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CSI: Miami - Season 4, Episodes 1-12

Review by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE popularity of the three CSI franchises remains as steadfast as ever, so fans will be pleased to hear that CSI: Miami – Season 4, Episodes 1-12 is now available to buy or rent on DVD.

The team is the same and initially, the friction between Eric Delko (Adam Rodriguez) and relative newcomer Ryan Wolfe (Jonathan Togo) persists. However, when Wolfe is shot in the eye with a nail gun in an episode wittily entitled Nailed, it’s Delko who drives him to hospital and, more significantly, picks him up on his discharge. It’s then that the two decide to put the past behind them and be friends. It must be said here that the simmering intensity between the two characters has been well handled by both actors.

Delko also features prominently in a storyline involving his sister Marisol (Alana De La Garza) that is played out over several episodes. In Shattered, following her brother’s arrest for purchasing marijuana, Marisol visits Caine (David Caruso) to explain – that for the past eight months she has been battling cancer and has been smoking marijuana to ease the pain. It also transpires that it’s Delko who has been looking after her, hence his seeming indifference at work.

Things are taken a step further in The Score when it’s Marisol who is arrested for buying a large amount of the drug. However, when Caine discovers that it’s not only for herself but also for her fellow cancer sufferers, he intervenes and a custodial sentence is averted. As thanks, Marisol cooks dinner for her brother’s boss…..

But it’s not all plain sailing for Caine. In Under Suspicion, all the evidence in a murder investigation points to him, not least because he was the last person to see the victim alive. And in the very first episode of the season, From the Grave, we learn that Horatio has a secret…..It’s also in this episode that the Mala Noche, a deadly gang that deals not in drugs but in weaponry, rears its ugly head.

Interestingly, as it was CSI: Miami that introduced CSI: New York, Felony Flight is the first of two crossover episodes that see Caine and Taylor (Gary Sinise) working together to track down a serial killer before he strikes again.

Also worthy of mention, though not necessarily for the right reason, is Prey in which a teenage girl goes missing on her way to the Bahamas, via Miami, for a class trip. Inspired by a real case – that of Natalee Holloway who went missing in Aruba while on a senior class trip – it could be seen as insensitive particularly as the case remained unsolved at the time of filming.

CSI: Miami does, however, still deliver first class drama in an uncompromising manner. Occasionally flawed, it nonetheless makes for excellent viewing. Definitely one to keep.