CSI 901: For Warrick

(Sara and Grissom are watching the DVD of Warrick’s custody hearing)
Woman: So what makes you think that you’d be a good father? You were raised by your grandmother. You never even knew your biological father.
Warrick: Which is exactly why Eli needs to know his. Look, the most important thing you need to know about how to raise a child is how give a child love, and I’ve been loved. He says I’ve always tried to be a good man, and I’ve screwed up. And when I have there’s always been one man in my life to set me straight. I’ve learned a lot from him, how to be fair, how to forgive, … how to be inspired, how to inspire others.
Woman: Sounds like a special person.
Warrick: He is. If I could’ve picked my own father, I’d picked him. (Grissom is clearly touched and saddened at the same time)

CSI 704 – Fannysmackin’

Catherine: Pig and the piglets are in the pigpen.

Warrick: About time. Finally some good news.

Catherine: Did you know Pig, a.k.a Cole Tritt, was the only adult? The rest were all under 18. One was 14.

Warrick: You’re kidding. Who raises these kids?

Catherine: I mean, they weren’t all deliquents. Demetrius James was a college student.

Nick: Hangin’ out with the wrong crowd in the wrong town. I’m tellin’ ya, havin’ a fake I.D in Las Vegas is like havin’ a–a free ticket on the hell train. Sex, drugs, gambling, no adult supervision, 24/7, by the time they’re 21 they’ve done and seen it all.

Catherine: Make me slit my wrists why don’t ya? I’m raising a teenager here.

Warrick: Ah, you’re doin’ a great job, Linds is gonna turn out to be a beautiful young woman. Besides, I grew up in Vegas, I didn’t turn out so bad, did I?

Nick: Yeah. That was pre-Mirage. Back when you were goin’ to the casino, playin’ the arcade games. Nah, Vegas is a different animal now.

Warrick: Yeah, these kids need to beat people up in the street to be entertained. They need some good discipline, they need their grandmother whuppin’ their ass like I had.

Nick: Yeah, a good slap.

Sara: You know, it kinda sounds like you guys are blaming everyone but these kids. I mean, you don’t get a bye just because you grew up here or your parents are on drugs or— those kids were perfectly capable of telling the difference between a wild night out and beating somebody to death.

Grissom: The truth is, a moral compass can only point you in the right direction, it can’t make you go there. (beat) Our culture preaches that you shouldn’t be ashamed of anything you do anymore. And unfortunately this city is built on the principle that there’s no such thing as guilt. “Do whatever you want, we won’t tell.” So without a conscience, there’s nothing to stop you from killing someone. And evidently you don’t even have to feel bad about it.

I had a weird sense of deja vu when I watched the episode. I probably caught it on TV before. And I was so sure I blogged about this conversation between the CSI crew at the end of the episode but evidently I didn’t, so here it is.

I’ve talked sometimes about how bad our kids are becoming these days but while the kids in the episode were on a whole different level, I think we should always stop the problem before it gets out of hand.