Foul play is suspected when an apparent suicide victim still has the gun in his hand, and a flower delivery woman is found crushed to death in the middle of a Cirque du Soleil performance.

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During a performance of the world famous circus-act "Cirque du Soleil" the young investor Robert O'Brien's body is found dead on stage, apparently having shot himself. The gun belonged to co-investor Joe Hirschoff, who inherits his Eclipse shares and was deep in debt; however a rare muscular disease can explain O'Brien's finger position. In the Las Vegas club Ka, the young Celia Noel's body is found on stage; security cameras noticed her slip in back-stage with Arnie Clifton. Brass receives a high-profile honor, but puts the plaque away considering he committed an unforgivable rookie's error. The next morning Catherine wakes up naked in a bedroom, neither hurt nor robbed, but takes the evidence in rape-cases from herself. Written by KGF Vissers

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For Season Seven, the Cirque d'Soleil was given special thanks in the closing credits for this episode arc. See more »

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In the miniature version of the crime scene, the mayo is shown to be Hellman's on the label, which is not available west of the Rockies, unless he had it shipped in, it is Best Foods west of the Rockies. The label of the mayo jar is not one of either brand however. See more »

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Thi Sets The Stage For The Dramatic Second Part
12 December 2008 | by (Lockport, NY, United States) – See all my reviews

Boy, there are a number of stories that go on in this opening episode of season seven. Included in the stories is one at the end in which one of the series regulars, "Catherine Willows" (Marg Helgenberger) is drugged and raped. The episode ends with her waking up in a motel room and figuring out what happened.

The show begins with a performance by the famous circus act, "Cirque du Solei," which we see give an acrobatic performance. Backstage, however, a woman is found crushed to death.

Meanwhile, in another part of town, a man looks like he is an apparent suicide victim but how can the gun still be in his hand? Not a whole lot actually happens after that, as the really amazing things are in the second half of this two-part story.

This episode runs at a leisurely (but interesting) pace but all kinds of things happen in part II.


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