CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 11 Episode 22

In A Dark, Dark House (3)

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 12, 2011 on CBS
out of 10
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Episode Summary

After years of pursuit and a countless number of murders, Langston comes face-to-face with serial killer Nate Haskell inside the house where his killing spree began.

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  • The Nate Haskell story comes to an end.

    The Nate Haskell storyline comes to an end earlier in this episode than expected and it was what Lady Heather predicted The season finale didn't turn out how I expected because this episode was about the CSI's finding out what happened when Ray killed Haskell and about how Haskell became a killer All this storyline with Brass hiding the cuffs and Ray Langston trying to get off with self defense could maybe even part of a sqweegel storyline because if Langston gets off then he will be hiding a big secret only he and Brass know which is the type of secret Sqweegel would like to know.moreless
  • A seemingly endless and overdone cat-and-mouse between two characters finally reaches a messy and unspectacular conclusion.

    For the third consecutive year in a row, we're 'treated' to a series finale which resolves entirely around Ray Langston. Whilst Fishburne is indeed the star of the show, it's become ridiculous with the number of storylines associated with his character, even though I thought Season 10 ended well, it appears to highlight the fact that the writers have forgotten that this is an ensemble cast, not the Ray Langston show.

    What frustrates me more with this episode, is the way the other characters are forced out of character to accommodate Langston. Brass' character has been completely ruined, by picking up the cuffs he has violated the ethics and morals he has upheld throughout theentiretyof the show. Greg has suddenly done a complete 180 over the past year, previously wary of Langston in the Season 10 finale and now going out his way to clear him. In fact, the entire team besides Sara have appeared to have abandoned their sense of moral duty in order to back up their colleague, which may appear to show a strong bond between the team but when you consider episodes such as For Gedda or Post Mortem where characters were convicted for crimes they did not commit, the other characters were nowhere near as supportive as they were to Langston, choosing to do their jobs professionally without bias.

    It suggests to me that the writers seem to care only that their beloved superman, Ray is kept in good light whereas in reality he has become a black hole which has sucked all characters and sense of plot in with him.

    The episode did have a few good moments in, I liked that it highlighted the continued friendship between Ray and Doc Robbins still as well as Sara and Greg's relationship. I also liked how it kept to the CSI episode formula, investigate a crime, gather evidence, interview suspect come to a conclusion.

    Nevertheless, the episode proved to be incredibly dull also, boasting perhaps the worst cliffhanger to come out of CSI. It's almost laughable that Fishburne has left, seeing as it appears the writers managed to dig themselves into a massive hole with the conclusion. I can only hope Ted Danson and Season 12 can pull them back out next season.moreless
  • A great season of CSI that comes to a chilling and suspensful end by taking a different approach to making a cliffhanger.

    A great season of CSI that comes to a chilling and suspensful end (unfortunately this episode has been panned by 2 Ray Langston haters the only difference is one of them denies being a Ray Langston hater) by taking a different approach to making a cliffhanger. Instead of one of the main characters (and just to remind everyone although the story focused a lot on Ray Langston he is a main character but he is not being and has never been written as THE main character of CSI. Try to keep that in mind before you review another CSI episode.) being put in jeopardy his career hangs in the balance with his future depending on what he says next. As for the reviews this one is getting I sincerely hope CBS doesn't look at the bad reviews this show has gotten from this site as a deciding factor of whether to renew all 3 shows or not because most of these reviews are from bitter children who still haven't gotten over the departure of Grissom. Grissom was the best no doubt about it but stop panning the show because you don't like his replacement. Give these new seasons a fair chance.moreless
  • 11x22

    In my opinion, this episode was an ok episode, I mean, it did not have that feeling that other seasons finales had, but I have to admit that I liked this creepy style reflected among the entire apisode, and the team´s decision at the end was very interesting despite it is not the right thing to do in a tv show

    what I did not like about this episode, first of all, was the silly begining scene with ray and nate fighting for their lives, I did not like glorias plot either, in my opinion it was weak, but despite all of those mistakes, this episode was very intriging at least for me P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
  • That was the season finale?

    I'm not a Ray hater, but one thing that I didn't like is that this storyline was way too much, lasted too long and it all had to do with him. Case was good, overall, but mainly focused on Ray.

    I'm glad Haskell is gone for good, he deserved it but as Edward mentioned, Ray went a little too far. I liked Sara's determination on proving if the flex-cuffs were in Ray's kit, she WAS doing her job. The rest I believe were just covering for him. I remember other cases where CSI's were involved and even when they were all working on proving their innocence, they were never covered or protected. One more question: could Ray's partners work on his case? Is it legal? I liked Ecklie's support. Finally doing something for the team without asking too many questions.

    So is the Haskell's case over yet? Will the 12th season premiere addressed how Ray killed him? We'll have to wait. Who knows, maybe Willows will quit for some reason in the first episodes of next season.

    I still like this show, 11 years now, but they need to make some changes. It's urgent!moreless
Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Gloria Parkes

Guest Star

Jay Karnes

Jay Karnes

I.A. Detective Schultz

Guest Star

L. Scott Caldwell

L. Scott Caldwell

Nora Parkes

Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin

Nate Haskell

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sara (to Greg): We have all had a moment in the dark where we had to fight our way out, and when we did, it was up to the rest of the team to shine a light on that darkness to see what happened. That's our job. I just need to know what I'm dealing with, and then I will deal with it.

    • Nick: (to Ray) You know, I'd give you a hug right now, but unfortunately, you're evidence, if you know what I mean.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This was the last episode to be broadcasted in the show's long-running (almost 11 seasons) timeslot of Thursdays at 9:00 p.m.

    • Laurence Fishburne (Dr. Raymond Langston) makes his last appearance as a series regular.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: May 12, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: May 23, 2011 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: June 7, 2011 on Five/Five HD
      Sweden: June 20, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Norway: July 5, 2011 on TVNorge
      Slovakia: November 24, 2011 on JOJ
      Finland: March 14, 2012 on MTV3
      Germany: April 26, 2012 on RTL
      Czech Republic: August 28, 2012 on TV Nova
      Belgium: January 03, 2013 on VIER