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Rock and a Hard Place 

Alexx's son is a central figure in a murder investigation involving drug dealers, and Alexx does everything in her power to help and protect him.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Horatio Caine
Calleigh Duquesne
Eric Delko
Ryan Wolfe
Frank Tripp
Natalia Boa Vista
Mary Landis
Agent Brad Sylvestri
Trey Holt
Bryan Woods
Maxine Valera
Jim Farber
Dan Kirkland (credit only)
Keith Farrell (credit only)


While jet-ski racing in Miami harbor with Mary Landis, who says they met that morning, Jim Farber, just released after 8 years jail, is fatally hit in the head by a fairly rare Flagstone slate from a bridge above and falls off. He was on pills, Y2K drugs which were confiscated years ago, making them got hem jailed. A marking traces the customer-made garden slate to Henry Woods, Alexx's ex who denies any knowledge, so she questions their son Bryan. Henry finds a cigarette bud there, from Bryan's white teenage friend Trey Holt, whose juvenile record shows throwing a rock trough a window. Next Brian calls in panic from a warehouse, in a pool of blood from Trey's body, saying he just pulled he knife out as his friend begged. Yet after her arrival Bryan runs, is caught with drugs he was 'just throwing away', refuses to say whom he got the poison from. The knife has Mary's DNA, she confesses the stabbing as drugs-related. Everything changes again when Trey discloses his secret deal with ... Written by KGF Vissers

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knife | loyalty | dna testing | diving | See All (4) »


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Release Date:

5 May 2008 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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The bridge where the crime took place is on Appian Way, connecting the Long Beach, CA neighborhoods of Naples and Belmont Shore. See more »


In the teaser, immediately after the victim disappears, there are multiple slow-motion close-ups of his jet ski, which clearly has not a single drop of blood on it. Later, when the CSIs start processing the scene, it is covered in pints of blood. See more »


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Khandi Alexander's Last Show
7 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the first time I could recall (I'm probably wrong) seeing anyone in Alexx's family.Apparently she's married to a guy named "Henry: and she has two kids. The boy, "Brian," is the one featured in this episode.

It's not a bad story but it's not good, either. It's interesting to see Alexx's reactions to this nightmare of having her kid accused of being involved in criminal activity. The not-so-good part is that you know what the "verdict" will be and the writers go PC-ballistic on us again, which isn't a surprise to me but still a letdown.

Just once - once - I would like to see an ending that isn't politically correct. Just one time! Note: I'm adding this after watching the season finale. It appears this was the last show for the above-mentioned "Dr. Alexx Wooods," the medical examiner who has been on every show for the full six years. Apparently, she quit the show. That's a real loss for CSI: Miami.

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