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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The tree in which the hammer is found is described as Quercus agrifolia and given the common name desert oak. Q. agrifolia is actually coast live oak and does not grow in Las Vagas. The tree shown in the show does not look like coast live oak. See more »

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By far the best episode of CSI in a while
24 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After last week's mess of an episode, CSI proves that it's not lost its touch yet. This was one of the better episodes this season. Marg is finally given the opportunity to shine as the star of the show and she makes it count, delivering one of her finest performances. I have always felt that she should have been the one to replace Peterson as the star f the show. Nothing against Fishburne, I liked that they brought him in, he's a great actor, but this should have been Marg's show, and she shows why in this episode. The supporting cast was good too. I liked the plot, and thought that the ending wasn't too predictable. You kind of saw parts of it coming, but it wasn't that bad. I thought the resolution was actually solid and made sense. There were a few factual errors here and there, but nothing too egregious. CSI has found the right path again, let's hope they don't wander off again. Well done CBS, keep it up!

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