A young woman dies from carbon monoxide poisoning but the man with her survives, in what appears to be a suicide pact related to their credit card debt. Meanwhile, Delko starts seeing his dead colleague, Tim Speedle.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Natalia Boa Vista (as Eva La Rue)
Gary Hardwick
Keith Reynolds
Brandon Fox
Rebecca Palmer


While Dade University students, Brandon Fox and Jessica Taylor, make love in the car, it catches fire. She's found dead next to it, he's badly wounded and found in a ditch a few yards further. A saboteur had cut the break fluid. Eric finds fingerprints of car thief and mechanic Andrew Hillman, Brandon's rival for Jessica. Carbon monoxide levels imply a double suicide attempt. Jessica was deep in debt with Keith Reynolds's company. A vision of Eric's late mentor, Tim Speedle, leads to the discovery of the tube and rug used to murder them, with loan-shark Gary Hardwick's fingerprints. Tim's credit card was reactivated two weeks earlier. Then a shot eliminates a suspect. Written by KGF Vissers

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15 October 2007 (USA)  »

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Alexx claims that Jess died from carbon monoxide poisoning, due to her distinctive pink coloration. The cause of the fire which destroyed the SUV was heat from the catalytic converter igniting brake fluid leaking under the car. The main purpose of a cat is to convert the oxides of nitrogen and carbon monoxide produced by petrol combustion into carbon dioxide, nitrogen, oxygen and water. Unless the cat wasn't working (which if it ignited the brake fluid, it was), it is not possible to die from carbon monoxide poisoning in this way. In a confined space like the interior of the SUV, it might be possible to be suffocated from a lack of oxygen due to high levels of carbon dioxide, but a) that would not produce the pink discoloration on the body and b) the cat is producing oxygen as part of the catalytic process so the levels may never be high enough. See more »


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Music by Alfredo Catalani
Libretto by Luigi Illica
Performed by Miriam Gauci and The BRT Philharmonic Orchestra Conducted by Alexander Rahbari
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A Fond Remembrance Of An Old Pal: 'Tim Speedle'
25 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two things were shocking in this episode and the writers made sure we weren't seeing things because they repeated them several times. The first was seeing an old pal, "Tim Speedle," back from the dead (in "Eric Delko's" mind) and the second was seeing a guy fondle a girl's breast. Yeah, she had clothes but it was still startling enough for CSI to show the scene three times. Boy, they keep "pushing the envelope" on television, don't they?

The parts with "Speedo" were a little far out but still very cool and very sad, at the same time. Rory Cochrane played that guy, a regular CSI member the first three seasons, before being killed, shot to death by some thug. Cochrane wanted off the show, and so they literally eliminated his character.

Nobody took Tim Speedle's death harder than Delko, who was best-buddies with his CSI comrade. Tim and Eric would trade friendly insults with each other most episodes and both were fun to watch. They made a great team. I can't say the sometimes-annoying "Ryan Wolfe" (Jonathan Togo), who replaced Speedle, is in the same class. This episode made me realize I, too, miss that character and enjoyed the banter between Speedle and Delko. The show is still good but would be better had Cochrane stayed.

Anyway, we discover Delko has never fully been able to recover from his friend's loss, hence the hallucinations where he's swears he sees and talks to Speedle. The latter helps him solve this case, he thinks. Horatio knows better, of course, and helps Eric, by the end of the show, get some professional counseling with this issue.

The story deals more, however, with two young people trapped in an SUV by the beach, the female dying from carbon monoxide and the male winding up hanging on in the hospital after smashing his way out of the vehicle. The twists and turns involve whether this was a suicide or a murder. Later, a shooting at a college involves somebody financially involved with the two young people.

However, fans of this series will remember the scenes with "Speedo," I would think, more than anything else. Too bad he couldn't be resurrected and return to CSI!

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