CSI: Miami (2002–2012)
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Sink or Swim 

Defense attorney Derek Powell's fiancée is killed during a yacht heist, but the investigation may be compromised when Delko's citizenship is questioned and he is threatened with deportation to Cuba.


Sam Hill


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Ann Donahue (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Caruso ... Horatio Caine
Emily Procter ... Calleigh Duquesne
Adam Rodriguez ... Eric Delko
Jonathan Togo ... Ryan Wolfe
Rex Linn ... Frank Tripp
Eva LaRue ... Natalia Boa Vista
Megalyn Echikunwoke ... Tara Price
Sofia Milos ... Yelina Salas
Johnny Messner ... Ken Vogel
Danneel Ackles ... Abby Dawson (as Danneel Harris)
Mark Ivanir ... Gregor Kasparov
Scott Klace ... Paul Garland
Karen Austin ... Judge Stets
Christopher Redman ... Michael Travers
Michael Rodrick ... Jack Ladner


Miami star defense lawyer Derek Powell's yacht is attacked during a party, his partner Nadine Alcott is fatally shot. The stolen jewels are all found in the thief's speedboat, which is found with city contractor Ken Taber. Only Powell's notebook remains missing. It contains no major court case data, but a copy of Eric Delco's Cuban birth certificate. Horatio manages to plant a hit-woman and finds out that Russian mobster Gregor Kasparov has a contract on Eric's head. The team must solve opportunity and motives, including that of Eric's DNA-proved relative Alexander Sharova. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

2 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Hawthorne, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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Although underwater assault rifles firing drag-stabilized projectiles do exist, it is impossible to aim a shot out of the water at a target on land (or, like here, on a boat). With a choppy sea surface, you probably couldn't even see the target, but if you could, you'd need to compensate your point of aim for the light refraction at the water's surface, the strongly curved trajectory of the projectile and possibly also for disturbance of the projectile when it leaves the water. See more »


Derek Powell: I don't think I could represent criminals anymore.
Lieutenant Horatio Caine: Well, I could always use a new prosecutor.
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"Diddy" Is Piddy-Ful
23 July 2011 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Sean "P. Diddy" Combs is back once more which means the episode is not one of the best. He should forget about acting because he's clueless. Hopefully, this is the last us CSI-Miami fans will see of him. What's laughable is that he's playing the smartest defense attorney in Miami, and he sounds like a mentally-challenged person, to use the PC term.

The beginning of the episode is cool, though, especially when we learn later how a murder was executed. It's pretty clever.

A big part of this story, as it turns out, involves "Eric Delko" and his long-lost father, and the fact that the CSI investigator is on a "hit list." We also get the new love angle concerning Delko and "Calleigh Dusquense," which comes as kind of corny, considering they've been working together for years with no sparks flying until now?

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