CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 18

Mascara

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Apr 02, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

In the 200th episode, one of Ray's former students is murdered, and the investigation plunges the team into the mysterious world of Mexican wrestling.

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  • Boring...

    1.5
    All I have to say is that I got so bored of the episode half way through that I came here to write this review and read the other negative reviews... The 200th episode could have been great, except it wasn't.
  • The 200th episode? No way!!!!!

    3.5
    Allright, here's the deal, the plot was good if the "Lucha Libre" or Mexican Wrestling wasn't on it. Then, i have to accept that investigation of one of murder of Ray's students, then about this thing with wrestling, what a f***ing shame!!! I hate that! I can't stand this....Ray it's not my favorite character since Grissom left, but i tried to get use to it....Then all the episode was focus on Ray. Greg, Catherine, Nick, and Riley appear like 5 minutes in the whole episodes. That so bad. I think the episode could be more moved, it was so slow, bad and so nasty, the episode could be focus on the Ray's student, but she could be has been investigating another thing! But a bad episode 200th....The beginning of the end started...i hope that the episode 300th don't talk about anything like this crap.moreless
  • Less enjoyable than watching paint dry. It makes the worst of the other 250 episodes look fantastic in comparison.

    1.0
    What on earth was that?! I can understand a show wanting to do something different for its 200th episode, particularly one which has kept to a specific formula for the majority of the previous 199, but this was a complete and utter trainwreck.

    The main failure of this episode is the complete focus on Ray Langston. Now I have no problems with character-centric episode, but there's a fine line between a character study and a one-man show and unfortunately this episode was the latter. For someone who has only been in 8 episodes beforehand it seems absurd to focus the 200th episode around him, which is a complete insult to the other actors who have been on the show for the full 9 years. Paul Guilfoyle has around 5 minutes, George Eads and Marg Helgenberger get around 4. Robert David Hall gets around 2 and Eric Szmanda barely scrapes 60 seconds. Meanwhile, Mr new guy gets around 35, the only reason he doesn't get the full 45 is because 10 minutes of the episode are wasted on scenes depicting Mexican wrestling and pointless voodoo. That is utterly shambolic, particularly from a show which prides itself in containing an ensemble cast.

    Even if this wasn't episode number 200 however it would be diabolical. The case wasexcruciatinglydull, there was no signs of forensic analysis at all, it seemed that they appeared to pick their suspects at random. Then there were the endless segments of wrestling and voodoo which made an already mind-numbingly dull episode even more laborious to watch.

    The writing of Ray's character is completely all over the place. He's a CSI Level One yet he's working solo in the field, conducting interviews alone and bossing everyone around. This completely contradicts the earlier seasons with Nick's frustration of being unable to work solo at a Level Three! If Langston was brought in as supervisor, it would be more understandable, but it seems as if the writers have lost all sense of continuity with this one.

    It's laughable about how much hype this episode was given, with the glorified title sequence replacing the iconic Who Are You theme, that surely should have been a warning about the episode ahead. I can't think of a single good point about this episode, not one point.

    By far the worst episode CSI has ever come up with, I don't feel harsh at all giving this a 1.moreless
  • Simply put I've loved it! It was so authentic, so full of sentiments, and the acting was brilliant. I think it depicted what happens during a real investigation.

    10
    Simply put I've loved it!

    It was so authentic, so full of sentiments, and the acting was brilliant.

    I think it depicted what happens during a real investigation.

    I can understand that most people watch this show for technology, and other reasons, but once in a while I like to see something authentic, more connect to the true world. The acting was really great and I thought the way the people reacted when under interrogation was dead on. The way the police checked every one who was involved in a crime, a boring but necessary task which finally led them to the killer.

    It's good to see when they zoom the cameras that the picture is grainy and out of focus like it should be. I liked the way Ray lost momentarily control; I liked the disturbed killer...

    Less technology more real people...



    During all the episode I was wondering who the director was, it was so out of sync compared to what the show is usually, but it was good. I've missed the name during the opening credits but I was certain the guy had talent; I was not disappointed when I've checked.

    For the record, and to answer some comments I've seen about this episode, the director of this episode William Friedkin is very well known, certainly so to an older audience. He had won an academy awards for directing the movie "French connection" and directed another couple of great movies (The Exorcist among others).

    Maybe he's not Quentin Tarantino but he could certainly be one of his mentors.



    It was different from what the show is usually but in my opinion the acting and directing was superb, and personally I've really enjoyed it.moreless
  • Epic Fail, thats the only way to discribe this episode.

    1.0
    Since Grissom left I decided to give the show a chance, and now with this episode I am close to calling it quits on CSI. I don't know what it is but this episode left a foul taste in my mouth. Could have been that it was focused on the new guy or just a lame plot I don't know but this just didn't sit well with me. All I can say is if they keep this up I'll never watch the show again. For crying out loud this was the 200th episode I expected something a better than this. A clip show from the past several seasons would have been better. Agree with me or not but this, this was below par for CSI.moreless
Matt O'Leary

Matt O'Leary

Dan Forester

Guest Star

Aimee DeShayes

Aimee DeShayes

Silvia Mallick

Guest Star

Aaron Aguilera

Aaron Aguilera

Fantasma

Guest Star

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: At the wrestling arena when Brass and Langston are interviewing the first and youngest wrestler, Brass reaches into his breast pocket and takes out a small wallet like case. By comparing its size to Brass's left thumb, you see it is no more than 3x3 or 3x4 inches in size. He then shows the wrestler a photo of the victim he removed from that case that shows no creases and is at least 4x6 inches in size. In the last interview with the MC he also shows him the photo of the victim, but this time the photo is at least 8x10 and by comparing the shoulder straps of the victim's dress you are seeing a wider view than the first photo.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Langston (voiceover): I had a student who wanted to be published. These would have been her words:
      Silvia (voiceover): I dedicate each chapter to the unsolved cold cases, LVPD has deemed related by evidence or method of killing. Hopefully, by the time I'm done, we will have a better idea as to why these serial killers got away and others did not. I intend to write in detail about the ones who did not.

    • Langston: You didn't hurt these woman? You didn't murder these women? You didn't murder Silvia Mallick?
      Fantasma: No, I didn't. No.
      Langston: Then who did? Who did?
      Fantasma: It was Ochun. Ochun did it. Ochun is the god of violence and brute force. Ochun. I tried to stop him, I tried to reason with him, but Ochun would not listen. I begged him not to hurt anyone else. I went to the priest, but the priest couldn't stop Ochun. Ochun is the knife, Ochun needs sacrifice.
      Langston: Ochun didn't murder Silvia Mallick, you did. No evil spirit murdered this woman, you did because she was gonna reveal you as the murderer that you are!

    • Langston: We're gonna give you an opportunity to make a really good decision. We need a sample of your DNA. We're investigating the murder of a young woman who was found about 3 blocks from here. Do you have any objections to that?
      Man: DNA gets people in trouble if it's mishandled.
      Brass: It also gets you outta trouble.

    • Silvia: Shouldn't you be out catching bad guys?
      Langston: Shouldn't you be working on your thesis?
      Silvia: That's about all I do these days. I can't believe you still come here.
      Langston: Well, this place holds a certain power for me. I've killed a lot of lattes here.
      Silvia (laughs): That's a very different look for you. Do you miss the suit?
      Langston: I miss my students.

    • Hodges (about the piece of material, Silvia was found holding): Well, it's definately leather. Finely grained, and judging from the cracks, fairly old.
      Wendy: You know, that actually looks sort of fringed. Maybe it's from a biker jacket.
      Hodges: Mm. It could from a boot, or a purse, or a glove, or from a very small cow. (smiles)
      Wendy: Probably that, yeah.
      Hodges: Okay, I'm done.
      Wendy: Good. (goes to swab the leather) Hodges? Why are you still standing there?
      Hodges: Good question.
      Wendy: Mmhmm. (Hodges walks off)

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Maska (Mask)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: May 26, 2009 on TVNorge
      Australia: May 31, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: June 8, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: July 19, 2009 on JOJ
      Finland: December 16, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: January 19, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: April 8, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: May 6, 2010 on TV Nova

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