CSI: Miami

Season 8 Episode 13

Die By The Sword

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 18, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Natalia's injury jeopardizes her and Ryan, meanwhile, a strange investigation where a man is chopped in half baffles the CSI's.

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  • Horatio and the team investigate the murder of a man who was cut in half. The investigation leads Horatio to a high ranking figure in the Japanese Mafia. Meanwhile, the hearing damage Natalia sustained on a previous case puts her and Ryan in danger.moreless

    8.0
    One of the better episodes this season. A big reason why is because of its well written script. It was obvious that the Japanese crime boss had more in mind that just being reunited with his son, but I liked how the viewer kept guessing what exactly the reason was until the story's climax. It was made better by the fact that it was a plausible reason. Another positive point is the that Natalia's hearing damage is being addressed. I hear echoes of a similar storyline from "CSI" when Grissom had hearing problems, but I like the point being made.moreless
  • The csi team investigates a murder blah blah blah...

    1.0
    I stopped watching CSI: Miami roughly after the 2nd or 3rd season because it was pretty ridiculous (yes, tv allows for some suspension of belief). However, I happen to catch episodes sporadically, usually when another person turns the channel to watch. This is such an episode. And, more reinforcement as to why I stopped watching CSI: Miami. Nevermind the outrageous and completely unbelievable "tech" used by the team (Star Trek tech is more believable), or the wierd borderline pedophilic creepiness of Caruso's character with regard to any child on any given episode. No, this centers on something specific to this episode: the japanese (or, specifically, lack thereof). None, of the asian actors were japanese. None. The kid who is supposed to be full japanese, is obviously happa as is the supposed motorcycle riding mafia henchman. Speaking of the henchman, his character name is "Aiko". That is undeniably, inarguably, beyond a reasonable doubt a woman's name. And, no, it's not like "Stacey" or "Sandy" in western culture. No male would be given a female name in Japanese culture. Oh, and no Japanese national (let alone a yakuza) would have chinese characters (yes, kanji are chinese characters in origin) as a tattoo like the henchman had on his upper back. That would be like an American having the letters for "Honor" or "Pride" tattooed on his/her body (nevertheless, it happens). A tattoo of japanese (or, in this case, chinese) imagery does not constitute a japanese style tattoo. This all shows to me a lack of cultural research and lack of cultural awareness. What does all this have to do with the validity of the show? Well, I cannot enjoy the show if I cannot believe that the characters are believable. And, these characters are not believable



    The same researchers must also work on the original CSI set as well as the latest espisode there shows the same ineptitude, ignorance, and insensitivity toward japanese/japanese-american culture.moreless
  • The bizzare case of a man chopped in half leads Horatio and team on a tale of secrets, lies, love and Japanese's mafia while Ryan and Natalia have another close call with death.moreless

    10
    I just wanted to start off by saying Booboo Steward was a brileant Kenny and played the part perfectly, he was so cute and innocent he had to have a happy ending and I'm glad he got one.



    Ryan was very iritable this episode, not only with his and Natalia's slight arguement (though I do agree with him) and then with the sprinklers.... someone woke up on the wrong side of the Wolfe house!



    The plot was original, I know many a cop show have used the Mafia and Yakusa but this wasn't your average gang shooting or drug running, it was a famliy affair over a lost son, a desperate mother, a greedy father and a kind adoptive father...very well written!



    Only thing that confused me was Natalia and the doctor's talk. He said the injury was there before the blast yet still rescent. Nick has been dead a long time so X him out but who did it?...hopefully not more men drama for Nat,if so I feel bad for her though I hope it's Ryan to the rescue this time, such a cute couple!



    All in all this was one of my favorite episodes and a defiant favorite of the season, now hopefully the writers will stay on track and not blow this out of purportion or rush the script so it makes no sense!



    But hey thats just wishfull thinking!moreless
  • Great episode!

    9.0
    I'm not sure if there has ever been another episode with somebody being murdered with a sword. I don't think it has and in case it has, it's very rare.



    Which also makes this episode a little extra good! I like how they made it seem as if Yamada was a caring, loving father with feelings. I actually fell for it. It was sort of fun to imagine a mobster with feelings and looking for his lost son. Poor boy though, first his adopted father is murdered and then his real one, although I don't think he grieved very much for the loss of the real one.moreless
Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric Delko

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Jesse Cardoza (Episode 168+)

Jonathan Togo

Jonathan Togo

Ryan Wolfe (Episodes 54+, Recurring Previously)

Rex Linn

Rex Linn

Detective Frank Tripp (Episode 98+ Recurring Previously)

Eva LaRue

Eva LaRue

Natalia Boa Vista (Episode 98+ Recurring Previously)

Brian McGovern

Brian McGovern

Russell Turner

Guest Star

Roger Yuan

Roger Yuan

Takashi Yamada

Guest Star

Lewis Tan

Lewis Tan

Aiko Okanagi

Guest Star

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Tom Loman

Recurring Role

Christopher Redman

Christopher Redman

Michael Travers

Recurring Role

Brad Leland

Brad Leland

Det. John "Sully" Sullivan

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ryan: Ever since the meth lab, you've been walking around like everything's okay, but it isn't. You go, and you get your ears checked by a doctor.
      Natalia: Really? Then what am I supposed to do? It's gonna get out, and then I've got a big check mark next to my name, and I'm just like damaged goods.
      Ryan: Take this to DNA. And do not go back out in the field. You get your ears checked out by a doctor, before someone gets killed.

    • Walter: Hey, Travers, let me ask you something. What kind of messed up world are we living in that a guy can't go for a stroll without getting cut in half?
      Travers: Same kind of world that keeps me employed, I suppose.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Přeťat vedví (Cut in Two)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: April 21, 2010 on JOJ
      Australia: May 24, 2010 on Channel 9
      United Kingdom: October 5, 2010 on Five
      Norway: November 16, 2010 on TVNorge
      Germany: December 7, 2010 on RTL
      Finland: January 3, 2011 on MTV3
      Czech Republic: September 29, 2011 on TV Nova

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