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CSI - Fingers Threw Concrete?
In this episode it starts with the Phillips Plumbing van in the driveway of a house. The camera pans downward underground to a plumber crawing under a house looking for a leak. He gets poked in the ribs by an object near the foundation wall. He looks to find four fingers poking out of the hardened poured concrete foundation. They discover that the body was encased in the foundation form and the concrete poured over the body. Why does this make an error? Being around construction sites I can tell you about form filled foundations. Reinforced plywood forms are setup to the design of the foundation. The concrete is poured into the form and the job is done. The fingers are impossible to show as they did on several reasons. The concrete was flat all around the base of the fingers. In order to do that holes would have had to be drilled into the plywood and the fingers put thru to seal the hole to keep the concrete from comming out, At least two joints from each finger was shown. After two years of decomp the cartilage would have rotted away leaving the bones on the ground. Now lets assume this was done. It takes a crew of at least 4 people to pour concrete into a foundation form. 1 to pour, 1 to run the pump and 2 to spread the concrete. The show declares it was a 1 man operation. It takes at least 2 people to remove the forms 3 days later. Someone would have seen the hand. The building inspector had to inspect the foundation prior to the continued construction, hard for that person to miss. The stench of rotting flesh would have been {Sorry for the pun} a dead give away. Editors Do your job.
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Special Requirements: Phillips Plumbing in start of episode
Contributed By: Viper0239 on 10-11-2005 and Reviewed By: Shadow, Baby5566
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meperson writes:
I think the key here is suspension of disbelief. The Powers That Be may well know the actual process, but altered it to fit a practical plot. There are other instances where the reality of a situation and the practicality of it for a show do not mesh, so disbelief is suspended in favor of good tv, for example it is basically outside of the realm of possibility to get any DNA evidence processed within one shift. However, DNA is processed quickly because it makes for good TV.
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