CSI Season Finale Review: The Fate of Nate Haskell

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Was this Ray Langston's swan song? That's the only question on my mind after watching "In a Dark, Dark House."

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Ray killed Nate Haskell, which isn't exactly shocking. Most of the moments since Haskell's escape have been foretelling of a final showdown. We've known that someone dying was going to be the only viable resolution, lest the cycle continue on forever.

The surprising bit was that Ray didn't kill Nate in self defense. He let his darker side emerge and let his vengeance fly. Not that I could blame him after everything Haskell had put him through. And maybe that wasn't even all that shocking.

Here's the question, though: how can Ray continue to be a CSI after what he's done? How can his colleagues at the lab ever look at him the same way?

The guys seem to have Ray's back for the most part. I think Nick and Greg can fully convince themselves that no matter the lingering questions left by the evidence, Ray killing Haskell was entirely justified. Even Doc Robbins was on board, making sure Ray knew he's a good man by telling him so. Brass obviously knows the whole truth, but Brass has had his darker moments, and would have done the same thing in Ray's shoes.

On the surface, Catherine seems to be letting this go, but just underneath I have to wonder if she isn't a little bothered by the possibility that Ray acted in cold blood.

Sarah, on the other hand, was the only team member acting as a CSI. She had questions, and because Brass was smart, the evidence proved Ray acted in self defense. It does seem like she saw past that trick, but with no other evidence she'd have to let it go. She had followed the trail as far as it would lead her, but she'll probably always have her doubts.

Schultz from I.A. wasn't exactly a popular guy with the team, but I was sort of on his side. The reasons why don't always matter in the eye of the law. He's after justice, and his final question to Ray - "Was it self defense or was it murder?"- won't be answered until next season.

Unless Ray leaves the lab, the repercussions from this episode will echo into next season. It's hard to say whether it will help or hinder the show.

There was a hint that Gloria, Ray's ex-wife, may have been impregnated by Nate Haskell. That would certainly make for some added drama.

I was happy that Ray killed Haskell right away, and the show was about whether it was a murder or self defense. I was a little worried the tired plot of the CSIs having to rescue one of their own was going to be used again.

This was a dark and brutal episode. All the scenes flashing between evidence being collected at the crime scene and Gloria gave me chills. I think it heightened my support for Ray, and the struggle he felt within himself to be good.

I can't give this episode a perfect rating, generally for little things I found lacking. But it was solid and left me anxious for next season to start. I really can't ask for more than that.


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Ray killing Haskell was NOT justified. He had the guy subdued so he was no longer a threat and back up had been called. Ray's decision to cut him loose and then kill him makes Ray a murderer. How many "you can't take the law into your own hands" episodes have there been not only on this show but the entire CSI franchise? And then we're supposed to believe it's OK for Ray to not follow the law and be judge, jury and executioner for Haskell? I don't think so. Ray needs to, at the very least, lose his job and actually he should be brought up on charges.


OMG I thought this episode was fantastic, all of it, Ray was justified in killing this monster totally, after what he'd done do him and Gloria. Thank god.. and why on earth is anyone bringing up WP/Grissom? He's gone and thank god, Laurence Fishburne is a far better actor and his character is electryfing and scintillating from the onset. So many layers and such a astonishing man in every way shape and form. His aura is incredible He's the best thing to ever have happened to this show. And he's going to be in S/12. I love him and am so glad he's on CSI!


Really? I'll agree that Ray hasn't brought to CSI: what was there before with Grissom but that's because we were used to and loved Grissom for 9 years! Of course it won't be the same. We need not compare the two. And seriously, the team never had to really endure a serial killer like Nate; not the miniature killer when she went after Sara, nor the guy who went after Nick. Nate caused Ray his KIDNEY! Those guys were scarred but mentally. Ray is scarred for life as he said and not only that, did anyone really notice what happened to Gloria? Saying that Ray was weak for allowing Nate to get to him like that is unfair when Ray more than anyone knows what Haskell could've done to Gloria - inanimate objects, force, fish hooks etc. This was one of their most interesting and intense episodes yet and though I'm one of the biggest Grissom fans and am not a Ray-stay-on-CSI fan, I wouldn't have expected the outcome of the story any different. Mendelsohn and co. did a good job.


I think the killing of Nate Haskell could be justified as a crime of passion anyway - how could you see someone you love has been treated like that and not want to get revenge. Not to say it is right, but I don't think it makes Ray any more dangerous. It's not like he'll ever be in that position again. I can't believe that so many people don't have pity for Ray because he was stabbed, his ex-wife was raped and horribly abused by this man. Could you say you yourself would be able to control yourself at that point. I mean, come on, Americans the country over just celebrated the death of Bin Laden, who was at that point unarmed and probably could have been captured.


can you say the same for real life and how Navy seals kill Bin landan


I thought the episode was well done and intense, but I was thoroughly disappointed with how it played out. Ray killed a man; was it justified? Maybe, but it's still murder. And he brought the whole team down with him. I resent Ray even more after this episode.
I agree, Sara was the only one doing her job, following the evidence and finding the truth. Hopefully, she'll confide in her hubby, and maybe he'll return to help Catherine set things straight. I know I will never trust Ray again. And Brass will have to face consequences as well. Next time he, or Ray, accuses someone of tampering with evidence, or vigilante murder, I will cry 'Foul!'.
Seriously, if Nate impregnated Gloria and his storyline continues, I will personally seek out and destroy Carol Mendelsohn's house. This needs to end.


Alright, fist off, Grissom isn't coming back as a series regular. He's only been gone for 3 seasons and 1/2. I know it's hard not having Grissom on the show, but it's the truth. Second, I expect Ray to be back full season again. Third, I think Elisabeth Harnois is preparing to replace Marg. They let Marg's character sink out of CSI during season 12. Finally, I hope CSI gets through a couple more seasons before thet take it off the air.


i was surprised to see so many negative comments. this was my favorite episode of the last several seasons. i am not a big sara fan or a big ray fan, but i liked what they did with each of them in this ep. i also enjyed seeing a little humanity from conrad, who i normally detest.


This was so boring. I decided last minute that I was going to watch it, and I regret doing it. Honestly, it was pretty typical. I expected the team to have Ray's back. Though, I did love Sara. The fact that Ray let Haskell get the best of him proves to me that he is a weak character. It just adds to the fact that I already don't like Ray. Based on the way the episode ended, I'm assuming the season 12 premier will once again be a Ray episode. Lovely. (please note the sarcasm.) T


I enjoyed the episode, if one can say that about such a disturbing episode. That said, I also felt that the characters were acting out of character. Sara even lampshaded this by saying that whenever other members of the team have had their dark moments, the others have reminded them of the right path. This episode kind of left a taste of Catherine, Nick, Greg and Brass all being awful people for protecting Langston, and Langston having killed a guy just for revenge. I think Sara stayed true until the end, and Hodges and the other squint didn't have much say in the final tally, so their morals are probably intact, which is more than one can say about the rest of the team. Yikes. What "Thorpe" did to Gloria was just plain awful, especially because it was just to hurt Langston. On a more superficial note, does Nick look older these days?

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CSI Season 11 Episode 22 Quotes

Look, we are the only two people in the world who know what really happened here. And it stays between you and me. Cos' if I.A. gets a hold of it internal affairs is gonna kick this up to a criminal case. They'll try you for murder, Ray. They'll lock you up...And it won't just be you you'll be crucifying.


Doc Robbins: After everything that's happened between the two of you it's natural that you'd need some reflection.
Ray: Reflection...That's what he saw when he looked at me.
Doc Robbins: That's what he wanted you to believe. He wanted to bring you into that house with him. He wanted to make you a helpless child just like him.