Three gunrunners are killed by a new high-tech weapon called "The Vaporizer." And after Horatio interviews the CEO of the defense contractor that made the weapon, he also turns up dead.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Natalia Boa Vista (as Eva La Rue)
Tanya Thorpe
James Reilly
Darren Butler
Steve Lancaster
Gabriel Soto
Patrick Austin
Patrick Wolff ...
Eddie Padura


After noise is heard in a shed at the docks, not corpses are found but a bloody mess and three pair shoes, the shocking mark of the DX-4 alias 'Vaporizer', an experimental, illegal weapon which fires up to 100,000 rounds per minute. DNA from the blood identifies three mashed-up gun runners: Hector Malcas, Eddie Padura and Pedro Rupan. There is also a cigarette with prints from Gabriel Soto. ATF sends Customs official Tanya Thorpe, who confirms there was a secret operation to trick illegal arms sale to the Middle East. However the vaporizer was being produced by Peregrine, which enjoyed special immunity to defend the top-secret project under the Patriot Act. Next its CEO Steve Lancaster is found dead, shot with a Sentry (miniature stun-gun) before a fatal air injection; he has a Navy SEAL tattoo. The only other print is from computer salesman James Reilly, another Navy veteran, who met Lancaster that day and has a virgin criminal record. Lancaster's laptop is wiped clean from the ... Written by KGF Vissers

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A container ship called "Pine Valley" appears in two cut scenes. Pine Valley is the name of the town on All My Children in which Eva LaRue played a character named Maria. See more »


When Trip is talking to Horatio early on, there is a large blood spot on his left shoulder. See more »

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Zap! You've Been Vaporized!
7 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The "Vaporizer."

Now, there is a cool weapon; an illegal gun capable of firing 100,000 rounds a minute. It is used here in the opening to kill three people, literally turn them into goo. All that is left of the three are their sneakers.

Who used this weapon? How did they acquire it? Most importantly, where is it? The latter is the main focus of this episode, getting at least equal time with the question "who used it." The "who" part is solved fairly early on but where the weapon went is another story.

It's a pretty interesting episode, beautifully filmed as usual with brilliant, bright colors. Some of the shots at the Miami port are filled with colorful crates at the dock. As for the "who," "why," and "where," the show does its usual thing: lead us from one suspect to another to another, all of whom are considered guilty but only the last one is, indeed. The problem is that once you've seen the suspects earlier, you can eliminate the others when they show up a second time and then by knowing there are only a few minutes left in the episode, you know the killer is only one you haven't seen twice. That pattern happens a lot on CSI.

The bad part of this show is that it turns into yet another exercise for the politically liberal writers to push their left wing agenda. Yes, the villains in in this are those who cite The Patriot Act and defend the U.S. involvement in Iraq. This is not the first time I've seen this on a CBS TV crime show. Funny, how these government types are always the villain in the world of movies and television shows, like this one.

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