A man desperate for justice creates a hostage situation at the Miami/Dade Police Department, and Horatio looks into his claims. One of the hostages is Jesse Cardoza, a former CSI who is returning to his old job.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Delko (credit only)
Mathew Sloan
Darren Ripley
Lloyd Arrington
Danielle Hansen
Tanya Arrington


Just when Horatio's former firearms forensics assistant Jesse Cardoza returns to transfer from LAPD back to Miami Dade, he and civilian CSI staff are taken hostage by a man, who visited the building all week under the alias Tom Wells, a desperate divorcee and failed businessman. He's later identified as Mathew Sloan, after wounding a hostage, demanding $100,000 from a specific cash shop and switching places with Jesse to escape, leaving the cash behind. Horatio suspects and proves his motive wasn't money, but forcing investigation of a crime. The team finds and solves more then one, on top of Sloan's. Written by KGF Vissers

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28 September 2009 (USA)  »

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16 : 9
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Lieutenant Horatio Caine: So you broke down the door, and then provided false testimony to secure the restraining order against Matthew.
Lloyd Arrington: That guy couldn't move on with his life. What was I supposed to do, wait until he killed one of us?
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Need I remind you that perjury is a felony, and you're facing five years.
Lloyd Arrington: Yeah, I want a lawyer.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: And you're going to need one. You used the system to kick a man who was already down.
[Jesse knocks on the window to attract Horatio's attention]
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: What did we get?
Jesse Cardoza: I dug up underlying court ...
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Enter 'Jesse Cardoza'
18 February 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although the film story is based around a nutjob who goes about getting justice in the wrong way, I think the real story for CSI to introduce us to a new member of the team: "Jesse Cordoza," played by Eddie Cibrian.

"Cordoza" was in the beginning of last week's episode when they flashed back to 1997. He was just leaving Miami for a job in Los Angeles, but now he's back and Horatio is glad to have him. He's another beefcake added to the cheesecake which makes up most of the CSI team. (There is somebody for everyone to ogle in this series. Fat and ugly actors need not apply.) The story is a little bizarre (a man breaking into the CSI building and hold a team hostage) but it has the normal twists and turns and it certainly keeps the viewers' attention throughout, making it another fun episode to watch.

It's always interesting to see how "H" handles tough situations and it's always touching to see how compassionate he is with kids.

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