CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 9, Episode 21

If I Had a Hammer... (23 Apr. 2009)

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A case from Catherine's past is reopened when a man who has been in prison for 18 years challenges the evidence that convicted him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Kent
Sabrina Owen
Sabrina Littee
Clint Owen


After 18 years in jail, Jeremy Kent obtains a retrial for the brutal murder of lonely old Thomas Harrott during a robberies spree. It was Catherine's first unsupervised case and far from up to since much stricter evidence rules. While she and captain Brass just race to uphold the conviction, Nicks spearheads the unbiased search for the truth. After the murder weapon, a hammer, is finally found, and the emergency services' recording expertly analyzed, the plot proves more complicated then anyone anticipated, with major consequences for more people then Kent. Written by KGF Vissers

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23 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Good episode
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have never previously watched CSI, but I saw that Henry Thomas was the guest star. You may remember him from "E.T." (1982), "Legends of the Fall" (1994), "Suicide Kings" (1998) or "Gangs of New York" (2002) among others. He plays a man who has spent 18 years in prison and now wants a new trial to claim innocence.

There is suspense in this episode and a lot of technical sequences where detectives go through evidence. Helgenberger and Fishbourne do good work, as does the dependable Thomas who doesn't get enough chances to shine on film in major projects. On the basis of the show, I may be inclined to view it again from time to time.

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