CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 9

19 Down (1)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 11, 2008 on CBS
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When a new murder leads to a connection with an infamous serial killer, Grissom secretly joins the class of well-known criminal pathologist Dr. Raymond Langston (Fishburne), to gain access to the killer and get a crack in the case.

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  • Grissom decides to leave CSI but has one last case to solve

    When Grissom tells the team that he is leaving I just couldn't believe it and you could just see how much it meant to the team that he is leaving.However Grissom has one more case to solve which involves him getting the answers of a dangerous serial killer called Nate Haskell known as the Dick and Jane killer who is in prison.Then one murder turns into multiple and the CSI's believe they are dealing with a Dick and Jane killer accomplice who is has killed other accomplices to cover his tracks and is killing couples like Nate.Grissom tries to get his answers at a seminar where Nate Haskell will be talking to Dr Raymond Langston's class.When Grissom reveals himself to get the answers Langston is annoyed but when Nate phones Langston saying he wants to talk Grissom and Langston decide to help each other and they find the body of DJK's first victim and the story continues when they find another body who hasn't been dead 24 hours which will be Nate's accomplice.The next episode will be Grissom's last so enjoy it.moreless
  • The CSI Team Discovers A Link Between A New Murder And The Infamous Dick & Jane Killer.

    Aside from this episode's obvious significance in that it is the beginning of the end for William Petersen, "19 Down" is memorable for other reasons. One of the best things in this episode are the excellent performances by William Petersen and Laurence Fishburne. Raymond Langston's (Fishburne) enthusiasm about the case is just terrific. The suspense in this episode never gave up. This is tecnically the second part of a three part episode (Leave Out All The Rest was the 1st part). The conclusion will be revealed in the next episode.moreless
  • begining of the end.

    I was sadded by this episode even before it started.And then,it did..

    The rotting body in the bag set the tone for what is to become an epic episode in this otherwise epic series.It was just the prelude of a very intense episode both in terms of emotions showed by charachters at hearing the news that Gil is leaving but also in terms of the psychotic factor of the action.

    It is rare when one gets the chance, in this show, to see more of the killer and the way he/she thinks [ with some notable exceptions ] and i'm sure everybody found the whole interview during course fascinating [who wouldn't sign up for that course? the attraction of darkness...].

    Everything was top notch in my opinion: the reaction of the characters,especially Grissom, whom i found so genuinly affected by his decision.

    I realise that i should say something about the new head CSI but unfortunately his arrival hasn't bursted any emotions in me .For now,i just see him as a hard investigator who lacks the subtility and grace of Grissom. Maybe the future will prove me[and the other skepticals] wrong , but i doubt he will ever be able to equal or surpass what grissom was for this show...

    Again,i'm sad at his departure more than i

    ve been when Sara left and even more , when Warrick died...but...I understand his reasons and it makes sense for his character.It was too much to handle for anyone and a lesser man would've quit a long time ago..or never.I belive that the never would have proved that Grissom lost his soul to this job and the authenticity of his reactions could have been questioned by a keen observer..hence,yes..leaving was his only way out of this while he could still find his humanity,if not unstained,at least..there.

    Good bye Grissom.We will miss you.moreless
  • One of Grissom's last ever episodes!

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. We open with a man being killed and his body being put into a black bag. His body is then dumped and we see the body degrading in the bag over a matter of years. We see that Greg has become a CSI level 3. As Grissom is handing out the jobs for the night shift, he announces that he is retiring. Catherine will become Supervisor. The body in the black bag is discovered and the team are called in to investigate the crime. They soon identify the male victim through his personal effects. They believe that he and his fiancée (who both have been missing for over 10 years) may have been the first victims of a serial killer, known as the Dick and Jane killer. But when they investigate the footwear, they learn that the shoes were only made 2 years ago, so he can't be the missing man. Through the shoes they learn that the victims name was Gerald, and that he went missing just over 6 months before. We soon learn that the murder of a couple a few episodes ago is connected to the man's whose body the team have found. Everyone in this episode is trying their best to deal with the fact that Grissom is leaving. When Grissom tells David that he will miss him, David gets upset and leaves. Grissom tracks down a professor who teaches students about the Jane and Dick killer. The killer tells him and Grissom where the body of his first victim is. They head out there and find the skeleton remains of the body. Whilst there they also discover the body of a new victim. To Be Continued.....moreless
  • In the wake of a murder which may have ties to a serial killer, Grissom shocks the team by announcing he plans to leave CSI. In an attempt to crack the murder case Grissom joins the class of pathologist Dr. Raymond Langston.moreless

    Laurence Fisburne certainly has a memorable introduction to "CSI." He delivers a very strong performance here which I believe shows that he is capeable of stepping into the big shoes of Mr. Petersen when Petersen says good-bye soon. The scenes at Dr. Langston's (Fishburne) classes are very well done and the grab hold of the viewer's attention right away. The character of the incarcerated serial killer is a little formulaic. I kept seeing echoes of a certain guy named Hannibal Lecter, but this is a minor flaw and it does not take away from the episode's suspense and overall enjoyment.moreless
Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne

Dr. Raymond Langston

Guest Star

Maury Sterling

Maury Sterling

Detective Ken Martz

Guest Star

Roy Vongtama

Roy Vongtama

Student #1

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: While designing the victim's shoe online, Catherine puts on the checkered design twice.

    • Greg is now a CSI level 3.

    • This episode concludes a storyline that originated in an earlier season episode "Leave Out All The Rest."

    • Goof: When Jim Brass goes to the car wash and gets the ticket stub from Richie and Donny, he handles it without gloves. The ticket is then taken to the lab and checked for fingerprints. Jim's prints would have compromised the ticket.

    • Laurence Fishburne's new "CSI" character is named Dr. Raymond Langston;
      is "a former pathologist who is now working as an itinerant college lecturer, teaching a course in criminalistics. His focus is on understanding criminal behavior, how and why people commit acts of violence - tendencies he disturbingly sees within himself," At first, Langston will be a consultant to the CSI team but he'll then join it (not as its leader)--Derived from CBS interviews.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Nick (finding another victim): There's ten stab wounds.
      Brass (to Grissom): Guess you won't be leaving just yet.

    • Brass (about Langston): He's a little cranky for an academic, isn't he?
      Grissom: Actually, he's an M.D from back east. A colleague at his hospital turned out to be an angel of death, killed 27 patients before he was caught. Langston was the staff's research pathologist, all the morbidity evidence came across his desk, but he was unable to connect the dots. He wrote a book about it.
      Brass: Was it any good?
      Grissom: I liked it.

    • Grissom: So, let's assume that 'shoe print' was involved in all four murders. It's possible that he knew, Gerald, right? Is it also possible that he was an accomplice of D.J.K.?
      Greg: That would explain the 9 post-mortem stab wounds in Ian Wallace. It's a continuation of the master's work.
      Catherine: But if he was D.J.K.'s helper, back in the day, why go quiet for 10 years then suddenly start killing again?
      Greg: Maybe he was doin' time.
      Catherine: And when he realized that his old partner turned informant, he got scared and killed him.
      Grissom: Maybe that's what brought the old thrill back. Once these guys get a taste, it never seems to go away.

    • Catherine: So Curtis must've been the wheelman.
      Nick: At least we got half the team that killed Ian and Justine.
      Catherine: Yeah. It's the half that's out there walkin' around that I'm worried about.

    • David: So, I hear you've been going back to school.
      Grissom: Sort of.
      David: I loved college.
      Grissom: Me too. (picks up a bug off the victim) Green bottle blow fly, these typically pupate in about two weeks and emerge as adults in four, with the a/c on in the trailer, slows down the time line just a bit. He's been dead less than a month.
      David: You're gonna miss this. You are.
      Grissom: There's bugs every where, David. ... I will miss you though. (David starts to cry and walks away)

    • Student: You've never revealed the location of any of your female victims, why?
      Haskell: Because nobody ever asked me that question ever before. I always thought it was strange.
      Langston: Well, then tell us now. Why not? You're serving two consecutive life sentences, you have nothing to lose.
      Haskell: Of course I do, professor. Because when I took those women, they stopped being somebody's girlfriend, or sister, or daughter, or fiancee. They became what I wanted them to be... Mine.

    • Catherine: Lindsey was once given a gift certificate for a pair of customized jeans. So, we go to the store, we spend 2 hours picking out the wash, the rivets, you name it. And she has her boyfriend's name embroidered on her butt pocket. Well, guess what? She breaks up with the guy a week later, she doesn't wear 'em once.
      Grissom (smiles): Still beats a tattoo, right?
      Catherine: Oh, don't go there.

    • Wendy: Grissom, I just want to thank you for everything, the support and the encouragement that you've given me.
      Grissom: You earned it.

    • Wendy: Well, when I heard those hairs might be from the Dick and Jane killer, I just put the screws to this guy that I know at Aquiragen. He ran our medio samples immediately.
      Grissom: Ha. What do you got on him?
      Wendy: He's my uncle. I... really didn't want to wait around for three weeks and get the results after you were gone.

    • Hodges: So, lemme get this straight, Grissom didn't say he was leaving permanently, so he could be taking a leave of absence. That's a form of leaving, right?
      Catherine: I think this is leaving, leaving.
      Nick: What's he gonna do? Teach? Write a book? Go off and study bugs somewhere?
      Catherine: You know as much as I do, Nicky.

    • Grissom (to the Officer, after Grissom found a body in a bag): Call the coroner, tell 'em he has soup to go.

    • Grissom: Riley, for you a 425, suspicious remains at the city dump.
      Riley: Awesome! Trash run for the low man on the totem pole.
      Greg: I promise not to abuse my power over you.
      Nick: Watch your back, Riley.
      Grissom: And for our new CSI level 3, a 411a, recovered stolen vehicle at McCairn. Nick, 402, possible arson at the Burger Giant.
      Nick: Well, there goes the night. Why don't we all meet up at the coffee shop after work? Level 3 over here is gonna buy. (Greg smiles/scoffs)
      Catherine: I'll take care of breakfast. (Grissom hands her the assignment slip) And the 419 in Green Valley. Looks like the King gets to sit on the bench for now. (Grissom is silent) Is that it?
      Grissom: No. (pauses) I know this has been a tough year, for all of us, and I've been thinking, I mean more than usual. I made a decision. ... I'm gonna leave CSI. (everyone is silent) Catherine, will become the new supervisor so I know that you'll be in good hands. While I'm clearing my case load, Ecklie's preparing a list of candidates for a new level 1 hire, so you won't be shorthanded. (Grissom's phone beeps) And... I guess I just came off the bench. 419 at Mount Charleston. Okay? (walks out of the room)

    • Doc Robbins: Are you really leaving?
      Grissom: Yep. Think of it this way, Doc, you'll have somebody new you can tell all your old jokes to.
      Doc Robbins: I like the old guy just fine. Are you, uh, running away from something? Or running to something? Someone?
      Grissom: I'm running to my office.
      Doc Robbins: I think you're nuts. (Grissom leaves) I am never going to retire.

    • Grissom: David, I've been meaning to talk to you.
      Hodges: It's a little too late for that, huh? Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Have a nice life. (Grissom looks surprised as Hodges walks away)

    • Grissom: Catherine, I, uh, know I surprised you today with the …
      Catherine: I knew. ... I knew before you knew.

    • Brass: So I hear you're movin' on.
      Grissom: I am.
      Brass: That's too bad.
      Grissom: We'll stay in touch.
      Brass: Sure. You know, the barbecue, Labor Day, the Fourth of July. Go out on the boat.
      Grissom: You got a boat?
      Brass: No.

    • Student: How did you control them?
      Haskell: Not with force. I'm gonna return to the Jewish theme here, Doctor, although I want you to know that I have also killed Catholics and Protestants and one atheist. By the way, they all prayed eventually. Anyway, during the holocaust, when the first arrivals at the death camps realized they were going to be killed, they flew into a panic, so the guards - the Nazi's - started telling them that they were going to be put to work, that their skills were going to be used, and they all calmed down. And they all marched obediently into the showers. You have to give them hope. If you bring a human being to the brink of death, and then you offer a chance - no matter how small a chance - to survive, they'll grab it. And they'll thank you for it. And then … you can do whatever you want. And believe me … I did.

    • Haskell: What I learned in class today when I was looking out at all those scared little faces who couldn't take their eyes off of me, was how much I missed being out in the world. When Mrs. Steiner had her, moment. It got me thinking about... closure. Which is what you'll find at the corner of Boulder Highway and Hasboro. It's just another empty stretch of desert out there, well at least it was, ten years ago... the way this city's changed. Maybe it's all different now, although... maybe not. It's kind of an ugly place. Anyway, it's just the same in my imagination. There's a concrete bridge, built in 1938, you can tell because the year is stamped in the front. 25 feet from that, look west, you'll see one dark stone that just doesn't quite fit with the rest. Under there ... that's where you'll find Joel. And … if we're lucky, maybe something else. Because that's the problem with closure. Sometimes when something closes, something else opens up.

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