CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 7 Episode 15

Law of Gravity

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 08, 2007 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Grissom returns from his sabbatical; Keppler is put into a compromising position when the bodies of a Trenton police officer and a hooker are found in a hotel room. The man who found them is a retired New Jersey cop and close friend to Keppler, who doesn't reveal their relationship.moreless

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  • Grissom returns from his sabbatical and receives a warm welcome from his colleagues. At the same time Keppler, in his final appearance on CSI, helps investigate a double murder in a hotel that may have ties to his shady past.moreless

    One word: excellent. This is by far the best episode of the seventh season of CSI to date. Terrific nail biting suspense that will keep viewers guessing to the very end. It's all capped off with an absolutely spectatcular climax. In the end I actually found myself feeling very sad about the death of Keppler. Very rarely do viewers feel genuine emotion for a character in this or any show. This episode will make many people emotional guaranteed. Now in its seventh season CSI continues to be one of the best shows on television.moreless
  • Keppler RIP! Welcome back Grissom!

    Well everybody didn't like Keppler as well as the viewers

    As they missed Grissom a lot. But now, his past

    Was unveiled and also everybody thought that he was a dirty cop. He was a very creepy but still, now you appreciate that very much from him. This hasn't been Catherine's year as not just her own team very much nearly turned on her but Keppler died while protecting her. He wasn't a dirty cop after all. Though the viewers and the people working around him thought that he was. And oh, welcome back Grissom!moreless
  • This episode was interesting with a very complicated case, and great acting was displayed as always. It centers around Keppler and his past, which ties him to the present. The other news is that Grissom came back from his sabbatical.moreless

    I really liked the way this plot was put together. It had an interesting twist, and I'm pleased to see that the writers aren't losing creativity. It was very well played. I was really impressed with Liev Schrieber. He did an amazing job on his final episode. I had a major irritation though - we are not seeing enough of Greg or Warrick. This was a very good episode that kept me interested. Everyone did exceptional work in it, and this is one of the best this season.moreless
  • Grissom returns...so someone had to leave...SPOILER

    Where can I even begin?? Since Keppler's first appearance and his sketchy methods, I didn't really know how to feel about the character. He is a great CSI, but there was something odd about him, and now we know what. To summarize (if you didn't watch the episode) Keppler killed an innocent man in Philly b/c he thought that the guy had raped and killed his girlfriend Amy. (The girl who has been previously mentioned in other episodes) Turns out that her own father killed her and has the gun that Keppler used to kill the innocent guy. The father is a suspect in Vegas for the murder of a fellow cop from Jersey who was in on the whole messed up thing and the hooker he was with, and it turns out that there was another girl in the room who the father didn't see, so she is out on the streets. When the Vegas gang start to realize who the real murderer is, the father leaves the Keppler gun in his hotel room. They find blood and Keppler's prints on the gun, think he's either being framed or is going to kill again. Catherine hopes for the best while the guys try to track down a now vanished Keppler. Keppler has detached the GPS from his SUV and ditched his phone (which proves important later) Keppler finds the witness girl in a hotel and calls the father. The father is thinking that he will kill the girl and be done with everything, but Keppler tries to save the girl as she runs out the hotel door, the father fires a round at her and ends up hitting Keppler. Catherine runs into the room and the father points the gun at her and Keppler with the last of his strength fires 3 shots at him killing him. Catherine rushes to Keppler's aid, and he dies in the ambulance. (Sad I Know!!!) Later Nick and Warrick are finding where Keppler's phone is and it turns out that Keppler had put everything needed to solve the murder of the cop and hooker into a cooler for them to find.

    Oh, and GRISSOM RETURNS!!!!

    I think that just about covers it.

    So basically the only episode that I like Keppler in is the last episode that he appears in (alive). The episode had excellent writing that made you think and try to figure out what was going to happen next. There was only one scene with Sara and Grissom together, and it was less than romantic. Greg only appears once, and we find out that Nick is a butt man. So once again, the sketchy Mike Keppler died in the line of duty protecting Catherine. RIP Keppler, your creepiness will be missed.moreless
  • Grissom's back.

    This was a very interesting episode, as Kepplar's past has finally been revealed. It seemed like an old cop buddy comes to Las Vegas to confront Kepplar for a favor. When one of their old cop buddies is murdered in a hotel with 2 prostitutes, Kepplar is in danger of being framed with evidence of him killing a guy back in Trenton PD. This guy was accused of raping Kepplar's girlfriend, and he killed him in a crime of passion. What is revealed through his memories is that his old buddy actually had sex with his daughter, who was Kepplar girlfriend. I was with Kepplar all the way and I wanted him to kill that guy. I couldn't believe how Catherine let her emotions get the best out of her, as she entered into that hotel completely open to fire. She didnt even draw her gun. Although it was really sad that Kepplar did pass away, it was also good to see Grissom return. Especially that scene between him and Sara was pretty cool. I do want to end this review with a moment of silence to Kepplar. He did everything by the book, especially with the evidence in the cooler in the end. Rest in peace.moreless
Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber

Michael Keppler

Guest Star

Len Cariou

Len Cariou

Frank McCarty

Guest Star

James Hiroyuki Liao

James Hiroyuki Liao

Eric 'Precious Ricky' Hong

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Joseph Patrick Kelly

Officer Metcalf

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Keppler is taken to the ambulance; the "code" would have been run in full, as per EMS/ACLS protocol.

    • Goof: After the phone conversation of Frank and Keppler, Keppler closes his phone (out of shot, but you hear the sound).

      In the next shot, you see him close his phone again, same sound.

    • Goof: When Mike is calling Catherine, a suspect's name, Eric Hong, appears on her cell phone's screen. CSIs don't need to save a suspect's private number.

    • David Hodges reveals that he participated in Grissom's class online and his screen name was Spanky743.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Archie (about Keppler): He just disabled his GPS. Smart guy.
      Greg: Guilty guy.

    • Catherine: He's being set up.
      Grissom: Why? By whom? Keppler told me he didn't know Frank McCarty.
      Warrick: He also said that he didn't know the victim, maybe he's lyin' about that too. (Catherine gives him a look) I'm sorry, Catherine, I like the guy too but I'm just following the evidence.
      Nick: We should be talkin' to Keppler about this.
      Grissom: Where is he?
      Catherine: He was with me in AV, nobody has seen him since and he's not answering his cell.
      Nick: He knows where the eyewitness lives.
      Catherine: What're you sayin', Nick?
      Nick: I'm sayin' that if he was involved in these murders, Frank McCarty isn't the only one that we need worry about.
      Catherine: Well, PD's on their way to Suzy Gibbons apartment now.
      Grissom: Okay, grab Sara and go over there now. I'll call Brass and tell him to talk to Trenton PD and see who knows who.
      Catherine: Welcome home. (leaves)
      Grissom: Okay, what other evidence did Keppler handle?
      Nick: He brought back the three bullets from autopsy. Which didn't match the gun with his prints on it.
      Grissom: Could he have swapped the bullets?
      Nick: Anything's possible.
      Warrick: He also searched the dumpster where the homeless guy found the hooker's purse and cell phone. He told Catherine he didn't find anything.
      Wendy (walks in): I got your DNA results and the blood on the gun from Frank McCarty's hotel room, it doesn't match either victim, no hits in CODIS and the DNA print and screen markers say that it is from a black male.
      Nick: Keppler and McCarty were both Jersey boys, expand the search to the east coast.
      Wendy: Will do. I really hope he's clean. (leaves)
      Grissom: We have to treat him as a suspect. I'll tell Ecklie.

    • Keppler: She had a kid.
      Frank: Oh, god.
      Keppler: Why don't you tell me about the hand?
      Frank: She scratched me, Mike. Come on, what was I supposed to do? I couldn't take the chance that one of your guys would find my DNA under her nails.
      Keppler: Why, Frank?
      Frank: You know why.
      Keppler: That was a long time ago. Dennis never said a word.
      Frank: Yeah, but he was going to. He was about to be indicted. Wife, three kids, there was no way that he was doin' time. He was goin' down, Mikey, and he was takin' us with him.
      Keppler: He was a cop, Frank. You taught me that, you don't do that. Not even to save your own ass.
      Frank: Yeah, what about yours?

    • Grissom: I hear that there was some friction in the lab when I was gone.
      Warrick: Did you ever hear of reverse forensics? (Grissom looks up at him, a little shocked)

    • Grissom: Michael Keppler. Gil Grissom. (they shake hands) How's everybody been treatin' 'ya?
      Keppler: No complaints. You got a great team.
      Grissom: Yeah, thanks. Does Ecklie still have you slotted for days?
      Keppler: As far as I know.
      Grissom: I hear you're working the double homicide at the Olympia. Whaddaya got?
      Kepplr: Oh, bullets from Doc Robbins. I was gonna run 'em through IBIS.
      Grissom: Dead cop was from your home town, huh?
      Keppler: Yeah. Retired.
      Grissom: Did you know 'em?
      Keppler (scoffs): You know how many retired cops there are in Trenton? (pause) Well, it was great to finally meet you.

    • Frank: Listen, uh, I'm in a bit of a fix. I need you to do me a favor.
      Keppler: I can't do it this time, okay? Don't ask me to Frank. Things are just startin' to--
      Frank: Hey, what're you gettin' so excited about? I didn't say anything.
      Keppler: I'm just gettin' the lay of the land here, y'know, tryin' to move on.
      Frank: Bad timing.

    • Catherine: Did you get anything from the dumpster?
      Keppler: Yeah. A bad smell.

    • Nick (to Precious Ricky): You bought her butt cheek implants. Is that something you normally do for girls you don't know?

    • Nick: Implants. Kinda big for my taste, really.
      Doc Robbins: The other end.
      Nick: Oh, they're for the butt?

    • Hodges: There are no words to describe how glad I am you're back.
      Grissom: I'm sure you'll find some.
      Hodges: The lab almost went to hell in a handbag while you were sabbaticalling. I'm sure you talked to Catherine, but just in case you didn't... Lot of hurt feelings. So, in case you talk to Nick...
      Grissom: I'd rather hear it from Catherine, thanks.
      Hodges: Fair enough, but, uh, permit me to say that the "Seasonal Behaviors of the Walden Pond Swamp Mosquito" is an incredibly stimulating seminar.
      Grissom: ...And you know this how?
      Hodges: I took your course online. It's free to alumni.
      Grissom (pauses and smiles): Ohhhh, you're Spanky.
      Hodges: 743. I aced the final, didn't I? (Grissom's smile fades, he nods, and he walks away without answering)

    • Officer: I'm looking at the over and under in the Sun's game. What do ya think?
      Warrick: I don't bet sports anymore.
      Officer: Not what I heard. According to Stokes, you're at the top of your game.
      Warrick: Well, why don't you get your picks from him and his fat Texas mouth. (shakes his head) I'd take the over.

    • Wendy: Hey.
      Keppler: Uh, hey.
      Wendy: I said how do you feel about butt implants?
      Keppler: You don't need them?
      Wendy: Um, thanks, but I wasn't talking about me.

    • Grissom: Hey, do you want some help?
      Warrick (smiles): Welcome back.
      Grissom: Whatcha ya got?
      Warrick: I'm just following a lead off a serialized butt implant.
      Grissom: I missed Las Vegas.
      Warrick (laughs): What're you doin' here?
      Grissom: I'm avoiding the paperwork and mail that's piled up on my desk.

    • Grissom: Sara.
      Sara: Hey, you're back.
      Grissom: Yeah.
      Sara (looks down at her dirty jumpsuit): Uhh, I've been out at a... um, I've been at a--
      Grissom: --a garbage dump. (walks towards Sara, half-smiling)
      Sara: Yeah it's so obvious isn't it... nice, um (looks at his beard)...you look good. (backs away, smiling)
      Grissom: Did you, uh, put the cocoon in my office?
      Sara: Cool, dry, not a lot of light, seemed like the right place for it. (keeps backing up)
      Grissom: I think you're gonna be surprised when it hatches. (half-smile, still walking toward her)
      Sara (smiles): I have no doubt. I'm gonna go clean up now. (starts to turn around)
      Grissom: I'll see you later.
      Sara: Yeah, you will. (flirty look, walks away)

    • Nick: Looks like it's just you and me again, Hoss.
      Keppler: Got a problem with that?
      Nick: No, no. I like your style. It's just the whole suit thing we gotta work on a little bit.

    • (Nick is holding some silicone butt implants)
      Nick: You know I spent about 12 hours on a court bench last week, I coulda used a pair of these bad boys.

    • Nick: I guess I'm the ass man.

  • NOTES (5)


    • Nick: Looks like it's just you and me again, Hoss.

      Hoss was the nickname of Eric Cartwright; a cowboy son of the ranch owner in the drama Bonanza. He was supposed to be the funny and lovable one.