CSI: Miami

Season 7 Episode 11

Tipping Point

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Dec 15, 2008 on CBS
9.2
out of 10
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Episode Summary

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Local tipsters help the CSI's fight to save their neighborhood from a violent street gang's attempt to take over the area.

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  • Great until the bomb scene

    5.0
    This is yet another great episode from the CSI family except for the bomb scene. What the hell was Horatio thinking! With 30 seconds to go he takes the time to untie the girl and then carrys her out anyway! And as for the bomb blast - oh please, how daft was that. Here we see our brave Horatio carrying the damsal in distress when the bomb goes off. Poor mere mortal Delko gets knocked on his ass but not our Horatio, oh no, he cooly walks away with barely a hair out of place! It was such a shame that they ruined a perfectly good episode ( I would have rated it 8.5 or 9 if it hadn't been for that scene).moreless
  • Not a very good episode

    9.0
    In this episode of CSI: Miami, the following happens. A man, who was buried alive, is killed in a freak accident in a construction site. They soon learn that the victim was a Reverent, who was helping out kids in the neighbourhood. We learn at the end of the episode, that the one who killed the Reverent, was in fact one of the kids he was trying to help. He killed the Reverent, because he was told by the Rev. That if he turned his life around everything would be ok, but the kid couldn't get a job because of his record and blamed the Rev. For this. Overall a boring storyline, which I kind of fell asleep during.moreless
  • I'm pleasantly surprised.

    8.0
    I'm stunned. I actually watched this episode from start to finish and wasn't pained. The script was well written as well as plotted. A man wanting to save neighborhood kids from a violent life is murdered for his efforts. Horatio getting to the bottom of this discovers that his reputation has it's bright spots in his efforts to find a murderer. The script was believable from a frightened tipster, a gangster wanting to make good, ending with a team of CSIs realizing their efforts don't go unrecognized and are reminded that good guys do sometimes prevail over the bad guys.moreless
  • The CSI team uncovers Mr. Michael Olvera who turns up to be a man devoted to preventing children from helping the local gang. Horatio saves a girl from an explosion set up by the main gang Craneos.moreless

    10
    This episode was one of my favorites so far this season. Natalia got some more of the spotlight by helping a poor mother with not a lot of money get the proper burial for her deceased daughter. A girl named Yolanda was attacked by the gang. Horatio found her right before the bomb went off and saved her life. She also got paid for helping the team because she requested it and desperately needed it. Hector Salazar was a man who went against his own gang. He helped Horatio and then was later murdered. This goes to show that people can change. Overall, i thought this episode was above average. I am excited for the rest of the season.moreless
  • The team is lead into the life a murdered reverend who's goal in life was to turn gang members straight.

    9.5
    This was certainly one of the better episodes of the season (not that they were bad). The story opens with the murder (doesn't it always start like that?) of a reverend, well known on his street for turning gang mambers and ex-cons straight. I was able to understand and clearly identify the story of the girl giving her tip to the police for the money, though it was very obvious that there were other motives behind that action. Otherwise they would not have used it in the show. Only rarely do we see casualties like that in pop culture.

    I have to say, I was somewhat hoping that Horatio would be in the house when it exploded. But I imagine that after the shooting on the air strip, they want to dull Horatio down a bit. Though, him bursting through the door in search of the girl made me sit a little straighter in my seat. I really enjoy watching Horatio in action.

    I was particularily drawn to the ending, of which consisted of the finding of the person who set the bomb off (it was unfortunate that Hector had to die), and the burial of Matteo's sister. Natalia really did that one good.moreless
David Caruso

David Caruso

Lieutenant Horatio Caine

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric "Delko" Delektorsky

Jonathan Togo

Jonathan Togo

Ryan Wolfe (Episodes 54+, Recurring Previously)

Rex Linn

Rex Linn

Detective Frank Tripp (Episode 98+ Recurring Previously)

Eva LaRue

Eva LaRue

Natalia Boa Vista (Episode 98+ Recurring Previously)

Jon Seda

Jon Seda

Hector Salazar

Guest Star

Cara Santana

Cara Santana

Yolanda Ramoz

Guest Star

Jullian Dulce Vida

Jullian Dulce Vida

Raphael Vargas

Guest Star

Boti Bliss

Boti Bliss

Valera

Recurring Role

Amy Laughlin

Amy Laughlin

Erica Sikes

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Horatio had less than half a minute to rescue Yolanda before the bomb went off. It was foolish of him to attempt to untie her hands, when he ended up picking her up and carrying her out anyway.

    • Hector Salazar's motivation for seeking out Horatio's help was because Horatio was the officer responsible for getting justice for another prison mate (Toby Allans), and proving that the killing that happened was in self-defense.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Horatio: Detective Tripp tells me you have information about the murder.
      Yolanda Ramoz: So how much do I get for telling you?
      Horatio: Ms. Ramoz, a man lost his life.
      Yolanda Ramoz: I understand that, Lieutenant, but I got my own life to worry about.
      Frank: Look, depending on where your tip takes our investigation, Crime Stoppers could authorize anywhere from fifty to a thousand dollars.
      Yolanda Ramoz: Really?
      (Horatio looks at the scared girl and nods in agreement)

    • Horatio: You were so happy in prison, Hector, you're on your way back.
      Hector Salazar: Back? No way. See this scar? Some skinhead shanked me while I was asleep. Don't want to go back to that zoo.
      Horatio: Why did you shoot Reverend Olvera?
      Hector Salazar: Reverend Mike? You kidding? Shooting a holy man is bad luck.

    • Hector Salazar: You can keep dogging me, but I saw the light. I'm reformed, Lieutenant. I'm walking proof the system works.
      Horatio: So am I, Hector.

    • Horatio: Okay Hector, what are the explosives for?
      Hector Salazar: I don't know yet, but whatever it is, it's big. That's why I came to you now.
      Horatio: Why me?
      Hector Salazar: There was this kid, when I was inside, killed a guy in his cell. Usually, no one cares if the animals eat each other. But this cop, he didn't look at it that way. Proved it was self-defense. That cop was you, Lieutenant.
      Horatio: Tobey Hollins.
      Hector Salazar: That's him. You gave him justice. So do you still see it that way?
      Horatio: (very softly) Don't disappoint me.

    • (Delco finds a match for the print on the murder weapon)
      Eric: It's Freddy Garcia. I just met him this morning at Reverend Olivera's house. He said he was getting his life straight.
      Calleigh: I guess once you're in, it's too hard to get out.

    • Horatio: What are you gonna do with the reward money?
      Yolanda Ramoz: Don't know. You got me thinking. Rev's place could use some new computers. I think they need the money more than I do.
      Horatio: Good for you, Yolanda.
      Yolanda Ramoz: Lieutenant, thank you.
      (Natalia and Horatio watch the neighbors rebuilding Rev's place)
      Natalia: This is why we do it, isn't it?
      Horatio: Yep … Yep. (Yolanda leaves to go help) This is exactly why we do it.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Hector Salazar: There was this kid, when I was inside, killed a guy in his cell. Usually, no one cares if the animals eat each other. But this cop, he didn't look at it that way. Proved it was self-defense. That cop was you, Lieutenant.
      Horatio: Tobey Hollins.

      Tobey Hollins was a character in episode 4x04 48 hours to life, accused of killing a woman in a boat, sent to lockup, and then proved innocent. But, during a riot while he was in lockup, he killed another inmate, and the team proved it was in self-defense.

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