Tonight's show opens with a man driving a red Ferrari. He's got a blonde woman sitting next to him, feeling up his thigh. They arrive at a hotel and he pays a valet $100 to park it. Inside, the two of them are seen kissing and going into a room and closing the door behind them.
We cut to David Phillips examining the man's body. Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows approach them, while David and Jim Brass brief them on the victim. He's been dead two to three hours according to the man's liver temperature. Catherine examines the body and notices marks on his knuckles, indicating he put up quite a fight just before being killed. The only ID on the victim is a Palermo hotel key (credit card style). He's also got nice clothing, but there seems to be transfer from something white. It looks like chalk which he may have wiped on his pants.
After the credits, we join Catherine and Grissom as they process the scene. They find white paint, similar to that which was found on the victim's clothes. Catherine wanders around in hopes of finding the source of the wet paint and finds a hallway to a building which was freshly painted. She photographs portions of it, including a portion of the wall where it appears that some rubbed up against it, creating a streak. She follows the wall and finds herself inside of the casino.
A short time later, we join Catherine, Nick Stokes, and the hotel manager, who lets them into a room rented by a Jeffrey Powell. Inside, Nick and Catherine take photographs of the scene. Nick finds a How-To type of book for blackjack as well as a pair of wine/champagne glasses, while Catherine finds a long blonde hair in the bed. Nick opens a drawer up and finds a small baggie containing a white powder. Catherine comes across an article of clothing with the label "Sasan", which is very expensive, worth much more than the old pair of jeans Nick found in the room. Catherine also notices a blue powder near the pockets, but she's not sure what it is. She comes across a man's wallet and tosses it to Nick, who opens it to find a California Drivers License for Jeffrey Powell. Also inside, Nick finds the corporate credit card Jeffrey used to reserve the room, as well as an Amateur Speedway Association card. It seems Jeffrey liked fast cars. The set of keys in the room indicate Jeffrey actually drove a Toyota, however. Oddly, Nick isn't able to find any cash in the wallet. Nick theorizes he was a kid from out of town who hit a lucky streak, making himself an attractive mark for the blonde.
In the morgue, we find David removing Jeffrey's clothing, while Warrick photographs the body. They notice Jeffrey's boxers have a stain on the front and have a little argument over who gets to smell it. Warrick gets the task and reveals it's red wine. The stain isn't also on his pants or his shirt, which means he must have changed afterwards. Warrick finds an "inspected by" tag inside one of the pockets to the pants, which tells him they're brand new. Warrick also notices a callus on Jeffrey's hand so he photographs it.
In the lab, Archie and Nick are looking at some security camera footage. They're trying to track Jeff's moves throughout the hotel/casino. Archie's been able to find most of Jeff's movement, but he loses him in the casino crowd for a while. He and Nick focus on a bag a woman is carrying from a store. It says "Sasan" on the bottom. It's the same brand of clothing Jeff had been wearing. Archie checks the floor plans of the casino and comes across a Sasan Boutique. Nick leaves after getting a few print-outs of the security camera footage.
At the Sasan Boutique, Nick interviews one of the employees. He asks her about working last night. She says she did work that night, but doesn't recognize Jeff in the photo Nick brought along. Nick shows her the expensive jacket Jeff had and she recognizes it as it's a new product. She asks for the photo again and she's able to recollect Jeff being in there. She tells Nick that Jeff paid with cash, no credit card.
Back in the lab, Dr. Robbins examines Jeff's body under UV light and takes photographs. He tells Catherine about his findings. Several bones in Jeff's neck had been broken from an object with a very defined edge.
Outside of the hotel/casino, Greg Sanders and Sara Sidle interview one of the valet parking attendants. He tells them that he was very careful with Jeff's car since he gave him a $100 to watch it. He mentions the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off and the fact that he had imagined himself acting like the parking attendant to took off with Ferris' Porsche and went joy riding. He assures Greg and Sara that he wouldn't actually do something like that, of course. The attendant then mentions the car was scratched when Jeff and his blonde friend brought it back. It had a dent and a series of scratches, which make it look like they hit something.
Back in the lab, David Hodges tells Catherine about the blue powder she noticed near the pocket of Jeff's jacket. It's from the chalk you use when playing pool (billiards). The callus Warrick found fits in perfectly here, making it sound like Jeff liked to play a lot of pool.
We cut to Brass and Catherine who enter a high-class pool hall. They stop and watch as they see one man take money won from a pool game and give some of it to the owner of the establishment, a clear violation of the law. Catherine and Brass make their way over to the owner and question him about seeing Jeff or the blonde in there. He claims he's never seen them because it's so dark in there. They then bring up the issue of the house taking a cut of the winnings. This is illegal to do without a gaming license. The owner says that's not happening here. Brass knows otherwise and offers to ask everyone in there if the house is getting a cut. The owner wises up and asks to see the photo again. He says he's never seen the guy (Jeff) but the woman is a regular and her name is Heidi. Unfortunately, he's not sure where to find her. Brass thinks he knows how it works and asks the owner to call Heidi and tell her there's a distinguished gentleman here with a wad of cash and is looking for some action. Seeing no way out of this, the owner goes along with it. He calls Heidi and she stops by shortly thereafter. Brass approaches her and asks her if she knows the man in the picture, Jeff. She seems surprised when Brass tells her that Jeff is dead now.
Down at the station, Brass interrogates Heidi Wolff. She admits she spent the night with him, but he was alive when he left her. It seems Jeff was more interested in a long-term relationship with her, so when he left for a bit, she decided to take off. Heidi's not in trouble for having sex with Jeff or winning some money from pool; the issue here is the fact that she's believed to have given Jeff drugs. She tells Brass that Jeff was a really nice guy but she didn't have anything to do with his death.
We cut to Sofia and Greg as they enter a dealership for exotic cars. The car Jeff was driving is said to have been rented from this location. Sofia asks for the red Ferrari Spyder, but the manager tells her he won't have it ready for a day or so because of the minor fender bender. Sofia isn't interested in renting it of course, she just wants to process it for any evidence.
Outside, Greg and Sofia find some minor damage to the rear of the car. It looks like a car hit the back of the Ferrari. Greg takes a few photographs of the rear of the car while Sofia walks around to the front and finds a large dent to the front bumper. The manager admits the damage is expensive, costing him $15,000 to repair. When asked for the name of the renter, the manage tells Sofia that information is kept confidential.
Back at the lab, Hodges is running tests on the paint sample Greg brought back for him.
In the hallway, Greg tells Grissom that the tests Hodges worked on confirmed the paint transfer onto the Ferrari is a black acrylic enamel. While that doesn't narrow it down very much, Greg says there were other trace elements in the paint and have been able to narrow the search down to a black Corvette. Grissom tells Greg he'll ask Brass to put out a broadcast for such a vehicle. He then mentions Nick ran Jeff's credit card. The corporate credit card he used is for a company run by Mick Sherridan and he'll be meeting him at the police department. It seems Mick is a big movie producer, one of Greg's favorites.
Down at the PD, Grissom and Brass interview Mick Sherridan about Jeff. Mick seems very upset about Jeff's death. When shown a photograph of Jeff and Heidi together, Mick tells Grissom that he doesn't recognize Heidi. Jeff was an assistant for Mick, trying to make his way up through the business. The reason Jeff was in Las Vegas was he was on vacation. He noticed a clause in Mick's divorce papers which his wife's lawyers rephrased and his own lawyers missed. Mick says that since Jeff noticed it, it saved him over a million dollars. He rewarded Jeff by giving him a few hundred dollars and the corporate credit card and told him to go have some fun.
Back to the lab, we find Greg and Sara processing a black Corvette. It seems Brass' broadcast paid off for them. It was found abandoned somewhere between the pool hall and The Palermo. There is a lot of damage to the car. Sara doesn't think it would have been possible to drive away in it. Greg finds red paint transfer on the rear bumper. He plans to send a sample to Hodges to compare it to the red paint from the Ferrari Spyder. While searching the interior, Sara finds a rental slip for the car. It doesn't belong to the same rental company as the Ferrari. The renter's name is Randy Bolen, a local.
In the interrogation room, Sofia questions Randy Bolen. She begins by reading Randy's police record. It seems Randy has been on the wrong side of the law a number of times. She then asks about the bruise on his forehead. He admits to a little fender bender. Sofia asks him why he rents the car since he's a local. Randy doesn't seem to have the money to own one so he just rents it when he can afford to. Randy then tells Sofia he played pool that night. It seems he lost $10,000 to Jeff just from playing pool. The fact that Randy lost that much money to the same people who were in the car he got into a fender bender with doesn't make Randy look so good. He's looking like a pretty sore loser, out for a little revenge. Randy admits to "rubbing" his car a little but not killing him. He asks for a lawyer at that point.
In the hallway, Sofia tells Nick that according to Randy's sheet, he used to be a professional stunt driver. Nick joins Archie in the lab for an update on the security camera footage. Archie was able to find the first time Jeff and Heidi met, at the bar. She got Jeff distracted and purposely spilled red wine on him. A closer examination of her purse reveals she had plenty of money, so it seems she wasn't after his money.
Elsewhere in the lab, Sara visits Catherine in her office. Jeff wasn't the one who rented the Ferrari, Heidi did. The rental was held by a company called Caprice Unlimited, which also rented Randy Bolen's Corvette. Sara hasn't been able to find much more on the company because they're unlisted. Catherine does a search on the Internet and comes up with a website with practically no information except for a phone number. She gives it a call and isn't able to get any further than a voice mail. Since they're not taking any calls, Sara wonders if they're making any. Sara puts the cell number (702-555-0104) into a "cellular frequency locator" tool she has and is able to come up with a most recent location, 20511 Farnum Road.
Sara and Grissom decide to stop by the address Sara found. As they enter, they're greeted with a lot of vegetation and a pond. It's got a very Japanese feel to it. They meet the owner, Anthony Caprice, who seems to be in the business of making someone's fantasy come true. Before leaving, Sara and Grissom are able to get a print-out of the evening Mr. Caprice had planned for Jeffrey Powell. The murder certainly wasn't in the script.
We now join Mick and Brass speaking in the hallway to the police station. Mick's hoping Brass has learned something new about Jeff's night. They go into the interrogation room where Brass is quite upfront about his belief that the vacation in Vegas was about shutting Jeff up. Mick seems to have a history of assistants and drug problems. The fact that Jeff had cocaine in his room is an interesting coincidence.
In the lab, Sara goes over the plan Anthony Caprice had made up for Heidi and Jeff. It seems to begin with Randy and Heidi renting a car. Randy is supposed to drive to the Cue-T and wait. Heidi is supposed to take the Ferrari and meet Jeff at the Palermo bar. She was supposed to make up a story about an abusive high-roller boyfriend. The spilling of the drink was supposed to make Jeff buy a whole new set of clothes which he couldn't afford, but Heidi could. The pool game, the car chase, and the party in his hotel room were also all in the fantasy. The sex, on the other hand, was not in the scripted fantasy; that was entirely up to Heidi. Nick doesn't quite understand why Jeff would have left Heidi... a night like that any guy would have felt like Superman.
Grissom joins Archie in the lab and they go over the timeline. They find that Jeff walked over to the Baccarat table where Heidi came from earlier. Jeff really verbally goes after one man who seems quite wealthy, playing over $20,000 a hand against the dealer. Grissom checks the script and wonders if Heidi went beyond making up a story about an abusive boyfriend and actually picked someone out. After Jeff had yelled at the man at the Baccarat table, he left, followed by two men who Archie recognizes from another piece of video. They followed Jeff later in the night as he went to the arcade. Jeff was found dead outside of the arcade.
Catherine, Grissom, and Sofia enter the casino followed by a couple of uniformed officers. They know that anytime $10,000 hits the table, the security needs to ID the player. They're planning on asking about the identity of the man who Jeff yelled at while at the Baccarat table. Our mystery abusive boyfriend is ID'd as Dennis Kim by the floor manager, and just our luck, he's at a reserved table. They pay him a visit and asks if he knows Jeff. He admits to remembering Jeff. Catherine notices white paint on the shoes of Mr. Kim's security guards and asks for their shoes. Mr. Kim orders them to give their shoes to the CSIs.
Back at the lab, Catherine examines the shoes from the security guards and she's able to compare the shoe print to the mark from Jeff's neck. High on the drugs, Jeff likely took a swing at one of the guards after they tossed him out on the loading dock. They believe one of them kicked Jeff right in the neck, sending him off of the loading dock, crashing into the pavement a few feet below. Nick joins the other CSIs in a room and tells them he knows why Jeff left Heidi that night. He went downstairs and bought an expensive bracelet, using up the entire $10,000 he won from the game of pool.
Tonight's episode was very good, I have to admit. The mystery was fairly good and there was a lot of hints and teasing about Sara and Grissom having a relationship. I know a lot of those fans will like this episode for that reason as this episode was all about fantasy.