CSI: Miami

Season 3 Episode 4

Murder in a Flash

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 11, 2004 on CBS
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Episode Summary

E-mails and text messages trigger a mass gathering of students to perform a random task on a golf course. However, as the crowd disperses, the body of a high school student is found. The original message triggering the "flash mob" is traced to a high school senior whose father is a high-powered defense attorney. The case changes direction when Horatio and the team learn that the schoolmaster's daughter may have had something to do with the murder and evidence reveals that the victim was having an affair with his chemistry teacher.moreless

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  • Murder In A Flash

    Flash mobs. Use e-mails and text messages to group together and set up a meeting at a formal place to do something wierd. This time a body was found of a young boy. Found a lot of alcohol on him. Justin Gillespea is the original mob starter. Sarah Mitchell didn't show her phone in the line up. Found coke with blood on the bag in her room. Boy was poisoned with GHB. He was having sex with his teacher. Found acessive amounts of blood on the chair. Woman was killed in drug dealers apt. Dad was going to defend the killer.moreless
  • Flashing balls... nice

    HUGE spoilers!

    I loved this episode, it was nice written and i liked the guest roles, the actors were very good :D

    Both of the cases were pretty interesting... A kid who tries to do good and ends up being a suspect himself... a girl who tries to do good... ending up committing murder...

    A brother who tries to do good by flushing his sister's drugs through the toilet... which ends up being the reason for his sister's murder.

    Justin was my favorite character, nice kid, trying to do good... always... honest, nice and very big morals.

    Stephanie was just too stupid!

    Study hard to get good grades... sure, that's a great thing! But drugging somebody to keep the rest from cheating... dumb.

    If you are so unbelievable smart and all... at least check how much drugs you need to knock somebody out!

    Sorry, but for a smart kid... she was one stupid cow!

    And keeping your mouth shut while one of your best friends get questioned, knowing he's a suspect is even worse.

    The best part of this episode was the end...

    Horatio who talks to Raúl while Fidel gets escorted to the car... "Did he kill my sister?"


    "Did he say why?"

    "... no, no he didn't"

    And then he breaks down... GOSH, if only he knew! He would have killed himself!

    That's what i like so much about Horatio... he is very, very, very nice!

    He isn't just a cop who does his job, no questions asked, he thinks about the feelings of those who are left behind.

    It took me a lot of getting used to him... the way he talks and then walks off... it really took some time to get used to that, but now... it's something i like about him!

    Great episode... even Calleigh didn't irritate me all too much!moreless
  • Well put episode again

    Again this is a well-put episode once again

    Very clever and very creative

    A bunch of rich kids from a privileged school

    Are playing golf as they are opened fire upon

    Not with bullets but with golf balls

    The body of a young boy is discovered

    One of the girls at the schools is a prime suspect but it gets even better

    She was having an affair with the school headmaster

    The CSI Miami squad comes up again with the evidence and arresting the perbertraitor!moreless
  • A body is found on hole 18 righ after a flah mob has come and gone. As the Miami CSIs search to find out who murdered the young boy on the golf course, they find a missing person and they track down her killer.moreless

    This has to be my all time favorite CSI episode. The story line was amazing. It was fantastic that they had a murder story as their plot but inside their plot there was a smaller plot with a murder. David does an amazing job on this episode. He is my favorite character by far. This is also the first CSI that I have cried to. The part that stole me away was the end when Horatio was talking to Rual, who flushed Madonna's drug things down the toliet, and Rual asked why the killer killed her, and even though Horatio knew why, he knew it would kill him and so he said, No, no he didn't.moreless
David Caruso

David Caruso

Lieutenant Horatio Caine

Khandi Alexander

Khandi Alexander

Chief Medical Examiner Alexx Woods

Sofia Milos

Sofia Milos

Yelina Salas

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric Delko

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Teal Redmann

Teal Redmann

Sarah Mitchell

Guest Star

Don Fischer

Don Fischer

Golfer #1

Guest Star

Andrew St. John

Andrew St. John

Daniel Kleiner

Guest Star

Brian Poth

Brian Poth

Tyler Jenson

Recurring Role

Boti Bliss

Boti Bliss

Maxine Valera

Recurring Role

Cristian de la Fuente

Cristian de la Fuente

Sam Belmontes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: The threatening e-mail has two different days of the week in its date header. It reads "Date: Tue, Sun, Oct 3 14:36:14 PST."

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Alexx: What are the odds huh? 100 People throw golf balls at the site of the death.
      Horatio: Those odds are very slim, so question becomes, was the mob sent to draw us to the crime scene or to destroy it?

    • Horatio: You have an ID on him Alexx?
      Alexx: No, not yet, I know he died with an empty stomach and a full bladder, strong smell of alcohol.
      Horatio: Respiratory failure.
      Alexx: Wouldn't be the first one to drink himself to death.

    • Det. Salas: I ran those credit cards, looks like Madonna Arias charged $500 dollars worth of gas since yesterday.
      Horatio: That's an interesting ability for a dead woman.

    • (Eric questions a suspect)
      Suspect: "You're a dead man" is just an expression.
      Eric: No, legally it's a threat.

    • Calleigh: Do you think the parents have any idea that they're paying for their kids to have sex with teachers and buy their grades?
      Eric: I don't know, but it makes me realize what an angel I was.

    • Horatio: Donny is the least of your problem, you're under arrest.
      Fidel: For what? For using a credit card?

    • Justin: Stephanie, if I knew it was you I would have never...
      Stephanie: Yes, you would, that's why I've always liked you Justin... you're honest.

    • Yelina Salas: (revering to the Peacocks at Donny's place) These are guard dogs.
      Horatio: Yup, with feathers.

    • Brooks: You'd be surprised about how aware these kids are about their rights.
      Horatio: No I wouldn't.

    • Calleigh: Martin Gillespie is one of Miami's best defense attorneys…
      Eric: That would explain why his son's answers were so smooth.
      Calleigh: And why our job just got a lot harder!

  • NOTES (2)


    • The concept of a flash mob was pioneered in a 1973 short story, Flash Crowd written by science fiction author Larry Niven and included in his 1973 anthology The Flight of the Horse. He further explored the concept in a second, unrelated short story, The Last Days of the Permanent Floating Riot Club, published in the 1974 anthology A Hole in Space.

      Niven's flash crowds differed from the mob depicted in this episode in that they were supported by teleportation technology. However, the concept is much the same - a random group of individuals converging on a spontaneously chosen time and place.