Episode Recap: "Dead Doll"
The suspense had been building all summer - was Sara dead? - but as soon as the episode started, I realized I was going to be kept in the dark a little while longer. A lot longer.
The hit crime procedural's first episode of Season 8 brought us face to face with the miniature killer, Natalie Davis, one more time. Natalie, a bleach-fearing loner with a photographic memory, blames Grissom for the suicide of her foster father, Ernie Dell, who died about halfway through last season. Her revenge? "I took away the only person she ever loved, so she's gonna do the same thing to me," Grissom says. And that meant Sara.
It opens with Sara still stuck under a car in Natalie's brought-to-life miniature. One hand is sticking out from under the vehicle. Her face is bloody, one eye staring blankly. Is she alive? She starts at a clap of thunder. She is!
But maybe not for long. As Catherine and Greg try to track down surveillance footage of Sara's kidnapping and Warrick and Nick search the miniature killer's apartment, Grissom learns that flash flooding is expected in the area, thanks to three converging thunderstorms. He rushes to the killer's model, pouring water over the trapped doll. That amount of rain could drown Sara if they don't get her out in time.
In the desert, the water around Sara is rising.
The frenzy of the search has all of the CSIs on edge. Warrick and Grissom are examining Natalie's car to see where she's been, while Nick is able to tell them that she's been spending time in the desert. Thanks to a trip-meter reading, the CSIs know they're looking for a location about 34 miles away. They just don't know where!
In searching the parking garage where Sara was kidnapped, Catherine finds a barb from a taser gun. At least now the CSIs know how she was taken. The surveillance footage from the garage finally arrives, and Grissom grimly watches the abduction.
Suddenly, we flash to Sara in the trunk of a car that Natalie is driving. Her hands are bound, but she's able to cut through the cord with one of the taser barbs. Sara opens the trunk, peering out at the disappearing pavement, not realizing that she's triggered the trunk-open light on the dashboard. Natalie looks into her rear-view mirror, but sees nothing. Suddenly, Sara climbs through the backseat and tackles Natalie. The car skids out of control. It's a real catfight - hair-pulling, blood and broken windows. Sara pulls open the back door and jumps from the moving car. She lies prone and bloody on the ground.
We flash back to Sara lying under the car in the present. How did she get there?
Back in the lab, Warrick has realized that Sara escaped from the trunk and fought with Natalie. He warns Grissom that Sara may not even be under a car in the desert. "No," Grissom says. "Natalie completed that miniature. I saw it in her eyes."
Again we flash back in time. Sara is tied up in the backseat of the car, bloody and bruised as Natalie pours water over her to revive her. As Natalie slips back behind the wheel, Sara calls her by name. "I know who you are," she says. "I know a lot about you." Sara apologizes for hitting Natalie, jokingly saying, "I guess I have a fear of trunks. In my business, you only find one thing in them."
Sara goes on to say that the two women have much in common. Sara was a foster child, too. She knows what it's like to be alone. Then she mentions Ernie. There is venom in Natalie's eyes as she says, "Ernie loved me more than Grissom could ever love you."
And suddenly we realize that Natalie drugged Sara! There was something in the water, and when Sara comes to, Natalie is lowering the car on to her (how, I wonder?), thus completing her miniature. Sara is alone in the desert. The rain starts.
Meanwhile, a search and rescue team is out in full force when Greg spots the car from a helicopter. Grissom and Nick race to dig the car out from the flash flooding, but Sara's not there! Footprints lead away from the car, and in another flashback we learn the the flooding was so intense that she was able to dig her way out.
Now Sara's on foot, dirty, sweaty and bloody, with a broken arm to boot. She staggers through the desert, leaving rock markings for the others to follow as she tries to reach civilization. It's 110 degrees, she has no water and she's staring to hallucinate. She repeats multiplication tables to herself while chanting the mantra, "Don't sleep. Need to stay awake. Stay awake. Stay awake." But despite her best efforts, Sara succumbs to the heat and her exhaustion, lying down on the desert floor.
The other CSIs are growing frantic. They've already found the body of one person who didn't make it through the floods, and though they're glad it wasn't Sara, it has them running scared. Suddenly, Nick spots her from the road. She has no pulse, and they call a MediVac unit as they douse her with water. She's not responding and it doesn't look good. Grissom climbs in to the helicopter to ride with her to the hospital. As he reaches out to grab her hand, she opens her eyes and smiles.
Will Sara be O.K. after her ordeal? We'll have to watch next week to see!
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Episode Recap: Dead Doll The suspense had been building all summer was Sara dead? but as soon as the episode started, I realized I was going to be kept in the dark a little while longer. A lot longer.The hit crime procedural's first episode of Season 8 brought us face to face with the miniature killer, Natalie Davis, one more time. Natalie, a bleach-fearing loner with a photographic memory, blames Grissom for the suicide of her foster father, Ernie Dell, who died about halfway through last season. Her revenge? I took away the only person she ever loved, so shes gonna do the same thing to me, Grissom says. And that meant Sara.It opens with Sara still stuck under a car in Natalies brought-to-life miniature. One hand is sticking out from under the vehicle. Her face is bloody, one eye staring blankly. Is she alive? She starts at a clap of thunder. She is!But maybe not for long. As Catherine and Greg try to track down surveillance footage...