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sara_merry99
Date: 2008-02-02 13:32
Subject: Oddball CSI-related Observation
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Location:the hobbit hole
Mood:curious curious
Music:watching: CSI:NY
Tags:csi, fandom

I was scrubbing my bathroom this morning, as it was one of my to do items, and part of the bathroom scrubbing procedure is to clear the tub drain of my hair.

Yuk.

Today's haul was a nasty, wet, matted glob that wound out about the size of a chipmunk.

Double yuk.

While I was clearing the drain, I was thinking about the episode of CSI:NY I watched last night where they observed that the vic had long, beautiful blonde hair and they could probably retrieve a hair from the drain in her bathroom (from which they could determine how long someone had been poisoning her).

So Danny (I believe) goes to her bathroom and pulls out one single long hair, clean, pristine and perfect. That's how it always goes in these CSI shows. One beautiful hair comes out of the drain.

No gunk. No mat. No chimpunk of foulness.

How is that possible? And why would they do that?

It's not like these shows are shy about showing gross stuff (hello, TMI-cam), so why do they gloss over the nasty reality of hair gunk in the drain?

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Mab of the Antipodes: Tea
User: [info]mab_browne
Date: 2008-02-02 19:53 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Tea

I thought I'd comment on IJ for a change. :-) And yes, nobody ever has a truly disgusting drain. Think Susan Fraser's drain in 'Cypher'. For dramatic purposes, Jim sees a pristine arrangement with one perfect feather. But then, people always have clean houses in tv land too, unless there's a specific purpose for the mess.

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sara_merry99: Gen Geeks Crossing
User: [info]sara_merry99
Date: 2008-02-02 21:11 (UTC)
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Keyword:Gen Geeks Crossing

I hadn't thought about Susan Fraser's drain in Cypher, but you're right, that's also a pristine drain.

It's just so strange, particularly for the CSIs which really aren't opposed to showing all manner of nastiness in the name of making a good episode.

I guess it's just a lot more clear what they've got if it's one pretty hair rather than a nasty glob of could-be-anything.

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elmyraemilie: Gil 4X13 Sobran
User: [info]elmyraemilie
Date: 2008-02-03 01:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:Gil 4X13 Sobran

There's gory, and then there's gross. Gory is acceptable, generally speaking--think about the dismembered bits that came out of the sealed barrels in the episode where the off-road bikers come across the body of the Down's-syndrome kid sealed in a barrel (I don't think I'm conflating eps, here). That was disgusting, but in a gory way. It appeals to the Almightly Male 18-34 demographic, and makes those of us who are older and female feel like we're tough because we look at it.

Half-dissolved hair, with which I also have an unfortunate acquaintance,is just disgusting, gray, unphotogenic, and not clearly any color. They needed a blond hair, so they got one out of the drain. Ta-da!!

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sara_merry99: Gen Geeks Crossing
User: [info]sara_merry99
Date: 2008-02-03 02:18 (UTC)
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Keyword:Gen Geeks Crossing

You're probably right! :D The kind of routine grossness that women deal with and men never give us credit for.

The contrast between that one perfect hair in Danny's forceps and the eeeewy glob I was wrangling just hit me awfully damned hard this morning.

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