CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Series 12 - 2. Tell-Tale Hearts

Tell-Tale Hearts
Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

The arrival of Ted Danson as DB Russell has lifted CSI right out of the doldrums, giving the series a touch of comedy without detracting from the seriousness of the subject matter. After the lugubriousness of Laurence Fishburne, Danson is a breath of fresh air.

In this episode he’s faced with a bloody quadruple homicide in a nice eco-friendly neighbourhood. So he starts as usual by “getting into the head of the victim or suspect to understand their story”, which is complicated, because three people confess to the crime. But it’s an English nursery rhyme, not a story, that gives him the key to solving the case. Odd but effective.

About this programme

2/22. The murder of a family on an eco-friendly housing estate initially seems to be a straightforward case when the evidence points to a neighbour, who quickly confesses. However, a woman then walks into the precinct and admits carrying out the killings - but her testimony leads the investigators to another potential suspect, who also claims to be the sole culprit. As Russell, Willows and the team try to make sense of what is happening, they begin to realise all three of the supposed perpetrators might be hiding something. Crime drama, starring Ted Danson and Marg Helgenberger, with Amy Davidson (8 Simple Rules).

Cast and crew


DB Russell
Ted Danson
Catherine Willows
Marg Helgenberger
Nick Stokes
George Eads
Sara Sidle
Jorja Fox
Dr Al Robbins
Robert David Hall
Capt Jim Brass
Paul Guilfoyle
Conrad Ecklie
Marc Vann
Morgan Brody
Elisabeth Harnois
Greg Sanders
Eric Szmanda
David Hodges
Wallace Langham
David Philips
David Berman
Officer Mitchell
Larry Mitchell
John Lee
James Harvey Ward
Leslie Gitig
Amy Davidson
Maurice Gallows
Chris Mulkey
Xiomara Garcia
Monique Gabriela Curnen


Brad Tanenbaum
Larry Mitchell
Joe Pokaski