CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 17

No Way Out

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 12, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Langston and Riley are taken hostage during the aftermath of a shootout in an usually calm Las Vegas community.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The CSIs discover a drug lab while investigating a shootout which resulted in several deaths. While Langston and Adams are checking out the lab, they are suddely taken hostage by a gun toting teenager who may be responsible for at least one murder.moreless

    One thing you can always count on with "CSI" is terrific acting and that certainly is the case here. However, there is not much more to say beyond that. I always enjoy seeing how the CSIs break down individual aspects of a respective case on their way to solving it. That's is sadly absent here. It's presented almost as an afterthought and this episode instead focuses on the hostage crisis. That's sad because there was nothing unique about the crisis. The same dialouge seen in similar episodes of various shows is present here so there is a lack of originality.moreless
  • Nothing too exciting, another ok episode

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. We open with a neighbourhood watch caption and a 7 year old boy being killed on a street, in the night. The father of the 7 year old boy is holding him in his arms and is still holding him the next morning when David from the ME come to collect the body. We soon learn that the two bodies are collateral damage from a robbery gone bad. Soon we learn that the real targets were the son and cousin that lived in the house which got robbed. Soon the team learn that the 2 boys were involved in making drugs. Greg informs the father of the dead 7 year old that the guy who murdered his son has been found and that he is dead. We then learn that his wife died last year and he only had his son left. Soon Riley and Langston discover blood in the lab and it's still wet. As they are about to leave a man pulls a gun on them. Greg starts to come in and Riley manages to get rid of him and also pass a message onto him that they are in trouble without the gun man realising. So Greg puts the call in, that Riley and Langston have been taken hostage. Riley tries to get something out of her case, and she actually hits the radio over and so the gunman hits her with the gun. Soon Riley manages to get her own gun and she manages to disarm the suspect. So Riley manages to save the day without anyone getting hurt.moreless
  • Riley Adams delivers..

    Alright I admit it. I haven't been the biggest fan of Riley on this show but that all changed with this episode. From the beginning of the show it was clear they were going to be doing something a little bit different. The new "kids" being held hostage gave us a great opportunity to see them stand alone as opposed to always being in contrast with the characters we love. The storyline was not the central theme here but a backdrop for how essential these individual characters are to this team. Langston's compassion and Riley's calculated calmness saved their lives in the end.moreless
  • This storyline may be old, however, it reveals the trust and understanding that the CSI members have on each other, especially the 2 new members.

    This episode does carry the message that the new CSI family is finally matured. The scene in which all members walked to the crime scene (similar to one on the 1st episode in S6) just says it all. Catherine's role as the new boss and the commander has been established with no disputes. The hostage situation reveals the trusts that the team members have on each other, and how well they communicate with each other. The last scene that Ray did hesitate a little bit before putting his arms over Catherine, implies he has finally accepted himself as a member of this family.

    So glad to see the family is back.moreless
  • Really exciting episode

    I most say I really liked this episode.. not as usual episode, something different, something to stand out.

    The way the episode started.. and as soon as we got it was practice it was sure that they will need it for this episode.. and the way it started to work.. interesting case, so much mystery, missing people.. and the house.. house that has more than one secret. When they found the lab you wonder.. wow.. that was cleverly plotted but the turn that there was hidden room inside hidden room.. even better.

    So I most say I really liked this episode. The tension and hostage situation, Riley working it out.. that was very enjoyable episode.moreless
Denzel Whitaker

Denzel Whitaker

Frankie Kirkland

Guest Star

Michael J. Pagan

Michael J. Pagan

Reggie Hatcher

Guest Star

Wiley Pickett

Wiley Pickett

Training Officer

Guest Star

Geoffrey Rivas

Geoffrey Rivas

Det. Sam Vega

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Michael Bryan French

Michael Bryan French

Dr. Franks

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (15)

    • (Greg, not knowing that Riley and Ray are in trouble, calls down to help)
      Greg: Hey, guys? Hey, you down there? I was in the neighborhood, thought I'd stop by, see if you--
      Riley: It's okay, Riley. We don't need any help.
      Greg (with a look of realization): 'Kay, Sanders. See you back at the lab.

    • Brian Morley: What do you want?
      Greg: I just want to let you know that we got the guy who shot Jason. He's a known gang member.
      Brian Morley: I'd like to rip his heart out.
      Greg: I'd like to let you, but he's already dead. I know it probably doesn't help.
      Brian Morley: You have to do this very often?
      Greg: It's not part of my job.
      Brian Morley: Thank you. ... I lost my wife last year. Jason just started sleeping in his own bed again. ... Cops like coffee, right? You want a cup?
      Greg: Sure.

    • Brian Morley (holding onto his son's body): You can't take him. I'll take him to the hospital, okay? I'll drive him.
      David: Sir, please, I need to take him.
      Brian Morley: You don't even know his name.
      David: Okay, but--
      Greg: Excuse me. I'm Greg Sanders, I'm with the crime lab. What is your son's name?
      Brian Morley: Jason Morely.
      Greg: All right, Mr. Morely. Jason's no longer with us. He's in a better place, and there's nothing any of us can do to change that, but you have to let us take him. So we can figure out who did this. (Mr. Morely starts crying) David here will take very good care of your son, I promise.
      David: Sir, please. (still crying, Mr. Morely hands over the body)

    • Langston (about Frankie): Have your people treat him fairly, Captain. He doesn't have to be a lost cause.
      Brass: Some how, I knew you were gonna say that.

    • (Coming up with a plan to go into the house)
      SWAT Guy: We can pump in CS gas, on the west side of the house there's vent that leads directly to the lab.
      Catherine: Except we're talkin' about a 14 year old kid with a gun that he's not afraid to use. The gas could cause him to panic.
      Greg: Yeah, one wild shot and he blows up the whole block.
      Nick: Riley's armed. She's trained for this. If she gets the opportunity, she will take it.
      Brass: One thing we got goin' for us, time is on our side.
      Nick: I say we trust 'em.
      Catherine: So do I.

    • Nick (to Riley): How you holdin' up? (Riley shows him four fingers, meaning 'Code 4') How many guns? (Riley holds down one finger) Are you armed? (Riley again holds down four fingers) Then you know what you gotta do.

    • Nick (regarding Riley going to get the first aid kit): I wanna talk to her.
      Greg: The front entrance and the street are covered by surveillance.
      Brass: They're waiting for us to make our move.
      Nick: We gotta try. I can't just sit here and do nothin'.

    • Reggie: I didn't mean for any of this to happen.
      Langston: No one ever does.

    • Langston (after finding tons of different chemicals in a hidden room): This is a PCP lab.
      Riley: This is all highly explosive.
      Langston: We should get out of here.
      Riley: Uh, yeah.

    • Det. Vega: Word on the street is, a college kid with a talent as a mixer, is pushin' stuff on the snake back turf without payin' them tribute.
      Brass: Okay, so Reggie's got a target on his back because he's operating under a different business model?
      Det. Vega: Well, you can get a degree, but it doesn't make you smart.

    • Riley (to Ray): Wait, wait. Lemme go first. You start carryin' a gun, you can lead next time.

    • Langston (arriving at the crime scene with multiple victims): I looked at a house around the corner from here when I first moved to town. I thought that this was a nice neighborhood.
      Catherine: It is.

    • Catherine: Well, the Hatchers were the targets, yet the suspects didn't park out front.
      Riley: Maybe the suspects didn't want the vehicle to be seen.
      Greg: Or didn't know which house they were gonna hit.

    • Hodges: I'm trying to do Archie a favor here, not get him fired. He is at the academy meeting.
      Catherine: In Denver, which means he's snowboarding.
      Hodges: There is more to life than work. It's a lesson I learned from your predecessor. (they talk about the case for a moment) And just for the record, Archie may be riding the halfpipe but it's only between lectures. Such as, breath analysis as a forensics tool. (Catherine gives him a look) That one's for me. It's part of our deal. He got funded and I didn't.

    • (During the training drill, the instructor grabs Greg, and holds him at 'gunpoint', Greg gets out of his grasp. Catherine shoots the instructor with the paintball gun as Riley misses her shot)
      Catherine: You're dead.
      Instructor Lee: Nice shot, Willows.
      Catherine: Thanks.
      Instructor Lee: And Adams, you get points for calling Sanders by your name to communicate your intentions. It's a good job.
      Nick: Hey, how many points does she lose for missin'? (they are all now back in the starting area, clearing their guns)
      Riley: Hey, I don't wanna be defensive or anything, but the only reason I missed was 'cause Greg couldn't get out of the hold.
      Greg: Oh, please. Lee knows the signals better than we do, and besides, you could've been more subtle. (mimics Riley)
      Catherine: Play nice, kiddies. (Greg and Riley chuckle)
      Ray: I need sidearm clearance and I've got to take a look at the tactical manual again because these codes are very very confusing.
      Nick: The most important signal's a: Code 4?
      Ray: Situation secured, Code 4.
      Greg: Second most important? 482.
      Ray: I know this. 482 is... What is it?
      Greg: Lunch! And Riley's buyin'.
      Nick: Nice!
      Riley: I'm buying? Well, then I hope you all like value meals.

  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Bez východiska (No Way Out)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: May 19, 2009 on TVNorge
      Latin America: May 25, 2009 on AXN
      Australia: May 31, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: June 1, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: July 12, 2009 on JOJ
      Finland: December 9, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: January 12, 2010 on AXN
      Germany: March 25, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 29, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Pre-production title name of Cold Rats.