CSI: Miami

Season 4 Episode 5

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 17, 2005 on CBS
8.7
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Three suburban housewives on a girls' weekend in Miami are the prime suspects when the hotel's handsome pool boy is found murdered. When Horatio is tipped off that his team is facing a surprise efficiency review, he must trust Calleigh, Delko and Ryan to work together to find the killer. However, when they independently follow the evidence, each discovers that their analysis points to a different killer.moreless

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  • An fun and interesting episode, but completely implausible.

    8.5
    This was one of the most interesting and fun episodes of CSI Miami, but too bad it was also one of the more implausible ones.

    Here we are led to believe that a guy can be clubbed on the head 3 times with an iron stick, causing "a pint of blood" (as CSIs estimated) on the floor and blood spatter on the ceiling, and then, not only does he survive, rather than rush himself to hospital (or call the police...) he proceeds to have sex with the first woman he sees for two hours (!), until he hits his head on the bed, and faints. He wakes up (despite one CSI being convinced that the bed's blow was lethal), and again instead of going to hospital he fights with a third woman, who is apparently superwoman, as she is able to throw him over a very high staircase handrail. The man, as you guessed it, also miraculously survives this several-story fall, and when he comes to (for absurd reasons, in the hotel manager's car's boot), again, instead of going to hospital or to the police to report all these murder and kidnapping attempts - he decides to go back to the hotel, where all his attempted-assasins and kidnappers hang out. What a rational decision... And where does he go inside the hotel? Into the laundry room, where his final murderer gets him. I guess he wanted to wash his shirt, which got soiled in all those attempts on his life ;-) It's a very interesting and twisted story, but hardly plausible or believable, unfortunately.moreless
  • An intersting twist on the Rashomon formula, where not only do the suspects all have their own stories, but this time all of them are true.

    8.0
    In a showcase for Emily Procter, Jonathan Togo, and Adam Rodriguez, the team of Duquesne, Delko, and Wolfe are left to run a case themselves in a mostly Horatio-free episode. A death of a hotel employee leads each CSI to a different conclusion.

    Borrowing from the Japanese classic Rashomon, where 4 defendants each have their own version of what happened, 3 hotel guests each have their own story to tell regarding the death of a hotel employee. Departing from the formula, each guest is actually telling the truth, believes themselves to be at least partly responsible, and is supported by evidence. Knowing all three stories can't be true, the CSI team has to let the evidence lead them to the killer.

    While both the various interpretations by the guests/suspects and some misinterpretations by the CSIs regarding their co-workers provide the twist, it also serves to reveal some communication problems between the co-workers, something that Horatio's few scenes indicate will likely be addressed in coming episodes. It's also the episode's one flaw, as there being such poor communication at a major metropolitan crime lab is a bit tough to believe, so it being the driver of a storyline feels a bit like cheating.

    Still, the CSI franchise tried something a bit new and came away with another interesting hour.moreless
  • wife's weekend,no sex Calleigh, Eric and Ryan each take different part of the penthouse to be examined. Which then each come up with their own theories contradicting to others.

    9.5
    So typical of cleaning, using all the hotel towels. Here is when the trust between the three is challenged. As incidents showed things that what is seen is not what it is. If you judged thing only from the way it is, it might cause. The three of them forgot the main thing that they need to do, to meet with ALex and comfirm what is the COD, cause of death. First rule, never assumed anything. Then the three combined their story together, then found out that their suspect might not be the killer after all. So who killed the pool guy??moreless
  • Cool way to tell the story!

    10
    This was a very special episode for two reasons: I loved the different perspectives from which the story was told (by Calleigh, Ryan and Eric) and ...it was virtually David Caruso-free :D! I'm sorry, but I can't stand the posing that has to pass as acting with him, it used to not be so bad but it's just becoming more overpronounced and ridiculous with each episode IMO. Half the time you're wondering who on earth he's talking to as he's turned sideways, what's that about?? And the sunglasses on/off thing is very distracting. The one-liners at the start are usually good though, but that's the script ;)moreless
  • When the team gets called to a high priced hotel to investigate the death of a poolboy the evidence leads them to three different killers.

    10
    This episode is crucial to the story plot of season four. It is in this episode that we learn that someone is out to get the Crime Lab because of the character flaws of Horatio's team. This episode is one of the better ones this season it breathes fresh air into a already great season. It includes more twists and turns than the team is normally used to and it shows that while the team is very close to being perfect there are things the can do to improve their performance. This episode is well rounded and includes all the elements that makes this show the best of all the CSI series.moreless
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

Vincent Rivera

Vincent Rivera

Armando Diaz

Guest Star

Corey Stoll

Corey Stoll

Craig Seaborn

Guest Star

Grainger Hines

Grainger Hines

Chief James Burton

Guest Star

Boti Bliss

Boti Bliss

Valera

Recurring Role

Rex Linn

Rex Linn

Detective Frank Tripp

Recurring Role

Eva LaRue

Eva LaRue

Natalia Boa Vista

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Ryan found the contact it was all crumpled up, and he took pictures of it that way. But when he showed the suspect pictures of the contact it was perfecting laid out nice and neat.

  • QUOTES (13)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode bears a striking resemblance to the CSI episode "Rashomama", where the story is told in everyone's different perspective. Each of the investigators has a different story to tell with a different outcome as they twist together with each telling.
      Both are - a now often used - reference to the 1950 movie Roshomon by Akira Kurosawa: a crime is described by its four suspects, each one giving more detail and providing complete different versions.

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