CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 11 Episode 12

A Kiss Before Frying

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 20, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team discovers that a series of seemingly random deaths by homemade electric chairs are actually linked to a murderous miscarriage of justice seventy years ago.

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  • Really good.

    I know this got voted in the top ten CSI episodes of all time because its a good episode Greg meets a woman who turns out to be using him to get revenge on people who are related to people from seventy years ago that killed this woman's grandmother who looks exactly the same as the girl Greg is going out with I always thought she had something to do with it but she couldn't have killed them people on her own That's because she had help In the end Greg knew he was a fool for believing her and it nearly cost him his life.moreless
  • I rather enjoyed that.....

    To say I have been disappointed in CSI of late is an understatement. I don't take the lesser versions of Miami or NY into account when I say this as they are cheap knock offs of the only true CSI series. But since Grissom left for greener pastures, CSI has been stuck in an infinite loop of inferiority and has lead to a kind of ennui which knows no bounds.

    Apart from Sqweegel (of which I eagerly await the follow up episode), this season has quiet frankly been a disaster. But this episode was actually a nice break from CSI's formulaic approach and using Greg as a conduit for the episode to unfold, I found myself enjoying the ride. I now certainly look forward to some excellent episodes in the second half of the season.

    Just one note to end my ramblings, but being South African, I can only voice by disapproval of the Saffa accent of Johannes De Smoot. That was the WORST imitation of an accent I have ever heard. Oh well. Perhaps it should be taken in the same vein as the episode in general which had far ligher connotations than normal.moreless

    So incredibly corny it was scary, and not in a good way. It started out okay but as soon as it got into Greg's storyline with *Rita Von Squeeze* (what the heck is with that name?) it just got lazy and poorly executed. It was like watching a stupid badly-written remake of Casablanca. I found myself utter "what the hell?" and "oh my god, how stupid" multiple times during this episode. On the other hand, if humor was an aspect they were deliberately going for they almost hit the mark. For those who enjoy a little comedy break here and there from all the murder and seriousness of the show I guess it was a treat. I myself, however, thought it was, for lack of a better term, dumb.moreless
  • A great way to spend a delicious hour (or less) some night with your current squeeze.

    This is an absolutely delicious episode mixing so many different aspects of criminal and human behavior on both sides of the law. While one can feel for the grand daughter of the two murder victims (and yes, both are murder victims), taking it out on someone two generations later really isn't fair. It is also really interesting to see where the family members ended up, so many years later.

    I found the episode very interesting and exciting all the way to the end. The one thing missing, though, it would have been too much (I fear) is a more film noir quality to the episode, though, the flashbacks do remind one of that style, but moving it into some of the present day might have been nice (and maybe a visual clue for those looking). All this is hindsight and not even 20/20 hindsight, so it is what it is a really great way to spend an hour (or an hour minus commercials when viewing from a DVD or Blu-Ray disc).moreless
  • A much needed and welcomed character insight into Greg provides a different, exciting and somewhat... cheesy, story.

    Firstly I'd like to say that Greg's my favourite character on the show, so this review may be very slightly biased due to it being such a big episode focused on him.

    It's about time that Greg got a story devoted to him, and the Old Vegas film-noire touch to the episode couldn't be more of ahomage to him. The episode is different and a breath of fresh air from some of the more disturbing cases in recent weeks and whilst the case was far from the best, the episode appeared more character-driven. I was also partially relieved that it seems that the guys at the crime lab CAN get lucky and aren't useless. xD

    The episode isn't perfect however, as whilst it's certainly unique, it is ultimately very predictable which lets it down somewhat. Although I liked the cheesy direction the episode took, reflecting the film-noire style, lines such as "I've loved you since Tuesday" are bound to raise a few eyebrows towards the quality of writing. However many parts are also humorous such as Henry enquiring whether Ellen has a sister.

    What this episode excels at is highlighting Nick and Catherine's relationship with Greg. Nick egging him on to get Ellen's number and his later suspicions show the character's friendship, and arguably the best part of the episode, the final scene with Catherine highlights her motherly attitude towards her co-workers, something we haven't seen since Lindsey was a regular.

    Whilst it's not a perfect episode, nor the best in the season, if you are a Greg fan, you'll most likely be satisfied with it and even if you're not, the episode is very entertaining and offers a different episode style to CSI.moreless
Andrew Howard

Andrew Howard

Johannes Desmoot

Guest Star

Jim Pirri

Jim Pirri

Roderich Hammerbacher

Guest Star

Michael Adam Hamilton

Michael Adam Hamilton

Boris Kuchko

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

Jeffrey D. Stevens

Jeffrey D. Stevens


Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • At the end of the episode, Catherine tells Greg that she is not the perfect person to judge him by what he did considering that she has been blinded by love twice, she refers to the episodes:

      "5x22 Weeping Willows" - where she was involved with the suspect of a crime and "7x02 Built to Kill (2)" - where she was kidnapped after drinking some coups in a bar.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Catherine: You did good.
      Greg: Yeah, well, most bosses wouldn't have given me the chance to make it right.
      Catherine: Oh, make no mistake. I'm pissed off at you, Greg. You disappeared on us, you walked into an ambush, you almost got yourself killed and then you left the scene of a crime.
      Greg: Am I on suspension?
      Catherine: You should be (pauses) But I'm the last ones who should be throwing stones. I've been blinded by lust once or twice. Just do me a favor. The next time you get the hots for a mysterious babe, let me check her out for you. I got an eye for the rotten ones.
      Greg: Deal. Catherine...
      Catherine: Yeah?
      Greg: Why do the rotten ones smell so good?

    • Hodges: Group, I'd like you to meet Dr. Raymond Langston, Nick Stokes and Greg Sanders. These are our CSI field agents. They go out and collect all those little bits of evidence, and then they bring them to me for answers. (about the burned victim) Ooh! Looks like they're cooking up a searing mystery today.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Polib mě a zapni proud (Kiss Me and Turn on the Power)

    • Goof: The first victim (Doreen, Carlton), when rolled into the ambulance is wearing a tan zipper shirt or jacket, blue jeans, and brown / tan work style shoes. Yet, later when reviewing the missing person's report he was last seen wearing a white shirt, blue jeans, and white tennis shoes.

    • Although listed in the opening credits, Jorja Fox does not appear in this episode.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 20, 2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom: March 29, 2011 on Five/Five HD
      Sweden: April 11, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Norway: April 26, 2011 on TVNorge
      Slovakia: September 15, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: November 24, 2011 on ProSieben
      Spain: November 29, 2011 on AXN
      Finland: December 21, 2011 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: June 19, 2012 on TV Nova

    • This episode was originally scheduled one week earlier, January 13, 2011, but changed for unknown reasons.