CSI Season 2 Episode 2 Review: Vegas: The Painted Man
The crime lab really got the ick this time around.
Additionally, they continued to make enemies on CSI: Vegas Season 2 Episode 2.
It’s a little early for what looked like a Halloween episode. But this is Vegas, where goosebumps are a year-round thing.
So why not take a peek inside this town’s cottage industry known as haunted houses?
What I want to know is if there is a wedding chapel in a haunted house. It would look like a natural hybrid.
But I digress. A facility such as Necropolis would be an ideal place to hide a body if suitably disguised.
It was certainly well hidden in this case, as the thick coat of paint not only stopped the rotting smell, but also caused the body inside this case to liquefy. Beau’s joke about almost being named Stew was totally inappropriate and perfectly appropriate at the same time.
The CSIs had to be extremely creative because the body had deteriorated so much that it was impossible to identify the victim by traditional means.
This is where Beau came into the picture, as his magic with putty allowed him to reconstruct the skull and develop a likeness that could be compared to a gallery of missing persons.
The biggest obstacle to solving the case was Allie’s determination that Gene Farrow, that creepy little man who injected himself into the investigation, was the murderer.
Yes, it was that old cliché that the murderer got involved in the investigation to distract the police.
Plus, once it’s been established that the victim, Harker, was an adversary of Necropolis, why wouldn’t his biggest fan, Farrow, not be a logical suspect?
Farrow kept showing up in the wrong places, like the murder scene. And Allie was rightly scared of this doll resembling her that he had built. As Max pointed out, impersonating him wasn’t enough reason to arrest him.
The problem was that Allie had forgotten the first rule of forensics. Rather than follow the evidence, she attempted to find evidence proving Farrow’s guilt.
And it just didn’t exist since he was just an innocent monster. So the team wasted time and effort looking for evidence that wasn’t there.
Once they started following the evidence and the golden rule of forensics, checking who had the means, the opportunity and the motive, it didn’t take them long to catch the real killer.
Unfortunately, Allie has earned herself an enemy in Farrow, who is clearly unstable and has nothing to occupy her time with now, thanks to her.
Shout out to the best new character in the series, Beau. Of course, he made a rookie mistake by failing to put on boots while searching Harker’s apartment.
But, in addition to allowing the identification of the victim, the fact that he found these shoes in the closet moved the investigation in the right direction. Plus, it’s easy to love someone who can brag about saying, “I’m your blueberry.”
The jury remains out on Sonya and Jack, the siblings now in the morgue, as they only received one extended scene. But Hugo is a tough act to follow.
Speaking of making enemies, Catherine hasn’t stopped doing that as she continues to push her unofficial investigation into Grace Huang’s disappearance.
Did she really think the Eclipse officials would give up the surveillance she sought just because she had the nerve to walk into a casino that had banned her? If so, it was illusory.
At least Catherine has made a few new allies, one who has stuck and one whose status remains unclear.
The first was, of course, Josh Folsom. Who else could Max appropriate from his crew for such an off-the-record investigation?
And when Folsom comes in, he goes all-in.
After finding a suspicious casino vehicle in the parking lot Grace disappeared from, he asked his brother-in-law to tow it so he could hack into the navigation system. Not terribly legal, but effective.
When he discovered that the SUV had been driven for an hour in the desert, Catherine knew then that she was not going to find Grace alive.
Yet they set out into the desert, only to discover after an afternoon of searching and digging that Grace’s body had been moved. So all they had to work on next was a piece of turtle shell.
Catherine’s other ally came out of nowhere as casino manager Jodi agreed to help her, even providing her with the surveillance she was looking for.
Yet after returning from the desert, Catherine received a panicked call from Jodi, who had been followed and beaten, with her phone taken. Someone caught wind of how Jodi was helping Catherine’s investigation.
It’s unlikely that Sherri Saum, who plays Jodi, was brought in for just one episode. Chances are she’ll end up helping Catherine or die herself.
Something is rotten at the Eclipse. What did Grace see at the casino that got her killed? And who else does Catherine come up against?
This intriguing story has only just begun.
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