CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 11

The Grave Shift

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 22, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Dr. Langston's first day as a CSI is anything but easy when a seemingly simple burglary case ends up overlapping with an in-depth homicide and arson case.

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  • If you were drawn to the old shows where they all worked together as a team... you should love this episode.

    OMG! The show is back on track. They all work together as a team... complimenting other's good work... helping each other... having breakfast after shift. All characters have lines, not just working in silence as in most of the episodes in S7 & S8. The science stuff is so cool, but without overdoing it. They all show professionalism in their work, reigning their emotions, love their work with passions to bring closure to the cases by finding the truth. All characters have been energized in certain ways. They speak out their thoughts... all the glooms and misery that Gil and Sara brought were all gone. The show have been taken down by this relationship for far too long... the writers appeared to stick to this storyline as their lifeline. The friendship and love that Cath and Nick displayed are classy. Wonderful touch... the supervisor and team members all love the team. This is a MIRACLE! Can't believe this is what it takes to bring back the show.moreless
  • I miss Grissom already

    In this episode of CSI, the following happens. This episode marks the first episode without Grissom as a series regular. Dr Lankston (Ray) starts as a CSI level 1. After the last of Grissom's things are taken from his office, we see Catherine standing there; almost in disbelief that Grissom is really gone. She is then told that someone has to have the office, if not her then she has to pick someone as it can't be kept as a shrine to Grissom (and one has to ask themselves, why not?).

    David also seems to miss Grissom almost as much as I do. This is a great side of David for the fans to see. Although nearing the end of the episode, David seems to be liking Ray more. Ray seems to be struggling in this episode as a CSI, which is nice to see. Catherine offers Nick Grissom's old office. AT the end of the episode, we see that Nick has taken the office and he has offered Greg to share it with him, which he accepts. Overall an ok episode of CSI, but there was just one thing missing.........and that is.............. GRISSOM!moreless
  • Dr. Langston's first day with the Las Vegas Crime Lab is certainly a memorable one for him. As he beings to investigate the scene of an apparent burglary a large explosion is heard off in the distance as a house goes up in flames.moreless

    I recently read in "Entertainment Weekly" magazine that a longtime fan of the show said they will stop watching when William Petersen leaves. I hope that person saw this episode because they are likely to change their mind. Dr. Langston's first day is very entertaining and well written. Grissom may not be here anymore but the elements that make "CSI" the great show it is are. What added to the enjoyment of the episode is watching Dr. Langston learn about the basic aspects of the lab and how it operates. How the two storylines came together is also well done.moreless
  • An OK-episode. Miss Grissom, but I'll give the new guy a chance...

    Interesting. New supervisor, new employee. Let's see how things work out. I miss Grissom though, and feel kinda like Hodges -- but I'm going to give the new doctor some time to win my heart. Meanwhile, what's up with Catherine & Nick?! Saw the way she was looking at him -- I hope there'd finally be a little "something-something" between the two of them. The storylines were OK, it's like they're easing the new guy in and giving him a break instead of making it hard for him to fit in. An OK-episode, not one of the best, but I'll keep watching...moreless
  • This was a pleasant surprise...

    I caught the end of this episode last week when it originally aired. With the few minutes I saw, I was certain the new cast configuration would not meet my expecations. Now that I have actually watched the episode, I realized I was wrong. Fishburne's portrayal of Dr. Langston is so much more realistic because of his awkwardness at his new job. The little struggles he had with his first day on shift were refreshing. My expectation was we would be expected to believe he just walked right in and worked like everyone else. It reminded me of Greg's first day in the field. It was also wonderful to see the respect by the characters for one another-very professional but caring attitude. I look forward to see what happens next...moreless
Michelle Clunie

Michelle Clunie

Paulla Kingsley

Guest Star

Darren E. Burrows

Darren E. Burrows

Mr. Jim Hilliard

Guest Star

Amy Hathaway

Amy Hathaway

Diane Palento

Guest Star

Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Greg: Are you sure that you're okay with this? I mean, you can still change your mind.
      Riley: No, he can't. I said that I'd kill for an office, and I meant it, even a shared one.
      Greg: Wow. This is a very classy move, Nick, very classy.
      Riley: Seriously.
      Nick: Aw, you're welcome. There's good energy in here, it'll be nice to share it.
      Hodges (walks in, carrying a fetal pig): This belongs here. (sets it on a shelf, and walks out)

    • Catherine: Brass just closed your arson/murder. The contractor confessed. Nice work.
      Langston: Thanks.
      Catherine (noticing he is looking over evidence): I thought that this one was closed too.
      Langston: It is.
      Catherine: Then why are you wasting the taxpayer's money? (Ray is silent) I'm kidding. (Ray exhales, and smiles)

    • Brass (to the victim's wife): You know, it's always sad when a husband gets in the way of his wife's blossoming affair with their contractor.

    • Nick: Aw, man.
      Catherine: What?
      Nick (holding out a spoonful of his cereal so she can see): Look at that. (there's a fly in it) You see that?
      Catherine: Yep. (they all laugh)
      Greg: I wonder why Grissom loves this place. (they laugh again, Nick eats the spoonful of cereal)
      Catherine: You didn't just do that, did you?
      Nick: What?
      Riley (laughs): Ew.
      Greg: Check please.
      Langston: It's on me. ... The new guy pays, right?
      Greg: Only if he's smart.

    • Greg: I'm tellin' 'ya, every time I turn around one of these unis is givin' us the stink eye.
      Nick: Come on, now. You're imagin' that.
      Greg: No, I'm not.
      Riley: That's what happens when you make a lab geek the Undersheriff.
      Catherine: Oh, that job is punishment enough. I actually feel sorry for Ecklie.

    • Hodges: The residue on the metal disk, is indeed what was found on the glass shards. Zea mays.
      Langston: Uh, my botany's a little rusty, but I'd say... Corn?
      Hodges: I call it Maize. Are you trying to impress me?
      Langston: Did I? (Hodges smirks) So, we've got corn, a Mason jar, a piece of metal roof flashing, and an electrical cord. How do you make a detonator out of that?
      Hodges: I don't know.
      Langston: You don't know? That's not your reputation, Mr. Hodges.

    • Catherine (printing a receipt): You sure you don't wanna give this a shot?
      Langston: I prefer to watch you.
      Catherine: Magnetic powder works best on porous surfaces because it doesn't smear.
      Langston: I hear it's all in the wrist.
      Catherine: Actually, I think it's all in the fingers, but that's me.

    • Langston (after a father slaps the back of his son's head): What? It's not our job to protect him?
      Riley: His father let us in here without a warrant. And he wasn't breaking any laws. We're here to collect evidence, we're not social workers.

    • Langston: You bought my book?
      Archie: Yeah.
      Langston: Did you read it?
      Archie: Yeah.
      Langston: Well, I guess that makes you one of the few.

    • Hodges (to Ray): Well, you certainly have a doctor's handwriting, next time print.

    • Nick: There is a little no-tell motel around here some where. We found a corpse under the bed, it had been there for about four days. People just went right on usin' the room, until it was too ripe to ignore.
      Langston: Did you catch the guy who did it?
      Nick: Yeah, yeah, we did, eventually.
      Langston: Then that's a good story.

    • Nick (showing Ray how to dust for fingerprints): It's all in the wrist.

    • Nick (to Ray, about print powders): What'd you do, try to use all of 'em? In the field you really only need three powders. Black, magnetic, and dragon's blood, if you can't get a print off one of those, you're better off just taking it back to the lab.

    • Catherine: That's quite a kit you got there, Ray.
      Langston: Well, it's my first official shift, I wanna be prepared.
      Catherine: Your training coordinator said that you were very thorough. Add this to your check list. Whenever you're on call, have a pen and paper near your bed, along with a change of clothes, ball cap, bottled water, sun block, and make sure you got a Thomas guide inside your vehicle in case your GPS crashes. You don't want your evidence degrading as you're scrabbling to get your act together.

    • Catherine: So, Nicky, Mr. Eater-of-Flies, I want you to have Grissom's office.
      Nick: I thought you were gonna use it.
      Catherine: I hate moving.
      Nick: I don't know about that, it doesn't really feel right.
      Catherine: Well, it may not for awhile, but make it your own.

    • Ecklie (looking around Grissom's empty office): So where'd it all go? I can't imagine Grissom being all too happy without his irradiated fetal pig.
      Catherine: He asked me to send a couple things to the research station in Costa Rica, and the rest is just going into storage at his place.
      Ecklie: So, he didn't sell his home?
      Catherine: A condo in Vegas? That's 50 cents on the dollar at this point.
      Ecklie: Hmm, tell me about it. Well, you've got a blank canvas. You're senior supervisor, it's your office now.
      Catherine: Oh, I like the one I have.
      Ecklie: Catherine, if you don't want it, fine, but you can't leave it empty, all right? We don't have the space for a shrine.

    • Doc Robbins (referring to a corpse): Care to do the honors?
      Ray: It's been a while since I cut.
      Doc Robbins: Eh, it's like destroying a bicycle.

    • Nick: You know you are not required to wear a tie unless you are in court, right?
      Ray: Yes, I know. (pauses) There's something wrong about wearing a tie?
      Nick: No, no.

    • Brass: How's the first day of school going, Professor?
      Ray: I'll, uh, tell you at recess.

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Temná šichta (Dark Shift)

    • DVD Commentary: The new CSI, Raymond Langston, is an opportunity for the writers to re-introduce a lot of the accepted CSI techniques in much more detail, and exposition, than usual. This allows the audience to start afresh and view the CSI team through the eyes of a newbie. This is similar to when Greg became a CSI, but in much more detail as he was already one, just not a field CSI.

    • Laurence Fishburne joins the main cast as Raymond Langston and has first billing.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia: March 29, 2009 on Channel 9
      Norway: April 7, 2009 on TVNorge
      Latin America: April 13, 2009 on AXN
      Sweden: April 20, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Germany: October 22, 2009 on RTL
      Finland: October 28, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: November 24, 2009 on AXN
      Czech Republic: March 18, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      Tickle It- Mocean Worker
      Stay- Shakespear's Sister

    • William Peterson still says 'Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode...'