CSI Review: Cliffhanger With A Side Of Karma

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From the opening sequence - where Sheriff Liston was running down the statistics and we were watching the crimes she listed happen - I knew that "Homecoming" was going to be an episode for the record books.

Before anyone asks: yes, I did a little happy dance at seeing Jaclyn Smith return as Olivia Hodges. How could I not, given that I just said last week I was hoping we would get to see more of her.

Moreover, we enjoyed our first view of Barbra Russell, DB’s wife, who was wonderfully portrayed by Peri Gilpin. And for the record, I also hope we get to see more of her as well. I like witnessing sides to DB outside his work persona. more than just “Work DB”. 

D.B., Barbara, & Ecklie

That said, the rest of the episode didn’t leave us much to be happy about. Jeffrey McKeen was back and meaner and more corrupt than ever. Kudos to Fin for going after the truth and not letting her preconceived ideas about Jack Gilmore get in the way. 

It was surreal watching Sarah, Nick and Greg discuss the corruption from the past and missing Warrick. I can’t believe he has been gone for nearly four years already. This season has seen its share of changes, as we saw the addition of DB, Morgan, Fin - and, of course, the departure of Catherine. I was almost concerned that we might be seeing the departure of Nick as well. But then I remembered reading recently that Eads had signed a deal to stay on for next season.  

Speaking of Nick, how awesome was he facing off against McKeen? We don’t see Nick get upset very often, but I really thought he was going across the table at least two different times. I'm pretty sure Nick will come back for no other reason than to stop McKeen. 

Then there was Ecklie getting shot while blocking Morgan from the shooter. What a fatherly thing to do! I really hope that the shotgun slug he took isn’t fatal. He’s finally connecting to his daughter (is dating one of Charlie’s Angels) and taking a bullet for your kid has to score some major brownie points. Right?

Anyone whose read my reviews will know how much I despise cliffhanger season finales, they are a pointless practice who's time has come and gone with UHF and VHF. And this hour was right up there with the worst of them.

But that doesn't mean we shouldn't consider where the fall season should pick up. After all, we want to make the best of a frustrating finale. So, what does Russell’s kidnapped granddaughter, Ecklie's shooting and the dirty cop keeping tabs on Fin mean for next season? 

While we know Nick will be back, do you think Ecklie is in mortal danger? And the kidnapped Kaitlyn, do they have a reason to keep her alive? Then we have the lighter side with Hodges. What did Hodges mean his said his trip was truly life changing? Gah! I just keep coming up with more cliffhanger questions! The new season really can't come soon enough. 


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.


one of the best season's finale of CSI !!!!! WOW !!!


I cannot wait for the new season to begin so I can know the outcome! Cliffhangers are the worst! I think though that Ecklie is going to be okay in the end, *fingers crossed*


I'm devastated to even think of a CSI without Nick Stokes! I'm not sure if I'm totally won over with Eklie's 'new' character. Watching earlier episodes of CSI you remember just what a c**k he is!


I love CSI!!
Bt no matter how hard i look i can never find when the NEW series will return to TV!!!!
Ohhhh, clif hangers, how they annoy me!!lol!! I'm still waiting for the new series of the Mentalist too!! Ever episode is always on a cliffhanger. I too, wonder about hodges...
and i hope Nick does return!!! Me also thinks Sara should have a baby with Grissom!...


Wait! I haven't read any comments about Hodges. He passed up a chance to flirt with a pretty girl who was actually paying attention to him because Italy was life changing? Wha? Did our favorite lab rat fall in love? Get married? Realize he was gay? His subplot was as intriguing a cliffhanger as any of the murders/corruption/kidnapping plots. I can't wait to find out, I'm bursting with curiousity.


This episode really had me going and I loved it, though I TRULY hope Nick's character does return, it would not be the same without him. MY top favorite
characters are Nick and Sara, then the rest of them. I had my doubts about DB, but he kinds grows on you. Now you left us hanging until next season.......UGH!!! Such a long wait.......??


I HATE CLIFFHANGERS!! I don't like it when they take children or harm them. So I wasn't happy when they took DB's grandaughter. Although I knew that she was in the show for some reason. It will be a long summer.


I have noticed a few things with CSI, when a new character comes on or leaves the show they become the main storyline of the show, we had Brody being 'planenapped,' Willows fatally shot but survived and left the show, then there was Warwick shot dead left the show, Nick Stokes, buried alive then took a break from a few shows, Sidle was kindapped, she left the show as her contract was not renwed, Gil Grissom took a sabatical to meet Sidle and left the show, has made an appearance then left, Sidle came back, and the past few series has been centred around Willows, and now DB, daughter's kidnapping, Fin's abduction and Ecklie's shot...who's leaving?


mamamimi- I think the reason Nick,Sara and Greg was there by themself was to show how the people they work with for years and themself have done these that have cause these to happen


I was very disappointed in this season finale, but expected it to be filled with DB, Morgan, and Shue as the long-time characters have pretty much become wall paper. Even Nick's anger did not make up for the lack of screen time.
And the ending--probably the most depressing of any CSI has ever shown--and it was probably not intended!! The 3 new guys having fun fun fun, all forgotten as they party. And the 3 long-term guys, Nick, Sara, Greg, sitting at the lab watching the news and knowing this is not over, so isolated by work, forgotten by the others. If CSI is trying to be "family" they missed the boat with this ending. If DB is so into having "family meetings"--why wasn't he there?
I could go on with other replays from the past, but Finn has to go or be toned down. She makes everyone else appear as a puppet; she is not professional; she is insubordinate to her supervisor, has no respect for her job or the lab.
Of course everyone will be safe--the writers can't remember from one month to the next, much less from one season to the next!

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CSI Season 12 Episode 22 Quotes

Fin: Always the politician
DB: Boy, you never learn do you?

Well, so much for statistics.