Friday, January 23, 2009

CSI - Recap & Review - The Grave Shift

C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation
“The Grave Shift”

Original Air Date – Jan 22, 2009

Tara – TwoCents Staff Writer
tara@thetwocentscorp.com

It’s Langston’s first day on the job as a CSI Level 1. He arrives with his Inspector Gadgetesque suitcase and wearing a snazzy suit only to discover that CSI is not compatible with suits and that more fingerprint powder isn’t necessarily better. Some burned flesh and spit later, his suit and idealism have been sullied, but he’s still on the job. And somebody dies. As usual.

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  1. C.S.I.: Crime Scene Investigation
    “The Grave Shift”

    Original Air Date – Jan. 22, 2009

    Tara – TwoCents Staff Writer
    tara@thetwocentscorp.com

    It’s Langston’s first day on the job as a CSI Level 1. He arrives with his Inspector Gadgetesque suitcase and wearing a snazzy suit only to discover that CSI is not compatible with suits and that more fingerprint powder isn’t necessarily better. Some burned flesh and spit later, his suit and idealism have been sullied, but he’s still on the job. And somebody dies. As usual.

    Catherine welcomes Langston to his first day and gives him some tips on how to survive being a CSI. Then she throws him his first case, a simple burglary, with Nick.

    As they arrive at the scene, something explodes in the distance. Nick calls in to check it out and sends Langston in to process the scene. Langston screws up the prints pretty quickly by using too much powder. Nick comes in and shows him how it’s done. He does it very nicely though.

    Next, they head to the scene of the explosion, which turns out to be a home that’s under construction. Langston’s suit takes its first beating as he wanders through the gutted and wet interior of the house. Langston’s enthusiasm is untouched though, at least until he sees a body burned to a crisp.

    Poor Langston has to help lift the body and as he does he lifts off a piece of skin. Ew. He tries again, but his tie gets some of the victim on him and he has to cut it off, much to Nick’s amusement. I bet in the next episode he’s wearing jeans.

    The house belongs to Mrs. Kingsley who shows up, distraught, looking for her husband. Apparently, she called 911 a few weeks earlier when her husband tried to commit suicide. Brass thinks that Kingsley unplugged the gas line and then lit a cigarette.

    Langston next encounters a hostile Hodges when he tries to put his tie into evidence. When Hodges finally helps, Langston heads to the autopsy, where he’s allowed to cut into the corpse, being an MD and all. Catherine is impressed by his technique, but less impressed when it shows that Mr. Kingsley was hit on the head prior to the fire, so the case is less suicide and more murder.

    Looking through the trace evidence, Langston figures out that the murderer used a old army trick: a corn meal bomb. He tests out his theory with help from a reluctant Hodges. It’s pretty cool, and it shows that the murderer would have had plenty of time to kill Kingsley, set the bomb, open the gas line, and leave. Even Hodges is impressed by the end.

    Brass finds evidence of an affair between Mrs. Kingsley and her contractor. The contractor killed her husband, because she was going to stay with the “loser”. He was just trying to help her be free. Wow. That’s a full service handyman.

    Back on the burglary case, they trace the stolen goods to a 14 year old boy. Langston’s idealism is tested as he tries to help the boy, but is told that a CSI’s place is just to gather the evidence and not to get involved. It turns out that the thief is the boy’s mother. The team stakes out the boy’s house and arrest the mother when she arrives. It’s pretty awful for the kid, but when Langston tries to talk to him about getting his mother help, the boy spits in his face. Fortunately, Langston isn’t put off, and the episode ends with him spending his spare time practicing fingerprinting.

    In other news, Nick eats a fly (ew), and Catherine gives him Grissom’s office. Apparently that’s how you get an office on CSI. I wonder what Grissom ate. Nick is uncomfortable with the idea at first, but in the end, offers to share the office with Greg and Riley. Aw.

    I wasn’t sure how I’d like Laurence Fishburne’s character, but he won me over in this episode. At first, he seemed very stiff and formal, but in this episode, Laurence Fishburne really let loose and you could see Langston’s eagerness for the job shining through. I’m definitely on board now. How about you? For Langston or against? And, since when is it not a CSI’s job to interfere? They always interfere! Maybe Riley didn’t get the memo.

    What did you think? Are you still going to stay tuned to a Grissom-less CSI? Leave your TwoCents below.

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