The direction is also extremely irritating. How often have we seem the police knock on the suspect's door only to find that it’s someone else’s door they’re knocking on and it’s just a delivery man at the killer's home? Or a cheap shock moment that turns out to have only been in the killer’s imagination? It’s the clichéd handling as much as the story that really disappoints.
The episode does have its moments, Grissom’s matter-of-fact revelation to the team that he and Sara are a little more than just work colleagues first among them. But this episode just lays the groundwork, ending as it does with a cliffhanger. The real meat of the story will be in next season’s opening episode; here’s hoping it’s better than the build-up.