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CSI MIAMI, S01E01


Show Summary
Inspired by the top-rated series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami follows a South Florida team of forensic investigators/police officers who use both cutting-edge scientific methods and old-fashioned police work to solve crimes. Horatio Caine heads the team of investigators while working crimes in the steamy tropical surroundings and cultural crossroads of Miami. Horatio, his second in command Calleigh Duquesne, and their team probes cases similar to those of their Las Vegas counterparts, but the Miami CSI team are also police officers as well as forensic investigators.i

Cast of Characters
Name Horatio Caine Calleigh Duquesne Eric Delko Frank Tripp Ryan Wolfe Natalia Boa Vista Walter Simmons Yelina Salas Tim Speedle Megan Donner Alexx Woods Tara Price Jesse Cardoza
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Status Alive Alive Alive Alive Alive Alive Alive Alive (Private Investigator) Deceased (killed in the line of duty) Alive (Retired) Alive (Resigned) Arrested Deceased (Poisoned)

Starling D. Hunter III 2012 | starling@qatar.cmu.edu| Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar | http://qatar.cmu.edu

Episode Recap
Two men are fishing when they hear a plane approaching too loudly. The plane flies by, smoking, and crashes into the water. Horatio and Eric arrive in an airboat looking for survivors. After a brief debate with NTSB over procedure, they find the pilot. Delko tries to save him, but the pilot dies. Calleigh gives Horatio information about the flight while Eric continues to look for body parts and money floating in the water. Megan arrives and meets with Tim. He welcomes her back but she wants to get to work. Megan discusses procedure with Horatio who stands his ground. He apologizes for having her job. Alexx is putting pieces of the victims together and finds what appears to be a bullet hole in one of them. She tells Horatio who asks Calleigh to find the bullet in the wreckage. A detective interviews one of the anglers as Tim listens. Tim tells Megan about the angler's poaching rifle. Eric dives for evidence while Tim documents it. Horatio shows Megan what looks to be shoddy equipment from the plane. As Eric and Tim bicker, Horatio finds an undamaged seat belt and an empty briefcase. Eric finds someone still alive. The paramedics are taking the survivor when Horatio notices the man did not wear his seat belt. Megan tells Horatio about a dead woman in the water. Alexx examines the new body and wonders how she got so far from wreckage. Alexx determines that the dead woman also did not wear her seatbelt and that her clothes are very expensive. Horatio zones in on some marks on the victim's hand. Horatio talks with the dead woman's mother. As Calleigh searches for the bullet, she finds suspicious damage to the plane's door. Tim fills Horatio in on what the passengers of the plane were doing. Calleigh tells them the door opened during the flight, which explains how the dead woman fell so far away. Horatio interrogates the plane's technician and realizes the door did not come off by itself; someone opened it. Megan and Horatio question the survivor. He suggests the dead woman committed suicide. As Eric and Tim argue about Megan, Horatio and Megan recreate a scene in the plane. They determine that the dead woman had been thrown out of the plane. Eric and Tim find out the angler had stolen the plane's black box. They hear the crash, but no gunshot. They also hear the dead woman screaming for help. Tim looks into the victim's life, Calleigh looks for the bullet, and Eric tries to find out how the plane crashed. Tim concludes that the victim did not commit suicide, Calleigh discovers a rivet, not a bullet, had hit the pilot, and Eric finds a very expensive woman's shoe in the plane's engine.They recreate the scene again but cannot prove the survivor killed the woman. Horatio remembers the marks on the woman's hand and links them to a fire extinguisher the survivor used to break the woman's grip on the door. They find the survivor in his room after he hangs himself. Horatio gives the victim's mother a damaging letter her daughter wrote about the survivor and the others from the crash.iii

Discussion Questions
1. Draw an organization chart of the CSI Miami team? Is the structure functional or divisional? 2. What is the span of control and what is the level of required contact? 3. Is the division of labor or specialization high, medium or low? 4. Is the level of centralization high, medium, or low?
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Solutions
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI:_Miami#Plot http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_CSI:_Miami_characters#Main_characters iii http://www.tv.com/csi-miami/golden-parachute/episode/194709/recap.html?tag=episode_recap;recap
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Starling D. Hunter III 2012 | starling@qatar.cmu.edu| Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar | http://qatar.cmu.edu