The Young Are Easy 'Prey' On 'CSI: Miami'

By Carolina
July 29, 2005 - 10:43 PM

See Also: 'Prey' Episode Guide

The search for a missing 17-year-old girl leads the team to the underbelly of the city in the third CSI: Miami episode "Prey."

According to CSI Files sources, the episode takes us to the Miami night club Bar One, where Miami's young and rich go to get wild. Sarah Jennings is not a rich Miami resident, but that doesn't mean she can't have her fun. A 17-year-old student from Georgia, Sarah is not about to waste away her trip to Miami. The crowd cheers as she entertains them doing body shots, dancing wildly, and kissing men and women alike. Sarah is beyond drunk when Tina Saunders, her best friend, questions Sarah's behavior. But Tina isn't about to spoil the fun either, and both girls proceed to drink and dance the night away, unaware that it might be the last time they will be together.

Horatio and Tripp inspect an abandoned car on the club's parking lot the next morning. Tripp fills Horatio in on the details – the car has been rented to Sarah Jennings, who was in Miami on her way to a class trip on the Bermudas. But the teenager never made it to the boat, in fact, nobody knows where Sarah is. A distressed Tina Saunders tells Horatio what happened: they were dancing the night before when she and Sarah got separated. Tina went out to the parking lot to check the car, but Sarah wasn't there. She absentmindedly plays with the pendant on her necklace, a half-heart engraved with the words "Best Friends Forever." She tells Horatio Sarah has the other half.

But Tina's pendant might not bring her the comfort she needs when the detectives make a harsh discovery. There's blood on the back window of the rental car, and a series of gravitational blood drops leading away from it and towards a puddle of vomit. Tripp knows this isn't good news for 17-year-old Sarah, as blood is a sure sign of death. But Horatio has another perspective: gravitational blood drops can also be a sure sign of life.

Calleigh and Ryan are investigating the rental car when they make another, perhaps more disturbing discovery – there's a hidden camera on the dash and a laptop in the trunk. So Horatio and Tripp visit SoBe Travel, the company that rented the car to Sarah and made all the arrangements for the class trip. The travel agent, Ted Griffin, is nervous when Horatio begins to question him. But Griffin denies having installed a camera in the car. Tripp wonders, aloud, if Ted has been recording these girls and selling the tapes as sex videos on the European market, and though Ted deems the implication preposterous, Horatio can't help thinking Ted's nervousness is a sure sign of guilt.

Back at the lab, Ryan and Calleigh look on as Tyler Jensen inspects the camera found in the car. Tyler quickly discovers Tripp's assumptions aren't completely unfounded: the camera is in fact a webcam, and everything that happened in that car was broadcasted on the internet. The CSIs check the contents of the laptop and find a video showing Sarah's adventures from the night before. We see as she climbs on the back seat with a young man and they proceed to make out. The man takes his shirt off and throws it towards the dash, blocking our view. But suddenly the shirt is gone, and we see a man dragging Sarah out of the car - against her will.

Brad Walker, a surfer in his 20s, is sporting a broken nose. As Horatio and Tripp question him, Brad does not deny having been in the back seat of the car with Sarah. But Brad's accounts of the night do not match Horatio's assumptions. Seems he and Sara were making out when suddenly a man began to pound on the car and scream at Sarah to come out. Frightened, Sarah accidentally broke Brad's nose with her knee. Brad denies knowing the man who took Sarah. Too drunk and bleeding from his nose, he simply left her behind. Horatio is aghast. Her privacy violated, her innocence stolen, and now kidnapped, Sarah's trip to the city is no doubt a regrettable one. The worst part for Horatio is not knowing whether Sarah is dead, or is still at the mercy of Miami's deplorable face of violence.

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.

"Prey" is expected to air in October of 2005.

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