CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
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From the Grave 

Horatio and the team, reunited, encounter the Mala Noche gang while investigating a shooting that killed an officer and the rape of a maid.


Karen Gaviola


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... Horatio Caine
Emily Procter ... Calleigh Duquesne
Adam Rodriguez ... Eric Delko
Khandi Alexander ... Alexx Woods
Jonathan Togo ... Ryan Wolfe
Rex Linn ... Frank Tripp
Eva LaRue ... Natalia Boa Vista (as Eva La Rue)
Patricia Velasquez ... Celia Gonzalez
Steven Eckholdt ... Dale Livingston
Jerry Adler ... Cardinal Benedetti
David Lee Smith ... IAB Sergeant Rick Stetler
Rhys Coiro ... Diablo
Amy Laughlin Amy Laughlin ... Erica Sikes
Lobo Sebastian ... Raphael Sifuentes
Boti Bliss ... Maxine Valera


An inmate arrives to pay respect to his mother at her funeral. As he approaches the casket, he is gunned down, along with his police escort and the other guests, by a man who has been hiding in the coffin. The case becomes more complicated when the gunman later broke into a house and brutally raped the house keeper before stealing one of the cars. Back at the lab, the members are introduced to the newly assigned Natalia Boa Vista who will work on unresolved cases. Written by Ploy P.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

19 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawthorne, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first appearance of the character "Natalia Boa Vista". She will remain with the series through the 10th season. See more »


A photo at a funeral gets shot, leaving a star-shaped hole in it. The next time the photo is seen, it has a round bullet hole, without the star points. See more »


Horatio Caine: The FBI considers the Mala Noche the most dangerous crime organization in the United States, ladies and gentlemen. They stay away from drugs to avoid deportation, but what they specialize in is murder for hire, extortion... the list goes on. In short... they are Miami's new Mafia. Now, I must tell you that they have already killed six police officers.
Ryan Wolfe: Trying to scare us, Horatio?
Horatio Caine: Born in the Nicaraguan wars, they have no fear. So anyone not interested, I'll understand.
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7 January 2008 | by kiri-laingSee all my reviews

a coffin with a gangster in it, a vulnerable housekeeper in a house filled with secrets, and a CSI with a guilty conscience...An interesting start to the season indeed.

I was rather impressed with the shooting from the coffin and the scene with Horatio and the priest. I wouldn't have taken him for a religious man, but I haven't been following the series long. I thought it was a tasty little bit of filming that they mirrored the confession booth look a moment later with the police officer looking at a suspect through the mesh in a car.

I found the plot engaging and the script a little better than normal (although aside from snappy one liners the script isn't that great in MOST episodes).

As with anyone who frequently watches crime dramas, I can become jaded towards scumbags after awhile, but I found myself vehemently angry at Mr. Livingston for his actions, and felt truly bad for the housekeeper's plight.

One thing that bothered me about the episode, however, was the idea that Horatio felt he had blood on his hands. Who is this referring to? Did he accidentally shoot a kid at one point? I ask because one of the biggest issues I have with the series is that he shoots people ALL THE TIME and doesn't seem to care about it. They are criminals, true, but we are talking about someone's life here. That they are making him out to be a really sensitive guy this one time makes it seem a little cynical.

Nevertheless, an episode worth seeing. I only worry about when the Mala Noche start to do some real damage...

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