CSI: Miami Episodes

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CSI: Miami Episode: "Darkroom"

Season 5, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: Natalia's sister is kidnapped, along with several other women, by a man posing as a photographer. The CSIs are alerted to the crimes when an unidentified woman passes a bloody bill to a toll-booth collector with a cry for help written on it. Soon afterward, a woman is found dead on a jetty near the toll booth and photos of the missing women are discovered in a safe.
Original Air Date: Nov 13, 2006
Guest Cast Michael Goorjian: John Stockman John J. Dalesandro: Reporter No. 3 Natalia Baldwin Leon: Reporter No. 1 Jonathan Cherry: Gavin LaPorte Shannon Kane: Leslie Anderson Natalie Morales: Anya Boa Vista Natalie Morales: Anya Boa Vista Elisabeth Harnois: Jill Girrard Julianna Guill: Kellie Jamie Strange: Sasha Coolidge Michael Stone: Bill Starr Cirroc Lofton: Tommy Boyer
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Season 5, Episode 8
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November 13, 2006: Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer Season 5, Episode 8

I feel bad saying that this was a mediocre episode after having seen all those pictures at the end of the women on whom this story was based. However, that doesn't change the facts, as any good CSI knows. Part of the problem was the fact that it was completely unbelievable that the powers that be would allow Natalia to stay on the case, once it was discovered that her sister was involved. If this were any other show, she would have been thrown off the investigation, because such a personal stake in something can color one's objectivity. On the other hand, we've seen Horatio and Delko investigate the murders of loved ones, so I guess that it's just business as usual at the Miami-Dade PD. Being from New Jersey, I thought that I would appreciate this episode more than I usually can, considering it began on a turnpike. But just as that first car drove by without paying the toll, I kind of felt robbed on the plot. They actually had DNA evidence for the photographer, but just let him go because he said that the sex was consensual? What kind of investigators are they? I think a refresher course may be in order. Also, where was the documentary-film crew from last week? I thought they were supposed to be shadowing Ryan, but there was almost no mention of that at all. Maybe it had something to do with this being a Natalia-centered episode, but it seemed like it was going to be a continuing plot point this season. Likewise with Natalia's ex-husband. If there were ever an episode where he should have shown up, this would have been it. I'm angling for an Alexx episode. I don't think we've ever had one of those. Plus, it would be a great opportunity for more crazy science facts, for which we were sorely lacking last night. It just seems that this show is taking itself far too seriously this season, and though we've had some light moments, they've been few and far between. Last night's episode was a constant downer, almost belonging more to the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit genre. The only cute moment we had last night was where Eva LaRue's actual sister had a cameo as one of the reporters during the press-conference scene, and I'm willing to bet that that went pretty much unnoticed (unless, of course, you read TV Guide magazine!). There is a reason that this is the most-watched American show in the rest of the world. Yes, it's gorgeous to look at, but moreover, it used to be fun. Hammy acting translates into any language, but I miss the great Horatio lines of the past ("Drive-by, Miami style," and "What we have here is a shark - a human one"). I also miss plots that actually hold together in the end. I'm hoping that they're just saving the best stuff for sweeps. show less
I feel bad saying that this was a mediocre episode after having seen all those pictures at the end of the women on whom this story was based. However, that doesn’t change the facts, as any good CSI knows. Part of the problem was the fact that it was completely unbelievable that the powers that be would allow Natalia to stay on the case, once it was discovered that her sister was involved. If this were any other show, she would have been thrown off the investigation, because such a personal stake in something can color one’s objectivity. On the other hand, we’ve seen Horatio and Delko investigate the murders of loved ones, so I guess that it’s just business as usual at the Miami-Dade PD. Being from New Jersey, I thought that I would appreciate this episode more than I usually can, considering it began on a turnpike. But just as that first car drove by without paying the toll, I kind of felt robbed on the plot. They actually had DNA evidence for the photographer, b... read more

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Premiered: September 23, 2002, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A spin-off from 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' follows a South Florida forensics team headed by the brooding Horatio Caine. Against a backdrop of simmering ethnic and cultural tensions, Caine's team probes cases similar to those of their Las Vegas counterparts.

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