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CSI uncovers a plot to collect millions of dollars in life insurance after a reformed homeless man is found dead in an alley.


Eric Laneuville


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode credited cast:
Gary Sinise ... Mac Taylor
Melina Kanakaredes ... Stella Bonasera
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Danny Messer
Anna Belknap ... Lindsay Monroe
Robert Joy ... Sid Hammerback
A.J. Buckley ... Adam Ross
Hill Harper ... Sheldon Hawkes
Eddie Cahill ... Don Flack
Vanessa Lachey ... Grace Chandler (as Vanessa Minnillo)
Kim Kardashian West ... Debbie Fallon (as Kim Kardashian)
La La Anthony ... Lisa Williams (as La La Vazquez)
Pat Monahan ... Sam Baker
Chris Coy ... Joe Ross
David Sullivan ... James Manning
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gino Cafarelli ... Santa Claus


CSI uncovers a plot to collect millions of dollars in life insurance after a reformed homeless man is found dead in an alley.

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16 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Danny and Stella are going to arrest Sam Baker, they discover him in a studio recording Train's - Hey Soul Sister. But that's no coincidence. Sam Baker is played by Pat Monahan, who's the lead singer of Train. The other two musicians are Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood, who are also members of Train. See more »


Mac says the victim's fiancé is coming to identify him, but Flack hasn't told her he's dead yet. See more »


Detective Stella Bonasera: Sam, you were next.
Sam Baker: What?
Detective Stella Bonasera: Your life was insured for over $5 million dollars. In order to become a legitimate beneficiary, Debbie called herself your fiance in all of the paperwork.
Sam Baker: I can't believe this is happening. I was living on the streets. She helped me get a place.
Detective Stella Bonasera: This was all part of the plan. Debbie and Grace waited two years, enough time for the policies to mature and pay out at maximum benefits, no matter what the manner of death. Most likely, Sam, in a week, you'd have been dead.
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Hey, Soul Sister
Written by Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind and Pat Monahan
Performed by Train
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A Complicated Case
26 May 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

A tragic tale of an ex-heroin homeless man who picked himself up, got clean for two years and had a classy girlfriend....only to be found dead in the alleyway he used to inhabit.

The man apparently had been drugged with heroin, run over slowly by a car and set on fire. It's pretty gruesome and quite a mystery of "why" and "who?"

This is a fairly complicated story and the explanation at the end isn't easy to digest, either. You have to really be paying attention to find out how this crime was all planned out.

There is another nice postscript to this story as we see the CSI team - or least four of them - dressed as elves helping Santa Claus deliver presents to needy kids.

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