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CSI: Miami Episode: "Chip/Tuck"

Season 7, Episode 21
Episode Synopsis: A plastic surgeon is thrown into a massive wood chipper on the property of a woman who is addicted to plastic surgery. The investigation gets personal for Horatio when he learns that Ron Saris is still alive and was a patient of the victim. Horatio is shocked to discover that Saris is working undercover for the department, and he fears Saris will target Julia.
Original Air Date: Apr 13, 2009
Guest Cast David Lee Smith: Rick Stetler Wes Ramsey: Dave Benton Steve Byers: Tyler Marr Jake Thomas: Lucas Galinetti Paul Keeley: Dr. Ethan Reeger Brooke Burns: Bonnie Galinetti Amelia Heinle: Elizabeth Corbett James Patrick Stuart: Steven Corbett Kate French: Rita Christopher Redman: Michael Travers Kim Coates: Ron Saris Kevin Rahm: Dr. Sean Loftin
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CSI: Miami Episode Recap: "Chip/Tuck" Season 7, Episode 21

In this episode of CSI:Miami, one person arises from the dead and another is reincarnated.

Tyler Moore is in bed with a woman when he gets angry because a wood chipper truck starts up outside his neighbor's house, disrupting the peace at 8am. This is apparently a common occurrence so Moore takes out his video camera and runs outside to document the disturbance. While he's recording the noise for his own "legal protection," he is splattered with massive amounts of blood coming from the back of the wood chipper truck. Someone has apparently been pushed in. Moore tells the CSIs that the victim must be the gardener, but then the gardener appears around the truck and the unlucky victim's identity is still unknown. The CSIs approach the owner of the home, Steve Corbett, but he is highly uncooperative.

In the makeshift lab where they take the truck, Kyle finds a femur bone. The bone marrow is pale which indicates the victim had leukemia. Natalia and Eric find a mite crawling around in the bone, but they don't know what that's about yet. They also find familial DNA in the bone, which means a bone marrow transplant was given to the victim by someone in the same family. They track down the DNA and speak to the daughter of the victim, Ethan Reeger. She was indeed the one that gave him the transplant. He had been in remission when her mom died in a car accident.

After her mom died, her dad threw himself into his plastic surgery practice. His partner was Sean Lofton. Dr. Lofton revealed Reeger spent too much time with clients and that he took house calls. Elizabeth Corbett, wife of Steve, was a patient. The CSIs go back to the Corbett's where Elizabeth has apparently shut herself into a room because she has had a lot of plastic surgery gone wrong. She said he turned her into monster, which Eric tells her is motive to have killed him.

Horatio is searching the patient files on Dr. Reeger's computer when he comes across one for Ron Saris. Last we saw Ron, he was on a boat that blew up back in September. He's alive! Stetler brings him in to the station but asks Horatio to go easy on him, and says he can't tell him the reasoning behind it just yet.

Eric is at the murder scene and tracks down Reeger's Mercedes parked down the street. The tires have been slashed. Upon examination, Ryan thinks it was done by a plasma blade. They go to Lofton to look at his blade, but when they look in his bag, it's not in there. Lofton freaks out and says Reeger had a patient in the office that morning. Horatio pulls out a picture of Saris and asks if he was the patient. He was, and Lofton was afraid of him.

Horatio goes to see Julia and tell her that Ron is alive. He thinks he'll come after her and tells her to be prepared.

Calleigh is in the lab where they are able to use their magic to make something out of the video captured by Moore. They spot a watch in the corner of the frame that says "Dillinger High MVP 2008." Lucas Gallanetti is the owner of the watch and they bring him and his mom Bonnie in.  Apparently Dr. Reeger is Bonnie's plastic surgeon and Lucas is upset because he transformed her into a completely new person — one that sleeps with random men and turns heads everywhere she goes. He admits to following Dr. Reeger from his office, but then says he ran away when he saw the blood.

The mites in the blood marrow have been tracked to hair from the victim, as apparently they can be found in hair harvested from European cadavers and illegally manufactured into black market wigs. They think the wig didn't belong to Dr. Reager, but rather to one of his patients. They question Mrs. Corbett, but her wig is synthetic. She reveals that the doctor wanted her to look like someone else, however, she doesn't know who that person was.  She does reveal she began treatments right around when Dr. Reager's wife died.

Calleigh and Ryan pull up a picture of Marni Reeger, and she is the spitting image of Bonnie Gallenetti. They question Bonnie and ask her for a hair sample. A magnification reveals mites. She had been seeing Dr. Reeger romantically as well. She said she loved him, but when she discovered that he made her look like his dead wife, she freaked out and he ended up in the wood chipper. "Chip/Tuck"...clever.

Stetler informs Horatio that Ron Saris has been placed in a confidential informant program and the plan is to use him to play the other side. Meanwhile, we see images of someone knocking on Julia's door and cutting up her face. But, it must have happened earlier because Horatio is talking to Saris and tells him that his wife survived "the attack." They pan to a picture of the plasma blade at the scene.

"I know you took the (plasma) blade," says Horatio.

"Well it's too bad you didn't get any prints on it then," quips Ron.

Pan to an image of his burnt up and scarred hand. He's baaack.

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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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