CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Season 13, Episode 5

Play Dead (31 Oct. 2012)

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Nick searches for a cop killer with the help of the victim's canine partner, and the team tries to figure out who shot and killed a divorce lawyer.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sara Sidle (credit only)
Sergeant Varanski
Marjorie Randell
Ms. Young
Carly Green


LVPD K9 Mike Nelson was killed, but the obvious suspect, his police dog Sam, bit only one other man. Nick takes care of case and canine, working out Nelson's rapport with a drug whore/informer and a dealer. Divorce lawyer Barry Sloan was shot at his luxurious home. Motives abound as he ruined many clients' ex-souses and slept with one, who found, yet D.B. also takes an interest in the neighborhood too. Written by KGF Vissers

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I Liked This Episode Despite The Massive Plot Holes.
3 January 2013 | by (PA, United States) – See all my reviews

Wish the writers would have caught the GLARING plot hole of no dog saliva in his partner's fatal neck wound. The dog was licking the wound, as dogs are prone to do, and yet they found no dog saliva and only the attacker's human saliva there. The whole innocence of the dog was based upon that. Yes, the dog was innocent, but they got to that conclusion the wrong way. The logic path just didn't make sense.

Then, there was apparently nobody at the crime scene or back at the lab who knew how to handle the dog, and everybody was jumping to wrong conclusions about the dog's behavior and what went down. Why didn't they call the head guy in K-9 to come in right away at the crime scene to aid in handling the dog? He knew the dog responded to commands in French and would've done a better job than the cop who had the dog's neck in a snare. Other than that, and for the attacker managing to stay ahead of the dog by running, I liked the episode.

How could the writers, Hancock & Byer MISS this stuff, or be THAT lazy? Evidently, they don't know dogs, either.

I HOPE the dog makes further appearances with Nick, and doesn't get killed off. Like Bear, the Belgian Malinios, on Person of Interest, Sam the GSD could make a positive contribution to future CSI episodes, IF CSI get some wroters who can avoid plot holes that you could drive a semi through, i.e. writers who are familiar with GSD behavior.

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