The discovery of the body of a witness shot in a burned-out car could compromise the DA's case against the leader of a Latino gang. But was the gang really involved in the witness' murder?



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Grissom is dragged into work from his sick bed when Deputy DA Madeline Klein sees her 10-month investigation into a Latino gang killing falling apart. Her key witness, who can put one of the gang leaders at the scene of a murder, has been brutally killed. She needs Grissom to find forensic evidence that will lay the witnesses murder at the gang's feet. When the gang leader's apartment is destroyed just as Warwick and Grissom arrive to examine it, it is obvious that there is an information leak somewhere in the system. Written by garykmcd

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3 April 2008 (USA)  »

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William Peterson's real life dog Bruno starred in this episode with him. See more »


DDA Madeline Klein: [to Grissom] You're the only man who's never let me down. I guess that either makes you a classic enabler... or my soulmate.
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References MacGyver (1985) See more »

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Nasty 'Madeline,' Brutal 'Amelio'' & Good Guy 'Jim'
24 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I hope "District Attorney Madeline Klein" does not become a regular on this show. What a negative, irritating, annoying woman this is - and she works with CSI. Well, sort of. She actually does nothing but moan and groan about the CSI team and how bad they are, except for Grissom. This woman is a real loser, and she admits it. I wouldn't have known the role was played by veteran actress Bonnie Bedalia. She played Bruce Willis' wife in "Die Hard 1 & 2" and earlier played the lead role of Shirley Muldowney, the famous female car racer in "Heart Like A Wheel." Boy, Bonnie - as most of us have - has gained some weight in her older age. She's still a good actress and facially looks pretty good for a 60-year-old.

Despite "Madeline's" brutal personality, and the fact it's revealed she screwed up big-time on this case, which involves the death of a material witness who was going to testify in a gang case. The leader of the gang, locked in prison, is pretty amazing-looking with tats all over his body including a huge one on the back of his shaved noggin. He's "Amelio Avarado" and he's played by Robert LaSardo. The latter also played a bad guy in a CSI: Miami episode in the 2006 season. He's pretty intense.

The best part of this episode, I thought, was Paul Guilfoyle as "Lt. Jim Brass." He feels just awful about the witness being killed since he promised the family the man would be safe. Guilfoyle's sincere grief over this is convincing because the man is an outstanding actor. He's a veteran thespian who really knows what he's doing. It's a pleasure to watch him act.

Trying to find out exactly how the witness was murdered is the case here, as the man died in a fiery car and with a gunshot wound in his side. It's pretty interesting how it happened.

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