CSI: Miami: Season 5, Episode 7

High Octane (6 Nov. 2006)

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The investigation into a beheading during a stunt at an automobile "sideshow" could ultimately expose a larger cover-up involving stolen cars and jet fuel.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Brynn Roberts
Steve Dunlar
Evan Dunlar
Luke Baylor


In an illegal 'sideshow' teenage stunt driver Dex is decapitated by a street party lights cable. The show was staged to launch heiress Brynn Roberts' website on the 'new macho sport'. Her helper Evan Dunlar nearly dies when his car explodes, rigged with kerosene stolen from a public pipeline from his dad, contractor Steve's construction site. Dex's 'friendly rival' Luke Baylor stole his car, and was probably part of a car theft epidemic, and maybe more. The 'accident' resulted from a radio wave-triggered hydraulics system. Meanwhile only Ryan agrees to collaborate on the TV documentary the city wants Mike Doyle to produce to restore CSI's image. Written by KGF Vissers

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When Dexter Gilman is doing a "Jack-in-the-box", you can clearly hear the car gear shifting. Though a Jack-in-the-box is driving a car "pedal-free, cruise control, feet on the wheel, head out the top". See more »


[after viewing footage of their victim being decapitated]
Dan Cooper: Jeez. I really wish I could un-see that.
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Written and Performed by Chamillionaire
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4 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some showoff participating in a "sideshow" at an auto race gets decapitated while standing up in his car and steering with his feet while his body is mostly outside. A cable wire hanging above where he was driving did the trick, but this was no accident. All spectators split after the murder so the CSI men and women try to figure out who did what here.

The story winds up revolving around the car's hydraulic system, stolen jet fuel, stolen cars and twisted human outlooks. Once again, almost all the people here are not exactly fine, upstanding citizens (which is understandable, since they wouldn't be participating in illegal events like the above "sideshow.").

Along the way, someone is filming a documentary on the CSI and Ryan volunteers to be the one followed around, but little is done with that, so I assume that story angle will be explored in future episodes.

All in all, except for the opening scene, this week's show was not really an attention- grabbing story. They had to resort to using footage of the guy being decapitated over and over for shock value, because much of the rest of the hour was a bit on the dry side, which is unusual for this TV show.

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