CSI Season 14 Review “Uninvited”

On the latest episode of “CSI,” a family got an “Uninvited” guest- or was it guests? We started out with a family of four: a husband and wife and a son and daughter, seemingly happy. Cut to: 30 days later, and they’ve been missing for some time, only their house is not empty. A squatter who claims to have permission to live there is found knocked unconscious, after a neighborhood girl spots him with her mom. Upon investigating, the team discovers that the house has been cleaned and various items sold. Did the squatter off the family and reap the benefits?

As it turned out, though he was guilty of selling off their stuff, he did indeed have permission to be there, having been employed as a live-in handyman- and a potential fall guy for what really happened. This was one of those episodes where pretty much everyone had a motive to kill someone, so it was legitimately hard to figure out who did it. In the end, I was indeed wrong about the guilty party, but then, it would seem that so were the police, at least in terms of catching their “man,” as it were. Or woman, in this case.

Not that she didn’t have help, of course. The whole thing was like a Rube Goldberg device, where one thing set off another, then another, then another, until it all came to an abrupt halt, insane mission accomplished, however dubious the way things went down might seem on paper. The husband cheated on the wife with the wrong woman, who got him in trouble with his boss, who fired him for extortion. Then she added insult to injury by telling the wife, who promptly killed her in her own living room.

After that, the father and son worked together to clean it up and ditched the car in a storage unit under the squatter’s name, after which the son killed the father, too. Then the three remaining members of the family got the hell out of dodge. The family that slays together, stays together, I guess. Except, this one didn’t as the daughter promptly killed the two of them and buried them where no one is likely to find them for a very long time. Lone survivor, no evidence she was in on it…I do believe this girl is literally going to get away with murder.

I kind of like when “CSI” still manages to throw you for a loop sometimes, and I must say, I didn’t see that final twist coming. I mean, was it an all-time classic of the series? Not so much. But it was unique enough to stand out on its own terms, so that’s not too shabby. I’m going to chalk this one up as a win overall.

It was interesting enough to keep you watching, and the solution was satisfying enough that you didn’t feel robbed at the end, either. The various twists were unpredictable, for the most part, and the suspects were all well cast, if mostly no one I recognized. Well, save a bit with Edie McClurg, aka the lady who referred to Ferris Bueller as a “righteous dude,” but she wasn’t really a suspect.

The guy who played the dad’s boss definitely looked like a familiar character actor I’ve seen play roles like that before, but that was about it. All in all, the anonymous nature of the actors actually worked in the show’s favor, as it made it that much harder to figure out who did it, as oftentimes if it’s a celebrity-heavy show, it’s almost always one of said celebrities. Such was not the case here, and that was a good thing.

What did you think of “CSI” this week? Do you prefer the celebrity-laden shows to the more anonymously-casted ones? Did you figure out who did it? Or only some of it? Were you as distracted by that squatter’s teeth as I was? Is this proof that Generation Text is trouble? Sound off below and see you next time!