CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode: "Sweet Jane"

Season 7, Episode 12
Episode Synopsis: Catherine investigates the murder of a runaway teen whose naked body is found in a desert lot behind a hotel. Helping with the case is Mike Keppler (Liev Schreiber), an experienced CSI from Baltimore who is the newest hire on the day shift but is filling in temporarily on the night shift since Grissom is on sabbatical. Their investigation reveals the dead girl may be the victim of a serial killer whose slayings may go back decades.
Original Air Date: Jan 18, 2007
Guest Cast Sandy Martin: Office Manager Pat Crawford Brown: Dental Patient Ned Beatty: David Lowry Vince Grant: Mr. Sorensen Liev Schreiber: Michael Keppler Chris Bauer: Paul Browning Tom Wright: Jake Daniels Kay Panabaker: Lindsey Willows Laura Leigh Hughes: Mrs. Sorensen
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Season 7, Episode 12
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Length: 23:50:55
Aired: 1/18/2007
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January 18, 2007: Gil Who? Season 7, Episode 12

No, no, no. I'm just kidding with the title of my blog. I wouldn't want to start a quarterback controversy here. Is the show better off without William Petersen? Is the fresh blood of Liev Schreiber a nice jolt of energy? Can no one ever match up with Gil Grissom? All very good questions, which I can let you decide. But let me share my thoughts. Hello, Mr. Mike Keppler. A nice dark, mysterious intro followed by him walking up to the body and touching it. Good start, buddy. And right there we begin a show filled with attitude, as Catherine chastises him for touching and explains how they do things in Vegas. Ain't no messing around in the Vegas crime lab. It wasn't just Cat, though. Almost everyone seemed a little on edge with the new guy in town. There was Sofia telling the Doc not to whistle as he cuts people open. Sara, jawing a bit with the slacker detective. Even Keppler was able to get in on it when Catherine asked him how he knew all the deaths were related, and he firmly said, "I do." But overall, the tension seemed subtle, and there wasn't any tension between Keppler and Warrick, who impressed him right away. I expected there to be some kind of negative interaction between Mike and Sara, and we really didn't see anything at all, (though, if you hung around for the previews, I might not be able to say that next week). Liev is an acclaimed actor who's never done a television series before, so this is brand new territory for him. But if his first episode is any indication of what's to come, then the guy is made for the small screen as well as the big. He certainly has some big shoes to fill for a few weeks, but seems up to that task. The Keppler character comes in with a little quirkiness, as we saw right away when he poured out his coffee and crushed the empty cup into his pocket. He also arrives with some cockiness as well. Cat says that Mike knows what he's doing, but she put him in his place when he started getting all profiler on her. It should be an interesting relationship between the two of them for a while now. How awesome was Ned Beatty, too? As Dr. Dave, he kept the same smile on his face when the investigators had nothing on him as he did when he turned into a numskull* and wouldn't even identify the ladies he killed. With one case to focus on, we finally got to see some of the characters that had disappeared for a while. I was happy to see Brass in the first shot, as he always adds a much-needed dose of humor. Dr. Robbins calling the original examiner "a lazy bastard" was hilarious. I love the episodes like this that stick with a simple format and let us see more of the characters, which is something that has been sorely lacking this season. Overall, a great start to the Grissom-less era, though I still miss the big guy. Now I want your thoughts on the arrival of Liev. Let the opinions flow. Until next week, friends. * - The term of endearment for Dr. Dave was changed at 4:30 am 1/20/07. The thesaurus said I could use, blockhead, dunderhead, halfwit or dumb ox as well, though I'm not sure anyone has ever used the term "dumb ox" before so I threw that one out. - Dave Steed show less
No, no, no. I'm just kidding with the title of my blog. I wouldn't want to start a quarterback controversy here. Is the show better off without William Petersen? Is the fresh blood of Liev Schreiber a nice jolt of energy? Can no one ever match up with Gil Grissom? All very good questions, which I can let you decide. But let me share my thoughts. Hello, Mr. Mike Keppler. A nice dark, mysterious intro followed by him walking up to the body and touching it. Good start, buddy. And right there we begin a show filled with attitude, as Catherine chastises him for touching and explains how they do things in Vegas. Ain't no messing around in the Vegas crime lab. It wasn't just Cat, though. Almost everyone seemed a little on edge with the new guy in town. There was Sofia telling the Doc not to whistle as he cuts people open. Sara, jawing a bit with the slacker detective. Even Keppler was able to get in on it when Catherine asked him how he knew all the deaths were related, and he firmly said,... read more

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Premiered: October 06, 2000, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Las Vegas criminologists use scientific methods to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic (and hugely popular) drama, which inspired a host of other cop-show 'procedurals.' An immediate ratings smash for CBS, the series adroitly mixes painstaking deduction, gritty subject matter and intriguing characters.a The network quickly capitalized on its megahit with spin-offs 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY.'

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