CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 9 Episode 16

Turn, Turn, Turn

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 05, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When the CSIs are called to a murder scene at a familiar motel, Nick is thrown for a loop as he pieces together three separate murder investigations that all took place at the same establishment over the course of a year.

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  • Taylor did some great acting just with her body movements and emotions. Nick was amazing. His emotional break down at the end made you feel his pain. The story is actually three different story lines blended together and centering at a hotel.moreless

    Taylor Swift and George Eads give great performances. You can feel the emotions pouring from them both. It was very unique to do the three stories this way. The storyline seemed a little light at first until you tie it all together. Then it makes it pretty good. The music for the episode was great. It was really great to hear Taylor Swifts new song. And it tied into the episode pretty good. All the music put real emphasize on the emotion this episode provides. To be honest it was a little confusing at first. But the writers did a good job. Enjoyed this episode.moreless
  • It doesn't live up to the hype. There's a bizarre mix of too much emotion and too little, and all in all, it's just dull.

    For me, this episode was just too vague. The idea is very good; Nick flashes back to three separate cases at the same motel, involving the same girl, who eventually becomes a murder suspect.

    Given the fact that Nick was shown to be very emotionally involved in the story, I was waiting for some reason. For the first twenty minutes, all we got was a pretty much one-way conversation about science that didn't go anywhere. In the second case, she gives a random one-liner that is standard for teenagers ("My life is over!") and stalks away, with no more explanation. After that, she's dead.

    So far, it seems to me that Nick's becoming a bit of a pedophile with the creepy looks, but that doesn't seem like a great plot.

    Not to mention, the crime aspects of the episode weren't that great, either. The first case was introduced and solved in the blink of an eye, and had absolutely no relation to the rest of the episode. It's only use was to introduce the family, and a simple suicide might have done much better. The other cases, the one that matter, could have been given more consequence.

    Frankly, all the emotions are baseless. The mother isn't psychotic enough, the girl isn't interesting enough, Nick isn't involved until the last three minutes, and Ray's concern was overdone. What happened to the wisecracks and character connections of CSI in its prime? Frankly, my two favorite moments were Greg talking to Nick at the first crime, and Riley mixing up her words with the horny couple. The rest of it was just... off.moreless
  • Nick centric...AMAZING!!

    I have to confess that Nick is and has always been my favorite character of this show, and I really felt like he deserved more screentime. This chapter just shows how great he is. I liked that cases were connected and that the first one just make him met the girl. Really touchy chapter with a great acting from everyone especially from George Eads. The first murder was a quite funny one, I laughed when in the second murder Riley tries to sya right crime lab but needs 3 tries to do it... Last scene with Ray trying to explain Nick how he feels and why is so important was just great. Really good chapter!:)

    Happy birthday, NICK!moreless
  • Absolutely Amazingly PERFECT!!!!

    I absolutely loved this episode! This was an incredible script and the preview were right on the money. It's Exactly why I watch this show. I thought Taylor Swift, despite not having a lot of dialogue, gave an definite presence throughtout the episode. I loved how we started the epsiode in the present then goes back a year to Nick's introduction to Haley then back to the present. It was very creative having Nick looked into all three murders. The heart and soul of the episode was Nick's final interview with Haley's mom then his conversation with Ray afterwards. It ws emotional and dramatic. You felt the impact this case had on Nick. This was a wonderful way showcase what an talent CSI has in actor George Eads.moreless
  • Taylor Swift is a great guest star in this beautifully Nick centered episode!!

    I loved this episode so much! It was definatley one of my favorites in a long time! Taylor Swift did an amazing job! It was a great character episode for Nick he really showed his vulnerbility. You could feel his anguish & it just made me love him even more, if that is possible! I liked how the episode had flashbacks that supported the characters development. The special effects in this episode were pretty cool. I like how they used Nicks sunglasses for some of them. Bottom line this was a seriously great episode & I loved it & CSI!moreless
Geoffrey Blake

Geoffrey Blake

Mark Jones

Guest Star

Kirk Bovill

Kirk Bovill

Dale Durney

Guest Star

Lisa Darr

Lisa Darr

Nicole Jones

Guest Star

Archie Kao

Archie Kao

Archie Johnson

Recurring Role

David Berman

David Berman

David Phillips

Recurring Role

Sheeri Rappaport

Sheeri Rappaport

Mandy Webster

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Greg: You do know that the crime scene's in the next room? I always look for the yellow tape.
      Nick (points to the ceiling): There's something dead up there, Greg. And it's big, heavy and smells awful and one of us has to go up there and get it.
      Greg: You know what? It's your birthday. (climbs into the ceiling to find a really decomposed body, turns to Nick) I'm keepin' that gift card.

    • Grissom (on Nick's voicemail): I just spent two hours testifying about decapitation by blown tire, and I realized somethin', happy birthday, pal.

    • (After hearing sex noises from the motel room next to their crime scene, Riley goes to question them about anything they might have heard. She knocks and the man answers. The woman is on the bed. Riley is noticeably flustered)
      Riley: Hi. I am from the lime crab--uh...crab lime. No, I am from the crime lab.

    • Haley: Figure it out yet?
      Nick: No, no not yet Haley.
      Haley: You can tell me. I'm not scared of that stuff.
      Nick: I can see that.
      Nicole Jones: (from outside) Haley, leave the man alone.
      Haley (rolls her eyes): If it were up to her, I'd be locked in my room all day. But I told her, forensics is just science, you know? It's what you go to school for. But, you don't look like my chem teacher.
      Nick: Thanks, I think.

    • Langston: You alright?
      Nick: She didn't have to die, Ray.
      Langston: You're right, she didn't have to die. ... You aren't beating yourself up about this, are you?
      Nick: If I could've figured out what was goin' on in Tana Carrow's murder sooner, then Nicole Jones would've been locked up. Haley would still be alive.
      Langston: I knew you were a fellow masochist. Tell me what your favorite form of self-flagellation is? I'll tell you what I like to do, get on the internet, go on a website, movie site, find my favorite movie of the moment. And then I like to read all the comments telling me why I'm wrong, have such terrible taste and when I really can't sleep, I like to sculpt orchids because it's the only thing that will silence the voices in my head.
      Nick: But tonight, there's only one voice, ... (starts to cry) and she keeps asking me 'What happened, what happened?'
      Ray: What happened is a young girl died because of events that were set in motion long before she was ever born. It doesn't make it feel any better does it? You know Nick, everyone keeps telling me what this job isn't. How you feel right now, tells me what it is. I'm so sorry, Nick.

    • Haley: So what happened?
      Nick: What's your name?
      Haley: Haley. What's yours?
      Nick: Nick.
      Haley: Nick, so what happened?
      Nick: Well Haley, that's what I have to figure out.

  • NOTES (5)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Dál, dál, dál (Onwards, Onwards, Onwards)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Norway: May 12, 2009 on TVNorge
      Brazil: May 18, 2009 on AXN
      Latin America: May 18, 2009 on AXN
      Australia: May 24, 2009 on Channel 9
      Sweden: May 25, 2009 on Kanal 5
      Slovakia: July 5, 2009 on JOJ
      Finland: December 2, 2009 on MTV3
      Spain: December 29, 2009 on AXN
      Germany: March 18, 2010 on RTL
      Czech Republic: April 22, 2010 on TV Nova

    • William Peterson's voice was used in this episode, via a phone call telling Nick "Happy Birthday", of course the scene was set a year before Langston joined the CSI team.

    • Music Featured In This Episode:
      You're Not Sorry (remix)- Taylor Swift
      The Lovely Machine- Head Popping Through

    • Pre-production title name of Basket Case.


    • Grissom (on Nick's voicemail): I just spent two hours testifying about decapitation by blown tire, and I realized somethin', happy birthday, pal.

      This is a reference to the Season 8 episode "A La Cart" in which a kid died while riding a go kart on the freeway and lost his head, the cause of his decapitation was because an 18-wheeler blew a tire, and the rubber from the tire snapped the kid's head off.

    • Episode Title: Turn, Turn, Turn

      Turn! Turn! Turn! is a song written by Pete Seeger with lyrics taken from the Bible in Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.