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|Original Airdate||January 18, 2006|
|Previous Episode: Trapped|
|Next Episode: Risk|
Wasted is the twelfth episode in season two of CSI: NY.
A runway model collapses dead during a fashion show. A terminally ill patient confesses to murdering his doctor.
Top swimsuit designer Gavin Ruvelle's fashion show takes a disturbing turn when model Serena Portinova falls dead on the runway during the height of the show. Mac and Danny arrive at the scene only to find it crawling with potential suspects. Danny discovers the possible murder weapon--a bloody can of the green paint used to enhance the model's body, but both the body painter and Gavin Ruvelle, who admits to arguing with Serena before the show when he found her woozy possibly from drinking too much, deny any involvement. In the morgue, Dr. Hammerback determines that the blow to the back of her head wasn't what killed her--her heart went into ventricular defibrillation and gave out. But as she was otherwise healthy, the CSIs find this a puzzling cause of death.
A young man named Paul Richmont comes into the station looking for Detective Flack. When he finds him, Paul deposits a gun on Flack's desk and claims to have shot his doctor, Rachel Jeffries, behind her office building. Stella and Lindsay go to the scene and find the woman shot dead just as Paul said. Lindsay notices her purse is filled with expensive jewelry, and also discovers an open Chinese food container and is surprised to discover a leech inside. The CSIs open Dr. Jeffries' shirt and find her chest covered in leeches. Lindsay collects the leeches to take back to the lab. Back at the lab, Danny gets a print off the paint can but no match in AFIS, and he's also surprised to discover the blood on the can is from an unknown female, not Serena. The mystery deepens when another dead model is discovered. Jennifer Fazotti lies in the back of the cargo truck, and Dr. Hawkes notices she suffered a blow to the back of the head as well, one which fractured vertebrae. Mac notices the same green paint that Serena was wearing around the wound on Jennifer's neck.
Stella and Flack interrogate Paul, who is insistent that he killed Dr. Jeffries. He claims Jeffries promised to cure the rare blood disease he had, but that she took all of his money and tried outlandish remedies with no success. When Stella asks about the leeches, he pauses before claiming he'd added them for effect. Stella is suspicious and her skepticism is justified when Paul claims to have been looking in Jeffries' eyes when he killed her. Impossible, Stella says, as the woman was shot in the back. Hammerback extracts the bullets and is surprised to discover they're magnetized. The gun is as well, suggesting that the shooter was exposed to a magnetic source shortly before the shooting. Lindsay shows Stella that the leeches were being kept in the Chinese food container, and because one is filled with blood from a male donor, she believes Paul brought them. Stella remains unconvinced.
Dr. Hammerback confirms that Jennifer Fazotti died of a broken neck and gives Mac a sample of spores he found on her body. He also tells Mac that Serena was intoxicated and had ecstasy in her lungs, which likely caused her heart failure. Mac goes to the lab and quickly determines that ecstasy can't be smoked recreationally. In the lab, Adam Ross determines the spores are fungal spores indigenous to Africa. At Dr. Jeffries' office, Stella questions Tracy Colton, the nurse at the office. Stella notices the picture on the television set looks odd. Lindsay finds a necklace on the floor with blood on it, and is suspicious of a cut on Tracy's neck, which Tracy claims she got at home that morning. While Stella examines the office, Lindsay goes back to the alley where Jeffries' body was found and tries a key that was in the dead woman's hand to a door that leads to a basement full of leeches and maggots being raised and stored. Paul's wife, Lynette, pays a visit to the station and tells Stella and Flack that Dr. Jeffries was a scam artist and took all their money but never cured Paul. She tells them Jeffries claimed she was using leeches to draw the poison out Paul's blood.
Mac and Danny confer on their case. The citrus green paint seems to be the only constant between the two victims. They realize a crucial key in the puzzle may have gone down the drain literally when Hammerback washed the paint from Serena's body, so they unscrew the pipe and take a sample, only to discover the paint tests positive for ecstasy and realize that Serena must have been killed by inhaling massive amounts of the ecstasy, which would have been dissolved under the hot lights on the runway. Mac realizes they've uncovered an ecstasy smuggling scheme that goes far beyond a fashion show. Danny and Dr. Hawkes pay a visit to the warehouse where the paint, originally brought up from Georgia, is being stored. Todd Miller, the warehouse manager, shows them the entire supply, which the CSIs take back to the lab to test. All the paint is negative for ecstasy, meaning the smugglers must have gotten rid of it. The spores from Jennifer's neck provide a clue: they were brought over from Africa by a transatlantic wind, which spread the spores across the southeastern U.S., including Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. Danny realizes he knows who the killer is. Elsewhere in the lab, Stella has eliminated Paul as a suspect once and for all: the gun was fired three times--two bullets went into Rachel and a third was fired at a different time and location, which fibers in the barrel indicate. Paul fired the gun after the murder and is now protecting the real killer. Lindsay shows Stella the necklace from Dr. Jeffries' office floor and shows her a picture in the locket of a little girl. The CSIs are able to age-progress the photo and Stella recognizes the face.
Mac faces off against Todd Miller, the warehouse manager. He's the one who killed Jennifer, when she came out of the show and caught him switching the ecstasy-laced green paint with regular paint. His fingerprints matched those found on the can used to fatally strike Jennifer. Mac tells Miller that he'll be charged with both her death and Serena's, but the decision as to whether it will be a manslaughter or murder charge depends on whether Miller gives up the people he's selling the drugs for. Paul Richmont is cleared of all charges and released, but he looks on, devastated, as his wife, Lynette, is arrested for Dr. Jeffries' murder. Enraged that Jeffries' had taken all of their money and given Paul false hope, Lynette stormed in on Jeffries in the middle of an MRI and confronted her. Jeffries defended her practice and the women got into a screaming match. Lynette asked for something of hers back, and Jeffries' ripped the locket off her neck and returned it to Lynette. Disgusted, Lynette threw it to the ground and left the office. She waited for Rachel in the alley and shot her twice in the back. Chagrined at his wife's arrest, Paul tells Stella he only has a few months to live and asks if there's any way he can take responsibility for the crime. Sadly, Stella apologizes but stands firm when she says no, though she admits she understands why he did it.
Main Cast Edit
- Gary Sinise as Mac Taylor
- Melina Kanakaredes as Stella Bonasera
- Carmine Giovinazzo as Danny Messer
- Hill Harper as Sheldon Hawkes
- Eddie Cahill as Don Flack
- Anna Belknap as Lindsay Monroe
Guest Cast Edit
- Robert Joy as Dr. Sid Hammerback
- AJ Buckley as Adam Ross
- Sam Littlefield as Paul Richmont
- Kelly Overton as Lynette Richmont
- Lee Burns as Gavin Ruvelle
- Will McCormack as Todd Miller
- Mark Steines as Himself
- Kristin Proctor as Tracy Colton
- Claudia Mason as Serena Portinova
- Gayle Brown as Nadia Roque
- Katie A. Keane as Dr. Rachel Jeffries
- Andrew Patrick Rolston as Peter Rector
- Lisa Gleave as Jennifer Fazotti