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A well-known Las Vegas philanthropist is brutally slashed in her bed, and the team soon discovers that it is dealing with a killer who knows the secrets of some of the city's most prominent citizens.


Jeffrey G. Hunt


Anthony E. Zuiker (created by), Carol Mendelsohn (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Fishburne ... Raymond Langston
Marg Helgenberger ... Catherine Willows
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
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Brass
Ann-Margret ... Margot Wilton
Daniel Browning Smith Daniel Browning Smith ... Sqweegel
Kris Lemche ... Joey
David Julian Hirsh ... Jason Jones
Oscar Goodman ... Himself (as Oscar B. Goodman)
Larry Sullivan ... Officer Andy Akers


The whole team concentrates on the mysterious attacks of an intruder on rich homes of prominent Las Vegas citizens, known as philanthropists or heroes. They work out the criminal must be sort of a contortionist with a latex fetish. He stalked each victim long term, even taking up secret residence in their homes, and left clues indicating he objected to their honorable status, knowing some incriminating series. Despite the likeliness of another attack, Margot Wilton insists to return home without police protection after her hospital release. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

14 October 2010 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Sqweegel originated in the novel Level 26: Dark Origins (2009) by Anthony E. Zuiker with Duane Swierczynski, and had been played by Daniel Browning Smith in its "cyberbridge" companion videos. The car wash sequence (from where Sqweegel gets his name) is also from the book. The episode's broadcast date coincides with the release date of its sequel Level 26: Dark Prophecy (2010). See more »


When "Ian Moone" descends from the attic towards the end of the episode, he is holding some of Margot's letters. When he moves through the house, spider-like, he doesn't have the letters. Soon after, he has them again, as he throws them into the air. See more »


Waiting For The End
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Pedagogic series goes for broke with scary visuals...but the writing is a constant obstacle
17 October 2010 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Condensing Anthony E. Zuiker's serial killer novel "Level 26: Dark Origins" for a (seemingly) one-part episode of a television crime series was a risky move--and the returns might have paid off if only the writing here wasn't so one-dimensional. Ann-Margret guest-stars as a Las Vegas honcho who is attacked in her bedroom one night by a "slippery man" armed with a straight-razor. The Crime Scene Investigating team believes the attacker to be a stalker of the still-sexy redhead, until an unrelated woman is attacked by the same nutcase in her vehicle during a car-wash (!) and is killed. Nearly everything is laid out in elemental terms (i.e., dumbed-down) for an audience of a presumably limited intelligence. The killer's appearance (in a full-body latex sex suit) and his acrobatic movements are really the only things of interest here, as the actors fall prey to the pedantic teleplay and the director's penchant for displaying open cuts and wounds in loving close-up.

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