CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 10 Episode 4

Coup de Grace

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 15, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The team investigates the accidental shooting of an off-duty cop by another cop, officer Danny Finn, whose unabashed racial bias raises the possibility that the shooting was no accident.

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  • An episode with no bad guy.

    Another great episode in the season when a police officer kills his ex partner and when the CSI's hear the tape they start to think that there was racial motives Everything was pointing to the killer and he wasn't helping himself and surprisingly he wasn't guilty of killing him because of his race it was because it looked like he was shooting at him but he was shooting at someone else who was killing someone else In the end the officer couldn't live like this so he killed himself and Langston was the last person he looked at Also the murder was proven to have no real bad guy which is rare and makes the episode unique.moreless
  • An ok episode

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. When a cop kills a black man, the officer's unabashed racial bias raises the possibility that the shooting was no accident. But soon we learn that the victim was in fact an off duty police officer. Before the officer can be cleared of the crime, he shoots and kills himself. As the episode draws to a close, we learn that the officer had a problem with his vision. This lead to him to be unable to recognise the victim, who he worked with about 5 years earlier. And so the team prove that he was in fact innocent and did not mean to kill the victim.moreless
  • A series of misfortunate events

    What a great episode. I had my doubts when the recording of the arrest is being heard by Willows and we hear the police officer 'insulting' the other cop, but as the story develops I was captured by all the evidence that showed up.

    Brass can be so mean when he needs to. What a sad story. To get to this phase in your life when you have to think of stepping down because you just can't be good enough no matter how much expertise you have. I thought this was going to be another corrupt cop story but the twist in the end made the episode worth watching.

    Great to see Sara back, I take back everything I said about her character because she looks more relaxed now.moreless
  • great episode

    This was a great episode that took on a lot of various topics. The big once obviously was racism and I liked that they showed that it comes from both sides of the fence, not just one. Such as the cop having racism issues even if he wasn't completely aware of them and also the waitress being ready to condemn him purely because she just assumed because he was white and a cop he had to be racist. Both view points were played wonderfully by the actor and actress. Neither of the characters were bad people, quite the contrary in fact, but they both got their eyes opened to the fact that maybe they weren't as open minded as they should be. I was sad the cop killed himself at the end, that broke my heart. I would have rather seen him get help and overcome his issues. I did find it a little annoying that once again Langston is the one to figure it all out. What is this guy SuperCSI or something. He goes from being a newbie to the man with all the answers. Everyone is following him including Catherine and Nick who are supposed to be leading HIM. The writers need to step back and reconsider their approach on this. I get that LF is supposed to be the lead, but I'm not buying a newbie CSI suddenly being the expert on everything. Even Greg, who is brilliant in his own right and was already working in the CSI enviroment, has made his share of newbie mistakes. Langston needs to make a few just to make him more human and less Superman.moreless
  • Good episode with great twist

    In so many ways this episode was about preconception and people's thought what they think is right or happened. And the irony of the episode was that most of those preconceptions were wrong and if they has looked wider and seen that there was no bad guy, only people who were victims of different things, they could have saved maybe more lives.

    I loved the story.. I loved the way it was complex, multi layered, it was not one sure line from the start and it was catching. I really think with the start of this season they have tried to pick up the game and they have quite succeeded - episodes have more variety, different twists.moreless
Adina Porter

Adina Porter

Denise Devine

Guest Star

Jack Blessing

Jack Blessing

Officer Danny Finn

Guest Star

Cassidy Freeman

Cassidy Freeman

Officer Donna Grayson

Guest Star

Jorja Fox

Jorja Fox

Sara Sidle

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Officer Metcalf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Catherine: Finn took action in the line of duty. Johnson was trying to help a kid at risk.
      Nick: So where's the bad guy in this?
      Ray: You tell me.

    • Det. Moreno (looking at the computer screen): Now, each dot represents a crime involving firearms. And this is just in the last year.
      Sara: Wow. You leave town for a while and all hell breaks loose.

    • Ray: Look, when I had a gun pulled on me, I didn't check for skin color before I pulled the trigger. Finn's motives are not what we're after, just the evidence that's gonna tell us about his actions. (Sara smiles, that reminds her of someone: Grissom)

    • Brass: I put my crediblity on the line for you. CSIs said excessive force, I said 'no way'.
      Officer Finn: That's right.
      Brass: Oh, yeah? (plays the dispatch recording of Officer Finn calling Sgt. Johnson a black son of a bitch)
      Officer Finn: I don't remember saying that.
      Union Rep: I'm advising you not to speak, not until we hear the full recording and the witness statements.
      Officer Finn: You think I'm racist? I don't remember, if I said he was black, I was decribing the suspect. I was so focused on what the gun was doing I--
      Brass: Did you see his face?
      Officer Finn: No, it was dark out.
      Brass: Are you telling me, you didn't recognize Scott Johnson? He was a trainee, he rode with you, he was your partner for four months. You spent 8 hours a day in a car together. You saw more of him than you did of your wife.
      Union Rep: This was over 5 years ago.
      Brass: Are you telling me you didn't recognize a guy who put a formal complaint in your file for racial discrimination? Let me read this to you: (starts reading the complaint) "Frequent and excessive use of racial epithets including the 'N' word."
      Officer Finn: First of all, no. I didn't recognize Johnson. And second, yeah, I use street talk with the trainees.
      Brass: Come on, you know that doesn't fly anymore.
      Officer Finn: But believe me, what they get from me is nothing compared to what they're gonna get from the real gorillas in the jungle.
      Union Rep: That's a poor choice of words.
      Officer Finn: I am training them for the real world and out of the dozens and dozens of people I have trained, and that is every color of the rainbow, pal. That hard ass was the only one who ever complained. The only one. He's the racist, not me.

    • Doc Robbins: You know, in ancient times, coup de grace was considered an act of mercy, quick blow to end the suffering of a comrade wounded in battle.
      Sara: Whatever this was, it was no act of mercy.

    • Ecklie: Sara, glad to see you back.
      Sara: Ecklie.
      Ecklie: How was your week off in Paris?
      Sara: Dr. Grissom sends his regards.

    • Greg: You said you waited until the shooting stopped to go outside.
      Denise: I know what I saw, and I know what I heard. There were a whole bunch of guns going off, then it quiet, then one last and that cop was standing over that poor man. I saw a murder.

    • Nick: Eyes are gonna be on every move we make.
      Ray: They already are. (motions to the crowd behind them)

    • Brass: Well, there are a lot of ways that a bullet can end up under his body.
      Nick: I can only think of two: Shot from a distance, through and through, and the bullet got caught in his clothing, fell out when he went down. Or, suspect was shot after he was down. Like the young lady said. Coup de Grace.
      Brass: You sound like you already made up your mind.
      Nick: You already made up yours.

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