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CSI: One to Go (part two)

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 16th 2009 11:09AM
CSI(S09E10) "It feels like Grissom's last big game. I want to win it for him." -- Nick to Catherine

If you're a fan of closure, if you like solutions and results and answers, here was the episode for you. Grissom's exit gave the writers and producers of CSI a chance to present a show which encompassed most of the elements that characterize what makes this show so popular.

It was sort of a greatest hits episode, if you will, topped with the one scene that kept viewers glued to the set till the end credits. If you missed it by turning away after Grissom's nostalgic stroll through the offices, I'll tell you all about what happened...after the jump.

But first, there was the conclusion of the Dick and Jane Killer case. There was a great urgency to figure it out, with Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) teaming with Grissom and help catch the serial killer who is aping jailed serial killer Nate Haskell and currently holding a woman, Maureen Masters, somewhere in Arizona, California or Nevada. Knowing Haskell's pattern, the CSI team plus Langston, had to move quickly.

As if to underscore the gruesomeness of the crime, there were horror movie like scenes of Masters strapped to an operating table in a torture chamber like house. Close ups on surgical instruments and weird metal contraptions added to the fear. It was not for the faint of heart. It was all bloodless for TV, but frightening nonetheless.

Grissom came up with a novel way to find Haskell's lair. Nick called it forensic astronomy, as Gil explained the connection between Ansel Adams' photos and lunar cycles. It was really smart and gave Grissom, Greg and Nick a good project to work on together. I was completely lost, but that's okay. I'm not a scientist. Fortunately, it worked. Before Donover could use the electrodes on Maureen, before the scene could get any more disgusting, the cops put a bullet in his brain and kill the SOB. Beneath the floorboards, the skeletal remains of the dead "Dicks" were discovered.

Langston revealed how undone he was by the case, feeling responsible because Haskell used him to deliver a message to Donover. "People lie, professor. All we can count on is the evidence," Gil warns Langston. In that moment, I felt like Grissom was channeling Gregory House, only in House's case, he might say all we can count on are the symptoms.

Not everything in the show was grim. When Gil spoke to Conrad about bringing Langston into the case, the new undersheriff questioned if there were bugs in his office; Grissom said he had bugs in his office. It was like Abbott & Costello's "Who's On First?" bit.

Another light moment came when Hodges tried to impress Langston, bragging about how CSI works, "We go into hyperdrive, this is what we live for," Grissom's reaction shots were priceless. Later, Hodges complained about Grissom leaving, referencing The Thin Blue Line, the Butterfly Effect and Sherlock Holmes. "Who is Watson without Sherlock Holmes?" he asked woefully. It was a nice touch of emotional longing from a minor character who has Grissom on a pedestal.

Finally, the finish. What was next for Grissom? We got to see. Grissom hiking in Costa Rica, wearing that goofy straw hat, ignoring the fascinating bugs, GPS in hand as he goes to find Sara's camp. When he gets there, he drops his knapsack and kisses her ardently.

Sappy/happy ending? Yes, perhaps, but closure. If the death of Warrick Brown was a wake up call to Gil Grissom to get some life into his life, leaving Las Vegas and reuniting with Sara is the answer.

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Morjana Coffman

Loved the last scene with Grissom and Sara.

January 16 2009 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What impressed me is how they were able to take a series of unfortunate "incidents" (major actors leaving/having personal issues) and weave them into a coherent story that lasted several seasons, culminating in this gem. The result is almost as good as if they'd planned this three years ago.

Only thing lacking was more of a call-out to Nick from Gil (or vice versa). After the moments they shared in "Grave Danger" a couple years ago, I was hoping to see it brought back up.

Great, satisfying ending.

I will still watch CSI, but consider it more of a spin-off now. I just hope that, with the same writing and production crew, they're able to do better than the "official" spin-offs...because they're just not worth watching.

January 16 2009 at 6:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce N.

Gonna miss you, Gil. I, for one, am happy that he went to Sara. The best of the CSI's will never be quite the same.

January 16 2009 at 3:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alicia R.

Loved the throw back to the ER ending...

But Doug and Carol's was so much better!

January 16 2009 at 2:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Same as Cindy-It was the Jane's bodies they found.

It has always been my favorite of the CSIs too.

It was a good ending. I would have been just as happy if it had been Lady Heather instead of Sarah (but she did look really good in the shorter hair). The kiss was a bit much.

A couple of other points-

What happened to the Grissom's dog? Did I miss what he did with it?

Where was the going away party? In really life, there would always be something for a long time employee who was leaving. Even if it was just cake in the break room. They could mentioned it in passing, letting us know it would be happening later (off screen).

January 16 2009 at 1:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to mb's comment

In my last 4 jobs we never had going away parties for people.

January 16 2009 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Grissom once told Warwick that when he left there wouldn't be any cake in the break room, that he'd just be gone. Which is how it was. The best touch though was that the only one who really saw him go and acknowleged it was his "work wife" Catherine who smiled and winked at him. And not for the first or even the hundredth time I wondered why on earth he wasn't with her instead of Sara.

January 16 2009 at 6:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cindy Gibson

In your post, you said they found the Dick's under the floor boards. It was the Jane's they found. He always dumped the men but they never had found the women.
I loved the show though. It was the perfect ending and the case was a very good intro for the new guy. It also leaves room for Gil to return from time to time for a visit.
I hope the show stays interesting now that there have been so many face changes. I alsways liked this one best of the three CSI's

January 16 2009 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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