CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 11 Episode 1

Shock Waves

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 23, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Ray Langston fights for his life after being stabbed by psychopath Nate Haskell, while the other CSIs try to catch an anti-government bomber who is responsible for a series of explosions at a funeral that they attended.

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  • Showing age....

    I had stopped watching the original CSI: after the show's ninth season. I would pop in every so often for a tenth season episode, but didn't really watch the show regularly by any means. Yet being a fan of the CSI franchise I have a moral obligation to myself to watch the season premieres of all of them. (Yes, even Miami....) The original CSI is starting to show age. Last year's cliffhanger of Langston getting stabbed was an effective one, but within the first few minutes of the show, he is revealed to be okay and all drama is gone. Then there's this bomb at a funeral in where poor Nick (who's been shot and blown up within a few days) was attending. Now I understand where the casting Justin Bieber as one of the show's culprits (but not really culprit) was coming from. CBS was expecting a boost in the ratings. But alas, that didn't happen. The 18-49 share (the thing networks care about more than total viewers) was actually lower than last season's premiere. Bieber is also not a good actor at all; he should stick to his day job. (Something he's also not good at.) And the rest of the regular cast isn't looking to hot either. Everyone seems to have gotten fairly bored with their job and is starting to look old and tired. This episode literally goes through the motions and that's about it. I'm sticking with CSI: NY, who's season opener was one of the strongest episodes of the NY franchise. Too bad it's on Friday where nobody will see it!moreless
  • I cant believe all you supposed CSI fans are rating this episode worse than the dreadful 200th episode effectively because of Bieber

    I cannot comprehend how low a viewer response this episode has. It picked up brilliantly from the last season's finale with Ray in serious danger after being stabbed a million times by that psycho. I liked the funeral angle they played after seeing Ray looking rather worse for wear. But then the explosions kicked in and which genuinely shocked me.

    Glad to see Sara back full time but an explanation please because none of the circumstances have really changed for the better. Even worse, she is now away form her husband! Nick's storyline is very interesting and would love to see how this pans out. Catherine's words of wisdom was touching and Dr Al and Dr Ray's hospital scene was brilliantly acted and directed. Both storylines add another dimension to the characters who we are used to seeing as almost untouchable in regular episodes. Right now onto the not-so-good parts. Bieber's presence was unnecessary and I was very aware of his acting which is never a good sign but at times David Caruso of CSI Miami is worse so cant really complain. He didnt ruin the episode for me so its unbelievable at how he is being treated. Having said that, the ending was very cringe-worthy with Biebs trying his best at a devilish smile. Are we really supposed to believe he is some sort of criminal genius? C'mon writers. And for that reason, the casting was wrong but the episode was still brilliant.moreless
  • Good Season opener

    I don't see why everyone is hating on this episode just because Justin Beiber was in it. That doesn't make it bad. I actually thought that he did a fair job of being a troubled teen with a grudge. it was a prety good mystery and the ending was a heck of a cliff-hanger. JUst because you don't like Beiber music doesn't make his acting terrible. Even so, he's learning and this was his acting debut. I'm sure Tom Cruise or Robert Pattinson weren't what everyone would consider to be fabulous when they started out. They turned out great. Just give it a chance.moreless
  • Review

    I'm a big fan of CSI but... There were few things really annoying in this episode. First of all would it be too hard for the team to figure out why there were three bombs without Langston's help? Since Langston joined the crime lab all the other characters are shown as completely dumb. Catherine from first season would have no problem with this case and she would never ever asked for help from colleague who is in a hospital bed. Next thing is the young guest star. Justin Bieber doesn't do much in this episode and he will probably be back in the next one. I don't know him - maybe he is a good singer - but as an actor he isn't very convincing. Finally, I'm glad that Jorja Fox is back as a regular but will we get a good explanation why she isn't with her husband? She left Las Vegas because she couldn't stand the city anymore and now she is back full time like nothing happened? The new bomb tech Kacey Monahan seems very dedicated to her job and is fun to watch. I hope that this season will be better than the first episode.moreless
  • The eleventh season begins with Dr. Ray Langston recovering after being stabbed by Nate Haskell. Elsewhere the CSI's investigate a deadly bombing at the funeral of a slain police officer.

    One good thing about this episode is that Jorja Fox appears to be back for good since she is now featured in the opening credits. Sadly there aren't many more good things to say about this episode. The regular cast is, as usual, in top form. However the character of Nate Haskell is getting old. I hope his days are numbered. Other liabilities are the tired cliche of the organization which claims they are at war with the government and Justin Beiber. I didn't buy his character for one second. His acting is one demensional and just plain boring. Disappointment.moreless
Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber

Jason McCann

Guest Star

Sienna Guillory

Sienna Guillory

Kacey Monahan

Guest Star

Pete Gardner

Pete Gardner

Dr. Scott

Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Alex Carter

Alex Carter

Det. Vartann

Recurring Role

Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin

Nate Haskell

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Langston lost one kidney in the stabbing by Haskell.

    • Goof: When Greg gets the SIM-card from Sara he puts it in a card reader with the chip up and only halfway in. The chip is not making contact with any of the electronics in the card reader and it wouldn't be possible to read it.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Catherine: After losing Warrick, I thought, if I just worked hard enough, if I focused completely on the cases that I-I wouldn't have to think about his death. ... There isn't enough work in the world... I realized that I couldn't do my job without talking to somebody.
      Nick: I never knew that about you.
      Catherine: Well, I'm-I'm good at hiding things. Like you.

  • NOTES (6)


    • Brass: I know your heart is in the right place, Nick but the family would be more comfortable if you weren't here. Now, I have been were you are. I know how you feel but sometimes the best thing is to walk away. Okay? That's the right thing.

      This is a reference to the Season 6 episode "A Bullet Runs Through It (2)" in which Brass was found to be the accidental shooter that killed an officer. He later made peace with the widow at the funeral.

    • Ecklie makes a reference to the car bomb as being similar to the one used in the "Oklahoma City Bombing".

      The Oklahoma City bombing was a bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995 by Timothy McVeigh, using among other ingredients, high-grade ammonium nitrate fertilizer.

    • Dr. Robbins: I was never going to be Fred Astaire.

      Fred Astaire was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor.

    • About halfway through the episde, a cellphone SIMM card is found in a corpse in which an explosive device was implanted. Hodges says "let's plug it in and see if he (the bomber) 'reached out and touched someone'"

      The famous "Reach Out and Touch Someone" commercial advertising for AT&T's advertising campaign in 1979. The intention was to get more people to make long distance calls.