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|Dude, Where's My Groom?|
|Original Airdate||November 2, 2009|
|Previous Episode: Bad Seed|
|Next Episode: Bone Voyage|
Dude, Where's My Groom? is the sixth episode in season eight of CSI: Miami.
A groom goes missing, and the CSIs recreate his debauched bachelor party to solve the case and a murder. In the meantime, former lab tech Walter Simmons joins the group as a new CSI.
Kim Hewitt’s wedding day turns into a nightmare when her groom, Charlie King, doesn’t show up for the wedding, and his two groomsmen are discovered in a fountain in Miami, passed out, handcuffed together and covered in blood. The blood in the fountain doesn’t belong to either Jack Williams or Sean Anderson, and both claim to have no memory of the night before–or knowledge of where Charlie is. Kim tells Calleigh that Jack, the best man, had a serious falling out with Charlie a while back over a business lawsuit, and that Sean has an unrequited crush on her. Jesse has a tox screen run on the two men and finds a designer drug known as “Devil’s Breath” in their system that inhibits memory. Ryan recovers green flecks from Jack, and finds a bloody piece of paper in his pocket. Jesse finds a stamp from a club on Sean’s hand, leading the CSIs to the hotel the men stayed in. Calleigh and Jesse go to the hotel room and find it in complete shambles–but there’s no sign of Charlie anywhere. The CSIs find a pair of underwear with the logo of Club Perspire on it. The underwear leads them to Carmel Owens, a stripper at the club. Carmel recognizes Jack and Charlie–she says she poured them champagne and took the groom into the VIP room, but denies drugging the men. Calleigh views surveillance footage from the club and is surprised to catch sight of Kim in the video, observing Charlie going off with Carmel. The CSIs bring Kim in and she admits to following Charlie, and feeling betrayed that he went back on his promise to not to have strippers at his bachelor party. Kim went ballistic, but she didn’t confront him.
Though Natalia isn’t able to recover DNA from the blood in the fountain because of the chlorine, Warren is able to make out some of the writing on the bloody piece of paper and finds it’s a bail bond–Jack bailed someone out of jail. Jesse and Calleigh question Julio, the guy who issued the bonds, and he tells them Jack was bailing out Sean, who had been arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct after a prominent hotel developer filed a complaint. Calleigh is surprised to see Kim’s father, Timothy Hewitt, wrote the check. When Calleigh questions him, Hewitt claims the check was a wedding gift for Charlie, whom he says doesn’t know the value of a dollar. Horatio and Ryan visit the hotel developer, Clay Bennett, who tells them that Charlie, Jack and Sean crashed his party, and were kicked out twice. Charlie and Jack stole his limo, leaving Sean behind. Bennett had Sean arrested and sent one of his security guys after the limo. Horatio puts out an APB on the limo. The limo is located–with the body of the security guard, Tito Esquevez, in the backseat. Ryan recovers more green flecks in the limo and notices one on the body. He takes it to Walter for analysis and the lab tech discovers that it’s a paint sample–and the paint on one side of it is older than the other. Ryan and Walter go back to the hotel room and find a painting of a deer on the wall and finds evidence it was recently hung. Looking closer, they find something beneath the painting–a Matisse original worth 20 million dollars, clearly stolen. The painting must have been in the limo–and what may have cost Charlie his life. Horatio arrests Clay Bennett for art theft and Ryan looks for Charlie, but there’s no sign of the groom on Clay’s property.
Dr. Loman determines that Tito was killed with the door of the limo–his killer slammed his head in the door twice. DNA from both groomsmen was found under his fingernails, but the CSIs zero in on Jack as the killer when they discover the person who slammed the door was left handed. Jack is arrested for murder, and Sean as an accessory. Tripp calls Jesse with the news that Carmel has quit her job at the strip club. Jesse and Calleigh go to the club before she can leave and Jesse illegally searches her bag, finding a picture of her daughter–and a vial of Dragon’s Breath. Carmel admits a man paid her to take Charlie out back so he could abduct the groom. She recalls the man was older and had a Southern accent–and Calleigh thinks ot Kim’s father. Calleigh has both brought in, and Kim is shocked to hear that after she placed a desperate call to her father, he lost it, drove to the club and kidnapped Charlie. She’s floored when she learns the check Jack used to bail out Sean wasn’t a wedding gift at all, but an attempt to pay Charlie off to leave her–which the young man turned down. Horatio asks if Charlie is alive and Hewitt reveals that Charlie is on a raft in the ocean. A police helicopter rescues him, and Horatio watches as a tearful Kim is reunited with her weakened but alive fiance.
- David Caruso as Horatio Caine
- Emily Procter as Calleigh Duquesne
- Jonathan Togo as Ryan Wolfe
- Rex Linn as Frank Tripp
- Eva LaRue as Natalia Boa Vista
- Eddie Cibrian as Jesse Cardoza
- Omar Benson Miller as Walter Simmons
Guest Cast Edit
- Christian Clemenson as Tom Loman
- Alexa Havins as Kim Hewitt
- JC MacKenzie as Timothy Hewitt
- Greg Winter as Sean Anderson
- Tug Coker as Jack Williams
- Jessie O'Donohue as Carmel Owens
- Philippe Brenninkmeyer as Clay
- Sal Lopez as Julio
- Charlie Koznick as Charlie King
- Chris Gonzalez as Tito
- Leslie Karpman as Bikini Woman
- Todd Mitchell as Bicycle Cop
- It's revealed that Walter Simmons is now a CSI.