Dead In His Tracks
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Season 14
Number 22
Writer Andrew Dettman
Director Alec Smight
Original Airdate May 7, 2014
Previous Episode: Kitty
Next Episode: The CSI Effect

Dead In His Tracks is the twenty-second episode and season fourteen finale of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.


The CSIs investigate a present-day crime with ties to a mob heist that occurred 25 years ago. Meanwhile, Brass has a decision to make when his daughter attempts suicide.


Roger Mathers is found dead outside a shack in Ellis Springs. Sheriff Combs knows the man, who grew up in the area. He was one of three boys who came across an armed robbery 25 years ago. Back in 1989, the boys found Ben O’Malley in the shack, injured, but he died before his brother Paul returned. Paul tried to get away by forcing one of the boys, Scotty Gates, to carry some of the bags of loot. Scotty and the money were never found, and Paul died in his jail cell after being arrested.

A partial fingerprint on the back of an aerial photo found with Mathers’ body has a tented arch, which is rare. When Finn looks at Scotty’s dropped hat and glasses from the 1989 case, she finds a partial fingerprint on the glasses with a tented arch. The two fingerprint fragments match up, and they lead them to Sam Bishop, a former sheriff’s deputy who was fired two weeks after Scotty disappeared. They think he was a dirty cop who killed Paul after getting access to his stolen money, but the evidence tells them a different story. Bishop was an early forensic scientist, using techniques that were ahead of his time to solve crimes. He got fired from his job because his work on the Scotty Gates case unearthed information that was inconvenient for Sheriff Combs.

The photo found with Mathers’ body was one of the original images Bishop took using a weather balloon in 1989. He was paid by mid-level mob boss Michael Scarno to take the photos because he wanted to find his stolen money, but Bishop didn’t care about that—he just wanted to find Scotty’s body. He gives them the negatives for the photos, and they get a full version to analyze. Bishop didn’t see anything in the photo 25 years ago, but with new technology, Morgan and Hodges see an area indicating disturbed earth. They use the photo and GPS technology to locate the spot, and they find Scotty buried in the desert. His skull was struck, and the impression matches a 2,000-year-old stone lion that was rumored to have been stolen with Scarno’s money in the robbery. Scarno was an art thief, and the lion was one of a pair. The other lion recently sold at auction for ten million dollars.

A unique type of lotion on the shovel near the grave traces back to Bishop’s daughter Karen. She says she caught Mathers breaking into her father’s workshop, desperate to find the statue in order to save his failing business. Knowing how much the lion was worth, Karen agreed to help him find it using her father’s photos. They went out to the spot, but there was already a hole in the ground. Realizing someone got to the statue first, Mathers was upset and told Karen to leave. She dropped the shovel before she left.

Bishop carves a replica of the lion statue out of cement in order to test the force and angle necessary to cause Scotty’s head wound. He’s hoping to prove that Sheriff Combs killed the boy, but when the CSIs offer the use of their new technology, they realize that someone much shorter was responsible. The killer was left handed, which immediately leads Bishop to a suspect: Tyson Briggs, the third boy who was with Scotty and Mathers the day Scotty disappeared. Paul O’Malley wasn’t in the shack in 1989. After Ben O’Malley died, Tyson wanted them to take the money, but Scotty wanted to go to the police. Tyson hit him with the statue, but the skull fracture didn’t kill him. They weren’t alone that day—Karen followed them out to the shack, and she heard Paul coming in his car. She covered Scotty’s nose and mouth to keep him quiet so they wouldn’t be found, accidentally suffocating him. They buried the body and the statue so they wouldn’t get in trouble, and they put the money under Mathers’ porch—but it was destroyed after the house burned down. Karen and Mathers went back to find the statue together, and she shot him after he insisted that he deserved most of the money. They don’t have evidence to convict her until Bishop brings in a box with the statue and the gun, which he found by a creek she used to visit when she was a child.

Meanwhile, Captain Brass gets a call that his daughter Ellie is in the hospital following an overdose of medication in prison. She was back in Vegas to attend a preliminary hearing, in which she was going to testify that her father was responsible for her becoming a killer. Brass grapples with his feelings while Ellie fights to survive, and they speak for a long time after she wakes up. Brass is unwilling to lose the only person he has left, and he vows to support Ellie moving forward.


Main Cast

Guest Cast

  • Marc Vann as Conrad Ecklie
  • Teal Redmann as Ellie Brass
  • Larry Sullivan as Officer Akers
  • Zeus Mendoza as Roger Mathers
  • Kiko Ellsworth as Tyson Briggs
  • Donald Bowen as Young Roger Mathers
  • Nathaniel James Potvin as Young Tyson Briggs
  • Justin Ellings as Young Scotty Gates
  • Treat Williams as Sam Bishop
  • Derek Magyar as Paul O’Malley
  • Jonathan Cahill as Ben O’Malley
  • Gina Holden as Karen Bishop
  • Grainger Hines as Sheriff Combs
  • Assaf Cohen as Doctor Lownis
  • Chiara Aurelia as Young Karen Bishop


David Hodges: I think I discovered the secret about the most beautiful woman in history!
Henry Andrews: Kate Upton?
David Hodges: In history, Henry! I was talking about Cleopatra
Henry Andrews: Oh, fascinating but I am busy.


  • Some of the 100 bills from the 1989 heist were from the series printed from 1996 - 2003.
  • Roger Mathers was 12 years old in 1989, which would make his birth year 1977. When he's found dead 25 later in present day, the CSIs look at his driver's license for identification. The driver's license shows his birth day as 1967. He couldn't be born in 1967 if he was only 12 years old in 1989.
  • The murdered boy's name is Scotty Gates. However, a newspaper article about the crime and photo of the boy beside the article shows his name as Scotty Pope.
  • When Karen is smothering Scotty, she is only covering his mouth, and at least one of his nostrils is exposed. He would still be able to breathe and would not have died from suffocation.


See Also

CSI:Las Vegas Season 14
The Devil and D.B. RussellTake the Money and RunTorch SongLast SupperFrame by FramePassed PawnsUnder a CloudHelplessCheck In and Check OutGirls Gone WildLost ReindeerKeep Calm and Carry OnBoston BrakesDe Los MuertosLove for SaleKiller MovesLong Road HomeUninvitedThe FallenConsumedKittyDead In His Tracks