And what a return it was. Last night's episode absolutely was one of the strongest ones in quite a while. Top notch acting
all the way around. I could feel how heavy Warrick's death weighed on the hearts of each of the CSIs.
Let's start breaking this down: We already knew Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen was a scumbag — and that was long before he shot Warrick at point blank range. McKeen just proved it when he gave Brass that bogus story of being "the first on-scene" and saying the getaway car belonged to Officer Pritchard.
Of course, you were the first one there, McKeen — you were the shooter!
Or as Grissom told Brass later:"The first person on the scene is the first suspect."
There was some great dialogue: McKeen: "I don't want you to think I had it in for him." Brass: "Why would I think that?" McKeen: "Maybe I'm feeling guilty."
(Cary: you're darn right you should be, you manipulating, untrustworthy, pond-scum drinking jerk!)
Warrick's death scene — what a punch to the gut. I knew it was coming, but it was well done. Loved seeing Grissom holding Warrick and pleading with him to hold on, Warrick's eyes bulging when he saw McKeen there. The clincher was having Catherine, already torn up, look like she was about to vomit when she saw the crime scene.
Nick, who had the case down early in the investigation along with Catherine, really summed up the "all-for-one and one-for-all" attitude by saying: "Let's finish this for him."
It didn't surprise me Brass said "Warrick Brown is our only case," but I had to wonder about the ethics of the CSI team and lab handling the death of a co-worker. His murder profoundly affected everyone, down to the newest lab workers.
And what a time for Sara to return! It would have been a bigger shocker if media like Entertainment Weekly hadn't have spilled those beans weeks ago.
Regardless, it was good to see her back. Having her help handle Warrick's funeral arrangement was a great show of teamwork.
There was another bit of brilliantly sweet dialogue after Sara made Grissom watch the video from Warrick's psychological evaluation. Without mentioning Grissom's name, Warrick said he wish he could have chosen Grissom, who taught him how to inspire, be inspired and be fair, as his own father. Sara: (about Warrick dying in Grissom's arms) "There's no place in the world he would have rather been. He loved you."
I don't know about you, but I was crying during the funeral scene and Grissom's eulogy. It's been a long time coming to see him lose control of his emotions. The ending had a nice touch.
Countdown to Grissom's good-bye: Nine episodes.