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Not what you think
I found this episode to be a great example of the old-school L&O bait and switch. You think it's going one way, then the evidence pulls the story into a completely different (and very disturbing, at least for me) direction. We start out with a couple (on the verge of a break-up, unbeknownst to one party) on the way to rent a movie, when one of them ends up shot during a robbery, which actually turns out to be a hit...on a first-grader. I must say it was nice to see Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years) again, albeit in a very heartbreaking role. Ari Graynor (a dead ringer for a younger Renee Zellweger) does a terrific job in a rather unsympathetic role. The plot thickens pretty quickly, and the victims pile up, on all sides.
Lab Rats Unite!...again! Possible spoilers as I am not sure what I'm gonna write yet.
This was my first time seeing this episode, but I think, after the super-serious preceding episode (departure of Sara), a little levity was definitely in order.
As Grissom tries to privately deal with Sara's leaving (and the rest of the team tries to console him, or at least draw him out), Hodges and his cronies engage in a sort of training exercise of Hodges' design. In the various scenarios Hodges lays out for the techs, one of them dies an unusual death on the job, and they all take stabs at solving the crime.
What I enjoyed most about this episode was the hyperbolic manner in which the CSI's and Brass were portrayed through Hodges' eyes (and Wendy's once) and the fact that, no matter the circumstance, Hodge and Trace were portrayed as the White Knight. It was a definite departure for the show (reminded me of the "Grave Danger" episodes...love me some Tarantino!), but very entertaining.
Finally, what I enjoyed most was the ending, where Hodges, the sycophant, turned out to be the one person to actually, if only for a moment, get him to talk about how he felt.