Alissa Valone, an advertising agency's rich workaholic president, was murdered with a golf club, not hers given the size, in her home, where devout Latino Catholic Eric Delko tells Ryan to do the scene because he respects the Christian elements in the Santeria form of voodoo she practices, there's even a real goat's head. DNA from skin under her fingernails points to Ed Smith, whose trial for a gold robbery starts the next day. Using blowfish poison tetrodotoxine, used as zombie power in Santeria, Ed faked his death and was carried into the morgue, where Ryan now fears to go mad as he saw him rise from the slab and the poison on the stretcher numbs his hands. Alissa's boyfriend Jeremy Fordham lies about buying the poison with her -he was seen with her- or placing the small coffin near her, but claims to believe it must be burned or it causes another death. Alissa's ex, Dr. Trevor Valone, admits he signed Smith's fake death certificate to help stage his friend's death but denies a deal...
Did You Know?
This episode borrows elements from the Miami Vice episode "Tale of the Goat" in terms of the goat head and the blow-fish powder being plot elements. It also resembles another episode "Whatever Works" in which elements of Santeria were left at a crime scene. See more
The crime lab is located near Brickell, meaning driving the bomb car from Brickell across the MacArthur Causeway shown in the shot to the beach would have taken far more than the 4 minutes left on the bomb's timer, especially given the the traffic that the Causeway is notorious for. A trip of that distance would normally take at least 15-20 minutes in light traffic. See more
[a body is missing from the morgue
You know, what I want to know is how Ed got up and got out of here without any one seeing him.
Dr. Alexx Woods
Hey. My staff isn't trained to watch the living.