Lesson from this week’s episode? EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED.
That’s true for these guys, doofus touristicii who we see in the opening scene getting ripped off by a Vegas conman:
It’s true for the conman, who ends up shot in a car park shortly after making off with $2000 of their money:
Griss (looks at body): Striking resemblance to Judas.
Brass: How’s that?
Griss: Both men lost their lives over a worthless bag of chips. (ROLL TITLE SEQUENCE)
It’s definitely true for Warrick, who gets lumbered with running the shift as Catherine’s in Reno and Grissom is cockroach-racing at an entomological convention in Deleuze.
Warrick: Acting supervisor? What about Nick – he’s got seniority? Or Sara – she’d jump at the chance.
Grissom: If it was about seniority, I’d ask Nick. If I wanted someone to stay up for three straight days, I’d ask Sara. Instead, I want you.
It’s also true for Sara and Nick, when they find out. Nick (all round solid and amazing guy that he is) takes the snub well. Sara – who doesn’t have seniority and therefore has much less right to be pissed off – is, unsurprisingly, a little harder to handle.
It’s true for Special Agent Beckman, who accidentally ends up in the middle of one of Sara and Warrick’s many rows.
It’s true for Sara, when Special Agent Beckman turns out to be running a complicated, Sherlock Holmes-style double-bluff to test her morals. Turns out those doofy tourists weren’t so doofy after all?
Don’t worry Sara I don’t think he would be much of a lover:
Special Agent Beckman: Never feels right when it works; only feels wrong when it doesn’t.
BUT most of all, as the episode title suggests, it’s true for Captain Jim Brass, whose daughter Ellie turns out to be involved with the central crime and with some rather shady characters.
Ellie’s shady dealings (and flagrant ingratitude to her dear old dad) land both of them in trouble, as Brass goes all vigilante on her boyfriend
and finds Warrick having to confiscate his badge.
The episode is notable for rekindling the mutual dislike between Warrick and Brass that was evident at the beginning of Season 1 but seems to have been let slide until now; anyway it’s back with a vengeance (as you can imagine) after this incident, and isn’t much helped by Ellie’s shameless flirting with the W-man.
Ellie to Warrick: Will you fill me up, Warrick?
Some of her lines have a touch of the Louis Walsh about them:
Ellie to Warrick: You know, you have this whole Lenny Kravitz thing going on.
Others are just terrifyingly prescient:
Ellie: Everyone I sleep with dies.
Poor Brass. A daughter who doesn’t respect him and who is desperate to get into the pants of the one guy at work who he doesn’t really like.
Thank goodness, then, for this episode’s one really reliable element: Catherine’s maternal empathy, which she phones in all the way from Reno. Can’t have a parent-child relationship without Catherine passing comment!