First 'Bad Words' Plot Details Revealed

By Caillan
February 21, 2004 - 10:15 PM

When a teenage girl dies in a house fire, no one is above suspicion in the nineteenth episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's fourth season, "Bad Words".

The victim, Sabrina Abernathy, died of smoke inhalation in the fire, according to CSI Files sources. Because Sabrina was supposed to be having a sleep-over at a friend's house, her mother, Jessica, didn't even know she was home, and thus didn't tell the firemen to look for her. The other members of the family, eight-year-old Sam, grandmother Martha and Jessica herself, survived the fire.

The CSIs initially suspect a serial arsonist, since there was a garage fire on the same street in the previous week. Present at both incidents was the fiesty Viva Charles, who was arrested for attempted arson. Nick interrogates her, but discounts her as a possible suspect — although she has a passion for fire, she's no murderer.

Nick soon has another lead. In the Abernathys' garage he discovers a pile of high school newspapers reduced to ash. Sabrina was the editor of the school paper and had been preparing an expose on the baseball team — the captain, who was over 18, had allegedly procured a hooker for the boys to enjoy. How far would they go to keep it quiet?

While Warrick, Catherine and Nick work the Abernathy fire, Grissom and Sara are at a Scrabble tournament investigating the death of one of the players, Adam Burrows. Burrows was one of the best out there, and in the high-stakes world of Scrabble (well, high-stakes to the participants), it seems some people will do anything to win.

Please note that the above plot details have not been confirmed by CBS, Alliance Atlantis or Bruckheimer Films, and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour. The above information comes from an early draft of the script and details may change before the episode goes to air.

"Bad Words" will air later in 2004.

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