CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Season 12 Episode 12

Willows in the Wind

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 25, 2012 on CBS
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Episode Summary


The CSI team says goodbye to Catherine Willows as she makes a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, in an attempt to catch Laura's husband and his crack team of assassins, D.B. Russell decides to send a message - by faking Catherine's death.

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  • In part two of a two part episode, Catherine and DB are on the run from Mark Allen's hit squad. The rest of the CSI's work to help their colleagues.

    The conclusion of this milestone two part episode was good, but I had some troubles with it. The first problem was something mentioned in another review. Catherine healed from her gunshot wound at lightening speed. That was just too hard for me to believe. Another troublesome aspect was those genetically engineered beetles which can skelotonize a dead body at the speed of light. Come on. You must be kidding. Finally, Catherine's farewell speech came off as more cornball than from the heart. It just did not work for me. Elizabeth Shue has some tough shoes to fill, but I am optimistic she can do well. As is the case with William Petersen, nobody can replace Marg Helgenberger. However there is a chance for a new great character to come in this season as Danson did at season's beginning. We shall see.moreless
  • Give me a break!

    For the most part this was a good episode. But it could have been more realistic had Catherine, at least, ended up in a hostpital after getting shot. Instead she slaps a bandaid on it and moves right along. Yeah Right!!!!!
  • Good by

    Well, I guess it was about time she left as the show was going downhill. I don't think I will miss her that much for the simple reason for some who was supposed to be trained in find out who committed the crime. She was not really that good at it. It see all of them from the top investigator on down would arrest the first person they came across and try to pin the crime on them. Now Willows was good at jumping the gun on cases I remember one where she told this man about his wife having an affair with this person (they found the wife dead) well willows got the man the woman was seeing killed when the woman droned she was not killed, she did even bat an eye about getting some killed. I also watched one where she threw this person in jail and tried to pin the death of a little girl on just because he had a record that she did like. (Not one time have I seen them apologize for any mistake they made in arresting anyone who had not committed the crime)? They think the badge they wear gives them the right to screw over people and get away with it.

    I just hope she is a better FB agent then she was a CSI investigator if not she is in trouble. They better get a little more life and action in the program or it will be off the air soon

  • good bye catherine

    It's sad to see Marg H leave CSI. She's been giving us great entertainment every week for 12 years. Tonight's episode is touching. I think when she was making the speech at the end of the show, she was really saying her lines from her heart. I felt very sad that she is leaving but I read in one of the interviews with the Executive Producers that the door is always open for Marg to come back. I hope she'll show up once in a while in the future CSI episodes.

    I like the twist of tonight's story. Very imaginative of the writers. Nice!moreless
Matt Lauria

Matt Lauria

Agent Pratt

Guest Star

Titus Welliver

Titus Welliver

Mark Gabriel

Guest Star

Annabeth Gish

Annabeth Gish

Laura Gabriel

Guest Star

Marc Vann

Marc Vann

Conrad Ecklie

Recurring Role

Larry Mitchell

Larry Mitchell

Officer Mitchell

Recurring Role

Jon Wellner

Jon Wellner

Henry Andrews

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In a previous episode, Catherine's friend, Laura, mention that Catherine had been working for 22 years, when Catherine mentioned that she was working for 20.

    • When Catherine said good bye she sais that she'd been there for 19 years. But in the season 9 episode, If I had a Hammer, it was mentioned that Catherine had been there for 18 years. So that means she should have been at the lab for 21-22 years.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Nick: What are you saying?
      Catherine: That I've been offered another job. With the FBI. I've decided to take it.
      Sara: When?
      Catherine: Well, it's effective immediately. I...tendered my resignation. For real this time. You are all family... which is why... this is the hardest decision I've ever made. I mean, how could I leave this place? How could I leave all of you? But not only are you in great hands... but you... are a rock-solid, bad-ass team of criminalists, and don't ever forget it.
      Nick: We all just love you, Catherine. And, you know, even though you're leaving, you'll always be here with us, always.

    • Laura: I take what I want. You put everyone else first, because that's the easier way. You'd rather accept the life you have... than risk having the life you want.
      Catherine: You're never gonna see the outside world again, Laura. Tell me whose life you'd rather have now.

    • Agent Pratt: Hey, wait up. I never got a chance to say this, but you really kicked ass last night.
      Catherine: Thanks.
      Agent Pratt: Listen, Russell's right. McQuaid had feelings for you. But I think there was something else, too. I think that he saw in you what he used to be.
      Catherine: What was that?
      Agent Pratt: Someone with integrity. Someone who wouldn't give up. The kind of agent that the Bureau needs.
      Catherine: Are you asking me out on a date, or offering me a job?

    • D.B.: How you doing? You all right?
      Catherine: Well, considering I've been shot in my side and cauterized by a hooker's curling iron, yeah, I guess so.

    • Kitty: Hey, if there's any revolving credit, it's mine. I'm the one who spotted that guy in that raincoat. Knew his ass was up to no good.
      Catherine: Yeah, thank you for that call. What tipped you off?
      Kitty: Honey, in that neighborhood, the only suit a man wears under his trench coat is his birthday suit.
      D.B.: Spoken like a trained observer.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: January 25, 2012 on CTV
      Latin America: March 5, 2012 on AXN
      Norway: March 20, 2012 on TVNorge
      Finland: November 28, 2012 on MTV3
      Slovakia: January 28, 2013 on JOJ Plus
      Germany: March 19, 2013 on RTL


    • The ultimate allusion in this episode was the final scene between Catherine and Morgan. It was a throwback to the scene in the Pilot episode between Catherine and Holly Gribbs.