CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Recap- Under My Skin 2/15/2015
Two sisters go clothes shopping for a night on the town. The older, Lexi, gives her younger sister,Kara a makeover. They go out on the town and get a bunch of male attention. Lexi meets up with two men. She kisses one who introduces his friend as Peter. Lexi and Peter go off together and leave Peter’s friend with Kara. The friend offers to take Kara to go somewhere. Fast forward a few hours, the boy in question is dead in a public bathroom with his throat slit. Nick and Dave investigate. They find a bug carcass and a cell phone. They ID him, then Nick finds a picture of Peter and Kara. He looks happy, she sure doesn’t.
Sara arrives to help investigate. They find a knife as the murder weapon. They plan to track down Kara. At the lab later, Morgan checks in with D.B. They’ve IDed Kara and want to talk with her father as the card owner. They bring her father John, a big wig in Las Vegas’ legal world, in, and he points out she’s thirteen. He’s not happy about the company she’s leading. Nick admits they don’t know where she is. Nick tries to pull more familial connections Kara might be with, but he’s not sure. Nick promises he’ll find the girls. Hodges checks in with D.B about the insect skin. It’s from a scorpion, but its sting is relatively mild, no worse than a bee sting. Doc Robbins arrives to get the details. D.B says they’re working against time now with who the girls are. In the AV lab, Finn and Sara find video of the girls and the men. They find out the older man, Axel, was a pimp and possible rapist involved in drug trafficking. He has a scorpion tattoo to boot. They bring him in. Axel denies knowing where they were, or what happened. He says he met up with Lexi, then went to work. D.B goes to Ecklie to update him on what’s happening. He insists that they keep John updated with the case. Greg visits Morgan to try and track the girls’ phones. They find the location, but they’re not moving. They’re either being held somewhere, or its where their bodies were dumped. They scramble cops to the location to an open field. Greg and Morgan follow the trail. They find both phones smashed to pieces. One phone has a video. In it, Lexi ask a hidden driver why he’s taken her and where. The driver threatens Kara and the video stops.
At the lab Nick breaks the news about the girls to John. He asks him if he’s made enemies who would be willing to hurt the girls to get to him. John asks to see the video. Nick reluctantly agrees. They watch it and he denies knowing the driver, and is less than hopeful about the girls’ fates. Morgan arrives to see about the results, and it turns out Lexi tried to send the video to John. It’s revealed Lexi and John aren’t on the best terms, and Nick offers that it means a lot that the first person Lexi thought of when they were in danger was him. Finn hears the latest development and goes to D.B about it. She points out the girls left the mall alone, but it doesn’t mena they weren’t dragged off outside. Greg arrives to tell them that Lexi had an admirer who sends a lot of revealing photos. She told him to stop, the pervert countered that she was just like her mother. The number belongs to a man Dennis Leads. They bring in the girls’ mother Tori to ask about Dennis. Further in the conversation she admits she walked in on Dennis sexually assaulting Lexi. She kicked him out, but nothing happened further. John hears that bit and starts screaming at her. Sara breaks up the fight. Later, Nick checks in with Morgan, who has IDed the car itself so they have that lead. Nick gets a phone call that upsets him and he runs off. Shortly after, he arrives at the scene where a body is: it’s Lexi. He asks if there was any sign of Kara, but there’s nothing. She could still be alive.
Sara arrives to process the new scene. She finds a necklace. Greg checks in and asks where Nick is. He’s left to be the one who would process Lexi’s body. Sara asks about new details. Greg doesn’t have much, but a possible getaway car: an SUV. He points out they may have prints to go on, too. At the morgue, Nick is uneasy to find John checking on Lexi’s body. John starts claiming her death is his fault since he was ‘a bad father’ and such. Nick denies it. Nick talks him into leaving and starts processing. Doc Robbins joins him later. The latter says she was killed by something made from stone and she also has a scorpion sting on her shoulder. He goes to see Sara and the pair talk about John not deserving what’s going on. He points out John almost got him a job in San Francisco that he denied. Across the lab, Henry goes to D.B with more info on the new scorpion sting- this one’s more venomous than Hodges’ lead. The sting was the thing that slowed Lexi down and enabled her killer to catch up and beat her to death. Greg gets that lead and he and Morgan cross check the list of owners of death stalker scorpions and the SUV: it’s Kieran Clark. They go to find him. The pair wait when cops clear the area. It’s all clear. No Kara, no Kieran. They investigate the place and it’s full of tanks with scorpions, lizards, tarantulas and other creepy pets. Greg finds a wall of stalker photos of Kara- or so it seems, as Greg realizes it’s not Kara, but it’s pretty much a dead ringer for her.
Nick checks on John, and he explains the shrine that they found. John’s not happy that it’s over a lookalike. His hope’s gone. Nick tries to get him to be hopeful. Nick promises he’ll find her. Greg, Sara and D.B regroup. They’ve IDed the woman as a Jennifer, who Dennis dated and then stalked over a failed relationship. They walk through what happened: Peter was killed to get him out of the way, Lexi was killed for escaping, all that’s left is Kara. Hodges comes in with more trace evidence- sealant from driveway repair from where Lexi and Kara were being held. Kieran smashed her head into the road, thus the blunt trauma. They trace the driveways that have been refinished soon. Nick says he’s going to the address they found. Finn insists he wait for backup- he doesn’t. He dries to the house and storms it. He arrives to see Kieran holding Kara at knifepoint. Nick tries to talk him down, but when Kieran goes to slit her throat, Nick shoots him dead. He gets her out of there and takes her to the hospital, where John reunites with her. John thanks him profusely, then says he’s chosen to retire- and wants Nick to take his job running the San Diego crime lab. Nick’s not so sure about it, but he’s tempted.