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#101 : Plus dure sera la chute

Scénariste : Steven Maeda
Producteur : Joe Chappelle

En cherchant des survivants après le crash d'un jet, les Experts découvrent le corps d'une femme à 8 km du site de l'accident. L'unique survivant leur explique alors que la femme a ouvert la porte de l'avion pour se suicider, mais Horatio a des doutes. Pour retrouver les pièces qu'il manque au puzzle, l'équipe essaie de reconstituer ce qui s'est passé lors de ce vol fatal.

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Golden Parachute

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Plus dure sera la chute

Première diffusion
23.09.2002

Première diffusion en France
07.06.2003

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Megan (Kim Delaney) et Horatio (David Caruso) observent la scène de crime

Megan (Kim Delaney) et Horatio (David Caruso) observent la scène de crime

Horatio (David Caruso) trouve un indice

Horatio (David Caruso) trouve un indice

Horatio (David Caruso) montre l'indice qu'il a trouvé à Megan (Kim Delaney)

Horatio (David Caruso) montre l'indice qu'il a trouvé à Megan (Kim Delaney)

Horatio (David Caruso) montre l'indice qu'il a trouvé à Megan (Kim Delaney)

Horatio (David Caruso) montre l'indice qu'il a trouvé à Megan (Kim Delaney)

Megan Donner (Kim Delaney)

Megan Donner (Kim Delaney)

Calleigh (Emily Procter) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) inspectent le corps de la victime

Calleigh (Emily Procter) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) inspectent le corps de la victime

Calleigh (Emily Procter) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) inspectent le corps de la victime

Calleigh (Emily Procter) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) inspectent le corps de la victime

Horatio (David Caruso), Calleigh (Emily Procter) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) inspectent le corps de la victime

Horatio (David Caruso), Calleigh (Emily Procter) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) inspectent le corps de la victime

Horatio (David Caruso) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) devant le corps de la victime

Horatio (David Caruso) et Alexx (Khandi Alexander) devant le corps de la victime

Calleigh Duquesne (Emily Procter)

Calleigh Duquesne (Emily Procter)

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Réalisateur : Joe Chappelle
Scénaristes : Steven Maeda

Durée de l'épisode : 45 minutes - Captures

Distribution : 

  • David Caruso ... Horation Caine
  • Emily Procter ... Calleigh Duquesne
  • Adam Rodriguez ... Eric Delko
  • Khandi Alexander ... Alexx Woods
  • Rory Cochrane ... Tim Speedle
  • Kim Delaney ... Megan Donner
  • Michael McGrady ... Eddie Delacroix
  • Sam Anderson ... Scott Sommer
  • Anne Betancourt ... Madame Colucci
  • Julie Dretzin ... Christina Maria Colluchi
  • David Labioza ... Esparza
  • Michael Canavan ... Pilote
  • Tim Sampson ... Jim Tigerfish
  • Emil Behesthi ... Technicien
  • Elyan J. Taylor ... Infirmière
  • William Haze ... Agent

Dans les Everglades

Alors que deux hommes pêchent dans les Everglades, un avion s'écrase sous leur yeux. Horatio et Eric arrivent sur les lieux, il s'agit d'un vol en partance de Miami qui s'est écrasé peu après le décollage avec 8 personnes à son bord. Horatio et Eric mettent en place leur plan de travail quand il découvre un rescapé. Erik plonge le secourir malheureusement il est trop tard. 

- Générique -

Calleigh, Tim et Megan sont arrivés sur place, Eric recherche des survivants avec l'équipe des secours en parcourant les marais. L'avion qui s'est écrasé appartenait à Scott Eric Sommer, patron d'une compagnie d'assurance. L'autopsie révèle que l'on a tiré sur le pilote. Les enquêteurs découvrent aussi qu'un des passagers n'avait pas mis sa ceinture durant le vol, celui-ci pourrait avoir tiré sur le pilote. Horatio trouve une malette complètement vide, ce qui l'interpelle beaucoup. Un survivant est enfin retrouvé, Horatio et Eric remarque qu'il n'a aucune trace du port de la ceinture, il pourrait s'agir de l'assasin. L'équipe est appelée sur les lieux d'un autre incident, une noyade à 7 km de là. Megan et Horatio découvrent le corps d'une femme, celle-ci était une passagère de l'avion, la seule femme.

Salle d'autopsie

L'équipe parvient à l'identifier grâce au plan de vol, Christina Maria Colucci, la comptable de la compagnie d'assurance. L'autopsie révèle qu'elle ne portait pas sa ceinture et qu'elle était en état d'ébriété. Horatio découvre aussi une étrange blessure sur sa main. 

Bureau d'Horatio

Horatio interroge la mère de la victime, celle-ci lui confirme que la malette vide appartenait à sa fille. Et que bien qu'elle ait fait une dépression il y a plusieurs années, jamais elle n'aurait tenté de mettre fin à ses jours. 

Dans les Everglades

Calleigh est toujours a la recherche de la balle qui a tué le pilote. En inspectant le fusellage de l'avion elle découvre une éraflure sur un des ergos de la porte de l'avion. Y a t'il eu une défaillance technique ou quelqu'un veut-il le faire croire? 

Locaux Police Scientifique

Les enquêteurs découvrent que l'avion emmenait les membres de la compagnie à Washington afin qu'ils  se présentent devant la commision d'enquête sur la sécurité des transactions financières. La compagnie avait des problèmes financiers et beaucoup la soupçonne d'avoir fait de nombreuses arnaques. Calleigh découvre qu'on a délibérement abîmé la porte de l'avion, celle-ci s'est ouverte en plein vol. Les enquêteurs tiennent désormais une piste. 

Salle d'interrogatoire

Alors que Calleigh vient de découvrir l'objet qui a servi au sabotage, Horatio interroge le suspect, Esparza, celui-ci utilise des pièces usagées qu'il remonte sur l'avion de la société. Il s'avère en réalité que ce sont les seules pièces dont disposait le mécanicien. L'avion volant à trop basse altitude il n'y a pas eu de déprésurisation, ce qui prouve que les portes ne se sont pas ouvertes à cause d'une défaillance. Il ne reste plus que deux pistes aux enquêteurs, la thèse du suicide ou du meurtre. 

Hôpital de Miami

Horatio et Meghan rendent visite au passager survivant, Scott Sommer, qui vient de se réveiller, afin de l'interroger. Celui-ci explique aux enquêteurs que Christina avait pris des médicaments et consommé beaucoup d'alcool et qu'elle a elle-même ouvert les portes de l'avion. 

Locaux Police Scientifique

Meghan procède à une analyse chimique d'une mèche de cheveux de Christina, celle-ci prenait des anti-dépresseurs et aurait fait une tentative de suicide dans le passé. Meghan penche donc pour le suicide mais Horatio pense qu'elle voulait dénoncé les arnaques de la compagnie et qu'on l'en a empêché. Mais les empreintes sur la porte et les boîtes noires de l'avion vont éclairer l'équipe. 

Les enquêteurs font dorénavant tout afin de trouver les preuves manquantes, Tim fouille l'appartemant de Christina, Calleigh recherche la balle qui a tué le pilote et Eric cherche à savoir pourquoi le moteur de l'avion a laché. 

Tim ne découvre rien de particulier chez Christina mais Calleigh et Eric font d'intéressantes découvertes. Une dernière reconstitution apportera l'élèment manquant permettant de clore cette affaire. 

COLD OPEN:

(Camera travels low on the water headed toward the Miami Skyline.  The rising sun casts an orange glow in the horizon.)

(Camera travels low on the marshland toward a craft in the middle of the small clearing.)

(Two men stand on their craft casting lines into the water.  It's extremely quiet.)

(In the distance, they hear the whine of an aircraft growing louder.  They turn to look.)

(Just above them, a plane whips by, a stream of black smoke streaking the sky.  The plane crashes into the water hitting it at full speed.)

(The camera submerges into the water.)

(Pieces of the plane fall into the water.)

(Camera travels low and fast on the swampland.) 

(Horatio Caine and Eric Delko travel on their own craft toward the crash site. 
The craft slows as they approach the wreckage.  Horatio Caine and Eric Delko survey the site.  Eric Delko is dressed in a diving suit.)

(Horatio motions for the driver to continue forward.  They carefully check the waters for survivors.  Eric Delko is on the phone.)

ERIC DELKO:  (to phone)  Flight 906, outbound Miami to D.C.  Dropped off the radar at 0820.  Crashed right after takeoff.

HORATIO CAINE:  How many on board?

(The craft stops.)

ERIC DELKO:  N.T.S.B. confirms two pilots, six passengers.  Total of eight souls.

HORATIO CAINE:  Eight souls unaccounted for, okay.

(Eric listens to the phone.  He doesn't like what he's hearing.) 

ERIC DELKO:  (agitated)  Look, they're advising we wait for fire and rescue ...

HORATIO CAINE:  (calmly interrupts)  Tell them we were four miles away when we took the call.  First responders provide immediate aid no questions asked. 

ERIC DELKO:  (to phone)  We're taking this. 

HORATIO CAINE:  Call MDPD

(Eric dials as Horatio instructs him.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Tell them I want to set a forward command post at levee 67. 
Mobile recovery, biohazard gear -- the works -- and then call in the night
shift.  We need all hands on deck.

ERIC DELKO:  (to phone)  Yeah. Eric Delko, hold on.

(Horatio leans forward, looking out into the water.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Shh.

(Eric puts the phone down for a moment.)

ERIC DELKO:  What?  What is it?

(Horatio leans forward, looking.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Right here.  (Finds it and points.)  We've got a survivor right there.

(Eric moves.  He jumps into the water.) 

ERIC DELKO:  Hold on, sir, I'm coming!

(He makes his way toward the body as Horatio goes on the phone.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (on phone)  Yeah, this is Horatio Caine.  This is CSI priority. 
I need an air rescue.  I am located six miles south of the Tamiami Trail at Spillway 3-4-6. 

(Eric wades through the water.)

ERIC DELKO:  Hold on!

(He reaches the body in a pilot's uniform and lifts him to turn him over.)

ERIC DELKO:  (shouts)  He's not breathing! 

(Horatio puts the phone down.) 


(Eric puts the pilot back down on the ground and checks for a pulse.)

ERIC DELKO:  Come on, breathe, breathe, breathe. 

(He starts CPR as Horatio watches and waits.  Eric continues to pump on the man's chest.) 

ERIC DELKO:  Come on, breathe!

HORATIO CAINE:  Eric.  Eric.

(Eric continues.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (louder )  Eric.

(Delko stops.  He breathes heavily.)

HORATIO CAINE:  He's gone.

(Delko puts his head down.)

ERIC DELKO:  I lost him.

HORATIO CAINE:  It happens.

ERIC DELKO:  He could have told us something.

HORATIO CAINE:  We don't need him to. 

(Horatio looks up and around at the wreckage site.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  We've got the whole story right here.

ROLL TITLE CREDITS.

(Calleigh Duquesne fills Horatio Caine in on the latest information about the air craft as they walk along the levee.  Other personnel are there.) 

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  The jet was registered to a Scott Erik Sommer.  He made the Fortune 500 insuring half the gulf coast.

HORATIO CAINE:  Did you get a flight plan yet?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  It went straight to N.T.S.B. 

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  They've got a go team flying in.  They'll be here within the hour.

HORATIO CAINE:  What about fire rescue?

(They stop in front of what's left of the plane.)

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  They just went out to look for survivors.  Delko's with them.

(They both turn to look at the wreckage.) 

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Is it as bad as it looks?

HORATIO CAINE:  It's actually worse than it looks.


(Eric Delko is out on the boat looking for survivors.  Rather than use the motor, he and another man push the boat slowly through the water, searching carefully for any lost bits and pieces of evidence.) 

(Directly in front of them are several bills on the plants.  Also among the plants is a piece of a man's arm cut off.)

(The boat pulls up along side the arm.  Eric reaches down and picks up the arm out from the water.  He takes a breath as he looks at it, then places it in a bag.  He twists the bag shut.)

(He puts the bag aside, then takes flag marker 5 and sticks it in the spot where the arm was found.)


(Camera is low on the road as a set of tires pull up and stop.  The driver's door opens and a woman in high heeled shoes steps out of the SUV.  It's Megan Donner.  She takes off her sunglasses and looks around.) 

(On the other side of the SUV, she meets up with Tim Speedle.)

MEGAN DONNER:  N.T.S.B. is on the way in.  They're going to want updates -- site logistics, weather, eyewitness reports.

TIM SPEEDLE:  Welcome back, Megan.  I didn't know you were going to be in this week.

(She ignores his welcome and gets back to business.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Any survivors?

TIM SPEEDLE:  (shakes his head)  Nothing new.

MEGAN DONNER:  They'll be found in the first few hours if we find them at all.  How we doing on safety?

TIM SPEEDLE:  We got it covered.

(Speedle puts a hand on her shoulder, she shrugs it off.  She turns and starts walking. Speedle follows.)

MEGAN DONNER:  This is a level two biohazard site.  We should be taking precautions.



(Horatio instructs Calleigh.)

HORATIO CAINE:  All search personnel should have tyvexx overalls on double
gloves, masks, and decontamination after every shift.



MEGAN DONNER:  Everyone's up on antibiotics.  The water's full of blood-borne
pathogens and bacteria from body decomp not to mention six thousand pounds of
jet-A fuel.



HORATIO CAINE:  No shift should last more than twenty minutes.  No food or water
on site.



MEGAN DONNER:  They won't be able to eat out there.  Spray from the airboat
props will cause contamination.



HORATIO CAINE:  We're treating this as a crime scene which means no object too
small.  Any doubts, bag it and tag it.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  (nods)  All right.

(Calleigh turns and leaves.) 



MEGAN DONNER:  (to Speedle)  See if you can find me a copy of the flight plan.

(Megan turns and walks away.) 

TIM SPEEDLE:  (calls out to her)  It's nice to see you, too.

(A diver slips off the boat and into the water.  He uses the flag marker to tap
the bottom of the marsh floor.) 

(Nearby, Horatio Caine kneels as he watches.)

(Megan walks up to him.)

MEGAN DONNER:  You thinking bomb?

HORATIO CAINE:  Well, the jury's still out. 

(They shake hands.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Welcome back, Megan.  (She nods.)  Why do you ask?

MEGAN DONNER:  You're the expert.

HORATIO CAINE:  Well, no gas washing no pitting, no thinning of metal no thermal
effect.  We still have to swab for RDX, PETN but I think we'll know more when
the evidence comes in.

MEGAN DONNER:  NTSB told us to hold off on recovery.

(Horatio stands and puts his sunglasses on.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Yeah, but they're not here yet, are they?

MEGAN DONNER:  Horatio, we've been through this before.

HORATIO CAINE:  Valu-jet in '96--  I recall it well.

MEGAN DONNER:  Then I don't need to remind you the Feds have jurisdiction over
any air crash.  They deputize local agencies.  We're working for them.

HORATIO CAINE:  The Everglades is a slow-moving river with a current that
travels about four feet per hour.

MEGAN DONNER:  I know.  The crash site is degrading while we're standing here. 
We're losing evidence.

HORATIO CAINE:  Four feet per hour.  We need to start processing right now.

MEGAN DONNER:  That's not your call, or mine.

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay. 

(He stops and takes off his glasses.  Sirens wail in the distance.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Listen, I am sorry for the way things turned out for you but I
did not ask for this job.

MEGAN DONNER:  (nods)  I know. 

HORATIO CAINE:  Anytime you want to take it back, let me know.

(MEGAN chuckles ruefully)

MEGAN DONNER:  That's not my call either.

HORATIO CAINE:  Until then, let's get to work.

(Horatio turns and leaves.  Megan stands there a moment and sighs.)


(Inside the make-shift tent, the bodies and body parts are piled up for Alexx
Woods to examine.  Horatio stands next to the table with the body that she's
currently working on.) 

ALEXX WOODS:  How are we doing on survivors?

HORATIO CAINE:  Not good.  How many you got in here?

ALEXX WOODS:  Four or five, depending on which pieces match.

(She's cutting the shirt off the body of a white male on the table in front of
her.)

ALEXX WOODS:  Injuries are consistent with catastrophic blunt force trauma.

HORATIO CAINE:  Pretty normal for this type of crash, though.

ALEXX WOODS:  (to the body)  Wasn't normal for you.  You didn't get up this
morning thinking it would be your last, did you, honey?

HORATIO CAINE:  Ask him if he knows what brought the plane down.

(She smiles at Horatio.  She pushes the shirt aside and finds something on the
man's chest.) 

ALEXX WOODS:  Well, I think he just might have answered your question.

(She shows Horatio the injury.)

ALEXX WOODS:  Small entry wound in the upper torso. 

(Quick CGI POV:  Close up of the entry wound on the man's chest.  End of CGI
POV.  Resume to present.)

(Alexx lifts the body over so they can examine the back of the body.  Horatio
looks at the body, then he looks at Alexx.)

HORATIO CAINE:  We got a through-and-through.

(She doesn't say anything.  Alexx pats the body and puts it back down.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (loud)  Calleigh, please. 

(Calleigh walks into the tent.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Take a look at this.

(Calleigh walks up to the body and looks at the wound.) 

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Looks like a medium caliber.  Maybe a .32 or a .38.

HORATIO CAINE:  And the bullet may still be lodged in the fuselage.  Do you
think we could find it?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  (smiles)  Does Elvis wear a white jumpsuit?

(Alexx smiles at the comment.  Calleigh turns and leaves the tent.  Horatio
continues to look at the body.)  



(Det. Eddie Delacroix interviews Jim Tigerfish.) 

DET. EDDIE DELACROIX:  What else can you tell me?

JIM TIGERFISH:  We were just out there fishing.  Heard a noise-- real loud --
looked up, and boom!  That's all we saw.

(On the side, Megan and Speedle watch.)

DET. EDDIE DELACROIX:  Did you approach the plane?

JIM TIGERFISH:  No, sir. We high-tailed it out of there.  Called 911.

DET. EDDIE DELACROIX:  And you didn't think to look for any survivors?

JIM TIGERFISH:  Hey, we called you, remember?  Shouldn't we get a reward, or
something like that?

(The Detective glances at Jim Tigerfish, then continues to write in his
notebook.  Speedle turns away.)

(Megan follows him.  Speedle sighs.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Fishing, my ass.  Did you see the size of that rifle in their
boat?  .30-06.  They were poaching gators.

MEGAN DONNER:  There are panthers out in the glades.  How do you know the
rifle's not for protection?  How do you know they didn't borrow the boat?  Owner
left his rifle inside.

TIM SPEEDLE:  (sighs)  I trust my gut.  It seems pretty obvious.

MEGAN DONNER:  You sound just like Horatio.  The problem with the obvious, Tim
is that it can make you overlook the evidence.

(Megan turns and leaves.) 



(An officer on a boat holds a rifle, keeping his eye on the alligator in the
water in front of him.)

(Speedle sits on the boat snapping photos of something in front of him.)

(In the water, Eric rises out of the water.  He lifts his mask and makes his way
back to the boat.  He puts something on the boat and hands a white plastic bag
to Speedle.  Speedle takes the bag and puts it aside.  Eric heads off in another
direction to continue the search.)

(Speedle looks down at the bag and wallet, evidence #A50.  The wallet is open to
a couple of family photos of the person's wife and children.  He stares at the
photos for a moment.  He raises his camera and takes a photo of the wallet.)



(Horatio and Megan kneel down on the ground looking at evidence.  Horatio holds
a small piece of something in his hand.) 

HORATIO CAINE: What do you make of this?

MEGAN DONNER:  Electronic fuel injector, like in my car.

(He holds it out to her.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Look closer. 

(Megan takes the piece and looks at it.)

(Quick close up:  The numbers on the piece are scratched off.  End of close-up.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Serial number looks like it's been worn down.  Could be strip-
and-dip.

HORATIO CAINE:  It's a used part.  Shined up, given a phony serial number, sold
as new.  It's an old trick.

MEGAN DONNER:  (looks around)  I'll have Speedle look into it.

HORATIO CAINE:  I need Speedle here for collection.

(She turns and looks at him.) 

MEGAN DONNER:  I'll take care of it.

HORATIO CAINE:  Thank you.

(She stands up with the piece.)


(Speedle and Delko have found a passenger strapped in his seat next to red
evidence flag #24.  Speedle snaps photos of the body.  Delko looks at the body,
impatient to get going.) 

ERIC DELKO:  Hey, Herb Ritts, come on.  You want to do this while we're young,
or what?

TIM SPEEDLE:  I need a minute.

ERIC DELKO:  Look, how about I take the pictures and you go out there and
backstroke through that crap?

TIM SPEEDLE:  Are you all right?

ERIC DELKO:  Yeah, I'm fine.  Are you all right?

HORATIO CAINE:  Gentlemen?

(Speedle and Delko both turn toward Horatio and Megan who are standing just off
to the side.)

ERIC DELKO:  Sorry, H.

HORATIO CAINE:  Stay focused.

TIM SPEEDLE:  We were just talking about after a plane crash like this they used
to find all these passengers without any feet.  They couldn't figure out why. 
But it turns out there's a support bar under the seat that was acting like a
guillotine.

(As he talks, Horatio kneels down next to an empty passenger seat.  He sees
something.  Megan kneels down next to him, looking at the same thing.)

HORATIO CAINE:  This seat belt is unbuckled and undamaged.

(Quick close-up of the dirty seat belt buckle.  End of close-up.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Well, the flight wasn't full.  That's, uh, six passengers, eight
empty seats.

HORATIO CAINE:  Yeah, but I've already counted nine unbuckled belts, so, that
would mean one of the passengers was unbuckled during takeoff, doesn't it?

TIM SPEEDLE:  It might have been the guy who shot the pilot.

(Horatio and Megan both stand up.)

HORATIO CAINE:  It might have been.

(Speedle turns and walks away.  Megan looks around at the other workers.) 

MEGAN DONNER:  How's everyone holding up?

HORATIO CAINE:  They're fine.  They're doing their jobs.

(Horatio reaches down and picks up a briefcase.)

 

(Horatio forces the briefcase open.  He finds it empty.  Calleigh is in the tent
working on something else.) 

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  What have you got?

HORATIO CAINE:  Nothing. 

(Calleigh stands up and walks over to Horatio.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Not a pen, not a piece of paper not a paper clip -- nothing. 
Who travels with an empty briefcase?  That's odd, right?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Yeah.

ERIC DELKO:  (o.s. shout)  H, come on!


(Delko and a couple of officers carry a man onto the ground,) 

ERIC DELKO:  (shouts)  Rescue, I need a paramedic, now!

(They put the man down on the ground.)

ERIC DELKO:  We got one with a pulse!

(Water spurts from the man's mouth as Delko presses down on the man's chest.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (o.s.)  Eric, don't let him go into shock!

(Horatio runs toward them and grabs a blanket.  He opens the blanket and covers
the man as he kneels down next to Delko.)

ERIC DELKO:  Got a pulse, H!

HORATIO CAINE:  Sir, sir, can you hear me?!  Stay with us!

ERIC DELKO:  Breathe, breathe!

HORATIO CAINE:  Stay with us!

FADE TO BLACK.


(The paramedics carry the survivor on a stretcher.  Horatio is on the phone
walking along side them.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (to phone0  Okay, I'll meet you there.   Good.

(Delko jogs to catch up with them.  He fills Horatio in on the man's identity.)

ERIC DELKO:  H, we got a Scott Erik Sommer.  Resides in Gables Estates.

HORATIO CAINE:  He's unconscious but hold on, guys.

(The paramedics stop.)

ERIC DELKO:  Well, he can't tell us anything then.

HORATIO CAINE:  Maybe he can. 

(Horatio looks at Scott Erik Sommer's jacket and clothes.)

HORATIO CAINE:  What do you see?  No friction burn, right?  Means no seat belt.

ERIC DELKO:  So, he might be our shooter.

HORATIO CAINE:  Yes. The question then becomes why would you shoot your own
pilot?  Thank you, gentlemen.

(The medics carry the stretcher off screen.  Horatio turns and motions to the
helicopter that's about the land.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Horatio?

(Megan walks up to Horatio.  He turns around.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Yeah.

MEGAN DONNER:  Got a call about a floater five miles from here.

HORATIO CAINE:  I ... I can't possibly take another scene right now.

MEGAN DONNER:  Horatio, it is your scene.



(Camera moves low and fast along the everglades toward the new spot five miles
away.)



 

(A womans' body floats face-down in the waters.  Horatio and Megan stand in the
boat just next to the body.  Horatio looks up at the sky.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Oh-kay.

(Megan also looks up at the sky.)

ALEXX WOODS:  (v.o.)  How did you get so far away from your friends? 

(Alexx Woods prepares to examine the body of the woman found.  She puts her
gloves on.) 

ALEXX WOODS:  (to the body)  Did you fall out of that plane?  Is that how you
ended up all alone out there?  All by yourself? 

(Alexx brushes the hair away from the body's face.)

ALEXX WOODS:  (to the body)  In more ways than one, I'll bet.  Only woman on
board.  That couldn't have been easy.  You were with them but not one of them.

(Behind her, Megan listens and turns around.)

MEGAN DONNER:  "All-boys express."  Been on that flight.

(Without turning around, Alexx shares a smile with her.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (o.s.)  (overhead)  Ladies ...

(Megan and Alexx look up.  From the viewbox above, Horatio watches.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  We may have an ID on the flight plan.  "Christina Maria Colucci"
was Sommer's senior accountant.

ALEXX WOODS:  (smiles to the body)  Hello, Christina.

(Alexx moves the cloth covering the body a little lower.  Horatio watches from
the computer monitor up above.) 

ALEXX WOODS:  (over speaker)  Preliminary exam indicates no friction burns on
her lower torso.

HORATIO CAINE:  Which also means no seat belt and a second passenger was out of
their seat.  I rule out the bathroom, then.

MEGAN DONNER:  Mile-high club?

HORATIO CAINE:  I don't think so.  It's such a small plane, it would be hard to
have an indiscreet affair with your boss, I think.

MEGAN DONNER:  Not if he was picking up the tab.  This stuff's all designer. 

(She picks up a red, high-heeled shoe.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Red suede.  450 bucks a pair.  Price alone could have killed her.

(Horatio chuckles softly.  A tech passes a file to him.  He takes it and
listens.)

ALEXX WOODS:  I put a rush on her tox screen.  Blood alcohol is point-oh-nine. 

MEGAN DONNER:  Legally drunk at eight o'clock in the morning? 

ALEXX WOODS:  We also found traces of fluoxetine.  She was on prozac.

MEGAN DONNER:  Who isn't? 

(Megan looks up and sees Horatio reading a file.) 

MEGAN DONNER:  Anything you want to share?

HORATIO CAINE:  Not currently.  Could I have a grid, please? 

(The monitor above Horatio shows the body on the examining table.  A green-lined
grid appears over the monitor.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  C-six enlarged, please. 

(A blocked portion of the body's right arm enlarges.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Zoom times four and hold. 

(The monitor shows a close up of the two circular marks on her right hand.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Zoom eight times and hold.

(The monitor shows an extreme close up of the marks on her right hand.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (quietly)  What in the heck are those?

(Down on the floor below, Alexx turns away from the monitor and reaches for the
body's hand.)

ALEXX:  Could be impact related. 

MEGAN DONNER:  Something she hit?

HORATIO CAINE:  Or something that hit her.

(Quick flash of:  [INT. AIR PLANE - DAY]  The plane is crashing and items on
board are flying wildly in the cabin.  The other passengers shout with alarm in
the chaos.)

(End of flash.)



(Open on a photo of Christina Colucci.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  She's a lovely girl.

(Horatio looks at the photo for a moment, then puts it aside.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Mrs. Colucci, I found this at the crash site. 

(Horatio shows Mrs. Colucci a photo of Christina's briefcase.)

HORATIO CAINE:  It was empty and it has what I believe are Christina's initials
on it.  I was wondering if that belonged to her.

MRS. COLUCCI:  (crying)  We, um ... we gave that to her when she got her
promotion.

(He puts the photo aside.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Has she, um ... recently ... suffered any setbacks either
personally or professionally?

MRS. COLUCCI:  Not that I know of.  (He nods.)  My daughter battled depression
when she was in high school.  That was a very long time ago.  She would never
try to hurt herself ... would she?

HORATIO CAINE:  I don't know.

MRS. COLUCCI:  Ever since she was a little girl she was so good at keeping
secrets.

(She starts crying.)

MRS. COLUCCI:  Will you help me, please?

HORATIO CAINE:  (nods)  I will.

(Mrs. Colucci cries.  Horatio reaches over and puts his hand over her hand.)

HORATIO CAINE:  I will.


(Calleigh is looking through a scope.) 

[SCOPE VIEW:  The rivets in the plane's structure.)

(The NTSB Technician walks up to her as she works.)

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  Never seen one of those before.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  This old thing?

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  Yeah.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  It's a borescope. 

(She pulls out the tip of the scope and holds it up for the NTSB Technician to
look at.  He takes off his cap.)

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  The swamp boys use it for a sneak and peek.  I think it's
kind of cute.

(The tip of the scope wiggles to and fro.)

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  Can I take a peek?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Be my guest.

(Calleigh inserts the scope tip back into the plane structure.  The NTSB
Technician reaches for the eye piece.) 

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  So, uh ... what exactly are we looking for here?

(He looks at the scope.)

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Ballistics evidence.  We think we may have had a shooting on
the plane but so far, nada.

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  You know, I heard of you.  You're the, uh, the "Bullet Girl,"
right?

(Calleigh smiles as she reaches for the eye piece.) 

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  What does that make you?  "Airplane boy?"

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  Yeah, I guess you could say I know my way around an airframe.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Really?  Then what are those?

(After looking through the eye piece, she pushes it toward the NTSB Technician. 
He looks through it.) 

[SCOPE VIEW:  Etchings on a bayonet pin.]

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  Those are bayonet pins.  They hold the door shut.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Oh, I know that.  I meant what are those?

(SCOPE VIEW:  Extreme close up of the etchings on the bayonet pin.) 

NTSB TECHNICIAN:  Some type of scoring.  Could mean the door failed.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Or someone wanted it to.

(They look at each other.) 



(Eric Delko walks across the lab.  Horatio walks down the entrance stairs and
reaches for the file folder the technician holds out for him.  He flips it
open.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Eric, how are we doing on those black boxes?

ERIC DELKO:  I'm headed back out now.  I just came by to dose up on some
antibiotics.

HORATIO CAINE:  Soon as you know.

(The technician leaves.)

ERIC DELKO:  Okay.  (cc)  Got it.

(Delko leaves.  Speedle walks into the lab.) 

TIM SPEEDLE:  I just spoke to the pilot's widow.

HORATIO CAINE:  How's she doing?

TIM SPEEDLE:  A radio car is with her right now.  She's pretty hysterical.  The
thing is, boss, she kept going on about Sommer and all his top brass screwing
over the rank-and-file.  You want to know why they were going to D.C.?

HORATIO CAINE:  They were being investigated by the Securities and Exchange
Commission, weren't they?  These are copies of subpoenas for Sommer and his
Chief Financial Officers.

TIM SPEEDLE:  It's classic.  Company fails, the management bails.

HORATIO CAINE:  Boss sails into retirement on a golden parachute with a big, fat
severance package, right?

TIM SPEEDLE:  Yeah, and Joe Cubicle gets a nice little pink slip and a frozen
pension plan.

HORATIO CAINE:  That whole planeload was on their way to Washington to be
grilled by the SEC.

(Calleigh walks into the lab.)

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  You're not going to believe this.

HORATIO CAINE:  What's the matter?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Bayonet pins that hold the exit door in place were filed
down.  NTSB concurs.  That door opened in-flight. 

(Quick flash of:  [PLANE FRAME]  Extreme close up of the bayonet pin as the
plane is in flight.  The pin slips out.)

(Cut to:  The door opens.)

(Christina Colucci screams and falls backward out of the open plane door.  She
screams.)

(End of flash.  Resume to present.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Well, that explains how our victim ended up five miles from the
crash.

HORATIO CAINE:  Sabotage?

TIM SPEEDLE:  Company is in trouble.  Lot of employees ticked off at the boss.

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Exit door pins were tampered with.  Most likely by someone
who knew their way around jet aircraft.

HORATIO CAINE:  Means, motive.  All they needed was an opportunity.  Let's find
out who worked on that plane.



(Senor Esparza, the mechanic, nervously wrings his hands as he waits.  He rubs
his forehead.)




(Horatio watches through the mirror.  He picks up his coffee cup and drinks.)

CUE SOUND:  (PRELAP)  Metal scraping



(Camera moves through the small lab.  On the monitor is a enlargement of the
scrapings in the BULLETPRIIF database.  On the wall there are various photos of
bullets.)

(The sounds of scraping metal continues.)

(Dissolve to:  Calleigh files down a bayonet pin.  She files in one direction)


(On the monitor is a close-up of the bayonet pin.  She compares the two pins
side by side on the monitor screen.  The computer slices the tip off of one pin
and compares it to the other.  The scoring marks match.)

(Camera pulls back and we see Calleigh looking through the scope and working on
the bayonet pin comparison.  Horatio stands next to her.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Good as good?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Good as good.

HORATIO CAINE:  Nice going.

(Horatio turns and leaves.  Calleigh smiles.)



(Horatio interviews Senor Esparza, the mechanic.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Señor Esparza, we know that you have been using old parts on
company planes ... (He puts the photo on the table for him to look at.)  ... and
I wanted to know why.  You making money on the side?

(Esparza looks up at Calleigh standing on the side of the room.)

ESPARZA:  No. No para mi.

HORATIO CIANE:  You trying to get back at someone?  Quieres venganza?  Is that
why you sabotaged the exit door?

ESPARZA:  No lo comprendo.  I did nothing wrong.

HORATIO CAINE:  We've matched the markings to your tools.  We know it is you
that filed down the pins.

ESPARZA:  Para que sirvieran.  To make them fit.  We didn't have the right
parts.   Oye, trabajo muy duro.  I work hard.  I get those planes up in the air. 
Nobody asks how at thirty-thousand feet.

(Horatio nods, thinking.)

HORATIO CAINE:  The plane was climbing.  How high did this plane get, Calleigh?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Tower radar said no higher than four thousand feet.

(He smiles, a bit surprised by that information.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Four thousand feet.

(Horatio looks at Esparza.) 



(The door opens and Horatio walks into the observation room.  Megan Donner is
there.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  I'm cutting him loose.

MEGAN DONNER:  Why?  He just confessed to using faulty parts on that plane.

HORATIO CAINE:  And they were flying too low.

MEGAN DONNER:  There was no depressurization.

HORATIO CAINE:  That's right.  Which is why that door couldn't have come off by
itself.  Faulty pins or not.

MEGAN DONNER:  It was opened from the inside.

HORATIO CAINE:  Which reduces this to two possibilities, doesn't it?  Suicide or
murder.

(Horatio sighs.  Megan nods.)

MEGAN DONNER:  You need to talk to your survivor.

HORATIO CAINE:  He's in a coma.

MEGAN DONNER:  Not anymore.  Grace Memorial just called.  He woke up.

FADE OUT.


FADE IN.

[EXT. MIAMI BEACH (STOCK) - DAY]

[EXT. MIAMI CITY SKYLINE (STOCK) - DAY]




(Megan stands next to Scott Sommer's bed.  She watches as Horatio puts his CSI
kit down on the table.) 

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  Did, uh, Did anybody else, any of them, make it?

MEGAN DONNER:  Just you.  I'm sorry.

(Horatio and Det. Eddie Delacroix listen as Megan interviews Scott Sommer.)

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  Well, we're going to take care of them.  Their families, I
mean.  We take care of our own.

MEGAN DONNER:  That's very commendable especially in light of your company's
recent financial difficulties.

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  I'm not sure I know what you mean. 

MEGAN DONNER:  We hear the SEC is very interested in how you take care of your
own.

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  Can I ask you where this is heading?

MEGAN DONNER:  We'd like to get your fingerprints and a sample of your DNA, if
that's all right with you.

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  Wait a minute.  Do I need to have a lawyer present?

HORATIO CAINE:  Mr. Sommer we are merely trying to establish what happened on
the plane from your point of view.  That's all.

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  I don't remember. I ... it's all just, uh ... it's fuzzy.

HORATIO CAINE:  Well, maybe I can refresh your memory, then.  What we do know is
that your employee, Christina Colucci fell to her death sometime before the
plane crashed and she fell out a door that had been opened from the inside. 
Does that ring a bell?

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  No. I-I ... I didn't see anything.  I was, I was in my seat.

HORATIO CAINE:  Actually sir, you weren't in your seat and neither was Christina
which is why there were no friction burns from your seat belts.  So ... would
you like to try again?

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  I didn't want to say anything because I wanted to protect
her.  Christina was acting strangely that morning.  She was very agitated and
she had been drinking.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. PLANE - DAY]  Christina puts some pills in her mouth
and takes a drink from her glass.)

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  Don't take that with alcohol.

(She unbuckles herself and stands up.  Scott Sommer grabs her wrist.  She
struggles against him.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:  Get off of me!

(She pushes him aside.  Sommer unbuckles his safety belt and stands up just as
Christina reaches for the door handle.  She opens the door and is sucked out of
the plane backward.  She screams.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

MEGAN DONNER:  You're saying ... she committed suicide?

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  I'm saying she jumped out the plane.

MEGAN DONNER:  Why didn't you stop her?

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  I tried to.  There was just no time.  When that door opened
... she was gone, just like that.  I don't remember anything after that.

HOTARIO CAINE:  There is something I wanted to ask you.  When did you hear the
gunshot?

SCOTT ERIK SOMMER:  Gunshot?  What gunshot?

HORATIO CAINE:  No gunshot.

(Surprised, Horatio looks casually at Megan.  She nods slightly.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (covering)  Um ... would it be okay if we took your prints now?

(Horatio walks over to his kit and unlatches it.) 



(Megan takes a hair sample off the body in the morgue storage unit.) 




(Megan is in the DNA lab.  She processes the hair sample.) 

(Cut to:  The printer prints out the results.)


(Speedle sits in front of the monitor next to Megan.  They're looking at a
close-up of the hair follicle.) 

TIM SPEEDLE:  You ran a chemical profile on her hair?

MEGAN DONNER:  Mm-hmm. Trace elements can generally be found in the follicles. 
Luckily, she was a brunette.

TIM SPEEDLE:  Right.  Dark hair stores higher concentrations of most
contaminants.

MEGAN DONNER:  Mm-hmm.  Nice thing about hair is it grows at an even rate. 
About a half an inch per month.

TIM SPEEDLE:  Gives us a nice timeline.

MEGAN DONNER:  (sighs)  Yeah. She'd been using antidepressants for the past
year.  Prozac and zoloft.  Six months ago, she smoked some pot.

TIM SPEEDLE:  And they say blondes have more fun.

MEGAN DONNER:  Here's the interesting part.  Three months ago -- huge spike of
dilaudid.

TIM SPEEDLE:  Painkiller? Maybe she had a car accident. Surgery.

MEGAN DONNER:  (shakes her head)  Not according to her medical records and not
at these levels.

(She hands him the test results.  Speedle looks at the printout.)


(Megan shows Horatio the test results.)

HORATIO CAINE:  A suicide attempt?

MEGAN DONNER:  Mass spec doesn't lie.  Suicide's the only explanation.  She was
front and center in an SEC investigation.  She knew where all the bodies were
buried.  Maybe she couldn't live with that.

HORATIO CAINE:  Maybe someone couldn't live with her.

MEGAN DONNER:  She tired to kill herself three months ago.

HORATIO CAINE:  Tried and failed.

MEGAN DONNER:  Well, maybe this time she succeeded.

HORATIO CAINE  Listen, most whistle-blowers are women and I think she was
planning to take the company down.

MEGAN DONNER:  Well, we'll never know that, will we?  Her testimony died with
her.

HORATION CAINE:  Much to her boss's benefit now that she cannot testify.

MEGAN DONNER:  If you want to kill someone there are easier ways than shooting
the pilot especially when you're on the same flight.

HORATIO CAINE:  A woman was murdered on that plane.

MEGAN DONNER:  That's a hunch talking.  Where's the evidence?  Show me you're
right.

(Megan and Horatio stop outside the lab.)

(Speedle looks up and sees Megan and Horatio out in the hallway.  Delko sits
next to him at the table looking through a scope.) 

TIM SPEEDLE:  That can't be good.

(Delko looks up.)

ERIC DELKO:  What does she think?  She can waltz in here after six months of
being gone and just take over?

(Speedle looks at Delko.) 

TIM SPEEDLE:  You know ... you're an ass.

ERIC DELKO:  What did I say? 

TIM SPEEDLE:  She lost her husband.  What did they give her -- two weeks off? 
She needed a little bit of time.  Big deal.

ERIC DELKO:  Man, I didn't know.

TIM SPEEDLE:  Yeah, well, there's a lot you don't know.

(Out in the hallway, Megan leaves.  Horatio looks into the lab.  He pushes the
door open and sticks his head into the lab.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Gentlemen, those black boxes? 

ERIC DELKO:  Yeah, uh, we've been over the site twice and-and the sonar pingers
are supposed to activate automatically when the boxes hit the water but we're
doing everything we can.

HORATIO CAINE:  We need to do better.  As soon as you can.

(Horatio leaves, the door closing behind him.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Maybe you just missed them.

ERIC DELKO:  No way.  They're gone and I-I don't know where else to look.

(Speedle thinks about it for a moment.  He takes a deep breath and exhales.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  You know what? I think I do.

 

(Horatio presses the buttons on the door of the glass room.  Inside, the large
plane door is being fingerprinted.  He and Megan watch as the glass room fills
with the chemical.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Survey says ...

(As they look and wait, prints appear on the plane door.) 



(Horatio and Megan stand in front of the door looking at the prints.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay, so we've run the prints.  The green ones are Christina's. 
The red ones belong to Sommer and he is all over this door.

MEGAN DONNER:  He said he tried to stop her.

HORATIO CAINE:  Mm-hmm, that's what he says.

MEGAN DONNER:  Let's go through his story.  Christina's going to kill herself. 
She gets out of her seat ... and goes to the door, but Sommer comes after her,
to try to stop her.  They struggle...

(Megan steps up to the door and puts her hand on the "Christina" print.  Horatio
steps up behind her.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Why does he have a handprint so high up here?

(He places his hand on the "Sommer" print.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Maybe her other hand was here. 

(Out of camera frame, she places her right hand on the print.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay but he's got prints on the handle down here.

(Horatio reaches around Megan to the door handle.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Could've put his hand there to brace himself.

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay.  Why doesn't he just take both hands, grab her and pull
her away from the door?

(Horatio removes his hands from the rood and places them on Megan's waist and
pulls her back away from the door.)

MEGAN DONNER:  She's trying to get the door open. 

(With both hands, Megan grabs the door handle.) 

MEGAN DONNER:  Maybe he's trying to stop her.

HORATIO CAINE:  Or maybe it was the other way around.

MEGAN DONNER:  It's inconclusive.  There's any number of ways it could've played
out.

HORATIO CAINE:  Unless ... now, bear with me, bear with me ... unless... Sommer
said that Christina fell out of the plane as soon ... as the door opened. 

(Horatio places Megan's hands on the door frame, her back to the door.  He steps
back.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  She was hanging on.

MEGAN DONNER:  No.  She was hanging on.

HORATIO CAINE:  She was hanging on.


(Horatio bursts through the double doors.  Megan and Det. Eddie Delacroix
follow.  He turns and heads for Sommer's room.) 

(They find the room empty and a nurse making up the bed.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Nurse, the patient that was in this room -- where is he?

NURSE:  He checked himself out about an hour ago.

FADE TO BLACK.



FADE IN.

[EXT. MIAMI CITY (STOCK) - DAY]

[EXT. EVERGLADES (STOCK) - DAY]




(Jim Tigerfish looks at a piece of paper.  He puts it down and looks at
Speedle.) 

JIM TIGERFISH:  What the hell is this?

TIM SPEEDLE:  That's a warrant to search the premises.

JIM TIGERFISH:  For what?

TIM SPEEDLE:  For items looted from an air-crash site.  What'd you think, you
were going to sell them on e-bay?

(He looks past Tigerfish over at Delko who's looking for the signal.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Hey! You got a locator signal?

ERIC DELKO.:  Yup.

(Speedle clicks his tongue in distaste.  He walks past Tigerfish and heads for
Delko.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Then why don't you go get 'em?

(Delko looks up from the tank he's looking at.)

ERIC DELKO:  Why don't you?

(Speedle looks at the tank and finds what they're looking for in a tank full of
baby alligators.  Lots of them.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  They're just babies.

ERIC DELKO:  What are you waiting for?  Let's go.

(They each put on their latex gloves.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  On three.  One ... two ... three.

(Delko and Speedle both stick their hands into the tank and pull out the boxes.)

(Delko laughs.)


(Speedle introduces what they'll be listening to.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Okay, so, black boxes -- understand that they're really orange. 
This one over here is a cockpit voice recorder.  Records the last thirty minutes
of conversation over the cockpit mics.  This is a flight data recorder --
documents forty-eight parameters of the flight:  Airspeed, flaps, trim-- the
works.  So this will help us with a timeline to figure out why it went down.
Peter?

PETER:  Mm-hmm.

(Peter, the Audio/Visual Technician, turns and starts playing the recording from
the flight.) 

AIR-TRAFFIC CONTROLLER:  (recording)  Eaglet 9-0-6 fly runway heading runway 9
left, cleared for takeoff.

PILOT:  (recording)  Set takeoff power: 100 knots.

COPILOT:  (recording)  Power is set.  See that game last night?  Dolphins are
pretty good this year.

(Horatio smiles at the conversation.)

PILOT:  (recording)  Never make the playoffs without a quarterback.

(Peter turns the recorder off for the moment.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  The first four minutes after takeoff were normal.  It gets pretty
funky after that.

(Peter resumes playing the recording.) 

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  This is the captain.  Our flight time to Washington, D.C. 
is two hours, 20 minutes.  Temperature is 72 degrees.

(On the recording, there's a loud clunk.  In the background we can hear a
woman's raised voice.)

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  What was that?

CO-PILOT:  (recording)  We've got a light on.  Could be electrical.  Did we lose
a bus?

CO-PILOT:  (recording)  Exit light is definitely on.  We got a door open.

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  What the hell's going on back there?

CO-PILOT:  (recording)  Losing power.

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  Got a warning light:  Engine two!

CO-PILOT:  (recording)  We're losing airspeed!

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  We've lost number two!

CO-PILOT:  (recording)  Pull out! Pull out! 

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  Can't get ...

(There's a brief burst of static, then silence.)

(It's very sobering for everyone.  There's a moment of quiet.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay, shut that off, please. 

(Horatio thinks out loud.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Something's missing.

(He sighs.)

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  There's no gunshot.

(He nods in agreement.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Can you play that back, Peter, from the announcement, please?

PETER:  Mm-hmm.

(Peter plays the tape again.) 

CAPTAIN:  (recording)  Temperature is 72 degrees.

(On the tape in the background, there's a loud thump.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Okay, hold it right there.  Can you pull that up?

PETER:  I'll run a reverse algorithm.  Just lose the pilots.

(Peter preps the recording then plays it.)

SCOTT SOMMER:  (recording)  I'm not gonna let you ...

CHRISTINA CALUCCI:  (recording)  Get off of me!

HORATIO CAINE:  Ladies and gentlemen ... that is Sommer and Christina, isn't it?

(On the tape, there's sounds of a struggle.  There's a clank and whooshing.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  ... and the door opening.

(The tape continues.  Christina screams.)

(Peter turns the tape off.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  So ... how long between the door opening and Christina's scream?

(Peter highlights the sound patterns and calculates the time:  00:00:17:00.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  Seventeen seconds.

MEGAN DONNER:  She held on for seventeen seconds.

HORATIO CAINE:  Until he pushed her out of the plane.  Now all we have to do is
prove it.  Speed, go to Christina's apartment and do a full profile.

(Speed walks into the apartment and looks around.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (v.o.)  What she ate, how she slept at night and how she made it
through the day.

(Cut to:  Speedle opens his kit and takes out a pair of gloves.) 


(Calleigh is sifting through the pieces of wreckage.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (v.o.)  Calleigh, back to the airframe back to the pilot.  I
want that bullet.

(She picks up a piece of metal and examines the hole in it.) 


(Delko examines the engine part.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (v.o.)  Eric, focus on the number two engine.  We still don't
know what brought down that plane.

 

(Alexx examines the pilot.  She puts part of the chest cavity in the tray. 
Calleigh takes the tray and leaves.)

(Speedle opens the dresser drawer and looks inside.  A cat meows and jumps onto
the dresser.  He looks at the cat.)

(The cat hisses.)



(Calleigh takes a mold of the wound hole from the chest cavity.)

(She examines both pieces.)


(Delko removes a bit of red suede from the engine frame.)

(Extreme close-up of the red suede.)

 

(Calleigh picks up a bolt and tries to fit it into the mold impression.  It
doesn't fit.  She picks up a rivet and fits it perfectly to the mold impression. 
It's a match.)

(She looks at the rivet.)


(Speedle looks at the items on Christina's desk.  He looks through her mail and
picks up a slip of paper as he goes through everything.)

(Speedle, Horatio and Megan walk through the hallway.) 

SPEEDLE:  She didn't leave a note no shrine of personal items.  Only enough food
to get the cat through one night.

HORATIO CAINE:  That it?

TIM SPEEDLE:  Uh, full refrigerator, phone calls to return, dry cleaning to pick
up and ISS courier, sent the morning she left.

MEGAN DONNER:  Was she on her meds?

TIM SPEEDLE:  Yeah, she filled her prescription like clockwork. 

HORATIO CAINE:  This means she didn't kill herself and she was coming home.

(They turn and walk into the lab.  Calleigh and Delko are there.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  Calleigh, the bullet?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  There was no bullet.

HORATIO CAINE:  Well how did the pilot get shot?

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  He didn't.

(Quick flash of:  [PLANE FRAME]  Close up of a rivet loosening.  The pressure
fires it through the cockpit where it hits the pilot.)

(End of flash.  Resume to present.)

(Horatio, Megan and Calleigh walk through the hallway.)

HORATIO CAINE:  "A rivet runs through it."

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  Metal stress during the crash must have popped the rivet
loose.  The plane literally ripped itself apart.

(Delko and Speedle follow.)

HORATIO CAINE:  That's what brought the plane down, right?

ERIC DELKO:  No, actually, uh, the shoe hit the fan.  I found a piece of leather
in the number two engine.

MEGAN DONNER:  Let me guess-- red suede, $450 bucks a pair.

(Quick flash of:  [PLANE]  Christina falls off the plane screaming.  Her shoe
comes loose and hits the engine.  The engine explodes.)

(End of flash.  Resume to present.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Don't have the evidence to nail this guy.  We need the proof.

MEGAN DONNER:  Where you going?

(Horatio hits the elevator button.)

HORATIO CAINE:  I am going where we're all going.  Back to those seventeen
seconds.

FLASH TO:

 

(In an overexposed bright light, Horatio stands in the cabin of the small plane
and looks around.  Its as if he's there.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (v.o.)  So I'm the largest insurer in the southeast but I've
been cooking the books lately and the SECc wants to have a little sit-down.

(End of flash.  Resume to present.)




(Horatio and his team are standing in the tent looking at the various pieces of
plane wreckage.  Prominent in the center of the tent is the aircraft door.)

MEGAN DONNER:  As senior accountant, I know where all the bodies are buried but
I can't go through with it.   And I tell you so.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. PLANE (MOVING) - DAY]  Christina and Scott Sommer
argue.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (v.o.)  But I'm not going to let you take the company down
'cause it's my life's work.

MEGAN DONNER:  (v.o.)  So we argue.

(Christina removes her seat belt buckle.)

MEGAN DONNER:  (v.o.)  I take off my seat belt to get away from you.

(Christina gets up and walks down the aisle away from Sommer.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (v.o.)  But I don't let you get away that easily so I follow.

(Sommer follows.)

SCOTT SOMMER:  Just wait.

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

(Megan walks over to the craft door.  Horatio follows her.)

MEGAN DONNER:  And it gets physical.

HORATIO CAINE:  I push you into that door. 

MEGAN DONNER:  Which flies open when I grab the handle.

(Megan reaches for the door handle.)

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. PLANE (MOVING) - DAY]

(Christina grabs the door handle and the door flies open.)

SCOTT SOMMER:  No!
(Papers on the plane is being sucked out the open door.)

(Christina screams.)

(She grabs ahold of the plane frame, screaming.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

HORATIO CAINE:  And there you are, hanging on for dear life.  And this is my
opportunity.  For seventeen seconds we struggle and I push you out of the plane.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. PLANE (MOVING) - DAY]  Christina falls backward out
of the plane.  She screams.  Her shoe flies loose.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

MEGAN DONNER:  Which can't be proven 'cause there's no physical evidence of an
altercation.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. PLANE (MOVING) - DAY]  Scott Sommer looks out the
open plane door.)

MEGAN DONNER:  (v.o.)  And our only witness is Mr. Sommer, our suspect.

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

(Megan steps away from the door and looks around.)

HORATIO CAINE:  So... what else would be here?  What else would be here?  We
have the exit, we've got the handle ...

(Horatio reaches for the door handle.)

(Quick flash of:  In that same overexposed bright light, Horatio pictures
himself in the plane.  He reaches for the door handle.  He looks around the
cabin.)

HORATIO CAINE:  The bulkhead ... Cockpit door ...

(He looks down and sees the fire extinguisher.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

(Horatio kneels down on the floor, his back to the rest of the team.)

HORATIO CAINE:  But what we don't have, ladies and gentleman is the fire
extinguisher.

(He looks down at the empty holder still bolted to the frame.) 

(They look around the pieces of wreckage for the missing fire extinguisher. 
Horatio finds it.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Here we go.  Here we go.

(He picks it up and looks at it.  He nods in recognition.)

(Quick close-up of the fire extinguisher's nozzle.) 

(Dissolve to:  The unidentified indentions on the back of Christina's right
hand.)

(Cut back to:  Horatio nods.)

HORATIO CAINE:  I know what happened on this plane.

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. PLANE (MOVING) - DAY]  Christina and Scott Sommer
struggle in front of the door.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:  Get off of me! Get off of me!

SCOTT SOMMER:  No!

(Sommer hits Christina across the face.  She reaches for the door handle and the
door opens.)

(Christina screams.  The items in the cabin fly about.  She grabs the door frame
and holds on.  She screams.)

(Sommer stops and sees the fire extinguisher.  He grabs the extinguisher off the
wall and uses it to hit Christina's grip on the frame.)

(She lets go and falls backward out of the plane, her shoe falling off her
foot.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

(Speedle takes a print off the extinguisher.  He scans the print and runs it
through the database.  They find a match to Scott Sommer.)

TIM SPEEDLE:  He killed her.

(Delko is disturbed by a thought and turns away.)

CALLEIGH DUQUESNE:  But what about the other passengers?  They would have seen
everything.

TIM SPEEDLE:  Sommer knew nobody on the plane is going to testify against him;
they're all on the payroll.  It'd be against they're own interests.

MEGAN DONNER:  Except the only one who knew everything.  Christina was good at
keeping secrets.  Sommer was banking on that.  He just didn't bank on her having
a conscience.

HORATIO CAINE:  (to Delko)  You okay?

ERIC DELKO:  Yeah. I guess I saved the wrong guy.

HORATIO CAINE:  No such thing, brother.  Not here.

ERIC DELKO:  Right, "every man's a prince."

HORATIO CAINE:  (nods)  Mm-hmm.  It's how we sleep at night.

(Det. Eddie Delacroix enters the tent.)

HORATIO CAINE:  Lieutenant.

DET. EDDIE DELACROIX:  We found Sommer.

HORATIO CAINE:  Hmm.


(Camera slowly pans around the posh living quarters and finally rests on Scott
Sommer hanging suspended from the ceiling by a rope.) 

(The team is there.)

MEGAN DONNER:  He checked himself out.

(Speedle nods quietly.  Horatio walks up to the body.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  (to the body)  You're really swinging now, huh, Scott?

(Close-up of Scott Sommer.)
 

(Mrs. Colucci sits on the waiting chair in the hallway.  Horatio turns the
corner and sees her.) 

HORATIO CAINE:  There you are.  How you holding up?

(He sits down next to her.)

MRS. COLUCCI:  Good.  What's this?

(He shows her the file folder he's carrying.)

HORATIO CAINE:  (gently)  This is a copy of a report that Christina sent to the
securities and exchange commission.  This is what she was working on.

MRS. COLUCCI:  I don't understand.

HORATIO CAINE:  Well, she sent this the morning she died.  Now, Mrs. Colucci
this was a very difficult decision. 

(Quick flashback to:  [INT. CHRISTINA'S APARTMENT - MORNING]  Christina opens
her briefcase.  She looks up at her reflection in the mirror and stares at
herself as if coming to a decision.)

(She takes the report out of her briefcase and stuffs it into the FexEx
envelope.  She writes something down, then once again looks at her reflection in
the mirror.)

(End of flashback.  Resume to present.)

HORATIO CAINE:  But she did the right thing.

(Mrs. Colucci looks at the letter.)

MRS. COLUCCI:  (reading)  "To whom it may concern ... I hope I'm not writing
this letter in vain."

(Her voice breaks and she starts crying.)

(He holds her hand.)

(Mrs. Colucci turns back to the letter.)

(Calleigh loads the gun and puts a bullet in the chamber.  She raises the weapon
and fires.) 

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:  (v.o.)  To whom it may concern I hope I'm not writing this
letter in vain ...

(Alexx is cleaning her examining table.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:  (v.o.) ... but I feel I have a responsibility to those who
depend on us.

(Speedle climbs on his bike.  Sounds of the engine revving is heard.)

(Dissolve to:  Far shot of Speedle riding on the highway.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:  (v.o.)  ... to those who expect us to deliver an honest and
fair accounting.

(Delko washes his SUV.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:   (v.o.)  I feel a responsibility to speak the truth ...


(Megan goes through the box and takes out a framed photograph of her and her
husband.  She looks at the photo for a moment, smiles, then places it on a
corner of her desk.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:   (v.o.)  For those innocent victims who are powerless to
speak it themselves...


(Horatio stands at the edge of the grounds looking out at the waters in front of
him.)

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:   (v.o.)  ... because without the truth, we ourselves become
powerless. 

(He looks around.) 

CHRISTINA COLUCCI:  (v.o.)  Christina Colucci.

(He puts his glasses on and smiles.) 

(Quick flash of:  Christina Colucci smiles.)

(Thoughtfully, Horatio looks up at the sky.) 

FADE TO BLACK.

THE END

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Message édité : 27.11.2018 à 17:25

oh le hasard^^ je tombe sur l'épisode pilote^^ et le décors est typique du titre... On est à Miami et ça se voit^^. Un acteur de Lost en participation exceptionnelle. La lettre de fin introduit ce que sera et pourquoi la série a été créée.

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