CSI: Miami: Season 1, Episode 1

Golden Parachute (23 Sep. 2002)

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Insurance agent Scott Eric Sommer's private plane crashes in the Everglades after his pilot was shot. Only Sommer himself is found alive. His accountant seems to have struggled and jumped out. The firm was under SEC investigation.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Sommer
Mrs. Colucci
Christina Maria Colucci
Senor Esparza
Tim Sampson ...
Jim Tigerfish
NTSB Technician (as Emil Lawrence)
Nurse (as Elayn Taylor)


Insurance agent Scott Eric Sommer's private plane crashes in the Everglades after his pilot was shot. Only Sommer himself is found alive. His accountant seems to have struggled and jumped out. The firm was under SEC investigation.

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When Horatio finds the fire extinguisher used to strike the victim's hand that produces the distinctive bruising pattern, in the flashback, the murderer is only shown striking the victim's hand once after clearly missing her hand the first time. Earlier in the episode, Dr. Woods and Horatio found two such bruises on the victim's hand. See more »


[first lines]
[Horatio & Eric arrive upon the scene of an airplane crash]
Eric Delko: [to phone] Flight 906, outbound Miami to D.C. Dropped off the radar at 0820, crashed right after takeoff.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: How many on board?
Eric Delko: [to Horatio] NTSB confirms 2 pilots, 6 passengers - total of 8 souls.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: 8 souls unaccounted for, OK.
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CSI: Miami - Golden Parachute
19 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You know, I had completely forgotten that Kim Delaney was temporarily on CSI: Miami at the very beginning. I understood, however, after watching the second episode of the series, Golden Parachute, that her departure was necessary. There was just too much "bucking for supremacy" going on there between her and Caruso. He was the obvious star of this CSI outfit and her presence was a deterrent to that. That said, I like her take charge, follow-the-evidence attitude, sometimes flying right into the face of Caruso's "gut feelings" and tendencies to follow-his-instincts. This is a really cool whodunit where the whole team converge at the hollow shell of the wreckage of a plane that crashlanded in the Glades at the end to detail the exact time and what happened during the final moments that led to a number of deaths, one murder, a heel that went into the engine, and a divot that went "through-and-through" on the pilot.

There is usually a dead character who gains a respect and honor as the case unfolds, someone who perishes for doing the right thing. In this episode's case it was a woman who worked for a company having to go before the SEC for improper business practices (she was to be the whistle-blower, and perhaps her killer was the company's boss, and only survivor, Scott Somer (Sam Anderson), maybe responsible for pushing her out the plane), and her past (hairs from her head provide the evidence to Delaney) speaks of excessive use of anti-depressants and pot. Ultimately Somer's possible guilt will need to be proved with little evidence linking him to her murder, but two distinctive markings on the victim's arm could be the death knell if the weapon used to send her out of the plane can be found. The "black boxes", containing precious audio recordings inside the plane prior to its disastrous crash, come in handy in another nifty scene that has the whole CSI gang gathered together in a sound proof room with their sound recording expert listening intently/intensely for any crucial evidence that could give them just something worthwhile to close the case.

As every freshman series goes through, CSI: Miami had its growing pains, trying to find the right rhythm for the characters, the right style, and the proper way to show the CSI investigators processing the crime scene. I love the early period because we see a lot more of Caruso working the entire case, instead of making token appearances and having his "slinging dick" back-and-forths with major "heavies of the week". Here he engages in some pretty tense (but respectful) exchanges with Delaney; she was once the lead CSI, but left to mourn over the loss of her husband, returning to active duty as just "one of the guys". The empty briefcase is quite a gulper when it seems the heroine of this episode who died, it was in vain because she had already sent off her incriminating documents prior to boarding the plane. Somer's fate was fitting, but it robbed our crime team of seeing him to justice the proper way.

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