CSI Review: Diebenkorn, and I Don't Care

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It appears that we have met the “Yin” to Zen Master Diebenkorn Russell’s “Yang." Indeed, welcome to CSI “blood whisperer” Julie Finlay.

I have to start with the biggest shocker: DB’s full first name is Diebenkorn. Really? I so didn't see that coming. Actually, there were a few unexpected moments between DB and Julie in "Seeing Red" that indicated we have just scratched the surface of the deeper relationship between these two.

DB Russell with Julie "Fin" Finlay

The first clue was Julie’s insistence that they will never speak of the past. Second, was her comment about how “we know how it ended last time.” Third, you have DB and Julie both confirming how long she had been out of the game while she was wearing her a Seattle CSI vest. Lastly, there was the brief moment of Julie being snarky when she commented about DB’s wife not being around when he made a social visit. 

Allow me to do my own CSI-style deductions.

Her familiarity with DB - enough to sit in his chair and tease him about “Zen Master” - tells me that Julie and DB have a history. Not only do they have a history, but it is older than his marriage, as DB did not come to the defense of his wife when Julie went into sarcastic mode. Only time I’ve see a person accept someone else being snarky about their spouse is if they knew that person before they met said spouse. 

And my final deduction is that whatever caused Julie to quit the Seattle CSI was related to a falling out with DB. This is clear from her comment about not wanting to talk about the past and cutting him off about how long she’s been out of the CSI game; she clearly misses the work and doesn’t want to be reminded why she left or how long she’s been away.  

Honestly, I was a little surprised how comfortable both Elizabeth Shue and Ted Danson were in their interactions already. It made for some great quotes this week. They made me think of some of Gil’s and Catherine’s interactions. Well... maybe closer to Catherine and Warrick, if the tension I felt was as sexual as it appeared.

As for the case itself, I really liked the twist in this case with Wes actually being the bad guy and not being able to remember it. The final scene with Jesse McCartney's character and Nick couldn’t help but tug at your heart strings a bit. 

A good case with a twist and fun interactions, that’s a recipe for success every time! Does anyone else agree that season 12 is really shaping up to be one of the best to date?

What did you think of Shue as Julie? Did you like the banter and interaction between DB and Julie? I think she’s a good addition to the show and I can’t wait to see how things grow from here. 


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Now that the actor who SUCKS left "FISHBUEN" I enjoy CSI more......................


One of the best shows since Marg left. Ms. Shue really fits well. Her character is comfortable in her own skin and she looks fabulous, BTW. I didn't like Jorja Fox in 'ER' and I've never liked her in CSI. She just never seems to be happy or laugh much. Good actress, though. The rest of the season and next look promising. Still miss Bill Peterson!!


I'm in the minority--but I'll wait to see how this works out. DB and Fin/Shin/Jules whatever we call her--is a 2nd act to Grissom/Catherine/Sara in the past. No one likes snarky--no one likes someone coming in and taking over--doing what the team has done a 100 times in the past. Shue might fit the DB shoe, but this was not original.
Missed Brass.
Nick looked good.
Sara looked even better--Jorja Fox is a beautiful woman, aging gracefully.


@rose, You have a good point about making the show about the two of them. CBS needs to be careful not to make it the "DB/Fin" show... That being said, I'm willing to give a little latitude for her introduction episode...


Enjoyed the show and liked Shue. Nice to see an actress of "a certain age" actually show it. New cast members are bringing new life to the show.

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I will happily watch Ted Danson do almost anything, but I really like him in this role, almost as much as I liked Peterson's Grissom. I have never seen Ms. Shue before that I recall, so I had no preconceived notions to overcome about her; I just kept envisioning how Dexter would have worked the blood scenes there. Pretty cool -- two blood experts on TV now! I have read that the plethora of CSI-type shows have mushroomed the enrollment in crime tech programs in colleges and technical schools. Win, win. And I did not see the ending coming, either. Good story. I would just have liked slightly more detail on how she distinguished between the four blood "donors" on that shirt for the four colors she used.


I don't like Shue. Danson was brought in and it was good. Now you want two new characters with a history and make more of the show about them. I loved the characters before. Now it's like you want to push the people that helped make the show into the background. If the shows feature her too much or she becomes more arrogant I will no longer be watching.


I liked last nights show... Ted Danson is a great fit and it looks like "finn" will be too!


I'm really enjoying this season way over the past few years....Ted Danson has been a great addition to the cast, and now Elizabeth Shue/ DB and Finn! Great chemistry (and it will be fun unwinding their history)....your theory of a past relationship might be right on, but I think it was work related and not sexual....after all, DB (love his actual name) has a long standing marriage with college-age kids, unless.......! They are making CSI worth watching again. And the twists and turns of this episode were good! I liked the way Finn worked it out (reminded me of Gil), and her easy comfort with the rest of the techs, and DBs handling of their main suspect, proving him innocent of nothing more than protecting his sister. Where was Jim Brass this week...am I forgetting something here? Good show...the season is shaping up fine. Good critique!


I am really enjoying this new CSI!! I got away from it when Gil left, didn't like L.F. in this show...But Ted Danson is doing wonderful and I think Shue is going to be a welcome addition!!! :o) Glad to be back to watching this wonderful show!! :o)

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CSI Season 12 Episode 14 Quotes

Julie: Think you're getting kind of forgetful. Must be all that "zen master - living in the moment stuff."
Russell: [smiles] Yeah.

Russell: Wish me luck.
Henry: Where you going?
Russell: We need a blood-whisperer.