|Writer||Anthony E. Zuiker|
|Original Airdate||May 24, 2004|
|Previous Episode: MIA/NYC NonStop|
|Next Episode: Lost Son|
Innocent is the twenty-fourth episode and the season finale of season 2 of CSI: Miami.
An adult film actress is found strangled in the park and the CSIs must find the killer. Blood and human tissue are found under Ashley Anders's nails and the DNA matches that of the CEO of the company that distributes her films—and he is a registered sex offender. Also, Calleigh discovers his answering machine audiotape on which he makes a threat against Ashley. However, there is an accident back at the lab with this crucial piece of evidence and Delko was the last person to handle it. Now, IAB's Rick Stetler is put on the case, much to Horatio's dismay, as the CSIs try to uncover further evidence in order to find the girl's killer.
Gina and Kyle, a pair of college lovebirds make out in a park. Suddenly, Gina hears a cell phone ring. She spots an abandoned phone several feet away, and goes to check it out. When she does, she spots the dead body of a young woman.
When Horatio arrives on the scene, he notes an abundance of police officers surrounding the body. The dead girl is Ashley Anders, a pornography star. When one of the officers mentions her resume, Horatio notes that she's also someone's daughter. Delko and Alexx find some sort of sticky substance in Ashley's hair. Alexx notes that she was strangled, but not raped. The contents of her stomach reveal she ate caviar the night she was killed, most likely at a party. This leads Horatio to David Jeffers, the head of Palm Grove, which owned the adult film company Ashley worked for. Calleigh finds a suspicious recording on the answering machine in Jeffers' office, during which Jeffers tells someone to solve the Ashley problem. Jeffers claims he tussled with Ashley when she wanted to leave the party early, and she scratched him. He tells Horatio he let her leave after that happened. Jeffers' lawyer, Max Snowden, escorts him away when Horatio admits he doesn't have enough evidence to arrest Jeffers.
Delko is copying the Jeffers tape in the lab when suddenly he notices some sort of chemical smoke. He grabs the copy of the tape and flees the lab, pulling the fire alarm as he does. When Horatio arrives, Delko tells him the chemical was hydrocloric acid, which had been spilled in the lab. Rick Stetler suspects Delko, and accuses Horatio of covering for his people. Horatio angrily tells him his hostile accusations are "unwise." Calleigh and Speedle examine Ashley's house, where Speedle notices a dog's bowl and fan letters, and Calleigh discovers semen on the bed. The semen leads Calleigh to Ned Ostroff, a Palm Grove mail room employee, who also wrote quite a few of Ashley's fan letters. He was in Ashley Anders apartment, but the semen on the bed proves he was alone. Alexx tells Calleigh that there are only seven finger marks on Ashley's neck; the killer had a hurt finger. Ostroff's finger's don't match.
Speedle views the extras on one of Ashley's DVDs and recognizes the park she walks her dog Rufus in. He decides to go to the park in the hopes of finding her dog. Joseph Kayle identifies Carl Mercer's prints on the hydrocloric acid. Carl is a trustee--a con working in the CSI labs because of budget cuts. Jeffers' lawyer bribed Carl's wife, offering her bail money if Carl spilled the HCL and destroyed the Jeffers tape. Horatio accuses Snowdon of bribery, but Yelina tells him Carl's wife won't come forward. Speedle finds Rufus in the park, as well as a good friend of Ashley's, Cookie Devine. She's wary of Speedle at first, but when he fends off some guys who are harassing her, she warms to him. Speedle takes Rufus back to the lab and removes some flesh from the dog's teeth.
Alexx pinpoints Ashley's age at eighteen, which means she was underage when she started working for Jeffers. Apparently this is what Jeffers was trying to cover up--he even went so far as to alter her birth certificate. But the flesh in the dog's teeth doesn't match Jeffers or Snowdon. Ostroff is called back in, and admits he saw Ashley talking to a man with a horseshoe on his hat. Calleigh realizes it wasn't a horseshoe, but a Greek Omega symbol. It's a fraternity letter, and Calleigh quickly connects it to one of the fan mail notes. It turns out Ashley received a letter from a fraternity which Kyle Preston is the vice president of. Kyle claims he asked Ashley for an autograph earlier that day, but Delko examines a substance on his hat--one that matches the one in Ashley's hair--and determines it could have only come from a night-blooming flower. Kyle also has a jammed finger. Kyle breaks down and admits he was losing Gina--he only wanted the women he saw in pornography movies. Killing Ashley was meant to free him.
Horatio confronts Jeffers about Ashley's birth certificate, and Jeffers weakly claims he wasn't hurting anyone. Horatio is implacable. Speedle runs into Cookie Devine in the hallway and barely recognizes her. She asks him out to coffee, and tells him her real name: Sarah Piper. Stetler apologizes to Horatio about his suspicions about Delko, and then drives off with Yelina for a romantic weekend while Horatio watches in silent. There's not much time to reflect; the CSIs are soon called out on another murder.
Main Cast Edit
- David Caruso as Horatio Caine
- Emily Procter as Calleigh Duquesne
- Adam Rodríguez as Eric Delko
- Khandi Alexander as Alexx Woods
- Rory Cochrane as Tim Speedle