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Down to the Wire 

A notorious private investigator becomes a central figure in an investigation into a phony 911 call that ends in death, and he uses information he's gathered about Calleigh and Eric to get them thrown off the case.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Calleigh Duquesne
Eric Delko
Alexx Woods (credit only)
Ryan Wolfe
Frank Tripp
Natalia Boa Vista
Charlie Decker
Lucy Maddox
Peter Cullen
IAB Sergeant Rick Stetler
Commander Briggs
Neil Jackson
Michael Maddox


Miami PD Commander Briggs's SWAT team, responding swiftly to a call, shoots the villa owner Michael Maddox. He was just carrying a kitchen-knife for self-defense, no crime had been committed. The call is traced to the home of Neil Jackson, against whom Michael had a real estate legal complaint. However it is revealed that the voice on the call was not his, and Neil claims there was an intruder watching from a tree. Skin is found there, and the DNA is that of dodgy P.I. Kurt Rossi, who was hired by Michael to prove widow Lucy Maddox's alleged adultery, which she calls paranoia. She suspects Michael's hedge fund business partner Peter Cullen. Paint on Michael's car proves his car was involved in a collision with that of Charlie Decker, who is forced to admit that he is Lucy's lover. The caller was female, the line rigged by neighbor Danny to Cullen's office, his assistant phoned the SWAT - and is found shot in her car. Rossi dusts his law degree off to defend Cullen, who is found with ... Written by KGF Vissers

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12 May 2008 (USA)  »

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The low rumble extracted from the 911 call would not have been passed over in the phone system. The bandwidth of voice transfer in standard telephony is limited roughly between 300 and 3000 Hertz. This carries over the frequency range needed for intelligible speech, but saves bandwidth when transferring multiple calls over a digital network. See more »

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Tom Sizemore Guest Stars
7 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Can you make a 911 emergency call and scream that a crime is being committed in your house and give a false address? Well, obviously not - which is what we discover happens here in the opening scene - but I don't understand is why the caller's 911 call isn't immediately identified by police, so they know it's genuine. I can't believe - in real life - that isn't done.

Anyway, after an hysterical call about someone in his house and threatening his family, S.W.A.T. busts into the house and kills the husband who had come into the living room brandishing a knife. His wife, after calming down, says she is going to sue everyone. One reason, Horatio and the CSI team finds out, is that the all the excitement was for nothing as the call was made from a neighbor's phone. Hmm mm.

Film star Tom Sizemore guest stars in this He plays a sleazy private eye, "Kurt Rossi," and he has a big role in this episode. Well, if you're going to have a Hollywood star with guest spot, you might as well use him to full advantage.

The hunt to find out who exactly made this phone call which led to a death is a pretty interesting one as we discover technology that can transform people's voice and where they call from, etc.

There is a small sidebar dealing with past problems of "Eric Delko" and of "Calleigh.Duquesne."

All in all, there is a lot good material in this episode.

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