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Meat Jekyll
Meat Jekyll
Season 10
Number 23
Writer Naren Shankar
Director Alec Smight
Original Airdate May 20, 2010
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Meat Jekyll is the twenty-third episode and Season Ten finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Synopsis[]

A murderer Langston helped put behind bars holds the key to the identity of the Dr. Jekyll serial killer.

Plot[]

Suspect: Dr. Jekyll (alive)

On the case: entire team

With no leads on the serial killer, Dr. Jekyll, Catherine decides to bring in the “Dick and Jane” killer, Nate Haskell, who called Langston and told him that he knew who Dr. Jekyll is. Brass is irate that they're bringing a psychopath to the police station and that Catherine went over his head to make it happen. After rebuffing Brass, Haskell points Langston in the direction of evidence collected from a dresser drawer at his house. The CSIs find the evidence and discover a piece of bow tie pasta with an elegant loop tied around it made out of spaghetti. When they compare it with Joey Bigelow's autopsy picture where his intestines were tied in a bow, they conclude that Haskell is telling the truth—he knows Dr. Jekyll's real identity.

Haskell tells Langston that he met Dr. Jekyll 11 years ago at a restaurant—a restaurant attended by all of Dr. Jekyll's victims. After being served the unique pasta, Haskell asked to meet the chef. It was then that he discovered that the pre-murderous Dr. Jekyll was “mad as a hatter” and had what it took to become a promising young killer. Haskell pretends to not remember the chef's name, and he'll only provide Langston with the name of the restaurant if he's given a nice steak dinner first.

The team gathers in the layout room; they're informed by Catherine that they have 48 hours before Haskell is shipped back to prison. Langston puts together some clues—Haskell and Dr. Jekyll were in a restaurant that serves pasta and that had a piano bar. Greg is quite pessimistic that Haskell is telling the truth, but Sara notes that Haskell had the pasta in his possession before Joey Bigelow's body was discovered. Catherine offers to speak with Mary Felnick, Joey's old agent, in an effort to recover Joey's pay stubs and tax records. The rest of the team, meanwhile, will go through the financials for Dr. Jekyll's victims and see if (or when) they overlapped with Haskell's 11 years ago.

Catherine locates Marty, who correctly guesses that she's there with regard to Joey. Marty says that Joey performed a one-night only comeback show at a restaurant 11 years ago. He can only recall the general direction that the restaurant was in and points out the vicinity on a map Catherine provides. The area just happens to be right around where Joey's body was found. Back in the lab, the team sifts through more evidence. Greg finds a picture of victim Jack Herson wearing a t-shirt from a restaurant called Venetti’s that he used to frequent. Another victim, Bernard Higgins, used to eat at Venetti's once a week. When the team goes to the restaurant (which is now closed down), they find pictures of all of the victims on the Wall of Fame. Sara also takes a look at the menu and sees that the restaurant used to serve hand-made bowtie pasta.

Henry does some research and discovers that the three co-owners of the restaurant are deceased. He also provides Catherine with a list of everyone who used to work at Venetti’s; if Haskell is to be believed, one of the people on the list has to be Dr. Jekyll. Meanwhile, Langston fills Haskell in on the team's progress. Haskell refuses to give up Dr. Jekyll's name, telling Langston that he has to give something to get something. Per Haskell's request, a stripper is brought in to entertain him in exchange for him giving up a name. Haskell obliges and points to the name Carlo Perini. This turns out to be a false lead, as Carlo is in prison serving the end of a five-year sentence.

Henry tells Langston that there’s a package for him from Langston’s father, who has been deceased for ten years. The CSIs examine the box and find it clear of a bomb or body parts. Upon opening it, they find Langston's old ID badge, along with several pieces of beef jerky (or possibly "human jerky") that have hand-drawn pictures on them. One of the pieces has an ID number on it that Doc Robbins recognizes as belonging to a John Doe.

The John Doe is located; his cause of death was listed as exsanguination from a stab wound that was wider at the entrance than a typical stab wound. It also extended another three inches in a circular pattern, nicking the appendicular artery. Doc Robbins notes that the wound is consistent with laparoscopic surgery. Based on the time the body was found (between Joey Bigelow and Bernard Higgins), Nick wonders if the septic appendix found inside of Bernard Higgins was actually meant for John Doe, but Dr. Jekyll botched the surgery and covered the injury up with a knife wound.

Meanwhile, at Venetti’s, there's evidence that one of the doors has been opened recently. Nick texts the photo of John Doe to Sara, asking if the victim is on the wall. She finds the picture and identifies the victim as a Ukrainian businessman named Yuri Greshenko. Greg discovers human blood on the cutting table in the kitchen, which means that Dr. Jekyll is using Venetti’s as an operating room.

The blood from the cutting table comes back to Joey Bigelow and Yuri. The team figures that Dr. Jekyll got Yuri's John Doe number by calling the coroner's office and using Langston's badge number to get the information. Langston takes a closer look at the Vitruvian Man drawings on one of the pieces of jerky; there's an 'X' near the groin that doesn't appear in the original drawing. Since none of the victims had an injury there, this could represent a current or future victim. Looking at evidence from the other murders, the CSIs find an IVC filter, and Langston deciphers a message on the jerky as a surgical term. Greg pulls out a mini propeller from a package, and Langston realizes that Dr. Jekyll is going to insert the IVC filter and the propeller into a victim. He explains that blood flow from the vein would cause the propeller to turn. This, in turn, would cause the legs of the filter to expand out and push against the interior wall of the vein. The result would be excruciating pain for the victim before the vein would burst from the pressure, causing the victim to die.

Hodges and Wendy identify the meat Dr. Jekyll sent as non-human; in fact, it's prosciutto Di Parma, a high-end delicacy. There's no touch DNA on the jerky, but the thought is that Dr. Jekyll might have left epithelials behind if he wasn't wearing gloves when he made it. Meanwhile, Greg and Sara are cross-referencing employees from Venetti's with those who are still in the industry, and Catherine has them narrow the search down to those now working at high-end Italian restaurants.

Langston, Nick and Officer Clark go to one of those restaurants, Trattoria DiMasa, and find the owner, Giovanni “Papa” DiMasa balancing the books. He invites Langston and Nick to sit with him and offers to bring them wine. When asked, he confirms that he used to manage Venetti's, having worked his way up from a dishwasher. Giovanni soon calls for his son, Charlie (who is a cook at the restaurant), who gives the CSIs some wine glasses. During the conversation, Giovanni appears to be in pain, but shakes it off when Langston and Nick notice. He claims that he's only been having these pains for a day or two. Charlie arrives with the wine and goes back to retrieve the employee list that the CSIs asked for. Back at the lab, Catherine discovers the DNA on the jerky is a filial match for the septic appendix found in Bernard Higgins. This means that the appendix either belonged to Dr. Jekyll's father or his son. She relays this information to Nick.

After Nick learns that Giovanni got his appendix taken out recently, he orders Officer Clark to go check on Charlie. He then tells Langston to get Giovanni to a hospital and leaves to follow up with Officer Clark. Before he can, a shotgun blast is heard. Officer Clark is dead, and Charlie emerges and shoots Nick. Langston and Giovanni hide for cover as Charlie tells Langston that he came too early. Charlie keeps Langston and his father trapped behind a table, while Nick lies on the floor, seemingly dead. As Langston tries to talk him down, Charlie says that he's eager to witness his father die after he robbed him of his dream of becoming a doctor.

Giovanni's breathing becomes more panicked, and Langston tries to get him to take calming breaths, explaining that his son planted something in his chest. Charlie confirms that he killed his father's friends as revenge for missing out on a successful medical career. Nick opens his eyes and silently, makes eye contact with Langston, and reaches for his gun nearby. Langston tells Charlie about his own father in order to buy time for the injured Nick to get his gun. When Langston declares that he's standing up to get Giovanni some ice, Charlie emerges with his shotgun. Nick sits up and shoots him several times, killing him.

Meanwhile, in his cell, Haskell has been keeping himself occupied by taunting Sgt. Barclay. This keeps up until Sgt. Barclay activates Haskell's stun belt. While pretending to convulse on the ground, Haskell breaks his glasses and pockets a piece of the frame.

Nick is later taken to the hospital, where the other CSIs are relieved that he'll be okay; he's made it out with just a sling around his left shoulder. Langston relays the information that Giovanni is going to be okay, as well. The rest of the lab celebrates the good news about Nick when told. When Langston returns to the holding cell to say goodbye to Haskell, Haskell grabs him before he can leave and stabs him several times with the broken frame from his glasses, leaving Langston bleeding on the ground.

Cast[]

Main Cast[]

Guest Cast[]

Notes[]

  • This is Liz Vassey's last episode as a regular cast member playing Wendy Simms; however, she makes a guest appearance two episodes later in Pool Shark, which is also her last episode.

Trivia[]

  • Lex Medlin, who played Sgt. Barclay, would return to the franchise in 2022, playing CSI Beau Finado in CSI: Vegas (starting in Season Two).

See Also[]

CSI:Las Vegas Season 10
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