CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (season 12)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (season 12)
CSI Season 12.jpg
Starring Ted Danson
Marg Helgenberger
George Eads
Jorja Fox
Eric Szmanda
Robert David Hall
Wallace Langham
David Berman
Elisabeth Harnois
Paul Guilfoyle
Elisabeth Shue
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Release
Original network CBS
Original release September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) – May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)
Season chronology
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List of CSI episodes

The twelfth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on CBS on September 21, 2011, and ended on May 9, 2012. The series stars Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue.

Production[edit]

The show was moved to Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. (P/E), following Criminal Minds.[1]

Plot[edit]

Catherine and Nick adjust to life working under D.B. Russell, following their demotions, while Morgan Brody joins the CSI team ("73 Seconds"), in the twelfth season of CSI. This season, the team investigate crimes including the murder of a family ("Tell Tale Hearts"), a drowning in chocolate ("Bittersweet"), a death at a mob museum ("Maid Men"), a cold-case killing ("Crime After Crime"), the zippering of a body ("Zippered") and a sadistic slaying ("Freaks and Geeks"). Meanwhile, D.B. struggles to keep control of his family ("Brain Doe"), Morgan's helicopter is hijacked mid-flight ("CSI Down"), Doc Robbins' wife finds herself at the center of an investigation ("Genetic Disorder"), and Catherine works alongside the FBI ("Ms. Willows Regrets"), before making a life-changing decision ("Willows in the Wind"). Then, it's all change at the LVPD when Russell recruits Julie Finlay ("Seeing Red"), fresh out of anger management and ready to tackle cases such as the theft of a house ("Stealing Home"), a crippling blackout ("CSI Unplugged"), a murder at an Alice-in-Wonderland style wedding ("Malice in Wonderland"), and a race-truck explosion ("Dune and Gloom"). Later, the troubles continue for the CSI's personal lives, as Finn and D.B. struggle to come to terms with their past relationship, Ecklie is gunned down, Nick leaves CSI, and the Crime Lab is placed under the supervision of an outside agency ("Homecoming").

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Changes[edit]

Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue join the main cast, replacing Laurence Fishburne, and the outgoing Marg Helgenberger, respectively. Elisabeth Harnois becomes a series regular. Episode 13 of the season is the first and only episode of the CSI franchise episode not to feature a female lead.

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall 
No. in
season 
Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  U.S. viewers
(millions) 
252 1 "73 Seconds" Alec Smight Gavin Harris September 21, 2011 (2011-09-21) 12.74[2]
Season twelve begins with the arrivals of D.B. Russell, the new supervisor and Morgan Brody, Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann)'s daughter. A crazy, chaotic shoot-out on a hotel tram leaves two dead, almost no witnesses, and a lot of contradictory evidence; another dead man in Brime County has a young man's face and an old man's body.
253 2 "Tell-Tale Hearts" Brad Tanenbaum Teleplay by: Joe Pokaski
Story by: Larry M. Mitchell
September 28, 2011 (2011-09-28) 11.76[3]
Three suspects come forward with three different reasons why they killed an entire family and the CSI team has to determine who is telling the truth.
254 3 "Bittersweet" Frank Waldeck Melissa R. Byer & Treena Hancock October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05) 11.98[4]
While on a date, Nick realizes a piece of art at an exhibit has decomposing body parts in it, which leads to a full-blown investigation, D.B. Russell makes a decision to ground one of the staff from the case and CSI Brody and CSI Sanders find a man who supposedly drowned in chocolate.
255 4 "Maid Man" Martha Coolidge Dustin Lee Abraham October 12, 2011 (2011-10-12) 10.93[5]
The former Mayor of Las Vegas (Oscar Goodman) is shot at the Mob Museum and the CSIs embark on a history lesson in search of clues. Meanwhile a maid is found dead in a hotel room, stabbed in the eye with a swizzle stick
256 5 "CSI Down" Jeffrey Hunt Teleplay by: Tom Mularz
Story by: Gavin Harris
October 19, 2011 (2011-10-19) 10.79[6]
When a hijacked medevac helicopter goes missing along with CSI Brody on board, the hunt is on.
257 6 "Freaks & Geeks" Alec Smight Christopher Barbour November 2, 2011 (2011-11-02) 10.79[7]
The murder of a popular sideshow performer sends the team behind the scenes at a carnival freak show. Rachel is found sadistically slain, the team goes behind the scenes of the carnival freak show to find her killer.
258 7 "Brain Doe" Brad Tanenbaum Gavin Harris November 9, 2011 (2011-11-09) 10.16[8]
The CSI team is called to investigate a car crash where they will find three casualties and a human brain that does not belong to any of the victims. Meanwhile, D.B. Russell's son is in trouble at school.
259 8 "Crime After Crime" Paul McCrane Teleplay by: Tom Mularz
Story by: Richard Catalani
November 16, 2011 (2011-11-16) 10.60[9]
When the CSI team investigates three seemingly unrelated murders, the death of an successful business man found dead in his large birthday cake, a gang member burned to death and a woman killed in a motel by being forced to take pcp. they discover someone is getting revenge for cold case murders that were never solved.
260 9 "Zippered" Alec Smight Joe Pokaski December 7, 2011 (2011-12-07) 11.14[10]
The murder of a retired Army Ranger brings the FBI in on the case, to Russell and Catherine's initial chagrin.
261 10 "Genetic Disorder" Frank Waldeck Elizabeth Devine December 14, 2011 (2011-12-14) 12.23[11]
When a man's dead body turns up naked in the bed of Doc Robbins' wife, the detectives try to "just work the scene" without bringing their pre-judgments to the table, but it sure looks like a case of Death-During-Adultery.
262 11 "Ms. Willows Regrets" Louis Shaw Milito Teleplay by: Christopher Barbour & Don McGill
Story by: Christopher Barbour
January 18, 2012 (2012-01-18) 12.02[12]
(Part 1) Catherine's friend Laura's mogul husband Mark has a lot to hide behind his successful international corporation, and he has hired a crack team of assassins to carry out the murders of anyone who might be aware of what he is doing – and that includes Laura's lawyer and Laura herself.
263 12 "Willows in the Wind" Alec Smight Teleplay by: Christopher Barbour & Richard Catalani
Story by: Carol Mendelsohn & Don McGill
January 25, 2012 (2012-01-25) 14.26[13]
(Part 2) The CSI team says goodbye to Catherine Willows as she makes a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, in an attempt to catch Laura's husband and his crack team of assassins, D.B. Russell decides to send a message – by faking Catherine's death.
264 13 "Tressed to Kill" Brad Tanenbaum Ed Whitmore February 8, 2012 (2012-02-08) 10.88[14]
The CSI team investigates a series of murders by a serial killer who seems to be recreating a particular woman with the corpses of the women he kills.
265 14 "Seeing Red" Frank Waldeck Christopher Barbour & Tom Mularz February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15) 11.09[15]
Russell asks for advice from a former colleague on a case involving the death of a man's ex-girlfriend.
266 15 "Stealing Home" Alec Smight Treena Hancock & Melissa R. Byer February 22, 2012 (2012-02-22) 11.91[16]
When a house is stolen completely off its foundation, the CSIs are on the case in search of answers. Meanwhile, new CSI Julie Finlay showcases her skill in blood analysis.
267 16 "CSI Unplugged" Jeffrey Hunt Gavin Harris February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29) 11.30[17]
When a blackout cripples the city, the CSIs must revert to old-school methods to solve the case of a missing child.
268 17 "Trends with Benefits" Louis Shaw Milito Jack Gutowitz March 14, 2012 (2012-03-14) 11.71[18]
The CSIs are brought in to solve the case of a recently murdered student whose death photo ends up trending on the Internet.
269 18 "Malice in Wonderland" Alec Smight Joe Pokaski March 21, 2012 (2012-03-21) 11.38[19]
When the CSI team is called in to investigate a robbery-homicide at an "Alice In Wonderland"-themed wedding, they have little to work with to find a killer. Meanwhile, Hodges' mother comes to town, and he wants her to believe Morgan is his girlfriend.
270 19 "Split Decisions" Brad Tanenbaum Michael F.X. Daley & Richard Catalani April 4, 2012 (2012-04-04) 12.06[20]
When the CSI team is called in to investigate a man who is shot at point-blank range in a local casino, they shut down the entire building to find their killer.
271 20 "Altered Stakes" David Semel Teleplay by: Elizabeth Devine
Story by: Melissa R. Byer & Treena Hancock
April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11) 9.94[21]
When Stokes learns that a man he helped put in prison is going to have his conviction overturned, the CSI team needs to prove the killer is guilty again or he will be released.
272 21 "Dune and Gloom" Jeffrey Hunt Tom Mularz May 2, 2012 (2012-05-02) 9.75[22]
When a bomb kills an off-road race truck driver mid-race, the CSI team is called on the scene to investigate why.
273 22 "Homecoming" Alec Smight Teleplay by: Christopher Barbour & Don McGill
Story by: Christopher Barbour & Larry M. Mitchell
May 9, 2012 (2012-05-09) 10.73[23]
When a friend of the Sheriff becomes a prime suspect in his wife's brutal murder, the investigation's political fallout reveals the truth behind Russell's troubled history with Finlay. Also, an old foe of the CSIs resurfaces and threatens the team, Nick considers leaving CSI, Undersheriff Conrad Ecklie is shot, and Russell's granddaughter is kidnapped.

Ratings[edit]

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date 18-49 Viewers Rank (Week)
1 73 Seconds September 21, 2011 3.2/9 12.74 million[2] 18[2]
2 Tell-Tale Hearts September 28, 2011 3.1/8 11.76 million[3] 18[3]
3 Bittersweet October 5, 2011 2.9/8[24] 11.98 million[4] 14[4]
4 Maid Man October 12, 2011 2.6/7[25] 10.93 million[5] 21[5]
5 CSI Down October 19, 2011 2.6/7[6] 10.79 million[6] N/A
6 Freaks & Geeks November 2, 2011 2.7/7[7] 10.79 million[7] N/A
7 Brain Doe November 9, 2011 2.5/7[8] 10.16 million[8] N/A
8 Crime After Crime November 16, 2011 2.6/7[26] 10.60 million[9] 24[9]
9 Zippered (Part 1) December 7, 2011 2.5/7[27] 11.14 million[10] 19[10]
10 Genetic Disorder December 14, 2011 2.9/8[11] 12.23 million[11] 12[11]
11 Ms. Willows Regrets (Part 2) January 18, 2012 2.8/7[28] 12.02 million[12] 13[12]
12 Willows in the Wind (Part 3) January 25, 2012 3.4/9[29] 14.26 million[13] 4[13]
13 Tressed to Kill February 8, 2012 2.5/7[30] 10.88 million[14] 19[14]
14 Seeing Red February 15, 2012 2.6/7[31] 11.09 million[15] 13[15]
15 Stealing Home February 22, 2012 2.9/8[32] 11.91 million[16] 15[16]
16 CSI Unplugged February 29, 2012 2.6/7[33] 11.30 million[17] 14[17]
17 Trends with Benefits March 14, 2012 2.8/8[34] 11.71 million[18] 5[18]
18 Malice in Wonderland March 21, 2012 2.6/7[35] 11.38 million[19] 7[19]
19 Split Decisions April 4, 2012 2.9/8[36] 12.06 million[20] 9[20]
20 Altered Stakes April 11, 2012 2.4/6[37] 9.94 million[21] 16[21]
21 Dune and Gloom May 2, 2012 2.3/6[38] 9.75 million[22] 19[22]
22 Homecoming (Part 1) May 9, 2012 2.4/7[39] 10.73 million[23] 18[23]

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