CSI: Miami

Season 8 Episode 16

LA

3
Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Mar 01, 2010 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A killer may return to the streets because of a secret from Jesse's past and cost him his job.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Horatio and Eric go to LA to clear Jesse's name. The same man who murdered his wife in LA and got off is involved in another murder at his new home in Miami. Jesse was accused of evidence tampering and Horatio must go to LA to clear his name.moreless

    7.5
    A stellar cast for what ends up being a bit of a letdown in the end. We Have Malcolm McDowell as the sleazebag attorney of "Porn King" Bruce Enright played convincingly by Paul Blackthorne. Also appearing as Enright's security and former Miami Dolphin's football player Coop Daly is Michael Madsen. We also had Kristina Klebe as the rape victim and Sheri Moon Zombie as the photographer who had the important pictures in LA. We're not done yet as William Forsythe plays LA Police Captain Chris Sutter who had been Cardoza's boss. We even have a little cameo by Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top to put the cherry on the sundae!



    Despite this stellar cast the episode had no heart. Horatio and Eric do an excellent job in LA and the detective work is quite remarkable, but otherwise things are thinly veiled and the story is full of holes. In both cases, the LA one and the Miami one they would have had the perpetrator dead to rights and even a razzle dazzle lawyer would not have gotten him off. Horatio's scenes with the attorney were suspect at best. I don't think either one of them would be that impressed with the other. Despite Horatio's evidence I think the attorney would have not have been scared of to the United Arab Emirates.



    Overall the acting is a little stiff and in a way the writing was not much better. I recorded this as it looked like an outstanding story when advertised. I'll be more careful in the future. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • If ever you wanted CSI:LA, this was you chance because apparently All the leaves are brown And the sky is gray I've been for a walk On a winter's day I'd be safe and warm If I was in L.A. California dreamimoreless

    7.0
    This episode should have been a two parter - because it sucked as a single episode. It had stars galore but was a really under played under stated under developed episode, even by Miami standards. Try Luc Besson next time. The only thing I saw was a rehashed episode with some of the Halloween cast. Man, it's fluff piece when you crash a ZZ Top shoot without the other ZZ Top members. Lame. Lame. Lame. And boy it was great to see the goofy Eric Delko, he will be returning next season. I think it is great and there will be some guaranteed friction between him and Jesse. I'm looking forward to it.moreless
  • Horatio and Delko travel to Los Angeles to clear Detective Cardoza's name and help put an eccentric businessman, who beat a murder accusation in Los Angeles because then LAPD officer Cardoza was accused of evidence tampering, behind bars.moreless

    7.0
    This episode did not exactly live up to its hype, but it was not a bad episode. The characters played by Paul Blackthorne, Michael Madsen and Malcolm McDowell seemed like cliches to me. Their dialouge seemed a bit contrived. They where more cartoon characters than actors. The same could be said for William Forsyth's character. Yet, despite that, I found myself interested in the story and how it was going to end up. Adam Rodriguez and David Caruso deliver top notch performances here (as usual) which helps make this episode tolerable. Not one of the season's best, but it's good.moreless
  • Horatio and Delko travel to LA to clear Cardoza of an evidence tampering allegation that threatens the prosecution in current Miami murder case.

    4.0
    What a waste of slumming talent. No wonder CBS promoted the episode on the basis of Rob Zombie directing and William Forsythe, Malcolm McDowell, and Micheal Madsen guest starring, because nothing happened. In contrast to Quentin Tarantino's episode of CSI, which was a reaffirmation and reenergizing of what was right with that series at the time, Zombie's CSI: Miami episode is a sonambulistic flashback of most this series' shortcomings with no redeeming qualities outside of Horatio not taking off his glasses in the teaser.



    What can you say about a show whose best scene was an establishing shot of LA to "California Dreamin'" ending with a heliocopter landing? A recording of the murder of an actress is traced back to a bug planted by Jesse Cardoza in the house of a pornographer who escaped a murder conviction in Los Angeles two years earlier that Jesse seems obsessed about. To prevent the defense from painting Cardoza as a rogue cop and discredit the tape, Horatio and Delko go to Los Angeles to clear Cardoza of screwing up the earlier case, which makes about as much sense as the Penguin expressing disdain for the voters clearing Batman of murder. There's virtually no pretext as to who the villains are, the Los Angeles police in the CSI universe once again gets a black eye as corrupt, and the episode just plods along. Once again, Caine strikes out on his own case that has little to do with the initial crime the team is investigating. On top of that, the episode is haphazardly directed. Micheal Madsen is still wearing an untied bowtie and Ryan Wolff is wearing the same clothes during their second interview even though at least a day has presumably passed between the interviews. Would Karen Graviola or Joe Chappelle been that careless? I doubt it. Would the episode have been improved if it had started with the LA montage and flashed back to the murder after the opening credits or if any characters from "LA Brass" had been incorporated into the story? Probably not, but I doubt it could have made this episode any worse.moreless
  • Quite disappointed.

    7.5
    I am a little disappointed with this episode because I actually feel it was too short. I would have wanted it to be longer. I also don't feel that this is a huge hit because of Rob Zombie. I read so much about how he would leave his mark on CSI Miami and make lik the scariest episode ever. I was so disappointed with that, because this wasn't scary or diferent from other episodes.

    It might as well have been directed by somebody else. What I did like however, was the fact that Jesse was put in a bad spot. He is a very good man and I like him, but it's always fun to watch the charachters squirm a little and be put in a difficult spot. I loved how Horatio said shut up to Enright and how he kind of blew off Nevins. I don't like Nevins very much. It was nice seeing Eric again! I miss him.

    And unusal choice of song for the opening scene in LA. California Dreamin' was perfect and it was nice hearing a older song in the show. If the episode would have been longer, like two parts, it would have been better or if Zombie had actually done some extremely unusual.moreless
David Caruso

David Caruso

Lieutenant Horatio Caine

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Eddie Cibrian

Eddie Cibrian

Jesse Cardoza

Jonathan Togo

Jonathan Togo

Ryan Wolfe

Rex Linn

Rex Linn

Detective Frank Tripp

Eva LaRue

Eva LaRue

Natalia Boa Vista

Paul Blackthorne

Paul Blackthorne

Bruce Enright

Guest Star

William Forsyth

William Forsyth

Cpt. Chris Sutter

Guest Star

Sheri Moon Zombie

Sheri Moon Zombie

Olivia Burch

Guest Star

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric Delko

Recurring Role

Christian Clemenson

Christian Clemenson

Tom Loman

Recurring Role

Wesley A. Ramsey

Wesley A. Ramsey

Dave Benton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Horatio arrives in L.A. there's a shot of him overlooking the Hollywood sign which is similar to the one of him overlooking the Miami Skyline.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Nevins: Okay, but the cloud around it drove him here to Miami, and so here we are again with Cardoza's dirty evidence. My advice, Horatio: Fire him.
      Horatio: Out of the question.
      Nevins: Suit yourself. But not only will I reject this evidence, I will reject all evidence that Cardoza has anything to do with. He is compromising your lab.
      Horatio: Well, then I have no choice but to clear his name.

    • Horatio: You're a pornographer, Mr. Enright.
      Mr. Enright: It's adult entertainment. It's a multibillion-dollar business. A very legitimate movie business.
      Horatio: Well, then, roll credits, Mr. Enright.
      Mr. Enright: I'm sorry?
      Horatio: That's a wrap.

    • Ryan: That's your story? You're gonna stick with that?
      Coop Daly: Not only am I gonna stick with it, but it's the truth, pint-size.
      Ryan: I'm 5-9.
      Coop Daly: (laughs) My pants are 5-9.

  • NOTES (4)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic: Manžetový knoflíček (Cufflink)

    • Featured Music:
      California Dreamin by Mamas and the Papas
      Virgin Witch by Rob Zombie

    • William Forsythe, Malcolm McDowell, Kristina Klebe, and Sheri Moon Zombie starred together in the 2007 film Halloween directed by Rob Zombie. Sheri and Malcolm returned for Halloween 2 the following year.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: March 1, 2010 on CTV
      Slovakia: May 12, 2010 on JOJ
      Australia: June 14, 2010 on Channel 9
      New Zealand: September 19, 2010 on TV3
      United Kingdom: October 26, 2010 on Five
      Norway: December 7, 2010 on TVNorge
      Finland: January 24, 2011 on MTV3
      Germany: March 22, 2011 on RTL
      Czech Republic: October 20, 2011 on TV Nova

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