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CSI: Rashomama

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 28th 2006 2:41PM

CSI; CBS; Rashomama

(S06E21) I normally don't watch this show, which means I never review it. That being said, I'm glad I tuned in last night because it was fantastic. It case you couldn't pick up on it, the title (and the entire story) are an homage to the Kurosawa classic Rashômon. The episode, just like the film, gave the deatils of the crime from everyone's point of view. The "mama" in Rashomama refers to the victim, a prominent Vegas lawyer who happened to be the mother of the groom at a wedding.

It took the team almost 9 hours to process the crime scene, and then it all fell apart because Nick, Greg, and Sara decided to get a cup of coffee. While they were sitting in the diner, someone stole Nick's SUV and it had all the evidence in it. That's, um, what do you call it? Oh, right - not good.

I'll say this - never does this show lack creativity. The way the body was discovered? Awesome. As the groom and bride drove away in their "Just Got Married" convertible, the car dragged the obligatory empty cans... and the groom's mother. See? Awesome.

After the the chief gave Grissom and Nick a good ol' talking to, it came down to checking out the wedding DVD and having everyone rehash their version of the story. Who they interviewed? What evidence they collected? What conclusions they came to? Everyone's story started out the same, but they all took different turns to complete the puzzle. It was really well written. I found it funny that everyone had a different view of weddings and love as depicted through the flowers. Sara thought the flowers were fake. Nick thought they were fragrant, beautiful, and aromatic. Grissom didn't see the flowers; just the bugs on them.

However, Greg's flashback and re-telling was by far the best. Remember how I argued (long ago) that Nick should be killed off and Greg needs more screen time? Well this proved it. The show was getting a little stiff for me when I made that argument, so maybe I was harsh in advocating Nick's demise... but Greg is just too funny. His flashback was in black and white and he told it from the perspective of a 1950's film-noir detective. It was great.

Oh geez, almost forgot. Am I the only one who had completely forgotten about Chris Hardwick? He played the best man (and the guy who stole the SUV), but I was pretty sure he was done with anything show business related. Especially since I only remember him for hosting Singled Out and Shipmates.

Regardless, this was still a fantastic episode. Usually I take notes when I'm watching a show that I review. If I fill up one page and then start jotting down more in the margins and in between the lines, it's a good sign. I'm definitely looking forward to the final few episodes to see what happens because I'm into it again. I think taking some time away from this show made it fresh again. Plus, this whole thing has everyone asking questions. Good stuff.

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Nick rocks

I really liked that episode and i agree that Nick should NOT be killed of, he is a great character, just because the script has Greg having the better of the Jokes doesn't mean he is the best Joker, take back a few episodes ago when Greg and Grissom were working on that case of a fute telling women or sommit a whole episode full of Greg and No Nick, then in Gum drops, Nick and Greg had equal parts, i like it when Grissom isn't their as Nick and greg get good parts, and know they have been split it's better as you know every one will be in one in two episodes every week!

June 25 2006 at 6:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Samsara

Stop picking on Nick.

He's a great character and as stated before, killing off a character is not going to give Greg more screen time. The writers seem to like bringing in newer characters as opposed to giving the originals more screen time.

Great episode.

May 15 2006 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary P

I never miss CSI. If I am not going to be home I tape it. I like all the CSI shows.

May 10 2006 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Vox

Add me to those that enjoyed this episode...it was great...and yes, Gregg's version (which reminded me more of Mike Hammer than a 50's detective...but then again, I'm not old enough to have seen the 50's movies/shows :) was great...and yes, Grissom needs the bone chick back in town :)

April 29 2006 at 5:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Liz Newcomb

You aren't the only ones who enjoyed it! Because of a hockey game, my husband and I missed the first 15 minutes or so and had to try to figure out what happened on our own, but we put it together pretty quickly. I agree that Greg's story was by far the funniest, though I enjoyed seeing all the different points of view.

April 28 2006 at 3:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kelly

I absolutely LOVE CSI.... I just started watching it this year... and at night on SPIKE TV they have 2 shows back to back.. So I figure I have a lot of shows to watch and catch up on before the new season starts. I love how they occasionally bring back characters from past shows. Grissom needs a love interest, and Sara Needs Vacation... Gosh I Love this show!!!!

April 28 2006 at 3:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Emily

You are the first person I have come in contact with that liked last night's episode. I realized what they were doing almost immediately. My husband hated it and fell asleep within minutes. My boss declared the episode the "worst CSI ever" and a couple other coworkers said they turned it off.

Guess we are the only ones who enjoyed it. C'est la vie.

April 28 2006 at 3:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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