gender-bending: CSI ‘Ch-Ch-Changes’


CSI ‘Ch-Ch-Changes’

A young woman is pulled over for speeding and is later found murdered in her car. In her car the CSI team find two IDs: one identifying her as Wendy Garner (Sarah Buxton), a dancer at the Tangiers, and one for a Walter Clancy.

The autopsy reveals that not only had she had cosmetic surgery – including breast implants and collagen in her lips – but also gender reassignment surgery.

They question Wendy’s fellow dancers at the Tangiers, several of whom have also had gender reassignment surgery. One of them, Mimosa (Kate Walsh) provides Grissom with information which ultimately helps solve the case.

The makeup

This episode was nominated for an Emmy award for Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic); the nominees were: Melanie Levitt (department head makeup); Matthew W Mungle (special makeup effects); Perri Sorel (key makeup artist); Pam Phillips (special fx makeup).

Kate Walsh’s makeup included a pair of prosthetic lips. Kate Walsh later commented in an interview that the makeup gave her ‘a real sense of what it would be like to have inflated collagen lips’. She hated the way it threw the ‘natural balance of proportions’ of her face. But an over-the-top trout pout was precisely the point.