CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 12 Episode 1

73 Seconds

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 2011 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A crazy, chaotic shoot-out on a hotel tram leaves two dead, almost no witnesses, and a lot of contradictory evidence; another dead man in Panaca County has a young man's face and an old man's body.

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  • The 12th Season Starts With The Team Investigating A Shoot-Out In A Tram. Their New Supervisor, D.B. Russell, Stuns Them.

    "73 Seconds" is a sensational beginning for the 12th season of "CSI"!!! I liked Ray a lot, but I did not think his replacement would be this good. So I am glad he is gone. Unlike D.B. Ray did not have much personality. The episode itself was very entertaining and it was easy to follow. What added to enjoyment of this episode is watching Ted's acting and how he tries to settle into his role. The second story line was not as good as the first, but it was good. The ending scene was pure gold as Nick and Catherine argued and D.B. sends a message: "Breakfast on me": I can't wait for the next episode!! An excellent season opener.moreless
  • 12x01

    Brilliant episode!!!, first at all, I agree with all of the people who says that this kind of episodes bring you back some memmories of the old csi las vegas, I also agree whit the people who says that ted danson (D. B. Ruseel) is a nice touch for the season, I particularly enjojed his acting in the secne with the invisible ball, it was very interesting and cool

    maybe this episodes deserves a teen, but I have to be honest and I have to admit that I did not like the "b plot" at all, for me the case about the man with young face and old body was toosilly that makes consider that this episode does not deserves a teen, however, the case in the tram was exellent and thats the most important thing here

    there is also another great point in this episode, here, I think that the characters did a great job, theyr acting was very convencing and even nick (who is one of my personal less favorites characters) was great here.

    I think I said everything I wanted to say in this review, definetivily I recommend this episode to everybody

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • Not my cup of tea anymore

    OK guys that is enough for me with CSI. Ted Danson is a great actor ... loved him in the Curb Your Enthusiasm.... but no connection with CSI. Thanks for the 12 year long show.
  • TED DANSON .... Seriously !!!!!!!


    TED DANSON has officially ruined CSI for me.

    I used to love the show and now I am waiting for them to end it now.

    WTF is up with the crazy acting of TED DANSON

    Better yet kill off danson's character and bring in someone that can act !!!!!!!!!

    Now I am hoping CSI Miami goes in the right direction

  • I like Ted Danson, and wish him the best, but why get rid of Fishburnes character? I never watched until I heard Fishburne was being replaced and for a premiere for a 12 yr. old show the ep. seemed dull and underwhelming. Just a run of the mill ep.moreless

    I dunno why I cant watch the finale of season 11 but I think CBS IS trying to get everyone to forget the last 2 yrs. even existed. I also dont understant why the cowboy had to bash Langston by saying he was being punished b/c of the brother messing up. I dont know what happend, but I am sure the cowboy is not without guilt, judge not my friend. All I really noticed was the lack of diversity now on the aging show. The one brother wants to leave, the writers kill him off, while the other gets either fired ,or arrested. Again I say I dunno what happend to Fishburnes Langston b/c CBS wont let me watch them for free. But my final note is that every one can leave the show when ever they want and they get a graciouse exitw/ an open door to come back! I am talking about you Jorja! BUT a pattern isbuilding that theres some favoritism going on here. Now I here Helenburg is leaving soon and how much do ya wanna bet she retires for awhile b/c the job is just getting to her, only to make a grand reappearancesome time down the road when ratings start to fall again. Not Fishburnse fault the ratings werent that good during his run, blame it on bad writing, and peoples silly misconceptions.! I am just saying CBS you look a little funny and this is why I dontsupport the network, or their diversity lacking shows.Iwouldnt even watch the CW if it werent for Supernatural. Any ways Criminal Minds is way more appealing than any CSI incarnation the suits can come up with. NCIS: los angeles is okay, but not great. THE original though is justdull.Itruly hope Danson w/ his 2 jobs goes back to HBO full time and this show gets put down like a rabid dog nobody wants real soon! Like next year,hence helenburg leaving. She cant evenwait out this GOD awful show LIKEGrissom leaving yrs. earliar too! lolThey just wont let it end, like they cant come up with anything new. Heres an idea CBS, noones tried making a remake of Shatners T.J. Hooker! hahahahahamoreless
Heather Prete

Heather Prete

Nancy Drake

Guest Star

Skylar Gaertner

Skylar Gaertner

Emmett Drake

Guest Star

Elaine Tan

Elaine Tan

Shizu Yoshi

Guest Star

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Offficer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Catherine: There are no more under-the-table deals, no more going rogue, no more personal vendettas, no more L.A.
      Nick: Now, what does this have to do with L.A.? I wouldn't change anything about what I did there.
      Catherine: I would! I'm not in charge anymore, because this is our problem. We lead with our hearts instead of our heads. And then we justify it after the fact.
      Nick: Why you so pissed off?
      Catherine: I got demoted, Nick! I got demoted!

    • Morgan: (to Greg) Good to put a face with the name. You don't look like a history nerd.
      Greg: Neither do you. I mean the nerd part. Not that you are a nerd. Or that there's anything wrong with being a nerd.

    • Nick: Thanks for the heads up, Catherine.
      Catherine: Nick, I'm sorry. There's just been a hell of a lot going on around here. The new boss needed an office, I gave him yours. I'm sorry.
      Nick: You know he's growing shrooms in there right?
      Catherine: They're supposed to be medicinal.
      Nick: Medicinal?
      Catherine: Don't get me started.

    • D.B.: (after receiving a call about another dead body) So probably a two person job. What do you think?
      Catherine: What do I think? You're the boss I think you should stop asking me what I think.
      D.B.: Glad we got that out of the way.

    • D.B.: (lying on the floor pretending to be a dead body) You must be Stokes.
      Nick: And you must be contaminating the crime scene.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 21, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: September 28, 2011 on Channel 9
      Sweden: October 31, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Latin America: November 7, 2011 on AXN
      Norway: January 3, 2012 on TVNorge
      Finland: August 29, 2012 on MTV3
      Slovakia: October 29, 2012 on JOJ Plus
      Germany: January 8, 2013 on RTL
      Czech Republic: February 7, 2013 on TV Nova

    • This is the first episode of CSI to air on the new time slot of Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.