The jailbreak way back at the beginning of this season is still having some pretty major repercussions, and this episode of CSI: Miami is getting into yet another one of them: An escaped murderer is going right back to work, and he’s decided to kidnap Natalia to boot.  But things are not always as they appear, especially when the CSI team is around.  Read on to find out the details!

The Players:

  • Director: Sam Hill
  • Written By: Corey Evett & Matt Partney
  • Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Eva LaRue, Jonathan Togo, Rex Linn, Omar Benson Miller

Episode Title: “About Face”

When a jail-breaking murderer strikes again at a local college, Natalia comes in to speak to the students – but gets kidnapped herself.  Oddly enough, the kidnapper doesn’t try to kill her but instead wants to talk, proclaims his innocence, and gives an alibi for the most recent murder.  When Natalia manages to escape his clutches, she starts reevaluating both the current as well as the original murder cases, and comes up with some very surprising results.

The Good:

  • World Wide Web of Lies: Usually, internet-themed episodes of an TV show are torturous to watch if you actually know anything about the internet.  But this episode’s – a thinly-veiled version of Craigslist – is actually pretty believable, right down to the prostitution scandals that continue to plague the latter site.  The killer’s MO is also unfortunately all too plausible, and overall this is a well-executed cultural reference.
  • Flip the Switch: We’re not going to give anything away here, but suffice to say that when the killer is revealed and confesses to the crimes, it’s so riveting that we almost forgot how ridiculous it was that the confession happened at all.  Then again, there’s clearly some pretty high levels of insanity going on, so that’s not as implausible as it might immediately appear.  At any rate, the killer’s carefully-modulated craziness is a marked difference from their earlier behavior, and it’s pretty bone chilling when they make that switch.
  • Lawyering Up: A wildly unexpected thing happens in this episode of CSI: Miami: a suspect requests a lawyer, says they’re done talking, and… they don’t talk any more.  It’s a refreshing dose of reality to see someone who doesn’t immediately crack under the slightest pressure and spill all their dirty secrets, and while it means that we’ll never know why the suspect was acting so, well, suspiciously when interrogated, that’s something we’ll just have to live with.  The writers do a good job of hinting at a possible motive (forged calculus papers) but don’t follow up on it, as unsatisfying as it may be.

The Bad:

  • The Computer Can See Your Thoughts: After a length hiatus, CSI’s patented God Computer is back in action with a vengeance.  This time around, it manages to scan an entire roomful of people, give short personality descriptions of each based on facial cues, and point out an anomaly (which turns out to be a guy covering his face slightly.)  It’s then able to take a photo of that face-covering guy and somehow match it to a mugshot of the killer. We’re starting to wonder why the cops are even needed here, as the computer can clearly do all the heavy lifting on its own.

The Quotable:

  • “He uses the internet as a hunting ground.”
  • “It’s like that darkness inside him just grew stronger and stronger while he was in prison.”
  • “Don’t patronize me!  I mean, don’t patronize me!  Don’t patronize me!”
  • “Traditionally it happens when we catch the killer.” “Oh.  So I guess I’ll just have to put this guy away.”
  • “This is my first day off in two weeks!”
  • “I wanted – just wanted – GODDDDD!”
  • “Ever met anyone online?” “Have you?” “No… once, actually, I did.  Technically twice.”
  • “You’re saying she was…” “Earning cash the old-fashioned way, yeah.”
  • “Do I look like a serial killer?”
  • “You’re asking me questions you already know the answer to.”
  • “You guys have taken up my entire day with this!” “We can take up the next 30 years if you like.”
  • “They say pride goes before a fall.  I guess they were right.”


An entertaining, surprising realistic take on the seedy underbelly of the Internet and an intriguing cold case investigation rolled into one, this is a must-watch episode – now if only they can learn a little more about technology…

Rating: 8/10

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