CSI: NY (2004–2013)
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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?


The song Pat Monahan sings at the end of the episode while the CSIs "Santa & Elves" pass out gifts is another Train song: "Calling All Angels". 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: Steering column's intact. Wasn't hotwired. Definitely started the old-fashioned way, with a key. Hey, Danny, I'm waiting for your "boom."
Detective Danny Messer: Ah, no more booms. Lindsay made me promise. She's afraid it's going to be Lucy's first word.
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Calling All Angels
Written by Charlie Colin, Pat Monahan, Jimmy Stafford and Scott Underwood
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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