CSI: Miami

Season 1 Episode 15

Dead Woman Walking

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Feb 10, 2003 on CBS
out of 10
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178 votes

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Episode Summary

A dead junkie is found on a Miami street with a broken neck and a wad of cash in his hand. When the body is taken to the lab, Alexx notices that the victim's right hand is burned down to the muscle, even though it wasn't like that when he was found. It's deduced that he was exposed to radioactive material. The investigation leads Horatio to an environmental lawyer involved in radiation cases. Shortly thereafter, she learns that she is being eaten up inside by the deadly substance and has only days to live, but she doesn't know how she ingested it or who gave it to her.moreless

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  • this was a sad ep i thought

    in this ep of csi miami the team is called to go investgate a man found with a broken neck. thing was when they investgated it i was more then that dago got radiation posing but he survided it he got it due to picking up the money. also the body was radio active which lead. them to a radio active place . and a lawer that they realized she her self was radioactive . thing was she was investgating them the compan and had aperson on the inside the securty desk person and they realized he was doing it becasue he thoguht they were goin to go out but she was using him to get info he got mad and started o posin her organe juice every morning and she was dieing and only had days to live.moreless
  • Dead Woman Walking

    A man is found dead. He was a needle junkie with a LARGE needle. He was beat. $203 was found on him. A pencil is found chewed on the sidewalk. Radiation was all over him and was eatting up the victim. The lawyer had radiation all over her at high levels. She has less than 1 week to live. She injested an isotope called Iodine 131. One of her friends sent her orange juice and it had Iodine in it. someone injected the orange juice with Iodine 131. Belle broke in the pharmacy. She didn't break in to get the pictures, her source did. Her source was the killer and he killed her b/c he loved her and she was using him to get surveliance.moreless
  • CSI Miami at it's best!

    When the team investigate a person not just murdered but

    May have radiation that killed them all together, they suspect an environment laweyer who was linked to the radiation but when she is about to die herself, she not just has days to live. But the team has only a short time to find the link before it claims her. Great show once again.
  • Compelling episode thanks to an excellent performance by Karen Sillas as environmental lawyer, Belle King. We get a murder mystery where one vic is a junkie - dead of a broken neck - and Belle whose death is imminent, hence the title Dead Woman Walking.moreless

    I watch CSI on a random basis, but this one was certainly memorable because we rarely get to have a murder mystery where the victim is still alive, and therefore has some unique insights into who would want her dead.

    The first body to show up is a junkie whose neck was broken. Around and under the body, the team finds a wad of cash, a syringe and a chewed-up pencil. In the morgue, Alexx begins her preliminary autopsy and discovers that one of the vic's hands is being eaten away by some unknown agent. It's not parasite activity or a chemical burn, since it didn't present at the scene of the crime. Horatio has the brain-wave that it must be a radiation burn.

    Radiation Management teams arrive at the lab and find that the dead man's hand was exposed to iodine-131, a radioactive isotope used to treat cancer patients, here in syringe form.

    The chewed pencil yields this clue: B King Attorney at Law.

    When the team tracks 'B. King' down - Belle King, a device that detects radiation goes haywire in her presence. It seems she's 10 times as radioactive as the levels found in the lab from the contaminated junkie's body.

    With less than one week to live after being poisoned with large quantities of that radioactive isotope I-131, the team looks to find out who would want Belle out of the way, and why.

    Belle King is a living murder victim. Her crusades against shady companies that operate above the law in the world of environmental offenses have made her many an enemy. She is able to tell the team first-hand who might want her dead.

    Horatio seems to be taken with Belle from the first time he sees her, and we can tell he has a great deal of respect and admiration for her courage and drive.

    One particular company - Risher Pharmacueticals - comes under the team's scrutiny. Belle claims they were guilty of unsafe toxic disposal, misplaced isotopes, and confusing isotopes so patients undergoing cancer therapy received the wrong dosages.

    Horatio believes Belle has a source inside Risher, covertly collecting evidence for her so she can take them down. She refuses to give up this source, even though Horatio strongly suspects this 'source' may be the same person that murdered her. Belle feels if she reveals the source, all evidence collected would be inadmissible in court, and she'd lose her case. She'd rather sacrifice herself than see the case thrown out. 128 million dollars is at stake in her class-action suit against Risher...Could someone in the company want her out of the way that badly?

    As the team investigates deeper into Risher, they find that the head of the company did not report a break-in the same night the junkie was killed, and his credit-card imprint was fuond on one of the 20-dollar bills found underneath the junkie's body. 5 syringes of I-131 were taken from Risher Labs - about the same amount unwittingly ingested by Belle via some spiked orange juice.

    The culprit in the end is slightly disappointing - or at least his motives - which is why I gave this a 9 and not a 10. (I won't reveal that spoiler.)

    Overall, this episode had some very nice moments, especially between Belle and Horatio. They both know time is of the essence, and Belle makes him promise to tell the world about Risher's crimes.moreless
  • A truly moving episode with a lot of human questions to be answered.

    Radiation is at the crux of this episode, and it's not too much of a spoiler, given the title, that one woman finds she's been infected with a radioactive isotope and only has a week to live. So she's in effect helping to find her own murderer.

    There are several gripping scenes in this episode: when Horatio & Alexx discover they are working in a potentially radioactive environment and the Hazmet scenes that follow: when Horatio has to deliver the news to the dying woman...

    My one big problem (and the 10 is for the episode and the story and the overall effect) is David Caruso. Does this man ever say more than three words without believing he's delivering some kind of immensely important message? I'd love to rip those sunglasses from his hands and force him not to put his hands on his hips any more. Where would he be then? I think Horatio is a good character, but DC is too intent on his own (non)acting to really make him come through as totally real, unlike William Petersen in the original CSI. A low voice, mannered posturing and the odd glare don't add up to good acting. Just be natural for goodness' sake. The rest of the actors on the show seem to be able to do long, coherent scenes without resorting to moodiness and unnecessary brooding stances.

    Anyway, still a great episode.moreless
David Caruso

David Caruso

Lieutenant Horatio Caine

Khandi Alexander

Khandi Alexander

Chief Medical Examiner Alexx Woods

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric "Delko" Delektorsky

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane

Tim Speedle (Episodes 1-49)

Jeremy Roberts

Jeremy Roberts

Sam Carver

Guest Star

Stevie Johnson

Stevie Johnson

Radiation Man #2

Guest Star

Karen Sillas

Karen Sillas

Belle King

Guest Star

Michael Whaley

Michael Whaley

Detective Bernstein

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Full text of the threatening letter Sam Carver sent to Belle King, complete with the typos:

      dear Belle

      Or should I call you jezebelle for the way you have betrayed us. Janet is so upset about Michael shes holed up in bed and can barely get up. shes crying non-stop. You made promises and gave us hope but then you couldn't deliver. I dont want to see the same thing hapen with Hank. That's why I writing to tell you to stay the hell away from us. Every time you leave a message its like a bulet through our hearts. You may not keep your promises but I do and I promise that if you dont let this thing with hank or there will be a bulet for you. If you ever try to contact us again i'll kill you and thats a promise.

    • Goof: 131 (or any radioactive material) at the end of its half life does not instantly become non-radioactive, as was depicted in this episode. Radioactive decay is a continuous process. The half-life has no beginning, but tells you how much time after now for however much is there at any time now to be reduced to one half that amount. Wait enough half-lives and the amount will fall to an inconsequential amount, but one is never enough.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Speed: What's up?
      Delko: The guy said my exposure was equal to what a pilot gets on a flight to Paris.
      Calleigh: Next time, take the trip to Paris. It'll be easier on all of us.

    • Eric: I heard radioactivity can cause temporary infertility.
      Speed: So, you and your girlfriend are temporarily in luck…
      Eric: Yeah or permanently screwed!

    • Belle King: Did you know Horatio was the first CSI?
      Horatio: He was ... the what?
      Belle King: In Hamlet. When Hamlet was poisoned and dying, he asked his best friend Horatio to tell the world who murdered him.

  • NOTES (2)


    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1995 movie Dead Man Walking starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn.

    • This is a similar plot to the 80's film D.O.A. (itself a remake of the story) starring Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, where he finds he has ingested radioactivity and only has a certain time left in which to find his own killer.

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