CSI: Miami: Season 2, Episode 4

Death Grip (13 Oct. 2003)

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A young girl is kidnapped from her bedroom in the dead of night, and when an arm shows up without the body attached Horatio must determine if it belongs to his victim or a new one.

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John and Krista Walker report their two daughters kidnapped, but the youngest managed to hide in a closet. When an arm is found in the glades, bitten off by a crocodile, Krista falsely points to her scorned lover Art Pickering. Adolescent Lana walker is found with her tennis instructor David Kendall, but came consensually and reached statutory consent age. To the team's dismay, the media coverage dies down now the arm can 'only' belong to Cosuela, missing daughter of Francisco Valdes. Written by KGF Vissers

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This episode tackles the disparity that occurs with Missing White Woman Syndrome, where the media, community, law enforcement, etc. pull out all the stops if a missing, abducted, or murdered young woman comes from an affluent Caucasian family and fits the stereotype of the attractive Caucasian female (fair skin, blonde or light brown hair, blue or hazel eyes, athletic build, etc.), whereas similar cases of abduction or murder involving women of Hispanic, African American, mixed-race, or other ethnic groups, and/or are of lower income groups are virtually ignored by the media. Notable cases of Missing White Woman Syndrome include Polly Klaas, Natalee Holloway, Dru Sjodin and Jean Benet Ramsey. See more »

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At first Lana Walker (the supposed kidnapping victim) is repeatedly referred to as being 14 years old, yet when leaflets are being printed at the very start of the episode, it can be clearly seen that her date of birth is shown as 8/15/87 and date missing is 10/5/03, actually making her 16 according to them, which should have been obvious to the investigators. See more »

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[while examining the crocodile's stomach contents]
Jeff Corwin: Nothing unusual... some fish... some crab... some... a-a foot.
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A time capsule review...
21 July 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

This humble reviewer has made the point previously, over the course of several hundred reviews, that it is both likely and probable that the IMDb database will be freely available ... and in demand .. in the 22nd century; and as such will outlive almost everyone currently alive on this planet today.

From that perspective, I suggest that the two infamous "sister" series, CSI Vegas and CSI Miami, will also be considered entertainment in that far future, for both exhibit production standards and writing that were outstanding when first produced, and will likely be just as outstanding in the years to come. This is quite simply TV magic.

Which brings us to this episode which in many ways is "typical" of what to expect from a episode in the series. A plot so tight it squeaks. Superb cinematography. Interesting guest stars -- here we have ex-A-lister Virginia Madsen as a bored housewife, and the luminous Sara Paxton at what could arguably be the peak of her career.

However, the real reason I am reviewing this specific episode is that, solid as it is, it is also a wonderful example of "Writer's Lobster Trap" or what happens when a writer backs himself into a corner.

The climax of this particular episode revolved around the notion that, in the area of South Florida, there are a precise number of crocodiles, which number about 3000 (?); and 100% of that population (?) hang out in the exact same place (?); and furthermore that the Federal gov as part of its Engangered Species Program has done DNA testing on 100% of said identifiable population (?); and furthermore that said gov has also inserted microchips in 100% of that population AND matched the DNA results in each animal to the specific chip( ?). Which PRESTO enables the good guys to spot the "crocodile in a haystack" and ultimately catch the bad guy.

A great show. A great episode. But, viewers of the far future, one of the most outrageous mathematical paradigms in TV history.


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