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The Strip Strangler
WriterAnn Donahue
DirectorDanny Cannon
Original AirdateMay 17, 2001
Previous Episode: Evaluation Day
Next Episode: Burked

Strip Strangler is the twenty-third episode and season one finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


The team is investigating the ongoing murders by a signature killer who apparently has a pretty extensive knowledge of forensics and is able to not leave any evidence at the crime scenes. Grissom becomes angry when the sheriff invites the FBI to help out with the case. Sara Sidle offers to bait the killer, which upsets Gil even more.


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Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders
  • Robert David Hall as Dr. Al Robbins
  • Glenn Morshower as Sheriff Brian Mobley
  • Skip O'Brien as Detective Ray O'Riley
  • Paula Francis as News Anchor
  • Michael Cerveris as Syd Booth Goggle
  • Rainn Wilson as Guy in Supermarket
  • Randall Slavin as Hunter F. Baumgartner
  • Gregg Henry as Special Agent Rick Culpepper
  • Todd McKee as Bradley Walden
  • Maureen Muldoon as Reporter Lynda Darby
  • Jim Jenkins as Male TV Reporter (uncredited)
  • Lisa Lefevre as Exotic Dancer (uncredited)
  • Troy Martin as Corpse (uncredited)
  • Nicole Randall as Eileen Jane Snow (uncredited)
  • William Wantland as Extra (uncredited)


  • While in the morgue investigating a dead woman, in the close up you can see the woman breathing.


  • Sara shows signs of Asperger's syndrome "We have ascertained that the perpetrator utilises items from the victim's domicile". Asperger's is a mild form of autism, off which that kind of stilted speech is characteristic. Grissom is also known to show signs of Asperger's.
  • Brian Mobley offers Catherine the supervisor position when Grissom is put on forced leave, but she refuses.

See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 1
PilotCool ChangeCrate 'n BurialPledging Mr. JohnsonFriends & LoversWho Are You?Blood DropsAnonymousUnfriendly SkiesSex, Lies and LarvaeI-15 MurdersFahrenheit 932BoomTo Halve and to HoldTable StakesToo Tough to DieFace Lift$35K O.B.O.Gentle, GentleSounds of SilenceJustice is ServedEvaluation DayStrip Strangler