polite" and wore a condom. Catherine notes that this means they have less evidence to work with. Just then, a woman is heard yelling for the police. She has tackled a man to the ground and claims that she saw him in the bushes. The man is arrested.

The man, Taylor Reed, and the woman, Wendy Orr, are interviewed separately. Wendy claims to have seen Taylor creeping up to a window and, since she is trained in jiu jitsu, she was able to take him down easily. Taylor says he was simply looking for apartments. Since he works during the day, he checks out apartments available apartments at night. Catherine finds this hard to believe, as he would be doing this while there is a rapist on the loose. He pulls classified ads out of his pocket as proof. Catherine asks Taylor what his shoe size is and he replies 8 1/2. She checks the shoes, but sees no yellow paint on the soles. When she asks Taylor if she can look at his other shoes, he declines, saying he values his privacy.

Catherine then tells Taylor that, if he is truly innocent, he can file charges against Wendy for assault. Taylor is reluctant at first, but then decides to file. Catherine gets a DNA swab from an incensed Wendy, who can't believe that charges are being filed against her. Catherine agrees with her, but tells her that in order to catch the rapist, they need Wendy's full cooperation. Wendy relents and hands Catherine her jacket.

Greg stops Catherine in the hallway and informs her that Taylor's DNA was found at another crime scene five months ago. The crime was breaking and entering. There was nothing to compare the DNA to at the time, but now that Taylor's DNA is on file, they have a match.

The team believes that Taylor is their guy. Grissom tells Catherine that Taylor seems to be de-escalating; his area is becoming smaller. Catherine asks him if the address of Taylor's breaking and entering crime is in the zone; Grissom replies that it is. The apartment broken into was a first floor apartment with a sliding glass door, and Taylor cut himself on the glass.

They have narrowed down the epicenter to one block. Catherine believes that if they can find some piece of overlooked evidence from one of the previous crimes, they can tie it to the sexual assaults. Grissom says that if they don't know where Taylor is going, they can go where he's been. Nick and Warrick interview women in the apartment complex, while Brass and Catherine go to another apartment. They knock on the door and are surprised to see Taylor open the door. Taylor says he lives there, but Brass replies that the address doesn't match the one on Taylor's driver's license.

Brass and Catherine enter the apartment, which is full of moving boxes. She guesses that the apartment became available five months earlier, as the previous tenants got tired of all the breaking and entering. She then figures out that Taylor moved into the apartment he committed his first crime in. Catherine notices a mark on the back of Taylor's head and wonders if Taylor wasn't looking for a new apartment, but a new victim.

Catherine walks through the apartment and finds a piece of Taylor's scalp on the carpet, as if it been ripped out. She opens a closet to find a woman on the floor with her arms tied and her mouth taped. The paramedics come, while Taylor is arrested and put in the back of a police car.

Victim: Melissa Winters (alive)

On the case: Sara Sidle

Sara enters a courtroom and watches an attorney, who uses a wheelchair, give an impassioned plea to a jury. The attorney is Sara's friend, Melissa Winters. Melissa informs a surprised Sara that she has handed the upcoming case they were working on to another attorney because she will be dead by the time the trial starts.

Melissa recounts to Sara the event that made her paralyzed. Someone broke into her house, shot her, and killed her husband. Melissa has a scar on her neck from a bullet. The bullet is still inside of Melissa. At the time of the incident, doctors told Melissa that if they removed the bullet, she would die. Over the last few years, the bullet has wandered down into an artery and has caused an aneurysm. She will be going into surgery to remove the bullet, but the odds of her surviving the surgery are not favorable.

Sara visits Doc Robbins for information about Melissa's surgery. He tells her that for the surgery, the heart is actually stopped and the blood is artificially circulated. The objective is to decrease blood pressure in order for the aneurysm to be clipped. The neurosurgeon has just under an hour to go in and clip the aneurysm; one slip will cause a brain hemorrhage, and Melissa will die. When Sara says that Melissa said she was going to die, Doc Robbins says this is the case nine times out of ten.

After Melissa's surgery, Sara visits the hospital and talks to Melissa's surgeon, Dr. Stewart. He tells her that Melissa made it through the surgery. There is no change to mobility, but cognitively, she will be as sharp as she was before. Sara asks him if he was able to remove the bullet during surgery, and Dr. Stewart confirms that he was. She asks for the bullet, as it is the only evidence in Melissa's case.

Sara brings the bullet to Bobby Dawson, who remarks how much tissue there is attached to it. He notes that tissue grew around the bullet to protect the body, and is able to shake loose the tissue by using the equipment in his lab.

Sara looks over the floor plan to Melissa's house, as well as the crime scene photos. Nick briefly stops by and she notices a mark in the husband's exit wound indicating that the husband had to have had his back pressed up against something when he was shot. The CSI who worked the case moved back to Los Angeles. Nick remarks that there are two CSIs you don't want investigating your murder—one in their first week and one in their last week.

Bobby pages Sara and informs her that the bullet pulled from Melissa came from a gun that was used in a liquor store robbery six months ago. The cops not only recovered the gun, but they got the shooter, as well. Sara visits the shooter, Roger Winter, in jail. Roger denies knowing Melissa. However, Sara tells Roger that Melissa was the Assistant District Attorney who prosecuted Roger for assault five years before and got him sent to jail for four years. Roger was heard yelling "what goes around comes around" when leaving the courtroom. Three weeks after Roger got out of jail, Melissa and her husband where shot. Sara tells him the bullet from Melissa and the bullet from the gun in the liquor store robbery were a match. She informs Roger that if there is any bit of physical evidence that places him in Melissa's house, there is no jury that won't give him the death penalty.

Roger admits to being in Melissa's house, as he wanted to surprise her by showing her he knew where she lived. However, Melissa wasn't home. He also admits to breaking into the house and messing it up as a "welcome home" gift. A flashback shows him messing up the apartment when a gun falls from a table, and this is the story he tells Sara.

In the lab, Sara goes over the crime scene photos again, this time on the computer. She finds one photo of Melissa's husband dead on the couch; however, something looks off. She talks things over with Nick, who tells her to go with logic—why would Roger break into the house, shoot two people, and leave the gun behind? Nick also wonders why the gun went undiscovered by CSIs if it was in the room. Sara believes there's a hole in Melissa's story. If the husband was shot while standing up, blood would have dripped from the entry wound down to the belt buckle. However, the blood on the husband's shirt shows that he was lying down when he was shot.

Sara visits Melissa in the hospital and tells her she knows what happened. Melissa didn't find her husband struggling with a stranger. A flashback shows the husband asleep on the couch when Melissa walks up to him and shoots him. Melissa got a nearly retired CSI to work the case and, because of Melissa's reputation and the fact that she was shot as well, everyone decided to believe her account of what happened. In the flashback, the husband is still alive. He sits up, gets the gun off the floor, and shoots Melissa in the neck before dying. Melissa picked the gun up and hid it under the table; if the gun had been found, they would have tested her for gunshot residue.

Melissa tells Sara that, despite being a great attorney, she was too embarrassed to bring up a case against her abusive husband. Sara replies that she fell for all of Melissa's speeches about justice, but Melissa says she still believes in justice. When pressed, Melissa admits that she didn't expect to survive the surgery. Sara tells her that she'll see her in court.


Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Romy Rosemont as Jacqui Franco
  • Gerald McCullouch as Bobby Dawson
  • Elizabeth Mitchell as Melissa Winters
  • Devon Gummersall as Taylor Reed
  • Leslie Grossman as Wendy Orr
  • Joseph Mazzello as Justin Lamond
  • Jeff Kober as Roger Wilder
  • Rick Worthy as Dr. Stewart
  • Chad Morgan as Joanne Crooks
  • Joe Michael Burke as First Officer
  • Hallie Lambert as Susie Spiegel
  • Frank Novak as Judge
  • Ingrid Raines as Doreen Bainbridge
  • Heather Charles as Last Victim (uncredited)
  • Barry Sigismondi as Cruiser Cop (uncredited)


Grissom: The best intentions are fraught with disappointment.
Sara: Emerson?
Grissom: Grissom.


  • 7am by Dirty Vegas.


  • When Sara is narrating her reconstruction of the shooting to Melissa, she says that her husband "...leaned up from a prone position..." to shoot her. However, in the visually reconstructed scene, the husband is lying on his back—that's supine, not prone. Prone is lying on one's stomach.


  • Grissom begins to retreat from hands-on work as his hearing fails. He declines to come to the rape crime scene and lets Catherine handle it.


  • In this episode, Sara talks to Grissom about her "older brother". On the CBS bio page, it states that she is an only child. Biologically, Sara is an only child. However, she was raised in foster care and therefore had foster siblings.
  • Leslie Grossman made a special guest appearance as Wendy Orr in this episode. She is most known for Popular and What I Like About You

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 3
Revenge is Best Served ColdThe Accused is EntitledLet the Seller BewareA Little MurderAbra-CadaverThe Execution of Catherine WillowsFight NightSnuffBlood LustHigh and LowRecipe for MurderGot Murder?Random Acts of ViolenceOne Hit WonderLady Heather's BoxLucky StrikeCrash & BurnPrecious MetalA Night at the MoviesLast LaughForeverPlay with FireInside the Box