CSI Review: Striking a Chord

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I've previously mentioned that we don’t get to see the CSI team’s romantic relationships often enough.

"It Was a Very Good Year" demonstrated my point perfectly, as having not seen or heard of Alison before this episode, I had no emotional connection to really feel Greg’s loss. 

Then we had Szmanda’s method of expressing loss, which was kind of quiet and reserved mood, (except for blowing up at Grazetti). This is a normal emotional reaction; it just plays a bit flat on the screen. So, between Szmanda’s emotional reaction not projecting well and the the previously mentioned lack of attachment to Alison, I was left to fill in a few blanks. 

Saunder's Personal Connection

Thankfully, Morgan was there to help fill in the gaps. As the emotional story relayed through Morgan and her caring for Greg, I was able to get the attachment I needed to really feel the power of the final twist when Levitt casually announced that Alison had gotten the record a guy she really liked... Greg. 

I wondered if we were seeing the beginning of a relationship between Morgan and Greg. After she reached out and held his hand I was half expecting him to kiss her on the cheek as he left. Sadly, I’m still jaded after Wendy’s departure and Hodges being left holding the bag, so I’m not doing any betting on office romances. 

Beside, it seems to be a rule that after you are shown in a relationship or being romantic, one of you has to leave the show. Just look at Grissom and Sara or Catherine and Vartan. 

Did it seem like we came up a bit thin on Stokes and Fin this week? They had one good scene that yielded one of the better CSI quotes, but they kind of disappeared after that. Sadly, if Sara was in a scene it wasn't memorable enough for me to remember it. Oh, wait, she commented on the boxes, that's right.

In fact, it felt like a three- man team with DB, Greg and Morgan being the primary people, but it worked out okay as CSI has always shined best when it uses the setting of city as a significant part of the story. This week the show went a step beyond that and made Las Vegas feeling like a living and breathing character, complete with some really good music and awesome history. 

After this episode I have to spend a little time listening to some classic Sinatra and Martin. Did the episode make you want to sample the Rat Pack? Sound off below, I want to hear what your favorite Rat Pack song is. 


Editor Rating: 4.6 / 5.0
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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

Sue ann

My favorite singer is and always has been Dean Martin; I have thirty or forty of his albums on vinyl. I have two of Sinatra's because I liked the songs, not the singer. Actually, I always thought the Rat Pack was kind of slimy. Playing with and for the Mafia may make for great entertainment, but those people are and always were vermin, not heroes. I've never seen any of he movies or shows which glorify the Mafia. The songs, though, are great. There are so many wonderful Dean Martin songs that I cannot pick just one. Morgan regards Hodges as her best friend; she said so last week. She has always had an eye on Greg. Now, she is beginning a move on him, too.


In my opinion, this was the best episode of the season, so far--and maybe the best for a year! Loved seeing Greg--and he does play Greg quietly. With his looks, we know he must have girlfriends, just doesn't mention them or bring them into the lab to have a kissing scene in the hall!! Missed Nick and Brass. But I did NOT miss Finn! Much like Fishburne/Langston, Shue/Finn is an unnecessary addition to CSI. I don't like the constant smirk on her face, don't like her relationship with DB, don't like her in tight jeans!She is pretty awful in this role! Morgan is another character that is useless---Daddy's girl, and all emotional over whoever and whatever! All she did last night was walk around trying to be cow-eyed over Greg?! Last week she was all cow-eyed over Hodges--so make up her mind about the men, please! I hope the writers get a message that young viewers like Greg!

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CSI Season 13 Episode 4 Quotes

Greg: Oh I get it. When it's people you care about the rule book goes out the window. But when it's somebody that meant something to me...[pauses] Yeah I should have told you.
DB: Yeah you should have. And yeah you're right. When Katie was taken, I led with my heart. I didn't know what to do. But I was wrong. It wasn't till I stopped doing that doing that we were able to find her.

Brass: So a piano expert ends up dead in a piano.
DB: Gotta be connected.
Brass: Whoever killed her wasn't a stranger in the night.