CSI: Miami s07e17 Episode Script

Divorce Party

Welcome to Amy's divorce party.
Love is patient.
Love is kind.
It does not envy.
It does not boast, it is not proud.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.
Unless, of course, you're talking about Roger Lansing.
We are gathered here today in the presence of friends and family to celebrate my best friend, Amy, and the beginning of her new life.
A life without him.
- You ready? - Hell, yes.
Please be seated.
Amy do you promise to honor yourself and your independence to live life to the fullest without sorrow or hardship to live life to love life without him? I do.
Then, it is with the utmost joy and these signed divorce papers that I symbolically, spiritually and gally remove you from the bonds of this marriage.
Ladies and single gentlemen I present to you the newly-divorced Amy Lansing.
Thank you.
All right.
You ready? I caught it! I caught it! Oh, my God! Roger? It's Roger! Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
No one's cut him down yet? Wouldn't have made a difference.
The first and second cervical vertebrae are transected, as is the spinal chord.
Death was instantaneous.
The rope's tied with a double-knotted half hitch, positioned under the left ear.
Which means it would have been tied by somebody who's right-handed.
He wears his watch on the right hand.
He's a lefty-- he didn't tie the noose.
***How did someone get him up there in the first place? I don't know.
We're going to have to get up there ourselves and take a look.
You guys make this much of a fuss over every suicide, or just the public ones? Who are you? Uh, Glenn Wagner.
Amy's best friend.
I threw the party.
Well, Mr.
Wagner, may I ask you a few questions? Walk with me, if you don't mind.
You are here just in time to explain to me how it's possible that a trapdoor could be in the top of that gazebo.
I don't know.
Um, the construction crew was, uh, building it yesterday.
They were using it to get on the roof, so maybe that was it.
And idea how Roger Lanng got up there? No I was here all day setting up.
Didn't see anything.
Don't know how he did it, but I know why.
He just wanted to hurt Amy, ruin her big day.
Tara! Oh, my gosh! Oh, babe, come this way.
We need an EMT! Here.
Have a seat.
Are you okay? Yeah, I think I'm okay-- it just hurts like hell.
Let me see.
There goes my DB.
And our crime scene.
-DIFUNDE LA PALABRA- Foro de Series: CSI: Miami 7x17 "Divorce Party" You must think I'm pretty callous, celebrating my divorce like this.
Unless you were celebrating your husband's death.
******This party was for me.
You know, just leave it to Roger to try to take that away from me.
Lansing, your husband was murdered.
Well, that doesn't make any sense.
Maybe not now, but it will.
How's Tara? Oh, she, uhshe aggravated an old shoulder injury, but she's just happy she's not getting stitches.
What did you get? I found about 20 feet of fishing line attached to the release mechanism on the trapdoor, so it was definitely rigged for our victim.
Do you think that it was also rigged to come down? I doubt it.
I think it just probably wasn't designed to hold the weight of a hanging body.
Whoever it was that pulled the release mechanism would have had to have been close as in 20 feet close.
Well, I think we can recreate the crime scene using photos taken by the witnesses.
I confiscated almost all the cameras.
- Great.
- I'll get it to the lab.
Mom, come on! You have to be up for this.
Kyle, I'm fine.
Just drive.
- Look, at least drink the coffee I bought you.
- I don't need it.
Look, you're never going to make it through an interview like this.
Just get me there.
Drive faster.
Gosh darn it.
I told him to be more careful.
He was supposed to wake me up this morning for my job interview, and he overslept.
Julia, it is not his responsibility to get you there.
Oh, so now I get a lecture from you on parenting? - Hang on a second.
- I'm doing my best.
What I am saying is, what happened this morning endangered more than one life.
What do you want from me? I want you to be more careful with him.
I'm a good mother.
I'll take care of him.
I'm gog to help you, okay? Dad, what are we doing here? Your driving could have gotten somebody killed this morning, Kyle.
I know.
I'm not sure you do.
Actions have consequences, son.
Here name is Stephanie Vasquez.
She was killed in a car accident this morning.
- I get it, Dad.
I really do.
- Do you? Well, this is your chance to prove it.
You must be my new intern.
Dad, what is she talking about? You work here now, son.
And she's your boss.
See you at lunch.
Thank you, Doctor.
Wagner, we recovered your DNA.
This is so much more intimidating than I thought it would be.
Not you.
It was on the fishing line you pulled to trigger that trap door.
Which was rigged to hang Roger Lansing.
You ready? I caught it! I caught it! I rigged the door, but it was to hang Roger in effigy, not reality.
Good likeness, too.
I had no idea it would be the real dummy.
You were gonna hang a replica of the victim? It was supposed to be the piece de resistance for the party.
A surprise for Amy.
Why didn't you mention this before? Because, as you so astutely pointed out, I rigged the thing.
Unfortunately, we haven't found any lost effigies running around town, so you're looking pretty good for this.
Obviously, the killer took it.
Look, I didn't like Roger for the way he treated Amy, but I didn't kill him.
You know, I think you're in love with Amy.
This whole gay thing's not working for me.
Believe me, honey, I'm not that good an actor.
No, but you may be that good a killer.
Just so you know when you get sick, remember, it happens to everyonetheir first time.
I'll be fine.
That's exactly what I said.
What are you gonna do with that? This goes up to Trace and DNA for testing.
So, what, this guy hanged himself? The rule around here is that we never take anything at face value.
For instance, you see that body over there? - Stephanie Vasquez? The car crash? - Yeah.
Her test results indite she overdosed on Oxycodone, lost consciousness, and died at the wheel.
We never would have known that had we assumed she died because of the crash.
So, what? I mean, is there something weird like that about this guy? Well, we're going to find out.
Give me a hand? He's dead.
He won't mind if you just grab it and turn his head.
Other side.
Good job.
If there are any volatiles in the blood, the heat will cause them to be vaporized into gas form and rise into the headspace of the vial.
The G.
will break up the compounds of the sample, and the flame ionization detector ionizes the molecules, creating a current for analysis.
Roger Lansing's hanging was definitely not his idea.
He was chloroformed.
There's nothing on his shoes that indicates he was dragged to the scene.
- So he went there willingly.
- Yeah.
And he was drugged and prepared for his execution.
Which leaves only one thing.
Who was his executioner? Hey, man.
I was able to stitch together a virtual view based on all the photos from before and after the hanging.
God, Dave, what has taken you so long? What's the matter? Is the learning curve too steep for you? I don't want to give you a complex.
I learned the whole thing in, like, one day.
- Nice.
Picking on the new guy.
- That's right.
Do you know how long it takes to render a 3-D image like this? Oh, God, do I.
Thank God you're here.
We can move around the environment, like so.
Sorry for the synthy view, but the image details are gonna change somewhat - depending on the photos we pull up to fill in the blanks.
- Okay.
Can you show us the ceiling of the canopy? You just pointed out our one limitation, my man.
If it wasn't photographed, it doesn't exist here.
Besides, I thought Glenn Wagner already admitted to this.
Well, he didn't know that Roger Lansing was up there, but, uh - somebody did.
- So we're looking for someone suspicious? Yeah.
What about somebody that looks out of place? You see this kid over here in the corner in the background? Near the canopy? I can't really make out his face.
Can you get any closer? No, but it looks like he's moving away from the canopy, so maybe I can trace his steps.
Can we push through the crowd? If the information's there.
He's not out of place.
That's Heath Lansing.
That's the Lansings' son.
He was at his mom's divorce party? Now, that could mess a kid up.
I don't know.
I wasn't even at that stupid party.
I was working.
Where do you work? Around the neighborhood.
I clean pools.
I was at the Slausons' house, but they weren't home.
So that probably would make it pretty easy for you to sak around other people's backyards and get back to your own.
I wanted to see it for myself.
That ridiculous show she was putting on.
Your mom? I mean, she was in our backyard trashing my dad.
She didn't even ask me about it.
She didn't.
And you didn't know his body was on top of the canopy? Of course not.
Why would I? When was the last time you saw him? Um, a couple of days ago.
He wasn't taking the divorce well.
He was spending all of his time at work.
Where'd he work? I don't know.
You don't know where your own father worked? Um, we weren't allowed to talk about it.
All he said was that it was for the government, and that it was important.
Even my mom couldn't know about it.
It was a secret.
But if he was a spy you guys don't think that somebody got to him, do you? Well, let's just take things one step at a time, but as soon as we find out anything, we'll let you know.
Man, that poor kid.
He doesn't even know where to start looking for answers.
I do.
The IRS.
They'll have Roger's work address.
Let's get it.
Roger Lansing's tax records reflect this address.
I don't know a Roger Lansing.
I rent this out to a guy named Trent Faber.
Guess he's got some kind of sublet situation going on.
Yeah, or maybe a business partner.
Either way, he owes me some money.
Shareholder reports.
Looks like Trent Faber bought and sold 300 shares of Hayton Electronics on Friday alone.
And a thousand of Flintport, Incorporated.
Sounds like day trading.
Looks like Roger and this guy, uh, Trent keep very busy calendars.
You know, I'm gonna go out on a limb and say this doesn't look like the home office of a spy.
Why would you lie to your family about your job? I don't know.
Let's ask the partner.
Ma'am we're looking for Trent Faber.
He's not here.
Can I help you? We have some questions about his business partner, Roger Lansing.
Trent doesn't have a business partner.
Is something wrong? Mr.
Lansing was found murdered this morning.
Well, Trent left very early this morning for work.
- And that was to his office on Flagler? - Yes.
- He's a stockbroker? - Yes.
Is Trent okay? Mom, I'm going to be late.
Let's go.
I'm sorry, I'm running late, and I have to drop her off.
Can I have Trent call you tonight when he gets home? I need to speak to him right now, ma'am.
- Hello? - Kyle? Dad, is that you? Kyle, where are you? I'm in Autopsy.
- Who's Kyle? - Okay.
Whose phone is this? - Roger Lansing, the victim.
- ****Stay where you are Is that not Trent? What's going on? Mrs.
Faber, is this your husband? Oh, my God, that's Trent.
We know him as Roger Lansing, ma'am.
- I-I I don't un-understand.
- Could we come inside, please? I thought Dr.
Price instructed you not to tamper with evidence.
Yeah, I know, okay? But it could have been the guy's killer.
Son, that is not the job.
Look, I don't see what the big deal is.
Kyle, a murder investigation is a very big deal.
Look, if I would have never answered that phone you guys would have never Don't do it again, you understand? Do you know anyone who would want to hurt your husband? No one.
I never saw my husband even raise his voice to another person.
What about Trent's business? Was there anything that you found to be unusual or suspicious? I don't know.
He traveled a lot.
We weren't supposed to talk about his work.
I knew it was for the government.
So he was gone a lot? He missed Christmas.
He always made it home for Christmas.
We were married on the 26th, so it was also our anniversary.
- How long were you married? - 19 years.
Would've been 17 years, if I hadn't filed for divorce.
After Brianna was born, Trent got depressed.
I think he really wanted a son.
When Heath was born, he said his life was complete.
I think your husband's life was more than complete.
He was living a double life.
What am I looking at? I'm-I'm sorry, I-I just I can't believe this.
Roger was married to another woman at the time he married you.
We thi that Trent may have used his company as his cover.
Saying that he was going away for business, when he was really going to be with his other family.
Now if you found out about this you would understandably be very upset.
You think I killed him? We are merely examining all of the possibilities.
We found plant fertilizer on the noose that was around your husband's neck.
Now, I know that you have a very extensive flower garden in your front yard.
That doesn't mean anything.
If you would just allow me to test your hands, just to be sure, we could eliminate you as a suspect.
Please place your hands on the piece of paper.
What's this? It's an explosives detection kit.
Explosives? I thought Trent was hanged.
He was, but we found ammonium nitrate on theoose.
Ammonium nitrate is the common ingredient in explosives, as well as plant fertilizer.
And you have it underneath your fingernails.
Just because I use fertilizer doesn't make me a killer.
What about this other woman? Is she a suspect? Why would I kill him? You kill the cheating husband, frame the other wife.
It's the perfect revenge plan.
Yeah, I've never met this "other wife," so why would I frame her? - You know what? - You know what? - I want to talk to my lawyer.
- I want to talk to my lawyer.
I had a second, and I figured I'd stop in and check on the wood lattice-work we collected.
You got anything? No.
I was actually about to run a rush process on thetephanie Vasquez case, but I seem to be missing a pill phial.
And it's logged in, it just isn't with the other personal effects.
Yeah, that's odd.
Maybe there's a problem down in Autopsy.
I'll have to inquire.
Fortunate news for you, though: I can procesthe wood from the canopy next.
All right, I'll, uh, be back in a little while.
Thanks, Travers.
You wanted to see me, Lieutenant? The current case that you have in Autopsy.
- The Lansing/Faber mess? - No.
The Stephanie Vasquez case.
The girl who overdosed.
Her personal effects indicate a bottle of medication.
Yeah, I logged it myself.
It never made it to the lab.
That's impossible.
I put it in the box with everything else to be sent upstairs.
- I mean, the bottle was with everything else.
- Who else had access to it? My assistants, but I can trust them.
- They wouldn't steal evidence.
- Who else? I didn't want to say anying because it was his first day - Kyle.
- Mom! but Kyle did have a visitor.
His mother stopped by.
You know, you probably probably shouldn't be down here.
- Oh, um, I'll let you get back to work.
- Okay.
I don't know how long she was there.
I'll te care of him.
Thank you.
So you visited Kyle today.
I wasn't aware I needed permission.
Julia, some medication went missing from that lab.
Look, I know where you're going, and I don't appreciate the accusation.
The suspicion is going to fall onto the boy.
He would never do anything to jeopardize this opportunity.
I don't think you understand what I'm saying.
There's going to be an investigation.
No, there n't, because I know he didn't do it, and so do you.
It is time to let him go.
- Anything else? - I think you heard me.
- Heard Amy and Katherine lawyered up.
- Yep.
Till we get something more concrete, we can't hold them.
This is more mud than concrete, but it might stick.
I looked into Amy's Motor Vehicle record.
This picture was taken six months ago when she ran a red light.
- That's less than two blocks away from the Faber residence.
- Yeah.
You think she knows more than she's letting on? I don't know.
I'll invite her back in.
- All right.
- Thanks.
Amy, I suspect that you knew about your husband's relationship with Katherine Faber.
No, I just found out about her from you.
Are you sure about that? Okay.
About six months ago I received a delivery-- chocolate and white wine.
Not my favorite; I figure Roger's being romantic.
The card said: Katherine, I miss you.
I love you.
It was in his handwriting.
So you thought he was cheating on you.
Well, the next time Roger left on one of his "business trips," I followed him.
You realize she lives ten minutes from me! Was that the only time that you had been to the Faber residence? No, I-I had to find out who she was.
I went back a week later to get a look at her.
Excuse me? I'm so sorry to bother you.
Um, my cell phone just died, and I'm supposed to show a house like right now, and I'm so lost.
May I use your phone? - Yes, absolutely.
- Thanks.
I-I thought I would find some fake plastic bimbo.
I mean, clearly we ran in different social circles.
You and your husband? Mmm, that's my Trent.
Pretty couple.
I can understand.
Did it make you angry enough to kill him? No.
I confronted him.
You had a wife all this time? Amy, listen to me.
You are my wife, you're my real wife.
I was never your real wife.
You married her before me.
For God's sake, Roger, you have a daughter! Listen to me Do you know what kind of laws that you've broken? Amy, think about Heath.
Oh, yeah, I have.
So for his sake, I will keep quiet about this, but you are gonna give me a divorce and the alimony that I want.
I swear to God, I will give you whatever you want.
Just please don't tell her.
Please don't tell my other family.
A spy, Roger? God! But you didn't take it any further? Take what further? Mrs.
Lansing, you've been to the Faber residence.
It would have been very easy to steal evidence.
You could have grabbed a handful of fertilizer, used it to set up Katherine.
I didn't grab anything.
I-I wanted to forget about her.
Besides, if I killed Roger, I'd get nothing.
Why would I do that? Hell hath no fury, Mrs.
Please I think Roger's killer did, in fact, use this to gain access to the roof.
- This ran up the side of the canopy? - Exactly.
- I get the feeling you're on to something.
- I am.
A substance along the edges of the wood all the way to the top.
Killer used it like a ladder.
Mass spec determined it was dimethyl ketone.
Dimethyl ketone.
That's acetone.
That's not consistent with anything else we've found.
Actually, acetone could be used to make homemade chloroform.
could be done with a modest understanding of chemistry.
Also, acetone is highly tenacious.
If it was handled recently, residue would still be present on the handler.
Yeah, homemade chloroform.
That, uh that means we're not done with our widows, after all.
Not this again.
Haven't we done this already? Mrs.
Faber, can you please hold out your hands? Is that other woman being tested, too? She was.
Amy tested negative.
- She's clean.
- Mom? What are you testing for? acetone.
It's a common chemical that's found in glass cleaners, nail polish remover.
Mom, what's going on here? Is this about Dad? Nothing, baby.
It's just a misunderstanding.
Are we finished here? I obviously need some alone time with my daughter.
Ryan, can you do me a favor? Check the daughter's hands, please.
- Mom? - Can I see your hands, please? Brie, it's okay, show them your hands.
We've got a hit.
I was doing my nails.
I spilsome.
Eric we've got some over here, too.
I told you, I was doing my nails and it spilt.
What's the big deal? The big deal is that whoever killed your father used acetone to make chloroform.
Eric, do me a favor, close the drapes.
You don't spill this much acetone doing your nails, Brie.
Wh-What's what's going on here? Whoever subdued your husband mixed the chloroform in this room.
- What have you done? - Nothing.
I didn't mix anything.
Faber, we're going to have to take your daughter into custody for questioning.
- Brianna? - Mom? Mom, I didn't do anything.
Mom, you can't honestly believe 'em.
Hey, Brianna Faber popped positive for both the fertilizer on the noose and the acetone on the canopy.
Mom, I'm going to meet Dakota at the mall.
- Don't be gone long.
I need your help around here.
- Okay.
There's no traces of chloroform, which doesn't add up, but Travers did find high concentrations of sodium hyperchlorite.
Liquid chlorine is the other ingredient in homemade chloroform, Eric.
Well, we narrowed it down to a brand of pool cleaner called Chlor-Shock.
But, uh, the Fabers don't have a pool, and neither do the Lansings.
Wait a second.
But Heath Lansing is a pool cleaner, isn't he? Yeah, so Heath has access to the chlorine.
Brianna brings the acetone.
You think the victim's two kids knew each other? There's only one way to find out.
Bring 'em in.
All right.
I'd make introductions, but it's clear the two of you know each other.
Brianna, have a seat.
So, how did you two meet? Um, at some party Kurt Blakefield was throwing, about two months ago.
We were wearing the same Chuck Taylors.
We didn't know about each other-- that we were related.
All right, but you found out.
And when you did, you realized that your father had betrayed both families, - so you decided to kill him.
- No.
We found the nail polish remover you used, Brianna.
And Heath, we know that you supplied the pool cleaner, with the necessary chlorine to make the chloroform.
- No.
I-I-I did it.
- Heath.
No, she had nothing to do with it.
I made the chloroform myself.
The evidence tells us that you were at her house.
All right, we know you did it together.
Do you want to tell us why you did it? The baby is yours? It's ours.
It was one night, but we love each other.
We found out about our dad after she got pregnant.
When I went to meet her after school, I saw her with my dad.
He was supposed to be abroad for his work.
Another one of his lies.
We confronted him, and we told him about us-- about the baby.
You two can't be together! It's-it's not natural.
It's not natural? Having two families isn't natural.
We're in love, and we're having this baby.
- It's wrong, honey.
- What you did was wrong.
We did what we had to do.
To protect our baby.
Heath what's so important I had to come across town? You know your mother doesn't want me around.
I saw Glenn put this thing up here.
It's dressed in your clothes, Dad.
You gotta see it.
- Your mother has gone too far.
- Yeah, see? Brianna? We couldn't let him ruin another life.
What kind of a life do you think your baby's going to have with the two of you in prison? At least he'll be alive.
Hey, Kyle.
What's going on? I'm sorry about what happened with my mom.
You don't have to worry about her coming around here anymore.
Probably not going to be needing these.
Kyle, you you had a rough first day, but you made it.
I never figured you for a quitter.
So are you saying I still have the job? I only want people who want to be here.
Tomorrow, 8:00 sharp.
I promise I won't let you down.
You're going to need these.
What are we doing here? I thought we were meeting at home.
You are home.
You live here now, Kyle.
A new job with my own apartment? Sweet! But with them comes responsibility, right? - I know.
- Right? Yeah, I know.
- Can I check it out? - Sure.
Hey, Kyle