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Open Water 

When a man is killed by sharks after going overboard a cruise ship, the team finds multiple suspects and another missing passenger.


Scott Lautanen


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
Alana De La Garza ... Marisol Delko
James Remar ... Capt. Quentin Taylor
Sherilyn Fenn ... Gwen Creighton
Courtnee Draper ... Mandy Creighton
Chris Beetem ... Keith Murray
Keith Barry Keith Barry ... Barry Judd
Boti Bliss ... Maxine Valera
Armando Valdes-Kennedy ... Aaron Peters
Joel West ... Officer Aaron Jessop


Honeymooner Mike Harris is eaten alive by sharks, unusual in Miami waters, despite cruise captain Quentin Taylor's attempt to shoot them. First mate Keith Murray's uniform shoe print is found near where Mike must have been pushed. His wife Gwen Creighton reports $70,000 missing from their safe- using her card which is not missing but has ship magician Barry Judd's fingerprints. The glass was drugged with tranquilizers by Gwen's daughter Mandy, 16, so she could spend time with Keith Murray, an adult lover scorned by her father. Blood traces belong to missing Rebecca McLaine, restrained but escaped, suspected carrier of aviary flu, later found in the ship's waste deck, strangled with a strap. Meanwhile FBI agent Robert Wynn investigates the Delkos, as Horatio fears to damage CSI. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

1 May 2006 (USA) See more »

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Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



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1.33 : 1
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James Remar acted in the episode "Buddies" from the show Miami Vice. See more »


There are many inconsistencies with the opening scene of the episode. The water is seen to be shallow at times (too shallow for a cruise ship), then the swimmer is seen from below at a great distance; the swimmer and the life preserver are seen near each other from above, then the swimmer is seen from below with the life preserver nowhere near him. Reflections in the water of a shoreline or docks in the background are visible in close-ups of the swimmer but in long shots it's open ocean. See more »


Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Agent Wynn.
Agent Robert Wynn: Lieutenant Caine. Oh, I hope you don't mind me dropping in. It doesn't work to call ahead.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: What do you want?
Agent Robert Wynn: Well, actually, I need your help, lieutenant. Something doesn't... smell right to me. The woman central to the investigation against Officer Delko becomes your girlfriend, thus protecting her from further scrutiny, and suddenly her own drug charges just disappear.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Agent Wynn, you should have done better research. There were no charges filed against the Delkos.
Agent Robert Wynn: You know, I did...
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Ship Of Fools And Other Undesirables
26 December 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Everyone's worst nightmare in the ocean: being attacked by sharks.

That's what happens to some guy who is heard yelling for help, treading water next to a big cruise ship. He gets the attention of sunbathers, including his wife, and the captain. The latter fires three shots in the water, trying to scare away the sharks but it's not enough. The sharks eat him.

Since the death occurred within three miles of Miami shoreline, the local police - "Det. Frank Tripp (Rex Linn) and CSI's "Lt. Horatio Caine" (David Caruso) investigate on-board ship. They quickly see a little blood on the side of the boat where the man fell in and what what looks like scuffle marks from shoes. This is not an accident: someone pushed him over the railing.

It also turns out he was drugged prior to his "accident" and was robbed of $70,000, too. Suspects range from the wife-of-three days, to her step-daughter, to some of the ship's personnel from the captain on down. There are kinds of little stories in this episode, and everyone on this ship from crew to passengers is devoid of morals. (This is a true "Ship Of Fools.")

We also have a possible bird flu epidemic and, in three sidebars (1) someone is out to destroy the CSI lab, spying on them looking to shut them down; (2) the continuing soap opera of CSI worker Natalia and her relationship to former boyfriend Eric Delko and now Ryan Wolfe, and (3) in a real shocker, Horatio tells Marisol that, yes indeed, he would be willing to marry her!

Lots of dramatics, obviously, in this episode.

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