CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 11 Episode 13

The Two Mrs. Grissoms

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 03, 2011 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Sara clashes with her mother-in-law and a woman from Gil's past when the CSIs investigate a car bombing tied to the faculty and students at a local college's Department of Deaf Cultural Studies.

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  • Hout screwed again by

    You advertice that you have 20 fgree of CSI BUT I get on here and after putting in then you put it up an say Amazone, ITunes or Vudu. What the hell is your blasted problem ???
  • Grissom comes back and the ratings go up.

    It was exciting to see the return of Grissom in an episode that Sara takes an interest in because it involves Grissom's mother and a woman from his past that doesn't really like best part was obviously the end when Grissom returned and reminded me of the earlier seasons when CSI dominated TV and this episode shows if Grissom was to return CSI will be back.
  • The Department of Deaf Cultural Studies at a local college is holding a gala event in which the winner of a $500K grant will be announced. The event is attended by Sarah and her deaf mother-in-law. The event's happy mood soon turns tragic.moreless

    The main reason why this episode is worth watching is for the return of William Peterson. While he only has a few short minutes of screen time, it's great to see the man who made CSI one of the greatest television crime dramas ever back in town. As for the rest of the episode, I did enjoy it, but I felt it could have been better. Marlie Matlin is always a reliable guest star. Her performace here (and in a previous episode of CSI: NY.) works well. I was not blown away by the episode's main plot, but I liked it.moreless
  • The mention of Grissom and the show bounces back.

    Lets be honest, the past two seasons and the second half of S9 are average, which for CSI isn't good enough because it has always achieved excellence and ground-breaking, innovative episodes (Grave Danger, Ch-Ch-Changes etc). And yes, S11 has been back on the up, but this episode (which I truly believe was due to Grissom returning) was fantastic in every way!

    Firstly, writing. It was back up to its old standards, well done whoever wrote this because the thought of Grissom really inspired so seriously good story writing.

    Secondly, Catherine, Sara & Nick. Catherine has a sparkle in her eye once again, she seemed happy. Which Catherine hasn't this whole season so far. Sara I love dearly and the small look into her and Grissom's relationship really helped with character progression for Sara, their relationship has needed to be discussed for a long time now. Nick - I suppose it wasn't really Nick as it was Catherine, Sara and Nick behaving like a family again (I don't know why Greg wasn't included.) It's just that little thing hardcore fans notice such as the fact that Nick has met Grissom's mother beforehand... family, people, family. CSI is one big family and what I think has been missing is the glue that holds this family together, Grissom. Ray doesn't fit in and Greg is being ignored (thats the writers fault clearly), but Grissom's small return really helped. I don't think anyone understands how much I want him back.

    Anyway, great episode! Really great episode!moreless
  • 11x13

    I have no doubt this is one of the best episodes for the current season, but I think this is receinving more points that what it really deserves, for me the case was very entertaining, the devalopment was incredible too, but, I did not like the true about this case, I think they again ruined a very good episode with a silly motive for a murder, however it was very good, but in my opinion, this season has had few episodes better than this one, two examples would be "11x04 sqwueegel" or "11x12 A kiss before frying", even thought, I think this episode diserves third place, I also have to say that I really enjoyed the surprese at the end of the episode.

    P.D: I´m from venezuela, I´m not an expert writing in english, please forgive my mistakesmoreless
Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Julia Holden

Guest Star

Phyllis Frelich

Phyllis Frelich

Mrs. Betty Grissom

Guest Star

Matthew Jaeger

Matthew Jaeger

Dennis Palmer

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Marlee Matlin(Julia Holden) & Anthony Natale(Dr. Lambert) would end up playing a divorced couple on ABCFamily's series "Switched at Birth".

    • Grissom is in Peru consulting with the government. Due to their busy careers, he and Sara don't see much of each other.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Grissom: So anyway, how was your week? What'd you do?
      Sara: Well, I almost got blown up twice. I accused your ex-girlfriend of murder. And, oh, I-I told off your mother.
      Grissom: Oh, good. You kept busy.
      Sara: Yeah. See what happens when you stand me up?

    • Sara: (about Julia) She also made it perfectly clear that she would not continue with the interview until I was out of the room. What did Brass say?
      Catherine: What do you think? He wants you off the case. I said no. I told him that you're a professional, and completely capable of being objective.
      Sara: Thanks.
      Catherine: You are capable of being professional and objective, right?
      Sara: Yes, I am.

    • Sara: (about Mrs. Grissom) She's very hard to get close to. She questions everything. She's got to be right about everything. She's emotionally unavailable.

      Catherine (chuckles): Sorry.

      Sara: What?

      Catherine: Oh, it's... you just described Grissom. Like mother, like son.

    • Ray: (about the burned body) Gonna be hard to burrito him like that.
      David: I could put him in the passenger seat of the van. Then we could use the car pool lane.
      Ray: Always looking for the silver lining, eh, David?
      David: Yeah. That's me.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dvě paní Grissomové (Two Mrs. Grissoms)

    • William Peterson makes his first appearance (phone call & video chat with Sara) since the Season 9 episode "One to Go (1)". Originally, his appearance was supposed to be a surprise so CBS wasn't allowed to have him in promos. Hence, he wasn't credited either in the episode (condition for his return). However, CTV (the Canadian station that airs CSI) accidentally included Peterson in their promos starting January 27.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: February 3, 2011 on CTV
      Australia: March 3, 2011 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: April 5, 2011 on Five/Five HD
      Sweden: April 18, 2011 on Kanal 5
      Norway: May 3, 2011 on TVNorge
      Slovakia: September 22, 2011 on JOJ
      Germany: December 1, 2011 on RTL
      Spain: December 6, 2011 on AXN
      Finland: December 28, 2011 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: June 26, 2012 on TV Nova

    • This episode concludes a storyline that originated in the Season 1 episode "Sounds of Silence."


    • Grissom (to Sara, re: Mrs. Grissom buying her a plant): I told her you liked vegetation.

      Alludes to a season 2 episode, Burden of Proof, when Grissom sent Sara a plant to keep her from leaving Las Vegas.