"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" The Happy Place (TV Episode 2008) -
Still doing the CSI rewatch, saw this episode yesterday.
One of the storylines is a reference back to the season 1 episode Too Tough To Die. Pamela’s husband claimed that the kid who raped and shot her has been sending him letters claiming to have snuck in to her care home and raped her again.
Thorpe (the rapist) turns up to the police station in a wheelchair. He’d been shot by a rival gang who’d failed to kill him; but had left him paralysed.
Instantly he’s no longer a suspect and the fact that he’s a wheelchair user - and that fact alone - leads Sara to the conclusion that Pamela’s husband lied about the threats.
I can believe that if Thorpe’s a paraplegic it’s possible that he didn’t sneak in through a care home window and rape Pamela again. Although; being a wheelchair user would be an excellent cover for the purposes of sneaking into a care home.
But even if Thorpe is physically incapable of rape for impairment-related reasons; being a paraplegic is in no way evidence that he didn’t send threatening letters or make malicious phone calls. A gang member doesn’t turn saintly the second a bullet severs his spinal cord.
In the end Pamela’s husband confessed that he’d made the whole threats thing up. But I was just left fuming by the implication that someone is de facto innocent of making threatening calls/sending malicious mail just because they use a wheelchair.
Yes, I know that the “evil disabled person” is a bad TV trope. But assuming innocence just because someone’s a cripple is infuriatingly ignorant too.
(But the end of the episode made me happy. Another storyline was Grissom investigating a woman’s murder and at the end her partner used - almost verbatim - Grissom’s monologue from the end of Butterflied. Call backs for the win.)
"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" Recipe for Murder (TV Episode 2003) -
After last night’s post about a bipolar attempted murderer in CSI, I remembered this episode in which a bipolar girl is murdered. It’s quite an important episode because, as I’m always pointing out, a person living with psychosis is 14 times more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than a perpetrator.
I’m posting the link to this episode as an aide memoir. I’m always forgetting the title of this episode and it’s quite difficult to Google because it’s the B storyline and not referred to in the title.
(Yes, I know this was 7 years ago. I’m rewatching the whole thing from the start.)
In real life a tiny, tiny percentage of teachers are disabled (less than 1% the last time I heard the numbers). This episode had a bipolar teacher, but instead of being responsibly representative of an under-represented group; she was an attempted killer who slept with underage kids. Charming.
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Well done America for not watching another fucking show in which a non-disabled actor spacks up.
Now if you’d all watch CSI which does have a disabled actor, that’d be great. The ratings this season are causing me concern.
(Link via @wheelchairdancr on Twitter.)
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