The semi-redemption of Ellie Brass! Very nice. And that on top of them not killing off Brass, which is good because it means that I don't have to assemble an angry mob, find pitchforks, light torches and head to the CBS offices in L.A. Woohoo.
Was spoiled for the ending, so all I was thinking, really, is, "man, that's an ugly shirt." On Grissom, that is. Sara looked lovely with the wet hair, robe, et al.
My waist is still hurting from just thinking about that corset.
Why, oh why, did they feel the need to shoehorn not one but two casefiles into this ep? One would have been plenty. The DiabeticGuy SL didn't have interesting science, interesting people or an interesting resolution, and its "message" was so heavy-handed that I nearly fell asleep.
My cable had been out for the last 2 hours. Someone please tell me what happened!
Awright. Episode starts from Brass's perspective just before he gets shot. We see him rushed to the hospital; also see a flashback in which he tells Grissom he loves Ellie but can't rely on her, and asks Grissom to hold his medical power of attorney. Grissom agrees. Back in the present day, the team is told that one bullet is threatening his life, and Grissom is told he has to decide whether Brass should have surgery to remove it. Either approach has risks. He tells them to go ahead with the surgery. He also calls Ellie, who eventually shows up at the hospital.
Meanwhile, Nicky, Sara and Grissom are investigating a case of a headless body found on train tracks with a 19-inch waist. Freaky. Grissom, of course, turns out to know all about corsets, as he tells Sara in a cute little scene around which the ghost of Lady Heather hangs heavily, though it's not mentioned explicitly. CorsetGuy turns out to be a Civil War buff whose great-grandfather was a Confederate soldier and, as was common at the time, wore a corset that gave him a teeny waist. 19-inch guy was doing the same thing, in addition to participating in very realistic battle re-enactments. Realistic enough that he challenged a guy to a duel for talking on a cell phone during a battle, and shot CellPhoneGuy with a real bullet (non-fatally). Another cute Grissom/Sara scene with them re-enacting the duelers' pacing, armed with cameras and vests.
Meanwhile, Warrick and Catherine are investigating a case of a dead guy found in a hotel room. One of the most boring ever. Turns out that he had a family history of heart disease, diabetes and early death. When he turned 40, his sister said, he saw it as a death sentence. So, he went on a bender involving booze, hookers and more, and died of diabetic shock. Warrick engages in some non-appropriate chastising of this attitude to dead guy's sister; she takes it poorly.
Back to CorsetGuy: After he really shot his dueling opponent, he was in a crazy killing mood and wanted to finish the job. So, his driver/assistant shot him to stop him, and the shot turned out to be fatal. Rather than leaving him to the indignity of being found dead in a field, the driver left the body on the train tracks because CorsetGuy's great-grandfather died stopping a Union train. Yes, this is a Jerry Stahl episode, why do you ask?
Anyway, Brass's surgery doesn't go horribly, but he's still comatose afterwards. CSIs drift in and out of the hospital. Ellie shows up, sans track marks on her arms, and chats a bit with a few of Our Gang, including Grissom and Warrick. She seems to be feeling genuine human emotion. Of course, she also calls payroll to check out the status of Brass's pension. This pisses off Sofia, who asks Grissom for permission to run Ellie out of town. It's not granted. Instead, Grissom brings Ellie into Brass's office, where she sees the photo of her as a little girl that Brass keeps on his desk. She keeps acting like a human being. A disappointed Sofia puts away her machete.
Back at the hospital the gang is around when Brass goes into Code Blue. Beepbeepbeepbeepbeep. He's stabilized, opens his eyes...and then sees Ellie. She walks away. Grissom comes in and gives him some water a bit later; the rest of the gang stand at the window, waving and looking happy.
Oh, at some point during all this, Catherine gets a call on her cell from Lindsey, who is trying to hold her to some plans to go see a movie or something. Catherine gets pissed at Lindsey apparently getting pissed, because God knows teenagers are always trying to do things with their parents. Lindsey's age now: 14.
ANYWAY, at the very end of the episode, Grissom is lying on a bed somewhere, wearing a fugly Hawaiian-ish shirt, talking about how he'd like to die. He'd like plenty of time to say goodbye. Actually, he'd like to die of cancer. The camera spins around the room, finally coming to rest on the lower half of a robe-clad body walking into the room toward him. It's Sara, with wet hair. She walks over to him and says, "I'm not ready to say goodbye." CLICK.
Edited by Marabet, May 18, 2006 @ 9:20 PM.