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CSI on Fire 

A mass burial site in the desert has an unlikely connection to an accused serial killer in Seattle from detective Finlay's past - but how far will she go to bring him to justice?


Jeffrey G. Hunt (as Jeffrey Hunt)


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Thomas Hoppe (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... D.B. Russell
Elisabeth Shue ... Julie Finlay
George Eads ... Nick Stokes
Jorja Fox ... Sara Sidle (credit only)
Eric Szmanda ... Greg Sanders
Robert David Hall ... Al Robbins
Wallace Langham ... David Hodges
David Berman ... David Phillips
Elisabeth Harnois ... Morgan Brody
Jon Wellner ... Henry Andrews
Paul Guilfoyle ... Captain Jim Brass
Brian Van Holt ... Captain Mike Robinson
Sarah Brown ... Marla Louie (as Sarah Joy Brown)
Scott Lowell ... Gavin Pearson
Gonzalo Menendez ... Sheriff Anderson


At a military crash site in the Nevada desert, eight corpses are found buried, one of which is identified by her pendant as the daughter of Dr. Monica Warren, missing for two years. Illegal methods in trying to prove she was drugged, raped, abducted and killed by wealthy Seattle ranch-owner Tom Cooley cost Finn her job and marriage to local police captain Mike Robinson, yet D.B.'s warnings against new procedural errors which disqualify evidence seem to fall in deaf ears. More girls are identified, presumably all reburied to make room for Cooley's development project, which already covers the old site. Coley poses in the media as police harassment victim, yet comes to Vegas with his lawyer Gavin Pearson and is found murdered shortly after Finlay burst in there. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The actor who plays Sheriff Anderson in this episode, Gonzalo Menendez, also appeared on CSI: Miami (2002) portraying Clavo Cruz, a recurring antagonist during seasons 2-5. See more »


There are no palm trees in Seattle (shown in the background when Finn is driving near the marina). See more »


References Cougar Town (2009) See more »

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Thumbs up for Finley
22 November 2012 | by phopkins-536-35935See all my reviews

Great showcase for Finley. Clever, steamy, well done. Yes, she will transition into the role very well. She brings a new personality...strong personality..that will take a few episodes to develop but the chemistry is there to work well with the existing cast. The initial, deserved, frictions were captured very well but only allowed the viewers to better appreciate who Finley is..not in a negative sense. Allowed viewers to start appreciating who they are going to have a chance to get to know, not a prior stripper this time, but yes, an attractive athletic, beautiful girl with passion for her job and an interesting history...we learned just enough that the viewers will now tune in for more.

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