Things are ramping up for the CSI: Vegas crime lab and Gil Grissom is having doubts about where he belongs. In a new sneak peek of episode 4, titled “Long Pig,” Grissom and Sara discuss deadlines closing in, finding the guy who framed Hodges, and how to deal with Internal Affairs.
In the sneak peek clip, Sara greets Grissom with a cheery “How are you feeling?” Grissom replies, “Out to sea,” possibly referencing his current mal de debarquement predicament. In the last episode, Grissom revealed that he’s been having balance issues due to living on a boat for so long. He’s been feeling “land sick.”
Grissom continues, telling Sara, “Which is where we should be.” Grissom has been having doubts about where he belongs; on land with the team, or back on the boat with Sara. In the clip he seems to be leaning more towards boat.
Sara tells Grissom that she has a meeting with Nora Cross, the Internal Affairs agent, and asks for advice. Grissom replies that Nora Cross “holds her cards very close to the vest.” Cross seems suspicious of Grissom and Sara’s return to the crime lab, questioning their motives and refusing to share case details with Grissom.
Grissom and Sara discuss the case and Hodges’ upcoming trial. Sara says they have to “pick up the pace” if they’re going to find out who framed Hodges. Grissom then says, “That woman is already suspicious of why we’re even here,” referring to Cross.
“Have some faith,” says Sara. She needs Grissom to trust her right now, and support her during the case. But, he seems to be waffling back and forth on where he really wants to be.
‘CSI: Vegas’: Grissom’s Illness and What it Represents
Currently, on CSI: Vegas, Gil Grissom has been suffering from what’s known as mal de debarquement. The condition is categorized by a feeling of movement when standing still. For Grissom, this could be caused by all those years on the boat.
Showrunner Anthony Zuiker says that the condition is a metaphor for Grissom’s indecision. He doesn’t know where he wants to settle–at the crime lab, or back on the boat. The condition comes and goes as Grissom goes back and forth.
“One character wants to be on the water where he’s comfortable,” Zuiker explained, “and one person is getting her feet back on the land, which is Sara.” Subsequently, Grissom doesn’t quite know where his path leads, and he’s struggling a bit. The condition is almost like a physical manifestation of his indecision. Let’s hope this doesn’t spell Grissom going back to the boat and leaving the crime lab. Only time and new episodes can tell us that.