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CSI Miami - (S03E17)

Crime . Action . Mystery . Drama

Someone uses a laser light to blind a pilot and bring down a jet, which carries $1.2 billion in checks to be delivered to banks on the eastern seaboard. The crime scene evidence reveals a victim, a young fundraising socialite, who was inside the plane but killed prior to the crash. Now, although the team has little to work with since the victim's wealthy family is opposing an autopsy, Horatio must follow the money trail. Meanwhile, Calleigh works on the case with her ex-boyfriend, Detective Hagen, and their romantic history could cause problems for both of them.

Episode Title: Money Plane
Airs: 2005-03-7 at
  • Ann Hodges

    With a little TLC, the clone could turn out to be better than the original. [23 Sep 2002]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Mike Duffy

    Caruso is terrific as ex-homicide detective Caine, the red-haired actor's comfortable, moodily soulful new crime drama alter ego. He's the charismatic point man in CBS's superlative, tautly crafted "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" spin-off. [22 Sep 2002]

    Detroit Free Press Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Fans can relax; the franchise is in good, and possibly even better, hands. [23 Sep 2002]

    USA Today Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Flexing the foolproof formula and first-rate production values of its predecessor, this spinoff quickly proves to be a turn-on. [23 Sep 2002]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    A sleek whodunit with a superb cast and great promise. [22 Sep 2002]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    As TV art, CSI: Miami has a fatal flaw. The spark of originality is missing. But who, besides a few critics and professors, is going to worry about such things? As a viewing experience, it's as good as any series on television. [23 Sep 2002]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    This just feels like the show "CSI" should have been all along. [23 Sep 2002]

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    A very watchable hour of TV. [23 Sep 2002]

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tom Shales

    The premiere episode is smart and tense, the TV equivalent of the book you can't put down. [23 Sep 2002]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    What's partly holding "CSI: Miami" back from being great is that, as in the original "CSI," the whole premise is too pat.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tom Long

    While it's certainly not the most innovative new show this season, it knows exactly what it wants to be, which isn't a full-on copy of "CSI" but close enough to seem familiar. And it delivers the same slick, well-produced, well-acted sort of analytical whodunit as the original. [23 Sep 2002]

    The Detroit News Full Review
  • David Bianculli

    The acting is first-rate. [23 Sep 2002]

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Charlie McCollum

    There is more tension to the interaction between the characters and more emotions in play. [23 Sep 2002]

    San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Taut and stylish.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    I like Caruso as leader Horatio Crane; the actor's way with quiet anguish is suited to his role as a grim, relentless crime-scene examiner. But after that, my reservations begin.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Michael Speier

    Taut and tense, show boasts the twists, turns, gadgets and gimmicks made famous by its Las Vegas-set progenitor. It could, however, use a dash of personality --- everybody is relentlessly dour. [20 Sep 2002]

    Variety Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    Not surprisingly, the stylish "CSI: Miami" is as engaging as "CSI," if you can't get enough of the science of mortal disaster. [23 Sep 2002]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Step by step, it's all very fascinating and as well-produced as television gets.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    "CSI: Miami" is a carbon copy, for sure, but it's a copy of an efficient show millions of people enjoy watching. [23 Sep 2002]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Phil Rosenthal

    The quality simply did not go in before the "CSI" name went on. [16 Sep 2002]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Preston Turegano

    Despite its good cast, "CSI: Miami" is just too familiar and cookie cutter. [22 Sep 2002]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
  • John Levesque

    If you can accept the dramatic license, the dearth of Hispanic characters and Caruso's tendency to mumble, "CSI: Miami" is certainly as good as its competition. [16 Sep 2002]

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Steve Johnson

    The dialogue, when it's not establishing authenticity with technical terminology, offers up bad puns and trite truisms unworthy of an otherwise crisp production. [22 Sep 2002]

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Marc Peyser

    There's no question that the new show looks different. ... That said, there is something familiar about "CSI: Miami," maybe too familiar. [30 Sep 2002]

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    C.S.I.: Miami is very slick, very clever, and very eager to please.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Marisa Guthrie

    It's strangely devoid of drama. [23 Sep 2002]

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Noel Holston

    Something's amiss here. The new "CSI" is a little stilted, a little obvious. [23 Sep 2002]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Caruso is stiff and grim, and the crew doesn't click with him or one another. [23 Sep 2002]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    The new show doesn't feel like a clone, but it also seems to be missing the spirit of what made the original such a success. [23 Sep 2002]

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Linda Stasi

    While everything on the original "CSI" works - the concept, the actors, the script, the direction, the characters - nothing (did I mention nothing?) works on "CSI: Miami." [23 Sep 2002]

    New York Post Full Review

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