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CSI Review: "All That Cremains"

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It's hard to go wrong when an episode of CSI starts with a head in a box. From there, "All That Cremains" proved to be a fairly interesting story.

The plot centered on the chopped-up remains of a man that were found packed among various boxes donated to a thrift store. The added oddity that the victim actually died while choking on the cremated remains of his wife made for an even more intriguing angle, with a final twist that the daughter was actually the killer.

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I figured out it was the daughter fairly easily. It was disappointing to be able to piece the mystery together before the CSIs made their final conclusions, but still well worth it for the very creepy performance of Madison Davenport as the victim's daughter, Camryn.

When I went back over some of the details of the crime after the daughter confessed, the precision, brutality, and apparent ease with which the murder was carried out made Camryn seem even more disturbed.

Regarding the body parts, I understand that due to the primetime slot the severed limbs can't look overwhelmingly realistic, but the head and foot from the opening scene looked like props from a Halloween store.

Elsewhere, Katee Sackoff returned as Detective Frankie Reed. The character has a real presence on the show and even when she seems under utilized, there is no ignoring the weight she adds to every scene. I want Reed to remain a staple on the series so that more can be revealed about her.

She seems to have really great chemistry with Nick. And as much as I'd like to see Nick involved in a little romance, I'm hoping the interaction between these two doesn’t automatically jump to a love affair. Not everyone needs to be in an interoffice romance.

Ray's ex-wife was introduced in this episode. Langston's reluctance to correct his co-workers about his relationship seemed a little odd to me. I understand that, despite being divorced for two years, he was still holding on to what he considered the best part of his life, but the way it played out was a bit contrived. It was as if the writers wanted the audience to question if Ray was actually single, even in light of the overwhelming body language and emotion that made it very apparent that he was.

What did everyone else think of the episode?

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What happened with the bomber technician ? She was wonderful....

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In the past, I've noticed that the stories in CSI have seemed close to various other stories that I'd heard elsewhere. My wife and I would watch an episode of some reality based crime show, in which case a rollerblad was used to bludgeon a millionaire, and a month later, we'd see the same basic premise on one of the CSIs. One that comes to mind is the story of the son who used an ax to kill his father (attempt to kill his mother), but the ax didn't completely kill either. Instead, his father's brain was partly functional, making him walk around his house (eat breakfast, get the paper) all while bleeding to death from a head wound. Anyone remember this? Months earlier, this exact true story was shown (re-enacted of course) on an episode of "Forensic Files". Anyway, I always thought it was cool seeing as how the finctional show was representing an interesting real-life case. However, "All That Cremains" is turning that view upside down. Has anyone seen the cult-classic foreign flick and (more importantly) fictional movie "Audtion"? In the movie, a man is lonely (for whatever reason) so his buddy convinces him to hold an audition for a fake movie, that way the man could tell the girls that he was the director, when really he was simply looking to find a mate in life. I don't want to spoil it, but one of the girls he meets with goes crazy waiting for a callback (for the movie or the man, I forget) and eventually takes him hostage, torturing him in gruesome ways. Her preferred method; wire used to saw through arms and legs, bone and all. I won't ruin it for you... it's a truly distubring/good horror flick. Anyway, aside from the who, the setup and the death are identical. It seemed to me, almost, that the writers of CSI knew they were too close, so they changed the killer to the man's daughter, for cliche reasons (he was hard on me, sniffle, sniffle). But even in the CSI version, that daughter is quiet, smart and insane, eerily like the Audition girl. In my opinion, it's a great show but they have always seemed to borderline steal stories. But if they really are stealing other fictional tales, something needs to be said "or in this case, posted.)

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i love all the c.s.i.'s can u keep me updated on them so i dont miss an episode i work nights. t.y. bettyboop

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I agree the plot was a little far-fetched. A young girl could have cut up a body like not could she have killed in such a fashio'n (I don't believe anyhow). Missed Brass and Kathryn. The red head cop is ok tho...I believe the body was cut up with a 'cord saw' of some sort - but Nick didn't take any samples from it, and did not mention it any further. Visit of Langston's x-wife was really strange, as was seeing the actor from 'Breaking Bad' as the new husband-to-be. They need to give Langston some more spark as he is a powerful actor. Hodges comments were overdone. A couple of foot-in-mouth gaffs should have been enough..

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I found this episode to be very far fetched and to defy credibility. How could that little girl have the strength to cut up her father with nothing more than a guitar string? And those boxes containing body parts would have been smelly by the time they were picked up yet no one noticed any odor. Detective Who? Where did she come from? I haven't missed an episode and yet she is so forgettable that I forgot her already. I agree; she has no spark of anything and adds nothing to the show. I found the situation with Langston's wife just plain odd. This show needs better writing to get back to its glory days. AND, BRING BACK GRISSOM!!!

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Good episode, and while I figured out who killed the guy pretty quickly, this girl could give Hannah a run for the money on creepiest child killer!
But I DO NOT LIKE the red haired detective. She's wooden as a fence post--adds NOTHING to any scene. Sophia was so much better! You seem to like this new girl--why? how? Not only does she add nothing, her hair looks like a wig! (Talk about Halloween--she could get better hair at a costume store!!)
And what was with Langston asking questions that were more like a lawyer in a courtroom than questioning a suspect?
Have not looked to see who wrote this one--but several times the dialog was "off"--Langston several times, even when they were opening the boxes of parts--it did not flow well. Poor editing, maybe?
Greg providing the "smack down" was priceless. And it seems Hodges has chronic foot-in-mouth disease this season.

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Did anyone else catch the ITTY BITTY GSR reference-- Sara used another baseball analogy...something like "well, this is homeplate..."

CSI Season 11 Episode 14 Quotes

Detective Reed: You know I've heard of donating a body to science, but a thrift store?
Nick: I wonder how much the killer thought it was worth. I mean, times are tough.

Sara: You know, I actually shop at this store. They have some good stuff.
Detective Reed: They always sell body parts?