CSI: Leaving Las Vegas
(S07E11) This was an incredibly frustrating episode. As much as I love this show, episodes like this are why I don't review it weekly like I do CSI: Miami. At least with Caruso and the Miami crew, I know what I'm getting week in and week out: a cheesy, campy, and thoroughly enjoyable over the top soap opera. With CSI, it's far too often a crap shoot. And that's lousy because I expect this show to be good. Where did CBS get off telling viewers that this would be "an hour of television we'd never forget?"
Not only was Grissom's temporary departure unemotional, bland, and short (he was in the episode for about five minutes), but it left hanging questions that don't need to be hanging. First off, are he and Sara on or off? I'm indifferent to the situation (I know plenty of viewers were miffed by it after last season's finale), but what was with the awkward good-bye between them? Not to mention that fact that every bit of advice he gave and hug he received was in the preview for the episode anyway.
Then, in CBS' second promotional blunder, where the heck was Keppler? Don't put out a promotional website that lists 1/4/07 as the day we get an answer to "Who is Keppler?" and not have the guy show up in the episode! That's just lousy right there. Granted, I was only expecting to see Liev Schreiber briefly in the last minute of the episode, but still... I had every reason to expect him. We all did.
Now here's why I said this show is a crap shoot. Despite all that I'm complaining about, this had one hell of a cliffhanger and I never saw it coming. Did anyone think that the miniature replica killer was still out there? I thought Ernie Dell did it. Nope. Grissom got a package on his desk after he left and through the magic of television, we got to see inside of it. Another replica and that means another murder. We can shelve that though because it's going to sit on Gil's desk until he gets back. Unless Keppler opens it... if he shows up.
The rest of the episode was standard CSI fare and it focused on Catherine trying to nail a guy for a new set of murders since he had already been acquitted of another. It brought back the sleazy defense attorney Adam Novak too. Remember him? Catherine had a one night stand with him and he pushed her around a little? Guy was a drunk? Get a hold of "Weeping Willows" from season five. It's a good one. For you trivia buffs out there, Novak is played by Alan Rosenberg, Marg Helgenberger's real-life husband.
Alright, sound off people. Was Grissom's departure everything you hoped it would be? I wasn't the least bit satisfied with it.