CSI “The Last Ride” Review Season 15 Episode 16

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On the third of three new episodes of “CSI” this week (!), we inexplicably got yet another bonus episode of the show for seemingly no good reason, with “The Last Ride.” At first, I thought maybe they were burning through the season to make way for the new kid on the block, “CSI: Cyber,” but it doesn’t start up until March 4th, and that’s a Wednesday, anyway, so I’m not sure what the deal is.

I do know the season is being cut short to 18 episodes, and that yet another old-school cast member, George Eads (aka Nick Stokes) announced they were leaving, so none of it sounds good. I’ll keep you posted as I know more, but until then, I guess we fans can just take comfort in the unexpected embarrassment of riches lately.

To its credit, the two episodes that aired last Sunday were both pretty good, but this one was a bit of a wash- or should a say a bath? Yep, in true “Goldfinger” style, we got a woman’s death via paint asphyxiation, only this lady was covered in silver, which I suppose is apropos in the so-called “Silver State” of Nevada.

We started off with an oddly detached car commercial, which was never really tied into the narrative, so I’m not sure why it was there. To the best of my knowledge, they never said that victim Ava Montrose (Blair Bomar, “Bandslam”) was a model or actress, but rather, a professional thief and burglar, to the point that her own mother hired her out as such! Nice family you’ve got there, Ava.

In any case, the girl certainly made for an exquisite corpse, for whatever that’s worth, so maybe she missed her calling as one of those girls that gets painted on for a living, a la on that show “Naked Vegas.” In addition to the paint, there were also signs she’d been in a scuffle involving a classic car: in this case, what turned out to be a 1938 Packard Touring Sedan. Given the rarity of the vehicle, it was pretty easy to track down the owners, which was the De Rosa brothers, sons of a legendary mobster, Alfonse “The Vise” De Rosa.

Carlo (Wil Traval, “Red Widow”) is a douchey investment banker with no love for old cars that once dated Ava, and Aaron (Travis Schuldt, “Scrubs”), is a ne’er-do-well starving artist type that also was involved with the girl. Both are fighting over the sale of a Cadillac, which was the car their father was gunned down by the mob in. Given the car’s past, it’s of special value for collectors- as we learned just last Sunday on the episode “Merchants of Menace.” However, Aaron doesn’t want to sell as it’s the source of some good memories of his father. (You’d think it’d be the opposite, given what happened to their father in it, but to each their own, I guess.)

So, both have good reason to have killed Ava, be it jealousy between the brothers or getting her caught up in some heist scheme to protect the car in question. However, that turned out to not be the case. Nor was it the aforementioned mama, Ruth (Karen Sillas, “Wanted”), who admitted she used her daughter’s connection to try and steal the car, in hopes of unloading it on a rich collector. Though the heist was indeed a success- the car was found in a storage unit in Eva’s name- none of the above seemed to have killed her. So, who did the deed?

Turns out, it was the car appraiser, Bixler (Matthew Glave, “Army Wives”) who did the deed, but not for the reasons you might expect. Turns out that Bixler was the one who gunned down the elder De Rosa back in the day, over the fact that he was sleeping with Bixler’s fiancée. The two were together that fateful night, and Bixler avenged himself with a Berretta and got lucky when the crime was pinned on the mob.

However, with the car about to be sold, he realized that there could be evidence leading back to him, and used the opportunity to give the car a once over to make sure before they sold it. It all would have been fine, but Ava came back early and saw him fiddling with the car’s headrest and he couldn’t have any loose ends, so he killed her and dumped the body.

In the end, it was the late-in-the-game attempt to cover his tracks that did him in, as old-school mob expert Greg realized that the headrest had been replaced to hide the fact that one of the bullets was unaccounted for- the very same headrest the team found in a dumpster near where Bixler worked. (You’d think he’d know better than to dump the evidence in his own place of business, but I digress.)

That was about it, and it was a serviceable episode, I suppose, but a bit on the meh side. For one thing, we’ve been down the whole old-school mob murder road a few times too many. Beyond that, as I mentioned, there was the tie-in to last Sunday’s episode with the car used in the commission of a crime, plus there was a hot minute where it seemed like the culprit might be Ava’s stepfather, which was also the case in that same episode. Granted, it wasn’t him, but still, a bit too close for comfort, plot-wise, when all was said and done, making this feel like a bit of a retread, if you’ll pardon the car-adjacent pun.

So, maybe the network should have stopped short of three episodes this week, or maybe they just knew this episode was a bit of a lemon (there I go again, sorry!), so they decided to burn it off in a random time slot during the week. Who knows? Either way, it wasn’t a keeper, so what are you going to do? Move on to the next episode, I suppose. At this rate, they’ll be done with the season- and possibly the series- before you know it. We shall see.

What did you think of the latest episode of “CSI”? Was it a keeper or a clunker? Were you also confused by the odd placement of the episode? And by the fact that there were three of them within the space of a few days? Anybody out there know what’s up with that? Let me know in the comments below, and see you for the next one!