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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Episode: "Lab Rats"

Season 7, Episode 20
Episode Synopsis: Hodges convinces fellow lab rats Archie, Henry, Mandy and Wendy that Grissom wants them to secretly investigate the so-called miniature murders while the CSIs are in the field probing other crimes. Meanwhile, Grissom and Dr. Robbins chase a rat in the morgue after it escapes from inside of a corpse during an autopsy of a drowning victim found in Lake Mead.
Original Air Date: Apr 12, 2007
Guest Cast Archie Kao: Archie Johnson Louise Lombard: Sofia Curtis Jon Wellner: Henry Andrews Sheeri Rappaport: Mandy Webster
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Season 7, Episode 20
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Length: 43:27
Aired: 4/12/2007
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April 12, 2007: ? Season 7, Episode 20

A question mark. That pretty much sums up my feelings for this episode of CSI. What a bizarre ride this one was. I'm an outspoken guy and usually have plenty of words to convey my feelings, but I'm not sure what to say for this one. I can't take the straight-up recap approach because there was only about 10 minutes of new, interesting substance. So instead, I'm going to bullet-point my thoughts and you can feel free to comment on them. - First of all, half of this episode was like a bad greatest-hits CD. Greatest-hits CDs are made for the casual fan or the newbie who's never listened before but would like a good summary of an artist. This episode wasn't even career-spanning but rather one of those late-period throw-offs. I would take a bet that the majority of regular viewers of CSI would have been able to remember the basics of the previous miniature crimes without having to recap them like this. I understand the other lab techs had to be brought up to speed, but there had to be a better way to show this. Maybe this was also a big help to those who haven't seen all the episodes this season, but for me, and I'll bet for most of you, seeing the recaps yet again was a waste of time. - For a long time many of you have said how you wished they gave some more screen time to Hodges, but this didn't satify my taste buds. Through the first 45 minutes or so, I didn't learn much. We did see that the other lab techs pretty much think he's a doofus, but that really doesn't come as a surprise. We also saw that Hodges' ego is huge! But that's nothing new, either. - Why did Hodges decide to just go for it today? Well, because it was his lucky day. He found a dollar, a hot chick, and got bags and bags of "lucky" potato chips with that buck. Kind of funny but ultimately very cheesy. - Why even bother with the other stories? Five minutes spent on a dead guy with a drug-smuggling rat inside him; Warrick and Nick involved in something with lube and erotic athletes; Greg's only scene has him covered in blood/marinara sauce; and Sara gets a minute with a murderous clown. Other than the rat story, they didn't even say enough about the others to give me any clue what they were talking about. - The only part I did like was the last five minutes with Hodges and Grissom. Clearly Hodges is a smart man, there's no doubt about that. So, I'm happy he seemed to find the bleach connection that no one else found. But it took a whole episode of recaps to get to that one new thing about the cases. At the end, though, I did get a good laugh out of Hodges telling Grissom, "I'm sorry if I crossed the line. It won't happen again!" Yeah, right! And the fist pump at the end was so after-school special-ish that I chuckled a bit. So those are my ugly words about this episode. Sorry for being so negative about this one, but if you've read any of my blogs at all, you know that I may not always be right, but I'm always honest in my opinion. If you loved the episode, I'd be thrilled if you could explain why, because I think it was one of the weakest in recent memory. Until next week, friends. show less
A question mark. That pretty much sums up my feelings for this episode of CSI. What a bizarre ride this one was. I'm an outspoken guy and usually have plenty of words to convey my feelings, but I'm not sure what to say for this one. I can't take the straight-up recap approach because there was only about 10 minutes of new, interesting substance. So instead, I'm going to bullet-point my thoughts and you can feel free to comment on them. — First of all, half of this episode was like a bad greatest-hits CD. Greatest-hits CDs are made for the casual fan or the newbie who's never listened before but would like a good summary of an artist. This episode wasn't even career-spanning but rather one of those late-period throw-offs. I would take a bet that the majority of regular viewers of CSI would have been able to remember the basics of the previous miniature crimes without having to recap them like this. I understand the other lab techs had to be brought up to speed, but there had to ... read more

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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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