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CSI: Miami Episode: "Divorce Party"

Season 7, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: A woman throws a party to celebrate her recent divorce, but the event comes to a crashing halt when her ex-husband's dead body crashes through a gazebo. The investigation reveals the victim was living a double life with two families. Meanwhile, Horatio gets Kyle a job as an intern at the lab to teach him responsibility.
Original Air Date: Mar 9, 2009
Guest Cast Kelly Rowan: Katherine Faber Wes Ramsey: Dave Benton Aimee Teegarden: Brianna Faber Andrew James Allen: Heath Lansing Peter Paige: Glenn Wagner Christa Miller: Amy Lansing Cliff Weissman: Walter Pipkin Bruce Thomas: Roger Lansing
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CSI: Miami Episode Recap: "Divorce Party" Season 7, Episode 17

This episode of CSI: Miami opens with a lighter tone and ends with the heaviest of subjects. And Kyle and Julia are back — is it to stay this time?

"Welcome to Amy's divorce party!" Glen Wagner declares. The opening is set to the tune of Beyonce's "Single Ladies", as Amy Lansing gets unmarried in this mock ceremony, where she promises to live and love life without her ex. Everything is all fun and games until during the ceremony, her ex Roger falls through the ceiling of the gazebo with a rope around his neck.

Calleigh questions Glen Wagner, Amy's best friend, when a board from the gazebo falls on Dr. Price. She's hurt, but it allows her to walk away before the whole structure comes crashing down around her. Calleigh finds a 20-foot long piece of fishing wire attached to the mechanism that triggered the trap door in the roof that Roger fell through.

Meanwhile, Julia and Kyle are back, and Kyle's behind the wheel, driving as fast as he can to get his mom (who is clearly under the influence of something) to an interview. Kyle gets pulled over and Julia's passed out. When Horatio talks to them in the station, she says she can take care of him, and Horatio offers to help her. Horatio "hires" Kyle as an intern to help out Dr. Price in the morgue, presumably so he can see the consequences of his reckless actions, as his first victim died in a car crash.

Glen's DNA is found on the fishing wire, but he says while he did pull the cord, it was intended for an effigy hanging and that someone must have replaced the dummy with the real thing.

Kyle helps out Dr. Price with Roger's autopsy, and Eric is in the lab where Travers determines Roger was chloroformed before he was hung. Ryan and another lab tech are looking at a compilation of pics from the party to see if anything is out of place. The closest thing found is the Lansing's son, Heath. Tripp and Natalia question him, and he says he was disgusted by his mom's party and felt bad for his dad. He claimed he didn't know where his dad worked — that it was for the government and that the whole thing was always very secretive. Via the IRS, Tripp and Calleigh track Roger's business to a makeshift day-trading office. They also track down Roger's business partner, Trent Faber, to question him.

Instead, they find Trent's wife (played by The O.C.'s Kelly Rowen) and daughter (played by Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden). They use Katherine Faber's phone to call her husband, but instead, Kyle picks up the phone in the morgue. Eventually everyone puts two and two together, discovering the dead man was leading a double life: Trent is really Roger. Calleigh implies to Mrs. Faber that she may have had motive to kill him if she found out about his double life. She says they found plant fertilizer on his noose. (She had been gardening when they approached her house looking for Trent.) Eric is in the other room questioning Amy Lansing for the same reasons.

A bottle of pills has gone missing from the evidence collected from Stephanie, the car crash victim.  Dr. Price says she saw Julia stop in to see Kyle earlier that day. Horatio talks with her about the incident, and she claims Kyle didn't do it. Horatio already seems to know that fact, and he tells Julia it's time to let Kyle go.

Tripp finds a photo taken of Amy's car running a red light six months ago less than two blocks from where the Faber's lived. Calleigh questions Amy, and she admits to following Roger when he was going on a so-called business trip. She pretended she needed to use Katherine's phone and found the family pictures with Roger in the house. He admitted to having the second family and promised her whatever she wanted not to tell them. Calleigh asks if she used anything she found in the house to set up Katherine.

Travers determines that the chloroform that killed Roger was homemade with acetone and assures Eric that whoever made it would still have traces on their hands. Eric and Ryan question the Fabers, and ask to see Brianna Faber's hands, which show traces of acetone. There are traces of acetone all over the floor in the house, too much to have spilled while doing one's nails, which is what she claimed happened. There's a twist, however. The other ingredient in homemade chloroform is liquid chlorine. The only one with access to liquid chlorine is Heath Lansing. We find out the two met at a party two months ago. Heath claims the idea was all his but the evidence was at Brianna's house, so Eric and Calleigh know they did it together. When asked why they did it, Heath produces a sonogram photo.

"The baby is yours?" asks Calleigh.

"It's ours," says Heath.

The two were in love and found out about their shared dad after she got pregnant. He told them they couldn't be together, and they said that they did what they needed to do to protect their baby. Calleigh reminded them they were going to have a hard time doing that from jail.

Dr. Price informs Kyle that the internship was still his if he wanted it, and then Horatio presents him with his own apartment to live in. Can someone remind me of how old Kyle is again? Horatio tells him it comes with responsibility, however, so I guess that's supposed to make it OK.

The episode isn't over yet, however, as those missing pills turn up, not in Julia's hands, but in Dr. Price's. We see her secretly taking one when no one is around.  This is sure to be a story that plays out in later episodes.

What do you think about Kyle's newfound responsibilities of a job and an apartment? Is he ready?

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Premiered: September 23, 2002, on CBS
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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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