Tuesday 1st December 9.00pm
The seventh season of the crime drama series continues. This week, the team investigates a grenade attack on a family in a crowded restaurant. What could have motivated the brutal onslaught? Elsewhere, another CSI becomes aware of Tara’s drug addiction.
The CSIs are called to Tisano’s restaurant after a grenade is thrown at a family in a seemingly unprovoked attack. Warren Emerson and his assistant are both dead, but Warren’s wife, Deborah, and son, Steve, survived the blast. Horatio and Delko process the scene and deduce the grenade was probably made by an amateur. “Homemade, professional, the result’s the same – boom,” Delko remarks. Tripp questions Jason Molina, the owner of the restaurant, but he claims he was in the kitchen and did not see the events leading up to the attack.
Back at the morgue, Ryan asks Tara for the autopsy report on Warren. However, just as the CSIs move the body, another grenade rolls out of Warren’s trouser leg and explodes! Ryan manages to get Kyle out of the way of the explosion, but when he checks on Tara he finds her scooping up her spilled OxyContin tablets. “Are you hooked?” he demands. Tara initially claims the pills belonged to Warren but Ryan refuses to believe her story. “I need you to fix this, because next time I can’t sweep it under the rug,” he tells her.
When Horatio learns that Steve made the restaurant reservation and requested a table by the window, he suspects he could be involved in his father’s death. The hardened detective brings Steve and Deborah in for questioning. “I had nothing to do with this,” Steve insists. Instead, he suggests his father’s job as a lobbyist could be connected to the attack. When Horatio asks Deborah what she remembers of the explosion, she recalls seeing a yellow car just before the grenades detonated.
Ryan and Delko revisit the scene of the blast and recover traces of yellow paint and a partial licence plate number from an impression left on a valet stand. The CSIs trace the car and arrive at the house of the owner, Ken Jarvik. Tripp is shocked when Jarvik opens fire, but manages to arrest the suspect. “I’m just taking my little buddy to an interrogation,” he tells Ryan. Calleigh finds rolls of silver laminate and a number of bank logos in the boot of the car and guesses that Jarvik is making counterfeit credit cards.
Jarvik gives Delko and Tripp the address of the factory he was using to forge the cards. The detectives are stunned when they find Steve on the premises. The shifty young man admits he and Jarvik were working together – and were paying Molina for the credit card numbers on his restaurant’s till receipts. Steve reveals that he received a photograph of himself, Jarvik and Molina over email several weeks ago. The CSIs surmise that the photo was a warning – Steve’s scam was rumbled and he was the target of the attack. “Are you saying I got my father killed?” he asks, in distress.
Calleigh and Benton go through Steve’s emails and analyse the photo he was sent. Calleigh recognises the type of camera used to take the snap, and realises the photographer was Cameron West, the paparazzo tied up with the Russian mob (last seen in the episode ‘Target Specific’). How is the corrupt photographer connected to the explosion?