CSI Recap, Review & Discussion

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Back on the case, Nick and Langston check out the casino where Wilkes was drinking the evening of the accident. While searching through the videos they find that Ocampo’s security consultant, Tom O’Neil had met with Wilkes three hours before the accident. Upon questioning by Brass, O’Neil admits to the meeting, but implies that it was to get Wilkes to leave Olivia Hamilton alone. With O’Neil confident in his answers, Langston enters the room with a bag recovered from O’Neil’s room. Inside, they find a helmet with airbag dust on it.

After some chit chat between Catherine and Sara about team leadership, unity and baseball we return to the moment where the episode started. This time we get to see what’s happening. Some men dressed in suits and sunglasses enter the morgue, make a mess and start to leave with a body. Shooting occurs and Langston pulls out some Karate moves. Outside the delivery van pulls up and the well dressed men throw the body bag inside. Nick and Sara catch the delivery van outside and start shooting at them.

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In the aftermath, we not only find out that two people (unknowns) who were shot from the lab, but they’ll recover. We also find out that the men in the suits were Russian mobsters posing as morticians. The team believes that the mobsters were after the actress’s body, but we find out that the body taken was the robbery victim from Greg’s case.

As in the usual CSI fashion, the two cases of the episode come together as we find out that Greg’s robbery victim is Olivia Hamilton’s father. After Nick and Sara visit another crime scene in the woods where a wood chipper is situated, we find what the Russian mobsters mulched the stolen body.

As the episode starts wrapping up, we find that Ocampo’s security consultant, Tom O’Neil was paid, by an outside source, to break up the relationship because his client and Olivia Hamilton. As O’Neil was trailing Olivia, he catches her meeting with and old man (her father). O’Neil gets curious and questions the old man, not knowing it’s her father. O’Neil’s questions anger Olivia’s father and things quickly get physical. During the altercation, O’Neil accidently killed Olivia’s father. Overwhelmed by murdering someone, O’Neil felt that there was only one thing to do; Kill Olivia Hamilton as he would no longer have a connection to the murdered her father and the relationship between her and Ocampo would be over. O’Neil used Wilkes, a known stalker, as a fall guy to him murdering Olivia Hamilton.

With no proof, Langston theorizes that the reason for mulching the body was that something in, on or about the body could connect him to the murders. With Nick and Sara gloved up and digging around in the human mulch, they find one of O’Neil’s cufflinks. Olivia’s father swallowed it during their altercation and O’Neil noticed it on an X -ray in the lab.

With Tom O’Neil arrested, we’re back in the lab. Nick and Greg are playing around with the tarantula shown in the beginning of the episode. After some messing around, Nick realizes that they’re not looking at his tarantula but “little Stevie” who one of Grissiom’s tarantulas that went missing a long time ago. After that realization, Catherine beckons Nick into her office where she promotes Nick to assistant supervisor for the graveyard shift. Nick doesn’t seem too thrilled.

We close the episode with Langston and Doc in the morgue looking over the body of Joseph Biggalo. As they theorize what had killed him, Doc cuts open his chest and something shocks them. It cuts to black before anything is revealed.


As there was little build up from last season, there weren’t any continuing storylines that needed to be addressed right away. Overall, I’m not really impressed with this episode. I felt that I was 12 steps ahead the entire way. Sure, the father was a surprise, but after I saw the man in the hospital five minutes into the start of the episode, I knew he wasn’t the killer. It just doesn’t work that way.

Maybe I’ve been spoiled with great storylines like the miniature killer, but I wouldn’t consider this a great start to the season. Especially with how poorly they used Sara’s character. I’m sure there are many logical production reasons why they had to do what they did, but as a viewer, I don’t care. I see Sara and I see her used poorly. I don’t see production only having Jorja Fox for two days of shooting. One thing I will note – It was interesting how they used Riley’s “departure” to progress Catherine’s storyline and character development.

Overall, it was a decent episode. Something that will entertain you, but one you’ll skip on reruns.

What did you think? Was Sara’s return everything you hoped for? Are you excited for this season of CSI? More importantly, what was in that man’s chest at the end of the episode?


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  1. The Irony here is I caught this during commerials because I was Watching Fringe and figured I could catch this on reruns!

  2. Another CSI season starter disappointment. It was a good episode, don’t get me wrong, but it felt with how they had hyped up the episode with the great promos the actual scene was very short and nothing really came from it. With what I’ve heard about all three CSI’s being connected I thought for sure with the similarities in stories with NY and Las Vegas (doesn’t watch Miami) this was how they were going to do it. All CSI divisions being attacked simultaneously by one group I’m afraid wasn’t meant to be. What I thought was going to be the start of a new great arc wasn’t. On an another note Fishborn’s character continues to be great ( bad@$$ kick there man, very Morpheus against Agent Smith look-alikes) developing and growing as he finds his place within the team. I like how their showing the distress within the team as well. Things didn’t just go back to normal after Gruesom left, as it shouldn’t. Bringing back Sara is a major bummer as I had hoped we were done with her flat character. Overall I still think that the more minor characters ( the techs )need more light as the veterans of the show seems to be waning. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for another great story arc like the miniature-doll house killer, one that fully explores Fishbourn’s character and gets some growth within the others.

  3. Loved The Matrix heavy opening. Liked that Lawrence Fishburn could still do the high kick after all these years. The Agent Smith look a likes were fun. The “bullet time” shots were nice. It was really a great opening. It didn’t same like they were trading on Fishburn having been in The Matrix but more of an homage that I enjoyed. It wasn’t subtle. Just right in your face. Nice touch.

    The episode was fine but I had two problems. 1) After so much build up the crime was easily solved at the end. Disappointed. And 2) Marg Helgenberger’s face lift was a distraction in every scene she was in. I didn’t even know she’d had one until I saw this episode and all I could do was stare at her face and obsess over how surprised she looked the entire show. If that isn’t a facelift they’ve got a hell of a gaffer on staff!

    Sara was too little too late but I liked seeing her again. Greg being a little b**** was actually kind of fun. I hate Catherine’s management style and it’s obvious that her “my way or the highway” attitude isn’t going to work. Nick got promoted to her old position was nice. God knows he’s put in the time.

    They seem to have easily gotten over Warrick Brown’s death. Not even a mention of him, that I noticed.

    I really like Fishburn in this role. He’s brought some life into the show and a change of pace. Hopefully he’ll have more than this season to make an impression but 10 years is a long time to be on the air especially after losing a major cast member. Hopefully the writers will be able to hold the fans attention. I know I’ll tune in at the very least to see what Lawrence Fishburn is up to.

  4. A great intro for a rather dull case. I left Las Vegas shortly after Grissom, but wanted to catch this episode to see how well the show has evolved since the major departures of Warrick and Grissom. The dismissal of Riley’s character was weak and I didn’t understand how Sara went from being “unable” to do the job last season to being happy-go-lucky this episode. The idea of the lab being attacked/blown-up has become stale and it’s sad that they’re recycling guest star villains. I always enjoy watching Garret Dillahunt, but he was already a CSI bad guy several seasons ago (“Precious Metal”). But, he pulled it off well here, just as he did on Deadwood. One other slight note, it seemed strange that Langston was promoted to CSI-2 in the same episode where Nick is made supervisory assistant, yet in the field Langston seemed to be leading Nick. For a show that really set the tone for years, this episode seemed to lack the same heart it once had.

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  6. Hi,
    I’m an avid fan of C.S.I… for years I’ve been watching the three.
    From the three, I like more C.S.I. Miami. Specially the casting.
    I’ve been learning a lot, though I have change some of views where in it’s real life, some unexpected crime happen everywhere, whenever and whoever.
    To all the cast of C.S.I. family wishing you more power!!!!

    note: May I request if I could have one T-shirt from C.S.I. I’ll be happy if you could send me one..