Leave it to CSI to up the ante on the classic “twin defense” murder case by not only throwing in a third twin, but eventually adding a fourth. This case had me guessing and re-guessing almost to the very end.
One of the things that "Split Decision" did very well was its use of the entire team. All the lab rats and field agents got some screen time. From Henry helping Finn with the DNA profiling, to Morgan and Nick going door to door in the hotel, we got to witness everyone on this case.
Sadly, CSI had a few “tells” this week, tipping its hand when it came to bluffing us into falling for the final twist. First, the sheer number of times they showed the same images on the facial recognition “scan” was enough that I could tell it was a loop. Also, the amount of weight they were giving the facial recognition program (and Archie working on it) by mentioning it and going back to Archie over and over made it clear it was going to be the key to finding the twist.
Honestly, the moment Sarah asked Avery about his father meeting some other people I knew that Avery was the fourth twin and had set the whole thing up. I will admit that knowing it didn't really take away from the big reveal, it just allowed me to say “called it!” to my wife about two minutes later.
Overall, this was a decent offering, with some good CSI quotes. Okay, I freely admit there was nothing amazing about the hour; but like a well-tuned sports car, it hummed along at a good pace and was a fun ride. It seems like both DB and Finn have adapted well and I find I'm not missing Catherine at all. While I do still miss Grissom, it’s more from nostalgia than something different he brought to the story.
How about you? Do you miss Catherine or Grissom? If so, what do you feel they brought to the show that we don’t have now?
Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.