CSI: Miami

Season 4 Episode 3

Prey

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 03, 2005 on CBS
8.5
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Episode Summary

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The search of a missing 18-year-old girl, whose trip to Miami turns into an ongoing nightmare.

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  • Prey

    9.6
    A teenager goes missing and the team investigates the dark side of Miami's night club scene. Jennifer willson (the girl who's parents were killed by the closet guy) may be in trouble. Sarah's purse was dropped meaning she's still alive. The owner of the car hired his secretary to hide her purse. The friend lied and said she wasn't with Tina but she was with her on a boat until 5 and they went to a play ground and got more drunk and found her body in the bushes. Sarahs' parents put a hidden camera in her car. The other friend killed him.moreless
  • An interesting storyline which was for the most part well handled.

    9.3
    Overall this episode was really good. The storyline was moving and well-written, apparently inspired by the Natalee Holloway case. There were a few flaws, but overall an episode which caught my interest.



    I liked the fact that they dared to show the girl as flawed but not deserving of her fate. Especially since it was inspired by a real event they could have easily portrayed the victim, Sarah, as a person who never went over the top and did nothing to contribute to her own fate. On the other hand they could also have gone overboard in the other direction, painting her up as a teen out of control who just about asked to end up the way she did. Instead they chose the middle road. She was a party girl, made out with guys in the back of her car, had sex with people she didn't know... but she didn't deserve what happened to her. I really liked the fact that one of the CSI actually said something along the lines of her behaviour might have invited the perpetrator, and another CSI established that no matter how she acted nobody had the right to do that to her. Shining a light both on the fact that the way she acted can bring on people who do that to you, and the fact that it does not make the murder/rape okay.



    The big downside to this episode was that there was too much focus on things that ended up useless in the end. Far too much screentime devoted to the storyline with the travel agency and the purse, which ended up having nothing to do with what happened in the end. Not that I don't like the fact that they investigate leads which turn out to be not as important as you might think, but this time around there was just too much focus on that lead. They also spent too much time around everything else concerning the car, as it turned out that after the car she went with her friend and partied for a long time, she did not disappear from her car.



    I also thought that it was a bit over the top to have everything take place within the space of a day. That's the way it mostly is, most cases on all three CSI shows seem to be solved within 24 hours. I don't really get why they do that, each episode can technically span over a week, they are working far too fast for it to be logical.



    But all in all it was a good episode, with a moving storyline. Not one of the best, but far from one of the worst.moreless
  • Usual stuff.

    6.0
    Missing folk and boats have come up in CSI: Miami before. So this is a run of the mill episode. This episode, comes at a time when CSI: Miami has be revealed to be the most watched show around the world, above Lost and sister show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. This I find surprising given Miami's often perfectly good but not perfectly great consistency (Though the less said about the greater part of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation season six the better, the previous five still trounce Miami)



    This week the case of a missing girl dominates showing how there is drinking inequality in that men can binge drink without critisism but women are taken to task for putting their safety at risk. It shows the danger of drugs and drinking. The focus seems slightly skewed to the Detective side of policing rather than the forensic side which is a shame as it sidelines the other CSIs and the assortment of lab techs that recur every few weeks.



    The suspects this week were telegraphed, the red herrings obvious whilst the victims father raises questions about how far parents should watch their kids. It also seems unlikely that the victims friend would lie given the gravity of the situation.



    Still for some mild entertainment this wasn't a bad episode.moreless
  • Great Ep

    9.0
    I actually liked this episode. I thought it was very well put together and kept me guessing til the very end. I also liked seeing Samuel Page again. I have liked him ever since I first saw him on All My Children and then on the now-cancelled Point Pleasant. I can see the similarities to the Natalee Holloway case, but I don't see that as the CSI writers profiting from her disappearance at all. Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU use "ripped from the headlines" cases all the time. I think it keeps the shows real and current.moreless
  • A good one

    9.1
    A good episode... with some interesting suspense going on while we do not know if the girl is alive or not...! The introduction of the suspect for the septfather is a bit obviuos but still worked.

    Plus the mistery concerning Horatio starts to unfold.

    Overall I find it a good series classic that kept people in the doubt until the end!
Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric "Delko" Delektorsky

David Caruso

David Caruso

Lieutenant Horatio Caine

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Jonathan Togo

Jonathan Togo

Ryan Wolfe (Episodes 54+, Recurring Previously)

Khandi Alexander

Khandi Alexander

Chief Medical Examiner Alexx Woods

Erica Hubbard

Erica Hubbard

Tina Saunders

Guest Star

Sarah Wright (VII)

Sarah Wright (VII)

Sarah Jennings

Guest Star

Timothy Omundson

Timothy Omundson

Ted Griffin

Guest Star

Brendan Fehr

Brendan Fehr

Dan Cooper

Recurring Role

Boti Bliss

Boti Bliss

M. Valera

Recurring Role

Rex Linn

Rex Linn

Detective Frank Tripp

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When they are tracing the video feed from the car back to a hotel room, they show a final IP address (it says that is what it is on the monitor) of 359.xxx.xxx.xxx -- Anyone seriously familiar with computers knows that each "letter" of the 4-"letter" IP address goes from 0 to 255 (255=an important binary number less 1).

      Hence, "359" is not a valid IP address.

  • QUOTES (6)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Introducing a flashback in which Sarah vomits, she is said to have done "an Exorcist." This is a reference to the scene in The Exorcist where Regan vomits violently on Father Karras.

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