CSI: Miami

Season 2 Episode 21

Not Landing

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 03, 2004 on CBS
8.7
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After a small plane crashes at a Miami beach and the pilot dies, Horatio finds remnants at the crash site of chemical used in making cocaine, and it seems that the victim's business partner may have sabotaged the aircraft. However, when evidence suggests that the pilot may have died before the crash, the team investigates the victim's neighbors – all wealthy residents of a secluded cul-de-sac where lust, jealousy and greed are dangerous motives for murder.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Not Landing

    9.5
    A prop plane crashes into a Miami Beach. They were smuggling something. The pilot covered up the registration number. He was hiding something. Someone sabotaged the tank. The planes' man was killed by carbon monoxide. Another man was with the victims wife having an affair. Wendy told him to turn the radio off b/c her husband was talking. One of the speakers in their house was a camera. The drill bit makes a very distinctive hole and his neighbor was killed by the same one. A woman did the whole equation for a new engine. Adam took the patent and she took his life. She almost got away.moreless
  • Gets extra points for a good opening and the presence of Annabeth Gish.

    8.5
    But it is an average episode. It's fun to watch and it does the usual CSI thing of the obvious suspect not being the culprit, but there's something just a little unexciting about the whole thing, despite the very promising beginning.



    So basically a plane crashes on the beach - good effect. I was surprised the people weren't running before the lifeguard's whistle. They were all looking horror-struck and it was obvious what was going to happen. I'd have been off that beach like an Olympic sprinter. Anyway, plane crashes and the trail leads to a business partner with possibly nefarious motives and a community with enough affairs going on to populate a soap opera for a good few episodes. I think the reason this one didn't do it for me that much is because it feels a little more like a soap than a CSI.



    So we have affairs, hidden video cameras, murder, possible smuggling, forumlas and equations - but the sum of the parts is a little disappointing.



    Good to see Annabeth Gish here though - never knew why she didn't become a bigger star. And dear Susan Misner too - I think she's trying singlehandedly to work her way through every cop show on TV! She seems to be in everything! Not complaining, she's a good actress.



    So, much like Knots Landing, the soap on which the show's title was based, some good acting, and interesting enough script, but nothing really special.moreless
  • Gets extra points for a good opening and the presence of Annabeth Gish.

    8.5
    But it is an average episode. It's fun to watch and it does the usual CSI thing of the obvious suspect not being the culprit, but there's something just a little unexciting about the whole thing, despite the very promising beginning.



    So basically a plane crashes on the beach - good effect. I was surprised the people weren't running before the lifeguard's whistle. They were all looking horror-struck and it was obvious what was going to happen. I'd have been off that beach like an Olympic sprinter. Anyway, plane crashes and the trail leads to a business partner with possibly nefarious motives and a community with enough affairs going on to populate a soap opera for a good few episodes. I think the reason this one didn't do it for me that much is because it feels a little more like a soap than a CSI.



    So we have affairs, hidden video cameras, murder, possible smuggling, forumlas and equations - but the sum of the parts is a little disappointing.



    Good to see Annabeth Gish here though - never knew why she didn't become a bigger star. And dear Susan Misner too - I think she's trying singlehandedly to work her way through every cop show on TV! She seems to be in everything! Not complaining, she's a good actress.



    So, much like Knots Landing, the soap on which the show's title was based, some good acting, and interesting enough script, but nothing really special.moreless
  • An average episode

    8.8
    Not one of the best episodes but still interesting enough.



    A small plane crashes on the beach, the pilot is dead. The team investigate & discover that the pilot may have died before the plane crashed and that he may have been involed with drugs.



    When Horatio & his team investigate further & question the victims wife & neighbours they find that one of his neighbours has hidden cameras in several bedrooms & has a bookcase full of tapes . Those tapes help them to find the murderer.



    Only one thing I didn't find very realistic was Horatio outrunning the plane on the runway.

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  • High Flying Murder! Great Thrills! Non Stop Action! This episode has the first one. Now, if it only could have had te other two.

    8.3
    The opening scence to this episode is the best part of the show. It starts out with a beach full of people doing what a beach full of people do. Slowly a few people look up in the sky and notice a plan heading right for them. Panic sets in and the plane crashes into the sand. With an opening like that, there is nowhere to go but down.



    The story centers on people whose backyard is an airfield. I really like when these shows do something specific to their location. In this case, though, the airpark community acted like the guys and gals of Knots Landing. The usual suspects show up and eventually the killer is revealed. However, there is not a redeemable character in the lot, and even the so called victim was dealing drugs.



    The acting of the main characters is spot on and they sell the story well. The climax leaves a little to be desired. (A car outruns a plane down a runway, how realistic is that?) All in all, it was not a bad show. It just never lived up to the promise of the opening sequence.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)

Amy Simon

Amy Simon

Beachgoer

Guest Star

Chris McCafferty

Chris McCafferty

Beachgoer

Guest Star

Tom Schanley

Tom Schanley

Adam Decker

Guest Star

Sofia Milos

Sofia Milos

Detective Yelina Salas

Recurring Role

Brooke Bloom

Brooke Bloom

Cynthia Wells

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: Towards the middle of the episode, a lab tech makes the comment, "since oil is heavier than water." However, oil is in fact lighter than water.

    • Goof: In the early analysis of the crash, Horatio goes through the sequence of events leading to the crash with a model airplane in his hand. He incorrectly states that after the valve is detonated, releasing the chemicals, the center of gravity shifts aft (towards the back of the aircraft), causing the plane to pitch up, stall, and then crash. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Since the cargo was loaded in bladders in the aft end of the airplane, the center of gravity would already be aft, compared to an "empty" plane with just the pilot. With the cargo gone, the center of gravity shifts forward, causing a pitch down. This effect would have been compounded by the fact that the airplane would have had some nose-down trim added to counteract the aft center of gravity. The real result would have been a nose dive to the ground – not a stall – with the angle depending on the nose-down trim setting.

    • Goof: The equation on the pillows for the fuel cell, even if fictitious, does not add up. On the top right corner it has "2H2O+O2 => 2H2O," when on the bottom left of the pillow (and more correctly) it states the net is "2H2+O2 => 2H2O."

    • Goof: Horatio points out that a suspect has a drop of potassium permanganate on his shoe. Potassium permanganate is a purple solid, and even in low concentrations, the solution is rather purplish. Yet the liquid shown was clear.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Horatio: He took your idea, and then you took his life.
      Heddy: You can't prove that.
      Horatio: A word to the wise: this is where you deny the accusation.
      Heddy: Am I under arrest?
      Horatio: Mmm... not yet.

    • (Eric and Calleigh go over a "peeping Tom's" videos)
      Calleigh: Reality Tv, can I watch?
      Eric: Yeah, have a seat.
      Calleigh: Tell me when I have to look away.
      Eric: That's the thing, you never have to.
      Calleigh: What are you telling me?
      Eric: That Jeff Lathan should probably see a doctor about the little blue pill.
      Calleigh: Oh! That explains why he didn't want us to watch the tape.

    • Speed: Do you realize that you blew up your own cell phone, by putting explosives in it?
      Aaron: Yeah, in the battery compartment.
      Speed: So what are you crazy?
      Aaron: Hey look some guys like to keep alcohol in their cars, video games... I like to go to the Everglades, blow things up... it's a sport.

    • (Alexx survives a booby trap bomb)
      Speed: Figured you'd take a sick day.
      Alexx: A little excitement doesn't mean life stops... or death.

    • Eric: Looks like the autopilot was engaged.
      NTSB Tech: Plane flies itself until it's told otherwise.
      Calleigh: Why did it stop flying?
      NTSB Tech: Could have flown into a rain cloud, wings could have iced up.
      Eric: Ice changes the shape of the wing, disrupts the airflow.
      Calleigh: That's ironic: who could've guessed that ice could kill you in Miami.
      NTSB Tech: A good pilot could've regained control before it hit the beach.
      Eric: Yeah, not a dead one.

    • (Eric inspects the plane wreckage)
      Eric: I have a scrape here.
      Speed: Yeah, you're going to have a few scrapes 'cause the plane crashed.

    • (Speed uses the trace-sniffer on a suspect)
      Wes: What is this?
      Speed: Oh, it's just a little toy we have for sniffing out residues.
      Wes: Like what?
      Horatio: Like RDX, which is an explosive we found on the fuselage.

    • (An airplane crash-lands on a Miami beach)
      Horatio: I think this one has been helped along.
      Det. Salas: You mean sabotage?
      Horatio: Nope, I mean murder.

    • Speedle: (to Alexx, about undressing the body) You need some help?
      Alexx: Nah. I could undress a dead man in my sleep.
      Speedle: Leaving that one alone.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Title: "Not Landing"
      The title of this episode is a play on the title of the CBS primetime soap opera Knots Landing, which ran from 1979 to 1993 and centered on characters who lived in a California cul-de-sac. Coincidentally, Boyd Kestner, who appears in this episode, had a recurring role on Knots Landing during its 13th and 14th seasons as the character Alex Barth.

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