This is the final episode of season one! DRAMA! Never fear, C.S.I. Love you will provide a Special End of Season Celebration Post to mark this momentous time – but first, a full discussion of this first season finale. I’d say it’s a bit of a cracker, particularly for the way in which it incorporates many of the top aspects of the season as a whole.
Just to give a quick outline, the thread of the episode is Grissom’s mission (and it is, really, Grissom who’s the main character, as he is throughout the season) (Nick is only the main character in my head)
to track down a ‘signature killer’, nicknamed the ‘Strip Strangler’ by an FBI agent more media-savvy than our bumbling hero. He’s been brutally attacking women all across town and there’s a time pressure on the team to identify and locate him before he strikes again; as well as pressure from the sheriff, who brings in the FBI agents to ‘assist’ (read: take over from) Grissom.
So: what does this episode include that we C.S.I. LOVE to see?
First off: GSR (Grissom Sara Romance for them as is not down with the acronymz). Culpepper’s cunning plan boils down to ‘baiting’ the killer by having Sara visit a ‘specialty grocery store’ frequented by two of the victims: this actually translates into her hanging awkwardly around a kind of budget corner shop while Dwight from the US Office tries to chat her up.
The idea of Sara being used like this? It makes Grissom MAD. (That’s the GSR bit I was talking about.)
Second off: Catherine being more politic than Grissom, and deliberately not taking advantage of it. The sheriff pretty much offers her his job, and she turns it down.
The other old favourites permit a more quickfire approach.
BLAM! Bad Greggo shirt.
BLAM! Catherine and Greg excellent flirtatious banter (see: ep 6):
Catherine (to Greg): Freakiest semen I’ve seen in a while. Call me.
BLAM! Nicky getting freaked out (this time, by someone hiding in a cupboard).
Nick: Get outta there… get out of the closet. What are you doing?!
Speaking of which… BLAM! Dubious stereotyping of the LGBT population (see: ep 22).
BLAM! A poorly-executed copycat crime.
Bonus BLAM: Grissom’s Born This Way t-shirt
Double-bonus BLAM! Comic insight into Grissom’s psyche:
Grissom: It’s like with cake… you’re just going to have a little bit of the frosting and you end up eating the entire plate.
BLAM! Catherine being badass and saving the day (see: ep 13 but also, the whole season).
Relevant-to-last-week’s-episode BLAM! Peanut reference.
Nick to imaginary girlfriend: I gotta run, peanut. Love you too – byebye.
And finally… not really a BLAM! Lady in a wizard hat. Yeah, you heard me.