CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 8 Episode 12

Grissom's Divine Comedy

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 03, 2008 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

Grissom and his team battle the flu when they are called upon by D.D.A. Klein to investigate the deaths of several key witnesses for a grand jury case against a dangerous Las Vegas gang.

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  • While struggling with the flu, Grissom and his team are called on by the Deputy District Attorney to investigate the death of a key witness in the Grand Jury trial of a dangerous local gang leader.moreless

    The forced hiatus due to the Writers Guild strike has apparently not effected the quality of the writing of the episodes of CSI. This episode's very well written script kept me hooked all the way through. One thing I liked is that it avoided the cliches and instead gave the viewers a very plausible and well done storyline. I think it's safe to say that many people thought they knew where the story was going but were surprised at the end. Bonnie Bedlilia (Best known as Mrs. John McClaine from the first two Die Hard movies) is a liability however.moreless
  • This wasn't a good way for CSI to come back after the strike

    The last scene was the only part of this episode I liked. When Grissoms phone rings and from his reaction you know it's Sara. So I guess in a way what they said about this episode is true, that we would know where Grissom and Sara stand by the end of this episode, they are clearly still together or why would she call him. Other than that I didn't like this episode at all. The CSI's being sick was funny though, it was kind of a let down they discovered that the father in law killed his son in law. Though the promo for next weeks episode was what it usually it a suspense filled promo. Someone dies, why else would it be a CSI that we'll never forget, obviously someone hasn't signed the contract for season 9, so they gotta find ways for the CSI's to leave. We know it's not Sara, because it's been confirmed that Sara is coming back at some point in season 9. I'm sorry I just didn't like this episode. For me it was a complete let down.moreless
  • A great standalone episode!

    Ah, the sight of Grissom in tartan pyjamas and dressing gown – enough to give this episode a perfect score (almost)!

    On a serious note, I was impressed the storyline of this episode, easily making 'Grissom's Devine Comedy' the best episode in a while. Yet another example of a well written and interesting standalone episode; which gives us two in a row after "Bull" (episode 11) - quite impressive when you consider the writers strike.

    Yet another gang related storyline, which I personally always enjoy as it usually creates obstacles for the team to deal with, making the story less straight-forward. Whether it be witness scared into not providing evidence or police officers corrupted by personal gain – it always provides for an interesting but sometimes frustrating conclusion to the storyline. But I always wonder why more of the CSI team hasn't been gunned down or threatened by annoyed members of the various gangs they've put behind bars? In this case, the gang's involvement in the case isn't exactly what we first think it is.

    On the negative side the gang was a little stereotypical and the gang leader could have seemed more of a menace had the story panned over more episodes. Also yet again, very little screentime for Greg and I'm now noticing a lack of Catherine as well. I know the episodes tend to focus on one or two members of the team but I can't think of the last time, Greg especially, had a big part to play in a major case?

    But let's not forget Grissom in pyjamas; what a wonderful sight!moreless
  • Me likey very much!

    Now that Sara is gone its good that theyve put that storyline on a backburner. Here the show returns to what its good at - cleverly constructed episode that has us guessing whodunnit!

    If thats what you like, you wont be disappointed. An apparent murder seems to be the work of a badass gang. All clues point to them. One thing I really liked about this is that the drive through the story isnt led by Grissom so much. Instead its the ADA who adds to the drama when we see her discover her own shortcomings - something ironic in terms of her supposed to be a strong character.

    The pace of this epsiode is quite swift something that I havent felt the last 3or4 epsiodes have been.

    Overall a very, very good episode.moreless
  • I really enjoyed this first episode back since the writers strike ended and I really enjoyed the setup we were given. Grissom has to phone in crime scene analysis due to a case of walking flu. He's pestered constantly by the stereotypicalmoreless

    I really enjoyed this first episode back since the writers strike ended and I really enjoyed the setup we were given. Grissom has to phone in crime scene analysis due to a case of walking flu. He's pestered constantly by the stereotypical power woman ADA. The only low point of this episode was the way they made her behave and I don't know why such a cliched character model was chosen. The show also did a good job with their MS13 gang arch-type. I really did feel the menace of the group and the scariest gang actor ever on tv. Not just an odd excuse for Grissom to show how smart he is. Solving a case without actually being there but we got some good screen time with the rest of the cast. Good episode not a disappointment after the long hiatus.moreless
Bonnie Bedelia

Bonnie Bedelia

D.D.A. Madeline Klein

Guest Star

Natasha Gregson Wagner

Natasha Gregson Wagner

Cody Cook

Guest Star

Jack McGee

Jack McGee

Richard O'Malley

Guest Star

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • William Petersen's dog, Bruno, made his second appearance on the show. The first one was on the episode "Leaping Lizards".

    • Goof: When Warrick examines the burnt car and discovers the gun you can see a shiny earring in his left ear in the close-up only to discover it is gone in the next scene.

    • Goof: When Warrick and Grissom head up the stairs to search the gang-leader's apt., Warrick goes over the banister twice. First immediately after the explosion, then the camera pans out and he goes over again.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Catherine: Never thought I'd be disappointed that we solved a case.
      Grissom: Hmm.
      Catherine: Court personnel files?
      Grissom: Reading upside down is a talent.
      Catherine: What are you looking for?
      Grissom: The leak. Ninety minutes after the warrant was issued, Alvarado's apartment went up.
      Catherine: So you're looking at the judge, his staff, the clerk that issued the warrant, court reporter, any cops who knew ...
      Grissom: Yeah, but according to this, everybody cleared. The only ones left are the grand jurors ... and Maddy Klein.

    • Hodges: (after Nick coughs) You know, in China people wear masks when they're sick. It's considered impolite to infect your coworkers.
      Nick: Maybe you should go work in China.
      Hodges: Maybe you should wear a mask.

    • Hodges: Don Cook's car bumper. Gangbanger blended his green with another color. Not visible to the human eye. Of course, I caught it.
      Nick: You mean the GCMS caught it?
      Hodges: Well, if that's a hair you want to split.

    • Brass: Did you take Cook back to Little Gordo's house? You know, maybe to verify his story?
      Madeline Klein: Yeah, I always take my secret witnesses on a bus tour of the hood.
      Brass: You know, when Don Cook first refused to testify that he saw Alvarado come out of Little Gordo's house, you know what I did? I took him to an out-of-town diner and bought him a cup of coffee. What'd you do?
      Madeline Klein: I went to Little Gordo's. (Brass nods, Maddy gets it now) Damn it. Good job, Maddy. They saw me. I can't even blame it on the booze. All they had to do was trail me back to the courthouse and watch me go into the security entrance with 18 escorted jurors. That's how they knew grand jury. (sighs, Brass is silent) Damn it! This is where you're supposed to say, "It's okay. It could happen to anyone. It's not your fault Don Cook is dead." Like hell it isn't.

    • Brass: And why that apartment? Who do you know lives there?
      Donny Gomez: Nobody. I got a mental illness. I'm a firebug. I'm loco.
      Brass: You're loco?
      Donny Gomez: Who knows? (Madeline walks in) Maybe I'll set the lawyer lady's house on fire.
      Madeline Klein: Hey, little man with the big mouth. It doesn't matter what you say, 'cause all your boys are going to hear is that you rolled on Alvarado. (Gomez surges to his feet. His hands are cuffed behind his back. The officer grabs his shoulders)
      Brass: Sit down.
      Madeline Klein: Just bought yourself another ten years. I'm going to hand-pick your cell mate.

    • Grissom: Mitch, I want to see this guy's hands.
      Donny Gomez: You ain't a cop, fool.
      Warrick: He's bigger than a cop. Show him your hands, princess.

    • Warrick: The other guy was probably watching us the whole time.
      Grissom: There's nails all over the place.
      Warrick: Grissom, I think I found the point of origin.
      Grissom: Green plastic. Sugar, butane, and nails. Add some egg whites in a soda bottle. You got a MacGyver bomb. Crude, but it works.
      Warrick: I think they were looking to do more than just destroy evidence.

    • Warrick: Hey, Grissom, I got tickets to the Rebels tomorrow night. If you're feeling any better and you want to check it out.
      Grissom: I'll be in bed.

    • Nick: Hey.
      Warrick: Oh, man, you look beat up.
      Nick: I feel beat up.
      Warrick: Why don't you ... uh ... take a break. I got this.
      Nick: No, no, I'm cool. I can push through it.
      Warrick: Yeah. You're ... uh ... breaking the lab's budget for rubber gloves here, dawg. Listen, get some rest, man. You'd do the same for me.

    • Greg (to Nick): DA Klein asked Grissom, who asked Catherine, who told me to tell you that we need to figure out if the victim was shot before he got in the car, while he was in the car or after he got out.

    • Catherine: Oh, hey, Dave, nice haircut. What gives?
      David: Oh, Mrs. Phillips. An extreme makeover.
      Catherine: Mm. Oh, make sure you get those photos to Grissom.
      David: I'm all over it. (leaves)
      Doc Robbins: Sign of a good marriage. Wife still wants to change him.

    • Madeline Klein: Boy, you look like hell. I need sugar. You got a soda?
      Grissom: Nice to see you, too, Maddy.
      Madeline Klein: Six months' worth of investigation; two months working with the grand jury; five low-level indictments against the LATs. Why you? 'Cause you're the only one who won't screw it up.
      Grissom: My team won't screw it up.
      Madeline Klein: Oh, right. Your team. Warrick Brown got mixed up with a crooked judge. Sanders ran down a civilian while on duty. Ms. Willows lied about being at a crime scene, among other things. And who can forget Stokes, your straight arrow? Suspected of killing his hooker girlfriend. How does the song go? "You call me up, I get 'em out of it"? If it weren't for me, you'd have no team.

    • Madeline Klein: Maybe the reception sucks out here, I said I want Grissom. Say I asked for him personally. I don't want anyone touching anything. Thanks for your help, guys.
      Madeline Klien: The case is reassigned to Grissom.
      Brass: He's home sick Maddy.
      Madeline Klien: Yeah, I heard all about it from Ecklie, blah, blah, blah. The point, that he and you seem to be missing, is that I have eighteen grand jurors sifting through evidence, trying to help me indict one of the deadliest gangs this city has ever seen.

    • Madeline Klein: Nobody knew he was coming, Conrad. Nobody knew his name. Yeah, well, if you'd stop talking for a minute you'd understand. The investigation has been compromised. People's lives are at risk. How many people do the right thing anymore? Have a conscience? Don Cook, didn't even know what he saw. El Mataocho doesn't kill for the thrill, or because he was abused as a child, he kills because it's his answer to everything. I had him eye-witnessed, it was enough for an indictment. No indictment, no trial, he goes free and La Tierra gets stronger, so don't patronize me by saying it might be an accident. I'm not asking you for advice here, I'm telling you. I want Grissom.

    • Catherine (on the phone with Grissom): Let me run it down for you. Isolated stretch of Route 2, burnt car on the shoulder, burnt male victim out of the car twenty feet away. Single gunshot wound to the lower back. Passing motorist called it in, fire-department arrived within twelve minutes. Fire burned so hot they had to use foam to put it out, which of course is never good for us.
      Madeline Klien: Where is he? (Catherine hands her phone to her) I've been waiting over an hour for you, what are you walking here? How many times have I gotten out of bed in the middle of the night for you, Gil? Yeah, well I'd like to phone it in too, I left an AA meeting for this, that trumps walking pneumonia. Here you go, eyes-and-ears. (hands her back the phone)
      Catherine (to phone): So the deputy DA got out of bed for you? Whose bed?
      Grissom: Talk to me about the road.
      Catherine: Alright. The debris paths starts approximately 100 yards from where the vehicle came to rest.
      Grissom: Show me what you see.

    • Brass: Well, that didn't help.
      Madeline Klein: That kid wouldn't roll if I gave him a night with Jessica Alba.
      Brass: You're really good at making enemies, Maddy.
      Madeline Klein: That's why I'm unlisted, divorced and carry a gun.

    • Warrick (to Greg who has a scarf wrapped around his neck): What are you doing, a catalog shoot? Where's your matching hat with your pom-pom?
      Greg: Leave me alone. I have a cold.

    • Madeline Klein: Well, I was right about Alvarado, he was leaving Vegas. Otherwise, he would have killed me himself.
      Grissom: You okay?
      Madeline Klein: Yeah. Guess now, I owe you one, huh?
      Grissom: I don't keep score, Madeleine.
      Madeline Klein: You know what Gilbert? You're the only man I know that's never let me down. Which means either your a classic enabler or my soulmate.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Jack McGee (Richard O'Malley) previously guest starred as a different character in the Season 3 episode "Abra Cadaver."

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Grissomova Božská komedie (Grissom's Divine Comedy)

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Danone- Donnie Darko
      What Hurts the Most- Rascal Flatts

    • Original International Air Dates:
      United Kingdom: April 8, 2008 on Channel 5
      Denmark: April 11, 2008 on Kanal 5
      New Zealand: April 20, 2008 on TV3
      Latin America: April 28, 2008 on AXN
      Norway: April 29, 2008 on TVNorge
      Australia: May 25, 2008 on Network 9
      Sweden: October 6, 2008 on Kanal 5
      Estonia: November 17, 2008 on TV3
      Spain: December 10, 2008 on AXN
      Finland: February 4, 2009 on MTV3
      Germany: March 5, 2009 on RTL
      Czech Republic: November 12, 2009 on TV Nova

    • This is the first episode of the series to feature the entire CSI team working when they are sick.

    • This is the first episode to be written and taped since the ending of the 2007 WGA Strike.


    • During their investigation of the fire bomb at a suspect's apartment, Grissom mentions the household components of the bomb and refers to the bomb as a MacGyver bomb. The 1980s show MacGyver was about a man who solved mysterious crimes all over the world, using his intellect and usually just duct tape and his Swiss army knife.

    • Episode Title: The Divine Comedy is a famous literary work of Italian poet Dante Alighieri depicting an imaginative vision of the Christian afterlife. The epic poem is composed of three canticas -- Inferno (Hell), Purgatorio (Purgatory), and Paradiso (Paradise).