Last night’s episode of CSI was called “Law of Gravity,” and I have to say that I thought it was by far the best show of the entire season. It was great from beginning to end, and just about the only problem I had with it was the outcome, which I’ll get to in my recap. I want to remind you that I don’t hold back any plot points, so if you don’t want to read spoilers, stop now!
As the episode opens, we see a shadowy man shooting someone out on a fire escape. At first, I thought that was going to become the featured case, but the event happened to be a dream Keppler was having. There were more Amy references, and it turns out that I was completely wrong in my prediction that she was Keppler’s sister. Amy was an old girlfriend.
Anyway, Keppler stops off at a diner to eat breakfast before going in to work. While there, he sees a guy named Frank, who apparently knows him from somewhere. Frank wants Keppler to “take care of something” for him, and it’s made clear that Keppler has had to comply with these types of requests before.
Later, we find out exactly what the problem is. Nick and Keppler get called to a hotel room where a prostitute and a retired Trenton cop are found murdered. Everyone asks Keppler if he knew the cop (because he’s from NJ too), but he says, “No.” Of course we can see from his face that he’s clearly lying. So this is what Frank wants Keppler to cover up for him.
As the investigation proceeds, we get some more information about Keppler and the two other cops (oh, yeah — Frank is also a cop). I guess Amy was raped, and Keppler took the law into his own hands by tracking down and killing the guy he thought was responsible (the person on the fire escape in the opening scene). Keppler gave the gun to Frank to dispose of, but Frank kept it and has been holding it over Keppler’s head ever since. That’s why Keppler always has to do what Frank wants.
It’s also revealed that Frank and the dead cop were “dirty” and frequently killed suspects unnecessarily. The dead cop was about to be indicted, and Frank was sure he would roll over on Frank and Keppler in order to avoid jail time, so Frank just killed him. The prostitute happened to be in the way, and later, when Frank learns that there was an eyewitness to the crime, he goes after her too.
But Keppler is tired of everything and doesn’t want another innocent person killed. So he arranges to meet Frank at a motel, and they end up shooting each other. Keppler dies, but not before saving Catherine’s life by killing Frank before Frank could kill her.
My Reaction: Whew! That was an intense episode! I am sooo disappointed that Keppler died and won’t be coming back to CSI. I really liked the character and thought that Liev Schreiber was an awesome addition to the cast. I was completely unspoiled (I don’t even like to watch previews for future episodes) so this was a big shock to me.
I was lukewarm about Grissom returning. He didn’t do much in this episode and I didn’t really miss him while he was gone. The lingering looks and inane banter between him and Sara right there in the hallway at work was gross-out material (I am so NOT a shipper for these two) and he didn’t even open that box containing another miniature murder scene.
I actually liked Catherine in this episode. Her concern for Keppler was evident throughout, and it was just refreshing to see her worry about someone other than herself for a change. She really got to me in the final scene also. When she broke down, I almost did too.
If I could change one thing (besides Keppler dying, of course) it would be the whole incest plot. Did the writers really have to go there again?
Overall, I stand by my initial assessment that this has been the best CSI episode of the season. More, please!