CSI: Miami

Season 2 Episode 4

Death Grip

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 13, 2003 on CBS
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Episode Summary

When a teen tennis phenomenon is abducted from her bedroom, the investigation leads to the waterways when a girl's arm is recovered in the belly of a alligator. Delko calls for an expert - his old college buddy and now alligator expert Jeff Corwin to assist.

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  • Season 2 Episode 4

    The episode starts off with a scene where two girls are shown sleeping in their beds, and it appears that someone breaks into their room. In the next scene, the younger of the girls is shown hiding in the room, and tells the CSIs her sister was taken by a monster. This prompts a state-wide search for the girl, who is a budding young tennis player. Turns out, she had just run off with her boyfriend who had climbed in through her bedroom window. However, it is discovered that her boyfriend, also her tennis instructor, had previously killed several of his young players, and he is taken away, yadda yadda yadda. Not one of CSI Miamis best episodes, but ok nonetheless. Gotta love Horatio at the end though when he puts the reporter in his place.moreless
  • Death Grip

    A teen comes up missing. A man comes in at night and gets the girl while she sleeps. The girls arm is found on the ground. An alligator tooth is found in the remaining arm. Purple fibers are being found in a lot of places. The woman's arm was not Dana's they had consentual sex she says. The man thought that she was 18 years of age, but in reality she is 16 years old. She was a hispanic girl that the croc ate. The man was her tutor. He had a relationship wit her too, but then killed her.moreless
  • I chose revealing because you learn more about crocodiles and alligators than you do about much else - except the stupidity of a certain tennis pro.

    A young girl is kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night and all stops are pulled out to find her. There's some initial interest in a local sex offender, but actually the truth is more complex. She was a tennis student - the next Venus or Serena as her parents put it - but her relationship with her tennis pro teacher is a little more than teacher/student.

    Virginia Madsen - a deeply underrated/underused actress - is great as the distraught mother and the story pans out quite well. When an arm is discovered having been chomped on by an alligator in comes real life expert Jeff Corwin to explain that it's actually been eaten by a crocodile.

    There are a few too many lectures in this episode for my taste. Jeff Corwin gets to let us know about the endangered species and we are told at great length about the difference in approach to the investigation of the disappearance of white, middle class girls and hispanic ones. All very important issues, but they could have been slightly more cleverly placed. They appear a bit clunky here.

    I wasn't wholly convinced by the culprit - what exactly what his motive? He wasn't actually committing a crime by seducing the girls, even though they were young. His motives for killing Consuela didn't really come across - it seems like his prime motivation was seduction not murder and he could have got away with it a lot longer.

    I do like the scene with Delko & Calleigh where he says to get any police involvement you have to be blonde and blue-eyed. No offence. None taken, says Calleigh, my eyes are green. It's unfortunate that given her pony tails and the lighting it's not actually obvious she's even really blonde!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)

Elizabeth Densmore

Elizabeth Densmore


Guest Star

Jeff Corwin

Jeff Corwin


Guest Star

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning

Molly Walker

Guest Star

Sofia Milos

Sofia Milos

Detective Yelina Salas

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Goof: When the mom tosses her rose into the water there is one already there. But when Horatio tosses in his rose, there is only one rose already in the water, there should be two, the mother's and the father's.

    • Delko attended the University of Miami.

    • Goof: There are at least three rackets in the sequence. The racket given to the dead girl might not be one in the sequence but it gave them the idea to check every one of his students for gift rackets as well as his own personal rackets.

    • Goof: In this episode, it is stated for the first half hour that the missing young girl is 14, and then the CSI crew find out she's 16 after she is found in the Motel room. But in the show's first 5 minutes, when Horatio takes the Missing photo, and info printout out of the computer, it CLEARLY STATES her date of birth as August 15th, 1987 thus making her 16.

    • Goof: The investigators link the missing girl (Consuela) to the tennis pro by showing that the string which bound her foot matched the string on her tennis racket (given by the killer) to the spool of string in his bag. Like so: foot matches the racket matches the spool. However, this would mean that first string off the spool was for the foot - (the girl being bound or dead), then the next string off the spool would be for the racket (which he gave her as a gift). An impossible sequence.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (while examining the crocodile's stomach contents)
      Jeff: Nothing unusual... some fish... some crab... some... a foot.

    • Speed: (to Calleigh, while watching a sex tape recovered as evidence) Now that's different...
      Calleigh: Someone's been doing yoga!

    • Jake Grant: (Journalist with the Sun Times doing a story on CSI)
      It's a list of names…
      Horatio: Yes. In the last 12 months, Jake, 7 Hispanic girls and 5 black girls disappeared right here in Miami and not one of them made it to the front page.
      Jake Grant: What's your point?
      Horatio: What's my point? Make it your next story!

    • (While, strictly for business, Calleigh and Speedle are watching a "hot" video tape)
      A colleague: You guys have a stapler?
      Calleigh: No, but you are the third one to ask in the last 10 minutes. Do you want us to burn you a copy?

    • Calleigh: So I guess the kidnapper was driving a red sports car. It's not exactly subtle…
      Speed: Neither is murder.

    • Eric: If you want any real attention in this world, you've got to have blonde hair and blue eyes... no offence.
      Calleigh: None taken, my eyes are green.

    • Horatio: I'm the fibre king.

  • NOTES (3)