This episode aired Thursday, January 25. I watched it Friday evening, February 9.
While his first episode left me intrigued, Schreiber really won me over with this one right from his first scene. Getting chewed out by Undersheriff McKeen, over a working breakfast with Catherine and Brass, Keppler is more interested in the waitress getting his eggs wrong than what McKeen is saying. He’s clearly not a guy to suck up to the boss and it’s probably the only character trait he shares with Grissom.
Coming up with a plan to catch a missing murder suspect by using “reverse forensics” he convinces Catherine to go along. The only problem is the rest of the team have to be kept in the dark. It’s not long before Nick starts asking questions and, when he doesn’t get answers, he recruits the rest of the team for a little private investigation.
This episode sows the seeds of inner turmoil within the group, with Stokes no longer trusting Catherine even after she explains the reason for the deception. Is Grissom’s team breaking apart in his absence? We’ll have to wait and see.
One of the best things about the show is how, after the revelation that Grissom and Sara Sidle had a relationship at the end of last season, it hasn’t overplayed the storyline. This episode continues in that vein as Sara receives a bizarre gift from Gil in the mail. It’s a nice little scene that doesn’t get in the way of the main plot.
Once again we see that mystery package on Grissom’s desk, foreshadowing things to come.
And finally, what was with Catherine and Keppler having dinner all dressed up at a swanky restaurant? Was it more than dinner? Double entendres were flying between them like crazy during the episode, so it leaves me wondering.