Death Is Such A 'Buzzkill'

By Rachel
September 19, 2007 - 1:29 PM

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Modeling can be a shocking business.

According to CSI Files sources, "Buzzkill" begins in Times Square. A prominent, flashing billboard advertises Solaris Martini Mix. A party is going on, and as part of the ad campaign, Jenna Donovan is in a giant martini glass filled with water. Suddenly, something goes terribly wrong. The letter M on the sign malfunctions, electrocuting the model.

Stella, Lindsay and Flack investigate, and Stella and Lindsay find evidence of damage to the billboard. Multiple objects hit the surface at a high rate of speed, ultimately leading to the malfunction and causing Jenna to be electrocuted. Lindsay uses trajectory lasers to determine where the objects came from. Because the objects dented the billboard without piercing it as a bullet would, and because they were larger than a bullet, the results are not as accurate. However, with the combined trajectory lines of multiple lasers, they are able to figure out which building the objects came from. After that, it's up to Flack and Stella to do a little bit of footwork.

The two go to the building to investigate, and a security guard accompanies them through several floors. Stella hears a thumping sound in the otherwise silent building, and they follow it to a locked door. Flack pounds on the door but nobody answers, so he has the security guard open it for them. The office is an athletic science research center. Flack and Stella are alert, their hands on their guns just in case. When they discover the source of the noise, they find a drunk man lying on the floor with a bottle of gin next to him. The noise is coming from a tennis ball shooter that is aimed at the open window with a clear shot at the Solaris billboard. The machine is empty now, but Flack and Stella know that this is the source of the damage to the billboard.

Flack interrogates the drunk man, Nick Collins. Nick can't believe that he killed someone. That was never his intention. He confesses that he had been sober for more than two years and that his life was looking up--until that billboard showed up. The flashing words were a taunt and a temptation, and Nick was not able to resist the allure of alcohol. He tells Flack that he just wanted the sign to go away so that he might have a chance to stop drinking again and stay sober. He asks Flack if he's really going to spend time in jail. He doesn't get an answer from Flack, but Stella gets an important answer from Sid: Jenna didn't die from being electrocuted. The burn marks on her body occurred postmortem. Sid believes that she died from pulmonary edema, and he found bruising on her breastbone that might provide an answer about what really killed her.

Meanwhile, Danny rides in the ambulance with Brandi Parker as she is rushed to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. Back at the club where she was shot, Detective Angell describes a robbery to Mac and Hawkes. The man who committed the robbery got away with thirty-five thousand dollars between the money in the safe and the money from the unfortunate patrons who were in the club at the time. Hawkes is examining a body on the ground. Ted Banks attacked the robber and tore off his mask, earning a gunshot to the leg for his trouble. The bullet hit his femoral artery and killed him. The robber then shot Brandi, who was lying nearby. The only witness that got a good look at him is fighting for her life in the hospital--and there is someone who has a very good reason to want her dead.

Please note that the above plot details have not been confirmed by CBS, Alliance Atlantis or Bruckheimer Films, and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour. The above information comes from early script drafts and the details of the episodes are liable to change before the episodes are shown.

"Buzzkill" is expected to air November 14, 2007.

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