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CSI: Miami

Season 1 Episode 3

Wet Foot/Dry Foot

Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Oct 07, 2002 on CBS
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Episode Summary

An arm in a shark's gullet and a girl who was shot at sea lead the team to a smuggler who was running Cuban refugees and cocaine in a foundering ship.

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  • this was a great ep i thought

    in this ep the csi team must figure out what happen to this girl that was found in a tube next to the shore. and they must figure out why she got there. when they start to do some digging it turns out the girl was imgrent and tring to get to the country and they realized it by the neclace she was wearing they go and vist the family and start to ask questions. and tell there family that she is dead. thing was there was a brother involved in it and learns that the ship they were on was smuggling drugs into the boarder and had to through people off due to the load being to big. and they later learn there was aultication the brother and daughter were almost there but she could not make it and he shot her but it was too deep and she died and he left her there. it was sorta a sad case but it was a good ep.moreless
  • Megan and Horatio discover the remaining torso in a sharks stomach

    The man who caught the shark started to cut the shark and an arm fell out. The arm had been shot. It was shot at close range. the vic was a political prisioner. He was making a freedom run from Cuba. Another vic is out there. They were smuggling cocaine. The young girl was found in a life boat. She was shot in the leg and bled out. Her inhaler was empty. The 3 bullets found all matched. The gun was found in the vacuum. The captain had a choice to make either save his drugs or save his passengers. He chose the drugs and the brother shot her b/c she wasn't strong enough to swim and the only help that a local boat could have gave her was if she was hurt.moreless
  • Dead bodies, a cargo of cocaine and unscrupulous boat captains - it's a fine mix, but not as good as it could have been.

    I was torn as to whether to describe it as average or 'not my favourite storyline', because it's a bit of both. It's a perfectly okay episode but not a classic. It's quite a routine storyline about cocaine and people smuggling (which is a weighty topic - but seems like an everyday thing almost in Miami!)

    The thing I really did like was (and this is a SPOILER - though if you've read the recap you'll know already) the very human story about two people trying to get to America and one's decision to shoot his own sister, to injure her only, so that she'll be picked up by the coastguard and allowed to stay in the US, only to have the whole thing go horribly wrong when she's not noticed in the sea and dies anyway.

    I do agree about Kim Delaney. I really don't know what it is I don't like about her character, but she either wasn't given or didn't have the spark of a character that other have. I think they cast some very strong women characters and I always liked Calleigh and Alexx (though as a Brit it took me a while to understand a word that Calleigh was saying!) - I think unfortunately Megan was one too many, even though she was presumably supposed to the main one! I don't know if it's true about her and Caruso not liking each other or what, but when Delaney left the show it did not suffer, except for wondering where she'd gone!moreless
  • Kim Delaney the weak link in the group

    I love Kim Delaney a lot don't get me wrong but

    She is the weakest link in the group as

    I will be glad that she will be gone for good

    As I heard reports that she and David Caruso didn't get

    Along at all on the show but she is much

    Better on NYPD Blue. Just didn't like her here at all.
David Caruso

David Caruso

Lieutenant Horatio Caine

Kim Delaney

Kim Delaney

Megan Donner

Khandi Alexander

Khandi Alexander

Chief Medical Examiner Alexx Woods

Adam Rodriguez

Adam Rodriguez

Eric Delko

Emily Procter

Emily Procter

Calleigh Duquesne

Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane

Tim Speedle

John Lafayette

John Lafayette


Guest Star

Steve DuMouchel

Steve DuMouchel

Captain Rick

Guest Star

Ricardo Ortez

Ricardo Ortez

John Doe

Guest Star

Wanda De Jesus

Wanda De Jesus

Detective Adell Sevilla

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Eric's mom was pregnant with him when she and Eric's father came from Cuba to America

    • Goof: Horatio claims that the GPS the fishing captain is using is illegal, because it gives "precise positioning." However, the feature which introduced gradual error changes to the civilian channels was deactivated on May 1, 2000. Since that time, extremely precise GPS units have been available, though very expensive.

    • Horatio tells Calliegh that he's 45 years old.

    • Goof: The CSIs kept calling the shark a Tiger Shark. When it was hanging by its tail, closeups of the head were shown. The teeth were pointed like a dagger and the snout of the shark was also pointed. A Tiger Shark has a blunt snout and flat serrated teeth. The hanging shark was a Sand Shark.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Eric: Coke wrapping must have picked up some blood when it was being loaded off of the boat.
      Horatio: Locard's theory. Primary transfer.
      Eric: Kind of like going to the bathroom: You can never wipe enough.

    • Calleigh: Why didn't he just sand the number all the way down?
      Speed: I dunno, maybe it's a guy thing.
      Calleigh: Hat, they'll add-on or cover up but they won't mess with the chassis?
      Speed: You know what, you're scaring me.
      (Calleigh smiles)

    • Coast Guard: What kind of boat are you looking for?
      Speed: The kind that has blood in it.

    • Eric: Ha. Lovely. I just got a look at that tiger shark in the cooler. Liberal eaters, like Speedle. They'll eat anything as long as it's alive.

    • Captain: Wait a minute, first you take my client's shark then you take my chart? What do I get?
      Horatio: You get a pass on your illegal GPS unit.

    • Alexx: No hair at the underarm, but pronounced hair on the knuckles.
      Horatio: So, what are you saying?
      Alexx: What I'm saying is I'm not an anthropologist. It could be a large woman or a small man.

    • Horatio: We find human body parts in a shark, is that murder?
      Megan: It is when we're looking for lead. (Shows Horatio bullet hole)

    • Calleigh: ...And no midnight tip toe.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Wet Foot/Dry Foot
      This episode's title is a reference to the American/Cuban immigration policy which states the Coast Guard can arrest any Cuban immigrant trying to enter the US illegally if they are apprehended in the ocean, but once they make it onto dry land they are considered safe.

    • Speedle: You know what that means? Elian.
      He is referring to a freedom run from Cuba, but the Elian is an allusion to the famous Elian Gonzales case, which was something of a political nightmare in working out whether the child could remain in the US or should be returned to Cuba.

    • Alexx: I think we're going to need a bigger body bag.
      Alexx was referring to the bagging of the whole shark to examine in the lab, but it was a riff on the popular Jaws quote "I think you're going to need a bigger boat" (after Brody gets the first glimpse of the sharks).