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"CSI's" Jorja Fox, William Petersen

Well, at least the Mormon character on "CSI" wasn't the killer. He was only an embezzler and a gambler.

On last week's top-rated crossover between "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "Without a Trace," Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) was convinced that Tom Michaels (Denis O'Hare) had not only murdered a woman and kidnapped a young boy in New York six years earlier, but that he'd killed another woman and another boy in Las Vegas.

Malone rather quickly learned that he was wrong. Not only was Michaels not the murderer, but the dead boy was his son.

"He's a Mormon from Utah," he said. "He stole $10,000 from the church — entry level into a poker game. Figured he'd win the money, replace it before they noticed."

Apparently, in fictional "CSI" land, tithing funds aren't very well protected.

And, apparently, Michaels wasn't exactly a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Once the CSIs got done running their DNA tests, there was, ahem, irrefutable evidence that he had had sex with the ex-girlfriend/murder victim with whom he had left his son.

Ah, well. At least a TV show had a Mormon character without a single reference to polygamy. And that's rare.

THERE ARE an increasing number of references to LDS temple garments on TV. And in the oddest places.

Recently, the E! network show "The Soup" — which mocks all things on television — was doing a bit about how Marie Osmond's performance on "Dancing With the Stars" was appraised by judge Len Goodman.

"Last week, Len's criticism knocked Marie Osmond flat on her special undergarments," said "Soup" host Joel McHale, referencing her fainting spell. "This week, he let her maintain consciousness so he could belittle her dancing."

It's interesting to note he didn't feel the need to explain the comment.

IT WASN'T OSMOND who McHale was really mocking, however, it was Goodman.

The "Dancing" judge went on to tell Osmond that she danced "like a gypsy around a campfire cooking your sausages."

That was just weird.

HERE'S AN INDICATION of what people who don't live in Utah think about those of us who do.

In a recent episode of the "Late Show With David Letterman," the host was doing his "fun facts" bit — a series of unrelated "facts" from the "Federal Bureau of Miscellaneous Information."

And Letterman got a lot of laughter and applause for this one: "Hardware stores in Utah require male and female pipe couplings to be kept in separate aisles."

Again, at least it wasn't a polygamy joke.

C'MON, THAT JOKE was pretty funny. But others were funnier still.

Even this one, which most of the members of the studio audience didn't seem to get:

"Pete Seeger has received countless noise complaints from his neighbors for hammering in the morning," Letterman said.

At least bandleader Paul Shaffer got it.

And this one:

"Despite his escape skills, Harry Houdini spent 12 years trapped in a bad marriage," Letterman said.

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